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Is avocado oil a healthy choice?

Q. Avocados are supposedly good for you. Can I assume that avocado oil is likewise healthful?—Joseph Ally, Shingle Springs, CA A.

The best yogurts

Greek yogurt may be all the rage, but regular yogurt has its advantages: It tends to be higher in calcium and lower in calories, plus it costs less.

6 ways to ruin your holiday barbecue


Labor Day arrives early this year so if you’re planning an outdoor barbecue, make sure you’re ready. You don’t want to send your guests home with an empty stomach, a bad impression, or worse.

Best deals on American-made cars for Labor Day 2014


Celebrating the workers who built this great nation, the Consumer Reports’ price analysts have combed through the hundreds of current incentives to identify the largest discounts on American-made cars and SUVs.

4 tips for better underwater photos and video


If you’re interested in shooting photos or video underwater, you have a variety of equipment choices.

5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook


Do a search on Amazon for Chromebook, and you’ll find a surprisingly large selection of these laptops.

Deals on Consumer Reports' top-rated refrigerators


This weekend Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears are featuring special buys on refrigerators with discounts ranging from 10 to 35 percent.

Are health insurance premiums skyrocketing in 2015?

“O-care premiums to skyrocket,” said a headline in The Hill, a widely-read website on politics. That dire forecast was a dream come true for legions of the Affordable Care Act's detractors, who spread the troubling assertion far and wide on conservative media outlets.

Plugged in to our new quick-and-quirky BMW i3 electric car


After a nine-month wait, we’ve just taken delivery of the futuristic-looking BMW i3, a tall, rear-drive, electric-powered hatchback.

When it comes to e-cigarette safety, you're still on your own

The number of health experts urging greater regulation of e-cigarettes keeps growing. This week, the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association urged tighter restriction of the devices.

Medical debts can hurt even long after they're paid

When you suffer a serious illness or injury, the bills can start stacking up fast. Soon enough, you could find yourself saddled with a pile of medical debt, with your account turned over to a collections agency.

2015 Ram Diesel tops full-sized pickup ratings

Our staff loves a good pickup, especially if it gets great mileage and can tow our assortment of travel trailers, boats, and race cars.

Hallmarks of horrible customer service

Just about all of us will need to contact customer service at some point, and too often the outcome ends in frustration.

College bank cards may be an expensive welcome

From their very first day at college, many students will be paying fees to banks. Financial institutions—some of which have exclusive marketing rights on particular campuses—steer students into signing up for additional campus bank accounts that may charge high fees for accessing cash at ATMs and other common transactions such as purchasing books and meals.

Get the right blood thinner for an irregular heartbeat


These materials are made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multistate settlement of consumer-fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin (gabapentin).

All-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the makings of a luxurious crowd pleaser


We’ve just bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300, the mainstream version of the newly redesigned C-Class sedan.

Why you may need to protect an IRA

If you file for bankruptcy protection, up to about $1.25 million in assets in your IRAs are protected from claims by creditors.

You don't need a juicer to make juice


With all the competition for counter space in the kitchen, do you really need a juicer in addition to a blender or food processor?

7 products on deep discount in September


Hurry up and grab these discounts! We've found seven products that are at their lowest prices in September, including gas grills.

Samsung's new Gear S smart watch can work without a phone


Samsung, the busiest smart-watch maker in the universe, today announced yet another new wearable, the Gear S.


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