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Credits Coming After States Reach $166M E-Book Settlement

March 25th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) (WGGB) -- Purchasers of some electronic books, or e-books, may be seeing credits in their accounts as part of a multi-state settlement. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in a statement that the $166...

Local Businesses See Boost from Social Media as Twitter Marks 8th Birthday

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March 21st, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Twitter is getting a lot of love today as users mark it's eighth birthday. Local businesses are among those celebrating the impact of the social media platform. White Hut has been on Twitter for the last...

Wal-Mart Takes Aim at $2B Used Video Game Market

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March 18th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)By MAE ANDERSON and KEN SWEET, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of...

Another GM Recall: 1.18M SUVs for Air Bag Issue

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March 17th, 2014
By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems. The new recalls come as GM faces multiple...

Graco Adds More than 403,000 Child Seats to Recall

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March 14th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog. The...

Mass. Monks Making Beer

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March 10th, 2014
SPENCER, Mass. (WGGB) -- The monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer have a taste for being self-sufficient. Being able to provide for themselves is a major tenant of the Trappist Monastery. To that end, they have started brewing and selling...

Facebook to Delete Posts for Illegal Gun Sales

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March 5th, 2014
by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks. A...

Child Car Seat Regulations Set to Change

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February 27th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - They're notorious for being tough to install and now parents with young children have yet another guideline to follow when it comes to car seats. The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH, was once...

Easthampton to Restrict Sale of Certain Tobacco Items

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February 27th, 2014
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- More and more communities are cracking down on tobacco use and sales. The City of Easthampton is the latest western Massachusetts community to restrict tobacco sale of certain items. Effective on Saturday,...

Furniture Maker Renews Warning Over Chest After Deaths of 2 Mass. Kids

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February 27th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lane Home Furniture is urging people to check if they own a cedar chest it stopped making nearly 30 years ago, after two children recently suffocated to death inside the chest. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said...

40 Force: Credit Check

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February 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- They're pieces of your financial life that are critical to many dealings, and yet, many don't understand them. It's your credit score and credit report. What does the number mean? How do you make sure it's...

FitBit Halts Force Wristband Sales Due to Rashes

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February 21st, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wearable technology maker Fitbit Inc. has stopped sales of its $130 Force wristband and is recalling it after the fitness gear caused skin problems for some customers. CEO and co-founder James Park says about 1.7...

University of Maryland Hit By Massive Data Breach Stretching Back 16 Years

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February 20th, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The president of the University of Maryland says there has been a breach of a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students, and others. Wallace Loh said in a statement...

State Kicks Off Next Round of Wood-Stove Trade-In Program

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February 18th, 2014
WHATELY, Mass. (WGGB) -- A new round of the popular wood-stove trade in program has been announced by the Patrick administration. Up to $1 million has been committed to the effort. Massachusetts residents are eligible for rebates up to...

ABC40 Alert: GM Recalling 780,000 Compact Cars

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February 13th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem....