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  • The lint in your dryer hardly seems harmful, but it could cause some major problems from higher energy costs to a house fire!
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  • Got an old computer stashed in a storage room? Or an ancient cellphone junked in a kitchen drawer?
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  • Consumer Watch: Cracking the code on eggs
  • Buying eggs used to be a simple process with only a few options, but now the choices seem endless and prices can vary widely.
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  • pet chatz
  • Pet parents know keeping tabs on their four-legged family members while they're away from home is no easy task.
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  • Unnecessary C-sections could increase risks for mothers and babies
  • The number of cesarean deliveries remains very high in the U.S. and Consumer Reports says many of them are unnecessary.
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  • Consumer Reports estimates the number of stolen smartphones nearly doubled in the past year to 3.1 million.
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  • Home insurance you can count on
  • How easily you can pick up the pieces after a storm hits your home may be determined by your home insurer.
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  • Mother's Day arrives once a year, often with an armload of flowers. But when you order online, all you have to go by is a photo.
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  • Consumer Watch: Surviving your hospital stay
  • You go to the hospital to get well. But far too many people die after something goes wrong.
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  • There's a growing problem in our supermarkets -- good food gone bad.
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  • The next big thing may be right up your sleeve -- smart watches. Consumer Reports checked out six.
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  • Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess.
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  • A huge security breach involving nearly three million could affect customers who have shopped at Michaels Crafts.
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  • Walmart is America's largest grocer, but in Consumer Reports' ratings of 55 supermarkets Walmart supercenters landed at the bottom.
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  • Kids aren't the only ones expecting a big haul from the Easter bunny. Retailers could get a multi-billion dollar boost.
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  • 041414-kfsn-4pm-pancake-syrup-concerns-vid
  • Some kinds of caramel color in soft drinks can reportedly contain a potential carcinogen. Now pancake syrups have been tested.
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  • highchair dangers
  • Feeding a hungry baby isn't always a picnic, but it shouldn't be dangerous.
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  • High-tech fitness devices and apps
  • One industry group estimates the digital fitness device market was worth $330 million in 2013.
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  • 040714-kfsn-problem-solving-vacuum
  • A new vacuum from Kenmore could be the answer to one of the main reasons vacuums stop working, the belt breaks.
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  • 040614-KFSN-11PM-PopcornForMovieNight
  • Popcorn is a popular snack. However, not all the popcorn that Consumer Reports looked at scored well in taste tests.
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  • 140331_KFSN_430PM_CommonTaxErrors
  • Filing your taxes at the last minute can lead to mistakes. Here's a look at some of the most common -- and costly -- errors.
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  • Vacation rental scammers packing a nasty surprise
  • Criminals are hacking into the email accounts of owners of rental properties, and defrauding renters out of a lot of money.
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  • 140331_KFSN_4PM_BestPaperTowels
  • Be aware, you shouldn't use a paper towel for everything. They will scratch your glasses, your TV screens and camera lenses.
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  • Nexium is the top-selling brand-name prescription in America, but Consumer Reports says some may not need such a strong drug.
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  • With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets.
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  • 140324_KFSN_6PM_KeepYourHome
  • Thousands of underwater homeowners are learning how to keep their homes through a new outreach effort.
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  • Consumer Watch
  • Deceptive advertising generally violates the law, but regulators can't monitor everything.
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  • Extended car warranties promise peace of mind, but they're expensive. The cost of an extended warranty averaged $1,214.
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  • Target Credit
  • If you were one of the millions of victims of the recent raid of payment card and personal information at Target stores there is now an additional reason for concern.
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  • Scammers nearly took a Merced woman for big cash
  • Scammers nearly took a Merced woman for big cash. But fortunately she realized it was a trick.
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  • 140310_KFSN_4PM_CWPlaystation4
  • Consumer Reports says you could be surprised by what the PlayStation 4's parental controls allow your children to see.
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  • 140307_KFSN_6PM_ConsumerWatchBoxedSubscription
  • New companies, including some local ones, are building successful businesses selling their products by subscription.
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  • 140306_KFSN_4PM_BewareOfTaxScams
  • As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Consumer Reports' tax experts tell you how to avoid scams.
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  • Consumer Reports test: Dyson vs. Swiffer
  • The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. Consumer Reports tested to see if it's worth its hefty price tag.
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  • Stopping Robocalls
  • You're probably all too familiar with those irritating sales calls that come just as you're sitting down to dinner.
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  • Consumer Reports has released its Top Pick cars for 2014. To find the best of the best, Consumer Reports tested more than 260 cars, drove hundreds of thousands of miles and put them through over 50 tests. A top pick must also perform well in government and industry crash tests and it has to be reliable.
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  • Car controls creating headaches for many drivers
  • In a Consumer Reports survey, drivers of recent model cars reported high-tech controls were giving them trouble.
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  • E-cigarettes under the microscope
  • E-cigarette sales have exploded, from $500 million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 billion in 2013. So, are e-cigarettes safe?
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  • 140219_KFSN_6PM_CWLawnAlternatives
  • During this drought, some homeowners and businesses have stopped watering their lawns, or have taken them out altogether.
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  • Safe from Scams: Trip of a lifetime
  • It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, but instead, dozens of people lost close to a half-million dollars.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Trans Fats
  • Trans fat was once a staple in fried foods, baked goods, and margarine.
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  • Postmaster helps prevent more victims of sweepstakes scam
  • A postmaster stepped in to help prevent more people from falling victim to a sweepstakes scam.
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  • 140213_KFSN_4PM_ConsumerHotYoga
  • Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. A number of celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Madonna, swear by hot yoga.
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  • Simple Solutions: Confessions from serial daters
  • This time of year gets most of us thinking of love. So how do you find your perfect match?
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  • Consumer Watch
  • Cable and satellite can be a big monthly charge, and they're going up around six percent per year.
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  • Getting paid to shop
  • It turns out, simply shopping at stores near you can earn you some serious cash.
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  • Affordable Do-It-Yourself Valentines Day Gifts
  • All that chocolate, flowers and jewelry for your loved ones can really add up. Americans will spend $37 billion dollars this Valentine's Day, an average of $213 per person.
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  • If you're a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship.
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  • Free frozen yogurt at Yogurtland
  • Yogurtland is celebrating its 3rd annual National Frozen Yogurt Day on Monday, February 3, 2014 by offering guests free yogurt and toppings from 4pm - 7pm
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  • Are flushable wipes really flushable?
  • Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise their flushable wipes.
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