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Hotel Guests Regularly Socked with Extra Fees


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just when you were getting used to the idea of the airlines charging you extra for things that used to be included in the price of a ticket comes a report about the U.S. hotel industry that is bound to raise more hackles.NYU professor Bjorn Hanson says that hotels managed to collect over $2 billion from fees and surcharges alone in 2013 and this year they’ll make an even bigger profit.Hotel guests are regularly socked with resort or amenity fees, early depart

Bud Light Donates $500K to Descend on Town, Council Approves


Anheuser-Busch(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) -- One small mountain town in Colorado is apparently "up for whatever."The town council in Crested Butte, Colorado, approved a special permit allowing Bud Light to take over the town for a three-day event "of unexpected fun," ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported Thursday.Bud Light, one of Anheuser-Busch's beer brands, doubled its original donation for the town to $500,000. The event will turn the town into a fictitious one: Whatever, USA."Ever since we we

Google Working to Develop Drone Delivery Program


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google is working to develop its own drone delivery program, called Project Wing.In a video posted to YouTube by the company, Google says it tested the system in Queensland, Australia, and "successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water" to Australian farmers. The project is still early on in development.The company states that it anticipates the potential to transport goods "more quickly, safely and efficiently." It is also looking

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Continued Phone Scams Around the Country


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Internal Revenue Service said on Thursday that taxpayers continue to receive scam phone calls from individuals purporting to be with the agency.The scammers, the IRS says, may claim that their victims have a refund due, or use another method to attempt to acquire personal information. Callers use fake names and fake IRS identification numbers. "These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. He urg

Investigation into JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack Continues


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As an investigation into a cyberattack continues, JPMorgan Chase said on Thursday that it had not seen any unusual fraud activity. One official told ABC News that when a bank as large as JPMorgan is targeted, the investigation looks at the incident not just as a financial crime, but as a potential national security matter.The bank reaffirmed on Thursday that it would work with the FBI and the Secret Service, who are investigating the cyberattack. JPMorgan

Instagram Dealing with Server Issues, Users Upset


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Instagram crashed Thursday afternoon, leaving Internet denizens without a place to post pictures of pets and food.In a tweet, the company acknowledged the problem, saying that they are "experiencing some technical difficulties."Instagram is experiencing some technical issues. We're aware and working on a fix.— Instagram (@instagram) August 28, 2014 The website "Is It Down Right Now" shows that Instagram's server is not responding.The social med

Wall Street Posts Losses After Hot Start to Week, Labor Department Releases Posi


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a strong start to the week, Wall Street posted losses on Thursday, while a Labor Department report indicated slightly improved unemployment numbers.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,079.57, down 42.44.The Nasdaq finished at 4,557.70, a drop of 11.92 from Wednesday's close, while the S&P 500 slipped 3.38 to 1,996.74, finishing below 2,000 for the first time since it broke that mark earlier this week. The Labor Department's weekly report in

Apple Sends Invitations for Mysterious Sept. 9 Event


Apple Press(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- The wait is almost over.Apple sent out mysterious invitations on Thursday for a Sept. 9 media event in Cupertino, California.Much of the speculation has centered around the possible release of an iPhone 6 and a wearable device, however Apple isn't commenting on what it has up its sleeve.A gray and white invitation sent out to members of the media on Thursday teases, "Wish we could say more."The event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cu

Bud Light's $250K Offer to Descend on Town Hits a Wall


Anheuser-Busch(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) -- Bud Light wants to know whether a small mountain town in Colorado is "up for whatever." The answer this time from the divided townspeople: maybe, although $10 million might be just enough to swing more support toward the beer-inspired party.Bud Light, one of Anheuser-Busch's beer brands, is planning to host a three-day event "of unexpected fun" that will transform part of Crested Butte, Colorado, known for its outdoor activities and music festivals, into a

Jobless Claims Fall to 298K


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims were slightly lower last week, decreasing by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Aug. 23, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 298,000. The previous week, claims stood at 299,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average dipped lower, falling 1,250 to 299,750.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,i

Loyal Customers Sometimes Have Unreasonable Expectations


iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Do you have a sense of “deservingness?”That’s the term Ohio State University researcher Rebecca Walker Reczek has for people who think that just because they’re a loyal customer of some retailer or business that they deserve special treatment.Very often, customers do receive perks but as Reczek points out, deservingness even extends to promotional contests where winners are chosen at random and the rules specify that no purchase is nec

FBI, Secret Service Investigating Cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is investigating a cyberattack earlier this month against JPMorgan Chase that may have been carried out by Russian hackers.It is not clear whether customer data was compromised by the attack. The FBI released a statement on Wednesday saying that they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to determine the scope of the breach, noting that it may also have impacted other financial institutions. JPMorgan Chase spokeswoman Trish Wexler told ABC News t

EPA, DuPont Corp. Agree to $1.275 Million Settlement over Chemical Violations


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday a settlement with DuPont Corp. for allegedly releasing hazardous substances into the Kanawha River in West Virginia over a four-year span.An EPA press release alleges that the company released chemicals into the river on eight occasions between 2006 and 2010. As compensation, DuPont will pay $1.275 million and take corrective actions to prevent similar activity in t

At Least One US Company Takes Fight Against Counterfeiters into Own Hands


Hisham Ibrahim/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At the International Property Rights Center in Washington D.C., director Lev Kubiak said selling counterfeit items was a “very, very lucrative business," and "most Americans have no idea" just how much of what they’re buying is actually fake.The Federal Trade Commission says it’s been cracking down in recent weeks, sending cease-and-desist letters to companies that it says are making false or uncertified claims

Little Movement on Wall Street Wednesday, GDP Growth Slowed in First Half of 201


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After consecutive days of gains and milestones, Wall Street was a bit of a mixed bag on Wednesday, with two of the major indices posting small gains.The Dow Jones Industrial finished at 17,122.01, up 15.31 from Tuesday's finish.The Nasdaq dropped 1.02 to 4,569.62, while the S&P managed -- barely -- to close above 2,000 again, finishing the day at 2,000.10, up 0.08. That is the second consecutive day -- and the second close ever -- above 2,000 for the S&

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