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  Consumer Reports: 2 words to watch out for in your next contract

Arbitration clauses are typically buried in the fine print of product manuals and websites. Most people don’t even realize they’re agreeing to them.

Analysts warn gas prices could rise in coming days

  Bottom Line: New ways to use your waffle maker

First Horizon Bank warns customers about fake phone calls and text messages targeting account information

  Bottom Line: Tips to make any TV better

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

  Consumer Reports investigates the crash test bias and why female drivers are at risk

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MLGW announces upgrade to online account management feature

FedEx begins residential drone delivery testing in Virginia

  Bottom Line: Find some relief from hidden cable fees

  Memphis International Airport experienced the busiest December in over a decade

  Bottom Line: The high toll of idling your car

  Bottom Line: Testing laundry stain removers

  Bottom Line: Don’t ignore sugar substitutes hiding in kid friendly foods

If you’re trying to limit how much sugar your kids eat, you may be unknowingly feeding them sweeteners that might not be any healthier. Consumer Reports reveals how the label game is changing, and it has some advice on how to navigate the supermarket aisles.

Scammers may use coronavirus to hook victims

Disregard online offers for vaccinations against coronavirus because a vaccine does not exist.

More than 12,000 MLGW customers lose power overnight in Memphis

Thousands of MLGW customers woke up without power across the Bluff City.

Tennessee Lottery announced $50,000 Powerball winner in Memphis

Somone in Memphis is $50,000 richer thanks to the Powerball.

  Bottom Line: Comparing streaming music providers

  Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets now available in Mississippi

RECALL: Federal agency recalls more infant inclined sleepers

  Bottom Line: Which seafood choices are healthier for your diet

  Bottom Line: Thinking of cutting the cord? Consumer Reports breaks down streaming video services

  Amazon breaks ground on state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Raleigh

  United Way of the Mid-South offering free tax help

Tax season is officially here. Monday, the IRS began accepting 2019 tax returns.

U.S. Postal Service reveals Forever Stamp at St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its latest Love series stamp right here in Memphis.

  Bottom Line: The best ways to get out of a timeshare contract

If winter weather has you dreaming of a warmer vacation spot, maybe you’re considering a timeshare. It might sound like a good option, and buying one is often easy.

  $245 million project underway at the Memphis International Airport

A multi-year plan to modernize and expand the Memphis International Airport is moving along.

FedEx Ground offering deliveries on Sunday

FedEx Ground has officially started delivering “FedEx Home Delivery” packages on Sundays.

FedEx is warning customers about a text, email scam

Don’t click on the link! That’s what FedEx is telling consumers dealing with a text and email scam.

  Bottom Line: Researching the safest generator before you buy

Generators are emergency equipment that can be a lifesaver during a power outage but a killer when used improperly.

  Bottom Line: Can luggage really 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.

  BBB warns Mid-South homeowners of storm cleanup scams

Natural disasters, like the twisters that touched down in the Mid-South this past weekend, often show the best of humanity, with people stepping up to help those in need.

  Bottom Line: Tips on saving money this winter

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling it. This winter, Consumer Reports has some tips to keep the heat in your house and some money in your wallet.

Fuel analyst: ‘Enjoy falling prices while they last’

The head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy points to de-escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. for driving oil prices below $60 per barrel.

  Best Life: Traveling with the right identification

New rules are going into effect this year at the airport. In 2005, the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in order to set standards for state-issued driver licenses and IDs.

New state auto insurance law takes effect in Arkansas

A new state law that took effect at the first of the year will have an impact on all drivers in the state, with officials saying they are hopeful the new rules will also have a positive impact on insurance rates.

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

We all know there are a lot of good reasons to eat more fresh food and home-cooked meals. Now, new research indicates we’ve got one more.

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

Imagine paying less for car insurance just for being a good driver. It’s called usage-based insurance: Drive safely and keep to certain mileage limits and you could save a bundle on premiums. But it also means having your insurance company track how you drive, and that could drive you up the wall.

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

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly three-quarters of a million cars because the glass from their sunroofs could suddenly detach.

  Consumer Reports reviews the great things about used cars

Some people are skeptical about buying a used car, fearing they may be taking on someone else’s headache. But auto experts at Consumer Reports said there are plenty of reasons to buy used, and being smart about it can often get you a great deal in the process!

  Shoppers make new purchases, returns after Christmas

Not even rain could wash away the holiday spirit Thursday morning as shoppers took to the Tanger Outlets.

  Consumer Reports gives advice on picking the right pillow

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, we often spend a lot of time thinking about the mattress, but perhaps just as important is the pillow.

Kroger credit card system goes down companywide on Christmas Eve

Customers are reporting issues at stores across the country on Twitter.

  Consumer Reports winter warning: Coats and car seat safety

In winter, the extra bulk of a puffy winter coat can make the safety seat harness too loose to properly secure your child in a crash.

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

Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing 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

Thousands of Ring customers got an explanation over the weekend after a Mid-South family’s hacked camera caught international attention.

  Korean transformer manufacturer to locate in Memphis, promises 410 jobs

Korean manufacturing company to locate in Memphis

  Consumer Reports’ gadget gift guide

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If your list is long but you’re short on ideas, Consumer Reports offers some great options for the gadget gurus in your life.

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

The Ring camera was only up for four days in the girls’ room before the family says someone found a way to manipulate it, turning the security device into a room of horror.

Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

Shipping deadlines you need to know for the holidays.

  Consumer Reports gift guide: Smart home for the holidays

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If your list is long but you’re short on ideas, Consumer Reports offers some great options for the gadget gurus in your life.

  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.