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POSTED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 1:46 PM

Lexus' luxury vehicles topped Consumer Reports' annual Car Brand Report Card, followed by Subaru, Mazda, Toyota and Acura. Audi and Mercedes-Benz were the only non-Japanese brands in the top 10 - a ranking revised this year to separate individual nameplates under single manufacturer's umbrella.

And the Americans? Cadillac scored the best for the home team, nosing out Chevrolet and GMC largely thanks to its high-scoring CTS model.

Among individual categories, Honda's redesigned Accord topped the list of midsize sedans, and Audi's A6 led the lurxury category, and Hyundai's Elantra led in the budget (sub-$20,000) category. You can find the top models here, though much of Consumer Reports' more detailed content will be behind a pay wall.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 3:14 PM

If it seems like a gigantic game of Whac-a-Mole, that's probably because it is.  The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it had permanently eliminated a significant source of illegal and annoying robocalls pitching things like credit-card interest reductions, extended automobile warranties, and home security systems

The FTC announced a settlement in which Roy M. Cox Jr. agreed to a $1.1 million fine - suspended, for now, on the grounds that he is too broke to pay - and a permanent ban from the telemarketing industry.

When it first moved against Cox in December 2011, the FTC's lawsuit described him as a resident of Santa Ana, Calif., and the owner of a network of foreign-based corporations purportedly operating in countries such as Panama, Hungary, Argentina, and the Republic of Seychelles. Today's announcement says the FTC and Department of Justice have asked the court to dismiss five of Cox’s co-defendants who could not be served or are defunct. Its says the government will seek a default judgment against the fifth company: a Nevada corporation, Castle Rock Capital Management Inc., that operated in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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