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New Recalls: power banks, PAW PATROL hats and more
 Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...

6:35 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...
Tax scams increase across region, state
 As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...

11:33 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...
How to keep Facebook from accessing your information 
 Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.  “You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins...

9:21 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.  “You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins...
Fatal accident involving self-driving car has some questioning technology
 It is too early to assess blame for Sunday’s deadly pedestrian accident in Arizona involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, according to police.  But people who spoke with News Center 7 Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray said the accident is making them hesitant to trust the technology.  The Volvo was in self-driving mode, with...

9:35 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

It is too early to assess blame for Sunday’s deadly pedestrian accident in Arizona involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, according to police.  But people who spoke with News Center 7 Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray said the accident is making them hesitant to trust the technology.  The Volvo was in self-driving mode, with...
Young shoppers shift retail trends: ‘I never go to malls’
 As retailers like Claire’s Stores and Toys ‘R’ Us file for bankruptcy, local experts say “specialty stores that don’t play up the experience of shopping are having a hard time competing with online retailers.” Claire’s Stores, a fashion accessories chain, filed for bankruptcy this week. The retailer...

12:05 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

As retailers like Claire’s Stores and Toys ‘R’ Us file for bankruptcy, local experts say “specialty stores that don’t play up the experience of shopping are having a hard time competing with online retailers.” Claire’s Stores, a fashion accessories chain, filed for bankruptcy this week. The retailer...
RECALL ROUNDUP: Here are the latest recalls from the past week
 Pacifier and teether holders, children’s play tents, and bike helmets are among the latest potentially dangerous products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.    Eight styles of stuffed animals with snap together straps to hold pacifiers and teethers are under recall because the snaps may come loose and...

5:12 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Pacifier and teether holders, children’s play tents, and bike helmets are among the latest potentially dangerous products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.    Eight styles of stuffed animals with snap together straps to hold pacifiers and teethers are under recall because the snaps may come loose and...
Beware of NCAA tournament scams
 The NCAA tournament is underway and whether you are looking to attend a game, watch the action online, or track your bracket-- beware of scams.  Fans may encounter online fouls including phishing scams, malware-ridden video streams, and fake mobile apps, according to Kaspersky Lab. To avoid fake websites attempting to get your payment...

3:05 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

The NCAA tournament is underway and whether you are looking to attend a game, watch the action online, or track your bracket-- beware of scams.  Fans may encounter online fouls including phishing scams, malware-ridden video streams, and fake mobile apps, according to Kaspersky Lab. To avoid fake websites attempting to get your payment...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?
 Children’s jeans, ointment, and a garbage disposal switch are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cat & Jack Girls’ star studded skinny jeans are under recall because of five reports of children being cut by the metal stars. They were sold at Target stores and at target.com and were made...

6:07 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Children’s jeans, ointment, and a garbage disposal switch are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cat & Jack Girls’ star studded skinny jeans are under recall because of five reports of children being cut by the metal stars. They were sold at Target stores and at target.com and were made...
Free tax help if you make under $54k
 If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.  VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton.  >>TRENDING: Trench collapse in Oakwood injures two Tax preparer...

11:05 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.  VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton.  >>TRENDING: Trench collapse in Oakwood injures two Tax preparer...
BBB releases their riskiest scam list for the past year 
 The newly released BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report for 2017 examined scam reports, likelihood of being victimized, and monetary loss to come up with its list of the most risky scams, here are the top five:  1. Online purchase scams  2. Investment scams  3. Employment scams  4. Advance fee loan scams  5. Fake check...

10:59 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

The newly released BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report for 2017 examined scam reports, likelihood of being victimized, and monetary loss to come up with its list of the most risky scams, here are the top five:  1. Online purchase scams  2. Investment scams  3. Employment scams  4. Advance fee loan scams  5. Fake check...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer products were recalled this week?
 Instant Pots, high chairs, and children’s sleepwear are among the latest product recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week, Instant Pot warned consumers of overheating and melting in certain styles of its one-pot cookers, and now there is an official recall.  The recalled Instant Pots were sold...

