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    RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) -- Giving Tuesday asks us to give back after all the spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and last year, people were very generous -- to the tune of nearly $2.5 billion in donations.But before you give, 7 On Your Side has the best ways to donate without getting scammed.The impact of giving is felt every day at charities like River Fund in Richmond Hill, where palettes of donated food feed 15,000 hungry New York city households each week."It really is about bringing dignity, respect and normalcy to a life that if you can imagine a senior at 80 years old standing on a line to get food," River Fund founder Swami Durga Das said. "I mean there's no need for our society to be at this place, but we are."MORE 7 ON YOUR SIDE | Dealership leaves car buyer stranded with no title, tags, registrationEMBED More News Videos 7 on your Side takex action after a dealership left a car buyer in Putnam County stranded with no tile, tags or registration. Das founded the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- It's called cryptocurrency: Mayor-elect Eric Adams wants to get paid in it, and he wants it taught in schools.But what is it? And what should you watch out for?Some stores in New York City are accepting cryptocurrency as payment, and there are Bitcoin ATMs throughout the area that turns cash into crypto.At Astro West on the Upper West Side, they sell everything from unique stones to fossils to ancient meteorites. And customers can now pay for the oldest objects with the newest form of currency."You have to keep changing and adapting or you're going to have a 'closed' sign on your door," owner Marc Tanjeloff said. "I remember at one point we were writing checks and using American Express sliders. It's just the future, it's changing."More 7 On Your Side Investigates | NYC scaffolding and sheds: Concern for parentsEMBED More News Videos Dan Krauth and 7 On Your Side Investigates found more than 9,000 buildings have scaffolding and sidewalk sheds in the New York City area. Unlike cash, crypto is an internet based currency. Bitcoin...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A moving company not licensed to operate in California is now under criminal investigation after dozens of customers hired the company to take their belongings cross-country, only to find out their items may be in storage and could be auctioned off. What was supposed to be a new chapter in their lives turned into a never-ending nightmare for families who lost furniture, clothing and sentimental belongings that can never be replaced. READ MORE: Staples Center To Be Renamed Crypto.com Arena In Largest Naming Rights Deal In HistoryIn April, Maribel Moses and her boyfriend were looking for a moving company to relocate them from Los Angeles to Vermont, where Moses was starting law school. “Throughout that process, you get a bunch of solicitous phone calls, so I answered the phone, and it was a company called Gold Standard Moving and Storage,” Moses told CBSLA’s Kristine Lazar. When moving day arrived in July, the movers were three days late, and not what Moses expected. “So they finally show up in an Enterprise rental truck,” Moses said. Moses said...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A moving company not licensed to operate in California is now under criminal investigation after dozens of customers hired the company to take their belongings cross-country, only to find out their items may be in storage and could be auctioned off. What was supposed to be a new chapter in their lives turned into a never-ending nightmare for families who lost furniture, clothing and sentimental belongings that can never be replaced. READ MORE: Paul George Scores 34, Clippers School Young Spurs 106-92In April, Maribel Moses and her boyfriend were looking for a moving company to relocate them from Los Angeles to Vermont, where Moses was starting law school. “Throughout that process, you get a bunch of solicitous phone calls, so I answered the phone, and it was a company called Gold Standard Moving and Storage,” Moses told CBSLA’s Kristine Lazar. When moving day arrived in July, the movers were three days late, and not what Moses expected. “So they finally show up in an Enterprise rental truck,” Moses said. Moses said it was that point that...
    HOWARD BEACH, Queens (WABC) -- A Queens man was left in the lurch when his broken-down SUV disappeared for more than a week after being towed by an AAA registered company.The towing company had no answers, and police were flummoxed -- it took 7 On Your Side to solve the mystery."I panicked," Arnie Avino said. "I panicked right away. That's my baby."He was upstate last September at his country cabin in the woods nearly 200 miles north of the city when his 2007 Lincoln Navigator conked out in the Catskills."I got under the car, and I see brake fluid dripping out," he said. "And I said, 'I can't drive this home.'"MORE 7 ON YOUR SIDE | Tips for leasing cars as shortage sends resale prices skyrocketingEMBED More News Videos The automobile market has been turned upside down, as a never-before-seen shortage of cars has sent the value of leased cars shooting skyward. Avino called AAA to tow the vehicle back to his home in Howard Beach, but the Navigator never arrived.He again called AAA."I was calling, saying, 'Where is it?...
