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10 Things Emergency Rooms Won't Tell You

emergency room We all know it could take hours before you are even examined in an emergency room, and it could cost an arm and a leg. But why? Marketwatch looks at the dirty little secrets of emergency rooms in this story.

New-Fangled Gadgets Debut at Consumer Electronics Show

TV Last week, thousands of new technology products were unveiled in Las Vegas. Here are some of the gizmos and innovations that were judged "best of CES." List one from The Verge, list two of "must see" products from c|net, and here is a master list of "best of show" awards from various sources.

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6 Gym Membership Gotchas

exercise January is probably the biggest month for well-intentioned dieters to sign up with a health club. Before you do, make sure you don't fall into one of these traps.


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Mouse Print* -- Burger King’s Satisfries’ Fat and Calorie Reduction Claims Unsatisfrying

mouse print Last fall, Burger King introduced "Satisfries" -- crinkle-cut french fries that it claimed had 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories. Our trusty mouse gets out his magnifying glass and discovers that the comparison is not quite what it seems. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Get Free Food on Your Birthday

For all you January babies, it might too late for this year, but everyone else listen up. If you sign up for the birthday club at these restaurants, you can receive a free appetizer, dessert, full meal, or bogo meal, depending on the offer. Clearly, you can't take advantage of more than one or two of these on a single day, but some are good for several weeks surrounding your birthday. Some are for kids only.

Buy a Wendy's $1 Key Tag, Get a Jr. Frosty Free All Year

Buy a key tag in-store at participating Wendy's for $1 (the money goes to charity) and that entitles you to one free Jr. Frosty (6 oz.) on each visit through December 27, 2014 (but expiration can vary locally) when you make any purchase.

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Mattresses Put to the Test

Consumer Reports tested two dozen mattresses, both innerspring and memory foam types. You could spend thousands on a top-rated Sleep Number bed, or just $800 for a highly-rated memory foam mattress from of all places Costco or Bob's Discount Furniture.


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