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May 2009

Several layers of protection essential to prevent child drownings in home and public pools and spas

Nearly 300 children younger than 5 drown in pools and spas each year, and about 3,000 suffer pool or spa-related injuries requiring attention at hospital emergency rooms. About two-thirds of the pool and spa-related deaths and injuries involve children ages 1 to 2, with about 80 percent of the drowning... Read more →


Credit card reform law ushers in new era of protection for consumers

President Obama signed a credit law on Friday that will help consumers battered by tough economic times by limiting fee increases and interest rate hikes. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act bans unfair rate increases, prevents unfair fees, requires plain language for disclosures, increases accountability, and institutes protections... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Samsung ‘Jitterbug’ cell phones

About 160,000 Samsung "Jitterbug" cell phones are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, of Richardson, Texas, and distributed by GreatCall d/b/a Jitterbug, of San Diego, Calif., the recalled cell phones that are in a no-service area and display an "out of range,... Read more →


High-income earners moving their businesses to resort towns

It’s appealing to many baby boomers these days. Move your business to Florida, Colorado, Nevada, or Wyoming, resort towns and ski areas that once were seen as places to vacation or build your second home. The Internet, wireless technology, and the availability of airline flights are making it possible for... Read more →


Badly need credit card reforms pass the Senate today

Credit card companies are raking in billions of dollars from consumers in raised interest rates and fees. A bill passed by the Senate today, HR 627, would provide more disclosures and restrict how fees and interest rates could be changed after consumers have obtained credit cards. Consumer Reports Money blog... Read more →