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April 2015

Watch out for foreclosure rescue relief scams that could lead to you losing your home

Worried about foreclosure? Beware of foreclosure rescue companies that make big promises. A group of companies and individuals doing business as HOPE Services told consumers facing foreclosure they could get help from legitimate, government-backed programs, such as Making Home Affordable – but only after they made three monthly trial payments... Read more →


Want to donate to Nepal earthquake victims? Research charities carefully

Many consumers are looking for ways to help people affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region. If you’re looking for a way to give, be sure to do research so that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as... Read more →


Corinthian closing 28 remaining colleges

Corinthian Colleges, a chain of for-profit colleges that at one time had 72,000 students, announced Sunday it would end all operations. Corinthian’s closure follows enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Education and by states. The department took action in June 2014, when Corinthian failed to respond to requests for... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes due to crash hazard

Trek bicycles is recalling about 900,000 bicycles equipped with front disc brakes in the United States and 98,000 in Canada. An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to stop suddenly or separate... Read more →


Startling ideas to ponder on Earth Day

Stewart Brand, conservationist and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, thinks the trend of people moving to the city is a good one because rural areas recover when people leave. Brand, speaking Tuesday at the national conference of the American Planning Association in Seattle, said by the end of the... Read more →