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Help! I’m getting debt collection calls for someone else

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The phone calls just won't stop. They begin 8:31 a.m. and end at 8:29 p.m. Alicia Figluizzi has been hounded by debt collectors for months. And every interruption, every menacing call, is a call for the wrong person. More>>

Study: weather does not affect back pain Video included

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 Chronic back pain often has triggers, but an Australian study found that weather may not be one of those triggers. A local back pain sufferer and back pain specialist disagree.

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Tricking your body into slimming down - weight loss hypnosis

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Can you trick your body into thinking it's had weight loss surgery? More>>

IV weight loss? Not quite, but it helps, Tampa Bay doctors say

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Several doctors in Tampa Bay area are now using nutritional IV therapies to help supplement weight loss.  More>>

Florida teacher refuses to give standardized tests

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An Alachua County kindergarten teacher is refusing to give standardized tests to her students. More>>

Lakeland mom finds mold in son's Capri Sun

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The next time you give your kids a healthy drink from a pouch, you'll probably think about this! More>>

Netflix will show perpetual 'loading' symbol Wednesday

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Your Internet won't be any slower than usual on Wednesday, but it might look like it is.Top sites on the Internet, including Netflix and Reddit, will be displaying a constant "loading" symbol. More>>

6 Savings tricks that can backfire

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While reviewing your finances, you may struggle to find reasons why your budget isn't working. Everyone loves saving money, but the way you cut back can make a big difference. In fact, certain budget habits can actually cost you dearly More>>

Bradenton massage therapist who groped female client still heading to trial

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The last time Kevin Holmes appeared before a Manatee County Judge he was supposed to plead guilty to groping the breasts of a female massage client March 16th, who just happened to be an off-duty detective. More>>

BBB Alert: Scholastic School Supply scam

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Perfectly timed for the back to school frenzy, on August 20th, 2014 The Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Nevada received its first complaint against Scholastic School Supply. More>>

Apple to reveal its next big thing

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Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing Tuesday in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses. More>>

Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores

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Home Depot confirmed on Monday that its payment systems have been hacked in a data breach that could affect millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores. More>>

Why mortgage payments for new homebuyers could see a big jump

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Proposed changes to requirements for private mortgage insurance could increase mortgage costs for many homebuyers, particularly borrowers with relatively poor credit, according to a new report from the Urban Institute and Moody's Analytics. More>>

Letting your car find a spot and park itself

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With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space - all by itself. More>>

RECALL: Children's sunglasses

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20 styles of children's sunglasses are under recall Friday morning, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website. More>>

Google settles with FTC over in-app charges

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Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store. More>>

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

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Hackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday. More>>

Some Florida families to get tuition refunds

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Thousands of Florida families with pre-paid tuition plans are going to get refunds or see a drop in their payments. More>>

Facebook's autoplay video feature is destroying cell phone bills

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Is your smartphone bill too high this month? Facebook auto-play may be to blame. More>>

Neighborhood eyesore in Clearwater never changes despite 17 years of complaints Video included

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Ed Potter took his trash to the curb for pickup Wednesday, but he didn't put out all of it out. Not by any means. That would take a forklift or a front-end loader.Thousands of items ranging from soggy cardboard to car batteries, food, crutches, old tents and junk cars litter the landscape ofPotter's two lot ranch style home near Clearwater and that's been driving neighbors nuts for years. More>>

Magic diet pill promoter found running new business in Tampa Video included

File Photo: Nick Congleton File Photo: Nick Congleton
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Nick Congleton is in hot water with the FTC for selling "magic diet pills," and under investigation by Florida's Attorney General for a defunct travel club that owes hundreds of consumers for vacations they never received.Now, he's keeping a low profile and running a new business out of an unmarkedwarehouse in the Channelside District, where he didn't have much to say to Eight On Your Side this morning. More>>

Home Depot probing 'Unusual Activity' after reports of data breach

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a massive credit card breach Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a massive credit card breach
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Home Depot may be the latest retailer to have suffered a massive credit card breach, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after Krebs on Security reported that a large cache of stolen data had appeared on black market sites. More>>

Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment Video included

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Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him. More>>

FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop Video included

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That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle. More>>

Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes Video included

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Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes. More>>

Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help Video included

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Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time More>>

Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

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The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere.  More>>

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

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The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions. More>>

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack
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The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. More>>

Bay area home security customers continue to complain they were mislead Video included

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Bay area homeowners continue to complain of door-to-door salesman from Vision Security.
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Pinellas front desk school staff trained to handle medical needs at some schools Video included

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Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop. More>>

Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry Video included

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Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive More>>

