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A worker hammers a nail into a shingle on a roof. (CBS)

Demands For Roofing Work Soar With Onslaught Of Bay Area Storms

The recent storms have ended the drought for Bay Area roofing contractors, whose business really dried up over the past few years.

12/03/2014

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Car Dealers Jump On Black Friday Bandwagon

More and more, car dealers and manufacturers are getting into the Black Friday sales game, offering consumers thousands in trade-ins and cash-back deals.

11/28/2014

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Price Matching During Holidays Is Easy Money That Many Pass Up

For some holiday shopping is a contact sport, but scoring better deals this holiday season doesn’t even require getting off the couch.

11/28/2014

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Parents Beware: Identity Thieves Target Your Kids’ Unused Social Security Numbers

Results of a recent study indicated that children may be at much greater risk of identity theft than adults.

11/26/2014

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Covered California Insurers Promoting Bogus Doctor Lists According To State Investigation

A new state investigation confirmed that health insurance companies have been promoting bogus lists of doctors available in their Covered California health plans for months.

11/23/2014

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Starving Artists Turn To Fans To Crowdfund Their Work

Making music for a living is a gamble. Now, some starving artists are getting funding straight from their fans.

11/11/2014

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Bay Area Man’s Gift Card Comes With Strings Attached

After getting a $150 gift card from Nissan to help cover repair costs, a Bay Area man found out his gift card wasn’t really a gift card at all.

11/10/2014

Eileen Joyce

Older Americans, Still Saddled With Student Debt, Find Social Security Benefits At Risk

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older who are still carrying student debt and learning too late that their Social Security benefits could be in jeopardy.

10/31/2014

Remy, a therapy dog, sits on the lap of Jennifer Krull ahead of a dental procedure. (CBS)

Therapy Dog Puts Patients At Ease In Sunnyvale Dental Office

A Sunnyvale dental office is using a therapy dog to ease the anxiety of patients who fear the dentist’s drill.

10/13/2014

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Subscribers Warned Of Massive ‘Renewal’ Bills From Third Party Companies

Consumer advocates are advising newspaper and magazine subscribers to disregard official-looking renewal notices from unauthorized billing companies. The third-party companies usually charge well above the publisher’s regular price for a subscription renewal.

09/29/2014

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