    EDISON, New Jersey (WABC) -- A group of New Jersey veterans teamed up with local students to conceive a magnificent new memorial for fallen heroes, but after the plans were drawn and donations started coming in, they hit a problem that could mean surrendering all their contributions.Veterans Day is a time-honored tradition taking place in small towns across America, including Edison, where the local VFW and American Legion have been trying to update their aging memorial for the last decade."Hopefully this time next year, this entire park is going to be redesigned," said Brian Schreck, with VFW Post 3117.The stalled project got a reboot recently when JP Stevens High School students drew up a new vision."In the center, we plan to have the center monument," student Zaina Merchant said. "It's important to educate people and commemorate our veterans because they fought for our country and we wanted to emphasize that in our design."MORE 7 ON YOUR SIDE | Tips for leasing cars as shortage sends resale prices skyrocketingEMBED More News Videos The automobile market has been turned upside down, as...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – For parents, the lockdown brought with it a host of challenges, from online learning to cancelled sports and social activities for their kids. Many of us assumed that once the lockdown was lifted, and we could get back to a more normal way of life, our stress levels would get better. However, some parents are reporting that their stress and anxiety levels have gone up now that we have reopened. READ MORE: Suspects Follow Victim To His Sherman Oaks Home, Attempt To Rob Him At GunpointAfter more than sixteen months of shutdowns, lockdowns and Zooms, classes, activities and meetups are back and parents are getting pushed to the limit. “I think for a lot of us, we feel really out of shape,” clinical psychologist Dr. David Swanson said. Swanson tells CBS2’s Kristine Lazar that after the time at home, children are ready to get back out and get social. Their parents are ready too but are struggling readjusting. “After being at home for a year and a half and having to step back out into the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Anyone looking for a car lately knows they can be hard to come by with supply chain shortages impacting delivery of new vehicles.The result? The used car market is hot.But at the same time, New York City officials are charging several big borough dealers with deceptive practices they say put customers out thousands."I feel used, robbed, betrayed," said used car customer Karinie Olivero.The Bronx mother of three is referring to her ordeal buying her first car, a 2017 Grand Cherokee, she saw advertised for sale at a used car dealer in Brooklyn.She says the price tag ballooned from an original $36,000 to a total sale of $55,442 -- a difference of over $19,000."Unscrupulous and predatory dealers are putting pressure on people, rushing them through, surprising them," said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Commissioner Peter Hatch.Hatch says he'll be looking to revoke licenses for two companies operating five dealership in Queens and Brooklyn for accusations of false advertising, misleading consumers about financing, warranties, car certification and other illegal conduct.JF Motors, which runs Automania, Luxury Automotive...
    MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA) — As they continue to grow in popularity, an Orange County hospital is reporting a 500% increase in electric bike accidents compared to this time last year. FILE — A man rides an electric bicycle near the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., on April 6, 2021. (Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register/Getty Images) From January to August 2020, Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo treated 11 e-bike trauma patients. During that same time period this year, that number jumped to 70. In 2020, only one of their e-bike accident patients were children. In 2021, that number jumped to 22. “The first thing he remembered was seeing himself tangled up in his bike and seeing his femur wrapped around his handlebar,” mother Nicole Mordock told CBS2’s Kristine Lazar. Mordock’s 15-year-old son snapped his femur in half after he was coming down a hill in San Clemente on his e-bike, lost control and collided with a street sign. He was rushed into surgery at Mission Hospital. “They had to try to avoid his growth plates, so they put a titanium rod in...
    SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey (WABC) -- It's been a storage saga in Scotch Plains. Dozens of customers of Public Storage are angry that their belongings, which were submerged by Ida's floodwaters, were going to be tossed out by the storage giant."Enough is enough, these people need their stuff!" said Nina Pineda, 7 On Your Side. "I'm out there reporting that people can get their stuff and they're told they can't get it now."Customers showed up after being relieved last week when told they could finally access locked storage units, only to find out only customers who obtain court orders and hire remediation crews in full hazmat gear are allowed inside."They say one thing and do another," Pineda said to the manager."We didn't find out for two weeks that our units were even flooded. Now, they're saying there are bacteria and mold, only hazmat can go in of course because it's been weeks! Had we been notified, maybe we can salvage this stuff," said Bridget McGowan, Public Storage customer."They gave us opportunities and by the time I made an appointment they...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- You're being watched, and you probably don't even know it.Tens of thousands of video cameras are embedded throughout New York City, and some of those cameras can be used for facial recognition.That's where your face can be cross referenced with thousands of others for a possible match to help determine who you are and where you've been.Private companies use the technology to track shoppers. Police use it to track down criminals.There's a new law requiring the disclosure of facial recognition technology when it comes to private companies but some lawmakers and critics say it doesn't go far enough.RELATED | Equity Report: Racial gaps in health insurance in New York CityEMBED More News Videos COVID-19 doesn't discriminate against who gets sick, but some some groups have been hit harder. And they're the most likely not to have insurance. A new city law went into effect late this summer, requiring private companies to notify customers with a sign by the front doors if they're collecting your biometric information.That can be anything from a fingerprint to the way...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- You're being watched, and you probably don't even know it.Tens of thousands of video cameras are embedded throughout New York City, and some of those cameras can be used for facial recognition.That's where your face can be cross referenced with thousands of others for a possible match to help determine who you are and where you've been.Private companies use the technology to track shoppers. Police use it to track down criminals.There's a new law requiring the disclosure of facial recognition technology when it comes to private companies but some lawmakers and critics say it doesn't go far enough.RELATED | Equity Report: Racial gaps in health insurance in New York CityEMBED More News Videos COVID-19 doesn't discriminate against who gets sick, but some some groups have been hit harder. And they're the most likely not to have insurance. A new city law went into effect late this summer, requiring private companies to notify customers with a sign by the front doors if they're collecting your biometric information.That can be anything from a fingerprint, to the way...
    SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey (WABC) -- There was some welcome news Friday for nearly 200 customers of a New Jersey storage facility after 7 On Your Side took up their cause to save treasured heirlooms that were submerged by Ida and then threatened to be thrown away.But after Nina Pined and others applied pressure, Public Storage in Scotch Plains stopped purging their possessions."I'm crying tears of joy," customer Cecilia Ephraim said. "I have hope now because my things are still there untouched."That includes the last letter her dad wrote before dying, and now she and others who've been blocked from entering their spaces are assured the trashing of their contents will stop."I hope I can salvage some things if I ever get in there but I'm just glad it's there and not in a dumpster," Public Storage customer Jennifer Sermon said.ALSO READ | Teen girl shot in head in Brooklyn park released from hospitalEMBED More News Videos 16-year-old Kyla Sobers-Batties was released from the hospital after getting shot in the head in a Brooklyn park two weeks ago. "I feel...
    SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey (WABC) -- There is more waterlogged frustration for customers of a New Jersey Public Storage facility. After Hurricane Ida submerged their units, the nation's largest storer told dozens of customers that instead of salvaging their soaked possessions, they were tossing them out.7 on your Side got a call from one more unhappy customer - New York football legend Carl Banks."They're giving us a lot of dazzle, and we need to call a blitz and get there," said Banks.Banks is used to moving mountains as a hard-charging all-pro linebacker for the Giants. But the now former footballer says he has been knocked back - one of the frustrated customers of Public Storage in Scotch Plains."We got a letter saying it's uninhabitable - doesn't the state have to condemn it?" said Banks.Now the radio voice of the Giants, Banks stored every scrap of memorabilia he owned - a priceless collection saved from two world championships - more than a decade in pro pads - apparently submerged by Ida's floodwaters."My family legacy is in there - it's heartbreaking to...
    EMERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- A retired couple's hard-earned savings of $500,000, accumulated from a lifetime of working and saving, was frozen in a bank account and out of their reach for a reason that made no sense to them.But before he hit the panic button, the former police chief made his own 911 call to Nina Pineda and got 7 On His Side."It was traumatic," Dennis Stellato said. "I really went into panic mode because I had no idea there was a lien on my property."As a first responder, Stellato has seen his share of trauma. He's been a sheriff in both Bergen County and Los Angeles, and he also worked rescue and recover trying to locate survivors at Ground Zero with his K-9 Brulee.The latest alarm, though, was losing his greatest asset -- his home of 26 years.MORE 7 ON YOUR SIDE | Bad gas leads to $1,200+ in car damageEMBED More News Videos Her mechanic emptied her fuel tank and found watery gas. Days before closing on their Emerson home, the seller's title company found an "Open...
    POINT PLEASANT, New Jersey (WABC) -- After bad gas led to more than $1,200 in damage to her car and the gas station owner and its parent company refused to pay for it, New Jersey teacher Katie Alvino called 7 On Your Side.Last July, Alvino hopped into her one-year-old Acura TLX on her way to the beach.She noticed her fuel gauge was on "E" so she filled up at a Conoco gas station in Point Pleasant."Got gas, got in my car went to the beach, then two and a half hours later, car wouldn't start," Alvion said.Alvino's boyfriend called a tow truck and the tow operator suspected there was a problem with the petrol."He asked what did you do? I said 'I just got gas.' He said, 'there it is,'" Alvino said.He was right, her mechanic emptied her fuel tank and found watery gas."'It's contaminated. Your car can't run on water,'" the mechanic told Alvino.He removed all of the gas and replaced the fuel pump.Alvino took the more than $1,200 bill to the gas station's owner."First question was, 'why is...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Better Business Bureau says last year alone 14 million Americans lost $2 billion in job scams, the highest total yet.And their main target? Younger people, with two thirds of victims under 45 years old.Student and young mom Samaria Kamwa thought she found a dream job off indeed.com spot-checking Amazon shipments.But instead she got her bank account cleaned out in an elaborate job scam.The scammer convinced her that she would be paid through direct deposit - up to $3,000 per month - just for checking a few packages. She unwittingly gave her bank account information.The BBB says job postings that involve re-shipping make up 65 percent of the scams. Thieves fancy it up with the job title of supply chain manager.Many times the scammer will send you a check, asking you to cash it, buy merchandise, and ship it off. The check will eventually bounce and you'll owe hundreds.Some tip-offs that an opportunity is a fake:*The job seems too good to be true, with a high salary for little work*The job offer comes via an unsolicited...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Thousands of cars were submerged during Ida, and many vehicles owners are wondering what to do next.Water can affect your car even if it was just up to the floorboards because electrical components are underneath.A lot of people have not gotten around to their cars yet because they're still dealing with their basements and homes.Your homeowner's insurance will not cover damage to your car, even if it was parked in your garage or on your property.So, you'll need to file a claim with your auto insurance company.First, check your coverage. If you have comprehensive, you're covered for flood damage.Liability, which everyone has, does not cover flood damage,Then, before you file, find out your deductible.That's the amount your insurance doesn't cover.If the repairs are around the same as your deductible or even double the cost, consider not putting in a claim, because it may wind up costing you more in increased insurance rates.If you lease or have a car loan, you likely have comprehensive insurance because lenders require it.You're also in better shape if you took out...
    YOU may slap on the SPF and keep yourself hydrated but still have tired and dowdy looking skin. But did you know that some small changes to your bedtime routine could make all the difference? 3Sleeping on your side can mean you get more wrinkles on the side of your face that you often sleep on as it rubs against the pillowCredit: Getty - Contributor 3Celebs like Khloe Kardashian love a silk pillow as it is more gentle on their skinCredit: Getty Experts have shared the mistakes that we all make that cause us to have more breakouts, more wrinkles and dull looking skin. Here are the top tips that could give you that elusive morning glow. Wash your pillow case more regularly You can't see the bacteria lurking on your pillow case, but you better believe it's there. The sweat, make-up, hair products, creams and dead skin all build up and then you lie your face against them every night. Research shows that more than 350,000 live colonies of bacteria can be on one pillow and a...
    Your you have an extensive skincare routine, you've kicked your bad dietary habits, you're drinking all the water - so why are you still waking up to sad-looking skin?  The answer could lie in your bedtime habits, with leading skincare experts revealing the common mistakes that could be leading to breakouts, dull looking skin and wrinkles.   They suggested adding a short massage to your nighttime skincare routine, sleeping on your back rather than your side, as well as swapping your cotton pillow case for a silk version.  From not getting enough sleep to never replacing your pillow, experts have shared their advice on which common bedtime mistakes could be ageing you - and how to avoid them.  According to the experts, side sleeping can lead to wrinkles on your décolletage and on the side of your face you lie on (stock image) You can't see the bacteria lurking in your pillow While you may think your pillow is clean, the truth is bacteria from sweat, old make-up, dead skin cells, hair products and skin cream is seeping into your...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- In New York and New Jersey, a state of emergency was declared after the remnants of Hurricane Ida ravaged the area and that means regulations meant to protect consumers from price gouging on items that are in short supply because of the disaster.It's against the law, to charge more for services or goods and take advantage of what flood victims need right now to pump out, clean up and rebuild."It could be a room, it could be gas, it could be household goods, people are trying to clean up after the mess. It could be all of those things, mops, anything, all of a sudden the price goes way, way higher than it normally would," President and CEO of Better Business Bureau of New YorkClaire Rosenzweig said.The Better Business Bureau is bracing for a flood of complaints, which unfortunately follow every disaster.During the coronavirus pandemic, more than 2,700 violations were issued to sellers after New York City got 7,200 complaints about unconscionably high prices on wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer.With part of New York City devastated...
    GETTING a good night’s sleep is a struggle for millions of people. And since the pandemic began, 43 per cent of us find it harder to get a decent kip, according to the Sleep Charity. 8Getting a good night’s sleep is a struggle for millions of peopleCredit: Getty It is not all about how many hours you get – your position matters, too. Sammy Margo, a sleep expert and physiotherapist, says: “Sleeping in certain positions can aggravate all sorts of health problems, from back and neck pain to heartburn. “Your chosen position could even cause saggy boobs or wrinkles.” Sammy tells Lynsey Hope why certain positions could lead to a health nightmare. Freefaller, knee up - hip problems YOU lie on your tummy with hands up by your pillow and head to the side, but you also have one leg cocked up to the side. Sammy says: “This is slightly better than the freefall position as your body is slightly rotated to one side. 8Sammy says: 'This is slightly better than the freefall position as your body is slightly rotated...
    Do you have an issue with a company that you haven't been able to resolve? If so, 7 On Your Side at ABC7 in the San Francisco Bay Area wants to help you! Send us your questions, issues, or story ideas!The 7OYS phone hotline is currently out of service due to COVID-19 work-from-home policies, so please use the form below instead. (Please be aware there is no voicemail box for our hotline. Voicemails left with other departments may not be received in a timely manner.)Before contacting Michael Finney, please make sure: You understand that 7 On Your Side's consumer hotline is a free consumer mediation service. Our process in assisting consumers requires us to contact the business and present your issue. If you do not want us to contact the business, we may be unable to assist you. You understand that this is 7 On Your Side at ABC7 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are unable to assist with cases outside of our area. You have contacted the company and explained your complaint first. You must take...
    Eileen Zitnak and Yolonda Gates have never met, but both share a devastating distinction, both were declared dead by the Social Security Administration."What's it like to be declared dead when you are very much, as I can see, alive?" 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda asked."It's depressing," Gates said.Yolonda paid into the system for 30 years while working with special needs children in public schools in Queens.Last February, the federal agency clawed back five months, more than $10,000, of her benefits.SSA then sent death notifications which stopped her pension payments and froze her bank account.The agency even sent out condolence letters to her family members."A whole menagerie of problems occurred," Gates said. "Social Security, with just a flip of a switch, can just erase my life."Then SSA took away her medicare benefits, a huge blow to Gates, who's been battling cancer for nearly two years.Gates said her cancer medications were so expensive, she went two months without them."I couldn't even pay for my medication," Gates said. "There were days I was truly struggling."Meanwhile, retired travel writer Eileen Zitnak suffered a...