Apple recalls iPhones for battery trouble

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Noticed your iPhone's battery life getting shorter? You may be eligible for a free replacement. More>>

RECALL: Bean bag chairs

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou Corporation have announced the voluntary recall of 2.2 million bean bag chairs.  More>>

Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

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Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call. More>>

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

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Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. More>>

Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

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In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center. More>>

Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

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Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage. More>>

2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photo About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photo
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About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
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TPD claims training stories fell short

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The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D. More>>

TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story More>>

Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error Video included

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James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then. More>>

Citrus Park property prompts code enforcement change Video included

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Action today by Hillsborough county commissioners following an 8 On Your Side investigation.Commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an ordinance that will bring chronic code offenders before a judge in county court.For months now 8 On Your Side has documented the county's inability to deal with properties that are overgrown and piled with junk and pose possible health risks to neighbors. More>>

Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

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A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. More>>

Lakeland Electric warns customers about phone payment scam Video included

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Lakeland Electric customers beware of a current scam that involves an individual who calls and acts as if he is a representative of Lakeland Electric.
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Brita recalling children's water bottles

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Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard. More>>

Community Health says Chinese hackers stole data on 4.5 million patients Video included

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Community Health Systems Inc., one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyberattack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.  More>>

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  • Neighborhood eyesore in Clearwater never changes despite 17 years of complaints

    Neighborhood eyesore in Clearwater never changes despite 17 years of complaints

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:17:54 GMT
    Ed Potter took his trash to the curb for pickup Wednesday, but he didn't put out all of it out. Not by any means. That would take a forklift or a front-end loader.Thousands of items ranging from soggy cardboard to car batteries, food, crutches, old tents and junk cars litter the landscape ofPotter's two lot ranch style home near Clearwater and that's been driving neighbors nuts for years.
    Ed Potter took his trash to the curb for pickup Wednesday, but he didn't put out all of it out. Not by any means. That would take a forklift or a front-end loader.Thousands of items ranging from soggy cardboard to car batteries, food, crutches, old tents and junk cars litter the landscape ofPotter's two lot ranch style home near Clearwater and that's been driving neighbors nuts for years.
  • Magic diet pill promoter found running new business in Tampa

    Magic diet pill promoter found running new business in Tampa

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:02:23 GMT
    File Photo: Nick CongletonFile Photo: Nick Congleton
    Nick Congleton is in hot water with the FTC for selling "magic diet pills," and under investigation by Florida's Attorney General for a defunct travel club that owes hundreds of consumers for vacations they never received.Now, he's keeping a low profile and running a new business out of an unmarkedwarehouse in the Channelside District, where he didn't have much to say to Eight On Your Side this morning.
    Nick Congleton is in hot water with the FTC for selling "magic diet pills," and under investigation by Florida's Attorney General for a defunct travel club that owes hundreds of consumers for vacations they never received.Now, he's keeping a low profile and running a new business out of an unmarkedwarehouse in the Channelside District, where he didn't have much to say to Eight On Your Side this morning.
  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:23:18 GMT
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
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  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Sept. 1 - 6

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Sept. 1 - 6

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:57:17 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 September 1 to 6, 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 September 1 to 6, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 25- 30

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 25- 30

    Friday, September 5 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-05 22:49:48 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 25 to 30, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 25 to 30, 2014.
  • Rodents, roaches close 4 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches close 4 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:25:23 GMT
    State inspectors temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from August 19, 2014 to August 23, 2014.
    State inspectors temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from August 19, 2014 to August 23, 2014.
  • RecallsMore>>

  • RECALL: Kidde smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms

    RECALL: Kidde smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:29 AM EDT2014-09-12 10:29:54 GMT
    Kidde is recalling hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, the company announced this week.
    Kidde is recalling hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, the company announced this week.
  • Publix recalls jalapeño bagels for possible 'glass and small stones'

    Publix recalls jalapeño bagels for possible 'glass and small stones'

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-09-09 16:49:55 GMT
    Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland. Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland.
    Out of an abundance of precaution, the company is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Jalapeño Bagels, which are sold in either the self-service bins or artisan cases in the bakery department, and may contain pieces of glass and small stones.
    Out of an abundance of precaution, the company is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Jalapeño Bagels, which are sold in either the self-service bins or artisan cases in the bakery department, and may contain pieces of glass and small stones.
  • RECALL: Children's sunglasses

    RECALL: Children's sunglasses

    Friday, September 5 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-09-05 14:59:39 GMT
    20 styles of children's sunglasses are under recall Friday morning, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
    20 styles of children's sunglasses are under recall Friday morning, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
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