• FEDS PLAN PAYDAY LOAN
    'DEBT TRAP' CRACKDOWN
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to see more protections for low-income borrowers who rely on payday and other small-dollar loans. All too often these loans are made to people who cannot repay them.


PODCAST: DEALING WITH THE PREMERA DATA BREACH
Also: Teens overdosing on prescription medications, a chat with the head of the Federal Trade Commission, tips for spring cleaning chores & finding a good vet.
 

AUTO TITLE LOANS WORSE THAN PAYDAY LOANS
A new report finds that title loans tend to be a more costly way and more risky. If you fall behind in your payments, you could have your vehicle repossessed.
 

INMATES CHARGED A FEE AFTER THEY LEAVE JAIL
Prisoners are often owed money when they're released from custody. In many cases, they're now handed a prepaid debit card that has steep fees attached.
 

A CONTEST YOU CAN BANK ON WINNING
It’s a relatively new concept called prized-linked savings. Your ticket to play is a small deposit. These contests are also available for people who save some of their tax refund.
 

PODCAST: BIG CHANGES COMING TO CREDIT BUREAUS
Also: The best stuff to buy at home centers, how to get ready to adopt a pet, liquid detergent packets are a hazard to children and do you really need to buy high-protein food?
 

LAWMAKERS TAKE AIM AT BRIGHTLY COLORED LAUNDRY PACKETS
An alarming number of kids are getting their hands on these brightly colored, but toxic little detergent packets and the consequences are often very serious. A bill in Congress would require safer packaging.
 

PODCAST: HOW DO CREDIT SCORES REALLY WORK?
Also: Pruning tips from Ed Hume, superbugs and reducing the use of antibiotics on the farm, why consumer groups don’t like the president’s Privacy Bill of Rights and protecting yourself from ID theft.
 

FED CLAIMS CRUISE LINE MADE 'BILLIONS' OF ILLEGAL ROBOCALLS
These robocalls calls generated millions of dollars for the cruise line. They were disguised as political surveys in violation of the federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, according to the lawsuit.
 

PODCAST: BEST CARS & BEST BRANDS 2015
Also: Renter's insurance, gardening tips from Ed Hume, new dietary guidelines and RadioShack gift cards.
 

NEARLY 13 MILLION AMERICANS WERE ID THEFT VICTIMS IN 2014
A new survey shows that identity theft remains a serious problem in this country. Some slight progress is being made, but the criminals are still winning all too often.

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