6:02 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Instant Pots, high chairs, and children’s sleepwear are among the latest product recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week, Instant Pot warned consumers of overheating and melting in certain styles of its one-pot cookers, and now there is an official recall.  The recalled Instant Pots were sold...
How a new application makes it easier to apply to college, share transcripts
 Transferring to a new university or returning to college after an absence can be a difficult and confusing process. The University of Dayton is working to make the transition easier by using the new Common Application for Transfer. TRENDING: Students plan to carry wheelchair bound teacher out of classroom, if ever an active shooter &ldquo...

3:45 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

Transferring to a new university or returning to college after an absence can be a difficult and confusing process. The University of Dayton is working to make the transition easier by using the new Common Application for Transfer. TRENDING: Students plan to carry wheelchair bound teacher out of classroom, if ever an active shooter &ldquo...
SAFETY ALERT: Ingredient found in everyday food can be fatal for pets 
 Sugar substitute xylitol is becoming more and more popular in everyday items and WHIO consumer reporter Rachel Murray reports it could be fatal if consumed by a dog.  Xylitol is used in items such as toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm and even peanut butter. The latter being the most concerning since dog owners like to hide pills inside...

4:37 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Sugar substitute xylitol is becoming more and more popular in everyday items and WHIO consumer reporter Rachel Murray reports it could be fatal if consumed by a dog.  Xylitol is used in items such as toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm and even peanut butter. The latter being the most concerning since dog owners like to hide pills inside...
Check for recall announcements for golf carts, pots, candles & more
 A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you.  There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating...

1:02 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you.  There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating...
Don’t lose your tax refund falling for this IRS scam, here’s how to avoid it
 A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is spreading, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account. >> Read more trending news  There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and...

8:47 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is spreading, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account. >> Read more trending news  There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and...
Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to Kratom, CDC says
 The CDC is warning people to not consume Kratom due to a Salmonella outbreak linked to the plant.  It is a stimulant which comes in pills, powders and tea, and was recently declared to be an opioid by the FDA. According to the CDC, 28 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, eleven people have been hospitalized. ...

3:52 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

The CDC is warning people to not consume Kratom due to a Salmonella outbreak linked to the plant.  It is a stimulant which comes in pills, powders and tea, and was recently declared to be an opioid by the FDA. According to the CDC, 28 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, eleven people have been hospitalized. ...
Homeopathic flu treatment gaining popularity
 A homeopathic flu treatment is flying off the shelves of health food stores here in the Miami Valley and around the country. Oscillo, or oscillococcinum, is touted as a temporary relief of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills, fatigue and headache, according to Boiron, the manufacturer’s, website.   It comes in a...

7:36 PM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

A homeopathic flu treatment is flying off the shelves of health food stores here in the Miami Valley and around the country. Oscillo, or oscillococcinum, is touted as a temporary relief of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills, fatigue and headache, according to Boiron, the manufacturer’s, website.   It comes in a...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?
 Hair dryers, baby clothes, and electric blankets are among the latest potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  ISO is recalling Ionic Pro hair dryers after 35 reports of them sparking and smoking – and two reports of flames coming from the dryers due to a faulty cord. ...

4:51 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Hair dryers, baby clothes, and electric blankets are among the latest potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  ISO is recalling Ionic Pro hair dryers after 35 reports of them sparking and smoking – and two reports of flames coming from the dryers due to a faulty cord. ...
Transaction data used to improve entertainment at Scene 75
 Customer transaction data is being used to improve the entertainment and games at Scene 75 in Dayton. The entertainment center has partnered with Wright State students and faculty in the Raj Soin College of Business to analyze credit card and game card swipes to determine how often people visit, how much they spend, and what attraction they...

9:22 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Customer transaction data is being used to improve the entertainment and games at Scene 75 in Dayton. The entertainment center has partnered with Wright State students and faculty in the Raj Soin College of Business to analyze credit card and game card swipes to determine how often people visit, how much they spend, and what attraction they...
The FBI and CIA warn consumers about using cell phones made in China
 The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are warning consumers about using smartphones from Huawei and ZTE.  In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, intelligence chiefs said they would advise Americans against using products or services from the Chinese smartphone makers, according to CNBC.  Intelligence leaders...

4:18 PM Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are warning consumers about using smartphones from Huawei and ZTE.  In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, intelligence chiefs said they would advise Americans against using products or services from the Chinese smartphone makers, according to CNBC.  Intelligence leaders...
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