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Did you buy a Snuggie one night after watching a TV ad a few years ago, thinking you'd get a second one at no additional cost? If so you, you may be in luck! You might get a check in the mail — absolutely free!
The Federal Trade Commission this week sent out more than 200,000 refund checks to people who bought "as seen on TV" products like Snuggies and Magic Mesh Doors that were deceptively marketed as "buy one, get one free" between 2008 and 2015.
The checks, which average $33.14, are the result of a 2015 court-ordered settlement between Allstar Marketing Group and the FTC and New York's attorney general, according to the FTC.
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The search for a man who is missing after an explosion and fire destroyed the Texas chemical plant where he worked is underway again Friday.
Dylan Mitchell, 27, is believed to have been at work inside the Tri-Chem Industries Plant in Cresson when something exploded, sparking a fire that consumed the building Thursday.
Mitchell's brother, Austin Mitchell, spoke with NBC 5 Thursday afternoon and said his family is fearing the worst since his brother hasn't been seen since the blast was reported.
Dozens of cows roamed an upstate New York highway early Friday morning after escaping a tractor-trailer that got into a multi-vehicle pileup, video shows.
Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in the plantain farming town of Corozal high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. Desperate, residents of Corozal's Barrio Mana neighborhood asked federal officials for a generator to pump water from the well that supplies the neighborhood's 130 families.
That was nearly six months ago. Today, like everyone in Barrio Mana, World War II veteran Antonio Morales, 93, sleeps in a single-story concrete home with no running water, its floor covered with dozens of gallon jugs and plastic buckets of water that his nurse uses to bathe him.
"Barrio Mana is not even on the government's radar," said Morales' 61-year-old daughter-in-law, Maria Perez, her eyes filled with tears. "Practically no one has shown up here."
A 16-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man missing from the Lehigh Valley since March 5 are believed to have taken a one-way flight from Philadelphia to Cancun, Mexico, according to Allentown police.
The new detail from police Friday comes one day after an Amber Alert was issued in Mexico Thursday for Amy Yu, who investigators now believe to have willingly disappeared with Kevin Esterly, a father of two.
On Thursday, an Amber Alert issued in Mexico read in part, "From the investigations, it’s determined that she might be traveling in national territory accompanied by ESTERLY, KEVIN MICHAEL. We consider the teenager’s integrity is at risk being that she could be a victim of a crime."
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Days after a gunman stormed their Florida school and killed 17 people, two young survivors wrote a song about their grief and healing. On Friday, those Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students released their song for the world to hear.
The inspirational power-ballad is called "Shine," and the students said on their YouTube page that it "is dedicated in loving memory of the 17 victims" of the Feb. 14 massacre. All proceeds will go toward their non-profit, Shine MSD, which helps fund recovery efforts for the victims and families affected by the shooting, as well as mental health programs centered around the arts.
Via U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
More than half a million animal-shaped pacifier and teether holders are being recalled because the snap that attaches to pacifiers and teethers can fray and detach, posing a choking hazard.
Sixty-seven reports of the ribbon on Dr. Browns Lovey pacifier and teether holders fraying and the snap detaching have been reported to Handi-Craft Company, which distributed the toys in the U.S. to retailers like Walmart Toys R Us, Babies R Us and others. There have been no reported injuries.
About 590,000 of the recalled products were sold in the U.S. between August 2015 and this month for about $10, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which issued the recall notice.
Bobby Bostic was only 16 when he was sentenced to 241 years in prison after a crime spree in 1995. Now, the judge who sentenced him wants him freed.
You could argue I had already grown out of Toys R Us by the time I first set foot in one.
It was 1991. I was 13, a Hungarian immigrant, new to America. New to breakfast cereal, to dozens of channels on the TV and to big stores with endless shelves of toys.
Now that it might be nearly gone, I feel a strange pang of nostalgia. Even though I am a teeny bit to blame for its demise, thanks to my penchant for one-click ordering and free two-day shipping. As a working parent, I rarely go to physical stores any more. Shoes, toilet paper — and yes toys — are all ordered online, arriving at my doorstep in a brown cardboard box.
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The Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, the Associated Press has learned.
The action is part of the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' push to ease regulations governing for-profit schools. DeVos says she wants to protect taxpayers' money, but critics say that the Trump administration has deep ties to for-profit colleges and is putting industry interests ahead of students.
Two weeks ago, Sarah Dieffenbacher, a California health care worker, received a letter saying the agency would only discharge 50 percent of her student loans
The Chicago River will be dyed green Saturday, officially kicking off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the city.
Since the early 1960's, the dyeing of the river tradition annually attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators ahead of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Here’s what to know about this year's:
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Longtime Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, who represented New York districts for more than three decades, died early Friday of injuries sustained in a fall last week at her Washington, D.C., home, her chief of staff announced. Slaughter was 88 years old.
Slaughter, who has represented the 25th district since 2013, was surrounded by family at the time of her death, Chief of Staff Liam Fitzsimmons said in a statement. She first took office in 1987, representing the 30th district, then was elected to represent the 28th district in 1993 before taking her final post in the 25th district.
Uniformed law enforcement posed for a photograph pretending to climb one of the border wall prototypes, their actions caught on video by a California college student on the Mexico side.
Three officers, who appear to be with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), can be seen near one of the prototypes east of Otay Mesa Port of Entry soon after President Donald Trump's visit to the restricted area this week.
Jaciel Ortega, a student at Scripps College in Claremont, California was in Mexico on a school trip for her "US-Mexico Border" class.
She told Telemundo 20 she was at the wall at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday after the president had toured the prototypes with federal and local law enforcement officers blocking the public's access to the area.
When she noticed the officers laughing and joking around, she began recording them, she said.
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Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem.
The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, meanwhile, said it had begun its own examination of the issue. And a top Democrat on the committee said she would call a hearing within six months.
Four senators, including the veteran head of the Senate Armed Services Committee and two others who've made sexual assault a keynote issue, sent letters to the Pentagon and Justice Department with questions about sex assault among the military's children.