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Greenpeace Warns Of Lead Levels In Toys Environmental Group Says Some Vinyl Products Pose Risks

Some vinyl toys and products for youngsters contain levels of lead and cadmium that could pose health risks, the environmental group Greenpeace said Thursday. Greenpeace said its laboratory tests found …


Office Supply Chain To Change Advertising

The Staples office supply chain has agreed to change its advertising after attorneys general in 13 states, including Washington, complained the company’s promise of “0 percent financing” was misleading. Staples …


Burger King Looks For New Beef Supplies Spokane Restaurants Unaffected

Burger King offered hamand-cheese sandwiches instead of Whoppers for lunch Friday as the fast-food chain sought new beef supplies to replace hamburger recalled from a Hudson Foods plant here. Some …


Tainted Trust Consumers, Not Government, Must Judge Unsafe Meat.

In spite of meat recalls, scientific advances and stepped up plant inspections, the federal government cannot ensure Americans’ food is free of dangerous bacteria. And experts say it probably will …


Hamburger Plant Closes, Recalls 25 Million Pounds

Workers at the Hudson Foods plant in Columbus, Neb., process ground beef this week. The plant has been closed. Photo by Associated Press


Unsolicited Loans Not-So-Easy Money Critics Point To Chance Of Theft, High Interest Rates

Victor and Debra Goldberg of Ithaca, N.Y., hold a $7,500 check that Debra received from Signet Bank. The “Instant Loan Check” carries a 13.99 percent interest rate if deposited. Photo …


Industry: Clinton’s Call For Child-Safe Dosages A Bit Late Manufacturers Say Tests Began On Targeted Drugs 3 Years Ago

As President Clinton moved Wednesday to prod drug manufacturers into finding child-safe dosages for medicines, industry representatives politely suggested he was late to the game. A proposed new Food and …


Drug Firms Telling Us What To Take Consumer Groups Say Doctors, Pharmacists Pressured Into Switching Patients’ Medication

An 86-year-old woman began experiencing nausea and weakness after her health insurer had her change from a blood pressure medication she had long used to one it preferred. A 63-year-old …


Pantyhose Firm Agrees To Refund Customers

The strings attached to a pantyhose giveaway will cost a Pennsylvania company more than $300,000, and Idaho will get 10 percent of it. Hosiery Corp. of America has agreed to …


Group Warns Consumers About Cash-Value Policies Term Life Insurance A Smarter Option For Most, Study Finds

The deal is enticing: Buy a cash-value life insurance policy and watch your money go to work in stocks and bonds - a double gain of insurance protection and financial …


Colville Car Dealership Loses License

The state has revoked a Colville used car dealership’s license, saying the business prevented customers from receiving car titles on time. The Car Lot, owned by Linda Brown of Colville, …


Investment Products To Be Based On Dow Index

Index funds have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They - particularly those based on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index - have …


Vacuum Repair Scam Targets Elderly

Spokane-area residents should be wary of a possible vacuum cleaner repair scam targeting the elderly, sheriff’s deputies said. So far, two people have complained to authorities that a man in …


Marshals Seize Uncertified Eye Lasers

Government agents seized more than $3 million worth of eye lasers from a Florida company Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced, saying the company was selling unapproved machines to …


Consumers Warned About Sweepstakes

Eastern Washington and North Idaho residents should beware of calls from people promoting a fraudulent sweepstakes. The scam targets elderly people, said Lisa Stephens, president of the Spokane chapter of …


Phillips’ Gelcaps Pulled From Stores

Bayer Corp. said Monday it is pulling its Phillips’ Gelcaps laxative from stores nationwide, citing Food and Drug Administration concerns about a possibly cancer-causing ingredient. In a report last month …


West Indies Bank Targeted

A West Indies bank accused of soliciting uninsured deposits on the Internet faces a cease-and-desist order from the Idaho Department of Finance. European Union Bank claims to be the first …


Fda Proposes Rules To Restrict Ephedrine

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Monday aimed at reducing the risks posed by a popular herbal stimulant that has been linked to seizures and deaths. Products derived …


Regulators Launch Crackdown Twenty States Take Action Against Stock Telemarketing Fraud

Securities regulators in 20 states, including Washington, have begun a crackdown against 14 brokerage firms accused of making unauthorized stock trades and other fraudulent sales practices. “They’re very impressive when …


Jenny Craig Settles Ad Complaint Company To Give More Data On Success Rates, Pricing

The Jenny Craig weight-loss program has settled a federal deceptive advertising complaint by agreeing to provide more complete information on success rates, health risks and pricing. The agreement, announced Thursday …


Fraud Of Seniors Will Be Topic

Senior citizens are often the target of consumer fraud over the telephone or through the mail. The South Hill Senior Center, 2727 S. Mount Vernon, is planning a free program …


Businesses Could Get Lawsuit Shield Change In Political Climate Helping Liability-Limits Measure

After nearly two decades of trying, a coalition of manufacturers appears within reach of succeeding this year in having enacted nationwide standards that would limit damages to people who are …


Refuse To Pay Outrageous Prices

Why are we such suckers? Why do we consumers allow ourselves to be gouged? We too often pay ridiculous prices because we crave convenience or can’t resist an impulse. Most …


Ftc Watching Weight-Loss Ads Agency Wants Consumers To Lose Pounds, Not Just Dollars

Cracking down on weight-loss claims that sound too good to be true, the Federal Trade Commission launched an awareness campaign Tuesday to prevent consumers from wasting their money - and …


Man Who Sold False Hope To Bald Must Part With Profits

The man whose company reaped millions from a purported cure for baldness will forfeit 80 percent of his bankruptcy proceeds to settle a false advertising lawsuit, the government said Wednesday. …


Smith Warranties Should Be Honored

A settlement agreement will give Washington customers of Smith’s Home Furnishings who bought warranties on purchases from the defunct chain most of their money back. General Electric Credit Corp., which …


Warranty Sought To Help Disabled

Manufacturers should stand behind expensive devices that disabled people need to help them hear, read or walk, Sen. Denton Darrington said Thursday. Darrington, R-Declo, persuaded the state Senate to vote …


Crackdown Fuels Debate Travel Agents, State Seek Consensus On Reforms

Efforts to regulate the travel industry in Washington have encountered turbulence barely a year after legislation intended to curb abuses took effect. While officials pursue civil and criminal charges against …


Internet Shoppers Can Avoid Traps

Cyberspace shopping is exploding, thanks to the modern magic of the Internet. But old-fashioned consumer problems still await unwary shoppers. “Just as the case with mail- and telephone-order shopping, it’s …


Brokers Dislike Shuffling Stock Certificates

Few brokers want their clients to take delivery of certificates representing the shares they have purchased. If you want the paper, you have to pay for it. Why? Brokers, especially …