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BBB releases their riskiest scam list for the past year 

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 5:59 PM

BBB releases their riskiest scam list for the past year

The newly released BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report for 2017 examined scam reports, likelihood of being victimized, and monetary loss to come up with its list of the most risky scams, here are the top five: 

1. Online purchase scams 

2. Investment scams 

3. Employment scams 

4. Advance fee loan scams 

5. Fake check scams.

“Young people and millennials continue to be at a higher risk for scams, although they lose less money than senior citizens,” said Dayton and Miami Valley BBB president John North. 

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"They are tech savvy, they trust their devices, they sometimes feel invincible and think it's not going to happen to them," said North. 

Tax collection scams decreased 60% in volume of reports, likely due to the arrest in India in 2016 of a call center ringleader, primarily responsible for the IRS scam 

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Online purchase scams jumped from the 4th riskiest scam to the top spot, likely due to an increase in exposure.

Home improvement scams dropped from 1st to 6th riskiest, despite a number of natural disasters that traditionally bring out "stormchasers."

To avoid scams, consumers should watch out for: 

-too good to be true deals. 

-high pressure sales tactics. 

-threats of arrest or fines. 

-up-front fees. 

-emails, letters, and phone calls coming from a spoofed business or organization.

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This is how much coffee can keep your heart healthy, study says

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

8 Things You Never Knew About Coffee

Scientists believe coffee has several benefits, including protection against liver disease and diabetes. It also may be able to protect your heart, according to a new report.

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Researchers from health institutions in Germany recently conducted a study, published in the PLOS Biology journal, to explore the link between coffee and heart health.

To do so, they used data from a previous study that examined 400,000 people. They also observed caffeinated mice as well as human tissues doused in caffeine. 

They found that caffeine helps a special regulatory protein called p27 travel to the mitochondria, an organelle in cells that produce energy.

The protein was found in the mitochondria of several of the major cells in the heart and helped enhance the function of the mitochondria. It also aided in the protection of the cardiovascular cells.

“In these cells, mitochondrial p27 promoted migration of endothelial cells, protected heart muscle cells from cell death, and triggered the conversion of fibroblasts into cells containing contractile fibers - all crucial for repair of heart muscle after myocardial infarction,” the authors explained.

Upon further investigation, they determined that four cups of coffee can trigger those chain of events that keep your heart from damage. 

“Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine," the team said, "one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle. These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population.” 

This isn’t the first study that has uncovered a positive link between caffeine and heart health. 

Upon further investigation, they determined that four cups of coffee can trigger those chain of events that keep your heart from damage. (File photo)

Earlier this year, researchers in Austria published a study that assessed the data of more than 360,000 people with heart issues. They discovered that caffeine may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia that causes an irregular heartbeat.

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Sally Yates to lead Minneapolis ketamine investigation

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:06 PM

Who is Sally Yates

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is headed to Minneapolis.

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Yates has been hired by the city of Minneapolis to lead the investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department encouraged Hennepin County medical responders to sedate people with the powerful drug ketamine.

A city report obtained by KARE 11 found that in several cases, patients had to be revived after receiving the drug. The Office of Police Conduct Review found 62 recorded ketamine injections in response to Minneapolis police calls in 2017. In 2012, the recorded number of ketamine injections was three, KARE 11 reported.

Yates will conduct an independent review, focusing on the communication between the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County medical responders, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced in a news release.

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Dog shot multiple times in face adopted by park ranger in Arkansas

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Hope, a 4-year-old dog shot in the face, has been adopted by Arkansas park ranger Levi Koch.
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Hope, a 4-year-old dog shot in the face, has been adopted by Arkansas park ranger Levi Koch.(HOPE Humane Society)

A dog who survived three gunshots to the face has found a new home with an Arkansas park ranger.

Hope, a 4-year-old mixed breed dog, was tied to a pole and shot in the face three times this March, according to KFSM.

Hope has scars on her face from where the bullets entered and will need possible mouth surgery in the future, but otherwise her health is back to normal.

Amber Neal, shelter manager of the Hope Humane Society, told WGHP that she was by Hope’s side while she healed, but realized it was time for the dog to find a forever home.

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“She's one amazing dog and she deserves the most amazing home,” Neal said. “With me having such a busy work schedule, with all the other babies that I am trying to save, she needs to be somebody's constant companion and that would make her the happiest dog in the world.”

Hope, a 4-year-old dog that survived being shot in face, has been adopted by a park ranger in Arkansas.(HOPE Humane Society)

Hope was brought to the Fort Smith Nature Center on Wednesday, where she met Arkansas park ranger Levi Koch.

Koch said he was so moved by Hope’s story that he knew he had to adopt her.

“I would like someone to travel with me and see some neat places, do a lot of hiking and outdoor adventures,” Koch said.

The Hope Humane Society celebrated the news of Hope’s adoption on Facebook.

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9,000 barrels of bourbon crash to ground during Kentucky distillery collapse

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:24 PM

Barrels of bourbon stored at a distillery.
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Barrels of bourbon stored at a distillery.(Pixabay)

A building collapse at the Barton 1792 distillery in Kentucky Friday morning caused thousands of barrels of bourbon to crash to the ground.

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Emergency officials told WLKY that approximately 9,000 barrels of bourbon were affected. The building houses about 20,000 barrels.

There were no injuries, The Courier-Journal in Louisville reported.

Officials were assessing the damage and attempting to determine whether any of the bourbon leaked into the ground or nearby water sources, WLKY reported. Officials have not determined a cause for the collapse. Crews worked to secure the building to prevent further damage.

A barrel can hold 53 gallons of bourbon and weigh about 550 pounds, WLKY noted. 

The Barton 1792 distillery is owned by the Sazerac company, which is based in New Orleans, The Courier-Journal reported.

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