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Consumer Consumer Reports: Stopping antibiotic overuse Consumer Reports: Stopping antibiotic overuse (Video)
Though antibiotics have saved millions of lives over the years, their overuse and misuse are contributing to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Consumer Reports says patients and doctors both have a role to play in stopping superbugs.
Consumer State lawmakers to vote on 11.9-cent gas tax increase State lawmakers to vote on 11.9-cent gas tax increase
Lawmakers could start voting as early as Monday night on a $16.1 billion transportation revenue package that includes an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that would be phased in over two years.
Consumer Free samples not necessarily free Free samples not necessarily free (Video)
A local woman says all she wanted was a free sample of face cream. But the free sample morphed into unwanted products and more than $400 on her credit card.
Consumer What's with the 'documentation' fee? What's with the 'documentation' fee?
Buy a car and there's a good chance you'll get hit with what's called a "documentation fee.” This is an extra charge, often hundreds of dollars, that supposedly covers the dealership's cost to handle the paperwork for that purchase.
Consumer Seniors lose billions each year to financial fraud Seniors lose billions each year to financial fraud
We don't hear all that much about it, but financial elder abuse is a serious and growing crime in this country. It's estimated that seniors lose more than $3 billion each year to financial exploitation.
Consumer Consumer Reports: Safer cars for teens Consumer Reports: Safer cars for teens
Teenage drivers are far more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than others. Consumer Reports looked at some relatively inexpensive cars that can help them stay safe on the road.
Consumer Cash advances can be costly Cash advances can be costly
Need a small loan right away? You might be tempted to borrow from your credit card company. It's called a “cash advance” and it's really convenient. It's also very costly.
Consumer FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration (Video)
The promise of free internet and mobile service sounded great to a local woman trying to save money. So she signed up with a California company called FreedomPop. The high-tech startup offers free voice, text and data as a gateway to it's many fee-based wireless and data plans and it's catching on. In fact, FreedomPop recently announced plans to expand to the UK. But Leslie Maxwell wonders if it's getting too big too quickly.
Consumer Fresh Pod: Does it work? Fresh Pod: Does it work? (Video)
You can buy all sorts of products to deal with bad smells in your house. But most of them seem to involve a lot of chemicals or fragrances that only mask the smell. The Fresh Pod by Fresh Wave promises natural and safe odor control for up to 60 days. But how well does it really work?
Consumer Consumer Reports: Water-saving appliances Consumer Reports: Water-saving appliances (Video)
With 40 states expecting water shortages over the next ten years, more people are looking for ways to be more efficient with water. Consumer Reports found some appliances that can really help.
Consumer Prize scams target elderly Prize scams target elderly
Anyone can fall for a prize scam, but con artists tend to target seniors because they’re more likely to fall for their pitch.