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Average US 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.92 Percent

October 23rd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30-year mortgage fell further below 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide...

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Bank of America to Refund Apple Pay Customers Charged Twice

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October 22nd, 2014
By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) -- Bank of America is apologizing for double-billing customers who made purchases using Apple's new mobile payments service. A bank spokeswoman said Wednesday that the glitch...

Government Ups Air Bag Warning to 7.8M Vehicles

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October 22nd, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

Education Dept. Loosens Eligibility for Parent Loan Program

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October 22nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students. A new regulation announced Wednesday updates the definition of adverse credit history as it...

Angie's List

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Angie’s List: Protecting your Family from Lead Poisoning

October 21st, 2014
(WGGB) -- Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable,  but unfortunately, every year, thousands of kids still end up getting sick. In observance of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, experts are reinforcing the importance of testing your...

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Angie’s List: Protecting Your Child’s Eyes

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October 7th, 2014
(WGGB) -- From the moment they wake up, kids are surrounded by screens -- whether it's computers or tablets, smartphones or smart boards -- and many parents are worried about how all that screen time is affecting their child's vision. "My...

Angie’s List: Making the Most of your Mudroom

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September 30th, 2014
(WGGB) -- Mudrooms are perfect for busy families -- offering organization and storage solutions. "I really love that it has a big closet and we've built in some shelves for organizing and a place to put mops, brooms and the dog food and hats and...

Angie’s List: Installing USB Ports at Home

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September 23rd, 2014
(WGGB) -- Do you find yourself fighting for outlet space as your family's collection of gadgets continues to grow? "USB outlets are a new trend and they have been available for about a year now," says Angie Hicks of Angie's List. "Electricians...

Consumer Alerts

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Tell bogus travel clubs to take a hike

October 7th, 2014
Tell bogus travel clubs to take a hike Judging by recent state actions, travel club fraud is alive and well. Last month, the Illinois attorney general filed a lawsuit against a Kansas-based company and two of its...

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3 winning leaf cleanup strategies

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October 7th, 2014
3 winning leaf cleanup strategies It’s time to break out the rakes and blowers to get rid of all those leaves. But don't despair, the solution to getting some leaf relief may be as close as your garage or shed....

Visit the national parks for free

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October 7th, 2014
Visit the national parks for free If you love the great outdoors, few wonders can match the grandeur of America’s National Parks. From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah, there are 401 parks that belong on the bucket...

Consumers Unwittingly Equate “Natural” With No GMOs

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October 7th, 2014
Consumers Unwittingly Equate “Natural” With No GMOs Survey Finds 64 Percent of People Think “Natural” Means No GMOs; Virtually All Samples of Tested Products with Only “Natural” Label...