January 2012

Cutting the Cost of Flying - from Consumer Reports
Locking in a low airfare these days is rather tricky. Here are some tips that can help you get a rock-bottom rate. From Consumer Reports' February '12 issue. Cutting the Cost of Flying - CR Podcast

FTC Announces $2.5 Million Fine for Unfair Debt Collection Practices
More Reforms Needed to Protect Consumers From Abuses WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission announced today a $2.5 million fine against one of the largest debt buyers in the country for using deceptive practices to collect old debts. Asset...

Home Warranties - from Consumer Reports
Home warranties typically let you repair or replace your home's major appliances for one year due to normal wear and tear, giving you peace of mind. But are they worth the price? From Consumer Reports February '12 issue. Home Warranties...

Calls for Lower Sodium Food Grow
Consumers Union Urges FDA to Limit Sodium Levels in Food WASHINGTON, DC — When it comes to sodium levels in food, consumers are asking the food industry for just a pinch. Nearly 7,000 consumers joined Consumers Union, the policy and...

Consumer Groups Applaud Federal Rejection of Texas Effort to Delay Health Reform Consumer Protection
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Federal officials today rejected the Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI’s) request to delay full implementation of a new rule that requires insurers to increase the value of health insurance or provide rebates to policyholders. “Texas’ request put...

Dead Wrong - from Consumer Reports
Each year, the names of some 14,000 U.S. citizens wind up on the Social Security Administration's Death Master File prematurely. Here's what to do if you're one of the unlucky ones. From the January '12 issue of Consumer Reports Money...

BMW X3 Outpoints Land Rover Range Rover Evoque in Tests of Compact Luxury SUVs
New Prius V hatchback provides excellent efficiency and utility YONKERS, NY — The BMW X3, which originated the compact luxury SUV market, handily outpointed its European rival, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, in a head-to-head match up. While the...

Yet Another Computer Scam - from Consumer Reports
A computer scam in which you're told via telephone that your computer is infected with a virus is widespread. Here's what to do if you get such a call. From Consumer Reports February, 2012 issue. Another Computer Scam - CR...

CR Tests Show Bigger and Better TVs Abound as Super Bowl Nears
Larger Screens, More with 1080p Enhance Viewing Experience; Ratings of 142 LCD and Plasma TVs in March Issue of Consumer Reports YONKERS, NY — Consumer Reports today released its latest Ratings of LCD and plasma televisions just in time for...

Top-Selling Lagers - from Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports blind taste-tests of eight top-selling regular and light beers for the February issue found some interesting selections -- including one from Trader Joe's and Walgreens Drugstore. Top-Selling Lagers - CR Podcast

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