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Are you breathing dirty air?

More than half of all Americans (52.1%) live with harmful levels of air pollution, according to the 2016 State of the Air report issued by the American Lung Association. However, the report also found that stronger standards for pollutants and for the sources of pollution have resulted in a continued reduction in ozone and particle pollution as […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | No Comments »


Doctor on probation left patient with more than just scars

Physicians are seen as trusting figures, but would you trust them to tell you the entire truth? KCRA News in Sacramento, CA recently interviewed Tina Minasian, a Consumers Union activist, to share her story about a doctor on probation. Doctors are put on probation by the Medical Board for a number of offenses, including repeated gross […]

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Posted by Zanira Ghulamhussain on Friday, April 8th, 2016 | No Comments »


Consumer Reports sheds light on doctors on probation

Oftentimes when patients are on the hunt for a doctor they typically use a search engine for a good doctor nearby or ask a family member or a friend. It doesn’t occur to most people to check if a doctor is on probation  because there is still a societal trust that the doctor will take […]

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Posted by Zanira Ghulamhussain on Friday, April 1st, 2016 | 4 Comments »


Victims of Data Breaches Involving SSNs & Bank Account Information Should Take Extra Precautions

In the wake of the massive data breach at Target in late 2014, much of our advice to victims focused on steps you can take to limit fraudsters from stealing from your existing accounts. Recently, there have been a number of high-profile attacks where the information stolen wasn’t payment card numbers, but rather social security […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »


SCAM ALERT: When “Working-from-Home” Doesn’t Work Out

Each year, millions of Americans are tempted by work from home advertisements. Sometimes, the luring promise of getting money with little effort – as these ads promise – is just too enticing to resist. Why do folks fall for these scams? Because the scammers are very persuasive. A recent podcast from NPR’s “Planet Money” detailed the […]

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Posted by Madeleine Anderson on Monday, February 29th, 2016 | No Comments »


Cost of labeling genetically engineered food will be minimal

 They’re at it again. Opponents of labeling foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients are citing a new study—this time by the Corn Refiners Association—to suggest that mandatory GE food labeling would boost a typical family of four’s spending by an average of $1,050 per year. Count us as skeptical. This new study—like previous industry-funded studies […]

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Posted by Michael Hansen on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | 6 Comments »


New Year’s Resolution: Checking Your Credit

A new year has arrived, and experts agree: It’s time to check your credit. Making sure your credit report is error-free is a key step in making sure you get the best rates when shopping for loans. Potential landlords, employers, and auto and homeowners’ insurance companies in most states may also look at your credit […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »


Higher One to Repay $55 Million in Campus Banking Fees to Students

Talk about a holiday miracle!  The New York Times recently reported that two federal agencies are ordering Higher One, the largest provider of financial aid services on college campuses, to give refunds to students who used Higher One’s campus accounts and paid deceptive fees.  According to the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, Higher One didn’t inform students about some […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Monday, January 4th, 2016 | No Comments »


Thinking of Traveling Abroad? Unpaid Taxes May Hold Up Your Passport

Tucked away in the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015” (Surface Transportation bill) is a little known provision that could have a big impact on your ability to get a passport. A new law, Section 32101 of the Surface Transportation bill, allows the IRS to work with the State Department to revoke, limit […]

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Posted by Pamela Banks on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | No Comments »


Record Fuel Economy Improvement for Trucks as Automakers Overcomply with CAFE standards

While overall fuel economy was flat from 2014 to 2015, there’s some good news in the reports EPA issued this week.   Consumers are buying bigger vehicles, which skews the average fuel economy number downward, but those bigger vehicles are more much efficient than their predecessors.  The number of SUVs that get over 25 mpg […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | No Comments »


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