EDITORIAL - SANTA ROSA PRESS-DEMOCRAT
Almost four dozen Americans die every day from prescription pain-killer overdoses.
These deaths coincide with a sharp increase in the number of prescriptions written for narcotic pain-killers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Norco.
“Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a...
By Thomas D. Elias, SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE
There is absolutely no doubt about a few facts surrounding the gasoline price surge Californians experienced in late winter and early spring.
In March, California prices averaged 84 cents per gallon higher than the national average of $2.54 per gallon, rising to $3.38 after a wintertime dip.
That meant Californians spent $34 million per day more...
By Sarah Perez, TECH CRUNCH
YouTube Kids, YouTube’s initial entry into making its video-sharing service more accessible to parents and their children, has come under fire yet again. Two consumer groups, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, are alleging that the app includes a number of videos that are inappropriate for...
By Saba Hamedy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Google came under fire Tuesday after a string of children's advocacy groups filed an update to their Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging the YouTube Kids App contains content that "would be extremely disturbing" and "potentially harmful" for young children.
The news comes after the coalition of opponents filed...
By Josh Wolford, WEB PRO NEWS
In April, a group of consumer advocate groups including The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children Now, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, and Public Citizen called on the Federal...
By George Lauer, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
A consumer advocacy organization has launched a campaign to get state officials to explain why they revoked Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt not-for-profit status last year.
Consumer Watchdog also wants the state to explain why Californians didn't learn of the decision for seven months.
The California Franchise Tax Board decided in...
By Jerry Hirsch, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be the human drivers of other vehicles.
Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have been involved in crashes.
But the cars, three owned by Google and one by Delphi, were in...
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The company has not yet applied for the permit the cars will need, however
Google says its fully autonomous pod-shaped cars are ready to roll but the company has not yet applied for the permit it will need to hit the road in California.
Google has been testing Lexus SUVs retrofitted with its self-driving software and hardware for quite some time...
By Richard Adhikari, TECH NEWS WORLD
Media pressure this week led Google to reveal that its self-driving cars, which are being tested on select city streets in California, have been involved in 11 accidents. All were minor accidents that occurred over the past six years, according to Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program.
The disclosure followed an Associated Press...
By Pete Bigelow, AUTOBLOG
Companies racing to develop self-driving cars for American roads have hit their first potholes. Google acknowledged Monday its self-driving vehicles have been involved in four car accidents since September and 11 overall during six years of testing. Global automotive supplier Delphi said its autonomous cars have been involved in one minor accident...