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Recent articles by Travis:

Netflix making movie about grandmother who accidentally invited stranger to Thanksgiving

The text message invite from Wanda Dench was supposed to go to her grandson in 2016. It went to Jamal Hinton instead and led to a Thanksgiving tradition. → Read More

Thousands of projector flashlights recalled; Child has surgery after swallowing battery

More than 82,000 of these small projector flashlights are being recalled and parents are advised to take them away from children right away. → Read More

Capital One latest bank to eliminate overdraft fees

Capital One said Wednesday it will still allow customers to overdraft, but it will no longer charge a fee to do so. → Read More

US to extend mask mandate for travelers through mid-March

The mask mandate extension is part of Biden's winter COVID plan, which also tightens COVID-19 testing rules for travelers entering the U.S. → Read More

Iconic brand that went bankrupt making comeback with new flagship store

The new Toys 'R' Us store marks the latest effort to re-launch the brand that served U.S. children and parents for 70 years. → Read More

Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for US health workers

The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers. → Read More

Reports: Intoxicated woman attacks Spirit Airlines flight crew

Another passenger reportedly tried to zip-tie the woman's feet on the Fort Lauderdale-to-Nashville flight Saturday. → Read More

Using laser light holiday displays? Don't point them at the sky, FAA says

Well-meaning families using laser light projectors for the holidays could unintentionally endanger pilots and planes, the FAA warns. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccine makers already working on omicron variant response

Is the omicron variant resistant to current COVID-19 vaccines? It's too early to say, but Pfizer, Moderna and others say they are ready to react. → Read More

Walmart making PlayStation 5 available on Cyber Monday

Walmart is making the elusive PlayStation 5 available on Monday, but only for select customers. → Read More

IRS deadline nears to make final changes to last child tax credit payment of the year

Eligible families wanting the child tax credit via direct deposit or by mail, or who want to opt out or report income changes are nearly out of time. → Read More

2 reports of dental damage linked to recalled frozen tots

There have already been two reports of dental damage from recalled Birds Eye Broccoli Tots. → Read More

IRS child tax credit update portal now available in Spanish

The child tax credit portal has been updated just before the final deadline to make changes for the Dec. 15 payment. → Read More

Backyard poultry salmonella outbreak sickens more than 1,100 people

A national salmonella outbreak that has lasted nearly a year has touched all but two states. At least two people have died. → Read More

Longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is this week

Here's when to watch the longest partial lunar eclipse in your lifetime. It's also a Beaver Moon. → Read More

1st human trial on Alzheimer's nasal vaccine set to begin

The small, phase one study will seek to test the safety and efficacy of an intranasal vaccine to fight Alzheimer's Disease. → Read More

Iceland joins long list of countries Americans are urged to avoid visiting

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the CDC urging Americans to not travel to dozens of countries, particularly if they are not vaccinated. → Read More

Throw out these onions: Number of sick from salmonella outbreak continues to grow

A salmonella outbreak linked to fresh whole onions from Chihuahua, Mexico has now sickened nearly 900 people and put nearly 200 in the hospital. → Read More

Child tax credit: If the money doesn't show up, here's what to do

If your November child tax credit payment didn't show up, here's how to start a trace. But you have to be patient. → Read More

Deadline for low-income families to register for big IRS check Dec. 15 is hours away

Many low-income families eligible for the monthly child tax credit haven't signed up to receive it. They have just hours left to register. → Read More