Laser strikes: "A real threat to aviation safety"

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - It's a prank that can send you to prison: aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.In the last few years, reports of laser strikes have gone up at alarming levels ..
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Consumer Report: How to find the best freebies

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Lee County, FL.- If you think there is no such thing as a free lunch, think again. WINK News found the best ways to hunt down a 'freebie.' Kalyn Brooke, author of CreativeSavingsBl..
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Customer: Mail delivery stops because carrier can't U-turn

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

ARCADIA, Fla.- An Arcadia man claimed his mail has ceased for several days in the last two months because the postal deliverer refused to U-turn in his driveway. Hendrik Dolleman l..
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Consumer Alert: New tool that fixes clogged drains

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports has tested a mechanical tool that fixes clogged drains affordably and without using harmful chemicals. Between plumbers and drain cleaners that are purchased at th..
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Consumer Alert: Laundry detergent pods could be dangerous

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports found there have been more than 20,000 calls to poison control centers since the laundry detergent pods became mainstream in 2012. Michelle Rohde's toddler Alex bi..
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The answer to payment security may be in a 'token'

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Tokenization is a practice where a random number or barcode replaces a credit card number in order to protect a person's payment information. The practice has been around for a num..
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Tow truck dumps woman in empty parking for better call

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-A Cape Coral towing service is being investigated for 'double dipping' on calls after it dropped a woman in a Publix parking lot to respond to a higher paying call..
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Consumer Alert: What your phone's apps are tracking

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Your smartphone’s apps may be tracking your location, contacts and other personal information. The average American has 32 apps on their phone, but many are not aware of what..
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You could be sued for a bad online review

Updated 3 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Companies are using certain clauses in contracts to prevent consumers from writing negative online reviews. From wedding vendors to plumbing services, you need to watch for certain..
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Consumer Alert: Graco double stroller fails brake test

Updated 3 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

A recent Consumer Report test found one of Graco’s double strollers’ brakes fail after a certain incline. During a routine test held by Consumer Reporters, Graco’..
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Consumer Report: Some sunscreens fail SPF test

Updated 3 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports found 18 of 20 sunscreens tested fall below the advertised SPF on packaging. To test, Consumer Reports applied sunscreen to panelists' backs and had them soak in a..
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Comcast to roll out in-home WiFi hotspots next month

Updated 3 months ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - You may not have to share your in-home internet access password with the in-laws next time they visit.  Starting next month, Comcast will debut a new servic..
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EXCLUSIVE: WINK gets update on Tampa VA Hospital

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Megan Contreras

TAMPA, Fla.- Pictures taken inside the James A. Haley VA Center in Tampa show dirt, mold, and out of service elevators. The stepfather of wounded veteran Corey Kent returned to the..
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Better Business Bureau warns of scammers using their name

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Scammers strike every single day. When you're the victim, there is one group in particular that you can turn to. But now, thieves are targeting that too. Con-ar..
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Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida for two decades

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Forget what you think you know. Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida for more than two decades, for some people."The state of Florida has allowed medica..
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Run your home by phone, but consider safety drawbacks

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

Is the future here? More and more products are available to control your home’s lights, locks, and appliances from an app on your smart phone or tablet. Consumer Reports has ..
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Call For Action Alert: Hacker-friendly hotels

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

As the travel season heats up, Consumer Reports cautions that some popular hotel and motel chains could be vulnerable to hackers because of weak security systems. The major credit..
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Some outraged by YouTube video of 9 y/o onstage at Fort Rock

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Heavy metal music is not for the faint of heart. It's often full of violence and obscene lyrics, but did you know there are often no age restrictions on concerts?..
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When your shutters endanger your house

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Everyday, firefighters put their lives on the line to save others. But their dangerous job becomes even more treacherous when hurricane shutters are bolted onto ..
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From a planned community, back to the serene Everglades

Updated 4 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- The serene beauty of the Everglades was interrupted 50 years ago by a massive construction scam. Now it's slowly being returned to the treasure it once was...
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