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kellye: we want to update the breaking news from the top of
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the hour -- deadly storms spawn at least one tornado near dallas, four people died in a traffic accident in garland, east of dallas. there are also reports of 22 people dying in the south from the severe weather this week. in our area, the fault will be a factor on the roads. and drizzle, associated with the warm front lifting north. ta-da! 70's on sunday. is it really december? yes, it is. mother nature has not gotten the memo. drastically different on monday, in the 40's. rainy tuesday, 61, showers late wednesday. then dry new year's eve and new year's day. kellye: i don't like it when it is warm and damp. eileen: i will see what i can do just for you. kellye: thanks so much for watching.
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>> an infant was sick but no ambulance was available. >> how much money are we talking about? >> fixing erectile dysfunction. >> do think it is dangerous? >> the pyramid scheme involving money. >> this is where they spend the night last night. >> i want a house for christmas. >> this is a seven on your side special. alison: when you need he, you know who to trust. we investigate local issues like troubling crime trends. contractorthat may have failed to complete the work you pay for or consumer ripoff targeting your family. i'm alison starling and we have
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a sample of some of the most important stories we have brought you in just the last two weeks. a local woman in a desperate situation says she had to flee a domestic violence situation and ended up living in a car with her eight children. the agencies told her they could not accommodate her entire family. that is when jennifer donelan stepped in to make some calls. >> it is really hard because of been thrhrough a lot. reporterer: we found maria huddd together with her eight children ranging in ages from one and 15. this is where they'll spend the night last night. >> it is hard because imagine these kids. i have a disability baby that eds more help. he needs to be in a safe and clean place. reporter: she is the recent victim of domestic violence and her abuser kicked them out of
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the d.c. apartment. >> every time i hear on the news, they help people with domestic violence. but they did not help me. reporter: she has counted on the kindness of friends but their apartments have occupancy rules that they have dodged. she contacted five organizations and agencies for a permanent solution. >> i have been going everywhere and i make a lot of phone calls. reporter: : they said she has to many children. >> they don't want to help me because i have five kids. >> we started making phone calls while her kids made a wish. and the mother hoped tonight would not be another one spent on the street. >> hard to be strong. >> especially when you are alone.
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>> i am standing outside the church of jesus christ latter day saints. they stepped up to collect donations for maria and d her children. the very same night the story aired, the city found temporary shelter for the family. a week after the story, they got the permanent solution they were looking for. a bona fide place of their own complete with the basics some of us take for granted like bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and a big backyard. >> they were jumping and screaming and fighting for their rooms. reporter: and this is how you ve a story to and. as a new beginning. alison: now we turn to a problem
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many men do not want to talk about which is why so many are vulnerable to quick picks which is -- quick fix pitches. the i-team investigator exposing problems with the clinics using tactics that some say don't work >> get your sex life back in one visit. >> the proses arapaling -- tryingut a trereatment with a bold letter aranteed. >> before you get a positive reaction, you get the bill. >> he has her grants about the money he spent trying to fix erectile dysfunction. >> how much money are we talking about question mark >> over $8,000. >> this is a really sensitive subject for people and we may only be scratching the surface. >> the better business euro has
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heard from 75 men nationwide talking about the medical career that claims they can eat any man with unique formulas. >> it was the same medications we use. they don't have magic bullet. >> they report that the injectable medicine they got did not work and could not get refunds for the thousands they spent. we wanted to know why. using public records, we went digging into the company's troubled past, piecing together information about the owners and physicians. five of the 13 doctors had serious s disciplinary sanctions in their past. matthewas given a letter of concern and find in florida after a teenager died following a pedis injection. we visited the company's headquarters in orlando wanting to talk to laughlin. we canvassed the company's
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offices. >> they are not returning our calls. we will let them know we are here if they want to talk. >> we tried the home of dr. hornsby, eventually geing a phone call. they are going out of busine the day after tomo.owow. the website is still up even though they direct searches to a new owner. dr. hornsby is still front and center. in 2014, officials restricted his medidical license, banning m from prescribing certain medications after failing to do appropriate testing for an erectile dysfunction patient. in clinics fused on male reproduction, found only one physician with that specialty.
