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Patco Now Accepts Credit Cards For Fares From Casual Riders

Until now, occasional Patco riders had to pay with cash at the ticket machines, and they’d get their change back in dollar coins. No more.

06/17/2015

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New Phila. Campaign Aims To Thwart Con Men Who Pose as Utility Workers

Utilities have tried awareness campaigns before, but this new one has what’s been missing: a way for homeowners to find out for sure if someone is scamming them.

06/17/2015

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3 On Your Side: Handyguys Videos Help Homeowners Tackle Projects

More and more Americans are taking on home improvement projects for themselves.

06/16/2015

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3 On Your Side: How To Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly

June is peak time for weddings. Invitations, flowers and food are among the things that drive up the cost. But they also can increase a celebration’s toll on the environment, and for many couples, that’s a big concern.

06/16/2015

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Philadelphia Officials Expect Papal Visit to Overwhelm City’s Mass Transit

“Be prepared to walk” was the message from Mayor Nutter and other officials who spelled out transportation plans for the World Meeting of Families in September.

06/16/2015

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Honda Adds 1M Civics, Accords To Passenger Air Bag Recall

The company said Monday it’s expanding a previous recall of passenger air bag inflators from high-humidity states to the entire nation. That will add just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords to the recall. The two sedans are Honda’s No. 2 and No. 3 sellers so far this year in the U.S.

06/15/2015

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3 On Your Side: Kiplinger’s Pick For Best Rewards Cards

Do you prefer points or getting cash-back? When it comes to reward cards – most sound like a great deal. But which one is best for you? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan take a look at what’s available.

06/15/2015

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3 On Your Side: Father’s Day Spending

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at the numbers.

06/12/2015

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Angie’s List: Give Your Lawn A Makeover

In this week’s Angie’s List report, Jim Donovan takes a look at sod versus seed so you can decide which one is best for your lawn.

06/12/2015

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Philadelphia Officials Warn of Heat Wave’s Dangers, Especially to the Elderly

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is urging everyone to check in on older neighbors, friends, and family members.

06/12/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Egg Industry To Scramble

The recent bird flu outbreak in the midwest is affecting the nation’s poultry industry and egg prices.

06/12/2015

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Plan Forcing City Stores To Charge Fee On Bags Given To Customers Withdrawn…For Now

The sponsor of a controversial City Council plan for a nickel fee on all plastic and paper bags says he’s tabling the idea — at least until the fall.

06/11/2015

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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Appreciating Paper Maps and Charts

Remember, savvy travelers do not live by GPS alone!

06/11/2015

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3 On Your Side: Summer Pool Safety

It’s June, temperatures are rising, and Americans are spending time at the pool. So it’s a good time for some reminders about keeping everyone safe in the water. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has the details.

06/10/2015

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Blog: Summer Rental Car Advice

By Jim Donovan: With the summer vacation season about to be in full swing, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane today offered consumers tips to ensure travelers have a smooth rental car experience. Shop Around To […]

06/10/2015

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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.

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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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