Texas Attorney General Says RadioShack Knowingly Sold Gift Cards That Would Soon Expire

Texas Attorney General Says RadioShack Knowingly Sold Gift Cards That Would Soon Expire

If the leadership of a company knows that they’re about to file for bankruptcy, should they stop selling gift cards? That’s what the Attorney General in Texas contends: that RadioShack knew after the 2014 holiday season ended that it would be declaring bankruptcy soon, and that gift cards they had issued would lose their value at the time of the bankruptcy or shortly afterward. Yet they sold ’em anyway. [More]

FDA Warns About Mixups Between Drugs With Similar Names

FDA Warns About Mixups Between Drugs With Similar Names

Here’s a scary thought: dangerous medication mixups could begin at your doctor’s office. The FDA put out a warning today that they’ve received reports of mixups between similarly-named drugs that do very different things. The FDA urges patients and caregivers to know what the drug they’re supposed to be taking looks like, and alert medical providers if the drug that they receive looks different. [More]

Now Kids Can Chat With Thomas The Tank Engine, Too

Now Kids Can Chat With Thomas The Tank Engine, Too

You might remember Hello Barbie, a wifi-enabled smart doll that lets children hold conversations with their Barbie dolls…after that speech is recorded, transmitted to product creator ToyTalk, converted to text, and the answer is sent back to Barbie. While the idea of a doll that can hold a conversation is interesting, there are a lot of other products out there that want to chat with your kids. [More]

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

To be honest, we had no idea that you could buy Hanes underwear (and socks, shirts, etc) from the Hanes website, mostly because we’d never really thought to look at the Hanes website. But if you have been shopping at Hanes.com — and potentially at other sites in the Hanes Brands catalog — some of your information may have been compromised. [More]

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Man With Prosthetic Leg Says He Was Told To Stay Off Water Park’s Slides

There’s perhaps nothing as refreshing in the heat of summer than splashing around in cool water. But one man said he was kept from the fun and relief a water park’s attractions can bring, after a worker told him he wasn’t allowed to go down slides because he had a prosthetic leg. [More]

Allegiant Under Increased Scrutiny From Regulators After Latest Flight Disturbance

Allegiant Under Increased Scrutiny From Regulators After Latest Flight Disturbance

After a string of in-flight disturbances and accusations from a pilot’s union of poor safety standards, the Federal Aviation Administration has stepped up its scrutiny of budget carrier Allegiant Airlines. [More]

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Company Caught Switching Customers’ Phone Service Without Permission

So your phone company calls you and says there’s a new plan that can save your on your phone bill, or maybe to let you know that you’re being overcharged for your current service. So you go ahead and switch to the more sensible plan, only to find out weeks later that you’ve actually been switched over to a new service provider you’ve never heard of — and to a plan that costs more than your old one. This was a reality for dozens of people who complained to the FCC about a Michigan-based company that now faces a potential $2.4 million fine. [More]

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

People all over the world adore Apple’s phones, tablets, and computers, but they quite emphatically do not like the charging cords for those devices. People discuss the failings of these peripherals everywhere online, from product review pages to support forums to dedicated blogs full of frayed-cord gore. Yet there are avenues to complain about products that are obviously defective that could trigger a recall or other action. [More]

Add-ons allowed in states like Louisiana defeat the purpose of initial interest rate caps.

Most State Laws Can’t Protect Borrowers From Predatory Installment Loans, Open-End Lines Of Credit

As regulators continue to craft rules meant to crackdown on costly and harmful short-term payday lending, companies are offering alternative products like installment loans and open lines of credit to consumers. But, as it turns out, these cash infusions can be just as devastating to those in need, and few states offer sufficient protections for borrowers. [More]

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Texas Neighborhood Displeased To Find Worms In The Drinking Water

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, or a bad drug trip: turning on the faucet for a glass of water, only to have worms come wriggling out of it. Residents of one Texas subdivision claim they’ve been finding worms coming out of faucets and clogging up sprinklers, and have been showing up with water samples to prove it to local authorities. [More]

Family Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight For Holding 2-Year-Old On Lap

Family Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight For Holding 2-Year-Old On Lap

A family that purchased a separate seat for their 2-year-old son on a JetBlue flight say they were just trying to comfort the youngster by having him sit on his mom’s lap during takeoff, but that the flight attendants treated them like a safety risk and had them kicked off the plane. [More]

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Salt Labels Could Appear Next To Menu Items In NYC’s Chain Restaurants As Soon As December

It’s been a little more than a month since New York City’s Department of Health unveiled a proposal that would require all chain restaurants to add a salt shaker symbol (or something similar) on the menu next to items that contain more than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, or about 1 teaspoon of salt. Though there’s been plenty of pushback, that proposal could become the law of the land as soon as December. [More]

Alcohol-Serving Taco Bell Will Abide By Hour Restrictions, Staff Security Guards

Alcohol-Serving Taco Bell Will Abide By Hour Restrictions, Staff Security Guards

Don’t even think about getting a bit unruly at the soon-to-open boozy Taco Bell, because you’ll be under the watchful eye of a security guard. [More]

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Mortgage Servicer To Pay Back $1.5M To Screwed-Over Homeowners

Residential Credit Solutions is a mortgage servicer specializing in delinquent loans and “credit-sensitive” (read: high-risk for default) residential mortgages. But after allegedly screwing over homeowners by, among other things, not honoring loan modifications on mortgages transferred from other servicers, RCS is on the hook to pay $1.5 million in restitution and a $100,000 penalty to federal regulators. [More]

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Groupon Launches Online Food Ordering Service To Compete With Seamless, GrubHub

There’s a new player in the arena of online food ordering: Groupon launched its own online food service for customers who want to either pick up their chow or have it delivered — but it’s only in Chicago for now. Eventually, as the service expands, Seamless and GrubHub (which are owned by the same company) could have a rival in the competition to fill customers’ empty bellies with the touch of a button. [More]

The OwnStar device allegedly intercepts communications through the OnStar app.

Hacker Claims To Be Able To Take Control Of Any General Motors Car With OnStar

As we saw last week, the ability to remotely take control of a vehicle is a very real concern. While Fiat Chrysler recalled nearly 1.4 million vehicles and issued a patch related to some of its internet-connected cars, another automaker is now sitting in the precarious spot of potential hijack victim, as a hacker claims he can commandeer any of the company’s vehicles as long as they come with the OnStar system. [More]

5 Things You’ll Find On Sale During August

5 Things You’ll Find On Sale During August

Our deal-hunting colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports don’t just keep track of which products perform the best in their tests, but they also track prices on items to figure out what’s the best time to buy. What do they say are the best things to buy during the month of August? It’s a great time to pick up an air conditioner, a backpack, a dehumidifier, or a snow blower. Wait, a snow blower? [More]