Discovered by the TSA.

Reminder: TSA Has Magic Machines That Will Find Gun Parts Hidden In A PlayStation 2

This just in: X-ray machines used by the Transportation Security Administration have the power to see through plastic — yes, even the plastic used in gaming consoles! — and will be able to detect the presence of things that should not be in your carry-on bag. One traveler recently foiled by the TSA apparently thought all the camouflage needed to hide gun parts was a Playstation 2. [More]

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3 Tips For Snagging A Parking Spot During The Holiday Shopping Rush

For those shoppers scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping for the next week, there may be times when — gasp! — they must leave their homes and visit brick-and-mortar stores or malls. Those people are most definitely dreading the idea of finding parking, but you can make it a bit easier on yourself by keeping a few tips in mind. [More]

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After ‘Serial’ Season Is Over, Global Tel-Link Will Keep Charging Inmates Outrageous Phone Fees

The last episode of the current series of hit podcast “Serial” was made available for download this morning. It’s the last time that millions of listeners will hear a brand name that has appeared in every episode but was likely unfamiliar to them. The people over at Global Tel-Link probably aren’t heartbroken that they’re losing the free product placement, though. As a telecommunications company providing phone service for prisoners, consumer name recognition isn’t very important to them. [More]

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Former Countrywide Exec Who Helped Secure Bank Of America’s Billion-Dollar Settlement Gets $57M

Back in August, the Department of Justice announced a record-setting $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America to resolve multiple federal and state claims involving the bank’s bad behavior leading up to the collapse of the housing market. Now, the former executive who became a whistle-blower to assist federal prosecutors in the matter is set to receive $57 million of the hefty settlement. [More]

Traveler Gets Luggage Back From Airport’s Lost & Found 20 Years After Plane Trip

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We’ve all been there — the airline has lost your luggage and it’s probably never going to show up again. But maybe if you wait 20 years, your missing property will find its way back to you. [More]

Officials with Takata took out full-page ads in major U.S. newspapers to reassure customers. [Click to Enlarge]

Ford Takes Takata Airbag Recall Nationwide, Adds Additional 500,000 Vehicles

For the second time this month Ford has announced plans to expand its recall of vehicles equipped with Takata-produced airbags that may spew shrapnel at passengers upon deployment. Not only does the latest recall cover nearly 500,000 vehicles, it finally takes into consideration the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations’ request to include vehicles currently registered nationwide.  [More]

Anti-Santa takes his toy haul from the store while people tend to his alleged accomplice

Police: Man Faked Heart Attack At Walmart While Pal Took Off With Cart Full Of Toys

You’re shopping or working at Walmart when a young man collapses in front of you, showing signs of a heart attack. What do you do? You tend to the victim, because you are a human being with a soul. However, police say when this happened in Florida, two men took advantage of the functioning souls of the people around them to steal a cart filled with toys. [More]

A prohibited toy gun from Amazon, via the NY AG's office.

New York AG Tells Walmart, Amazon, Sears To Stop Allegedly Selling Illegal Toy Guns

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says several retailers are selling illegal toy guns online, as the items don’t carry an orange stripe required to mark them as fakes and not real weapons. His office annoucned today that it issued cease and desist letters to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kmart, Sears and more, demanding they stop the alleged illegal sales. [More]

Report: U.S. Government Agrees North Korea Actually Is Behind The Hack Attack On Sony

Report: U.S. Government Agrees North Korea Actually Is Behind The Hack Attack On Sony

It has been a bad, bad month for Sony Pictures. In the wake of the hack that loosed their employees’ most personal information onto the internet, threats of violence resulted in the cancellation of their Christmas-day comedy release The Interview. And now, federal investigators aren’t sure how to point the finger of blame — not because they don’t know who’s behind it, but because they do. North Korea is indeed to blame, administration officials say, and the U.S. has to figure out how to handle international relations in the face of what is not just another hack, but cyberterrorism. [More]

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Amazon Prime Now: One-Hour NYC Delivery So New, Only One ZIP Code Has It (So Far)

UPDATE: A rep for Amazon tells Consumerist that while the new service was only available in the 10001 Manhattan ZIP code when it launched this morning (and of this writing), the company is adding other areas of the city throughout the day.

