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California Declares Electronic Cigarettes A Health Threat

California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.

01/28/2015

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Program Helps California Homeowners Keep Homes If They Lose Jobs, Or Owe More Than It’s Worth

Shannon and Jerry West have been in their home since 2009. But when Shannon lost her job last year, it threw their family for a loop.

01/27/2015

Family says 80-year-old woman was prematurely declared dead and died inside a hospital morgue freezer. (Getty Images)

Southern California Drug Maker Ordered To Shut Down

A federal court has issued an injunction shutting down a Southern California drug maker accused of violating the law in the manufacturing and distribution of dietary supplements.

01/16/2015

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for air-bags problems in some 2001-2003 models. (Honda)

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn’t inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.

01/16/2015

Restaurant Chain Chipotle Warns Climate Change Could Force Guacamole Off The Menu

Chipotle Pulls Pork Off Menu From Third Of Restaurants

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.

01/14/2015

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Officials Tell Family To Scale Back Luxe Treehouse

Northern California authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.

01/04/2015

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Egg Prices Expected To Rise As Space Requirements For Hens Go Into Effect

The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.

01/01/2015

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Keurig Recalls 7 Million Coffee Makers Due To Burn Risk

Keurig is recalling more than 7 million of its single-serve coffee brewing machines after reports that a number of them had spewed hot liquids and injured dozens of users.

12/23/2014

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Above-Average Rainfall Slowing Sales In Old Sacramento

All December long, rain has dampened holiday shopping in Old Sacramento. Business owners say sales are down. One shop owner says they’re down as much as 20 percent compared to last year, when we had a warm, dry fall.

12/19/2014

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Officials In Reno Region Say They Can Handle Growth From Tesla’s Battery Factory

Regional officials say the Reno area can handle a growth spike fueled by construction of Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory, but it will involve a hefty price tag with uncertainty over who will foot the bill.

12/14/2014

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Recent Storms Have More Residents Considering Flood Insurance

You never know when you’re going to need flood insurance. Even if your mortgage lender doesn’t require insurance, this round of storms might have you thinking twice about getting coverage.

12/05/2014

Senior Vice President, Global Quality Assurance, for Takata Corporation Hiroshi Shimizu testifies before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014, on the Takata airbag defects and the vehicle recall process.              (Credit: AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON)

Honda Expands Airbag Recall Nationwide

Takata Corp. defied a U.S. safety agency’s demand for a nationwide recall of driver’s side air bags, setting the stage for possible legal action by the government and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

12/03/2014

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Neiman Marcus: The Christmas Book 2012

The 2012 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

The makers of Airborne agreed to a $30 million settlement over false advertising claims that Airborne tablets can prevent or reduce the risk of colds, reduce the severity or duration of a cold, and protect against colds in crowded places such as airplanes, offices, or schools. (source: Federal Trade Commission)

Too Good To Be True…

Advertising is supposed to make you WANT a product. But some time, the claims go too far. Here are a few products over the years that have made false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims…and got caught! It does not include the dozens of diet pills that have been fined for making false claims.

The Volkswagen E-Bugster is displayed during the press preview for the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (credit: GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

2012 North American Car Show

The 2012 North American International Auto Show is under way in Detroit. Here is a look at some of the new cars expected to hit showrooms this year.

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Cheaper In 2012

Who knows if the economy will improve in 2012? But there is some bright money news. Some things will cost less this year. DealNews.com put together a list of ten items that will likely be cheaper in 2012.

Dog-napping has risen sharply in the 2011, according to the American Kennel Club.  TIMEMoneyland says smaller, valuable dog breeds are being stolen because they're easier to steal.

5 Weird Items Being Stolen During Recession

With the down economy and the rising value of some goods (and creatures), thieves are targeting some odd items to sell for a quick buck. Here is a list of the top 5 Weird Things People Are Stealing from TIME/Moneyland.

Take the top tennis players in the world and focus just on their cleavage. That was the premises of the "Adult Tennis Boobs" app. Apple said no thanks. (credit: Overdamped)

Banned: Most Controversial iPhone Apps

Apple now has strict policies on which applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are approved for their App Store. But some risque or offensive apps have made it through the approval process, while others were rejected before getting to market. Here’s a look at a few of the most controversial apps.

Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper by Hasbro's Playskool, $29.99: A colorful elephant that can launch plastic balls and plays music. (credit: toysrus.com/hottoys)

2011 Hot Holiday Toys by Toys R Us

Every year, toy makers and sellers hope there will be a runaway hit toy to help spur excitement around the holidays and boost sales. Toys R Us is betting that 15 toys ranging from a flying, inflatable remote-control fish to tiny collectible monsters will be big hits this season.

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