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  • Bass Pro recalls MR. STEAK gas grills
    The gas regulator hose with attached fuel gauge can melt By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 Bass Pro of Springfield, Mo., is recalling about 3,700 MR. STEAK four and five burner gas patio grills sold in the U.S., and Canada. The gas regulator hose with attached fuel gauge can melt if it comes in contact with the bottom of the grills firebox, posing a fire hazard. The firm has received nine reports of grill fires. No injuries or property damage have been reported. The recall involves four- and five-burner models of MR. STEAK propane gas grills, models MS-4B-PG, SKU 2472264 and MS-5B-PG, SKU 2472265, that have both a fuel gauge and a fuel line that is not attached to the inside of the grill. The grills are stainless steel with black trim and have four or five black and red dials. The words MR. STEAK are printed… ..... Read More.
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  • Special Report: America’s Best Independent Insurance Agencies to Work For
    The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the 2019 Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For survey by Insurance Journal. The winners have been chosen by employees. Employees of the Best Agencies to Work For in … ..... Read More.
    INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingThu, December 12, 2019
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  • Electric and autonomous vehicles not yet ready to become mainstream, experts say
    More leasing and increased online sales are some trends that will flourish in the new decade By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 Car dealers are offering plenty of end-of-the-year new car deals. But before you go shopping for a car you may drive for a decade, consider whats coming up in the future. The experts at Cars.com have identified a number of automotive trends they expect to see in the decade that begins next month. They involve the kinds of cars well see on the road, how well buy them, and what theyll cost. Lets start with what we wont see -- at least not that much. Despite all the publicity that electric vehicles get, Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com, doesnt think theyre ready to become mainstream, at least not anytime soon. He says electric vehicle use may grow in densely populated urban centers, but they… ..... Read More.
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  • Here are the best housing markets for buyers in 2020
    Industry experts have identified 10 metros that should draw consumers attention By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 Consumers hoping to purchase a home in 2020 and who are willing to move should consider Dallas, Tampa, and Las Vegas, along with seven other cities. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has identified 10 markets it says should outperform over the next three to five years. "Some markets are clearly positioned for exceptional longer-term performance due to their relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion," said NAR's chief economist Lawrence Yun. "Drawing new residents from other states will also further stimulate housing demand in these markets, but this will create upward price pressures as well, especially if demand is not met by increasing supply." So that probably means prices will be most affordable in the immediate future. Prices can quickly escalate once a market becomes hot. Besides… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingThu, December 12, 2019
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  • Dollar General to start selling CBD products at some stores
    Select stores in Tennessee and Kentucky will sell the products, with more stores to be added in 2020 By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 Dollar General announced on Tuesday that it will start selling cannabidiol (CBD) cosmetic products at 1,100 of its stores in Tennessee and Kentucky. Consumer demand for CBD -- a component of cannabis that does not contain intoxicating properties but is believed to have some health benefits -- has soared in recent years. CBD was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill and has been added as an ingredient in many cosmetic products, including lotions, tinctures, and bath bombs. Now, Dollar General has joined a growing list of retailers that have decided to add cosmetics that contain CBD to store shelves. Some stores that sell CBD products include Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, ULTA Beauty, Sephora, Whole Foods, among others. "At Dollar General, the customer… ..... Read More.
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  • Experts say spending continues to be a major source of secrecy in relationships
    As the shopping season ramps up, researchers warn against potential consequences for stores and partners By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 With Black Friday -- one of the most successful, spending-wise, in recent history -- in the rearview mirror, and the holiday season well underway, many consumers are occupied with what theyre going to gift their friends and family. While holiday spending can leave many consumers with higher than normal credit card bills, a new study conducted by researchers from Boston College found that shopping is one of the biggest sources of secrecy in relationships, and such trends can ultimately have an effect on retailers and romance. Understanding financial infidelity is important because financial matters are one of the major sources of conflict within romantic couples and prior research has shown that keeping money-related secrets in relationships is a dealbreaker, said researcher Hristina Nikolova. The effect of secret… ..... Read More.
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  • Treating chronic pain with non-drug therapies could produce better outcomes
    Researchers say using alternatives to prescription drugs was effective for the veterans involved in the study By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs December 12, 2019 While many consumers are quick to reach for prescription drugs when they suffer from chronic pain, a new study could have many rethinking their pain relief remedies. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs found that choosing alternative treatments over prescription drugs for chronic pain yielded better health outcomes in the long-term. Chronic pain is associated with adverse outcomes, such as substance abuse and suicidal thoughts and behavior, said researcher Dr. Esther Meerwijk. If non-drug treatments make chronic pain more bearable, people may be more likely to have positive experiences in life. That makes them less likely to have thoughts of suicide or turn to drugs. Steering clear of drugs The researchers observed over 142,000 veterans, all of whom had served more or less than… ..... Read More.
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