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  • Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green?

    Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green?
    SEATTLE — The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility. The problem, federal trade regulators announced in...
  • 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......
  • 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......
  • 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.......
  • 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...
  • Airlines' attorneys eager to fight U.S. over merger

    A day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways, attorneys for the carriers called the legal challenge weak and said they are looking forward to battling the government in court. The Justice...
  • 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...
  • Watch out for unauthorized charges on cellphone bills

    Watch out for unauthorized charges on cellphone bills
    Take a line-by-line look at your cellphone bill — all dozen or so pages. See a $9.99 charge for horoscopes, flirting tips or some such thing that you didn't request? If so, you've been crammed. Once only a big problem with landline telephones,...
  • A New Connecticut-Based Website Works to Uncover False Advertising

    A New Connecticut-Based Website Works to Uncover False Advertising
    Remember those Skechers "toning shoes" that were supposed to make your butt firmer and help you "get in shape" without ever setting foot in a gym? Or how about the "Multi-Omega" pills that are allegedly great for everything from high blood pressure to...
  • Scam targets real estate agents, others with state licenses

    Scam targets real estate agents,  others with state  licenses
    A scam is sending e-mails to real estate agents, asking they call in with personal information because their professional license is being suspended, a state spokeswoman said Wednesday. However, the Florida Department of Business and Professional...