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    A new warning says Amazon shoppers in Northeast Florida are being targeted by criminals who are taking over their computers. The Better Business Bureau recently alerted consumers to the scam on social media after being contacted by someone who was targeted. >> Read more trending news Shannon Nelson, of the BBB’s Northeast Florida and Southeast Atlantic office, said she received a call this week from a 70-year-old woman who told her that she was looking up information about an Amazon product when she clicked on a site and then dialed a number she believed was Amazon customer service. >> Watch the news report here 'A third party broke in and said, 'We are with this company, and we want to offer you this security for your computer.' Then from there, we're not sure how they then gained access to her computer,' Nelson said. Jaqueline only wanted us to use her first name to avoid being targeted again, but she said the third party began a sales pitch for anti-virus software for her computer. 'When I kept refusing, they kept lowering the price,' Jaqueline said.  She said she was given the company name Tech Crew LLC, and they first told her their product would cost $1,499 but eventually lowered their price to $1,000. She still refused to purchase anything. Jaqueline said that shortly after she finished that phone call, she realized that her computer was moving very slowly. She also realized a symbol in the corner of her screen contained software she had never installed. 'They have been harassing me ever since. The last conversation I had with them, they threatened me with legal action. I'm very frustrated and I'm very frightened. I don't know what they're going to do. I do feel violated,' Jaqueline said. Nelson said this is the first time she and her colleagues have heard this type of scam in their office, and people always need to be aware of what sites they are clicking on. 'Make sure the address in the address bar is the website that you are trying to visit and not some spoofed information,' Nelson said.
  • J.C. Penney announced in February it would be closing between 130-140 stores in the coming months. On Friday, the company released the list of stores to be shuttered across the country. The company said it expected annual savings of about $200 million from the cost-cutting measures. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017. Here is the list of the 138 stores to be closed.  Auburn Mall, Auburn AL Tannehill Promenade, Bessemer, AL Gadsden Mall, Gadsden, AL Jasper Mall, Jasper, AL Military Plaza, Benton, AR Chickasaw Plaza, Blytheville, AR Riverview Mall, Bullhead City, AZ Downtown Bishop, Bishop, CA Sunwest Plaza, Lodi, CA The Village at Orange, Orange, CA Hilltop Mall, Richmond, CA Fort Morgan Main St., Fort Morgan, CO Glenwood Springs Mall, Glenwood Springs, CO St. Vrain Centre, Longmont, CO Broadway Plaza, Sterling, CO Connecticut Post Mall, Milford, CT Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center, Jacksonville, FL Palatka Mall, Palatka, FL Dublin Mall, Dublin, GA Macon Mall, Macon, GA  Milledgeville Mall, Milledgeville, GA Gateway Plaza, Thomasville, GA Tifton Mall, Tifton, GA Downtown Decorah, Decorah, IA Crossroads Mall, Fort Dodge, IA Penn Central Mall, Oskaloosa, IA Quincy Place, Ottumwa, IA Snake River Plaza, Burley, ID Eastland Mall, Bloomington, IL Fulton Square Canton, IL Village Square Mall, Effingham, IL Freestanding, Macomb, IL Peru Mall, Peru, IL Northland Mall, Sterling, IL Centerpointe of Woodridge, Woodridge, IL FairOaks Mall, Columbus, IN Connersville Plaza, Connersville, IN Huntington Plaza, Huntington, IN Jasper Manor Center, Jasper, IN Logansport Mall, Logansport, IN Chanute Square, Chanute, KS Downtown Great Bend, Great Bend, KS Hutchinson Mall, Hutchinson, KS Freestanding, Lawrence, KS Winfield Plaza, Winfield, KS Cortana Mall, Baton Rouge, LA Park Terrace, DeRidder, LA North Shore Square, Slidell, LA Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, MA Easton Marketplace, Easton, MD Rockland Plaza, Rockland, ME Lakeview Square Mall, Battle Creek, MI Delta Plaza, Escanaba, MI Westshore Mall, Holland, MI Copper Country Mall, Houghton, MI Birchwood Mall, Kingsford, MI Midland Mall, Midland, MI Cascade Crossings, Sault Ste. Marie, MI Central Lakes Crossing, Baxter, MN Five Lakes Centre, Fairmont, MN Faribo West Mall, Faribault, MN Irongate Plaza, Hibbing, MN