    HOWARD BEACH (WABC) -- A grieving family says one of the area's largest health networks turned its back on them and instead of sending a big bill for COVID treatment to the government, the hospital sent it to the dead man's estate."He was the jokester. He was the peacemaker. He was the one who brought life to the party," Trish McNally said.Trish McNally and Jayne Pecoraro are both talking about their kid brother, Lorenzo Vasta, known simply as Larry to scores of nieces and nephews.Conscious of his weight and the consequences of COVID, after his job ended as an editor at HBO, Vasta self quarantined.But in December 2020, he was exposed to the virus and just days later the rock of the family crumbled."He just declined, he was declining," Pecoraro said.He was rushed to St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown, but he never made it out of the emergency room.His sisters say his lost has left a huge gap in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.Weeks after his sudden death the hospital sent an invoice...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Tuesday with the Belarusian opposition leader at his office in London, saying the U.K. is “on her side” and committed to supporting human rights in her country. Johnson told Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya that Britain is “very much in support of what you are doing” during their meeting at Downing Street, and condemned Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko’s “severe human rights violations and persecution of pro-democracy figures,” his office said. The talks came as international attention focused on Belarus after Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused her team’s orders to fly home and took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo. In addition, a Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians flee persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. An investigation was launched after Vitaly Shishov was found hanged in a city park not far from his home. “It is very important to understand that one of the most powerful countries in the world is supporting Belarus,” Tsikhanouskaya said after meeting with Johnson. Tsikhanouskaya also met U.S. President...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the coronavirus pandemic raged, throwing millions out of their jobs, Californians turned to the one agency that could save them from financial ruin: the Employment Development Department.The federal government had just pumped $40 billion into the state coffers to ensure no one would go hungry or homeless. Instead, a clumsy, outdated bureaucracy left millions in the lurch, throwing barriers in the way of payments even as it opened the floodgates for scammers to collect as much as $31 billion of taxpayer money.Millions struggling with no income tried to go up against an unresponsive bureaucracy - as they sank deep into despair.Now, 18 months after the pandemic began, lives are forever changed, the impacts lingering to this day. We show the stories of a mother who had to send her children away, a family that lost EDD benefits as COVID-19 swept through their entire household, and a single mother who resorted to living in a car with her little boy. Now legislators ask, "Why are we doing this to people?"Californians are frustrated, angry, confused and living...
    CENTRAL HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- A 7 On Your Side Investigation revealed an increase in positive COVID-19 test results in communities with low vaccination rates.One of the areas with the highest positivity rates in New York City is a neighborhood in Central Harlem, where the rate is 4.7% and the vaccination rate is below 50%.New York City Health + Hospitals Harlem is located in the center of the neighborhood."It is very concerning," Chief of Medicine Dr. Raji Ayinla said. "The individuals getting these Delta variants are individuals who have not been vaccinated, and it's proof that vaccination actually works."With the Delta variant on the rise, you'll find more people walking around Harlem outside with their face masks on as an extra precaution."For the most part, I do wear it because there's other variants going on," resident Tammi Arnold said. "So I always want to be cautious."ALSO READ | Big gaps in NYC home loans: Search your own neighborhood hereEMBED More News Videos Owning a home is the American dream for many, but it's becoming more difficult for certain people to...
    The gold standard for testing a drug is to trial it on hundreds or thousands of people — then compare the results to an equal number given a placebo. Such randomised controlled trials find out how a drug works overall, but there will be some people for whom the drug works well and others for whom it didn’t work at all. But another type of trial, that tests the effects of a drug on just one patient, has hit the headlines recently.  Called an N-of-1, the aim is to give an individual result about whether a drug works for them, which is the best dose, or if there are side-effects. The ‘N’ stands for the number of people in the trial and the ‘1’ means there is just one. Up to eight million Britons take statins, but a fifth stop, or refuse to start, over worries about side-effects such as aches and fatigue  ‘N-of-1 are the ultimate form of personalised care,’ says Nicky Britten, an emeritus professor of applied healthcare research at Exeter University. ‘If you’re prescribed a drug...
