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  • Buying Used: Hot to choose a preowned vehicle that will provide years of loyal service.

    Prices on used vehicles have climbed due to reduced new vehicle sales the past several years, a drop in leasing and fewer trade-ins. Prices on fuel-efficient models have increased with particular speed, with values up 20 percent from January to May 2011,...
  • Dollar Tree expects antitrust approval of Family Dollar deal, with few divestitures

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. In a potential boost for its attempt to acquire Family Dollar, the CEO of Dollar Tree said Thursday that he anticipates federal antitrust regulators will require the company to divest fewer of its stores to gain approval for the deal. The...
  • Family Dollar delays shareholder vote on Dollar Tree acquisition

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. Family Dollar said Wednesday that it plans to delay a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree nearly two weeks, to give federal antitrust authorities more time to review the deal. The vote is now scheduled for Dec. 23....
  • U.S. court shuts down telemarketer FTC says bilked customers of $120 million

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court has temporarily shut down a U.S. technology telemarketing operation accused of bilking customers of $120 million, while also ordering the freezing of assets of telemarketers and their executives. The Federal Trade...
  • Consumer travel issues: Where we stand

    Consumer travel issues: Where we stand
    Whether you're red or blue, you probably realize that last week's election is likely to change the outlook for consumer protection over the next few years. And -- this is strictly a personal opinion -- the outlook is less favorable than in the previous...
  • Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors

    U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in...
  • Medical alert scam shut down

    Most people who got those annoying robocalls offering them free medical alerts knew the devices weren't really free. We now know how much they cost. Authorities announced a settlement last week with nine companies and four individuals they allege were...
  • Public-utility approach would not bridge the digital divide

    In the decades-long struggle for civil rights, the movement has focused on different Washington institutions, from Congress to the White House to the Supreme Court. This past summer, part of the battle moved to the Federal Communications Commission. The...
  • Family Dollar stockholders to vote on merger with Dollar Tree Dec. 11

    Family Dollar stockholders to vote on merger with Dollar Tree Dec. 11
    Shareholders of Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar are scheduled to vote on the discount retailer's merger with Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree on Dec. 11, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The meeting will be held...
  • Green coffee beans for weight loss? Um, never mind

    Green coffee beans for weight loss? Um, never mind
    Remember when green coffee bean extract was the next big thing in weight loss, a remedy with positive clinical findings touted as a breakthrough by Dr. Mehmet Oz and aggressively hawked online? Well, fuggedaboutit. Last week, the 2012 study that...
  • Why She Returned Calls From Fake IRS Agent: The Threats

    Why She Returned Calls From Fake IRS Agent: The Threats
    The Bottom Line has warned, more than once, about scammers posing as IRS representatives who call consumers and demand payment of taxes. So has the state attorney general's office and the state Department of Consumer Protection. The calls haven't...