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Going away? Stage your home

The lived-in look protects against burglaries, intrusions

Although you can’t prevent all thefts from occurring, there are some things you can do to make your home safer.

Popular antacids linked to higher heart risks

Researchers concerned about one type of drug called proton pump inhibitor

Millions of consumers take antacids to relieve symptoms of acid reflux and other digestive discomforts. Now there's a warning about one particular type of antacid that could be in your medicine chest.

Study: Half of U.S. kids don't drink enough water

Could have serious health consequences years later

Much of the health advice doled out to children revolves around what they should not be drinking – namely sugary beverages.

Botox maker entering the double-chin market

Allergen is expanding its 'facial aesthetics' portfolio

Double chins may not be big business yet but Allergen PLC -- which makes Botox -- is betting they soon will be. Our chins aren't getting any younger, after all.

Online retailers often fail to post warranty information, survey finds

In check of 20 etailers, there was no warranty info for 4 out of 5 items checked

Cautious consumers want to know about warranty coverage before they buy an expensive product. But a survey by finds that information's not easy to come by if you're shopping online.

Are Samsung washing machines prone to cause flooding?

A recent class-action filing plus numerous consumer complaints suggest maybe they are

This week, in Newark, New Jersey, consumers filed an attempted class-action claim against Samsung, claiming that the company's washing machines (specifically top-load washers, in this most recent filing) are defective.

Your dog can make waves but don't let him drink them

Dogs can pick up dangerous diseases by drinking lake or salt water

You have to be so careful because lakes and waterways contain organisms and chemicals that can be harmful to your dog, some of which can put you at risk for zoonotic disease as well.

Consumer agency will police nonbank car loans

Car dealers gear up to fight to regulation in Congress

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asserting its authority to police what are called "nonbank" auto finance companies -- the lenders who write many of the subprime loans for low-income car buyers.

Are you in danger of losing your job to a robot?

Robots will become viable alternative to human work force, report warns

Should people with jobs be concerned about the rise of robots? After all, you don't have to pay these guys overtime. In fact, you don't have to pay them at all.

Carnival Cruises bans bottled beverages to prevent BYOB passengers

You can still drink alcohol on Carnival ships; you just have to pay a 300 or 400 percent markup

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it is banning passengers from bringing bottled beverages on board, to cut down on alcohol smuggling. The new policy will come into effect on July 9.

Another study finds that nuts and peanuts reduce the mortality rate

Peanut butter shows no protective effect, however

Another study finds that men and women who eat at least 10 grams of nuts and peanuts per day have a lower risk of dying from a large array of diseases than non-nut-eaters.

Fiat Chrysler tells US it missed deadlines in 5 recalls

Fiat Chrysler is admitting it missed legal deadlines to notify customers in five safety recalls.

Drivers want new safety technology, but it will cost them

Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.

Feeling safe? Try attending Internet security conference

A conference of Internet security experts is not for the faint of heart.

Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law.