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three of them are ob/gyn. including dr. paulson. it was one of the spots recently split off from the chain. they called him professionally incompetent to practice medicine after investigating his role in a cash for pills clinic. now he is legally back in business. our producer armed with a hidden camera was offered credit application and told about financing as much as $10,000 before ever being seen by the doctor. as high sales tactics are a common complaint. >> this is what you have to show for $8,000? >> i have these souvenirs. >> the massachusetts attorney general claimed deceptive marketing.
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you have at least 4000 clients that spend $5 miion for all of these treatments. alison: this investigation took a long time. how were you able to piece together the history of these different doctors? reporter: this is all about document digging. it we spent months researching. we pulled papers from medical boards and went through all of the public record. we went through hundreds of pages to see who was really doing the treatments and some raised red flags. alison: you went to great lengths. if you have a problem, call the teams hotline. or send them an e-mail. every reporter is on facebook and twitter.
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we also hostegular phone banks on topics of importancto help you out. we have an attorney to answer legal questions and mechanics to assist with car troubles. even veterinarians to help with pet concerns. you are invited to call and get some free advice. coming up a few safety alerts , today. >> it's a huge amount of resources expended unnecessarilily. >> the watchdog investigator looks into a concerning number of 911 calls just clogging the system unnecessarily and putting other safety at risk. you have probably sn teens zipping around on these two wheel deces. our investigative producer says why this holiday gift has some our investigative producer says why this holiday gift has some
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there for yoyou when you need it but officials say 911 abuse is threatening public safety. the lack of ambulances for real emergencies have become so alarming, d.c. will be adding private rescue crews to the district police. that is months away and chris duggan to the numbers and found out what i is being done to ep you and your family safe right now. >> a grim reminder. what happened in early december at this home. an infant was sick, 911 was called, but no ambulance was available. the child died. >> this is happening all around the city. >> she faced a similar tragedy.
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the 16-year-old linda -- went into life-threatening anaphylactic shock. 14 terrifying minutes later, an ambulance arrived. >> unlike how long does it take? where are they? >> we need to address this problem because it's not going to go away. reporter: the problem is that 911 is being abused. >> stubbed toe, a toothache. anything and everything. people to take these the hospital in an ambulance? >> that's right. >> of the more than 14,000 calls, half or deemed low priority or nonemergencies. a list of the patients were transported by ambulance to the er. 41 for allergies, 31 for headaches.
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28 for i problems. >> it is a huge amount of resources expended unnecessarily. reporter: d.c. fire runs street call units that identify repeat callers, one of whom was taken by ambulance nearly 340 times just last year. >> they are tying up units that could be available for true emergencies. >> united medical center wanted to reduce the number of truck's outlined outside. >> we want to go back to the city. >> they also launched its second mobile health clinic. >> patients are calling the ambulance to get a taxi.
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>> a taxi that is often free. patients rarely pay for and he wawas rise to the er which costs up to $1100. it is cheaper to take an ambulance in a cab. >> these are all importa peeps is -- he says of the puzzle. >> here, each trip to the hospital is either paid for by the department or ensuring medicare or medicaid. this does have a system to collect money for people, but it is rarely used. alison: most of us want to spread holiday cheer but if you share one particular holiday facebook post, you might regret it later. we explain just ahead. and these e futuristic scooters are being snatched off store
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shelves but the cost maybe be higher than you initially realize. it's the holidays, which means a house full of people, who all want to get online. so hurry and get verizon fios. only fios has the fastest internet and wi-fi available, with speeds from 50 to 500 megs. and right now, for only $79.99 a month online, you get 50 meg fios internet, tv and phone for your first year. plus, with a 2-year agreement, fios gives you $400 back, and all the premium movie channels for a year. so go online or call now for this great offer. get out of the past. get fios.
