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Cincinnati Zoo to transform habitats with $50 million donation

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will launch a $150 million capital campaign that will help expand space for elephants, rhinos and kangaroos so the animals have “more home to roam,” Cincinnati news partner WCPO reported this morning.

Another entrance will be added to the zoo to help accommodate its 1.8 million visitors. The zoo also received a $50 million gift from Harry and Linda Fath. The elephant yard will be expanded from one acre to five so the zoo can accommodate up to 10 elephants, Director Thane Maynard said, and the expansion could mean more breeding in the future.

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“The improvements made possible by the Faths’ generous donation will help maximize the visitor experience and provide better care and well-being for the animals that live at the Zoo, especially the elephants. The jewel of the campaign will be a giant habitat, nearly five times the size of the current elephant yards, for the Zoo’s giants,” the Zoo said.

Wildlife Canyon will be transformed to include a two-level activity course called “Roo Valley.” Beneath the trees, guests will enjoy the 15,000-square-foot grassy kangaroo walkabout with kangaroos and wallabies mere feet away. The little penguins will also get a new home complete with underwater viewing for guests.

The zoo will also add a beer garden, expected to open in 2020. A new multi-tiered seating area will be added behind the Watering Hole food and beer station where guests can relax and enjoy the view of Roo Valley.

More than 1.5 million people visit the zoo annually, and it features more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species.

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Avoid these air travel scams 

This summer is expected to be the busiest ever for air travel , which also means scammers will be trying to take advantage of unsuspecting passengers.

Online travel scams may involve free ticket deals, discounts, and other perks, which are ruses to get your to reveal your personal information. 

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Two active scams you may encounter online involve free tickets on Allegiant Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which amount to elaborate phishing schemes,  according to the security app Fyde.

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will show you how these scams work and how you can avoid becoming a victim on WHIO-TV at 5pm. 

Military brides in Dayton can get a free wedding dress this week

A local organization is giving away wedding dress for military brides this week.

The third annual Marry Me Military for all military brides will take place on Sunday, May 27 in the Grand Ballroom at Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn. The event, offered by the United Service Organizations -Central and Southern Ohio, is open to 75 brides from noon to 3 p.m. The event has provided military brides with more than 300 free bridal gowns.

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Each bride can bring two guests. To be eligible for a complimentary wedding dress, brides must be an active duty, guard or reserve military member getting married, or the fiancé of an active duty, guard or reserve military member. If their military member is deployed, they must bring a copy of his/her orders and a short letter of introduction, along with their confirmation e-mail to be granted access to the event.

“We are excited to be able to provide wedding dresses to our military brides on their special day,” said Mia Walthers, center manager of WPAFB USO. “Often funds are low for our military members, so providing a new gown is one way our USO can show support to our new brides and help offset the expenses of the wedding. In the past, several brides told us they would have never been able to afford a dress like the one they got at the Marry Me Military events.”

Deadline to register is May 25.

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If you got a telemarketing call from Dish Network, you may be able to get $1,200

If you received a call from Dish Network from 2010 to 2011, you may be able to get $1,200 per call.

CBS News reported that thousands of people who have received calls from the company are owed a portion of the $61 million class-action lawsuit.

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In January 2017, a verdict was reached in the case in which Thomas Krakauer sued Dish Network in North Carolina federal district court for making illegal telemarketing calls to his phone number. USA Today reported that a judge ruled that, by calling Krakauer while his number was on the Do No Call Registry, the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

More than 18,000 telephone numbers were called between May 11, 2010, and Aug. 1, 2011. Customers can find out if their numbers were affected at this website. If their numbers were called, a claim can be submitted at DishClassAction.com

Audi recalls 1.2 million vehicles due to faulty coolant pumps

More than a million Audi vehicles are being recalled by Volkswagen Group of America because of faulty coolant pumps. Audi is a luxury brand of Volkswagen.

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the company issued the recall on 1.2 million cars and SUVs with a 2-liter turbocharged engine. The recall includes the 2013-2016 A4, 2013-2017 A5, 2012-2015 A6 and the 2013-2017 Q5.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric coolant pump in the vehicle can be blocked with debris and lead to a short-circuit or overheating.

