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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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5/8/2016
By Anna Gorman, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
LOS ANGELES, CA -- The women sat in a circle and bemoaned their sleepless nights. It seemed unfair: Their babies weren't born yet. Mayra Del Real's daughter turned somersaults in her belly every few hours. Alexandria Smith lay awake with heartburn. When she wasn't propped up with every pillow in the house, she was making bleary-eyed...
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5/6/2016
By Nick Green, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
The process, expected to emit excess pollutants for about six hours in violation of regulations, is delayed two days ExxonMobil announced Friday evening that the long-awaited restart of its Torrance refinery, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, would be postponed two days for “operational” reasons, authorities said....
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5/5/2016
By Nick Green, DAILY BREEZE
The February 2015 explosion that shuttered the ExxonMobil plant in Torrance was the costliest disruption at a California refinery in the past 16 years, with motorists paying at least $2.4 billion in higher pump prices in the following six months, according to a recent RAND study. Soaring prices stemming from the lost gasoline supply sucked a...
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4/29/2016
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
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4/28/2016
By Gregory Goth, COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM
As automobile accidents go, a 2-mile-per-hour sideswipe typically would not reach the level of having an insurance company pay the repair bill, let alone set off a policy discussion in the highest reaches of government. Yet a recent "fender bender" between an autonomous vehicle being tested by Google and a municipal bus in Mountain View...
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4/28/2016
By Shirley Siluk, TOP TECH NEWS
In the wake of new antitrust objections to Google's Android operating system announced by the European Commission (EC) last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly widening its own probe into the tech giant. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal earlier this week reported that FTC staff...
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4/27/2016
By David Louie, KGO ABC TV-7 Bay Area, CA
PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The drive to develop autonomous vehicles is evident throughout Silicon Valley where companies large and small are working on the technology, so now federal regulators are starting to step in to set safety rules. Competition drives innovation, and a major focus is on creating autonomous vehicles that are safer than cars...
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4/27/2016
By Nick Statt, THE VERGE
Autonomous vehicle regulations are fast approaching Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and the auto industry pleaded with government officials today to employ restraint in issuing regulations for self-driving cars. The meeting was the second of two public hearings on autonomous vehicles held by the Department of Transportation's...
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4/26/2016
By Paul Ingrassia, Alexandria Sage & David Shepardson, REUTERS
The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying. AUSTIN, Texas – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt...
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4/25/2016
By Nancy Cook and Sarah Karlin-Smith, POLITICO
The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a...