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May 2014

Exercise can help prevent disability for older, vulnerable adults

A structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce the risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, which may be the most important factor in whether older people can maintain their independence, a study has found. Older people who lose their mobility have higher rates of disease, disability, and... Read more →


Auto lender to pay $5.5 million to settle charges it harassed consumers, collected amounts they didn’t owe

A national subprime auto lender will pay more than $5.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company used illegal tactics to collect consumers’ loans, including collecting money consumers didn’t owe, harassing consumers, and disclosing debts to friends, family, and employers. Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. agreed to refund... Read more →


Big drug companies marketing campaign is hooking consumers on narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin, leading to skyrocketing addiction, two Calif. counties claim

Two California counties are suing the five largest manufacturers of popular narcotics used as pain killers, alleging the companies knew for years that the narcotics, such as OxyContin and Percocet, were too addictive and too debilitating for long-term use. Officials from Orange and Santa Clara counties are charging the prescription... Read more →


Recall of the Week: General Motors cars due to seat belt defect

Photo: Bull-Doser General Motors is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles, model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclaves manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014; Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014; and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014; and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook... Read more →


Memorial Day travel: How many people are traveling and what they’re spending

Eight out of 10 the 36.1 million Americans who will be traveling over the Memorial Day weekend will travel 50 miles or more from home. Last year, 35.5 million people were traveling, 1.5 percent fewer are traveling this year, said AAA Travel. The 2014 forecast is 2.6 percent higher than... Read more →


Bargains to look for at Memorial Day sales

To celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, many consumers will enjoy sunshine, parades, and barbeques. However, some consumers will be out shopping on the holiday, looking for deals. Often, Memorial Day weekend serves up some of the best sales since the start of the year, frequently featuring... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Various General Motors vehicles for defects including voltage fluctuations, headlights, and brakes

General Motors is recalling about 2.6 million vehicles for voltage fluctuations, headlight, and brake problems. The recalls include: 2,440,524 GM vehicles from 2004-2012, including Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 models, recalled for voltage fluctuations which can cause various conditions, including brake lights not lighting up when the brake pedal is... Read more →