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holiday toys put your child or even you in the emergency room? new york city anlondon recently banned them. youtube is filled with videos of people crashing them and an increasing number of rorts where they are catatching fire. kimberly suiters was the first in the country to investigate potential hover board hazards. >> before you roll out up to $1500 for the hottest gift on wheels, you may hear this pitch. >> you wilill fall on your feet. >> the fun of f a skateboa, the ease of a motorscooter. >> you think it is dangerous? >> [indiscernible] >> 25 pages, 25 warnings.
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this manual mentions risk of death on page three. pepeople are posting their falls online, some getetting hundrs of thousands of views, and companies e cashing in. even the experts. >> i did not r reali there is a speed bump ahead until i went over it and fell face first. >> in the last three m months, e coconsumer product safety report received only eight reports of er treated injuries, but and told number of broken bones are not reported. she suffered a triple fracture. dr. macarthur expects er visits to jump. >> bruises and abrasions, potential concussion or a more serious head injury with all the
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kids you see not wearing hehelmets. >> he himself crashed on h first try. they have a tendency to start to shoot oufrom under you if you're not totally baland. it can be dangerous because they are self powered. >> the element of surprise. >> not expecting it to be quite as powerful as it is. >> and athletic m mom of three n great falls. she tore the ligaments trying to get off one of two family verboards. >> it almost runs you over if you step off the front so it's a really dangerous way to do it. >> which is whwhy you can't give it a spin in the store. there is no other projecthat requires the m manager to tell u that once you open it, youou own it. you are not supposed to try it the kiosk in the mall either. undercoveride convinced the salesman to take us to the parking lot where he gave a thorough tutorial.
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>> how do you keep it in neutral? don't move? >> boards catching fire because of charging problems. that warning is page 18 of the manual. the best writers say most falls happen when they are learnrning. the irony here is page 1 16 cautions children shouould not drive this device. reporter: we reached out and have the company's response. we should update the numbers of injuries. the computer -- the consumer product safety commission reports more than 29 injuries across the country. says we use the highest quality batteries. the ones catching fire are the
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ones they believe are from ,verseas and they said that they find dangerous, to buy a brand you do not know. >> so buyer beware? it looks fun, but i'm a little nervous about it. a holiday warning is next from 7 on your side. friends,our facebook so you are more lilikely to trut him. so you are more lilikely to trut him. --ison: facebook is it's the holidays, which means a house full of people, who all want to get online. so hurry and getet verizon fios. only fios has the fastest internet and wi-fi available, with speeds from 50 to 500 megs. and right now, for only $79.99 a month online, you get 50 meg fios internet, tv and phone for your first year. plus, with a 2-year agreement, fios gives you $400 back, and all the premium movie channels for a year.
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so go online or call now for this great offer. get out of the past. get fios. ♪ (vo) some call it giving back. we call it share the love. during our share the love event, get a new subaru, and we'll nate $250 to those in need. bringing our total donations to over sixty-five million dollars. and bringing love where it's needed most. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. warning
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against a facebook exchange. horace holmes has more next. allison: an offer to get dozens of gifts from your facebook friends have gone viral. it seems easy to do. it's called the secret sister gift exchange. but our troubleshooter explains why you might want to think twice before you click yes.
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>> way to say happy holidays to your facebook friends. >> i received my first gift from the secret sister gift group. >> they did not join but when they first received messages, it caught their attention. by $110 gift mail it to a friend , and you can receive 36 gifts for the holidays in exchange. >> it your facebook friends, so you're morore likely ttrust them that if you jusreceived an-mail from a stranger. >> it's a big thing that's going around. it's a little bit of a buyer beware. why the better business bureau is warning about this when you see how it works. you message e your friends saying you're in. she messages you with a list of six women in the pool. the names, addresses, and any personal infortion they volunteer. you add your name along with

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