• STUDENTS STILL SADDLED WITH
    SOARING TEXTBOOK COSTS
    • Rising tuition costs aren't the only thing driving up the cost of higher education. Textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years. A single book can easily cost $200. To deal with this expense, some students are now taking classes without buying the required books.

IDENTITY THIEVES CHANGE TACTICS TO STEAL YOUR MONEY
ID fraud remains a very lucrative crime as the crooks find ways to foil stronger security measures. About 13 million Americans became identity fraud victims last year, according to a new report.
 
PODCAST: DROWNING IN DEBT? HELP IS AVAILABLE
Also: How to get a good deal on the right mattress, the downside of those office perks and the most important command to teach your dog: drop it.
 
NEW TAX FRAUD SAFEGUARDS MAY MEAN DELAYS IN GETTING REFUNDS
The IRS, state authorities and the tax preparation industry have joined together to combat identity thieves rushing to file their bogus state and federal returns in your name while you're still gathering your paperwork. This could result in some refunds being delayed a bit.
 
PODCAST: HOW TO GET THE BEST DEALS ON HOME APPLIANCES
Also: What parents need to know about artificial food dyes and kids, tips on filing this year’s FAFSA form for federal student aid, and meet the author of the new book "My Old Dog."
 
SMART TVS 'INEVITABLE' PATH FOR HACKERS TO ATTACK HOME PCS
Digital security experts warn that smart TVs provide cybercriminals a new way to sneak into your home computer and steal sensitive personal information. Manufacturers are well aware of the problem and say they are doing things to improve security.
 
PODCAST: SMART TVS NEW TARGET FOR HACKERS
Also: Best and worst companies for customer satisfaction, Rescue Animal MP3 Music Project, how to avoid debt collector scams and overdosing on non-prescription cold/ flu medications.
 
IRS TO USE PRIVATE DEBT COLLECTORS - CRITICS SAY THAT'S A REALLY BAD IDEA
Congress decided the IRS should outsource the work, even though the agency expressed serious concerns about using private bill collectors. The tax collection provision was included in the new highway funding bill that took effect in December. Critics are not persuaded, noting among other things that the IRS has tried using private debt collectors twice before with limited success.
 
CRITICS SAY KEYLESS IGNITION SYSTEMS ARE FATALLY FLAWED
With push-button ignition systems, you can leave the vehicle, key fob in hand, and forget to turn off the engine. If the car is parked in an attached garage, carbon monoxide can seep into the home. Safety advocates blame push-button ignition systems for at least 18 deaths and many more injuries, and they want automakers to add an auto shut-off feature to these vehicles.
 
PODCAST: THE PET SHOW - FOR DOG & CAT LOVERS
This special hour features some of my favorite pet stories from the past year: How to find out if your dog is a genius, the most common cat diseases and information on vaccinating your pets.
 
NEED TO RETURN AN UGLY SWEATER? HERE'S WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU DO
We all get holiday gifts that don't quite hit the mark. Most stores have fairly lenient return policies this time of year, but they can also be complicated. Returning these unwanted items will be a lot easier if you follow a few simple rules.

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