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  • California PUC losing luster, clout

    California PUC losing luster, clout
    Recent years have not been kind to the California Public Utilities Commission. Two high-profile disasters—the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, which killed eight, and the shutdown last year of the San Onofre nuclear power plant—have...
  • New FICO criteria could help borrowers

    The nation's dominant credit-scoring system is being revised in a way that could save consumers nationwide billions of dollars, especially in qualifying for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards at lower interest rates. The changes to FICO criteria are...
  • Gen Y generates jump in car sales

    Q: A December report from the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group found that over the last decade, the share of workers who get to work by private car declined in 99 of America's 100 largest urbanized areas. The Lehigh...
  • The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know

    The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know
    Happy Monday! If you're looking for good news, you've come to the wrong place. If you want the dirt on the latest scams, accusations of fraud, recalls and other consumer news, read on for a summary of what the Watchdog dug up last week, from the VA's...
  • What's left on the menu? Russian restaurateurs wrangle with food ban

    What's left on the menu? Russian restaurateurs wrangle with food ban
    Moscow's sweeping sanctions on European food have sent Russian restaurateurs, retail chains and food producers scrambling for alternative supplies and bracing for Soviet-style shortages. The tit for tat trade restrictions - a response to U.S. and EU...
  • Market Report: What do you do with green tomatoes?

    Market Report: What do you do with green tomatoes?
    What's the deal with all the green tomatoes piled up at farmers markets? Well, you can blame the cooler weather, says Danny Disterheft of D & S Fruits & Vegetables, his farm in Berrien Springs, Mich. But consumer demand means that Disterheft, who was at...
  • Kevin Hunt: How To Make Gas Stations Honor Cash Price On Debit Purchase

    Kevin Hunt: How To Make Gas Stations Honor Cash Price On Debit Purchase
    Payment options, cash or credit, are marked clearly at local gas stations. But how does your local fill-up treat plastic cash, the debit card? A debit card looks like a credit card, but banks treat it like a cash transaction. A consumer receives no...
  • Virginia makes Top 10 states for number of farmers markets

    Virginia makes Top 10 states for number of farmers markets
    Farmers markets are alive and well in Virginia, which was cited as a top ten state for the number of markets available in a new United States Department of Agriculture report. With 249 markets listed, the Commonwealth comes in at No. 9, with...
  • Olive-oil stores offer wide variety, along with education

    Olive-oil stores offer wide variety, along with education
    Olive-oil specialty stores in Central Florida are counting on Americans' fascination with the Mediterranean diet and interest in cooking to fuel their bottom lines. The concept is simple: Offer a variety of oils, allow customers to taste them before...
  • Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]

    Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]
    Originally, mobile phones were the size, shape and heft of your average brick. People would walk down the street yelling, "Guess where I'm calling from!" into the mouthpiece. Now we have "smartphones." Ironically, it's the user who has to be smart to...
  • Same-day travel apps cater to last-minute travelers

    Same-day travel apps cater to last-minute travelers
    Procrastinating travelers who find it difficult to plan trips in advance could find some spontaneity and even bargains with last-minute travel apps to book flights and hotel rooms. Whether it's finding a flight, or a same-day hotel room, apps are...