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Phila. Officials Have Harsh Words For Sell-Your-Parking-Space Apps

Andrew Stober, of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, testified that apps that allow an on-street parking space be sold by one driver to another should be banned in Philadelphia.

11/12/2014

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NJ Health Insurance Co-op Spreading Word About Obamacare Open Enrollment

At the Hamilton train station in suburban Trenton, representatives of Health Republic Insurance wore purple shirts as they handed out brochures and reusable shopping bags to commuters.

11/12/2014

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3 On Your Side: You May Have To Do Some Digging For Thanksgiving Travel Deals

One of the busiest travel periods of the entire year is just about two weeks away. If you haven’t booked Thanksgiving airfare yet, you’re not entirely out of luck.

11/11/2014

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An Early Look At Best Black Friday Deals

Retailers are counting on Black Friday to kick off a holiday shopping bonanza. But are their deals good enough to get you in the door over Thanksgiving weekend?

11/11/2014

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McDonald’s Recalls Happy Meal Toy For Choking Risk

McDonald’s is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

11/10/2014

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3 On Your Side: Restaurants Charging For What Used To Be Free Stuff

You know what they say, there’s no such thing in life as a free lunch. But what if you went to a restaurant and had to pay extra for condiments or a glass of water? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan looks at an increasing trend that some say is tough to swallow.

11/10/2014

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At Phila. International Airport, TSA Issues Reminders to Holiday Travelers

The TSA says it confiscates hundreds of dangerous items each month at the screening checkpoints of Philadelphia International Airport.

11/10/2014

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall

Over the last two weeks, gas prices around the country have dropped by an average of 13 cents a gallon, and analysts predict the cost of filling your tank will keep going down.

11/10/2014

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New Jersey Gas Prices Still Falling Sharply

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.78, down 5 cents from last week.

11/08/2014

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3 On Your Side: Many College Grads Not Working In Careers Requiring Degrees

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in October, the lowest level since July 2008 and down from 7.2 percent a year earlier. Employers have now added at least 200,000 jobs for nine straight months — the longest such stretch since 1995.

11/07/2014

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Drivers Urged To Plan Routes Around Weekend-Long Closure of MLK Drive

The temporary closure is designed to allow city Streets Department crews to safely make repairs to the roadway, curbs, sidewalks, and walls along MLK Drive.

11/07/2014

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3 On Your Side: Pointless Oversized Packaging

A warning about what some say are misleading products. These are items that may have you thinking you’re getting more for your money than you really are. Consumer reporter Jim Donovan investigates and shows you the simple thing you can do to shop smarter.

11/06/2014

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Home Depot: Hackers Also Stole 53M Email Addresses

Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers’ card data, Home Depot said Thursday.

11/06/2014

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3 On Your Side: GPS Used To Track Alleged Kidnapper

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us these devices aren’t uncommon, yet and they’re more than just a traditional GPS system that most people use.

11/06/2014

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Bottom Dollar Shutting Down, Locations Sold To ALDI

By Jim Donovan The parent company of Bottom Dollar Food stores, Delhaize Group, has announced that it is selling its 66 store locations to ALDI Inc. Bottom Dollar Food anticipates all stores will remain open […]

11/06/2014

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2011 Philadelphia Auto Show

(credit: Randall E. Scott) From Ford to Fiat, and classic to innovative, there was something for everyone at the 2011 Philadelphia International Auto Show.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco. Jobs announced upgraded versions of the entire iPod line, including an iPod Touch that includes a camera. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple Unveils New iPods, Apple TV

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a refreshed lineup of iPods and a smaller Apple TV during a presentation in San Francisco on Sept. 1, 2010.

Ketch, left, and Hiro-pon, members of the Japanese pantomime group Gamarjobat, take part in a promotional ninth birthday party for Japanese auto giant Honda Motor’s humanoid robot Asimo at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo on October 31, 2009. Asimo, which officially stands for “Advanced Step in Innovative MObility,” was the culmination of two decades of humanoid robotics research by Honda engineers, who first began research on the project in the 1980s and then unveiled “him” in 2000. (credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese Robot Craze

Japanese robotics makers are creating some of the most life-like robots ever.

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