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July 2017

Cable TV companies continue to do a poor job satisfying their customers, as new options emerge for consumers

Most pay TV providers continue to do a poor job, leaving their customers feeling like their service isn’t worth the money, according to ratings from Consumer Reports. This includes some the country’s largest operators – Comcast, Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable), and Cox Communications Cable – who earned low scores... Read more →

New defect found in Takata airbags resulting in 2.7 million additional vehicles being recalled

The Takata Corp. is recalling an additional 2.7 million airbags. The new recall applies to Ford, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles produced from 2005 to 2012. New tests showed that a chemical drying agent in the airbag inflators might cause a rupture in the driver side airbags, Takata said. Takata will... Read more →

The public can record police officers, federal court rules

The recording the police is protected under the First Amendment, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Monday. The court said that the ability to record police is importance because it ensures that the public can hold government officials accountable for misconduct. In 1991, George Holliday recorded video... Read more →

Look for hotels with fewer amenities for a less expensive room

Star ratings for hotels refer to the amenities found in a property, not customer reviews. While four- and five-star hotels are great, they’re usually more expensive. Almost three-quarters of respondents would choose a less expensive, but nice room over a more expensive hotel with many amenities, according to a CheapTickets... Read more →

Companies can’t block consumers from joining together to bring lawsuits when things go wrong

A new rule bans companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny groups of people their day in court. Many financial products such as credit cards and bank accounts have arbitration clauses in their contracts that prevent consumers from joining together to sue their bank or financial company for wrongdoing.... Read more →

Boomer bloggers write about food, drink, loss, and death

Laura Lee Carter of the Adventures of the New Old Farts tells us she loves gardening early in the morning in the yard around her new solar home in Southern Colorado. The temperatures aren’t too bad at the 7,000-foot elevation, and their solar home is keeping her and her husband... Read more →

South Shore's recall of chest of drawers expanded due to tip-over and entrapment hazards

South Shore is recalling about 68,300 5-drawer chest of drawers. This includes the 3,500 recalled in January. The recalled chests are unstable if they aren’t anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The chests don’t meet the performance... Read more →

Scam: Loan-matching sites may steal your personal information, instead of matching you with a lender

Blue Global LLC hosted dozens of “loan-matching” websites that invited people to give detailed personal and financial information to be matched with a lender. The websites claimed to offer a secure online application, but the Federal Trade Commission said the websites didn’t protect information as promised. The sites also said... Read more →