Hutchinson Mall, Hutchinson, MN Red Wing Mall, Red Wing, MN Downtown Thief River Falls, Thief River Falls, MN Freestanding, Winona, MN Maryville Center, Maryville, MO Leigh Mall, Columbus, MS Southgate Plaza, Corinth, MS Greenville Mall, Greenville, MS Bonita Lakes Mall, Meridian, MS Oxford Mall, Oxford, MS Capital Hill Mall, Helena, MT Sidney Main Street, Sidney, MT Albemarle Crossing, Albemarle, NC Boone Mall, Boone, NC Eastridge Mall, Gastonia, NC Blue Ridge Mall, Hendersonville, NC Monroe Crossing, Monroe, NC Becker Village Mall, Roanoke Rapids, NC Prairie Hills Mall, Dickinson, ND Buffalo Mall, Jamestown, ND Downtown Wahpeton, Wahpeton, ND Fremont Mall, Fremont, NE Downtown McCook, McCook, NE Platte River Mall, North Platte, NE Rio Grande Plaza, Rio Grande, NJ The Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza, Dunkirk, NY Westfield Sunrise, Massapequa, NY Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY Findlay Village Mall, Findlay, OH New Towne Mall, New Philadelphia, OH Richmond Town Square, Richmond Heights, OH St. Mary's Square, St. Mary’s, OH Altus Plaza, Altus, OK Ne-Mar Shopping Center, Claremore, OK Ponca Plaza, Ponca City, OK Pioneer Square Shopping Center, Stillwater, OK Astoria Downtown, Astoria, OR Grants Pass Shopping Center, Grants Pass, OR La Grande Downtown, La Grande, OR Downtown Pendleton, Pendleton, OR The Dalles Main Street, The Dalles, OR Columbia Mall, Bloomsburg, PA Clearfield Mall, Clearfield, PA King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA Philadelphia Mills, Philadelphia, PA Bradford Towne Centre, Towanda, PA Lycoming Mall, Pennsdale, PA Willow Grove Park, Willow Grove, PA Citadel Mall, Charleston, SC Town 'N Country, Easley, SC Palace Mall, Mitchell, SD Northridge Plaza, Pierre, SD Watertown Mall, Watertown, SD Yankton Mall, Yankton, SD Greeneville Commons, Greeneville, TN Knoxville Center, Knoxville, TN County Market Place, Union City, TN Athens Village Shopping Center, Athens, TX Borger Shopping Plaza, Borger, TX Heartland Mall, Early, TX El Paso Downtown, El Paso, TX Marshall Mall, Marshall, TX McAllen Downtown, McAllen, TX University Mall, Nacogdoches, TX King Plaza Shopping Center, Seguin, TX Bosque River Center, Stephenville, TX New River Valley Mall, Christiansburg, VA Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke, VA Pilchuck Landing, Snohomish, WA Pine Tree Mall, Marinette, WI Marshfield Mall, Marshfield, WI Richland Square Shopping Center, Richland Center, WI Rapids Mall, Wisconsin Rapids, WI Foxcroft Towne Center, Martinsburg, WV Downtown Sheridan, Sheridan, WY                                                                    
  • Last month, Bloomin Brands, the company that owns Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Flemings Steakhouse restaurants, announced it would be closing 40 “underperforming” restaurants around the country. The 40 restaurants are set to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017, according to reports. The company has not yet released a list of the restaurants slated for closing. Here is a partial list of the restaurants that have closed, or those set to close. The list was compiled from stories posted by various media outlets. Alabama  Carrabba's in Montgomery   Arizona Outback Steakhouse in Chandler California Fleming’s in Beverly Hills Connecticut  Bonefish Grill in Newington  Bonefish Grill in South Windsor Carrabba's  in Manchester  Florida Carrabba’s in Jacksonville Carrabba’s in South Miami Illinois  Carrabba's in Naperville  Massachusetts Bonefish Grill in Westwood Carrabba's in Tyngsboro Outback Steakhouse in Framingham Outback Steakhouse in Westborough  Michigan Carrabba’s in Kentwood Carrabba's in Grand Rapids Outback Steakhouse in Rochester Hills Minnesota  Bonefish Grill in St. Louis Park Missouri Outback Steakhouse in Hazelwood New Jersey  Bonefish Grill in Middletown Carrabba's in Egg Harbor Township Carrabba's in Evesham Carrabba's in Middletown Outback Steakhouse in Lawrenceville New York Bonefish Grill in Colonie North Carolina Carrabba's in Charlotte  Outback Steakhouse in Morehead City South Carolina  Carrabba's in Columbia  Outback Steakhouse in Hilton Head  Texas Outback Steakhouse in Houston (2 locations) Bonefish Grill in Webster  Bonefish Grill in Katy 
