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March 2018

Easter offers the opportunity to remember church and Easter experiences with family

Last Sunday on Palm Sunday, my sister and I went to a Methodist church near her house in the Seattle area. We grew up Methodist, and I’ve wanted for several years to go to church there and remember the old days. It was interesting. The church didn’t have a choir,... Read more →

Facts and figures for Easter 2018

Easter is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar – and has been regularly observed from the earliest days of the church. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his crucifixion by the Romans, as described in the New Testament. The date of Easter is related... Read more →

New Jersey bank and affiliate fined by FDIC over debt settlement loans

Photo: Ron Cogswell Cross River Bank, New Jersey, and an affiliated debt settlement company are being fined by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. due to charges that they misled consumers into getting debt settlement loans, the FDIC announced Wednesday. Freedom Financial Asset Management, California, misrepresented how they’d settle consumer debt... Read more →

What should you do about Facebook apps?

I'm a subscriber to Consumer Reports, so I received an email on what to do about Facebook apps in light of recent reports about misuse of users data. I also saw the information on Twitter, so I'm sharing it below. I was surprised by all the third-party apps that were... Read more →

FTC, states investigate privacy practices of Facebook

Photo: Friesehamburg Federal and state regulators are investigating Facebook over reports information from at least 50 million Facebook profiles was given to third-party software developers without users’ knowledge or consent. The Federal Trade Commission confirmed reports Monday that it has an opened an investigation into these practices. “The FTC is... Read more →

Baby boomers offer a potpourri of ideas

Photo: Sanjay Acharya Potpourri means a mixture of things, Tom Sightings blogging at Sightings From Sixty tells us. So, he offers us a little bit of this, a little bit of that. A gathering of news and various items from baby boomer bloggers. Topics include trying new things, endings are... Read more →

Dual sensor smoke alarms are being recalled by Kidde because alarms could fail

Kidde is recalling about 452,000 photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms in the United States and about 40,000 in Canada. A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers... Read more →

FTC sues another telemarketer over Do Not Call violations

If a telemarketer calls you and you’re on the Do Not Call Registry, it’s usually illegal. The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit Friday against Alliance Security, a home security system installation company, Alliance’s owner, Jasjit Gotra, and two of Alliance’s telemarketing firms, along with their owners. These two telemarketing... Read more →

Where are the cities where consumers have the highest and lowest credit card scores?

A credit score is a representation of your financial habits. It’s designed to predict risk, the likelihood that you’ll become seriously delinquent on your credit obligations in the 24 months after scoring. How are the consumers in your community doing managing their finances? WalletHub compared the median credit scores of... Read more →