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December 2017

Arrow nocks recalled by Ravin Crossbows due to injury hazard

About 220,000 Ravin arrow nocks are being recalled in the United States with about an addition 3,600 recalled in Canada. Arrow nocks are small, plastic parts that take the full force of each arrow shot and transmit that force to the arrow shaft. If the nock isn’t fully engaged with... Read more →

California public health agency offers guidelines on how to reduce radiation from cell phones

Do cell phones emit harmful radiation? It’s a topic I’ve been concerned about for years. What federal agencies have said is that there isn’t sufficient evidence that shows they’re harmful, so they don’t know. As smartphone use continues to increase in the United States, especially among children, the California Department... Read more →

Attorneys general to sue Trump administration over net neutrality rollback

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday that he’ll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the rollback of net neutrality. “The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet,” said Schneiderman.... Read more →

FCC doesn’t care that more than 2 million fake comments were submitted in net neutrality comment process

Two million of the comments submitted during the net neutrality comment process stole real Americans’ identities, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday. “Millions of fake comments have corrupted the FCC public process – including two million that stole the identities of real people, a crime under New... Read more →

Be aware of privacy concerns with DNA test kits

Companies are advertising at-home DNA test kits that promise insights into your past and your future. They claim to answer questions such as where did my ancestors come from and do I have any genetic markers for certain medical conditions. If you’re thinking about buying a kit for yourself or... Read more →

Baby boomers are immersed in the holidays

Although the calendar indicates winter hasn’t officially arrived, the season made an early appearance in Meryl Baer’s community. Snow swept in and presented the town with a glorious white blanket. Unfortunately, the town canceled its twilight holiday parade due to the weather, but the holiday spirit is alive and lively... Read more →

Table lamps recalled by West Elm due to shock hazard

West Elm is recalling about 43,000 table lamps. The electrical wire that runs through the lamps can be cut or fray by the lamp’s adjustable joint, posing a risk of electric shock to consumers. The firm has received 24 reports of the lamps shorting, sparking, or getting hot. There have... Read more →

Former head of VW’s U.S. environmental and engineering office receives 7 years in prison

Oliver Schmidt, who was in charge of Volkswagen’s U.S. environmental and engineering office before the company’s emissions testing scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison. Schmidt had pleaded guilty to violating clean air laws and to defrauding the U.S. government earlier this year for his part in the... Read more →