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February 2019

What are the best and worst cars to buy in 2019?

Photo: EurovisionNim The Consumer Reports 2019 Top Picks in cars list includes six new winners – the Hyundai Kona, Subaru Ascent, and BMW X5, and three Toyotas – the Yaris, Prius, and Avalon. The all-new Subaru Ascent is Consumer Report’s Top Pick in the midsized SUV category. Its smooth power... Read more →

What are the best airline frequent flyer programs?

With U.S. airlines expected to carry more than 800 million passengers on domestic flights this year, consumers are interested in figuring out how they can save money on airline costs this year. Do frequent flyer programs help consumers cut travel costs? They’re beneficial for me. My daughter lives in Madrid,... Read more →

Consider putting a freeze on your credit bureau accounts

Every time a big data breach occurs, consumer groups recommend that consumers should put a freeze on their credit bureau accounts at all three credit bureaus. Credit bureaus are companies that collect and maintain individual credit information and sell it to lenders and creditors in the form of a credit... Read more →

Google stops requiring workers to use arbitration to settle complaints

Google announced Thursday that it will no longer force current or future workers into arbitration for any claims against the company. A coalition of nearly 50 organizations has been working for more than a year to stop tech companies from forcing workers into arbitration, a proceeding that almost always favors... Read more →

Baby boomers keep busy watching movies, traveling, getting healthy, and studying their nation

Every year I write about the Academy-Award nominated movies and evaluate them for violence, ageism, sexism, and diversity. The results this year? Movies are more diverse but still too violent. And more films are needed where women and older adults are the leads. While I’ve spent hours this week finishing... Read more →

Turkey fryers are being recalled by Academy Sports + Outdoors due to fire hazard

Academy Sports + Outdoors is recalling about 3,000 outdoor gourmet turkey keg turkey fryers. The turkey fryer spout can leak oil, posing a fire hazard. Academy Sports + Outdoors has received two reports of a turkey keg leaking. No injuries or property damage have been reported. This recall involves the... Read more →

How are you doing saving for emergencies, college, and retirement?

The American personal savings rate is at its lowest level since the U.S. financial crisis in 2008, at 6 percent of disposable income, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is continuing a 60-year downward trend line. America Saves Week, Feb. 25 to March 2, is a good... Read more →

EPA’s plan to regulate harmful PFAS chemicals is too little, too late, environmental group says

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a plan Thursday to regulate PFAS chemicals, which includes making a determination by the end of the year about how the harmful chemicals should be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and listing them as hazardous substances to aid in cleanup efforts. PFAS, short... Read more →