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Stories with subject: Consumer protection and advocacy
  • San Diego residents complain about penalties on late bills 
    Updated: May-02-16 9:51 am

    SAN DIEGO - Consumer advocates are accusing San Diego public utility officials of tacking unnecessary fees and penalties onto late bills and shutting off customers' water with no warning.

  • Judge allows suit over 2014 Super Bowl tickets to be refiled 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 1:32 pm

    NEWARK, New Jersey - A lawsuit against the NFL over the number of tickets sold to the public for the 2014 Super Bowl is going forward.

  • West Virginia AG transfers $10M for anti-drug efforts 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 3:17 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he's transferring $10 million from his office's consumer protection fund to the state's general fund for substance abuse treatment efforts and to reduce a backlog of state police crime lab drug tests.

  • Time Warner Cable deal gets OK, with online video conditions story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 6:35 pm

    NEW YORK - Federal regulators will impose several conditions meant to protect online video services as they back Charter's bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create the country's second-largest home Internet provider.

  • Trans-Atlantic trade deal in focus when Obama visits Germany story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-23-16 11:17 am

    BERLIN - When President Barack Obama opens the world's largest industrial fair in the northern German city of Hannover on Sunday, he'll be leading a delegation of American companies hoping to conquer new markets abroad. He'll also be trying to complete one of his presidency's main pieces of unfinished business - a trans-Atlantic trade pact.

  • Records: DOJ investigator resigned amid harassment probe 
    Updated: Apr-22-16 6:06 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A high-level state Justice Department supervisor resigned last fall amid an internal investigation into allegations he sexually harassed female co-workers, documents the agency released Friday show.

  • Last-ditch effort to revive new payday lender loans 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 9:06 pm

    PHOENIX - Backers of a proposal allowing payday lenders barred from Arizona following a 2008 voter initiative to offer a new high-interest loan product launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to revive the legislation.

  • Court rules Indiana lawmakers can keep emails private 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 5:09 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers can continue withholding their correspondence with lobbying groups and businesses from the public under a ruling Tuesday by the state Supreme Court.

  • House OKs bill on high-speed Internet service rates 
    Updated: Apr-15-16 11:43 am

    WASHINGTON - Republicans snubbed a White House veto threat and pushed legislation through the House Friday that would bar the government from regulating rates that high-speed Internet service providers charge consumers.

  • Microsoft suit is latest tech clash with US over privacy story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-16 1:45 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - As we live more of our lives online, the companies we trust with our digital secrets are increasingly clashing with authorities who want access to the messages, pictures, financial records and other data we accumulate in electronic form.

  • Missouri lawmakers weigh daily fantasy sports rules, taxes 
    Updated: Apr-09-16 4:58 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members this week took action to be among the first states to pass laws protecting daily fantasy sports, a business that has fallen under national scrutiny by state lawmakers and attorneys general.

  • The Latest: Charged 700 percent interest lenders post bail 
    Updated: Apr-07-16 5:36 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - The Latest on Payday Lending Indictment (all times local):

  • Stricter rules unveiled for brokers giving retirement advice 
    Updated: Apr-06-16 5:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration acted Wednesday to require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet a stricter standard that now applies to registered advisers: They must act as "fiduciaries" - trustees who are obligated to put their clients' best interests above all.

  • Why you need to check if your child has a credit report 
    Updated: Apr-06-16 1:37 pm

    NEW YORK - They might not be old enough to swipe a credit card or take out a loan, but you still need to keep an eye on your little one's credit.