Don’t Pay Taxes with a Credit Card

March 15, 2011
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April 18 is a little more than one month away and hearts start pounding a little faster as thoughts turn to taxes. This is also the time that credit card issuers encourage customers to use their cards as a convenient way to pay their tax bill. It may be convenient, but it’s certainly not...

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Turris Associates Sued For Defraud Ct Schools And An Electric Supplier

March 14, 2011
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Ct Attorney General George Jepsen has filed a lawsuit to enforce a $360,000 civil penalty imposed by state utility regulators against Turris Associates LLC, of Redding, for defrauding an association of independent schools and an electricity supplier of $180,000. The lawsuit, filed in Danbury Superior Court on behalf of the state Department of Public...

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Bargain Flights … And Things To Do For Free in England

March 14, 2011
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While the air prices seem to be readying for a Great Leap Forward (or Upward), it is encouraging to know that there are occasional bargains in unsuspected quarters. In this event: Pricey Olde England. British Airways has a quick sale going on through March 17th with some competitive airfares — made the sweeter by...

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Health Net Requested By Atty Gen To Provide Identity Theft Protection For Connecticut Customers

March 14, 2011
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Attorney General George Jepsen has asked Health Net for identity theft and credit protections for nearly 25,000 Connecticut residents because their medical and personal information may have been compromised in a nationwide data breach in early February. The health care company has acknowledged that nine unaccounted server drives in its Rancho Cordova, Calif. operations,...

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Donate Carefully for Japan Disaster Relief: Avoid Charities Fraud

March 14, 2011
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In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan in recent days, there is little doubt that Connecticut citizens will once again be very generous in helping those in need. As consumers choose how to help, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is urging them to carefully check out charities...

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AMEX Teams Up With Foursquare

March 14, 2011
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American Express has struck a deal to offer discounts to shoppers via Foursquare Labs Inc., the two-year-old start-up that lets users win prizes and meet people by using their mobile phones to “check in” at their favorite bars, restaurants and stores. The move reflects the credit card company’s drive to win over younger consumers...

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Smart Consumers Turn Down Identity Theft, Fraud Protection Plans

March 14, 2011
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The basic pitch from banks and credit card companies has been around awhile: We’ll monitor your credit, alert you if we see fraud, and help you recover if your identity is stolen–all for a low monthly fee. But fewer consumers are signing up, likely because they are less scared and a bit smarter about...

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Credit Card Issuers Using More Reward Offers

March 14, 2011
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Credit card offers are proliferating, with companies offering a wide array of enticements to consumers. U.S. credit card offers have more than doubled to 1.4 billion at the end of last year from 551 million at the end of 2009, according to Mintel. Mintel also found that the majority of the offers–8 out of...

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DESTRESS: Trumping Fear with Compassion

March 13, 2011
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DESTRESS: Trumping Fear with Compassion

Animals can teach us a lot about ourselves. For instance, is kindness and compassion uniquely human — a product of learning and human culture? If animals can show compassion, the answer would be no. A fascinating article by Dale Peterson based on the forthcoming book, The Moral Lives of Animals (Bloomsbury Press) explores this...

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