National Parks Week Marked by Freebies and Discounts Galore

April 11, 2011
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Now that the latest weekly budget crisis has been solved — until next week’s budget crisis comes along — the government’s amazing national parks will remain open to celebrate National Park Week, from April 16 to the 24th. To mark the celebration, the parks will be offering free admission during the Week — and...

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Motorcycle “Organ Donors”: Yale Study Shows Helmets SAVE Lives

April 11, 2011
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A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers found that the use of helmets reduces the number of fatal motorcycle crashes and provides new ammunition for those who may seek to make helmet use mandatory in Connecticut according to a story today by Ct Health I Team reporter Jennifer Kaylin. The analysis of state...

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DESTRESS: Lessons on Life From The Masters Golf Tournament

April 11, 2011
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DESTRESS: Lessons on Life From The Masters Golf Tournament

Charl Schwartzel from South Africa won the Masters yesterday, finishing birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie (for those of you not familiar with golf that’s one under par for each hole; a difficult feat). He did so to exceed a tightly packed field of competitors, including Tiger Woods who finished four strokes behind. Commentators remarked this was one of...

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ID THEFT: Free Software to Protect Your Bank Accounts With Rapport

April 10, 2011
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Bank of America is the latest bank to promote using Rapport to protect its 29 million online banking customers. Infact it is so supportive of Rapport that it permits non-customers to download the program from its site. I downloaded it last week on to my MAC Pro Book and have downloaded it to my...

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Citi Changing Check Clearing Policy To Reduce Overdraft Charges

April 10, 2011
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Citibank will soon start clearing customer checks in a way that minimizes the potential for multiple overdraft charges, a standard bank practice used for years to take advantage of customers who have little money in their accounts. It will process checks starting with the smallest amounts first as of July 25. Most banks process...

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Study Shows the Hazards of Credit Card Indebtedness

April 10, 2011
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After the financial crash in 2008, credit cardholders cut back on their credit card usage and issuers cut back on their lending. As a result, credit card balances fell for 27 straight months and revolving credit declined $178 billion from its peak. But there is still a large group of Americans who are indebted...

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Gift Cards Could Be Real Losers

April 9, 2011
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Many of us take the lazy way out when it comes to gift giving. But before you give a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift certificates this year you might want to consider what can happen. Over the past few weeks I have had three complaints from consumers who were given gift certificates for local...

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Court Slams Kerik on Appeal

April 8, 2011
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Court Slams Kerik on Appeal

A three-judge U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously that it had no basis to reduce the term imposed on Kerik the previous year by U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson.

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Chase Introduces Attractive Airline Rewards Credit Card

April 8, 2011
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Issuers have dramatically enhanced credit card rewards throughout the first quarter of 2011, competing to sign up new cardholders with excellent credit scores. That strategy is a boost for the top tier of cardholders and it looks like issuers will continue this during the second quarter. Chase has unveiled a month-long incentive where new...

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