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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.

Scam alert: fake invoices can cheat you — and now real invoices can too

New invoice/bank scam hybrid snags victims in the U.S. and around the world

The United States Postal Service estimates that American businesses lose millions if not billions of dollars to invoice scams every year, though of course the scam's very nature makes it hard to accurately measure its total costs, because so many of its victims don't realize they're losing money.

No jail time for California cop who stole nude photos from arrestees' phones

The other cops involved aren't even facing charges

Here's another reason why you should always put a strong password on your smartphone and any other computer devices.

Revenge porn site banned by feds

Women were forced to pay hundreds of dollars to have their images taken down

The operator of an alleged “revenge porn” website has been banned from sharing nude videos or photographs of people without their consent and will have to destroy the intimate images and personal contact information he collected while operating the site.

What to do when your dog gets the flu

It's about the same as you'd do for a human

You aren't the only one who can get the flu. Your dog can get it too. It's known in veterinary circles as canine influenza, a respiratory infection caused by the H3N8 virus.

Whole Foods, Wegmans "store-baked" claims are stale, suit charges

Class action argues stores' claims don't rise to the challenge

Take the lawsuits filed by consumers who argue that Whole Foods and Wegmans aren't really selling freshly store-baked bread, cakes and so forth in their gargantuan supermarkets.