July 2010



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Some Life Insurers Playing Games With Benefits

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal urged regulatory action by the state Department of Insurance (DOI) to stop misleading and deceptive practices by life insurance providers that may have deprived families — including military families — of…



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FTC Rules On Debt Relief Agencies A Good Start

More Must be Done to Protect Debt-Strapped Consumers from Scams Washington, D.C.—The Consumer Federation of America applauds the Federal Trade Commission for new rules that were announced today to curb abuses by debt relief services….




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Toyota Recalls Another 400,000 Luxury Cars

Toyota said today it is recallingl 412,000 luxury cars in the US due to steering issuues.  The largest car manufacturer in the world had earlier recalled millions of its cars, said the latest recall involves 373,000 of its…



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American and United Offer Big Sales

Once again, the air carrier goliaths are competing with one another to offer sales. There are restrictions and footnotes galore — and the usual fees — but this is worth a look. Here’s what the…


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Sport Stadium Food Expensive AND Unsafe

Our Bristol, Ct. based ESPN recently checked eatery inspections at sports stadiums and what they found you would not like. Check Paula Lavigne’s column “Outside the Lines” about how some sports vendors are not passing…


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Vitaminwater=Snakeoil

Coca-Cola claims that its Vitaminwater is so good for you that it will improve you immune functions, reduce risk of chronic disease and other miracles. But a federal judge gave the go ahead for the…


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Kevin’s Core Workout Tips: Serious Shoulder Work

Today we posted Kevin Szymanski’s 25th training video, this time focusing on the shoulders, with several workouts to strengthen an area frequently forgotten. Kevin’s “student” in his video is David Fuentes, site director of Healthtrax…



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Fun and Games on a Travel Site

Yipes, I’m more than 2 billion seconds old! Uh, oh. I’ve only got 20,941 days until my 100th wedding anniversary. I better get on the ball looking for a gift. Rattling around the nifty travel…





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Case Closed on the U.S. Attorney Firings? Really? DOJ’s Political ‘Purge’ and Torture Probers Suppressed Evidence In Connecticut Crime Case

Four days before Connecticut’s Nora Dannehy was appointed to investigate the Bush administration’s U.S. attorney firing scandal, a team of lawyers she led was found to have illegally suppressed evidence in a major political corruption case. Andrew Kreig, who covered Connecticut’s federal courts for the Hartford Courant from 1976 to 1981, today reveals that the previously unreported fact from Dannehy’s past calls her entire national investigation into question. The revelations similarly compromise the pending investigation by her Connecticut colleague, John Durham, who since 2008 has been the nation’s special prosecutor for DOJ and CIA decision-making involving torture.