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Products to Spruce Up your Car

Posted: 05/02/2014 - Warmer weather usually means spring-cleaning, and that goes for your car as well. Washing is easy, but if the trim is dull or the paint is scratched, it won't look great. Consumer Reports tested two types of products that claim to solve those problems.

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Cash for Old Electronics

Updated: 05/02/2014 - Got an old computer stashed in a storage room? Or an ancient cell phone junked in a kitchen drawer? Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine has some advice on what to do with your old electronics. You may make some money in the process.

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Do Online Flowers Deliver?

Posted: 05/02/2014 - The National Retail Federation says this time of year, Americans spend nearly $2 billion dollars on flowers showing Mom they love her. But if you order Mother's Day flowers online, will Mom get a bouquet as beautiful as the pictures on the website? Consumer Reports checked to see.

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CFA Alert: How Safe is Your Favorite Restaurant

Posted: 04/29/2014 - Many of us have favorite restaurants we like to frequent, but what we may not know is the last time those restaurants were inspected by the health department, or how they did.

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Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendations For 3 SUVs

Updated: 04/29/2014 - Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize SUVs, after their poor performance in a new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Cruise Ships: Sick at Sea

Posted: 04/25/2014 - A cruise can be a dream come true, as long as you don't get hurt or sick. The Centers for Disease Control reports that as many as 11 percent of all medical conditions aboard ship are an emergency. Consumer Reports tells us how to avoid a health care crisis on the high seas.

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Cracking the Code on Eggs

Posted: 04/25/2014 - It doesn't matter which came first anymore, when you go to buy eggs in the supermarket, the eggs have clearly taken over! The choices seem endless and prices can vary widely. Consumer Reports looked into it and found that not all eggs are what they're cracked up to be.

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Good Food Gone Bad

Posted: 04/18/2014 - There's a growing problem in our supermarkets - good food gone bad. We're not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that's no longer so good for you.

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Home Insurance You Can Count On

Posted: 04/18/2014 - When a storm slams through your front door, the damages you suffer are often determined by fate. But how easily you can pick up the pieces may be determined by your home insurer. Consumer Reports tells us which companies offer the best protection if disaster strikes.

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Growing Problem: Stolen Smart Phones

Posted: 04/18/2014 - Smart phone thefts are way up. Based on a just-released survey, Consumer Reports estimates the number of stolen phones nearly doubled in the past year to 3.1 million. And more than a million smart phones were lost and never recovered.

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Close Look at E-Cigarettes

Posted: 02/13/2014 - E-cigarette sales are exploding. It's gone from $500-million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 Billion in 2013. With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials. Consumer Reports takes a look.

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Beware of Tax Scams

Updated: 02/13/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the crooks. They promise faster or bigger refunds or threaten you with arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Here's how to avoid them.

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Hazards of Hot Yoga

Posted: 02/13/2014 - Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. But is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.

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Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

Posted: 01/31/2014 - Artificial trans fat may be on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to essentially ban it, saying partially hydrogenated oils - the main source of trans fat - are no longer generally recognized as safe. But Consumer Reports says at this point you can still find trans fat in many products.

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Slashing Monthly TV Bills

Posted: 01/31/2014 - Are you fed up paying high bills to watch TV or find you don't use all the channels you pay for? Consumer Reports says there are ways to cut out cable or satellite and still be able to watch television.

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Apps to Prevent Texting and Driving

Updated: 01/31/2014 - The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them. More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports just tested new free apps designed to keep those kinds of accidents from happening.

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Chemical Found in Caramel Sodas

Posted: 01/31/2014 - If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen - a couple with relatively high levels. The culprit? A chemical in the coloring that makes the drinks an enticing shade of brown.

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Terrific Home Exercise Equipment

Posted: 01/20/2014 - If you don't want to head to the gym everyday, consider some exercise equipment you can use at home. The latest Consumer Reports tests helps you choose the right one.

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Wiping Old Electronics Clean

Updated: 01/20/2014 - Before you recycle that old tablet our laptop make sure all the information is erased. Here's what you need to know.

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Is Pricey Paint Worth It?

Posted: 01/20/2014 - Designers showcase paint from the British company Farrow and Ball because of its luscious colors. But Farrow and Ball costs two to three times more than other paints. Consumer Reports included it in its tests of more than 60 paints to see what you get paying top dollar.

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Chicken Safety

Updated: 01/08/2014 - If you eat chicken, heads up! Consumer Reports' tests of more than 300 raw chicken breasts revealed 97% harbored bacteria that can potentially make you sick.

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Best and Worst Car Values

Posted: 01/08/2014 - Car sales are moving at a brisk pace. Last month was the best November in more than six years. But before you consider a new car, it's important to know how much it costs to operate and if it's likely to wind up in the repair shop. Consumer Reports is just out with its annual list of Best and Worst New Car Values.

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