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Honda recalls over 400k cars over stalling issue that increases risk of crashes

The presence of sodium particles in some gasolines can cause the fuel pump to slow down, which can lead to stalling.

  New management vows improvements amid tenant complaints of deplorable conditions

Target recalls toddler boots due to choking hazard

DEA issues warning about deadly synthetic opioid

Online map: don’t eat fish caught here; don’t swim there

Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with deadly Takata airbags

Drills sold at hardware stores nationwide recalled

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Fiat Chrysler recalls over 660k trucks; steering could fail

Arsenic and lead are in your kid’s fruit juice, report says

FDA: Six patients reportedly die due to defibrillator malfunction, Stryker recalls

Motorcycle safety advocates encourage drivers to take an active look at the road

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalls canned dog food for excessive vitamin D

NOPD searching for missing New Orleans East teens

  LSUPD sends letter to parents after string of crimes on campus

The LSU Police Department is trying to calm parents' fears after several criminal incidents were reported to the department over the last few days.

Tyson recalls chicken nuggets, may contain rubber

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Consumer Relations at 1-888-747-7611.

  Fresh peaches, plums, nectarines sold nationwide recalled due to listeria concerns

Consumers who have purchased any of the fruit are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

FaceTime bug lets iPhone users eavesdrop on people they’re calling without them answering

A bug in Apple’s FaceTime feature caused quite the stir on social media Monday, when users learned they could essentially eavesdrop on the people they’re calling and see through their front-facing camera, even if the other person hasn’t picked up the call.

Blood pressure medication recalled for trace amounts of cancer-causing material

Tips to avoid purchasing, exchanging stolen goods on Facebook Marketplace

Pork patty products recalled over possible black rubber contamination

RxBar protein bars recalled due to worries about peanut allergies

BBB: The ‘skinny’ on weight-loss scams

FDA recalls several brands of dry dog food following toxicity reports

  Livingston residents say parish is denying them access to clean environment

Livingston Parish residents reached out to WAFB’s 9News Alert Team to help them bring back recycling to their community. Muriel Laws says she has been attempting to get the parish council on board for months now.

New Apple scam more sophisticated than usual

This email scam looks like a legit email from Apple and contains a link to dispute that purchase.

BBB offers tips on choosing a dating service

New year’s resolutions aren’t limited to hitting the gym or creating a budget. Many people also set a goal to find love in the new year.

More scams and robocalls being reported due to government shutdown

As lawmakers continue negotiations during the nation’s longest government shutdown, more Louisianans are getting more scam and robocalls on their phones.

Latest scam targets Apple device users

The latest scam targets Apple device users appearing to come as a call from the company's real phone support line.

Chocolates, candy pulled from shelves due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Bauer’s Candies Inc. issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on its well-known product named Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

US officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized. Illnesses were also reported in Canada.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

If injected, the drug could cause vein irritation/phlebitis or pulmonary embolic events that could result in permanent impairment of body function or damage to body structures, such as the lungs and vascular system.

Losartan potassium tablet recall expands from 2 lots to 10

The drug is used to control high blood pressure and to treat kidney disease in diabetics.

Cyberstalking: How to protect yourself from predators

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest are popular platforms that people use to share their daily lives; and stalkers are taking advantage of these platforms to find victims.

Myths about personal care could be costing you money

A Groupon survey finds women spend, on average, nearly $3,800 a year on cosmetics and skin care.

BBB offers advice on what to consider before joining a gym

The Better Business Bureau urges people to not just sign up for a membership with the first gym they see. The experts offer some tips for you to consider.

Contractor, homeowner at odds over unfinished repairs

Jean Robinson says she is disappointed in how she started the new year and she blames the contractor she hired for leaving her living room floor wrecked.

Netflix: Don’t participate in the ‘Bird Box Challenge’

There's a new internet challenge that Netflix inspired but wants no part of.

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

Patients taking the medication are encouraged to continue using because the health risk may be higher if discontinued without an alternative.

GRAPHIC: Teen returns from cruise with ‘terrifying’ mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

The mystery illness first appeared after 15-year-old Jordyn Walker returned from a cruise, leaving her face swollen and bloody.

Look out for red flags in online puppy purchasing scams

Many may be looking to expand their family in 2019 by adding a new four-legged fur baby to their household, but the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says it’s important not to get too caught up in the excitement.

Scam alert for 2019: ‘Shimming’ is the new skimming

This method is similar to card skimmers, but a new technique targets the chip in your card that’s supposed to help prevent identity theft.

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

Over 11,000 pounds of chicken and sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Consumers are urged to dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase.

Zeigler recalls red hots

Zeigler 24 oz. Red Hots and 24 oz. Extra Hot Red Hots marked with Use By JAN 24 2019 were recalled when a consumer discovered possible contamination with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal.

OP-ED: Glitches from iOS 12.1.2 software update made me cry, more than once

The latest Apple iPhone update is creating problems for some users, by disabling favorite features and even disconnecting the phone’s cellular data in some cases.

Watch out for college test prep scams

Parents who are preparing their children for college need to be careful with their personal information after reports of a test prep scam this year.

LISTEN: This is what the Social Security robocall scam sounds like

Officials with the Federal Trade Comission (FTC) have released a recording of a popular robocall scam in which offenders pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. Listen to the audio in the clip below.

