Not until 1987 were hope chests made that open from inside
When you're browsing in a secondhand shop or antique store, or brushing dust off the heirlooms in Grandma's attic, chances are you'd never think to ask yourself, “Has there been a safety recall on this lovely vintage pre-World War Two antique?”
Do email scammers think you're stupid? They sure hope so
Despite the name “Grandma scam,” these would-be scammers don't limit themselves to grandparents. Indeed, this week we were the attempted targets of what we'll dub the “Real estate agent with whom you have an extremely slight acquaintance scam,” even though we know that label doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
The latest social-media site to face similar claims
Facebook has recently been subjected to various lawsuits from users who allege that Facebook falsely claimed they “like” various products or pages, for advertising purposes. Meanwhile, LinkedIn has faced a similar class-action suit since at least last September.
Suit claims the messages are treated as though they had been posted publicly
Two Facebook users are suing, claiming that "private" messages are being scanned and used to profile the sender's activities.
Findings mean more precautions are needed in schools, daycare centers and hospitals
A new study by University at Buffalo researchers published in Infection and Immunity shows that dangerous strep bacteria linger on surfaces for far longer than expected.
This story would make a terrible holiday TV special, and wasn't much better in real life
I spent the week trying and failing to buy my niece a Christmas present from a recalcitrant Chinese watch-seller on eBay.
Class action suit could be settled quickly at an upcoming hearing
A federal magistrate has cleared the way for a class action lawsuit against Hulu on grounds that it violated consumers' privacy by releasing movie-viewing information to Facebook and a market analysis service.
There's never a shortage of HOAs-behaving-badly stories
Topping the list of this week’s horror stories is the case of 75-year-old Ingrid Boak, whose mortgage-free, paid-for home in the Masterson Station Neighborhood Association of Lexington, Kentucky, was confiscated and sold over less than $250 in unpaid HOA fees -- $48 per year for six years.
Problems with the sign-up website may be the least of it
The problems with the government's roll-out of the Affordable Care Act have been well-documented. The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) national sign-up website, Healthcare.gov, has been a disaster. Some state sites have also had issues.
More than 1,000 publishers will be contributing content
Now Roku -- one of the early players in the streaming-video business -- is teaming up with AOL to produce a news channel that will be distributed through Roku's set-top boxes.
They're easy to use but they're also dangerous
Hey guys, just because that nail gun is quick and easy to use doesn't mean you don't have to pay attention. Researchers in Australia say there's been an increase in the frequency of injuries to nail gun users, both those in the workplace and at home.
Armed service members are targeted by scam artists and unscrupulous businesses
Active duty military members too often fall victiim to unscrupulous businesses and scam artists. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently discussed the problem and highlighted state and federal laws protecting current and former members of the armed services.
US Airways flight cancelled after passenger walkout
If more customers took the attitude “We’d sooner not fly at all than fly under these conditions,” traveling through American airspace would be far less infuriating. But it happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia, after passengers walked off a US Airways plane to protest what they say was a flight attendant’s unfair treatment of a blind man and his guide dog.
Another possible factor in modern obesity rates
News flash for weight-conscious office workers: eating at your desk makes you more likely to gain weight than leaving your desk for an official lunch break — though not for the reasons you might think.
Obama Administration also promoting terms that raise drug prices, leaked documents indicate
Secret documents published this week by WikiLeaks and analyzed by the nonprofit consumers group Public Citizen reveal that the Obama administration is demanding terms that would limit Internet freedom and access to lifesaving medicines throughout the Asia-Pacific region and bind Americans to the same bad rules, belying the administration’s stated commitments to reduce health care costs and advance free expression online, Public Citizen said Wednesday.