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NJ Student Loan Agency Tells Staff To Only Offer Help When Explicitly Asked

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that your cable company has perks or discounts it will only reveal when asked, but you’d hope a government agency wouldn’t deliberately hide a program intended to help families struggling to pay off student loan debts of a deceased loved one.  [More]

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

When you see ads for dietary supplements, there are often scientists in lab coats looking at beakers and flasks, saying science-y things. In the real world, just about anyone with a credit card can make and market a supplement, even one that contains potentially unhealthy ingredients. Just ask our colleagues at Consumer Reports, the creators of the new (totally fake) weight-loss supplement Thinitol. [More]

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15 Dietary Supplement Ingredients To Avoid

Taking a stroll down the dietary supplements aisle can be bewildering, what with the variety of ingredients plastered all over labels, suggesting they can help with this or that ailment. But there are some ingredients out there that may do more harm than good. [More]

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You Can Take Jeremy Bentham’s Mummified Head Through Airport Security, But Please Don’t

The TSA runs a customer service line on Twitter, at @AskTSA. Most of the questions and complaints it handles are of exactly the sort you’d expect: can I bring an empty water bottle through security? What’s going on with PreCheck? This line at this airport too long!, and so forth. But its staff is dedicated, and will honestly and to the best of its ability answer any question you politely ask of it. Including, for example, the handling of certain… artifacts.

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How America’s Two Signature Beer Companies Became Expats

How America’s Two Signature Beer Companies Became Expats

Budweiser and Miller: Even if you don’t like them, you have to admit that they have long been considered the two beers most associated with America. Their ads feature vast fields of wheat, baseball, hard-workin’ and hard-partyin’ men and women — heck, Bud even went so far as to rebrand itself “America” for the summer — even though neither brand has been majority owned by an American company in years. And now that U.S. regulators have signed off on on the marriage of Bud and Miller’s parents, these once-American titans of industry have completed their transition to become worldly expatriates. [More]

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L.L. Bean Still Taking Back Your Dead Spouse’s Wardrobe For Store Credit

Do you find yourself morally conflicted when wondering whether you should bring or send something back to outdoorsy retailer L.L. Bean? Apparently, you shouldn’t: people regularly get in the returns line with decades-old cotton shirts, their dead dogs’ collars, and thrift-store finds that they try to return for full price. [More]

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Apple Getting Into TV With Reality Competition Show About App Developers

If hours spent staring at your iPhone/Apple Watch/iPad/Mac isn’t giving you enough from Apple, the technology giant has a new offering in the works, with its first TV show, a reality competition featuring app developers duking it out for featured placement in the App Store. So it’s like Game of Thrones, just with more branding, a bunch of people wielding tech instead of swords, and no brutal battles to the death (we think). [More]

Synthetic Marijuana Known As K2 Linked To 33 Overdoses In Brooklyn

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We’ve written in the past about the dangers of using illegal synthetic marijuana, with hospital officials reporting a spike in hospitalizations related to the drug in recent years. Now, officials in New York City say they suspect a strain called K2 caused 33 overdose in one particular area of Brooklyn where the drug is extremely popular. [More]

IKEA Recalls 1.7 Million Topple-Prone Dressers In China After Media Frenzy

IKEA Recalls 1.7 Million Topple-Prone Dressers In China After Media Frenzy

Swedish home-goods merchant IKEA is a global retailer, which unites all of humanity in having the exact same dressers in our bedrooms. While the Malm and other dressers that are especially prone to toppling over were recalled in the United States and Canada, the company sold the products in its stores all over the world, and they weren’t recalled in other markets, notably the European Union and or China. Now, after two weeks of state-controlled media fuss, IKEA in China has recalled the dressers. [More]

7 Things We Learned About The Insta-Popular Pokémon Go

7 Things We Learned About The Insta-Popular Pokémon Go

The other day, someone caught a Pokémon on my couch and I was flabbergasted, and a little terrified. What is this suddenly very popular Pokémon Go phenomenon, with the power to send reasonable humans out into the world to catch critters in an augmented reality viewable through smart phones?

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U.S. Now Has Highest Death Rate For Car Crashes Among Comparable Countries

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The motor vehicle death rate in the U.S. has dropped 31% since 2000, which may sound impressive until you see that these deaths dropped by an average of 56% in 19 other comparable countries during the same period of time, leaving America as the country with the highest vehicle crash death rate among these high-income nations. [More]

Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly five months ago, major retailer pulled “hoverboard” scooters from shelves after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the not-actually-hovering devices were unsafe unless they met certain standards. Now the federal safety agency is announcing an official recall of around 501,000 hoverboards. [More]

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Massive IKEA Dresser Recall Means Long Phone Queues, Illegal Resales Online

IKEA is finally offering a fairly consumer-friendly recall on furniture that has tragically killed six children in the last three decades. Unfortunately, the massive recall effort is not exactly going as planned to keep the dangerous dressers out of consumers’ homes.

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NHTSA Is Looking Into Fatal Crash Of Tesla Model S In Autopilot Mode

NHTSA Is Looking Into Fatal Crash Of Tesla Model S In Autopilot Mode

Last fall, Tesla released a beta version of Autopilot, a software upgrade that would let the car take over some driving functions, including steering, cruise control, and lane changes. Today, the company announced some sad news: the first fatal crash in of one of the company’s vehicles while in autopilot mode happened in northern Florida in May. [More]

Airbags In 2001 To 2003 Hondas And Acuras Are The Most Dangerous, Need To Be Fixed Now

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Since people now tend to keep our cars longer than we used to, there are still plenty of model year 2001, 2002, and 2003 cars from Honda and Acura still on the road. Recent tests show that each time one of the vehicles’ airbags deploys, there’s up to a 50% chance that it will rupture, posing a serious risk to drivers and passengers. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 1.4M Vehicles For Airbag Issues That Aren’t Related To Takata

After nearly two years of telling you about cars being recalled because of shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags, it’s almost a refreshing change of pace to report on an airbag recall that has nothing to do with the auto parts maker. However, Toyota’s latest recall of 1.4 million vehicles bears a striking resemblance to the Takata problems. [More]

Movie Theater Sorry For Playing R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Trailer Before ‘Finding Dory’

Movie Theater Sorry For Playing R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Trailer Before ‘Finding Dory’

A movie theater in California issued an apology this week for making the mistake of playing a trailer for Sausage Party (R-rated, expletive-laden dark comedy featuring self-aware food facing imminent, violent death by human) to a bunch of people there to see Finding Dory (under-the-sea, feel-good family flick). Oops. [More]

Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety advocates were deeply disappointed earlier this year when the news came that another child was killed that the very popular Malm dresser from IKEA fell on top of him. It’s horrible every time that an ordinary household object kills someone, but this model of dresser was part of a voluntary repair program that IKEA wouldn’t call a recall. Now the dressers have been officially recalled, but that should have happened before another child died. [More]