    The hottest ticket around right now isn't for a concert or a Broadway show -- it's a slot to get a U.S. passport.The State Department is still operating under strict COVID guidelines, which means long waits and a lucky break for anyone who manages to score an appointment to apply or renew in person.So what should you expect if you're planning to travel overseas?More 7 On Your Side | Tabernacle damaged by out-of-control NYPD SUV gets payment EMBED More News Videos A two-ton NYPD SUV swerved off the street and plowed through the wall of the Judah Tabernacle, at the exact spot where churchgoers normally worship. The first tip is to apply early, taking into account an 18-week turnaround time -- which includes 12 weeks for processing and six more for mailing to and from the State Department.So if your passport is expired or if you are applying for the first time, don't plan on leaving the country for at least four and a half months from your scheduled time.Also, don't bother showing up at an agency office unless you...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A local house of worship was reduced to rubble after a police SUV smashed through its tabernacle wall.Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured. Only the church's finances were scarred when more than a year after the accident, a big buck claim with the city hasn't been paid.The Judah Tabernacle usually looked beautiful and packed with parishioners.But in March of 2020 after 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning, it was a different scene in their sanctuary."I couldn't believe that this happened," said Joniel Edwards, a pastor.A two-ton NYPD SUV swerved off the street and plowed through the wall of their tabernacle, at the exact spot where churchgoers normally worship.If the accident had happened eight hours later, the pews would've been filled with congregants.The Judah Tabernacle was celebrating its eighth anniversary."The mercy of God," Jonah said. "That they weren't hurt."But more than a year after the accident, after spending more than $80,000 of their own savings and congregants contributions to repair their church, they haven't gotten any payment from the city."Not a dime," Edwards said.After the accident, co-pastors Ariel...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Americans have lost nearly $30 billion to robocall scams, according to a new study by spam-blocking app True Caller. Americans have lost nearly $30 billion to robocall scams, according to a new study by spam-blocking app True Caller. (CBSLA) “It’s annoying, my phone rings off the hook,” Tamara Ehrlich said. “If I answer a couple, then I get flooded. It shouldn’t be my problem to fix, they’re the ones that are breaking the law.” READ MORE: I Have A Household Of 3 People With Coronavirus: Tarzana Dad Warns Of Breakthrough Cases Despite Vaccines Robocalls are annoying, relentless and illegal, but is there anything that can be done to actually stop them? From automated dialers and recorded messages to spoofing and scammers, the calls are coming in at an incredible rate and, according to recent reports, U.S. consumers are on pace to receive more than 52 billion robocalls this year alone. “As long as there’s money, there’s going to be scammers trying to get something,” Ian Sherr, CNET editor-at-large said. He said part of the problem is...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- During the pandemic - we used our credit cards a lot less.Fearful of racking up debt, consumers have embraced a new payment process called Buy Now Pay Later or BNPL.But is it a boost or a bust?This online mode of paying off purchases has grown more than 80% since last year boasting more than 45 million users, mostly millennials and Gen Xers.Buy Now Pay Later is primarily for online purchases. But instead of paying the merchant for a purchase, the BNPL provider pays the retailer for you. And then you pay back the BNPL provider over a few weeks or months, whatever the pre-set repayment schedule says.Generally, you pay back in 2 to 4 installments that are taken directly from your debit card.One of the big pros, unlike credit cards, is that it is usually interest and fee-free.Some of the major players are companies like Klarna and Affirm are leading players and household names like American Express and PayPal are offering the service.For example, PayPal Pay allows for payment in three installments over two months. That...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Carolyn thought it was her lucky day when she got a series of text messages that said she had been selected to receive money from EDD, California’s Employment Development Department. Text messages from scammers have been targeting people who live out of state. (CBSLA) “I filled out my name and social security number,” she said. “And asked how much I was getting a month, and I put that in.” READ MORE: Investigation Continues Into Botched Detonation Of Illegal Fireworks In South LA That Ended In Massive Explosion Carolyn is already receiving unemployment payments in her home state of Nevada, which is why she didn’t question communication about additional payments — even if it was allegedly coming from a different state. “But then when they sent me another text message…asking me for my driver’s license and a selfie, that’s when I got suspicious,” she said. The thieves were likely trying to use Carolyn’s image and identity to get around EDD’s identity verification system, ID.me. When asked whether she was concerned about the information she did give to...
    QUEENS VILLAGE (WABC) -- Craig Prescott says he had never won anything in his life, until last Christmas when he thought he won a hot tub worth more than $6,500.But instead, Prescott says he nearly got a hot tub hustle.In December, he saw an ad for Aqua Living Factory Outlet, in Bay Shore on Long Island, offering customers their money back on hot tub purchases of more than $5,000 if it rained or snowed at least one inch on Christmas Day.Prescott says he was already planning on buying a hot tub so he went to check the most up-to-date 7-day AccuWeather forecast on Eyewitness News."So, you were watching Lee on the forecast and saw something was going to happen," Eyewitness News Nina Pineda said."I watch Eyewitness News faithfully," Prescott said.As meteorologist Lee Goldberg predicted, snow blanketed much of the Tri-State on the holiday and Prescott thought he had given himself a Christmas present."I knew we won. I was ecstatic," Prescott said.But, the store refused to refund his money because less than an inch of precipitation fell at John F. Kennedy...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Last-minute travel bookings are peaking right now.Search traffic for travel to Europe is especially high, as cities are opening back up and cruises are sailing for cheap.7 On Your Side has what you need to know before you pack your bags and go!All travelers to Europe need to provide one, or in some cases two, of the following:*Proof of vaccination*Proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of arrival*A doctor's note of recovery from recent Coronavirus diagnosis"It was remarkably simple, considering how unattainable European travel has been," said Scott Keyes, Founder of Scott's Cheap Flights. "All we did was show our little white vaccination card."For kids, the rules vary country to country.The good news is 75% of vaccinated Americans say they are not quite comfortable traveling abroad yet. That means two things: cheaper flights and smaller crowds.The team at Scott's Cheap Flights found flights to Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Dublin for around $250 ROUNDTRIP.Keep in mind when you return to the U.S., you will need to show a negative test taken within three...