Remote-Controlled Tanks Sold At Family Dollar Recalled For Burn Hazard

January 26, 2011
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Remote-controlled toy tanks sold at Family Dollar Stores are being recalled because they may cause burns and consumers who own this toy should return it to the store, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection advised today. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Charlotte, NC, are voluntarily recalling about...

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Ct Consumer Protection Repaid $2.7 Million For Faulty Home Improvements

January 26, 2011
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The Department of Consumer Protection repaid Connecticut consumers $2,728,365 in 2010 to satisfy unpaid home improvement-related court judgments through the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund. Three hundred thirty-five (335) homeowners who had problems with work done to their homes were able to benefit from the Fund last year. When planning ahead to the spring 2011...

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Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

January 25, 2011
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Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

An antelope passes by a natural gas drilling rig south of Pinedale, Wyo. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP file photo) by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Jan. 25, 2011, 8:34 a.m. The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research...

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Rubenstein Nominated As New Ct Consumer Protection Head

January 25, 2011
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An antitrust lawyer and former assistant attorney general, William M. Rubenstein, was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday to head the Department of Consumer Protection. Rubenstein, who was introduced by Malloy at a press conference, said his goal is to be “vigilant and vigorous at weeding out fraudsters.” To read the rest go...

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Ct Atty Gen Wants Close Review Of NU Proposed Merger With NSTAR

January 24, 2011
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Attorney General George Jepsen Monday called on state utility regulators to exercise their “clear authority” to review the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities with Boston-based NSTAR to ensure that Connecticut utility customers are protected. “This merger has enormous potential ramifications in Connecticut. It is important that any impact on consumers be considered and weighed...

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Olbermann’s Ouster: ‘In the Barracuda Tank, No One Reads a Memo’

January 24, 2011
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Olbermann’s Ouster: ‘In the Barracuda Tank, No One Reads a Memo’

John Kelly, a former writer and editor at NBC News during its golden age in the 1960s, commented on the Olbermann ouster, “This is about the most stupid decision at the network since it cut off a Sunday night NFL comeback game in 1968 to show “Heidi.”

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of JP Morgan Chase

January 24, 2011
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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that JPMorgan Chase & Co did not have to provide written notice before increasing interest rates for account holders who defaulted on their credit card payment. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2004, five years before the passage of the CARD Act. The CARD Act changed the notification...

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10 Tips on Scoring a Hotel Upgrade

January 24, 2011
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While I’m 0 for 25 in the TripAdvisor tabulation of the world’s top hotels, I’m still interested in working for an upgrade whenever possible. I have less luck than most people and maybe that’s because I depend too much on luck. The folks at the Kiwi Collection, a neat hotel site, offer their ten...

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Hot Buddha Sweats; Cold Buddha Shivers: Enjoying the Conditions of Now

January 23, 2011
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Hot Buddha Sweats; Cold Buddha Shivers: Enjoying the Conditions of Now

It’s cold outside. Here in Northern Vermont the temperatures dipped well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit last night and will again tonight. It’s probably very cold where you are right now too. This cold makes news. And people generate a lot of reactivity to it — generate a lot of stories, mostly of a plaintiff...

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