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Macy’s to Lay Off Over 2K Workers, Close Five Stores

January 8th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) NEW YORK (WGGB/AP) — Macy's has announced that it will close some stores and lay off over 2,000 workers in what they are calling "focused cost reductions." The announcement comes on the heels of a strong holiday...

Western Mass Unemployed Grow Weary from Job Search

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January 7th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) --With a manufacturing degree under his belt, and his job outsourced to other parts of the country, Dennis Doucette found himself out of work. It's been 2 years. “I’m checking out big boxes and under bridges, and...

Cheesy Shortage: Kraft says Velveeta Running Low

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January 7th, 2014
FILE- In this Monday, July 28, 2008, file photo, Kraft Foods' Velveeta cheese is displayed at J. J. & F. Market in Palo Alto, Calif.. Kraft Foods says Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, some customers may not be able to find Velveeta products over the next...

Feds Crackdown on 4 Bogus Weight Loss Aids

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January 7th, 2014
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Makers of a weight loss additive called Sensa will return more than $26 million to consumers to settle federal charges that the company used deceptive advertising claiming that consumers...

Tips for Surviving Massive Flight Cancellations

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January 6th, 2014
by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of snowstorms and bitter cold temperatures has caused headaches for hundreds of thousands of fliers whose flights have been canceled. In the past three days, more than 8,000...

Mass. Gas Prices Up Another Penny

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January 6th, 2014
Courtesy MGN BOSTON (WGGB/AP) -- The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has inched up another penny in the past week. AAA Southern New England reported Monday that self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $3.47 per...

Average US Rate on 30-Year Loan at 4.53 Percent

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January 2nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages edged higher this week for the third straight week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average for the 30-year loan rose to 4.53 percent from...

Holiday Business Booms Despite Mass. ‘Blue Laws’

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December 27th, 2013
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- With one less shopping weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, two weekend storms and blue laws preventing Massachusetts stores from opening on Thanksgiving, it could have been a dismal season for businesses across...

Target: Encrypted PIN’s Taken During Security Breach

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December 27th, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. (WGGB) — Target confirms that encrypted PIN data was taken during a recent security breach, but they are "confident" that that information is "safe and secure." In a statement released Friday, Target explains that they have...

Many Use Day After Christmas to Return Gifts

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December 26th, 2013
HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) -- Post-holiday shoppers shared with us the best and worst gifts they got this year. Some were shopping for themselves, taking advantage of deep discounts and perhaps even trying to improve on gifts they received that...

Tackling the Holiday Bill Blues

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December 26th, 2013
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) -  For many of us, the holidays give the plastic in our wallets a lot of exercise. "The average consumer spends about $800 during the holiday season on gifts and mostly that is utilized by their credit cards," John...

Yankee Candle Issues Recall for Candle Ring

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December 20th, 2013
(Photo Courtesy: CPSC) SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that Yankee Candle is recalling about 15,000 candle rings that were sold in the United States. The ring, which is made up of synthetic...

Indian Orchard Company Creates Mouth-Watering Candles

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December 19th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- An Indian Orchard man is working around the clock in his kitchen...of sorts. His creations are making customers do a double take. "I like pancakes, french toast, and waffles. Margaritas are our number one...

Average US Rate on 30-Year Loan Rises to 4.47 Percent

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December 19th, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.47 percent from 4.42 percent last week. The...

Clock’s Ticking to Complete Christmas Shopping

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December 18th, 2013
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- The race is on to finish Christmas shopping. Tuesday's blast of snow didn't help those who still need to find that perfect gift. Ho, ho, snow! This week's blanketing of the white stuff had some staring...