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  Consumer Reports reveals if luggage could last a lifetime?

Your checklist for a good piece of luggage is probably pretty simple: It should hold what you need and be tough enough to survive baggage handlers when you have to check it. A Consumer Reports survey of more than 38,000 members reveals which brands to pick before you pack.

Fuel analyst: ‘Enjoy falling prices while they last’

  Best Life: Traveling with the right identification

New state auto insurance law takes effect in Arkansas

  Consumer Reports investigates how to reduce PFAS chemicals and cook at home

Consumer Reports investigates if drivers are will to be tracked to save on car insurance

Mercedes-Benz recalls 745,000 cars for sunroofs that could detach

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  Consumer Reports reviews the great things about used cars

  Shoppers make new purchases, returns after Christmas

  Consumer Reports gives advice on picking the right pillow

Kroger credit card system goes down companywide on Christmas Eve

  Consumer Reports winter warning: Coats and car seat safety

Last minute gift shopping? Read this before buying a gift card.

  Legislation raises age requirement for tobacco purchases

New legislation passed by President Trump on Friday will now make it harder for teens to get a hold of any tobacco products.

  Consumer Reports reviews best instant cameras for holiday gifting

Consumer Reports has checked out some of the latest Polaroid camera models that could make a great gift this holiday.

  Verizon brings 5G Ultra Wideband service to Memphis

5G Ultra Wideband service will be available in parts of downtown, midtown, Cooper-Young and east Memphis.

  Here’s your Consumer Reports holiday home theater gift guide

If you’re planning to spend some of your cash on tech gifts, Consumer Reports has some great suggestions for the media lovers in your life.

  Ring says users account credentials were swiped by cybercriminals

  Korean transformer manufacturer to locate in Memphis, promises 410 jobs

  Consumer Reports’ gadget gift guide

  Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s room

Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

  Consumer Reports gift guide: Smart home for the holidays

  FedEx works to pump out packages during online holiday shopping influx

In fact, FedEx expects to move twice its regular volume of packages today and next Monday.

  Consumer Reports explains the risks of buying second hand

A new Consumer Reports investigation found hundreds of recalled products, some of them potentially dangerous, still available for sale. Here’s what you need to know so you don’t put your family at risk.

  CR Gift Guide: Classic kitchen gifts under $50

Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports reveals five top kitchen classics, each for under $50.

  Memphis City Council considers hikes for trash pickup, MLGW rates

Memphis City Council members are considering increases to trash pickup and other utilities.

  Consumer Reports explains how to choose a trustworthy charity

Last year Americans gave over $292 billion to charity. Whatever you wish to support, Consumer Reports says to research the charity before you donate.

  FedEx expects record shipping numbers on Cyber Monday

In an exclusive interview with WMC Action News 5′s Joe Birch, FedEx Regional President Richard Smith said the shipping giant adds 5,000 to 10,000 jobs during peak season.

Cyber Monday sales and deals

If you thought Black Friday was peak deals day, think again: Cyber Monday is here.

  Cyber Monday sales could break records

The Thanksgiving holiday shopping season is off to a strong start and continues with Cyber Monday.

  Shoppers support local stores for ‘Small Business Saturday’

Now that Black Friday has come and gone, it's time to shop local.

  Mid-Southerners partake in Black Friday shopping

Shoppers in the Mid-South were up bright and early trying to find Black Friday deals.

  Memphians camp out awaiting early Black Friday shopping deals

Shoppers in Memphis crowded area stores on Thanksgiving evening as many retailers rolled out their Black Friday sales to kick off the 2019 holiday shopping season.

  Consumer Reports says keep an eye on robo vacuums gone wild

Those smart vacs might be good at picking up dirt but they’re not always so smart when it comes to getting out of tight places.

  Gun sales expected to increase for Black Friday

Guns are expected to be a hot item during the holiday shopping season.

  Weather expected to impact record-breaking travel day for Memphians

No matter if you're traveling in the sky or on the roads, the weather the next few days could have a major impact.

  Consumer Reports warns of laundry room dangers

Consumer Reports says that because young children are curious, parents need to be aware of potential dangers.

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

  Plastic in food and drinks: Here’s why and how to avoid it

It sounds shocking and gross, but listen to this: Many of us are eating, drinking and breathing tiny little pieces of plastic on a regular basis.

  Consumer Reports says rinsing your Thanksgiving turkey can do more harm than good

It’s the first step many people take when cooking poultry: washing or rinsing it to remove slime or blood.

  Best Life: 5 social security mistakes to avoid

If retirement is in your near future, you’re probably looking forward to cashing in on your social security benefits. But don’t let common mistakes cost you.

  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns of text message scam posing as your bank

“I fell right into their trap,” Leigh Ann Carkeet said.

  Holiday shopping made easier with tips from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has some holiday shopping tips to get you through Black Friday and beyond.

  Heating your home can be a waste of money, save big during cold months

The average electric bill during winter is nearly $250. So, what can you do to save some of that money?

  Consumer Reports explains how to protect your privacy when using smartphone health apps

How do you know whether your privacy is protected? Consumer Reports explains what to look for to safeguard your personal information.

  Consumer Reports takes a look into reliability of redesigned cars

After surveying its members, Consumer Reports crunched reliability data on 420,000 vehicles that reveal potential problems car buyers need to know about.

