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Ridgewood Water Customers Socked With High Bills After Meter Overhaul

A New Jersey water company overhauled its systems, but that was not a good thing for many customers who suddenly got socked with bills running into the thousands of dollars.

02/25/2015

Residents and lawmakers have unanswered questions about a pending mini-casino in Nassau County. (Credit: CBS2)

State Lawmaker Proposes Legislation To Block OTB Gaming Parlors On Long Island

A state lawmaker is introducing new legislation to prohibit the Off-Track Betting Corporation from building gambling parlors on Long Island.

02/23/2015

Airport Rental Car Center (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Sen. Schumer Proposing Bill To Keep Unsafe Rental Cars Off Roads

Sen. Charles Schumer says he’s trying again with legislation to require car rental companies to fix vehicles subject to a manufacturer’s recall before handing them over to customers.

02/21/2015

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Sen. Menendez Calls For Privacy Bill To Protect Consumers In Case Of Data Breaches

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) announced Friday that they plan to reintroduce a Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights to improve protection for consumer data.

02/20/2015

Mechanics say not letting your car warm up in these brutally cold temperatures is just asking for trouble. (Photo: CBS2)

Brutal Cold Doing A Number On Car Batteries: Make Sure To Warm Up Your Ride!

This is the kind of cold that routinely sucks half the power from a car battery. If yours is already less than top notch that could be a problem.

02/20/2015

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New York Man Surprised To Find That Stolen iPhone Made Its Way To China

Like so many other iPhones a Manhattan man’s phone ended up overseas after it was taken.

02/19/2015

Some toys being displayed at Toy Fair 2015

Toys Of Tomorrow On Display At Javits Center

The 112th North American International Toy Fair was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

02/15/2015

Flushing, NY, from Louis & Gabrielle. (Credit: Louis E Sarmiento)

Experts Weigh In With Techniques To Heat Your Home And Reduce Energy Bills

The frigid temperatures are sticking around for a while, but there are Still things you can do to make your house warmer and lower your energy bills.

02/13/2015

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Connecticut Car Dealers Group: Let Us, Not Manufacturer, Sell Teslas

Tesla would like to open a corporate store in Connecticut. But Jim Fleming, the head of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association, said consumers would be better off if franchise dealers were allowed to sell the Teslas.

02/12/2015

A new study warns that dating apps could be vulnerable to hackers. (Credit: CBS2)

Security Study: Dating Apps Could Leave Users Vulnerable To Hackers

Daters need to worry about more than just finding a normal person. Hackers could be getting a hold of their personal information.

02/11/2015

Lottery hopefuls buy Powerball tickets (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot Grows To $485 Million, 5th Largest Prize In U.S. History

Because of strong sales, lottery officials Tuesday raised the estimated jackpot from $450 million to $485 million.

02/10/2015

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Group Affiliated With ISIS Hacks Newsweek’s Twitter Account

Newsweek’s Twitter feed was briefly hacked this morning, purportedly by a group associated with the Islamic State.

02/10/2015

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Seen At 11: Your Smart TV Could Be Hearing Everything

When you watch television, your TV set might be watching back with new technology that can virtually see or hear what’s going on in your home.

02/09/2015

Bottles of soda are displayed on a shelf on January 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Assemblyman Wants To Bring Warning Labels To Sugary Drinks In New York

Could a can of soda be treated like a pack of cigarettes? If one New York State lawmaker gets his way all sugary drinks will come with health warning labels.

02/09/2015

Artisanal in Manhattan allows people to rent out private wine cellar. (credit: CBS2)

Spread The Love With These Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Katlean de Monchy, editor-in-chief of Nextpert.com, visited the CBS2 studios to offer up gifts idea for all the loved ones in your life.

02/08/2015