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

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...

Critics: Gas Tax Question will Harm Roads, Bridges

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September 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Opponents of a ballot question that would repeal a new law linking future increases in the state gas tax to the rate of inflation say the question would undermine efforts to fix crumbling Massachusetts roads and bridges. The...

Sales of Single Family Homes Down in August

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September 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell by almost 7 percent in August when compared to the year-ago month, but median prices continued to climb. The Waltham-based Massachusetts Association of Realtors reports Tuesday...

GM Expert Says 21 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

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September 22nd, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches has risen to at least 21. Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg says in an Internet posting he received 143 death claims as of Friday....

Area Gas Prices Down Another Two Cents Per Gallon

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September 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Area motorists are seeing some more relief at the pump as gas prices continue to drop. A recent survey by GasBuddy.com has found that the average price of a gallon of gas is down two cents to $3.40 per...

US Existing Home Sales Fall in August

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September 22nd, 2014
By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes...

ABC40 Alert: Scammers Offering ‘Free’ iPhones

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September 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--Scam expert Steve Weisman joins ABC40's Tom Lewis and Lindsay Iadeluca to update us on the most recent scam tactics including scammers offering 'free...

Home Depot Says Malware Affected 56M Payment Cards

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September 18th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) (AP) -- The Home Depot says it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer...

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.23 Percent

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September 18th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.23 percent from 4.12 percent last...

Kohl’s Holiday Hiring to Rise by a Third

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September 17th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / Susie Plank) By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Kohl's Corp. says it will hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, about a third more than last year's...