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  • Feinstein wants federal probe of record California gas prices

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is calling for a federal investigation to determine whether “an illegal short squeeze” is responsible for the soaring price of gasoline in California, which hit another record high Monday. With a regular...
  • The dish on Dish Network

     
    Dish Network and its affiliates are accused of being pests by making sales calls to people who had already told Dish to bug off. The Federal Trade Commission sued Dish Network last week, seeking to stop the telemarketing phone calls.......
  • Traveling for Christmas? Watch for undisclosed fees at hotels

     
    If you're hitting the road for the holidays and are booking a hotel room, make sure you know the full price you'll be paying before you arrive. Authorities recently warned several hotels they weren't being upfront with their online pricing.......
  • Miracles do happen - telemarketer nailed for alleged Do Not Call violations

     
    Some of my recent columns, including today's about burglar alarm sales scams, have prompted plenty of complaints about the government's inability to stop telemarketing calls to people on the Do Not Call list. When people ask me why more isn't......
  • McManus: Obama's war on red tape

    Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn't know about: Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve — technically a "vapor recovery nozzle" — was...
  • Feds say retailers bamboozled shoppers into thinking they were buying green products

     
    If you bought certain blankets, sheets or clothing from Amazon.com, Macy's, Sears, Kmart or Leon Max several years ago thinking it was environmentally friendly because it was made of bamboo, it might not have been. Authorities allege the retailers were......
  • Measuring identity theft protection services

     
    People occasionally ask me what I know about companies that offer identity theft protection services and whether they are worth the cost. I haven't explored that issue, but the Consumer Federation of America has, and it issued an update this......
  • Universal EMI deal heats up in Europe

    Universal EMI deal heats up in Europe
    The climate is heating up for Universal Music Group in Brussels as the company shuttles its proposal to buy EMI's recorded music business through Europe's labyrinthine antitrust approval process. The pending $1.9-billion acquisition, announced in...
  • Reporting privacy vs. profits on Internet browsers

    Reporting privacy vs. profits on Internet browsers
    Balancing privacy and profits on the Internet is proving difficult. An industry leadership group was chartered last year to hammer out a universal "do not track" policy to protect Web surfers, whose personal data is collected as they move from site to...
  • Howard County forum educates on dangers of identity theft

    You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know. Adults and...
  • Baltimore man, 81, loses his home following lottery fraud

    Baltimore man, 81, loses his home following lottery fraud
    The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings. Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more...