  • A person is dead and another is at the hospital after a head-on crash in Jacksonville’s Westside early Wednesday morning. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said a pickup truck slammed into a SUV on Normandy Boulevard, not far from Yellow Water Road around 7:30 a.m.  The driver of the truck was trapped inside his vehicle.First responders desperately worked to get him out, but it was too late. The driver of the SUV was transported by fire-rescue to St. Vincent's in Clay County. FHP said the man will be OK. 'We just need to pay attention to what's going on around us when we're driving,' Lt. Kevin Blom with FHP said as a reminder. All lanes of Normandy Boulevard were closed from Yellow Water Road to about U.S. 301 for a several of hours due to the investigation and clean-up. Related Link: Today's Top Stories Check traffic 24/7   For Action News on the go, sign up for Action News Mobile & Email alerts
  • Special pricing for the car-service Uber is shocking some customers, according to ActionNewsJax in Jacksonville, Florida. The Georgia-Florida football game brought tens of thousands of people downtown Jacksonville this weekend, including David Deviese. But instead of driving his own car, he called for a ride from Uber. He has done that before. 'A quick 20-minute ride. It's usually $30-$40,' Deviese said.  But this time he got sticker shock. 'It ended up costing $295,' Deviese said. That was only for a 17-mile trip. You could fly 1,000 miles from Jacksonville to Dallas this month for about the same price. >> Read more trending stories He wasn't the only upset customer. Viewer Brooke sent ActionNewsJax her Uber receipt from the Georgia-Florida weekend. It was $256 for a 26-mile trip. The difference in the cost is from surge pricing. The higher the demand, the higher the prices. ActionNewsJax tweeted the company asking for an explanation. Uber told us in part, 'Dynamic pricing allows us to remain the reliable choice, even on the busiest nights of the year.' Uber also maintains that the cost is repeatedly communicated to customers. Better Business Bureau President Tom Stephens the practice is completely legal. 'It's all right to charge that as long as they disclose what's going on,' Stephens said.
  • It's like pizza delivery, just minus the pizza and add the alcohol.  Beginning Thursday, Floridians in Jacksonville can have alcohol delivered right to their door steps. >> Read more trending stories   Drizly, a Boston-based company, is partnering with a packaging stores to expand the delivery service.  Kerin Horgan, who handles public relations for Drizly, said the company decided to expand to Jacksonville because of the young demographic.  'People are looking for, you know, the next service that can make their life that much more easier and convenient,' Horgan said.  The service allows customers to order alcohol from nearby liquor stores using either the app or desktop site. Once the order is placed, the delivery comes from an employee of the store or someone contracted by the store. The delivery cost is a flat $5 fee.  Parents needn't worry about their children or teenagers abusing the service. Upon delivery, the drivers will scan the customers' ID to verify they are 21. Drizly is available in 28 cities, including Seattle, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Austin, Texas.
  • AMC Theatres will team up with CNN to broadcast the presidential election on the big screen on Nov. 8. >> Read more trending stories   The news channel's coverage will be offered for free to AMC Stubs members and their guests at 50 theaters in 25 cities nationwide. Participating cities include Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Seattle and Jacksonville, Florida.  AMC Stubs members can bring two guests each. Guests can choose to watch coverage in designated 'red' and 'blue' theaters for Republicans and Democrats respectively. 'On Election Night, as Americans gather in their communities to watch the conclusion of this historic election, we recognize that Democrats want to cheer with fellow Democrats and Republicans cheer with fellow Republicans,' Elizabeth Frank, AMC's executive vice president and chief content and programming officer, said in a statement. According to Deadline, the theater company used voter registration data to establish which theater locations should be designated as blue versus red. Guests are welcome to attend the event at either 'color' theater, regardless of their political affiliation.  The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. E.T. See a full list of participating theaters here.
