Hybrid hassles: Ontario Kia customer frustrated with long repair delays

The Korean automaker’s motto is “The Power to Surprise,” but an unexpected power failure in Randy Starr’s new Kia was about the last thing he said he thought he would experience on North America’s busiest highway in April.“All of a sudden this message came on saying, ‘Hybrid System Failed,’ and I lost the functionality of the car, all ability to accelerate; if I hit the brakes it would be very choppy,” Starr said, referring to his experience on Highway 401, which runs through Toronto. Story continues below

Starr said he drove the under-powered Kia Niro hybrid off the highway and called Plaza Kia, the dealership where he bought it.The vehicle was taken in for evaluation, but a technician initially found no defect.“As soon as I drove off the (dealership) lot, the system failed again. (The technician) said he drove it for 20 minutes, he said everything’ …
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“Habitual Offender” Dog Shop Fights to Stay Open After City Passes Anti-Puppy Mill Law

Puppy Collection Inc., a Broward County pet shop with interior decor like a Barbie Dreamhouse, sells a range of “teacup puppies” — the extremely small, $1,000 dogs you might find in Paris Hilton’s handbag. The store, whose slogan is “Where celebrities buy their puppies,” says it’s a pet seller to the stars with “over 100+ celebrities” as clients. Their website boasts a long lineup of alleged A-list customers, ranging from Ariana Grande to Dennis Quaid to 70s-era NASCAR executive Bill France (who died in 1992; the store opened around 2011). But the pink-painted venue is owned by James Anderson, who has a long, well-documented history of abuse allegations, ties to puppy mills, and lawsuits over allegedly deceptive sales practices. Now the City of Oakland Park is trying to put him out of business via an ordinance designed to shutter his shop. “This is not new. [Anderson] is a habitual offender. He just moved from …
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Ask Finney: Skimming devices, pothole refunds, vehicle lemon laws

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — 7 On Your Side’s Consumer Expert Michael Finney answers your consumer questions.Question 1: Andrew asked on Twitter: How can a consumer sniff out a card skimming device before putting their own card through a system?Answer 1:It can be hard. Skimmers are credit and debit card readers crooks use to steal your information at gas pumps, ATM’s and the like. Those that are installed in the machines are undetectable, but many are placed outside, and for those, you should check for any signs of tampering, like a loose or ill fitting card slot or keypad or mismatched colors, or if it just looks different. It never hurts to move to the next machine. And use readers where there is good lighting, and closest to attendants.Question 2:Richie asks: I hit a big pothole in Oakland that cracked my rim, and was forced to buy a new one. …
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Cannabis legalization prompts update of Alberta gaming and liquor laws

Cannabis retailers will be prohibited from suggesting their products are therapeutic or medicinal in their branding, under a proposed update to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act.The amendments, introduced Monday in the legislature, also change the name of the administrative body to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission. But the old acronym, AGLC, will remain in place.The Alberta government is making the changes in preparation for Canada’s legalization of small amounts of recreational cannabis later this summer.Other changes to the legislation include a ban on vaping or smoking cannabis in retail stores, and making it illegal to alter a cannabis product, like taking the cannabis out of a pre-rolled joint and selling it separately.The maximum administrative fines for infractions of the Gaming and Liquor Act and regulation would increase from $200,000 to $1 million.The AGLC would also be allowed, under changes to the act, to issue …
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Cricket Australia plays softball on day when hard was required | Geoff Lemon

Australian ball tampering

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Cricket Australia plays softball on day when hard was required

Geoff Lemon

James Sutherland’s general comments about an uncompleted investigation into ball tampering did the ruling body no good and allowed the issue to fester

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Cricket Australia CEO: ‘Ball-tampering incident was limited to three players’ – video

It was as Cricket Australia as Cricket Australia gets. Process before progress, careful phrasing before straight answers. The chief executive officer, James Sutherland, fronted up on Tuesday evening South African time after a day of anticipation about how Australia’s ball-tampering scandal would be resolved, then postponed resolving it by 24 hours, saying the investigation he had commissioned was incomplete.
Some concrete information of significance did come out. Preliminary findings implicated only the Australia captain, Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and the junior Cameron Bancroft. The three would be sent home and replaced by Matthew Renshaw, Joe …
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Internet complaints lead state’s top 10 consumer frauds

For 12 years, internet complaints have led the New York state attorney general’s annual list of top 10 consumer frauds.
Internet complaints increased by nearly 12 percent last year to 5,153.
The dark side of the internet can be seen as evidence of the growing and far-reaching impacts of digital technology on 21st century life.
The category includes problems ranging from the annoying to the alarming: slow internet performance, spam, free speech issues, privacy, spyware and malware, security threats, identity theft, consumer frauds, cyberbullying and distribution of child pornography.
Consumer fraud complaints increased by 1 percent overall to 19,944, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
An old technology, automobiles, ranked second in consumer fraud. Complaints declined by 7 percent, but still accounted for a hefty 3,188 cases, including buying, leasing and renting cars, as well as repairs and service contracts.
The state’s Lemon Laws offer some remedies. Customers might be able to get full refunds …
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