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March 2015

Lawsuits in five states charge companies with fraud in nationwide subscription solicitations scam

The states of New York, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas filed lawsuits Tuesday against Orbital Publishing Group and a ring of New York and Oregon companies for mailing millions of unauthorized and misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices to consumers nationwide. The solicitations were sent without the permission of the... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about taking chances in life

Tom Sightings of Sightings From Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #397. In “A Cure for What Ails You,” Tom writes about gardening and how it’s a gamble. Another blogger writes about whether Atlantic City, once a thriving gambling mecca, can recover from closed casinos... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Amy's Kitchen dinners due to possible Listeria contamination

Amy’s Kitchen is recalling about 73,897 cases of dinners with the code dates and manufacturing codes listed below. This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Amy’s Kitchen isn't... Read more →

Federal agency seeks to regulate payday loans that lead to debt traps

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Thursday it’s considering rules that would end payday loan debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans. The proposals would also restrict lenders from attempting to collect payment from consumers’ bank accounts in ways that rack... Read more →

Cell phone cases make phones work harder, increasing radiation exposure up to 70%

Most cell phone cases are so badly designed that they partially block the antenna, making the phone work harder to transmit a signal and intensifying the radiation that strikes the user’s head and body, an Environmental Working Group analysis shows. The analysis, based on data submitted to the Federal Communications... Read more →

$98 million settlement with carbon black manufacturer to reduce air pollution in three states

In a settlement with the United States and the states of Alabama and Oklahoma, Continental Carbon Co. has agreed to install pollution control technology that will cut emissions of harmful air pollution at manufacturing plants in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice... Read more →

Affordable Care Act bringing benefits to older Americans, consumer group says

On the 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Rights Center Pres. Joe Baker offers this evaluation of the ACA: "Five years ago Monday, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, bringing real benefits to the tens of millions of Americans who have Medicare. Older adults and people... Read more →

Using nanoparticles in food is risky and food companies need to do more to protect the public, consumer groups say

You may not be aware that nanoparticles are being used sunscreens, cosmetics, clothing, supplements, packaging, and first aid creams. The question is, “Is the use of nanoparticles in food safe for consumers?” A coalition of consumer advocacy groups in the United States and abroad has released a policy recommendation for... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers considering life’s persistent questions

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #396. Although Saturday was the first day of spring, it’s cold, cold, cold and rainy here. It makes me want to hibernate in my warm bed rather than go out and face it all. Maybe that’s why I missed writing... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese due to possible injury hazard from metal pieces

Kraft Foods Group is recalling about 242,000 cases or 6.5 million boxes of Original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner because some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of... Read more →