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Electric supplier to pay $400K to settle marketing case

Aug. 01, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has reached a settlement with an out-of-state, third-party electric supplier it alleged was using marketing tactics that violated consumer protection laws. Chandler, Arizona-based Town Square Energy will play $400,000 and...

Judge agrees to destruction of Kraft massage parlor video

Jul. 30, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A video recording of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men allegedly engaging in massage parlor sex will be returned to prosecutors for destruction, a Florida judge ruled Friday, ending a two-year saga that tarnished the reputation of one of...

China launches 6-month campaign to clean up apps

Jul. 26, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s industry ministry has announced a 6-month campaign to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cyber security and “disturbing market order.” The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology...

Feds urge rental websites to warn of elevator dangers

Jul. 22, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

Days after the death of a child who got stuck in an elevator at a North Carolina vacation rental, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling on vacation rental websites to warn customers about the dangers of home elevators and require hosts to lock elevators until they are...

Agency pledges tough action to buttress 'right to repair'

Jul. 21, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves, or to use independent repair shops, under changes being eyed by federal regulators. The regulators maintain that restrictions have...

As COVID rises, a vexing hunt for nursing home vaccine stats

Jul. 14, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 on the rise again and many nursing home staffers unvaccinated, families still lack easy access to crucial Medicare immunization data that will help them pick the right facility for their loved one. Medicare has a “Care Compare”...

FDA head calls for inquiry into Alzheimer's drug review

Jul. 09, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday called for a government investigation into highly unusual contacts between her agency's drug reviewers and the maker of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug. Dr. Janet Woodcock announced the...

Are state interest-rate caps an automatic win for borrowers?

Jul. 07, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

Small-dollar, short-term lenders, unburdened by a federal maximum interest rate, can charge borrowers rates of 400% or more for their loans. But more states are bringing that number down by setting rate caps to curb high-interest lending. Currently, 18 states and...

US plans to make airlines refund fees if bags are delayed

Jul. 02, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

The Transportation Department will propose that airlines be required to refund fees on checked baggage if the bags aren't delivered to passengers quickly enough. The proposal, if made final after a lengthy regulation-writing process, would also require prompt refunds for...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 30, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 28, 2021. Editorial: The real test of whether DeSantis means what he says When Broward County imposed a mask mandate and threats of fines for violations, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his executive power to wipe it off the...