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Apple Issues iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

August 25th, 2014
(CNN) -- Are you having trouble with your iPhone 5 battery? You might be eligible for a free replacement. Apple says that a "very small percentage" of iPhone 5 smartphones may "suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged...

Western Mass. Gas Prices Continue to Fall

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August 25th, 2014
Photo MGN-Online SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - With Labor Day a week away, the Springfield area is seeing some of the lowest gas prices of the summer. GasBuddy.com is reporting the average price in western Mass. dropped another four cents in...

Back-to-School Shopping in Full Swing

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August 22nd, 2014
REGION (WGGB) -- It's almost the end of summer and back-to-school shopping is in full swing. Many people spent their Friday afternoon finishing up their back-to-school shopping. "Trying to find some good deals...and get them ready for...

2.2 Million Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

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August 22nd, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace...

Ford Recalling More Than 160,000 Vehicles

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August 21st, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate...

51 UPS Retail Stores Breached

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August 21st, 2014
(AP) -- Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes card numbers, postal and email...

Ready for Tax Free Weekend? FAQs

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August 15th, 2014
REGION (WGGB) – Before you head out shopping this tax-free weekend - August 16 and 17, here are some things you need to know. For complete information from the state, including returns, exchanges, and what to do if you think you were...

GM Issues Five More Recalls Covering 310,000 Vehicles

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August 8th, 2014
Courtesy: MGNOnline DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is issuing five more recalls totaling 310,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29...

FDA Warns That Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

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August 7th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying...

Education Department to Ease College Loan Rules

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August 7th, 2014
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Education is trying to make it easier for students with troubled credit histories to get college loans. New rules would ease restrictions on college students seeking...

ABC40 Alert: Vizio Recalls 245,000 TV’s

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August 7th, 2014
(WGGB) -- Vizio has recalled several versions of their E-Series HDTV's for a serious safety issue. According to details posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 39- and 42-inch models sold since late last year have a stand that can fail...

A Billion Passwords Stolen, But…

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August 6th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP/WGGB) -- A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. The New York Times says the thievery was uncovered by Hold Security, a...

Scrabble to Add 5,000 Words, Including ‘Selfie’ and ‘Bling’

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August 5th, 2014
(CNN) -- "Hashtag," "Selfie," "Geocache." Those are just a few of the new words that will appear in the new edition of Scrabble's official dictionary. Publisher Merriam-Webster says the fifth edition of the game's dictionary includes 5,000 new...

Subaru Recalls 5 Models for Air Bag Problem

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August 5th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling an undetermined number of vehicles because of air bag problems that have affected much of the global auto industry. The recall covers the 2003-2005 Baja, Legacy and Outback and the 2004-2005 Impreza, as...

Law Changed to Allow ‘Unlocking’ Cellphones

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August 1st, 2014
by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers. President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless...