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Smart Home Takes Center Stage At CES

In the so-called “smart home,” appliances and other devices all have sensors and internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and hopefully make your life easier.

01/05/2015

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Piano Stores Closing As Kids Lose Interest

Stores dedicated to selling pianos are dwindling across the country, as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard.

01/02/2015

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GM Recalls 92,000 Vehicles For Defect

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.

01/02/2015

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Dallas Bag Fees Go Into Effect Amidst Some Confusion

The question in Dallas is no longer simply paper or plastic. Starting Thursday for every single-use bag, both plastic and paper, customers will be charged a five-cent environmental fee.

CBS 11–01/01/2015

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New Year Brings Bag Fee To Dallas

The new “environmental fee” in Dallas charges a nickel per single-use paper or plastic bag at grocery, drug and convenience stores, as well as malls and big-box stores.

01/01/2015

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

Hasbro is now doing damage control over a tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain set. Many parents said that the cake decorating tool resembles a sex toy.

01/01/2015

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“The Interview” Expands VOD Access

Sony Pictures Entertainment says it is expanding the digital availability of “The Interview” to top cable, satellite and telecom services, beginning Wednesday and increasing through the weekend.

01/01/2015

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Volkswagen Recalls 38,000 Cars Due To Fire Risk

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire. The automaker said no injuries or accidents have been reported.

12/31/2014

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Uber Prices To Surge Again This New Year’s Eve

The ride-hailing app expects this New Year’s Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to high demand — and because it can — Uber is bringing back surge pricing.

12/31/2014

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Many Happy Returns, But Keep Those Receipts Handy!

You’ve survived shopping season and now it’s time for the returns. It can be a daunting task, especially since there’s no standard return policy that all stores follow.

CBS 11–12/30/2014

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Retail Gas Prices Tumble 10 Cents Across Texas

Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to plummet, with the average cost at the pump dropping this week by a dime to settle at $2.05.

12/30/2014

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Dropping Oil Prices Could Help Home Labor Shortage

The housing market continues to boom in North Texas, but builders have seen a severe shortage of skilled and unskilled workers in the last couple of years.

CBS 11–12/29/2014

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Organic Foods: Worth The Cost?

Organic foods will typically cost you more at the supermarket, but are seen as a healthier option. Get the facts on organic foods. Are they worth the added cost?

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Scary Food: 10 Nasty Recalls

Think before you eat. More specifically, think about not eating these foods, all of which have been through a scary recall and could send you to the emergency room.

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Top 10 Consumer Complaints

From harassing phone calls to lemon cars, consumers have a lot of complaints. A recent survey data looked at the top 10 consumer complaints.

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The Coolest Apple Stores

Apple is known for its hip style in electronics, and that same trend carries over into its retail stores. Look at some of the coolest Apple Stores around the world.

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