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Congratulations! You just graduated college. Now, the tough part is finding that entry-level job.So how do you get your name to the top of an ever-growing list of applicants?7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda has tips for new grads or anyone looking for that competitive edge in a job interview.Hiring for entry-level college graduate positions has fallen 45%, (According to the Wall Street Journal) since the pandemic began, making this the worst job market for degree holders in decades.So, standing out in order to snag that first job is critical.The first order of business is to clean up your social media."It's really important to make yourself internet presentable, they're looking at your Facebook, your Instagram, your Twitter feed," said Farnoosh Torabi, a finance expert.Torabi says to get ahead of any bad behavior on social by deleting it.But, since it's never really possible to scrub your internet profile clean, prepare a narrative to share your journey and how you've changed or grown from any past mistakes.Next, when you score a Zoom interview dress as if it's in-person.Turn...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Nearly seven out of 10 Americans don't have a will. That means most of us aren't ready if the worst happens.It's not something we like to think or even talk about, are we ready if something happens to a loved one?7 On Your Side has a quick checklist that could cushion the financial blow before a devastating tragedy.Ask yourself this, do you know your partner's PIN numbers, passwords, or even how to get into their phone?If the answer to any of these is no, that could be a major roadblock.Just in case something life-changing happens access to accounts is everything.Your partner may not want you snooping around on his or her phone, but being able to access account number is really important is something should happen to one of you.Leslie Tayne, a debt relief attorney says clients have come to her after unexpectedly losing a spouse, with no clue on the family budget or access to any funds.She recommends creating a "just in case" file. With important documents like deeds, life insurance, home and auto policies,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- 7 On Your Side has heard plenty of viewer complaints against shoddy movers who damage belongings or hold them hostage, demanding thousands more before delivery.But, you can avoid a moving nightmare with a few easy steps:First, start with a licensed mover. If you are moving out of state, movers must have a federal DOT license number. Both New York and New Jersey require movers to be licensed when doing in-state moves.7 On Your Side attended a sting operation run by the Garden State's Office of Consumer Protection. Every year, they catch dozens of unlicensed operators breaking the law.So, check the license first and second, always get references.Another pro-tip is to get a binding estimate. This is to ensure you don't get up charged the day of the move.Also, check out purchasing extra insurance. Remember, default insurance pays less than a dollar a pound. That means you'd only get $80 back if a $1,299.99 television was damaged. You should consider additional full value protection. It pays you a replacement value for damaged items.And, read the bill of...
    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- It gave new meaning to a FedEx 'drop off' after a deliveryman sent a shipment of two heavy truck tires rolling down steep stairs, causing hundreds in damage. Then, the homeowner did not get his claim paid.Why the deliveryman chose to roll two steel rib tires down a steep set of stairs remains a mystery to Mordechai Seelfreund."He could've left them on the side...still have space on the steps," Seelfreund said.Usually packages are left on the porch of his Borough Park townhome, but his Ring camera caught the entire tire roll on video.Two Bridgestone light truck 10-ply tires for his van hit his door.The tires are for the vehicle which he uses as a volunteer EMT, and for his plumbing business.In the Ring footage, the tires are lugged onto his property, then the FedEx driver decides to send the wheels bouncing down the steps. 80-plus pounds of rubber slammed into his basement door, splintering the molding, breaking the lock and denting the door."The entire area, you see it cracked, you see it popped off -...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- We're just days away from one of the biggest cyber shopping events of the year. The 7th Amazon Prime Day, a two-day event, starts next Monday.But are the deals really that hot or just hype?A big tip right off the bat is that you must be a Prime member to take advantage of Amazon Prime. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial and then just cancel it once you make your purchases next week during this 48-hour sale. And a lot of the deals have already dropped.The site has been pushing minicams and streaming devices, but Nathan Burrow with the New York Times Wirecutter scanned 47,000 Prime Day items last year and only posted about 340 deals. He says this year's even trickier."Yes, this goes back to COVID driven shortages and really what happened initially speaking, retailers were trying to maintain the same prices for consumers, but eventually, those hiccups and supply lines. The costs associated with them have been passed down to consumers in many cases," Burrow said.His advice is to sift through...
    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Short-term rentals are up more than 66% this year over last.They are spurred by the warmer weather and the post-pandemic urge to get out and vacation.As demand outpaces supply, it's a perfect storm for scammers.You may be like a lot of us, looking for that last-minute rental.You want a great location, steps from the sand and shore, with plenty of bedrooms, and a price that's right. But, pump the brakes before you pay.But there it was in living color, Louise Chelluk's lake-front home hijacked and put up for rent by some stranger on Craigslist.The unsuspecting renter was nearly scammed out of $2,000.This isn't new, law enforcement as far away as Colorado and close as Connecticut are issuing warnings for short-term rentals scams.This fraud starts with a fake listing, usually on social media with pictures taken off the web and used in a phony listing.Scammers even send out fake leases that look legit.Other tip-offs include scammers messaging you privately, requesting deposits of hundreds or even thousands be sent by wire or Venmo or Zelle.Some big takeaways:Before...
