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Are Monster Caffeine Levels Akin to a Jekyll-and-Hyde Personality?

Are Monster Caffeine Levels Akin to a Jekyll-and-Hyde Personality? August 30, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Corona, CA Everyone agrees that alleged Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations is no laughing matter. And yet, while the two sides in the debate continue to polarize opinion on the safety of energy drinks, Monster Beverage Corp. includes in its line of products “Anti-Gravity Extra Strength,” which is a Monster drink fused with nitrous oxide to provide, according to a Monster website, “a unique texture, smooth drinkable flavor and buzz that’s bigger than ever.”
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Regulators Looking at Banks’ Roles in Internet Payday Loans

Regulators Looking at Banks’ Roles in Internet Payday Loans August 27, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY When it comes to fighting Internet payday loans such as those offered by companies such as SpotLoan and Plain Green Loans, the obvious organization to fight is the one offering the online payday loans. But some regulators are looking at the banks as a means to cut off illegal Internet loans, especially in states such as Arizona, California and New York, where Internet payday loans or offering the loans without a proper license are illegal.
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With Home Warranties, Getting to Home Base Not Necessarily a Home Run

With Home Warranties, Getting to Home Base Not Necessarily a Home Run August 25, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Tallahassee, FL Just as there are various issues that can arise from the construction and habitation of a home, so too is the variation in warranties assigned to a home in order to guarantee that the home is habitable and free from workmanship defects. Various home warranty companies either underwrite new home warranties or offer to the homeowner an extended warranty that pushes coverage beyond a contractor’s standard new home warranty.
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Changes to California Insurance Don’t Help

Changes to California Insurance Don’t Help August 15, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Fresno, CA A California woman whose life has been described as “a living hell” blames the insurance underwriter, in association with her former employer, for leaving her high and dry with denied disability insurance for the past eight years. Injured on the job in 2003, she was only paid benefits for two years. In spite of substantial evidence as to the woman’s disability, the insurer stopped payments, resulting in job loss and homelessness.
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New York State Cracks Down on Illegal Internet Payday Loans

New York State Cracks Down on Illegal Internet Payday Loans August 11, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Albany, NY Payday lending is already illegal in New York State, as it is in more than a dozen other states in the US. But that hasn’t stopped a myriad of Internet payday lenders from attempting to circumvent state laws by plying their trade online. What online payday lenders may not realize, or perhaps don’t care to know, is that Internet payday loans are just as illegal as making a payday loan in person, in the State of New York.
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Senate Focuses on Energy Drink Deaths

Senate Focuses on Energy Drink Deaths August 8, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC The US Senate has held a hearing into energy drink deaths and hospitalizations, questioning the makers of energy drinks, including Monster Energy drink, about the safety of their products. Although the companies stand behind their product, saying they put consumer safety first, concerns have been raised that the energy drinks are being marketed to children and teens, who could be more susceptible to adverse events from the increased caffeine levels.
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Internet Payday Loan Companies Accused of Hiding behind Immunity

Internet Payday Loan Companies Accused of Hiding behind Immunity July 29, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN In the continuing crackdown against high interest Internet payday loans and predatory lending, the State of Minnesota is challenging the growing practice by lenders of hiding behind cloaks of immunity available through sovereign communities in an effort to get around State laws that govern interest rates and other financial terms.
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Healthy Life Chemistry dietary supplement warning

Healthy Life Chemistry dietary supplement warning July 27, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC The FDA on July 26 warned the public not to consume the dietary supplement B-50 Healthy Life Chemistry. The manufacturer, Purity First, has marketed the product as a vitamin B dietary supplement. However, a preliminary laboratory analysis conducted by the FDA determined the product contains methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine. Both are two potentially harmful anabolic steroids not listed in the label and definitely not to be included in a dietary supplement.
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Study Suggests Monster Energy Drinks Linked to Heart Changes

Study Suggests Monster Energy Drinks Linked to Heart Changes July 26, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
New Orleans, LA A 2013 study presented to the American Heart Association suggests that Monster Energy drinks may be linked to an increase in blood pressure and changes in the heart’s rhythm. Lawsuits have been filed against Monster Beverage Corp, alleging people have died after drinking the highly caffeinated beverages.
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The “Monster” That Lurks Within Can Allegedly Be Deadly

The “Monster” That Lurks Within Can Allegedly Be Deadly July 20, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Oakland, CA Alex Morris was 19. An active young man, and part of a growing group of adolescents and young adults who have come to depend and perhaps thrive on the popular energy drinks that are sweeping the nation. At least for a time. Morris, according to Postmedia (6/26/13), would habitually drink two Monster Energy Drinks each day, a habit he reportedly maintained for three years. And then, on July 1 of last year, Morris died. Was it Monster caffeine levels that did him in?
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