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June 2019

Federal agencies warn vaping companies about social media ads that don’t contain a nicotine warning

The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent four warning letters Friday to firms that make and market flavored e-liquid products that are used in vaping. The letters cite postings by influencers on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that endorse the companies’... Read more →

Carnival fined after admitting dumping garbage in the ocean, again

Princess Cruise Lines and its parent, Carnival Cruise Lines, were ordered to pay a $20 million criminal penalty Monday and will be under more supervision after admitting to violations of its probation related to dumping waste into the ocean. Princess was convicted and sentenced in April 2017, after pleading guilty... Read more →

Car loans causing financial hardships for Americans with limited transportation options

Auto lenders are taking advantage of Americans who need their cars to go to work or school and for shopping, trapping them into car loans with high-interest rates and inflated costs, according to U.S. PIRG, a public interest organization. A report, "Driving into Debt" by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund,... Read more →

Do you pay hidden fees?

Every month as part of my Comcast TV package, I pay Comcast $10 for sports programs that I never watch. That’s $120 a year. It’s so irritating. Most of the 3,480 Americans who wrote to Consumer Reports over the past 13 months, as part of the organization’s “What the Fee?!”... Read more →

Baby boomers embrace June and summer fun

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, although it officially begins June 21. When the weather is good, people enjoy barbecues, picnics with family and friends, outdoor fun at home, and travel elsewhere. For Memorial Day, I was in Madrid visiting my daughter and her family. The following... Read more →

USB charging cables are being recalled by Target due to shock and fire hazards

Target is recalling about 90,000 heyday 3-foot lightning USB charging cables. The metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging, posing shock and fire hazards. Target has received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking, or igniting, including two... Read more →