  • MoneyTipsWith interest rates lower than they have been for years, many people still find that renting is more budget-friendly than a monthly mortgage payment. This is not true in all parts of the U.S., but a study by Robert W. Baird & Co. shows that living in one of the biggest housing markets in the country is often more expensive. The study looked at 28 different cities, and found that U.S. homeowners in 24 of the cities paid more than those who rent. On average, homeowners paid 28% more in mortgage payments than renters did in monthly rent. The study looked at properties with ratings of four or five stars to keep variables to a minimum. The study also made some assumptions, such as that all mortgages were 30-year fixed loans, that all homeowners made a down payment of 15%, and that all mortgages included private mortgage insurance, homeowners’ insurance, and taxes. Of the 28 different markets examined, it was more affordable to own than to rent in Baltimore, Maryland, Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, and Norfolk/Richmond, Virginia. Of the remaining 24 cities, 15 showed a 20% or higher difference in the cost of renting versus the cost of owning. These differences were due to factors such as the increase in housing prices and the fact that there are few houses on the market in many of these areas.Originally Posted at: http://www.moneytips.com/many-continue-to-rent-despite-favorable-interest-rates/104Detroit Launches Home Mortgage InitiativeWhere Can Millennials Afford to Live?Survey Shows Homeownership Is Rising Among Millennials
  • Jacksonville's entry into this year's 'American Idol' TV show singing competition has advanced to the next round.  16-year-old Tyanna Jones made the cut last night on the hit FOX Television show on the strength of two performances, Credence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers classic 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' Both singing attempts by the Westside High School student were praised by judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Junior.  They seemed to favor her 'Proud Mary' performance the most though, with Connick calling it nearly 'perfect.' You can watch Jones keep going next Wednesday on WFOX-TV Fox 30 at 8:00pm
  • Barber Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with salmonella, ActionNewsJax reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said at least six people have gotten sick after eating the affected products, which include stuffed chicken breasts, chicken cordon bleu and chicken tenders. Consuming the products could lead to salmonellosis, which can cause diarrhea, cramps and fever, according to ABC News. >> Read more trending stories The products were produced between February and May and sold at supermarkets in the United States and Canada. Click here to see a full list of products involved in the recall. For more information, call 1-844-564-5555.

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  • A Florida woman accused of injecting Fix-a-Flat, cement, silicone, mineral oil and Super Glue into the buttocks of women in to try to enhance their figures was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison over a death resulting from the toxic mix, according to local media reports.   The 2012 death of Shatarka Nuby, 31, was dubbed the “toxic tush” case. O’Neal Morris, 31, served nearly a year in prison on charges of practicing medicine without a license after it was discovered she illegally injected toxic substances to enhance women's buttocks, leaving many scarred for life. >> Read more trending news Morris, who police say was born a man, but identifies as a woman, pleaded for mercy before a Broward County judge.  'I have never, ever, or would dare ever to inject, or have injected any human with any type of unknown substance, such as Super Glue, cement, Fix-a-Flat, concrete, nothing that comes from Home Depot, nothing that comes out of any hardware store,' Morris said. Related: ‘Toxic tush doctor’ facing steep prison time if convicted in death Nuby’s family members appeared in court asking for justice.  'What you took from me, that was a precious jewel,' said Nuby’s mother, Sherri Pitts. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here A plea deal called for a sentence of up to 15 years. The judge decided to sentence Morris to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years of probation along with restitution, local media reported.  Over her attorney’s arguments, the judge ordered Morris to serve time in a men’s prison because Florida law doesn't make exemptions for transgender inmates.
  • Three local men are among the 15 nabbed in an online child sex sting. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and five other law enforcement agencies - including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement - pitched in as the Gainesville Police Department led the way in Operation Resilient. GPD Chief Tony Jones says all the suspects made arrangements online to have sex with teenagers, but those suspects didn't know until it was too late that they were actually chatting with undercover detectives posing as the guardians of those teens. '15 men made the conscious decision to get into a vehicle and travel with the intention of having sex with a teenager,' Jones added. 'I'm proud of everyone involved in this operation as they seek to get these offenders behind bars and away from our children.' Among those arrested are 39-year-old Doe Doe (left in photo) and 22-year-old Cristian Torres-Vega (right), both from Jacksonville. The other local man arrested is 25-year-old Joshua Gillen (center) from Keystone Heights. Most of the others arrested come from Gainesville or the Alachua County area. Operation Resilient wrapped up in five days after beginning on March 15th, per GPD.
