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3 On Your Side: Travel Apps

There used to be a time when you’d go to a new city, book a hotel and ask the concierge where the best place to eat or play was. Now, travel-related apps and services let tourists ask those who are really in the know – the locals themselves. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at this tech and travel trend.

07/06/2015

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Amazon Pushing Prime Service With Day Of Deals, ‘Prime Day’

The e-commerce retailer plans to offer thousands of deals on July 15 in the nine countries that have the Prime loyalty program, including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.

07/06/2015

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3 On Your Side: Firework Warning

Tomorrow is the fourth of July – a time for barbeques, backyard parties and of course, fireworks. But as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan reminds us, those brilliant symbols of our nation’s birthday can also be very dangerous.

07/03/2015

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Ford Recalls 432K Cars Because Of Software Problem

About 375,000 of the cars were sold in the U.S., 52,000 in Canada and 5,000 in Mexico.

07/03/2015

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New Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs Begin Rolling Onto Philadelphia’s Streets

A Dodge Journey van was the first wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV) to hit the road since 50 new WAV taxi medallions were sold by the PPA.

07/02/2015

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Looking For A Stuffed Pope Francis Doll? World Meeting Of Families Launches Official Gift Shop

The site features more than 200 items, including the plush Pope doll and a Pope Francis bobblehead.

07/02/2015

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Pa. Attorney General: Chain Of Nursing Homes Took Advantage Of The Elderly And Infirm

Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced legal action against a chain of nursing home companies that operates 36 facilities in the state. The company is accusing Kathleen Kane of using her office inappropriately.

07/01/2015

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3 On Your Side: Wire BBQ Grill Brush Bristles May Pose Injury Risk

Plan on grilling out this holiday weekend? One man’s favorite burger sent him to a hospital.

07/01/2015

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TSA Issues Reminders For Summer Airline Travelers

The Transportation Security Administration wants airline passengers to follow the Boy Scouts motto when traveling this summer: Be prepared — (but leave that Swiss Army knife at home!)

07/01/2015

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3 On Your Side: Phishing Websites Target Pre-Paid Debit Card Users

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan shares a way crooks are stealing money when people reload their cards.

06/30/2015

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Blog: Jet Blue Begins Charging For Checked Luggage Today

By Jim Donovan: I told you about this in November, but now you really need to pay attention. Beginning today Jet Blue customers who purchase the airline’s lowest tier of fares (known as blue fares) […]

06/30/2015

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Blog: Best Credit Cards For Travel Insurance

By Jim Donovan: With the summer travel season in full swing, CardHub today released its 2015 Travel Insurance Report, which examines the coverage that the most popular credit cards provide for things like trip interruptions, […]

06/30/2015

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3 On Your Side: Best Jobs For The Future

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at jobs that are best poised for growth now, and in the long term.

06/29/2015

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Blog: Get 50% Off At Men’s Wearhouse By Donating To Suit Drive

By Jim Donovan: Men’s Wearhouse is in the midst of its eighth annual National Suit Drive, an initiative that collects donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. Clothing collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores between […]

06/29/2015

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PPL Warns Customers of Scam Calls

By Jim Donovan: PPL Electric Utilities says it’s seeing a spike in scam calls where customers are threatened with getting their power shut off unless they make an immediate payment. PPL sent this note out […]

06/29/2015

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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.

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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