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Smart Choices: FDA Joins CT Attorney General In Investigating Smart Choices Bogus Healthy Food Claims

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – today declaring that it will join investigations into false and misleading food labeling — will be a powerful enforcement partner against deceptive nutritional claims.

Blumenthal said he welcomes the FDA’s support of his ongoing investigations into potentially misleading national food label programs, including one that deems mayonnaise, sugary cereal and other nutritionally suspect foods “Smart Choices.”

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IRS Tax Tips For Fall 2009

The Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers that the fall is a good time to conduct a review of their tax situation. Take into account the latest tax changes, check your withholding status and start organizing your records. Remember to avoid any unsolicited e-mails claiming to come from the IRS. Don’t become a victim of “phishing” scams.

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Car Insurance: Your Credit Score Matters

Guess which has more impact on your auto insurance rates: your driving or your credit record? Those of you who understand these types of trick questions know that you go for counterintuitive answer. And you…

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Home Improvement Contractor Off to Jail

Four homeowners who lost money to an Ansonia home improvement contractor will get some of their money back, while the contractor is heading to jail, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr. said today.

John Hunt III of Ansonia was convicted last week on two criminal counts of working as an unregistered home improvement contractor and sentenced by Judge Burton Kaplan to concurrently serve 6 months in jail for each count. Further, in a stipulated agreement he signed with the Department of Consumer Protection, Hunt agreed to never again apply for a home improvement contractor registration.

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There's gold in them thar hills … or not

San Francisco business reporter Lynn Jimenez filled in last weekend on Bob Brinker’s nationally syndicated “Money Talk” show, and she warned investors away from putting money in gold.

She pulled out a Mark Twain quote, suggesting that a gold mine is a hole in the ground with a con artist standing outside it.

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Courant hides most serious charge made by Shelly Sindland: that Fox 61 traded news for ads

As the Courant continues to be under the “Ethics” microsoft, it might useful to see how the largest newspaper in Connecticut handled the incindiary charges filed by a veteran television reporter at The Courant’s sister TV station – Fox 61.

Television personality Shelly Sindland filed a sex and age discrimination against Fox 61 and Richard Graziano – who is publisher of both The Courant and the TV station – on July 7. The Tribune, owner of both The Courant and Fox 61, has until Friday to respond.

It was reported that day by several news outlets, including, where you can see her actual complaint.