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Consumer Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids (Photo Gallery)
A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet, and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher at its erasure end — are among an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday.
Consumer Ford expands air bag recall after Malaysian death Ford expands air bag recall after Malaysian death
The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe.
Consumer The gluten-free marketing bandwagon The gluten-free marketing bandwagon
Grocery stores and supermarkets are filled with products that proudly promote that they are Gluten Free. That's a big deal for some people – and nothing more than marketing hype for many others.
Consumer Is your oven ready for the holidays? Is your oven ready for the holidays?
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you're planning to do a lot of cooking. Is your oven ready for the holiday rush?

If you don't use it very often, now's the time to test it. Just turn it on and use an oven thermometer to make sure it reaches the proper temperature.
Consumer The smart way to borrow for college The smart way to borrow for college
Most families need to borrow some money to put their kids through college. The key is to borrow as little as you can and to find the loans with the best terms.
Consumer Catch Caddy: Does it work? Catch Caddy: Does it work? (Video)
Promoters of the Catch Caddy tout an ultra-flexible, one-size-fits-all design that fits between the front seats and console of most cars. It resembles a large, open, plastic envelope-style clutch bag without the flap.
Consumer Think Halloween safety for your pets Think Halloween safety for your pets
Halloween is right around the corner. It's a fun holiday, but often stressful for the family pets. That's why so many dogs and cats run away from home on Halloween.
Consumer My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? (Video)
My Fun Fish tank is billed as "The kid-friendly aquarium that cleans itself like magic!" Adding clean water to the tank automatically siphons water up through a plastic tube that extends from the bottom of the tank out a spout near the top. Dirt collected on the bottom is removed as the fresh water pours in. As the commercial puts it- "The tank is always crystal clear!"
Consumer How to talk to your auto mechanic How to talk to your auto mechanic
Even the best auto mechanic isn't clairvoyant. So when you drop off you vehicle, it's important to give the shop as much information as possible about the problem.

Mark Salem, an ASE Certified Master Technician, explains the right way and the wrong way to do it.
Consumer FTC seeks public comment on telemarketing loophole FTC seeks public comment on telemarketing loophole (Video)
Thanks to a legal loophole in the telemarketing rules, some marketers are using a backdoor approach to get you on the phone and deceive you. They're getting your attention with advertising on TV and radio, placing ads in the newspaper, and inviting you to call or click when you're online.
Consumer Should you pay for college with a credit card? Should you pay for college with a credit card?
These days, many families are forced to get creative in order to pay the staggering cost of college. Some now charge it. That's right; they use a credit card to cover some of the tuition.
Consumer Should you have a prepaid debit card in your wallet? Should you have a prepaid debit card in your wallet?
Prepaid debit cards are growing in popularity. They're not just for people with no credit or bad credit anymore. They've become an alternative to checking accounts for people who are tired of bank fees.
Consumer Scam Alert: Con artists pretend to be with Medicare Scam Alert: Con artists pretend to be with Medicare
Con artists are stealing millions of dollars from seniors across the country by calling up and pretending to be with the federal government.

These phone bandits claim they’re working on behalf of Medicare.
Consumer 4 steps to help minimize your exposure in a data breach 4 steps to help minimize your exposure in a data breach (Video)
Home Depot, Michaels Craft Stores, Target, UPS- the list of big-name data breaches continues to grow. Data security expert Adam Levin says to reduce your financial exposure during a data breach pay with a credit card whenever you have the option.
Consumer Nail polish retailer Julep vows to polish up customer service Nail polish retailer Julep vows to polish up customer service (Video)
The CEO of Seattle-based nail polish and beauty product company Julep - says she had no idea her customers had taken their complaints to the Better Business Bureau until the bureau issued a news release this week. Jane Park insists Julep is not a company that would intentionally ignore its customers and the issues that prompted the complaints have been addressed.
Consumer Fight fraud with transaction alerts Fight fraud with transaction alerts
You can't avoid it. Sooner or later – whether they steal your wallet, secretly swipe your card or hack a database – a crook is going to get your credit or debit card number. Chances are this has already happened to you – maybe more than once.
Consumer Sure Jell freezer jam insert -- a recipe for confusion Sure Jell freezer jam insert -- a recipe for confusion (Video)
Home canning "newbies" are learning the hard way about the importance of having the right directions when you're making jams and jellies. Case in point, this summer's instruction mix-up involving Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin, one of the most popular brands of natural thickener for making jelly and jam.