  Memphis is now home to a giant vending machine for cars

Located at 7201 Appling Farms Parkway, Carvana’s new car vending machine stands eight stories tall and holds 27 vehicles.

  Look out, cheap travel deals could come with hidden fees

The holiday season is right around the corner and everyone is looking for the cheapest deals they can find.

  BBB warning: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on social media

If you’ve seen the viral “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on social media, beware. It could cost you more than just your personal information.

  Hand sanitizer vs. hand-washing: Consumer Reports shares tips for flu prevention

In the battle against the flu, an annual vaccine is important, and so is keeping your hands clean. But before you give that hand sanitizer a pump, listen up.

How to save energy during the winter months

With a blast of cold air moving into Mississippi, many households will be cranking the heat.

  Are grocery delivery services right for you?

Consumer Reports browsed hundreds of virtual aisles to find out.

  Experts suggest winterizing your home ahead of season

During this upcoming cold spell, many of us might be bringing out those space heaters or lighting candles. The Shelby County Fire Department says if you do, just be mindful.

  Consumer Reports advises testing your tap water for lead

Reports of lead in drinking water have sounded alarm bells in several communities across the U.S. Maybe that’s got you wondering what’s in your tap water, and how safe it is.

  Consumer Reports warns of sky-high cost of air travel with children

It's the time of year when many families are planning holiday travel, and if yours includes a flight with kids, listen up.

  Safeguard your prescription information with these tips from Consumer Reports

Pharmacies and doctors are legally bound to safeguard your prescription records. But some of that information can still be shared and used in ways you might not expect.

  MLGW proposes new rate hikes for water, gas and electric customers

The good news is this request isn’t as high as last year’s. But the bad news is the total cost for improvements is higher -- $1 million.

Consumer Reports suggests shopping for next year’s lawn care service now

Did the mowing, trimming, weeding, leaf blowing and raking of summer yard work do you in? Are you thinking about hiring a service to do it all? Now is the time to shop for a lawn care service. Consumer Reports shares some tips on finding the right one.

  Experts suggest inspecting home, heater ahead of winter months

Here are ways to safely keep warm and without breaking the bank.

Hardee’s offering free sausage biscuits to Arkansas deer hunters

Before you head out for the deer woods Thursday, Nov. 7, you might want to make a stop at Hardee’s.

  How to withdraw from a 529 college savings plan

Parents who’ve been saving for their children’s college expenses for years know that putting money into a tax-advantaged 529 college savings account is easy, once the account has been set up. But they may not be as savvy about how best to take the funds out.

  Apple iOS 13: Everything you need to know

Here are tips for updating your iPhone to iOS 13, and a rundown of its most important new features.

  State of housing in Memphis center of discussion

The Memphis Housing Authority said grants have helped make upgrades to the city's public housing.

Rejoice! Popeyes’ announces date for the return of the chicken sandwich

Rejoice Popeyes chicken sandwich fans because a date has been announced the big return.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  Consumer Reports investigation finds infant deaths linked to in-bed sleep products

Consumer Reports has found major safety issues with in-bed infant sleeper products like the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Infant Sleeper, DockATot and SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper.

  Consumer Reports investigates: Is it safe for babies to sleep in car seats?

Recent recalls of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper and other infant inclined sleep products have highlighted the dangers of putting babies to sleep on an incline. Now many parents are wondering whether it’s OK for babies to sleep in car seats. Consumer Reports investigated.

  Excitement grows as lottery machines begin arriving at Mississippi businesses

The old days of having to go to Delta, Louisiana to buy a Powerball or Mega Million’s tickets for Mississippians will soon become a thing of the past.

Powerball and Mega Millions to launch January 2020

Mississippians, now is your chance!

  Fall driving: Tips to avoid hitting deer

With fewer hours of daylight, it’s harder for drivers to see them, which is one reason insurance claims for deer strikes spike in the fall.

  Counterfeit refrigerator filters flood northern U.S. region duping customers in need

Experts say your best protection is to buy directly from manufacturers when shopping online.

  GM workers continue strike while deal remains in limbo

Thousands of GM workers in Memphis and across the country continue to strike weeks after the beginning of the United Auto Workers strike began.

Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

When you pay your $15 or so to go into a HALLOWEEN haunted house, you expect creepy things to happen. But not when you pay your $150,000.

Cybersecurity business to put HQ in Memphis, creating 161 new jobs

The company is investing $2.4 million in Shelby County and will create 161 new jobs over the next five years, according to Tennessee Economic & Community Development.

Seated electric scooters coming to Memphis

Another electric scooter company is moving into Memphis, but this time there’s a twist.

  Beware of Halloween costumes that compromise safety

Consumer Reports explains how to keep your child safe from Halloween costume dangers.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

  Memphis GM employees could soon return to work with union deal

The month-long strike for thousands of General Motors appears to be nearing an end.

  Mississippi launches lottery website ahead of sales

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has launched its new website.

  Beauty products represent hazards for children

They may not seem dangerous, but fragrances, moisturizers, deodorants, and other beauty products have been shown to send one child under 5 to the ER every 2 hours, according to a study conducted over a 15-year period, with nail polish remover the biggest cause of ER visits.