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Consumer Protecting electronics on vacation Protecting electronics on vacation(Video)
Vacation coming up? Chances are you'll be packing a lot of electronics like smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, GPS devices, cameras, iPod and speakers. They practically need their own suitcase! But if you are thinking of checking them as baggage think again.
Consumer Drain FX: Does it work? Drain FX: Does it work?
Lots of products promise to clear your pipes without having to call a plumber. But even though they contain harsh chemicals, Consumer Reports tests have shown most aren't that effective.
Consumer Early look at Amazon's first smartphone Early look at Amazon's first smartphone
Amazon is getting ready to release its first smartphone named the Fire, this Friday July 25th. Consumer Reports put an early version to the test- to find out if it's worth considering a switch.
Consumer Is there a link between anesthesia and dementia? Is there a link between anesthesia and dementia?
Some people, especially elderly folks, can have problems with their thinking following surgery. These cognition problems can last for weeks -- even months -- after the operation.
Consumer Popular mobile fashion boutique snagged by city permit confusion Popular mobile fashion boutique snagged by city permit confusion (Video)
The owner of a popular local clothing boutique just learned she may be forced to button up some of her business in order to stay legal. She's part of the new and growing trend of turning box trucks into traveling retail stores. But confusion over permits is unraveling part of her business plan, and she's not alone.
Consumer Green Dot phasing out MoneyPak PIN Green Dot phasing out MoneyPak PIN (Video)
Using a reloadable debit card to send money is about to get trickier for a lot of people. The makers of one of the most popular money cards is changing the technology - and it has a lot to do with scammers who use the card for fraud.
Consumer Longer car loans have certain risks Longer car loans have certain risks
According to Experian Automotive, the average auto loan right now is 66 months, the longest it's ever been. A quarter of the loans originated in the first quarter of this year were 73 to 84 months.
Consumer Greek yogurt has more protein, but watch the sugar Greek yogurt has more protein, but watch the sugar(Video)
Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Most yogurts are nutritious and a good source of calcium. Greek yogurt has even more protein and that's part of the appeal.
Consumer Windshield Wonder: Does it work? Windshield Wonder: Does it work?(Video)
When most of us get around to cleaning the inside windows on our vehicle, we typically use window cleaner and a cloth or paper towels. Windshield Wonder promises to make cleaning windshields fast and easy with microfiber and a long-reach handle. It sells for around $10.
Consumer Which store-bought ice cream is best? Which store-bought ice cream is best?(Video)
America's favorite ice cream is vanilla. But what makes plain vanilla really great plain vanilla? An excellent vanilla ice cream should have definite dairy flavor, balanced by real vanilla. It shouldn't be overly sweet and it should have a creamy, smooth texture.
Consumer Take your cat for a walk Take your cat for a walk
You take your dog for a walk. Did you ever think of taking your cat?

If you have a cat with the right personality, it can be fun for both of you – and great exercise, too.
Consumer FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges(Video)
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.
Consumer Putting upscale grilling gadgets to the test Putting upscale grilling gadgets to the test(Video)
With grilling season heating up, all kinds of gadgets promise to take your grill to a new level. Consumer Reports tested three gadgets that aim to make your grill even better.
Consumer What's the Nordic diet? What's the Nordic diet?
You've heard about the Mediterranean diet. How about the Nordic diet?

"It appears to be a pretty good diet,” said Dr. John Swartzberg at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Consumer Washington food workers duped by invalid food permits Washington food workers duped by invalid food permits(Video)
If you want a job in a place where food is served - you must to have a valid food handlers card from your local health department. It's a state law. If its not the right card - you cannot work in food service until you retake the test and get a valid certificate. But state investigators say thousands of local workers got duped.
Consumer The benefits of a harness over a leash The benefits of a harness over a leash
What do you use when you take your dog for a walk - a leash or a harness?

Mikkel Becker, animal training expert at Vetstreet.com, says in many cases, a harness might be a better way to go.

"It doesn't put the strain on the neck and it doesn't choke them," she said.
Consumer Dishwashers that deliver Dishwashers that deliver
Testers spend a day dirtying dishes, glasses, and silverware-smearing on peanut butter, sauce, egg yolks, spinach, and more. Then the dishes are left in the dishwasher overnight, letting all of that food get caked-on, just like you might do.
Consumer Recall issued for Foster Farms chicken sold in Wash. Recall issued for Foster Farms chicken sold in Wash.
A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said Thursday night.