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What to expect from the third season of 'House of Cards'

It's been a long year since the last season of Netflix's "House of Cards." And if you're gearing up to binge-watch the third season Friday, it might not be a bad idea to brush up on the Underwoods' antics from last year. Warning: huge season two spoilers to follow. 

"You want to know what takes real courage? Holding it all together when the stakes are this high,"says Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

Season two ended with the Underwoods successfully stealing the presidency, and now it's hard to imagine what's next for Frank and Claire. The show has focused on the power couple's ruthless ambition to make it to the top, so what's left now that Frank is sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office?

Frank, played by Kevin Spacey, has worked his way through the two highest political offices in the country without a single vote cast in his favor, so it's likely that he'll battle challengers who see him as vulnerable in a real election.

A critic for Deadline says a stumbling Frank Underwood is exactly what season three needs:

"Now President Underwood, it's a bit different for him," the critic said.. "He is hitting nothing but strikes, and it gives him real bite and bile."

And it also looks like everything that the Underwoods have done might be taking a toll on Claire. 

"I'm starting to question all of it, Francis. What are we doing this for?" asks Claire Underwood in a trailer for "House of Cards."

Series creator Beau Willimon told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to take the characters into uncharted territory this season: "We're trying to tackle stories and facets of these characters that are uncharted territory. We want to surprise ourselves as much as we want the audience to be surprised."

It would be a surprising but not unreasonable turn for Robin Wright's ice queen character, Claire, to start showing remorse. Frank has killed two people and destroyed Countless careers to get to where he is now. (Video via CBS)

And some of their dealings could begin to unravel. Last season ended with a huge cliffhanger, with Frank's right-hand man Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, left for dead by the one person who could link Frank to a murder. (Video via PopSugar)

It also looks like we are going to see the show mirror some real-world politics this season as the fictional Russian president makes a visit to The White House.

Regardless, expectations are high for the next season of "House of Cards" after the last two snagged multiple Emmy nominations and Golden Globe wins for Spacey and Wright.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:27:12 -0500

Dollar General stores could transform into Dollar Tree stores

Some Family Dollar stores could see major changes a month after shareholders approved a merger.

PAST ARTICLE: Family Dollar shareholders approve merger with Dollar Tree

Family Dollar agreed to merge with Dollar Tree after months of controversy of about the Matthews-based store’s future.  

Now, Dollar Tree's CEO Bob Sasser said his priority has been to “take a look at Family Dollar stores that would perform better as Dollar Tree stores."

That shouldn't be a surprise, retail expert Jane Thomas said.  

"What they're seeing is there are some underperforming stores for Family Dollar and it appears that many of those underperforming stores are in more suburban markets," Thomas said.

Rebranding suburban stores could be beneficial because more affluent shoppers in those areas tend to favor Dollar Tree and its $1 deals, Thomas said.

Family Dollar stores in rural and urban areas normally perform better because there isn't as much competition from Walmart in those areas, she said.  

Family Dollar officials said they're not prepared to announce what stores might switch to the Dollar Tree brand.

The move doesn't appear to be a signal that the new combined company will try to phase out the Family Dollar name or business model, Thomas said.

"No one is going to go in and immediately change everything from one brand to another brand," Thomas said.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:33:56 -0500

Action 9: Another ATM skimming case in the Charlotte area

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating another ATM skimming case in the Charlotte area.
Last week, a customer found a skimming device and camera at a BB&T ATM on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill. He turned the two items over to police and warned people on Facebook
A customer said she was victimized at the BB&T ATM across from Northlake Mall in north Charlotte. She didn't want to go on camera, but spoke with Action 9's Jason Stoogenke. She said she works for another bank in the fraud department.
It just shows: Skimming can nab anyone.
The woman says the thieves stole $1,000 from her account. BB&T refunded the money. She's worried about other customers, like Levard Steele.
"I definitely keep a close eye on my account. I get an email to my phone and everything like that," he said.
BB&T Vice President of Corporate Communications David White told Action 9, "BB&T employs sophisticated layered fraud tools to monitor our card accounts and take every appropriate action to protect our clients from fraud. BB&T takes this situation very seriously and is cooperating fully with local authorities. As always, we encourage our clients to monitor their accounts and report any suspicious transactions immediately."
Typically, criminals put a device over the card slot to steal the information off of your card. They also position a camera so it can capture your PIN. So here's how to protect yourself: 

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  1. Inspect the card slot. Even grab it and shake it a little. Be suspicious is it's crooked or loose.
  2. When you type your PIN, shield it with your other hand, so a camera can't see.
  3. Be especially cautious in tourist areas.
  4. Avoid outside ATMs when possible.
  5. Always keep an eye on your accounts.

CLICK HERE for more information on spotting skimming devices.

CLICK HERE for information about skimming devices from the FBI.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:16:01 -0500

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