Caught on camera: Cleveland family is being cyber-stalked on a whole new level

The amount of harassment a Cleveland family has taken over the past two months is almost hard to fathom.

BBB warns consumers about handmade quilts scam

One of this year’s popular gift ideas is what appears to be a handmade quilt adorned with gaming or movie characters and other pop culture images. Holiday shoppers have been enticed by online stores that appear to offer trendy products at an affordable price.

Parents beware: Watch out for Fortnite charges on your credit card

An Ohio mom recently got a fraud alert from her credit card company, telling her about $950 in charges on her card were made through her sons' accounts.

GoFundMe refunds $400k to people who donated to alleged homeless scam fundraiser

The fake campaign was based on a feel-good story about Johnny Bobbitt Jr. giving his last $20 to help Kate McClure, who said she was stranded on a Pennsylvania highway.

Law enforcement seeing spike in package theft during holiday season

According to authorities, package theft has seen a spike over the last weeks, partially because of the holiday season. Fortunately, one victim had a camera to capture video of the thief.

Date-a-dog program launches in Baton Rouge

A new dating service just launched in Baton Rouge, but the singles in this program all have four legs.

Jennie-O issues nationwide recall of some ground turkey products

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

How to freeze your credit

According to a report from nerdwallet.com, freezing your credit can be a good way to keep criminals and scammers from accessing your personal credit information without your knowledge or permission.

Consumers warned to be careful when buying gift cards

You might want to think twice about buying gift cards this Christmas.

Don’t fall for this Dark Web ‘hit man’ email scam

Email scams like to play on all sorts of emotions to trick victims, but a new one landing in mailboxes aims to scare people into thinking a hit man is targeting them.

Safety officials demonstrate how fast dry Christmas tree can start house fire

Have a real Christmas tree? Taking care of it?

Authorities arrest Ascension Parish suspected package thief

A suspected package thief in Ascension Parish is now in custody, according to investigators. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Chad Rodrigue, 32, turned himself in to authorities late Tuesday night.

BBB warns of so-called ‘risk-free trials’

The Better Business Bureau is warning the community about ‘risk-free trials’ and say they should be careful when signing up to test out a new product.

Family and friend impostor: New warning issued for old scam

According to the Federal Trade Commission, approximately 25 percent of people 70 and older who lost money in 2018 to a family and friend imposter scam mailed cash.

Road construction, communication posing problems for church Pastor

The only road to the church is temporarily closed.

ALERT: Police warn of phony Netflix emails that could steal your information

The email was sent to a police officer who said he isn’t even a user of the popular streaming service.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm, CDC reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an E. coli strain linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to an irrigation reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Protecting gift packages

Shopping online can help alleviate some of the stress associated with the holiday season but with that comes a whole other slew of problems

Toyota, Lexus vehicles recalled again due to possible Takata airbag explosions

Thousands of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US are being recalled due to a problem with Takata replacement airbags, according to a new report.

Experts warn against latest phone scam to hit south Louisiana

Chances are, many people in south Louisiana have gotten one of those pesky calls lately from a scammer looking to separate them from their money. A social security scam is the latest to make its rounds in the area, with a caller immediately hurling threats of jail time unless the victim pays up.

Del Monte recalling Fiesta Corn due to under processing

Del Monte Foods has announced a recall of 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing.

87 more people sickened by salmonella linked with recalled beef

The CDC reports that 333 people in 28 states have been sickened by salmonella linked with recalled beef.

Live 5 Scambusters: Don’t give an empty gift card

As we get closer to Christmas, you may run out of time and find yourself buying more gift cards than actual gifts. These are easy gifts and easy targets for scammers.

Sex offenders find ways to ‘skirt’ Facebook’s ban

One-and-a-half billion users are on Facebook every day. And among those profiles are people who are not allowed to be on the platform, according to Facebook.

U by Kotex Tampons voluntarily recalled after reports of pieces getting stuck inside women’s bodies

Kimberly-Clark, the tampon’s manufacturer, says retailers have been alerted to remove the recalled product from shelves and post a notification in their stores.

Woman claims it’s within her rights as renter to not pay rent, and she may be right

A Baton Rouge mother reached out to the 9News Alert Team with concerns about her apartment. She says the conditions at the Summer Grove Condominiums on Florida Boulevard are nearly unlivable.

Jimmy Dean sausage links recalled, ‘pieces of metal’ contamination

The company reportedly received five consumer complaints.

FDA recalls specific lots of 9Lives Protein Plus cat food due to low levels of thiamine

No illnesses have been reported.

Consumer Reports: How to avoid buying counterfeit products online

It might be tempting to grab that online deal for that Coach purse or even that Lego set but the danger is that the product you’re looking at could be counterfeit.

Potentially deadly drug fentanyl being disguised as other pills, medical examiner warns

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has issued a public health warning.

How to protect yourself from a credit card skimmer

Twice in the past month alone, the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office as investigated reports of credit card skimmers at gas stations.

Man falls victim to dating website scam with explicit photo

It started with a 29-year-old Baton Rouge man looking for love online, and ended with him getting a call from a man pretending to be an officer threatening to charge him with several felonies.

Is it safe to eat romaine lettuce again?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says yes, if you know where it was grown.