Part of the agency’s ongoing effort to coordinate with and educate the military community. Topics include: auto financing, student lending, information security, and avoiding scams.

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop in San Antonio, Texas, on July 19, 2017, to examine financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty service members in all branches and veterans. The workshop also will discuss FTC resources available to military consumer advocates and representatives on financial readiness and fraud prevention, including the FTC’s Military Consumer Toolkit, available at Military.Consumer.gov. The toolkit allows personal financial managers, counselors, and others in the military community to share practical financial readiness tips and can be individually customized and easily shared on social media.

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LANGLEY, VA – The largest collection of declassified CIA records is now accessible online. The documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland. Approximately 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, are now available in the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room on CIA's website.

Since 1999, the CIA has regularly released its historical declassified records to the standalone CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) system that was only accessible in person at the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland. Moving these documents online highlights the CIA’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of declassified records to the public.

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WASHINGTON – As Earth Day approaches, did you know USDA has an app that can help you save money and help the environment? Or that there are some simple steps you can take in the kitchen to help you serve safer food and to help you reduce resource use and utility bills? This spring, the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations to help consumers reduce foodborne illness, resource use, and unnecessary spending for Earth Day.

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates that the leading 15 foodborne pathogens cost the United States economy more than $15 billion dollars annually, because of an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. What’s more, ERS estimates that 133 billion pounds of food in the available food supply goes uneaten each year. The estimated value of this food loss is $161 billion using retail prices. Simple actions such as cleaning your oven, allowing your refrigerator to properly circulate air, and downloading the free FoodKeeper app at http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/foodkeeperapp/index.html can help you reduce your risk of foodborne illness, your impact on the environment, and the cost of your bills.

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AAA reveals eight rental car tips

Phoenix - Whether you’re renting a car out of necessity or fun, there are ways to ensure you get the best experience – and maybe even save some money.

“A rental vehicle can make or break your vacation,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “Travelers should do their homework before booking a rental vehicle, as not all rentals are the same.”

As a travel resource, AAA offers eight tips on how to get the best rental every time:

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PHOENIX – Join Arizona PBS next week for a sneak-preview screening of “On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam,” a film examining the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working-class youth.

Arizona PBS is hosting a community screening of the film on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 3-5 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the First Amendment Forum on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus (555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004).

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Texting, drunk and aggressive drivers among top concerns for Arizona drivers

Phoenix, AZ -- A recent statewide survey by AAA shows that Arizona drivers want their fellow motorists to be calm, sober and focused.

According to the annual survey, which aims to gauge the opinions and concerns of the motoring public across the state regarding traffic safety, Arizona drivers want better traffic safety laws. The survey showed that nine in 10 Arizonans (91 percent) favor a texting while driving statewide ban for all drivers, and about two-thirds (64 percent) favor a primary seat belt law.

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