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Judge rejects claims against GM over ignition switch

April 17th, 2015
Judge rejects claims against GM over ignition switch A federal judge has rejected certain claims against General Motors for economic damages stemming from the company’s massive ignition switch recall. On April...

9 surefire ways to save at the supermarket

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April 17th, 2015
9 surefire ways to save at the supermarket You’d think Consumer Reports subscribers would be among the savviest grocery shoppers around. While most of those surveyed for our latest Supermarket...

Financial risks in your fifties

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April 17th, 2015
Financial risks in your fifties People in their 50s are beginning to recognize the reality of retirement. You’re part of the sandwich generation; your parents provide a preview of one future scenario as your...

Keep your mower going for 15 years or more

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April 16th, 2015
Keep your mower going for 15 years or more Whatever kind of mower you have, proper maintenance should help keep it going a decade or more. Here are the most common ways to have your machine humming from the mower pros...

Best used cars under $10,000

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April 16th, 2015
Best used cars under $10,000 Need new wheels but have a tight budget? Don't let that frustrate or worry you. There are a wide variety of models out there to suit your needs, and it's easy to find a solid, reliable car...

Young shoppers make supermarkets more exciting

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April 16th, 2015
Young shoppers make supermarkets more exciting Supermarkets are changing and so, too, are shoppers. For one, consumers are less loyal than ever to any particular store, instead cherry-picking individual markets to take...

Beware triple-play TV bundles costs

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April 15th, 2015
Beware triple-play TV bundles costs When you’re paying more than $150 a month for TV, Internet, and phone service, as I am, a promotion offering a triple-play bundle for $79.99 or even $99.99 a month sounds like a...

Don't rush to buy leveraged exchange traded funds

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April 15th, 2015
Don't rush to buy leveraged exchange traded funds Take a look at the funds page of the business section of your newspaper (assuming you still use a print newspaper, and it still has a business section). You’re...

Tips from the pros on essential gardening gear

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April 15th, 2015
Tips from the pros on essential gardening gear It doesn't take a shed full of tools to keep your lawn and garden in tip-top shape. With a rake, a pruner, a saw, and a hoe you're good to go. If you give your flower...

Are car alarm noises a nuisance or a necessity?

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April 15th, 2015
Are car alarm noises a nuisance or a necessity? Cars have become a lot more communicative in the past decade. Almost every new model comes with a key fob that lets you lock and unlock it remotely with a notifying chirp...

6 costly estate-planning minefields, and how to avoid them

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April 14th, 2015
6 costly estate-planning minefields, and how to avoid them Over the years many celebrities have provided cautionary estate-planning lessons, and actor James Gandolfini, who died in June 2013 at age 51, is no exception....

Mattresses have changed since you last bought one

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April 14th, 2015
Mattresses have changed since you last bought one If you haven't bought a mattress in a few years you'll notice that the market has changed. On the plus side, there are more choices in mattress types, including...

Best luxury sedans

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April 14th, 2015
Best luxury sedans Like beauty, luxury is subjective… and for some even budget limited. Car shoppers seek different upscale attributes, such as creature comforts, ride quality, and effortless performance, and...

Vizio Reference-series UHD TVs promise enhanced picture and sound

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April 14th, 2015
Vizio Reference-series UHD TVs promise enhanced picture and sound The new Vizio Reference series UHD TVs are designed to offer enhanced contrast and colors and, in some cases, surround-sound systems. Vizio didn't...

Cell-phone sciatica is a pain in the butt

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April 14th, 2015
Cell-phone sciatica is a pain in the butt As our tests of the iPhone 6, Samsung Note 3, and other smartphones a few months ago showed, keeping the devices in your back pocket could bend the device when you sit down. But...