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Local Expert Says Black Friday Shopping More Of A Game For Many

Black Friday has become quite the shopping tradition in this country, and one local professor suggests it’s not just about getting a bargain.

11/27/2014

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3 On Your Side: Lab-Created Diamonds

It often been said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend. But the price of a diamond, well that can stop many people in their tracks. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us you may be able to save up to a third on the cost of a diamond because of a technological breakthrough.

11/26/2014

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3 On Your Side: Thanksgiving Shopper Advice

Remember when Black Friday used to be the big kick-off to the holiday shopping weekend? Well now with more and more stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday is more like a mid-point! So 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan offers some advice before heading out to the mall.

11/26/2014

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From TV’s To Tablets, Stores Offering Many Tech Deals Black Friday

As usual, retailers are pushing hard to get you spending.

11/26/2014

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3 On Your Side: Some Top Tips For Saving While Shopping

A survey by Bankrate finds just 28 percent of shoppers will head to a brick-and-mortar store this holiday season. While Americans are projected to spend a record $89 billion dollars online, up 13 percent over 2013.

11/25/2014

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Mazda Recalls Cars To Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

The recall affects certain Mazda6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

11/25/2014

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3 On Your Side: Added Benefits When Using Credit/Debit Cards

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at potentially priceless perks just in time for shopping season

11/24/2014

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Worried About Travel During Wednesday’s Snow? Hold Your Horses, One Airline Advises

If the weather is making you nervous about flying on Wednesday and you want to change your flight, it’s a bit too soon to say whether airlines would waive their change fees.

11/24/2014

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Positively Philadelphia: An Especially Eco-Friendly Laundry Service

Wash Cycle Laundry, founded by a Penn grad, picks up your laundry and brings it back the next day — by human-powered tricycle!

11/23/2014

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3 On Your Side: Do Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Pose A Health Risk?

The hum of leaf blowers will be a familiar sound this weekend with many people cleaning up the last batch of leaves on their property. But the noise isn’t what’s concerning some people, it’s a potential health hazard. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has that story.

11/21/2014

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3 On Your Side: Federal Agency Pushing For Prepaid Credit Card Protections

Pre-paid credit cards are becoming increasingly popular. That has a federal agency pushing for some of the same protections consumers have when using other cards.

11/21/2014

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Toyota Recalls More Than 400K Lexuses For Fuel Leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

11/21/2014

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3 On Your Side: Faulty Tire Repairs Pose Risk To Drivers

In less than a week millions of people will be hitting the road to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many could be driving on tires that put them at risk. How was your last flat tire fixed? As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, a faulty repair could change a life forever.

11/21/2014

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Kozy Shack Recalls Some Puddings Over Labeling

The product was distributed to 20 states — Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

11/20/2014

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Non-profit Releases Annual List Of The 10 Most Dangerous Toys

Just in time for the holidays, a watchdog group has released its list of the 10 most dangerous toys.

11/20/2014

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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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