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Evenflo Recalls Infant Seats to Fix Sticky Buckles

October 24th, 2014
DETROIT (WGGB/AP) — Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch. The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety...

Average US 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.92 Percent

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October 23rd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30-year mortgage fell further below 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide...

Bank of America to Refund Apple Pay Customers Charged Twice

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October 22nd, 2014
By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) -- Bank of America is apologizing for double-billing customers who made purchases using Apple's new mobile payments service. A bank spokeswoman said Wednesday that the glitch...

Government Ups Air Bag Warning to 7.8M Vehicles

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October 22nd, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

Education Dept. Loosens Eligibility for Parent Loan Program

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October 22nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students. A new regulation announced Wednesday updates the definition of adverse credit history as it...

Social Security Increase: Less than 2%

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October 22nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2...

Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

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October 21st, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Staples says that it is looking into a potential credit card data breach and that it has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplier retailer said that if it turns up any data discrepancies...

US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Fixed

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October 20th, 2014
By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms...

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises to 29

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October 20th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — At least 29 people have died and 27 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated...

Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles to Air Bag Recall Tally

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October 20th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla...

Springfield-Area Gas Prices Drop Over 6 Cents a Gallon

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October 20th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- For another consecutive week, area motorists are feeling some more relief at the gas pumps. A recent survey by GasBuddy.com finds the average price of a gallon of gas down 6.6 cents over last week to $3.17 a...

Mass. Gets $132M in Heating Assistance

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October 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home...

Chrysler Recalling Nearly 907,000 Cars, SUVs

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October 16th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars for failing alternators and heated power mirrors that can cause minor fires. The largest of today's recalls covers nearly 470,000 Jeep Grand...

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 3.97 Percent

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October 16th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week, with the 30-year loan hitting its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows. It was the fourth straight week of declines for mortgage rates, making...

More State Money Available for Energy Savings

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October 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- More money is available this year to help Massachusetts residents save money on their energy bills. State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Bartlett toured ECO Building Bargains in Springfield to...