| Dec 10, 2013
Ask travelers what the federal government did for them this year, and you'll probably get a shrug, at best -- or a rant about sequestration, national park closings and the Transportation Security Administration, at worst.
But there's actually a...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:22 AM
A Wisconsin man has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that he sent millions of unwanted and misleading text messages to consumers with bogus offers of "free" gift cards and electronics.
The FTC had accused Jason Q....
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Three weeks into the new year, if you're losing steam with your resolution to get in shape, don't put down the weights and pick up creams, pills, drops or powders that promise to drop your weight. There's a fat chance those products alone are your answer....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:37 PM
If your wireless phone keeps ringing with annoying automated calls from businesses you'd rather not talk to, you now may have the power to stop some of them.
All you have to do is ask.
A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania recently ruled that...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:03 PM
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite.
The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Federal regulators Tuesday ordered a California-based fad weight-loss company to return $26.5 million to consumers who bought its product — a sprinkle-on powder for food that promised users would lose weight without exercising.
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:44 PM
Oct 25 (TheWrap.com) - ABC denied on Friday that a prominent fan blogger for its hit show “Scandal” was an ABC sales director, saying that the blogger was instead the director’s former roommate.
In an exclusive statement to TheWrap,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:53 PM
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:51 AM
An Arizona company that offered to help fraud victims recover stolen money instead defrauded them again by selling worthless do-it-yourself kits that cost hundreds of dollars, the Federal Trade Commission said.
Business Recovery Services of Mesa, Ariz.,...