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February 2010

Watch out for scammers who target jobless consumers

It's hard to believe someone would steal money from a person looking for a job. But unfortunately, no matter how bad the situation, scammers see opportunity. Many people looking for work have been ripped off by scam artists who promise a job, access to special job listings or interviews, or... Read more →

Why are snow thrower wheels still exploding four years after recall?

Consumers are still being injured by snow blowers or throwers made by MTD Products Inc., of Cleveland. The recalled snow throwers were manufactured in Canada by an MTD subsidiary and marketed from July 2004 through March 2006, according to the October 2006 recall notice. The recall targeted 130,000 snow throwers... Read more →

How’s the budget in your state?

In Olympia, the capital of Washington state, several thousand citizens from education, health care, labor, environmental, consumer, and good government groups rallied on the steps of the Capitol on President’s Day. Called Rebuilding Our Economic Future, the coalition called for increases in revenue to balance the state budget. Teachers and... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Tiny Love wind chime toys due to puncture and laceration hazards

About 600,000 Tiny Love wind chime toys in the United States and 200,000 in Canada are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Commission announced Wednesday.Distributed by Tiny Love Inc., of New York, and the Maya Group Inc., of Huntington Beach, Calif., the wind chime toy can be pulled apart exposing... Read more →

Baby boomers more pragmatic in tough economic times

The Great Recession has brought changes to the lives of baby boomers. Boomers are less optimistic these days than other generations, a significant change from the optimism they’ve expressed and experienced in earlier decades. The Boomer Project offers these recent research findings on boomer attitudes: Boomers are feeling poorer than... Read more →