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Feds challenge wart-removal and weight-loss supplement promoters

There's no evidence the products work, the FTC alleges

The FTC says the wart removal and weight loss claims made by DermaTend and Lipidryl were unsubstantiated and deceptive.

Malware alert: beware fake shipping notices and order confirmation emails

Notice the scam-warning bells ringing throughout this typical fake “FeDeX” notice

Watch out for fake “shipping notices” or “tracking messages” purporting to be from the post office, UPS, FedEx or other mailing-and-shipping companies.

How to turn up the heat on your energy bill

Keeping it cooler inside saves fuel and burns more calories

Lets see if we can help take the heat off your bank account during these winter months.

Giving your dog a pill doesn't have to be an ordeal

Camouflage can work but it's important not to be stressed out

Dogs aren't any better than kids when it's time to take meds, but there are some ways to make giving a pill a little easier to swallow, both for you and your dog.

Knowing store policies will make post-Christmas returns easier

Here are the return policies of 5 major retailers

Different stores have different policies, so to help you sort through the process, here are the return policies for 5 major retailers: Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and

Missouri AG sues 13 St. Louis County towns for speed-trap profiteering

Simply put, the towns are making too much money from traffic tickets

A civil suit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster against 13 St. Louis County towns alleges they're in violation of state law restricting income from so-called speed traps.

Prescription drugs still the leading cause of poisonings

But 'bath salts,' synthetic marijuana and laundry pods are rising fast

Prescription drugs are still the leading cause of poisonings in the U.S. but a new study finds that "bath salts," synthetic marijuana and laundry detergent pods are becoming common threats as well.

Air pollution in pregnancy linked to increased autism risk

Genetics and airborne pollution seen as significant

Pregnant women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter -- particularly during the third trimester -- may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas with low particulate matter, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

No lie -- you can stop your kid from lying

Fear of punishment doesn't work

The best way to help your child tell the truth and be honest, is to not threaten them with punishment if they spill the beans and fess up. That's the primary finding of a study conducted at McGill University in Canada with 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

'Hypoallergenic' means what, exactly?

Not much, according to some experts

"Hypoallergenic" is like "natural" -- it just makes you feel good all over, as long as you don't break out in a rash. Neither word has any legal meaning, and should basically be considred as marketing hype.

Holidays can bring on more migraines

Here are some tips to improve your odds of avoiding one

Doctors have known for some time that some foods and drinks can trigger migraine headaches in some people. That's an important fact to remember around the holidays, when your food and beverage consumption may take some crazy twists and turns.

Apple's AirDropped astronaut sloths highlight a serious security flaw

If you have a Mac or any iGadget with AirDrop, you MUST check its settings

If your Apple device recently received the Astronaut or Space Sloth photo via AirDrop, learn from this and be thankful it wasn't a nasty virus instead.

Holidays can be stressful for kids

It's important to retain at least some routine and time for relaxation

While you are busy creating memories by frantically running to the mall, decorating cookies, figuring out how to please everyone, you might not realize the toll it is taking on the people you are trying to make everything so perfect for.

Pack holiday packages well and send them early

USPS, FedEx and UPS specify the last "ship-by" dates to get presents there on time

If you are mailing your holiday package yourself, here are a few suggestions to help you get it off the ground.

Draggin' the line can be tough on your pup

Learning to walk on a leash can take time, but it's worth it

The best way to help you and your dog in this walking adventure is to start them off as a puppy.