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  • Consumer Reports: Playstation 4's Faulty Parental Controls

    Consumer Reports: Playstation 4's Faulty Parental Controls

    The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the hottest selling gaming systems. The PS4's parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to see, like violent or adult games. But Consumer
    The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the hottest selling gaming systems. The PS4's parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to see, like violent or adult games. But Consumer
  • Consumer Reports: Ad Tricks and Traps

    Consumer Reports: Ad Tricks and Traps

    Deceptive advertising generally violates the law, but regulators can't monitor everything. So it's up to shoppers to read the fine print. Especially, Consumer Reports cautions when they see certain advertising
    Deceptive advertising generally violates the law, but regulators can't monitor everything. So it's up to shoppers to read the fine print. Especially, Consumer Reports cautions when they see certain advertising
  • Consumer Reports: Overuse of the #1 Prescription Drug

    Consumer Reports: Overuse of the #1 Prescription Drug

    What's the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, "the purple pill." We spend six billion dollars a year on it. It's one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI's, and it's often prescribed
    What's the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, "the purple pill." We spend six billion dollars a year on it. It's one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI's, and it's often prescribed
  • Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

    Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

    Computer owners across the nation are faced with a decision. On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will stop supporting machines that use its popular XP operating system, which could leave millions of people
    Computer owners across the nation are faced with a decision. On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will stop supporting machines that use its popular XP operating system, which could leave millions of people
  • Consumer Reports: Keeping the Gray at Bay

    Consumer Reports: Keeping the Gray at Bay

    For some women, keeping their hair looking glorious is no small task. Monthly colorings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year. So what happens when your roots start showing, and you
    For some women, keeping their hair looking glorious is no small task. Monthly colorings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year. So what happens when your roots start showing, and you
  • Consumer Reports: Closet Organizers for Spring Cleaning

    Consumer Reports: Closet Organizers for Spring Cleaning

    With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets. Plenty of do-it-yourself kits promise to provide the rods, shelves, and drawers you need to turn chaos
    With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets. Plenty of do-it-yourself kits promise to provide the rods, shelves, and drawers you need to turn chaos
  • Consumer Reports: Apps to Prevent Texting & Driving

    Consumer Reports: Apps to Prevent Texting & Driving

    The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them. More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports  just tested new free apps designed
    The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them. More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports  just tested new free apps designed
  • Consumer Reports: Beware of Tax Scams

    Consumer Reports: Beware of Tax Scams

    As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates that scams will cost
    As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates that scams will cost
  • Consumer Reports: Fallout From Target's Data Breach

    Consumer Reports: Fallout From Target's Data Breach

    If you were one of the millions of victims of the recent raid of payment card and personal information at Target stores there is now an additional reason for concern. Target says it is offering "peace
    If you were one of the millions of victims of the recent raid of payment card and personal information at Target stores there is now an additional reason for concern. Target says it is offering "peace
  • Consumer Reports: Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

    Consumer Reports: Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

    Trans fat was once a staple in fried foods, baked goods, and margarine. Now many foods have been reformulated and tout "zero grams of trans fat per serving." Trans fat can raise your risk of heart disease
    Trans fat was once a staple in fried foods, baked goods, and margarine. Now many foods have been reformulated and tout "zero grams of trans fat per serving." Trans fat can raise your risk of heart disease
  • Consumer Reports: Hazards of Hot Yoga

    Consumer Reports: Hazards of Hot Yoga

    Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. A number of celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Madonna, swear by hot yoga. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But many of the hot yoga classes require heat
    Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. A number of celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Madonna, swear by hot yoga. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But many of the hot yoga classes require heat
  • Consumer Reports: Dyson vs. Swiffer

    Consumer Reports: Dyson vs. Swiffer

    The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. But it is pricey, $330. Consumer Reports pitted the Dyson against the $40 Swiffer Sweeper, which is also
    The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. But it is pricey, $330. Consumer Reports pitted the Dyson against the $40 Swiffer Sweeper, which is also
  • Consumer Reports: Grocery Store Choice Overload

    Consumer Reports: Grocery Store Choice Overload

    Buying a box of cereal is simple, right? Well, not anymore. What kind of Cheerios do you want? Honey Nut? Chocolate? Multi-Grain? Peanut Butter? There are actually 14 variations to choose from! A trip
    Buying a box of cereal is simple, right? Well, not anymore. What kind of Cheerios do you want? Honey Nut? Chocolate? Multi-Grain? Peanut Butter? There are actually 14 variations to choose from! A trip
  • Consumer Reports: Where Did I Put That? There is Help!

    Consumer Reports: Where Did I Put That? There is Help!

    Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? You can't find your keys, your wallet or anything else. There are devices that can help you locate your lost items.  Consumer Reports tested the Stick and
    Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? You can't find your keys, your wallet or anything else. There are devices that can help you locate your lost items.  Consumer Reports tested the Stick and
  • Consumer Reports: Caramel Color: Health Risk in Pop

    Consumer Reports: Caramel Color: Health Risk in Pop

    If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show that some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen—and a couple have relatively
    If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show that some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen—and a couple have relatively
  • Consumer Reports: Hottest Food Craze - Steamed Food

    Consumer Reports: Hottest Food Craze - Steamed Food

    Want a healthy dinner in a snap? What about a microwaveable, steam-cooked meal?  The packaging suggests they're better for you. But is it truly a cooking revolution or just a lot of hot air? Consumer
    Want a healthy dinner in a snap? What about a microwaveable, steam-cooked meal?  The packaging suggests they're better for you. But is it truly a cooking revolution or just a lot of hot air? Consumer
  • Consumer Reports: Are Flushable Wipes Flushable?

    Consumer Reports: Are Flushable Wipes Flushable?

    Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise their flushable wipes. They sound so convenient. But plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines, and
    Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise their flushable wipes. They sound so convenient. But plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines, and
  • Consumer Reports: Beautiful Shoes/Painful Feet

    Consumer Reports: Beautiful Shoes/Painful Feet

    More than half of us suffer from foot problems and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. That according to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. Consumer Reports On
    More than half of us suffer from foot problems and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. That according to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. Consumer Reports On
  • Consumer Reports: Appliances - Repair or Replace?

    Consumer Reports: Appliances - Repair or Replace?

    To repair or not to repair? That's a big question when it comes to appliances and electronics. Consumer Reports surveyed more than 29,000 of its subscribers and has new information on what types of products
    To repair or not to repair? That's a big question when it comes to appliances and electronics. Consumer Reports surveyed more than 29,000 of its subscribers and has new information on what types of products
  • Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Value Cars

    Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Value Cars

    Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of Best and Worst New-Car Values. The value score is based on the car's five-year ownership cost when you take everything into account, including depreciation,
    Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of Best and Worst New-Car Values. The value score is based on the car's five-year ownership cost when you take everything into account, including depreciation,
  • Consumer Reports: Wiping Old Electronics Clean

    Consumer Reports: Wiping Old Electronics Clean

    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
  • Consumer Reports: Avoiding Jewelry Rip-Offs

    Consumer Reports: Avoiding Jewelry Rip-Offs

    In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you're a gemologist, you probably can't tell what's real from a fabulous fake. Consumer Reports Money Adviser can tell you how to get a great
    In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you're a gemologist, you probably can't tell what's real from a fabulous fake. Consumer Reports Money Adviser can tell you how to get a great
  • Consumer Reports: Top Kid Tablets for Christmas

    Consumer Reports: Top Kid Tablets for Christmas

    Before you buy a children's tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want. Consumer Reports tested
    Before you buy a children's tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want. Consumer Reports tested
  • Antibacterial Soaps Under Review by FDA

    Antibacterial Soaps Under Review by FDA

    Food and Drug Administration officials said on Monday there is no evidence antibacterial soaps and body washes are more effective than plain soap and water. Now, manufacturers of antibacterial hand soap
    Food and Drug Administration officials said on Monday there is no evidence antibacterial soaps and body washes are more effective than plain soap and water.
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  • What is it? Fargo gets fishy

    What is it? Fargo gets fishy

    You may have noticed a new shop going in on the 700 block of 45th street in Fargo and wondered... "What is it?" Well even though we're about as far away from the ocean as you can get, a local man has
    You may have noticed a new shop going in on the 700 block of 45th street in Fargo and wondered... "What is it?" Well even though we're about as far away from the ocean as you can get, a local man has
  • Big Ticket Raffle for Fargo Air Museum Expansion

    Big Ticket Raffle for Fargo Air Museum Expansion

    For the third year in a row, the Fargo Air Museum is raffling off some serious prizes! The first year, the air museum gave away a plane, last year it was a limited edition Mustang. This year, first prize
    For the third year in a row, the Fargo Air Museum is raffling off some serious prizes! First prize is a 2014 Ford F-150 XLT pick-up with a Honda 4'X4" ATV.
  • Avalanche on Mount Everest Kills at Least 12

    Avalanche on Mount Everest Kills at Least 12

    An avalanche on Mount Everest has killed at least twelve people, and four more are missing. It's the deadliest disaster to hit the world's tallest mountain.   Officials in Nepal say a wall of snow swept
    An avalanche on Mount Everest has killed at least twelve people, and four more are missing. It's the deadliest disaster to hit the world's tallest mountain.   Officials in Nepal say a wall of snow swept
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