LIFE GOES ON: January Can Be Dangerous For Men

January 2, 2011
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LIFE GOES ON: January Can Be Dangerous For Men

DEAR DOCTOR KATHLEEN, My wife of 14 years just announced that she wants a divorce! I am so shocked! She told me calmly, as if she was asking me to go to the store, instead of telling me to move out. I don’t know what happened. I tried to change her mind, but she...

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Webster Bank Reverses Decision To End Free Checking For Many

January 2, 2011
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Webster Bank Reverses Decision To End Free Checking For Many

Webster Bank's decision to eliminate some of its free checking accounts last fall created so much anger among its customers that the Waterbury-based financial institution has backpedaled and is preparing to announce the return of the no-strings attached, free checking accounts for those customers who had been promised them. Webster recently contacted William Norton of...

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Debt Collectors Used Dead Woman’s Signature For Court Affidavits

January 1, 2011
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It gets more unbelievable. It now turns out that Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc., one of the country’s largest debt collection firms, had used Martha Kundle’s signature on thousands of affidavits through at least 2008 despite the fact that she died 15 years ago. “Some regulators complain that the use of Ms. Kunkle’s name reflects...

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Ten Tips To Reducing Your Debt in 2011

January 1, 2011
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Paying down debt is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and the tough economic times of the past few years have provided further motivation to reduce one’s debt. Being motivated is a good start, but to be successful, you must also have a plan to pay off your bills. Here are ten...

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Nintendo 3D Warning For Children

December 31, 2010
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Another reason NOT to purchase any 3D electronic products: Nintendo has issued a health warning for the long-awaited 3D version of its best-selling DS games console. “The Japanese computer giant has said children under the age of six should not use the device in 3D mode as it may harm their eyesight. “The Nintendo...

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Comcast Customer Service Sabotages Company

December 31, 2010
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If a Comcast executive wants to know why the cable company has so many complaints, all that person needs to do is attempt to sign up for a new service and listen to how its customer service sabotages the firm. Today I spent more than an hour attempting to get new service for our...

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Doctors Getting Rich With Questionable Fusion Surgery

December 30, 2010
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Another reason why our health insurance goes up by double digits every year: Doctors performing unproven surgeries that could hurt patients more than help. Bloomberg News tells the story of truck driver Mikel Hehn, who went to see surgeon Jeffrey Gerdes in 2008 with back pain. “The St. Cloud, Minnesota, doctor diagnosed spinal disc...

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Most Couples Have A Dirty Little Secret

December 30, 2010
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The real taboo in American relationships is not sex. It’s money. A national survey of more than 200 people reveals about 80 percent of spouses acknowledge making secret purchases. To compound this dirty little secret, nearly one-fifth (18.5 percent) of those married admit to having credit cards their spouse knows nothing about. The survey,...

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Liberty Mutual Insurance To Pay $2 Million To Connecticut

December 30, 2010
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Ct Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that Liberty Mutual Insurance Company will pay Connecticut $2 million to settle allegations it conspired with brokers to rig insurance bids and that it paid insurance brokers secret kickbacks for preferential treatment. The agreement settles a lawsuit that Blumenthal filed in 2006. Since 2005, Blumenthal has recovered...

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