Dealerships will replace the pumps at no cost to car owners. Recall letters will be sent out on or before June 11. Another notice will be mailed when the redesigned parts are available, which should be in November. In the meantime, a spokesman told The AP, dealers will install a new version of the current pump.

FTC says those ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers are illegal

The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it had sent letters to six major companies informing them that the “warranty void if removed” stickers on specified parts aren’t just meaningless, they are also illegal.

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Under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, companies cannot place repair limits on warranties “unless warrantors provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC.”

“Provisions that tie warranty coverage to the use of particular products or services harm both consumers who pay more for them as well as the small businesses who offer competing products and services,” Thomas B. Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said.

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The major companies it contacted market and sell cellular devices, automobiles or video gaming systems in the United States -- products that commonly feature the warning stickers. In fact, both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles come with the stickers.

Here are some examples of service claims that violate the 1975 law, according to the FTC:

  • The use of (company name) parts is required to keep your … manufacturer’s warranties and any extended warranties intact.
  • This warranty shall not apply if this product … is used with products not sold or licensed by (company name).
  • This warranty does not apply if this product … has had the warranty seal on the (product) altered, defaced, or removed.

The agency said it has asked the contacted companies to review their warranty notices and ensure that they don’t “state or imply that warranty coverage is conditioned on the use of specific parts of services.”

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Officials will then review the companies' websites after 30 days, and inform them that “failure to correct any potential violations may result in law enforcement action.”

Read the full announcement at the FTC website.

Smoke alarm recall: 500,000 Kidde detectors might not alert users to fire

Kidde recalled about 500,000 dual-sensor smoke alarms Wednesday because they pose a risk of people not being alerted to a fire in their home.

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A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.

About 452,000 devices were sold in the United States, in addition to 40,000 sold in Canada.

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This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

The recall includes:

Model: PI9010 (DC/battery powered)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

Model: PI2010 (AC/hardwired)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

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People should remove the alarm from their wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the alarm for a yellow cap. People should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, people should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, people should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

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The affected smoke alarms were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

Read more here.

Want a free burrito? Here’s how to get BOGO Chipotle at local stores this week

Show your team spirit at local Chipotle stores on Friday, and you’ll get buy one, get one free burritos.

For #HockeyJerseyDay, Chipotle is offering a special deal for hockey fans. Rock your favorite hockey jersey on March 2 from 10:45am to 10 p.m. and get a buy-one, get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos in honor of USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America.

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The offer is valid from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at participating Chipotle locations.

The deal cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers. A Chipotle spokesman told this news organization that all local stores will be participating.

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Company warns of Instant Pot overheating, melting

Instant Pot is warning customers of a potential hazard in one of its cooker models.

WTSP reported Thursday that the company made a post on Facebook Sunday saying it has received “a small number of reports” that its Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker overheats, causing melting.

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“We believe the problem only affects batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. To verify the 4-digit batchcode, locate the silver label on the underside of the product,” the company said in the post. “The batchcode is the 4-digit number located at the bottom right of the label. We want you to know that we take any problem with our products extremely seriously as safety and quality are our primary concern, and we are working cooperatively with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).”

The company asked customers with the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker from batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746 to stop using the product immediately.

Customers with this model who have questions can call the Instant Pot customer care team at 1-800-828-7280.

#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

Where should you celebrate National Chili Day? Cincinnati, of course.

A study by one of the world’s largest chili purveyors shows that residents of cities across the country love this classic comfort food as much or more than their Long Star State counterparts.

The internal analysis, conducted by Wienerschnitzel in honor of National Chili Day on Feb. 22, named the Top 10 Chili Cities in the United States. Residents in these markets eat more chili per person than residents of other cities, have access to more restaurants known for their chili and are more likely to enter or attend a chili cook-off.

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The survey ranked Los Angeles atop the list, followed by Dallas; Phoenix; Houston; San Francisco/Oakland; Chicago; Baton Rouge, La.; Springfield, Mo.; Cincinnati; and San Antonio who is credited with first popularizing chili in the 1890s, rounded out the top 10.

“Despite being the official dish of Texas, chili has grown to become America’s dish,” said Doug Koegeboehn, chief marketing officer for Wienerschnitzel. “At Wienerschnitzel, we’ve known that for years. In fact, we’d like to think that there are really only two types of people in the world: chili lovers and those who still haven’t tasted really great chili yet.”

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