Investing 101 With CtWatchdog & Chinese Tiger Mothers

January 28, 2011
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Tuesday’s Watchdog News Hour OnTheHorn.com with George Gombossy and Brian Parker discussing basic investment strategies. And Dr. Kathleen Cairns on Chinese Tiger Mothers

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New Hassles For Air Travelers

January 27, 2011
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As if the full-body scans weren’t annoying enough, travelers now face higher transaction fees and more aggressive fraud detection systems when they use their credit and debit cards abroad. International transactions are 10 times more likely to be fraudulent than domestic ones, says Bob Shiflet, Bank of America’s global fraud-prevention executive. Most card companies–with...

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Fees On Reloadable Pre-Paid Cards Cost Consumers

January 27, 2011
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Re loadable prepaid debit cards represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the financial services industry. The total amount of branded prepaid cards is expected to exceed $440 billion by 2017, quadruple the estimated value in 2009, according to independent research commissioned by MasterCard. Nearly one-third of consumers own some kind of prepaid card,...

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Stop!

January 27, 2011
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Anyone need some snow? I have some that I generously am willing to share. I have it by the cup or the oil barrel, by the loving spoonful or the dumpster load. Take you pick. Just take it. It’s stacked to the eaves. It is said that Eskimos have 50 words for snow, most...

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Chase Required To Refund $2 MILLION To Active Military For Illegal Foreclosures And Rates

January 27, 2011
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JP Morgan Chase & Co. will refund $2 million to 4,000 active members of the military after the bank charged illegally high interest rates, and improperly foreclosed on 14 of their homes. The lender violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which forbids companies from charging active-duty service members more than 6 percent on all...

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Inspection Backlogs Weaken Dialysis Oversight

January 26, 2011
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Inspection Backlogs Weaken Dialysis Oversight

by Robin Fields ProPublica, Dec. 28, 2010, 9:36 a.m. Valerie Prenkert is haunted each time she thinks of the small Northern California clinic where her mother got dialysis. At the start of a treatment on Oct. 6, 2008, a clinic employee inserted a needle into her mother’s arm improperly, puncturing the back wall of...

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25 Ct Propane Companies Received Possibly Unsafe Gas

January 26, 2011
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Attorney General George Jepsen, Commissioner of Department of Public Safety Office of State Fire Marshal and the Department of Consumer Protection have obtained a list of 25 propane gas companies in Connecticut affected by Aux Sable Liquid Products’ voluntary recall of propane. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall last week because the...

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Granny Snatching: Flawed Probate in New London?

January 26, 2011
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Granny Snatching: Flawed Probate in New London?

The sentencing of a funeral home director who used his position to loot the estates of dead people he was entrusted with preparing for burial made headlines this week, but a long-running probate dispute in New London that is newsworthy simply by virtue of its oddities has received minimal notice by comparison. The funeral...

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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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