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Junk Health Insurance Caution

Updated: 02/10/2012 - Health reform was supposed to make decent health care coverage available to everyone at a reasonable cost. But the law isn't fully implemented yet, and many people are unwittingly signing up for insurance that barely protects them. A Consumer Reports investigation calls out "junk" health insurance and how to avoid it.

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America's Top Stores

Updated: 02/10/2012 - There are so many different stores you can go to for one-stop shopping. Which are the best? Consumer Reports' just-released survey of more than 26,000 of its readers can help you zero in on the best stores around.

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Stroller Safety Alert

Updated: 02/03/2012 - Consumer Reports' latest tests of double strollers found one with a potential safety risk. Just this afternoon a recall was issued. It covers the Bumbleride Indie and Bumbleride IndieTwin.

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Keyboards for your iPad

Updated: 02/03/2012 - Sales of iPads topped 15-million dollars over the Christmas holidays - more than double a year ago. If you've got a new iPad, no doubt you're finding it frustrating to type on its virtual keyboard. Consumer Reports tested five keyboards that promise to make it easier.

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Needless ID Theft Protection

Updated: 02/03/2012 - It can be frightening when someone steals your financial information and goes on a shopping spree. That fear has helped drive sales of identify-theft protection services. Americans are spending an estimated $3 1/2-Billion a year on these services. But Consumer Reports says - save your money!

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Faulty Fire-Causing Appliances

Updated: 02/02/2012 - Home appliances cause an estimated 150,000 fires a year, resulting in 150 deaths and more than $500-million in property damage. A new Consumer Reports investigation has turned up disturbing findings. While many of those fires are due to human error, a troubling number are caused by defective appliances.

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Best Pedometers

Updated: 01/27/2012 - Walking about four miles a day is touted as an ideal fitness goal. That's about 10,000 steps. A pedometer can be an inexpensive incentive to help get you moving. But which should you buy? Consumer Reports has done that legwork for you!

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Top Elliptical Exercisers

Updated: 01/27/2012 - A new Consumer Reports' survey finds 59% of machines are still regularly being used a year after they were purchased. Consumer Reports just finished testing one of the biggest sellers, elliptical machines.

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Don't Fear the Dentist

Updated: 01/27/2012 - If you'd rather be just about anywhere than a dentist's office, this next report may give you some comfort. A just-published Consumer Reports' survey on oral health shows most people gave their dental care a thumbs up - even when it came to root canal!

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Keep Your Diet on Track

Updated: 01/27/2012 - Starting a diet is relatively easy. The hard part is sticking to it. Consumer Reports just polled more than 3,000 of its subscribers on losing weight to see just what they're doing to stay on target.

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Best Buy Space Heater

Updated: 01/13/2012 - A high dollar space heater promises to keep you warm this winter. Consumer Reports tests how well the Dyson Hot works.

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Exposing Hidden Sugar

Updated: 01/12/2012 - Think you don't eat a lot of sugar? The average American consumes about a half of a cup a day! Consumer Reports says this story may surprise you.

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The Real Deal on Great Airfares

Updated: 01/12/2012 - It's been a bumpy year for airfares. If you're thinking about taking a trip, maybe you've seen some offers that sound great. Not so fast. Consumer Reports says unless you are a savvy shopper, you can be quickly disappointed.

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Fight Back Against Rising Bank Fees

Updated: 01/12/2012 - Thousands of people recently joined credit unions after the uproar Bank of America created with its new debit-card fee. A public outcry prompted Bank of America to reverse its decision, but other bank fees are on the rise. Consumer Reports has advice on how to fight the escalating cost of banking.

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Slimming Down Festive Drinks

Updated: 12/16/2011 - It can be fun to celebrate the holidays with a festive beverage. But if you don't watch those liquid calories, you can pack on the pounds. Consumer Reports ShopSmart has ways to shave fat and calories without spoiling the celebration.

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Tablet Computers for Kids

Updated: 12/16/2011 - Tablets are really hot this holiday season, and plenty of new ones are just out. There are also a bunch of tablets made just for kids. Consumer Reports just sized up four.

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Handy Pocket Camcorders

Posted: 12/08/2011 - When you think of pocket camcorders, Flip is still the biggest name. But it's been discontinued. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen newer ones - many that could make a great gift.

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Celebrity Headphones and More

Updated: 12/08/2011 - Headphones are expected to be a hot gift this year, according to Consumer Reports' holiday poll. One big trend - celebrity-endorsed headphones. But are they the best? Listen up to hear what Consumer Reports' tests turned up.

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Outsmarting the iPhone

Updated: 12/08/2011 - With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4-S, you might think it's the only game in town. But Consumer Reports' tests of dozens of smart phones shows there are plenty that get the job done, and more.

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Arsenic in Fruit Juice

Posted: 11/30/2011 - A few months ago Dr. Oz warned about arsenic... a poison that can contaminate drinking water. He was criticized for explaining that the government does not set limits on arsenic in juice... even though it does set limits for bottled water and municipal water. But now Consumer Reports says it, too is worried about arsenic levels. That's after testing apple and grape juice. In fact, it wants Uncle Sam to take action. The reason... so many children drink fruit juice.

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Terrific Toys

Updated: 11/29/2011 - Looking to put the 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' in your holidays? If there are children on your list longing for some of the season's hottest toys, Consumer Reports' ShopSmart found plenty that are sure to please.

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Kindle Fire and Nook vs. ipad

Updated: 11/29/2011 - Stuck on what to give that special someone this year? Consider a tablet. Almost one in five people are planning on giving an iPad, according to a Consumer Reports holiday survey. But two new tablets from Amazon and Barnes and Noble are giving the iPad serious competition. Consumer Reports just tested both.

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Consumer Reports' Naughty & Nice List

Posted: 11/21/2011 - Kids aren't the only ones on the naughty and nice list. Consumer Reports released its annual "Holiday Report Card." It names companies with consumer-friendly policies … and not-such-consumer-friendly policies. See who got a lump of coal this year.

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Long-Lasting AA Batteries

Updated: 11/18/2011 - Americans buy nearly three billion batteries a year, especially during the holiday season. If you go through a lot, Consumer Reports can help save you money and tell you which ones last the longest.

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