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  • 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...
  • U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger

    U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger
    After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history. The Justice Department joined six states and the District of...
  • 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...
  • Shutdown halts do-not-call list. Can you sue a telemarketer?

    Shutdown halts do-not-call list. Can you sue a telemarketer?
    The government shutdown has caught the Federal Trade Commission in its cold embrace, and that means the do-not-call list is on the fritz. Telemarketers have free rein to call people. Robin thus asks a timely question: Can you sue a telemarketer? And...
  • Don't fall prey to Obamacare scammers

    If you don't know much about Obamacare other than most people must have health insurance or pay a penalty, you're not alone. The president's grand undertaking is as confusing as it is controversial. And that makes it a perfect opportunity for con...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Short sales tricky with two lenders involved

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: We are doing a short sale with two loans. The first lender has agreed to the deal. The second lender (with the equity loan) is being a little more difficult. The second lender will get 10 percent of what is owed,...
  • Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?

    Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?
    After Jane Hatch selected the room rate she wanted at the West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor, Me., the hotel website delivered an unpleasant surprise on the next screen: The quoted price hadn't included a $25-per-day "resort and club fee" that gave Hatch...
  • Aaron's agrees to stop spying on computer renters

    Aaron’s Inc., a rent-to-own retailer, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers. The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron's and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers'...