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Fast food farce: When your sandwich doesn't look as advertised

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:36pm

When you order fast food, how many times has that burger or burrito actually looked like the advertisement? KSL Investigator Mike Headrick goes on a fast-food run to find out if what you see is what you get and learns the tricks of fast-food styling.

Great Black Friday deals for online shoppers

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:35pm

Black Friday-adverse? KSL Investigators have put document searches on hold in favor of holiday shopping. Debbie Dujanovic got a sneak peek at Black Friday ads to see if you can get the same great deals from the safety of your sofa.

SLC 911 center makes changes after scathing city hall report

Debbie Dujanovic and Torin Koos  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 1:15am

It's your first call in an emergency. So when KSL Investigators found out Salt Lake City's 911 Communications Bureau had been the focus of an investigation by the city, we obtained a copy of the findings.

Are taxpayers being taken for a ride with GREENbike?

Torin Koos  |  Posted  Nov 19th - 11:06pm

From improved air to traffic, city cycling has known benefits. Salt Lake City is a committed backer of the bike share program. KSL Investigators follow your tax dollars because even if you don't ride, you could be paying for this public service.

Despite federal law, distracted truckers caught on tape with cellphones

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 16th - 11:59pm

A federal law bans truckers from even holding a cellphone in their hand, but that isn't stopping some of them. The KSL Investigators took a ride on I-15 to see how often it happens

Utah company builds better mousetrap for catching burglars

John Hollenhorst  |  Posted  Nov 10th - 7:55pm

It started years ago when a student and professor started brainstorming ideas for tracking intruders through walls using radio waves. Getting it on the market wasn't easy, but now homeowners can watch what's going on at home from far away.

Piles of personal data discovered in salvage yards

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 10:16pm

Your car gets totaled in an accident. It's towed to a salvage yard, never to be seen again. But what's left inside could come back to haunt you. KSL Investigators dig through hundreds of cars and turn up information that could wreck your identity.

U. finance major tracks down identity thief

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 9:05pm

A University of Utah finance major is seeing "red" after his identity is stolen. Here's how he tracked down the accused thief, and how you can stop one from sealing your identity.

'Why'd you steal my stuff?' KSL Investigates porch theft

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Oct 29th - 10:33pm

Thousands of packages are stolen every year in Utah. Very few are ever recovered. Ever wonder who's behind the thefts? KSL Investigators decided to find out for themselves.

Warning: Sugar-free gum may poison your dog

Torin Koos, Sandra Olney, Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:29pm

Hank is a German shorthaired pointer. Cameron is his beloved playmate. Hank swiped a pack of the 6-year-old's sugar-free gum. The gum could have killed Hank. Read more to find out why.

Is 'phantom data' to blame for cell phone data drain?

Torin Koos  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 7:48pm

With smartphones in hand and demand for streaming services exploding, you might be left with budget-busting cellphone bills – and don't know why. KSL Investigators uncovered a couple cell phone settings to check before an epic Netflix binge.

New liability rules on credit, debit card fraud take effect Thursday

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:05pm

Utah businesses face a deadline mandated by banks and credit card networks to upgrade to EMV technology. The new readers work with new credit cards to create unique transaction codes that make fraud much more difficult than traditional cards.

When does fantasy football become gambling?

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:26pm

Every NFL season, Deseret News sportswriter Randy Hollis and his buddies gather to draft players to their fantasy football teams. Hollis joins millions of Americans who play — some for bragging rights, others for money.

USU students get creative after housing debacle

Tania Mashburn and Mike Headrick  |  Posted  Sep 21st - 10:26pm

Last month, hundreds of Utah State University students were left scrambling to find housing just two weeks before school started. They signed up with a new apartment complex called The Factory, but construction delays left them in a lurch.

The complexities of reverse mortgages can set homeowners back

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  Sep 17th - 6:35pm

Running out of money is a great fear for those living in retirement. Some are looking at "reverse mortgages" to help them out. But it's an option with surprises that can set older homeowners back.

New car seat helps parents remember baby's on board

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Aug 21st - 9:36pm

A new car seat that promises to remind parents there's a baby on board is hitting store shelves. It costs about $160 and has technology that sounds an alert when the car shuts off and a baby is strapped in the seat.

Incomplete project leaves 300 USU students scrambling for housing

Mike Headrick  |  Posted  Aug 12th - 9:38am

In less than two weeks, the fall semester will start at most schools in Utah. But the school year could be in question for roughly 300 students at Utah State University who just found out they don't have a place to live.

Pinterest says nude photos could be considered art; mom disagrees

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:28pm

Pinterest is the go-to site for millions of people looking for ideas. So what do you do when you run across explicit images on accident?

Terminating telemarketer calls: 3 smartphone apps put to the test

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:30pm

How do you stop annoying telemarketing calls when the Do Not Call Registry doesn't work? KSL Investigators put three smartphone apps to the test.

A day with Apple Pay: testing the 'wallet of the future'

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 10:29pm

It's called the wallet of the future, and you may be in the dark about how it works. More and more retailers allow you to pay at the register with a tap of your smartphone. KSL Investigator Debbie Dujanovic put it to the test.