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Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station Video included

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Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out. More>>

Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here Video included

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It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop. More>>

Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50 Video included

Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins. Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
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Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
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Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir Video included

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Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars. More>>

8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

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Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon. More>>

Pool parasite invades Pinellas County Video included

Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled. Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled.
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Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day. More>>

Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins Video included

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The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday. More>>

SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota Video included

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A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. More>>

An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it. Video included

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Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

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Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

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Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store. More>>

Facebook: Get Messenger app

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For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability. More>>

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. More>>

Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

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The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. More>>

Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners Video included

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There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals. More>>

8 ways to save on groceries without coupons

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ShopSmart magazine sent undercover shoppers through grocery store aisles and discovered plenty of ways to lower your grocery bill. More>>

Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

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Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
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Tampa family thanks 8 On Your Side for insurance help Video included

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A quiet Memorial Day for Joann Mullens, Anna Hughes and their families blew up when a car crashed into their home.
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Manatee massage therapist rejects plea in groping case Video included

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Kevin Holmes knew the nearly naked woman on his massage table last March was an off-duty detective. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk Video included

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The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
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One year later homicide suspected in missing St. Pete teen case

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17-year-old Morgan Martin vanished into the night exactly one year ago today. More>>

Florida Hospital North Pinellas: Not responsible for 96-year-old patient's missing dentures Video included

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Ella Mae Hess, age 96, wasn't thinking about her dentures when an ambulance rushedher to Florida Hospital North Pinellas last April after she took a bad fall at the Coral Oaks senior living facility in Palm Harbor. More>>

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

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The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. More>>

Apple users get strange emails with old dates Video included

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If you got an email dated in the 60s, you would probably assume it's a scam. More>>

Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes Video included

This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
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Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills. More>>

RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

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A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. More>>

How thieves clone your credit cards Video included

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Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it." More>>

How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
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Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area? More>>

Flood insurance refunds issued beginning Oct. 1

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Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is continuing to implement the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Insurance companies will begin to issue refunds for applicable policyholders beginning October 1, 2014.
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Code Violators Skate in Hillsborough County

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If you want to let junk and trash pile up in your yard you can get away with it in Hillsborough county. 66 year old Brenda Owings has.She owns a property at 14508 Berkford Avenue in Citrus Park.Junk, trash and debris litter the lot from one end to the other. Neighbors have put up with the mess for 17 years."It's not a good situation, it needs to go," neighbor Larry Calder complained.County Code Enforcement can't make Owings do a thing at her property. Owings claims she lives in a house that's... More>>

Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations Video included

 Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home. Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home.
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He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home. More>>

Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story Video included

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Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her... More>>

Manatee employees will NOT have to give back their raises Video included

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After 8 On your Side broke the story, Manatee County employees will not have to give their raises back to the county.WFLA-TVreported that a number of county employees received raises after completing training programs. More>>

Sen. Nelson calls hearing on grandparent scams

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Grandparent scams have become such a costly problem for American seniors, the US Senate’s Special Committee on Aging will hold a special meeting Wednesday to come up with possible solutions. More>>

Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris. A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.
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A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings. More>>

Surveillance photos catch Hillsborough power scam crook Video included

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM.  THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM. THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER.
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Surveillance photos obtained by 8 On Your Side are giving detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office an idea who is involved in a power bill scam. The con involves telephone calls from people claiming to be with Tampa Electric Company's billing department More>>

Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room Video included

Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home. Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.
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Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too. More>>

Auto loans getting longer

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As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans. More>>

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

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Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. More>>

TECO scam targeting small Tampa Bay businesses

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Telephone scammers are targeting small businesses, claiming they are calling from Tampa Electric Company. More>>

Safety concern for sidewalks along Fletcher Avenue Video included

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A Bay Area man says a five million dollar project to improve safety on Fletcher Avenue is making things worse.Construction began in August of 2013 on Fletcher to improve sidewalks, add bike lanes and put in pedestrian friendly islands and crosswalks. More>>

Undocumented border crossing kids land in Pasco County Video included

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Eight on Your side has just learned that some of the undocumented kids who've cross the Mexican border have landed in a federally-funded shelter in Pasco County operated by Gulf Coast Jewish Community Services. More>>

Honda recalls more vehicles for faulty airbags

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Honda is recalling up to 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker affected by faulty Takata airbags.
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Best travel reward credit cards

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Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation. More>>

Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers Video included

A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company. A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
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A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company. More>>

Pinellas deputies warn citizens about new scam Video included

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Pinellas deputies are warning residents to not let their guard down. Detectives are investigating five cases, where criminals pose as city workers or contractors, such as tree trimmers. They convince residents to follow them to their backyard. More>>

Winter Haven homeowners face wetlands violations Video included

Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years. Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years.
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After years of mowing their backyards, some Winter Haven homeowners have been told they have to stop or else they'll face fines. The notice came from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, stating that mowing and other infractions like pavers and sheds, violate wetlands regulations. More>>

Blue Bird recalls school buses for steering issue

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Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. More>>

Former Lakeland PD chief accuses State Attorney of extorting resignation Video included

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The gloves are off for former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, and she's swinging -- hard. Her target State Attorney Jerry Hill who she accuses of extorting her resignation. More>>

Dunedin veteran couple: home sellers turn down offers due to VA loan Video included

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Like most moms, Melanie Gearhart wants her 7-year-old son, Andrew, to grow up in their own home, with a big yard.
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  • InvestigationsMore>>

  • Hillsborough DUI officials: determining marijuana impairment complicated

    Hillsborough DUI officials: determining marijuana impairment complicated

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:17:09 GMT
    Medical marijuana advocates say marijuana has a variety of medical benefits.  Law enforcement officers know it can also cause impairment.
    Medical marijuana advocates say marijuana has a variety of medical benefits.  Law enforcement officers know it can also cause impairment.
  • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
  • Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:30:04 GMT
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Restaurant RatingsMore>>

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:44:14 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 21 to 26, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 21 to 26, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:38:43 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
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  • Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

    Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:36:08 GMT
    The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
    The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
  • 8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | August 2-3

    8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | August 2-3

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:14:57 GMT
    Check out 8 fun things to do this weekend!
    Check out 8 fun things to do this weekend!
  • Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando

    Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:14:57 GMT
    Photo: CrayolaExperience.comPhoto: CrayolaExperience.com
    Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country.
    Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country.
  • ConsumerMore>>

  • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:37:09 GMT
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
  • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
  • Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

    Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:14:48 GMT
    Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled. Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled.
    Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
    Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
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