- Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France Updated: Feb-12-16 4:54 pm
PARIS - If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.
- Jamestown team wins North Dakota LifeSmarts competition Updated: Feb-12-16 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A team from Jamestown has won the state finals of the annual LifeSmarts competition.
- Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits Updated: Feb-11-16 11:37 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.
- Kreis confirmed as New Hampshire Consumer Advocate Updated: Feb-10-16 3:44 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's Executive Council has confirmed Donald Kreis as consumer advocate, a position that watches out for utility ratepayers.
- Kansas AG says company to pay $110,00 for no-call violations Updated: Feb-10-16 5:01 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A California company has agreed to pay $110,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act and Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
- In Tech: Google ads, Verizon video, domain leadership Updated: Feb-09-16 3:07 pm
Google is helping to promote the fight against extremism through its own digital advertising network.
- Identity theft complaints on the rise in Wisconsin Updated: Feb-09-16 7:43 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin consumer protection officials compiling a list of top complaints in 2015 say identity theft is on the rise.
- Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California Updated: Feb-08-16 8:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday.
- Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier Updated: Feb-08-16 7:35 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states over concerns with its financial condition will be allowed to resume that business.
- Study: Terre Haute leads Indiana in fewest driving deaths Updated: Feb-08-16 12:39 pm
TERR HAUTE, Indiana - A consumer advocacy organization says Terre Haute is the Indiana city with the fewest distracted and drunken driving fatalities.
- Toyota Credit settles US discrimination allegations Updated: Feb-02-16 5:43 pm
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Credit Corp. will pay $21.9 million to black and Asian borrowers as part of a settlement over alleged discriminatory lending.
- Regulators get input - sort of - on self-driving car rollout Updated: Jan-28-16 6:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars were told Thursday by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the state's current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits.
- Maine's high court confirms smart meter safety decision Updated: Jan-26-16 9:19 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - About 600,000 so-called "smart meters" installed in homes and businesses by Central Maine Power pose no credible threat to health and safety, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
- Kansas utility consumer advocate office without lawyer Updated: Jan-25-16 8:54 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The Kansas agency that represents residential and small-business customers fired its interim consumer counsel Monday in a dustup over legislation that was introduced after the board discussed shifting its focus to fighting new federal clean air regulations.
- Consumer agency looks to reduce planned utility rate hike Updated: Jan-23-16 1:47 pm
MUNSTER, Indiana - A state agency that represents consumers wants Indiana regulators to significantly reduce a utility's proposed rate increase.
- Missouri consumer advocate to step down Updated: Jan-23-16 8:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's chief advocate for residential customers in utility regulatory cases is stepping down from the job on Feb. 17.
- Correction: Duke-Gasification Plant story Updated: Jan-22-16 1:50 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - In a Jan. 21 story, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public comment on a Duke Energy coal gasification plant in Edwardsport. It is not, but it is seeking public comment on Duke Energy's plan to upgrade electricity infrastructure in Indiana.
- Arizona court to rule on case involving consumers' rights Updated: Jan-21-16 8:11 am
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Thursday on an appeal in a lawsuit that raised broad consumer rights issues.
- State agency opens probe into Consumers Energy billing Updated: Jan-19-16 3:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The agency overseeing Michigan's utilities says it's investigating estimated billing practices by Consumers Energy Co., which have prompted customer complaints.
- Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes gets journalism job Updated: Jan-19-16 12:01 pm
BEND, Oregon - In a continued return to the public eye after leaving Salem under federal investigation, Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes announced she's landed a new gig: freelance journalist.
- Albuquerque man who helped carjacking victim gets job back Updated: Jan-16-16 11:52 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - An Albuquerque Walgreens employee who was fired after coming to the aid of a carjacking victim is back at work.
- Cassius Clay Straight Bourbon Whiskey educates consumers Updated: Jan-16-16 11:45 am
RICHMOND, Kentucky - A 'spirit' helps preserve the memory of one of Madison County's finest - Cassius Clay Straight Bourbon Whiskey.