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  CONSUMER NEWS: Furniture firm penalized, eyelash curlers recalled
Jennifer Convertibles, a furniture retailer operating in 21 states, including Missouri and Kansas, will pay $275,000 in penalties following an investigation into repeated bad business practices, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Thursday.


TOPICAL RESOURCES AND HELP  


NO CALL LISTS
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IDENTITY THEFT
How to combat this growing, frustrating crime.

CHARITY SCAMS
Beware about contibuting to certain causes.

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CREDIT REPORT
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PAUL WENSKE  

  Overdraft fees have supporters and critics
The consumer value of new bounce protection plans and the hefty fees they carry appears to be a divisive issue among readers of this column.


ANGELA D. CURRY  

  Online loan not such a good value
At Your Service: I did a stupid thing that I'm ashamed to admit. I got a payday loan on the Internet from a place called CashBack Values. I have an address in Carson City, Nev., but I cannot get a telephone number. Their interest rate is outrageous, and I want to pay this loan off, but I cannot reach the company to get a balance.


MORE CONSUMER NEWS  

Patient safety isn't better, study suggests
A new study suggests that the number of hospital patients who die of preventable errors is not improving and may be getting worse.

CONSUMER NEWS: New credit score, drug card study, Weight Watchers products
Some American consumers have a tough time qualifying for credit cards, mortgages and other loans because they do not have a credit history.

A rear suspension issue
Federal agency investigates Saturn's SUV
Federal regulators are investigating the Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle after its rear suspension failed during two government rollover tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.