  • The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers can expect to see more deserted storefronts and “going out of business” signs. 'It's going to be a year of transition and a year of reckoning and a year of awakening for retailers,' said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analysis for the NPD Group. NPD Group conducts market research on consumer trends. More shoppers are eschewing retail outlets for the convenience of online shopping, made sweeter with deals from the likes of Amazon, which offers free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.  Amazon has seen the benefits of such features. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the company saw a 22 percent increase in revenue over the fourth quarter of 2015. U.S. shoppers spent a record high $91.7 billion online during the 2016 holiday season. While e-commerce is seen as quick and generally easy, a study conducted in 2013 by WD Partners showed that nearly 80 percent of respondents said instant gratification was what got them out of their homes and into the malls.  Here’s a list of 15 retailers that have announced store closings for 2017. American Apparel – all 110 stores closed CVS – closing 70 stores Chico – closing 120 stores Crocs – closing 160 stores Family Christian – closing all of its 240 stores  JCPenney – closing 138 stores Kmart – closing 108 stores Macy's – closing 63 stores Office Depot – closing 100 stores Payless Shoes – closing 400-500 stores Radio Shack – closing 552 stores Sears – closing 42 stores The Limited – closed 250 stores in January The Children’s Place – closing as many as 200 stores H.H. Gregg – closing 88 stores  Several restaurant chains have also announced they will be closing locations in 2017 as well. Forty “underperforming” Carrabba’s, Outback, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, according to the company that owns them. In 2016, chains Bob Evans, Logan’s Roadhouse, Old Country Buffet and Ruby Tuesday all announced restaurant closings.
  • A federal investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a New York teenager has led FBI agents to gator-infested woods in South Carolina. According to the Post and Courier, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel sneaked away from her home in Rochester, New York, to spend spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Drexel was last seen in security footage at a Myrtle Beach hotel on April 25, 2009.  >> Read more trending news In 2012, Drexel’s mother told a TV reporter she had learned her daughter had been “miserable” on the trip and had planned to leave anyway on the day she went missing. After years of minimal progress in the investigation, authorities received a tip from an inmate identified as Taquan Brown, alleging that he learned what happened to Drexel while visiting a so-called “stash house” in McClellanville, according to the Post and Courier.  Brown told investigators in August that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped, shot and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp. Brown also implicated then-16-year-old Timothy Taylor and his father, Shaun Taylor, in the crime, according to authorities. The FBI told the Post and Courier that “several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel’s body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators.” The FBI is searching an area in Georgetown County, S.C., using an excavator to search a wooded area in Foxfire Court. Authorities have not provided any information on what they hope to find in the woods. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here No charges have been filed against Taylor, who maintains his innocence.  Investigators said Sunday that they are closer to making an arrest in the case, and are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.  
  •   The suspected fentanyl-related overdoses of a Spirit Airlines pilot and his wife in their Dayton, Ohio-area home raise a frightening prospect: Has the opioid crisis that is destroying whole families entered the ranks of pilots entrusted with hundreds of lives each day? Investigators have offered no indication that Brian Halye used drugs while piloting aircraft during his nine years with Spirit Airlines, but a Dayton Daily News examination has uncovered a system in which commercial pilots can go years without being tested for drugs. >> Read more trending news Federal Aviation Administration’s guidance to airlines acknowledges the random drug test system established by U.S. code makes it “not uncommon for some employees to be selected several times, while other employees may never be chosen.” Moreover, pilots are not required to be drug tested during annual physical exams. Of the pilots tested from 2010-2015, 165 were found to be using one or more drugs, according to the FAA. Drug use among pilots is an enduring concern at the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency created by Congress to investigate transportation accidents and issue recommendations to improve safety. Related: More airline pilots testing positive for drug use In a 2014 study of fatally injured pilots from all forms of civil aviation, the NTSB said patterns of increasing drug use among pilots “are consistent with observed trends of increasing drug use by the U.S. population in general.” At the time, the most common illicit drug detected in pilots involved in fatal plane crashes was marijuana, which was found in less than 4 percent of all pilots tested between 2008 and 2012, and was not found in any of the airline pilots tested. But if Halye died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, as the Montgomery County Coroner’s office suspects, another concern may have unfolded. With heroin and fentanyl invading the ranks of so much of the general population, is it too much to conclude that it is also present among those flying aircraft? >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here Halye and wife Courtney Halye were found by their four children in the bedroom of their Centerville home March 16. The coroner’s office is waiting on toxicology reports but has said the deaths appear to be fentanyl-related. Centerville police also say the drug use appears to be voluntary and consistent with an accidental overdose.  Spirit Airlines, a Florida-based “ultra-low fare” carrier, told the Dayton Daily News that it is “cooperating with any and all agencies investigating this case.” Related: Children find Spirit Airlines pilot, wife dead in apparent overdose A spokesman for the carrier would not say when, if ever, the airline tested Halye during his time as a pilot. The FAA declined to acknowledge whether it is investigating Spirit Airlines following Halye’s death. The agency confirmed it has inspected Spirit Airlines’ drug and alcohol testing program before, but would not say how recently.   Read the entire story here.

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