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Sony agrees to partial refunds for Play Station Vita buyers

Feds said Sony exaggerated the 'game changing' features of the device

Sony has agreed to cough up partial refunds for consumers who bought the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console during its U.S. launch campaign in late 2011 and early 2012.

Organize your life, organize your fridge

With the holidays coming, it's time to open up some spac

Just as in spring when you want to the house cleaned up and aired out, November should be refrigerator clean-up month because you need to get organized for the holidays.

FTC reaches settlement with notorious patent troll

No, you don't owe licensing fees for scanning items into emails

This past week the Federal Trade Commission settled a case with one of the most notorious “patent trolls” in the country, which used “deceptive sales claims and phony legal threats” in an attempt to collect unnecessary licensing fees from businesses.

Large school or small: which will best protected your teen from a clique?

Schools with stronger academic emphasis seemed to discourage harmful allianc

Schools that offer students more choices like a variety of elective courses, are flexible with how to complete requirements, offer a bigger range of potential friends, a not so rigid seating assignment structure are more likely to be rank-ordered and cliquish.

Cat cafes - where cat lovers go to hang out with adoptable cats

It's a way to help high-risk cats find new homes

Cat got your tongue? It just might, at the brand new Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. It's a first for cats.

Military cutbacks at the veterinary's office

Budget cuts catch up with vet care for vets' pets

Military veterinary clinics all over the world are having to cut back services that they offer to privately owned pets so they can save some money.

Snake-snack stunt draws hisses from animal lovers

Filmmaker plans to feed himself to an anaconda, hopes to be regurgitated

Would you lather yourself up in pig's blood, hoping to persuade an anaconda to swallow you and regurgitate you? I can think of things I would rather do but there is always that one person who wants to be the first.

Food manufacturers' supposed good deeds create a 'health halo'

Good deeds don't mean the food is any healthier than the other guy's

Gee, isn't it great that some companies donate some of their profits to charity, help find homes for lost dogs, support recycling efforts and use energy-saving LED light bulbs in their factories?

App lets parents monitor their teen drivers

Technology continues to give parents an upper hand

Hyundai is stepping up with an app that allows parents to monitor how their teen drivers are operating the vehicle – in particular, how fast they're going.

How to deal with that 20-something on your couch

It's taking longer for kids to grow up, not to mention find a job

The 20's are really a time for growth. One-third of people in their 20's move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once. They go through an average of seven jobs in their 20's, more job changes than in any other stretch.

Researchers say Apple devices at risk

Security researchers say they’ve discovered a vulnerability in Apple’s software that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads, by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app.

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McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

McDonald’s is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

The frugal American: modern version vs. circa-1844 model

Money-saving tips from history don't always work today

Not all of the thriftiness advice from history still works today, so ideas that were perfectly sensible and helpful before the Industrial Revolution (and even during the Depression and other hard times afterwards) can be downright counterproductive in 21st-century America.

Study finds different online consumers get different prices

Algorithms produce search results based on users' profiles and past activity

What you pay for an online purchase may be different – higher or lower – than what someone else pays, according to researchers at Northeastern University.

No recall for corroded General Motors brake lines

Though many GM truck owners say there ought to be

ConsumerAffairs reported hearing from many GM truck owners who complained that, compared to their other vehicles, GM trucks seemed unusually prone to having their brake-line systems rust or corrode.