    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- It gave new meaning to a FedEx 'drop off' after a deliveryman sent a shipment of two heavy truck tires rolling down steep stairs, causing hundreds in damage. Then, the homeowner did not get his claim paid.Why the deliveryman chose to roll two steel rib tires down a steep set of stairs remains a mystery to Mordechai Seelfreund."He could've left them on the side...still have space on the steps," Seelfreund said.Usually packages are left on the porch of his Borough Park townhome, but his Ring camera caught the entire tire roll on video.Two Bridgestone light truck 10-ply tires for his van hit his door.The tires are for the vehicle which he uses as a volunteer EMT, and for his plumbing business.In the Ring footage, the tires are lugged onto his property, then the FedEx driver decides to send the wheels bouncing down the steps. 80-plus pounds of rubber slammed into his basement door, splintering the molding, breaking the lock and denting the door."The entire area, you see it cracked, you see it popped off -...
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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The mass shooting at the San Jose VTA rail yard has touched many here in the Bay Area and across the country. Unfortunately, some out there may try to take advantage of you and your generosity.7 On Your Side found a fundraiser for a Ben Carson, purportedly a victim of the shooting, on GoFundMe at least an hour before police confirmed the names of the victims.Later, the names were released."Tonight, the county released the names of the eight people who were killed," ABC7's Ama Daetz reported Wednesday night on ABC7 News at 11p.m..WATCH: How to help San Jose shooting victims and their familiesEMBED More News Videos Thursday night hundreds of people showed up outside San Jose City Hall to remember the 9 victims in Wednesday's VTA mass shooting. A ninth fatality would later be added. Authorities say all those who were shot, died.Nowhere did we see or hear the name "Brad Carson" -- the person the crowdsource campaign was said to benefit.Alma Galvan of the Better Business Bureau says that's a red flag."We all know...
    WHITE PLAINS, Westchester County (WABC) -- For months, Governor Cuomo was urging everyone to stay home to stop the spread. So, when one SUNY student found all her classes were virtual, she heeded the governor's advice.But when her mom found out SUNY still charged her daughter thousands for unused room and board, she called on Nina Pineda and 7 On Your Side to go all the way to the top to get her money back."We're paying for something we're not getting, and it feels like we're being stolen from," said Karen Tucker, mom.We first met the Tuckers back in February, when they were steaming in the White Plains snow after SUNY Binghamton shifted all their daughters spring classes from in person to virtual. Yet, they were still charged for Mia's room and board, $6,400."It's being wasted," Karen Tucker said. "I may as well put it in the driveway and set it on fire."Mia is a senior majoring in social work. She got word from her college after Christmas break that all her spring classes would be "fully online."Binghamton kept the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — From marketing and advertising to phishing and soliciting, our inboxes are littered with emails that we’re not sure how — or even why — they got there. Ian Sherr, editor at large for CNET, said the technology used in tracking pixels isn’t necessarily all that advanced. (CBSLA) “It’s part of our reality now,” Sushana Chaudhary, an entrepreneur, said. “It’s hard to move away from it.” READ MORE: Eternally Grateful: San Bernardino Deputy Saves 10-Day-Old Girl But the arrival of those emails was not by accident, and they could be tracking users’ every online move. “They actually know where your mouse is hovering sometimes,” Ian Sherr, editor at large for CNET, said. Tracking pixels are tiny, hidden single-pixel images embedded in emails. And once those images are downloaded by an email client, they send information back to the email’s sender. “The basic idea was that some genius figured out that every time your computer wants to download an image, it has to go to the internet to get it,” Sherr said. Karen North, a professor of digital...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As car buying revs back to life, up 110% over last April, 7 On Your Side has some simple steps that can save you some bucks before you drive away from the dealership.Almost 9 in 10 new car buyers finance (85%). More than half of used car buyers borrow (54%). And the average auto loan is at an all-time high, more than $32,000.But there's good news -- you can cut the price of the car by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.First step - know your credit score. You can print it out or credit card companies have it right on your mobile app.If your score is good, above 670, you should have solid financing options. But if it's very good or above, mid 700's and up, you can really lower your interest rate or APR.RELATED | How to make the most of your tax refund check, 7 On Your Side shares top tipsEMBED More News Videos We're just one week away from the extended deadline to file your taxes and if you filed early the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- We're just one week away from the extended deadline to file your taxes and if you filed early the IRS says it's working through a backlog of about 1.5 million returns.They're turning around refunds in about six to eight weeks.But what do you do with that check when you get it?The average tax refund is about $3,200.If you took $1,200 of that and invested in the stock market growing at 6% a year, you'll have a $60,000 nest egg in 25 years.ALSO READ: Financial tips for women by 7 On Your SideEMBED More News Videos Nina Pineda has tips for women on how to strive for financial freedom as we come out of the pandemic. Other ways to grow your refund money - park some in a high yield savings account, many new online banks, credit unions, and non-bank providers offer much bigger annual yields than traditional savings. Look for accounts that have high-interest rates and low fees.You could also divert a chunk of your check directly into your 401K and boost your retirement funds.Next, get...