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Poverty Rate Drops for the First Time Since 2006

September 16th, 2014
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress...

Court: Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly to Buyers

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September 15th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) BOSTON (AP) -- The state's highest court has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its upscale electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association...

Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

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September 15th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Supermarket chains are launching a television ad to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question to expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law. The ballot question would change the current nickel deposit to include bottled...

GM Expert says 19 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

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September 15th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims...

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Order Demand Overwhelms Supply

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September 15th, 2014
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to...

Springfield-Area Gas Prices Drop Two Cents Per Gallon

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September 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Springfield-area motorists are continuing to feel some relief at the gas pump. A recent survey by GasBuddy.com indicates that the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen two cents over the last week to $3.43...

ABC40 Alert: Good News for Gmail, Latest Hack Victims

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September 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--Scam expert Steve Weisman joins ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz to give us some good news about those Gmail accounts being hacked and the latest celebrity who fell victim to...

ABC40 ALERT: Kidde Recalls Smoke & Combination Smoke/CO Alarms

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September 12th, 2014
(Courtesy: Consumer Product Safety Commission) (WGGB) -- Kidde has recalled 3 models of their hard-wired smoke and combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following...

RadioShack Warns of Possible Ch. 11 Bankruptcy

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September 11th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- RadioShack says it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can't rework its debt or find another way to ease a cash crunch. The struggling retailer said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it is in...

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises Slightly to 4.12 Percent

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September 11th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan edged up to 4.12 percent from 4.10 percent...

Millions of GMail Passwords Leaked

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September 10th, 2014
(CNN) -- Five million GMail addresses and passwords appeared on a Russian Bitcoin forum today. However, Google says that its servers were not breached. The list appears to be a collection of passwords exposed in previous hacks, likely on...

Apple Unveils iPhone 6, Apple Watch, Apple Pay

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September 9th, 2014
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable...

Trump Casinos File Chapter 11; Taj Threatened

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September 9th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed for bankruptcy and threatened to close the Taj Mahal Casino resort in November if it can't get concessions from its...

Twitter Tests Shopping Service

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September 8th, 2014
twitter (AP) -- Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets. A small percentage of users will receive tweets from Twitter test partners Monday featuring a "buy" button that lets them make...

Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores

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September 8th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / Mike Mozart / Flickr) NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot is confirming that its payment data systems have been breached, and says the hack could affect customers who used cards at U.S. and Canadian stores. The largest...