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If you plan on mailing holiday packages, UPS and FedEx are predicting a busy holiday shipping season this year.

UPS expects its busiest holiday shipping day to be Monday, December 22nd. The company is predicting it’ll deliver more than 34 million packages – double the amount on a normal day.

FedEx expects its busiest day of the holiday season to be Monday, December 15th a full week earlier than UPS. It’s anticipating 22.6 million shipments that day.

Both companies recently announced they’re hiring additional seasonal workers to handle the workload.

Day Light Savings Time

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, October 31, 2014

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday before you go to bed. It’s daylight savings time. So, we gain an hour sleep.

PA Trooper Assassin – Captured

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, October 30, 2014

Authorities say they have captured the man accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously injuring another during an ambush outside their barracks on September 12th.. Police say they have 31-year-old Eric Frein in custody.

The seven-week hunt ended tonight according to authorities however they haven’t released details of the capture. Authorities called Frein a survivalist who had a vendetta against law enforcement. They had been pursuing him in the woods and had reported several suspected sightings.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed, and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded in the attack. Frein slipped away into the darkness after the shooting, sparking a massive manhunt.

 

Whiskey 7 Flys To Dallas For Event

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whiskey 7, the National Warplane Museum’s D-Day veteran, is headed to Dallas, Texas, for the Air Power Sky Ball, an American Airlines sponsored event to raise awareness and funds that support military service members and their families. The warbird is expected to arrive in Dallas tonight.

The trip continues Whiskey 7’s efforts to honor and recognize veterans.

More than 1,400 volunteers from American Airlines and US Airways organize Sky Ball, which is in its 12th year. In partnership with Snowball Express, American Airlines is able to bring nearly 2,000 children and spouses of fallen veterans to Dallas each December for four days of activities.

Austin Wadsworth, president of the National Warplane Museum said “The National Warplane Museum of Geneseo is proud and honored to join in these efforts to bring support to our veterans, both past and present and to educate and inspire our future generations to carry on the legacy of our nation.”

On Friday, the plane will be on display at the DFW Aviation Expo, in which 2,000 middle and high school students are expected to attend.

In June, Whiskey 7 participated in 70th anniversary commemoration activities in Normandy, which included paratroop jumps by members of the Liberty Jump Team over original D-Day drop zone. The activities were part of a month-long European tour as part of the Museum’s “Return to Normandy” mission.

Potential Credit Card Breach At Staples

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The office supplier and retailer Staples might be another victim to fall prey to a potential credit card data breach that’s hitting store across the country. Staples says it is looking into it and that they have been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

Customers won’t be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner.

Earlier this month Sears Holdings Corp. reported a data breach at its Kmart stores. Other breaches have occurred at retailers including Target, Supervalu and Home Depot.

Department store chain Macy’s has announced plans to open at 6 p.m. nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year. Macy’s Inc. is the first major retailer to announce its Black Friday shopping hours.  So hurry up, what are you waiting for? Better get in line now.  You don’t want to miss out on that left handed bark stretcher.   And by the way, 71 shopping day until Christmas

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners on the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

Chrysler says a short circuit in the restraint control module could cause the air bag warning lamps to illuminate. If that happens, the air bags and seat belt pretensioners may not work. Pretensioners tighten belts during a crash to hold occupants in place. Chrysler says it’s unaware of any injuries related to the problem.

Ford recalled 850,000 vehicles last month for the same issue. Both companies used restraint control modules made by auto supplier Bosch.
Chrysler dealers will replace the modules for free.

 

Former NY Gov. Thinking About The WH?

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, October 2, 2014

The New York Post reports that former NY Governor George Pataki could be setting his political sights on the oval office again.

The paper says he’s been avoiding a direct answer to the question.

He was spotted meeting with David Koch, a big-wig GOP donor.

Representatives for Pataki and Koch declined to comment

Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills after their NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league’s finance committee Wednesday. NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman announced the result of the vote shortly after it was taken in New York. The approval clears the way for NFL owners to formally approve the sale at league meetings next month.

 

Radio Shack May Need To File Chapter 11

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, September 12, 2014
RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can’t rework its debt or   find another  way to ease its cash crunch.

The struggling retailer said in a regulatory filing that it is in talks with its lenders, bondholders, shareholders and landlords to fix its balance sheet, but if it can’t, it will try to file a prepackaged bankruptcy.

RadioShack, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been working on turning around its business for the past 18 months. The company’s efforts have included cutting costs, renovating and closing stores, and shuffling management. It reported another quarterly loss on Thursday.