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Consumer Reports Tests Reflective Gear For Pedestrians, Bicyclists

Cars kill more than 5,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, and joggers each year. A vast majority of those accidents happen after the sun sets.

05/21/2015

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Angie’s List: Patios And Decks

New home buyers are looking outdoors when house hunting, so having a great deck or patio is important when trying to sell.

05/21/2015

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Coffee Crud: Harmful Bacteria Found In Coffee Makers

Millions of Americans wake up each day and enjoy a cup of coffee. But, you may be getting more than just caffeine.

05/18/2015

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Consumer Reports Tests Safer, Effective Insect Repellents

Mosquitoes and ticks are a nuisance, but even worse, they can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme. Now, some types of those insects are responsible for carrying new diseases — chikungunya and Powassan.

05/13/2015

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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S5 Beats Out S6

Consumer Reports has put Samsung’s new flagship smartphone through extensive testing. The test results are in and the Galaxy S6 landed below Samsung’s older S5 in Consumer Reports’ ratings.

05/12/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Their name implies that they’re confined to your bedroom, but bed bugs can live anywhere: hotels, offices, even movie theaters have had infestations.

05/07/2015

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Consumer Reports Rates Best Bike Helmets

No question, a bike helmet can be a real lifesaver. Ninety percent of the bicyclists killed in the past two decades were not wearing a helmet.

05/06/2015

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Angie’s List: Readying & Reacting To Radon

You can’t see it, smell it, touch it or taste it, but radon is present in the soil of all 50 states, and it could be seeping into your home.

04/30/2015

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New App Documents In-Home Belongings In Event Of Break-In

If somebody breaks into your home, would you know what to report to the insurance company?

04/27/2015

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Consumer Reports: How Safe Is Your Shrimp?

Americans love shrimp. We eat an average of almost four pounds a year, making shrimp more popular than tuna.

04/24/2015

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Consumer Reports Uncovers Safety Problem With Brinkmann Gas Grill

Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety problem with a small Brinkmann grill sold at Home Depot and Hy-Vee stores.

04/22/2015

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Angie’s List: Tire Troubles? Don’t Get Run Over At The Shop

A nail, a pothole, old age – many things can cause a flat tire. Is it okay to repair it or does it need to be replaced? And if it needs to be replaced, should you buy just one tire or do you need two? How about all four?

04/16/2015

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Consumer Reports: How To Save On Prescription Medication

People who regularly take prescription medication spend on average more than $700 per year for drugs.

04/15/2015

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Angie’s List: Avoiding Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your roof. Heavy snowfalls, gusting winds, torrential rains and extreme temperatures all take their toll over time.

04/09/2015

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Consumer Reports: Your TV Can Spy On You

It’s likely you don’t think you’ve invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that’s viewed, whether it’s a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you’re watching.

04/06/2015

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