Here’s a hypothetical: You wake up one morning to find that you’ve run out of toothpaste, what do you do? Sure, you could walk the two blocks to the local drug store and pick up a box. Or if you’re an Amazon Prime member you could just sit on the couch and wait an hour for some paste to be delivered, that is, as long as you live in a small section of Manhattan and feel like paying a shipping cost double that of the toothpaste. [More]

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Guy Picks The Lucky Gal With Same Name As His Ex To Fly Around The World With Him

It’s a tale as old as time: Guy meets girl, buys nonrefundable plane tickets for trip around the world, guy and girl part ways, guy seeks new girl but with same name and Canadian passport so tickets don’t go to waste, guy meets new girl, they go around the world. This stuff never gets old. [More]

Sony Pictures Entertainment Cancels Release Of ‘The Interview’

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Throughout today, more movie theater chains have announced that they would prefer not to screen the comedy “The Interview” in the wake of vague terrorist threats against theaters screening the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment, had already canceled the scheduled premiere in New York City tomorrow and told theater operators that they were welcome to not screen the movie if they don’t want to. All of the major theater chains took Sony up on this offer, and now the planned Christmas Day release has been canceled. [More]

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CFPB Suit: Texas Company Charged Consumers Millions In Fees For Credit Card They Couldn’t Use

Credit cards, while often a risky financial product, can at times prove to be a proverbial lifesaver when you get into a pinch. For that reason, most consumers who apply for a card envision using it as a valid form of payment for any number of reasons. While a Texas-based company marketed their credit card as general-use, consumers quickly found out that wasn’t actually the case. And so, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed suit against the company for its allegedly deceptive ways. [More]

Amazon Offers Special Deal On The Perfect Gift: Sticks

Amazon Offers Special Deal On The Perfect Gift: Sticks

Wooden sticks are a wonderfully versatile item. You can use them to hit people you don’t like, or to knit homemade mittens for people you do like. You could use one to stir paint, or use a pile of them to build a house for dolls. Only your imagination limits the possibilities. [More]

Consumer Advocates Head Back To FCC, Continue Urging Agency To Reject Comcast/TWC Merger

Consumer Advocates Head Back To FCC, Continue Urging Agency To Reject Comcast/TWC Merger

After a long pause, the FCC’s review of the Comcast/TWC merger is back underway. Now, the wave of comments in response to Comcast’s last data dump are starting to roll in, once again asking the agency to block the merger. [More]

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FDA: Going To The Mall For Your Ultrasounds Probably Isn’t A Good Idea, Even If It Comes With A Keepsake Gift

Any expectant parent would likely jump at the chance to see their developing bundle of joy. But while commercial ultrasound businesses might seem like the perfect place to catch a glimpse, the Food & Drug Administration is once again warning consumers that non-medical ultrasounds and heartbeat monitors aren’t exactly safe.  [More]

FedEx Truck Crashes In Georgia, Spilling Packages On Highway

FedEx Truck Crashes In Georgia, Spilling Packages On Highway

Yesterday morning, a FedEx tractor-trailer crashed along a highway, holding up traffic and scattering packages at a busy time of year. No, this is not a rerun from Monday, when the same thing happened in New Jersey on FedEx’s biggest shipping day of the year. This crash occurred in Georgia, and the truck was carrying packages that contained regular consumer goods as well as grapefruit and consumer goods. [More]

Consumer Advocates Warn Sale Of Corinthian Campuses To Loan Servicer Company Could Further Hurt Students

Consumer Advocates Warn Sale Of Corinthian Campuses To Loan Servicer Company Could Further Hurt Students

Nearly a month ago embattled for profit-college group Corinthian Colleges Inc. announced it had found a buyer for 56 of its campuses under the Everest and WyoTech brands. But the proposed $24 million sale to Educational Credit Management Corporation has drawn the ire of consumer advocates for its lack of protections to students and the possibility that all liabilities related to litigation or private student loans carried by CCI would be waived. [More]