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  • Scammers are preying on consumers this Valentine’s Day
    Consumers need to stay vigilant to detect phony offers and other schemes By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs February 13, 2020 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways I can scam you. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, consumers are predicted to spend record amounts on the occasion, and scammers are predicted to spend a lot of effort trying to spoil the moment. The scammers bait of choice on Valentines is anything phony they can dream up related to the holiday -- phony florists, phony online dating, phony electronic greeting cards, phony delivery scams. Florists? Yep. Scammers set up phony florist websites or send you an email purporting to be from a local florist with a great deal you merely have to click on in order to save a great deal of money on flowers, warns Steven Weisman, Esq. at Scamicide. And those other tricks? Online dating: Weisman… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, February 14, 2020
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  • Pentagon JEDI contract blocked by judge following Amazon legal challenge
    The online retailer is preparing itself for litigation By Christopher Maynard of ConsumerAffairs February 14, 2020 Following a legal challenge by Amazon back in January, a federal judge has placed an injunction on a cloud computing contract between the federal government and Microsoft. CNBC reports that a federal judge placed a temporary block on the deal on Thursday, though further details were not released. Amazons suit claimed that the Pentagons decision to choose Microsoft was made based on political considerations. Earlier this month, the company said it wished to depose President Trump and other officials over their role in the selection process. The JEDI Project -- which is designed to provide the military with better access to technology when working in remote locations -- is said to be worth $10 billion. It is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending, and its important that the numerous… ..... Read More.
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  • Delta Air Lines announces plans to go carbon neutral starting next month
    The company is making a $1 billion commitment towards the sustainability goal By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs February 14, 2020 When March 2020 rolls around, Delta Air Lines will be depositing a big, fat $1 billion towards doing what it can to clean up the environment. In a 10-year commitment heralded by Delta CEO Ed Bastian, the airline will put an all-in effort towards mitigating emissions -- both in the air and on the ground -- anywhere it has a presence. As part of that 10-year investment, Bastian is pinning his hopes on innovation, clean air tech, and waste reduction to honor that commitment. There is no substitute for the power that travel has to connect people, which our world needs today more than ever before. As we connect customers around the globe, it is our responsibility to deliver on our promise to bring people together and ensure the utmost… ..... Read More.
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  • Brain inflammation found to be common among veterans with Gulf War Illness
    Researchers say many GWI symptoms are related to fibromyalgia By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs February 14, 2020 As more and more studies focus on veterans health post-service, and veterans worry about their health upon returning home, a new study conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital discovered a new health woe common among those who fought in the Gulf War. According to the researchers, veterans struggling with Gulf War Illness (GWI), a chronic disorder that affects Gulf War veterans, were also more likely to experience brain inflammation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that other common symptoms associated with the condition include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. Researcher Zeynab Alshelh, PhD, explained that the inflammation was most common in the cortical regions, which are involved in higher-order functions, such as memory, concentration, and reasoning. The neuroinflammation looked very similar to the widespread… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, February 14, 2020
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  • Out-of-state emissions could be the cause of half of all air pollution-related deaths
    Researchers say that the way emissions travel can be more problematic than many consumers realize By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs February 14, 2020 As experts continue to explore the ways air pollution can increase the risk of death for consumers, a new study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed that pollutants can affect consumers health regardless of where they live. According to the researchers, half of all deaths related to pollution can be linked to out-of-state emissions. They explain that winds often carry pollution across state lines, increasing the scope of those affected by the fumes. Its not necessarily just the adjacent state, but states over 1,000 miles away that can be affected, said researcher Steven Barrett. Different kinds of emissions have a different kind of range. The story is different for each pollutant. Tracking emission patterns The researchers focused their study on the 48 contiguous… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, February 14, 2020
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  • Days of Torrential Rains in Southeast Leave Swollen Rivers, Mudslides
    Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station … ..... Read More.
    INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, February 14, 2020
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  • Soaking Rains Cause Rock Slide in West Virginia, Prompt Flood Warning Along Ohio River
    Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday … ..... Read More.
    INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, February 14, 2020
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