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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Michigan county handling of HIV criminal case suggests state law was ...
The American IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

It should be noted that state confidentiality laws play a role in our ability to access certain data. But based on what the local and state health departments have told us, charges against the man appear to be based entirely on his confession to ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Critical Food Safety Message from USDA, HHS and Ad Council Prior to the Big ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

The effort is an extension of their Food Safe Families campaign (www.foodsafety.gov), the first joint multimedia campaign designed to help families prevent food poisoning in the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Bulk SMS service slow, forum orders refund
Indian ExpressFebruary 7, 2012

The case was filed by Pawan Malhotra of Pacific Holidays in Sector 34-A. In his complaint to the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Malhotra stated that in April 2010, he availed the services of a company in Sector 17 for bulk messages and to create ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Fitch backs FDA planned guidelines open the door to biosimilars
The Pharma LetterFebruary 13, 2012

The US approved small molecule or chemically-based generics since enactment of the Hatch-Waxman Act in 1984 but has not approved the sale of biosimilar drugs due to a lack of a formal regulatory approval process and their complex nature, notes Fitch.more »

Sacco Bill To Protect Used Car Buyers When Vehicle Fails Inspection Approved ...
Power Engineering MagazineFebruary 15, 2012

A bill sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Nicholas J. Sacco which would prohibit used car dealers from waiving their obligation under the Lemon Law when a vehicle fails inspection as a result of faulty emissions control equipment was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Why e-tolling wont fly
ITWebFebruary 7, 2012

In December, government was asked what would happen in the case of fraudulent licence plates, since people without e-tags are charged for e-tolling via pictures of their licence plates, taken by overhead cameras on the gantries.more »

Product Reclamation
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Deactivated Somerset Station power plant sold to NJ company
Fall River Herald NewsFebruary 2, 2012

With other properties the company has bought, it generally does reclamation work itself and collaborates with a contractor for the redevelopment phase, he said. It has sometimes sold properties to be redeveloped, other times leased the site, ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Three New York residents face trial on charges in Millcreek fraud
GoErie.comFebruary 8, 2012

By TIM HAHN, Erie Times-News Three people accused of using fake credit cards to buy a few thousand dollars' worth of gift cards at two Millcreek Township businesses in November face trial on charges in the case. Takeria C. Lopez, 23, of Brooklyn, NY, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Police Blotter: Woman Sees Bald Man In Her Home
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Identity Theft at the unit block of Sycamore Road on 1/25 at 7:45 am — Victim reported that someone opened a cable account without her permission or knowledge. Burglary (no force) at the 700 block of Railroad Avenue on 1/26 at 9:48 pm — Unknown ...more »

Credit Repair
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3 Ways To Clean Up Your Credit History
Business InsiderFebruary 21, 2012

While ridding the world of bad guys, this Marine would also like to rid his credit history of two bad marks he got years ago by using a technique I suggested in the story Should You Pay For Credit Repair? I was reading an article that said you can send ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Father, son team up at Greenville law firm
Greenville NewsFebruary 20, 2012

PATRICK COLLARD/ Staff By Angelia Davis During his 40 years at Love Thornton Arnold Thomason, attorney Mason “Andy” Goldsmith Sr. turned down many offers from other law firms trying to lure him away. The Elmore Goldsmith firm has succeeded where others ...more »

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