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FTC: AT&T to Pay $105M for Bogus Wireless Charges

October 8th, 2014
by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Telecom giant AT&T will pay a hefty $105 million to settle government charges that the company unlawfully billed wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges —...

GM Issues Two More Recalls for SUVs, Mini Cars

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October 3rd, 2014
Courtesy: MGNOnline By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors announced two more recalls Friday, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America. The biggest of the new...

Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2014

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October 3rd, 2014
(WGGB) -- The early days of October get people thinking about Halloween, and retailers are already seeing which costumes are most popular this year. A survey from the National Retail Foundation says that the "Elsa" character from Disney's...

GM Recalling 117,000 Vehicles for Stalling Risk

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October 2nd, 2014
Courtesy: MGNOnline DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 117,000 vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years for a defect that could cause them to stall. The recall involves the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Traverse, Express...

GM Says Parts are Ready to Fix Recalled Small Cars

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October 1st, 2014
Courtesy: MGNOnline By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer MILFORD, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths...

Toyota Recalls 690,000 Pickups to Fix Rear Springs

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September 29th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire. The recall covers Tacoma Four-by-Four and Pre-Runner pickups from the 2005 through...

Conn. Company Recalls Pet Food Over Salmonella Concerns

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September 29th, 2014
MANCHESTER, Conn. (WGGB) - Manchester, Conn.-based pet food company Bravo is recalling several products over concerns of salmonella contamination. There is risk to both pets and humans, as pets can become infected by eating the product, while...

Springfield-Area Gas Prices Drop Just Over Two Cents

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September 29th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- For another week in a row, area motorists are seeing some relief at the gas pump. A recent survey by GasBuddy.com shows that the average price of a gallon of gas has dropped 2.2 cents from last week, and is now...

Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

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September 29th, 2014
By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) -- A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes. The inquiry by the National Highway...

“Shellshock” Bug Could Leave 70% of Devices Vulnerable to Hack

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September 29th, 2014
(WGGB) -- It's a bug that's even more concerning than the infamous 'Heartbleed' bug that plagued so many people's computers and it's been going unnoticed for 20 years. The new 'Shellshock' bug is a flaw in roughly 70% of devices that access the...

Ford Recalling 850K Cars for Airbag Issue

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September 26th, 2014
(CNN) -- Ford Motor Company is recalling 850,000 cars due to an airbag problem. A short circuit could keep the airbags from deploying in a crash. No accidents or injuries related to the problem have been reported. Ford will replace the...

Chrysler Recalls Vehicles to Fix Ignition Switches

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September 25th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 cars and SUVs to fix ignition switches that could unexpectedly shut off the engines. The recall covers 2008 Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, and...

Apple Pulls iOS 8.0.1 Software Update for iPhones

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September 24th, 2014
by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 mobile operating software, following complaints that the update interferes with users' ability to make phone calls. The...

Gov. Patrick Backs Ballot Measure on Bottle Deposits

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September 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is calling for passage of a ballot question that would expand the state's beverage deposit law to cover bottled water and other non-carbonated drinks. Patrick planned to join backers of the measure --...

Struggling BlackBerry Releases New Phone

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September 24th, 2014
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback. Chief executive John Chen unveiled a...