Police: Post-Christmas Thieves Target Homes With Electronics Boxes In TrashSt. Paul Police has a new program that aims to ensure homeowners -- not burglars -- are the only ones who will enjoy those new Christmas gifts.
Good Question: What's The Markup At Retailers?With Black Friday coming up, potential customers already starting to see some really good deals -- 30, 40, and even 50 percent off. So, do stores make money on these sales? What are the markups? Good Question.
Man, 43, Charged With Stealing Video Games From 8-Year-Old BoyA Minneapolis man has been charged with stealing video games and systems from an 8-year-old boy, police said. According to police, Dave Schmotter, 43, stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics when the boy and his mother were visiting him at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.
Simple Changes To The Home May Mean Burglars Will Stay AwayHome break-ins can leave families feeling vulnerable and police feeling frustrated by how difficult they are to solve. On average, more than 60 houses are broken into across Minnesota every day. Yet, only 15 percent of those cases end with an arrest.
You Won’t Believe The Average Cost Of Supplying A High SchoolerThe price of back to school shopping is rising. According to a new survey, parents will spend an average of $669 and 28 cents on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics.
Weak Electronics Sales Pressure Best BuyIs America's love affair with gadgets fading? Best Buy and Sears on Thursday both blamed their weak quarterly results on the fact that shoppers aren't shelling out for consumer electronics.
Earth Week: How Much Your Electronics Cost Per YearWe've dubbed this week "Earth Week" on the WCCO this Morning Show and are exploring several ways to learn about being more eco-friendly. It's been a good opportunity to think about our impact on the environment. One way people go eco-friendly is remembering to turn off the lights.
These Are The Best Buys Of MarchAt the start of every month, the WCCO Morning Show lets you know the best things to buy for the coming weeks. March is filled with deals on food, travel and leisure.
Police Looking For Man Who Made Off With Backpacks Full Of ElectronicsSt. Paul police are asking for help finding the man who stole three backpacks full of electronics. Surveillance pictures show the robber, whom officials describe as standing 6 feet tall and having a tattoo on his neck.
Good Question: Which Electronics Are Costing You The Most?Every year, the average American family spends more than $100 on energy costs to power appliances that have been turned off. These “vampire appliances” - like televisions, cable boxes, DVD players, etc. - continue to use power once we turn off the power switch. According to the Department of Energy, this vampire power accounts for 4 to 5 percent of the energy use in a home. As is the case with almost all appliances, when we turn something “off,” it’s still usually “on” in standby mode.
FAA To Allow Air Passengers To Use Gadgets On PlanesGovernment safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.
Doctors Warn Against Too Much 'Screen Time' For KidsThey've been called electronic babysitters. All of that technology we love, our kids love too. But you can have too much of a good thing. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found kids spend, on average, eight hours using some type of "entertainment media" each day. Doctors say one to two hours a day is plenty. That screen time, experts warn, can add up to health and behavior problems. Excess use of cell phones, tablets and TVs is linked to violent behavior, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and other health problems.
Don't Toss It Out, Henn. County Program Helps You Fix ItInstead of throwing out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill. Lined up on a Saturday morning waiting to get inside the Hennepin County drop-off facility, Elizabeth Gales brought in a VCR and rice cooker that finally died.
At The 'Fix-It Clinic,' Learn To Fix Your Electronics, AppliancesInstead of throwing them out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill.
Avoiding Holiday Gift Return 'Gotchas'More than likely, you now have a gift or two that you're not so sure about. If you're hitting the mall or trekking to the post office to return a present, you may want to keep some common gift return pitfalls in mind.