Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Feb 28 2015

White House Proposes Privacy Bill of Rights

The Obama administration on Friday proposed a data privacy bill intended to provide Americans with more control over the personal information that companies collect about them and how that data can be used. Here’s the story.

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Feb 27 2015

Protect Yourself from Tax ID Theft

There are some things you can do to reduce the chances that someone will claim your federal tax refund before you do. Here’s how.

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Feb 27 2015

Cable Networks Speed Up TV Shows to Fit in More Ads

Seemingly defying the laws of physics, cable networks have found ways to squeeze more commercials into reruns of old favorites, including “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Here’s the story.

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Feb 26 2015

Best Used Cars Under $10K

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV:

Consumer Reports says that you can really get a good used car for under $10,000 if you know their repair history. Here are their picks.

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Feb 26 2015

Can You Spot a Previously Wrecked Car?

Tow truckConsumer reporter Joe Ducey puts consumers to the test to see if they can spot which car previously had a salvage title, but was repaired. Here’s the story.

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Feb 25 2015

FTC Settles with Melanoma App Developers

From Herb Weisbaum, NBCNews.com:

Can an app detect skin cancer? The FTC says you better have the scientific proof and two app makers couldn’t prove their apps really worked. Here’s the story.

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Feb 25 2015

New Lo-Cal Sugar to Hit the Market

The maker of Splenda is coming out with a new low calorie sugar substitute called Dolcia Prima Allulose. It is made from corn and said to have 90% fewer calories than sugar. Here’s the story.

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Feb 25 2015

Playing Points Games Can Yield Free Vacations

Every mommies can score big applying for credit cards and getting huge points bonuses that can be converted into free vacations. Here’s how one mommy blogger does it.

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Feb 24 2015

Every TV Will Need a Cable Box in KC

Continuing its rollout of all digital television cable service, customers in the Kansas City area learned from Time Warner that they too will need a box on every TV, even those with built-in QAM tuners. After the first one to two years, customers will have to pay $2.75 a month per box. This added expense was authorized by the FCC a few years ago when it approved digital TV rules. Here’s the story.

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Feb 23 2015

Advocates Want End to Outrageous Airline Change Fees

Two consumer advocacy groups have petitioned the Department of Transportation to cap the fees charged by airlines when changing one’s reservations. Some international change fees have skyrocketed to $750, according to them.

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Feb 21 2015

Furniture Industry Insider Chides Stores’ Ads

In this opinion piece, a consultant in the furniture industry chastises his colleagues for their deceptive advertising practices. Here’s the story.

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Feb 20 2015

Ask Stacy: Is Another Recession On the Way?

This reader wants to know if another recession is coming. The answer? Bet on it. Here’s the story. 

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Feb 20 2015

Consumers Confused about Credit Scores

Results of focus group interviews of consumers by the CFPB, reveal that consumers are confused by, among other things, the many different credit scores being offered, and by listings on their credit report that don’t match the names of their creditors. Here’s the story.

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Feb 20 2015

How Much Damage Can One Late Mortgage Payment Do to Your Credit?

If you are 30 days delinquent on just one mortgage payment, your credit report will reflect that, and your credit score will be adversely affected. How much could your score drop? Maybe 100 points! Here’s the story.

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Feb 19 2015

AMEX Loses First Round in Court on Card Use

A federal judge ruled against American Express today in a case where AMEX required merchants to treat all credit cards equally. Since merchants generally pay higher transaction fees when an AMEX card is used, merchants were prohibited by contract from favoring other brands of cards or offering discounts if shoppers would use the cheaper ones. Here’s the story.

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