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November 2018

Scam artists trying to get information from new Medicare cards

The new Medicare cards have now been mailed to recipients in most states. The cards have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you, instead of a Social Security number. This helps protect your identity. Carrying the old cards around in your pocketbook or purse meant that if either were... Read more →

On Giving Tuesday, choose careful which charities or organizations will get your donations

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day following Thanksgiving on Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, designated for giving charities and organizations some of your holiday cheer. It’s a good thing to do. You support the causes that are important to you and you’re making donations before your... Read more →

The holidays begin for baby boomers

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty hates Thanksgiving. Not a football fan, Sightings says all you do is sit around, overeat, and watch football. Often you have to withstand the perils and pitfalls of traveling on some of the busiest days of the year, fighting traffic, airport lines, and surly... Read more →

Ultra-Low NOx water heaters being recalled by A.O. Smith due to fire hazard

A.O. Smith is recalling about 616,000 Ultra-Low NOx water heaters. The water heater’s gas burner screen develops tears. The water heater’s burner can then create excess radiant heat, posing a fire hazard if the water heater is installed directly on a wood or other combustible flooring. A.O. Smith has received... Read more →

Don’t eat romaine lettuce, CDC warns

It’s no joke, although lots of social media posts are touting how chocolate and other fattening products are now better for you than lettuce. U.S. consumers shouldn’t eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants shouldn’t serve or sell it due to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157... Read more →

Tips to help consumers protect themselves on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As millions of holiday shoppers head out for Black Friday shopping and take to their computers for Cyber Monday, it’s important to remember that just because items are supposedly on sale, all may not be what it seems. “When purchasing gifts for family and friends, we encourage consumers to use... Read more →

REI skips Black Friday and encourages others to enjoy the indoors instead of shopping

For the fourth year this Black Friday, REI Co-op will close its 153 stores, process no online payments, and pay more than 12,000 employees to #OptOutside with friends and family. Since 2015, 15 million people and more than 700 organizations have joined the #OptOutside movement. This year, REI is also... Read more →