• AMERICA'S FAVORITES:
    TOP-RATED RESTAURANT CHAINS
    • A new survey shows that restaurants are doing a better job of providing higher-quality food and better service than they in many years. As always, some are going a better job than the rest. Which chains topped this year’s ratings?

FAKE GOLD & SILVER COINS FLOODING THE US MARKET
Counterfeit coins are getting so good that it’s often difficult to spot them. Get burned and you could lose a bundle and there’s probably no recourse. Here’s how to protect yourself.
 
PAY DAY LOANS: FEDS PROPOSE NEW RULES TO END 'DEBT TRAP'
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules that would require these lenders to make sure a borrower can repay that loan before approving it. Industry is opposed. Consumer groups say it’s a good start but does not go far enough.
 
SCAMMERS GET VICTIMS TO PAY WITH ITUNES GIFT CARDS
Fraud Alert: The popular iTunes gift card has become the payment method of choice for many swindlers. It’s a quick, convenient and untraceable way for them to steal money from their victims. Here’s how to protect yourself.
 
BUSINESSES WANT CONGRESS TO WEAKEN ROBOCALL LAWS
We hate robocalls. Companies realize this – and yet, they're asking Congress to reduce the possible penalties for making illegal robocalls. Consumer groups vow that isn't going to happen without a fight.
 
PODCAST: CONSUMER REPORTS RATES SUNSCREENS
Also: Dealing with student loan debt, the facts about underwear, crooks target medical records and how to train your dog to stop jumping.
 
CYBER ATTACKS AND NEGLIGENCE LEAD TO RISE IN MEDICAL DATA BREACHES
America's healthcare organizations are not doing enough to deal with the growing threat, according to a new report. These breaches are increasingly costly and frequent, and continue to put patient data at risk for use by identity thieves.
 
PODCAST: TOP-RATED GARDEN CENTERS
Also: Scammers try to get paid via iTunes cards, TSA security delays, used car bargains, ways to waste less food & Consumer Reports looks at pet insurance.
 
NOW MIGHT BE THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY OR LEASE A USED CAR
Right now, you'll find a larger selection of late-model vehicles on the lot - and in some cases, pay less than expected. You might even be able to lease a fairly low-mileage pre-owned vehicle.
 
PODCAST: AMERICA'S OVERUSE OF ADDICTIVE PAIN PILLS
Also: Alaska Airlines merger with Virgin America, real estate title scams, mandatory arbitration clauses & helping dogs who don’t want to ride in the car.
 
AMERICANS ARE SAVING MORE, BUT CREDIT CARD DEBT IS GROWING
We’re doing a better job of saving, but more Americans are running up credit card debt that they can't pay off at the end of the month. Carrying a balance is costly and a warning sign that the family budget needs adjusting.

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