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Elon Musk Offers a Tesla Happiness Guarantee

Elon Musk Offers a Tesla Happiness Guarantee

Tesla Motors(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk is guaranteeing the happiness of new Tesla drivers.The CEO of the luxury electric car maker revealed the details of a new "happiness guarantee" on his blog for leasers of the Tesla Model S sedan."If you don't like our car for any reason in the first three months, you can just return it and your remaining lease obligation is waived," Musk said.

There's only one catch: Drivers can't immediately lease another Model S."Upgrading early is no problem if you want to do that, but there is a pass-through fee to cover the new vs used value difference," Musk said.Leasing the car of the future is already ridiculously easy. In many states, Musk said the process involves just a quick tap to agree to terms and conditions.Signatures and paperwork -- along with visits to the gas station -- are relics of the past.Earlier this month, Musk unveiled a souped up Model S complete with autopilot features and supercar-like acceleration that will be available to drivers as early as December."This car is nuts. It's like taking off from a carrier deck," Musk said at an event to unveil the model. "It's like having your own personal roller coaster that you can use at any time."

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Why All of Taco Bell’s Social Media Went Dark Tuesday

Why All of Taco Bell’s Social Media Went Dark Tuesday

Taco Bell(NEW YORK) -- It's a dark day for Taco Bell online.

The fast food chain has blacked out all of its online presences -- we're talking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and even its website is completely black -- to announce its new mobile ordering app.The company is promoting the hashtag #onlyintheapp, which already had lots of speculation prior to the announcement. The company changed its official account's handle to @totallynothere to make it seem like it erased all its content on @tacobell, which currently has only a few hundred followers and a single Tweet announcing the app.The company's mobile app was announced Tuesday morning by Taco Bell president Brian Niccol to the company's field operators in a live stream and is already live. Customers can order and pay all from the app, plus skip the line in-store to grab their food.Taco Bell plans to prepare the food once you arrive so it's hot.Additionally, you can view nutrition information, save favorite menu items and find the nearest Taco Bell. The chain is also promoting its new "Rotate to Re-order" feature, which they say makes reordering customized favorites "as easy as a flick of the wrist." Plus, the app offers exclusive deals, like dollar Freezes and will allow consumers to order new products first."Decades ago, your car keys were the ticket to convenience at the drive-thru. Today as food culture changes and generations grow up with smart phones, our customers seek restaurant experiences that fit their lifestyle," Niccol said in a press release. "We believe mobile ordering and payment is the biggest innovation since the drive-thru. Our new mobile ordering app is just the beginning of how we’re using technology to break down the walls of our restaurants and become more transparent with our customers about our food."The chain rolled out the big marketing campaign in order to make a splash with the announcement."We feel very fortunate to have amazing fans and we wanted to make sure they were the people who found out about this message first. We also know there are thousands of apps that exist in the world, and we wanted to break through with a really intriguing message that would get them excited," senior director of digital marketing and platforms Tressie Lieberman said in a media call. "We wanted to have fun with our fans for a few days and really start to build our engagement."Taco Bell hopes the app will help double revenue to $14 billion and add 2,000 locations over the next eight years by providing customers another way to access the fast food. The chain is also currently testing catering in about 15 locations in Southern California, which Niccol says will be rolled out in the "not too distant future."

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Americans Are Happily Tweeting Gas Pump Photos: Why Prices Are Lower

Americans Are Happily Tweeting Gas Pump Photos: Why Prices Are Lower

Moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Drivers are so happy about gas prices dipping below $3 that they are tweeting photos at the pump. And they have U.S. oil production and European economic concerns to thank.The weekly national average was $3.06 for regular on Monday, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, down 6 cents from last week and 24 cents from a year ago.Prices should remain relatively low for the rest of 2014, averaging $2.90 to $3.10 nationally, according to Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com."I don't see a big increase before the end of the year," DeHaan said.The excitement over the dropping prices has motorists posting photos of gas stations through social media.

Yes! Cheap gas! @WinnDixie @WDfuelperks @itsnicerhere pic.twitter.com/xeEOppAqNi

— Amy Ripper (@AmyRipper) October 27, 2014

What's causing the drop? One reason is a continued boom in U.S. drilling production -- the highest since the 1980s -- namely, due to shale oil."High oil prices brought more exploration and new drilling techniques, and it's now starting to pay off," DeHaan said.

Penny-pinching Americans have almost forgotten July 2008, when crude oil prices peaked around $147.50 a barrel.Second, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an intergovernmental cartel of 12 nations, may be more concerned about competition from the U.S. The group is trying to undercut prices to keep their crown as the world's largest oil producer, DeHaan said.Another reason for low prices is European economic jitters, particularly a report out Monday forecasting weak growth in Germany."A potential slowdown means lower oil consumption. And if the most powerful economy in Europe falters, it's likely more could as well. Oil prices and demand are always lower in recession," DeHaan said.

@DanSpindle here’s her pic. NJ always had cheap gas when I lived in NY. I drove there to get gas all the time. pic.twitter.com/LMU67wsVPn

— Heath Poulter (@heathpoulter) October 28, 2014

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Twitter (TWTR) Stock Tumbles, Despite Soaring Revenues

Twitter (TWTR) Stock Tumbles, Despite Soaring Revenues

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Twitter is growing in global popularity, but not enough for skittish investors.

The social media and mobile messaging company’s shares plunged more than 11 percent despite a jump in third-quarter revenue that more than doubled from last year. Adjusted earnings matched expectations at 1 cent a share. To appeal to more people, Twitter has tried to make it easier for people to sign up, and its user base grew 23 percent. Twitter executives say its reach is much more than its 284 million users and that many people see the website without logging on.One market analyst, however, says that number is misleading.“It looks good as an overall number, but the actual truth of it once you start peeling back the layers is that there hasn’t been a lot of new eyes on the site and that speaks to the level of innovation of the company,” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, an analyst for the Washington Post, tells ABC News.

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New App Shuddle Allows You to Arrange Paid Rides for Your Kids

New App Shuddle Allows You to Arrange Paid Rides for Your Kids

Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The latest ride-sharing service is called Shuddle, but it's not for everyone. It's sort of like Uber for kids.Shuddle is a ride-sharing app for families that launched in San Francisco this month. The service allows parents to schedule paid rides for their children through a monthly subscription, plus fares.Prior to Shuddle, founder Nick Allen was a cofounder of Sidecar, another ride-sharing service that currently offers rates 10 percent lower than regular taxi cabs.“After it got going [the business] we started seeing parents who wanted to put their kids in the car and we weren’t equipped for that,” Allen told ABC News. “So after reading an article in the New York Times, I got the idea to build something for parents and kids.”Allen, who is not a parent, explained his venture to be a service that could be in high demand.“People have very busy lives these days and they are trying to do what they can to get their kids to activities,” he said.After making deals with a series of investors, Shuddle launched this year, and the differences lie much more than in the demographic.Unlike other fast-growing car services, customers cannot book Shuddle cars on demand. The first step is downloading the app and enrolling in the membership program. The monthly membership fee is $9, which is waived for an introductory offer, Allen said.After creating an account for your family you choose the pickup and drop-off locations. Shuddle then identifies your child’s driver by name, photo and car. Your child is only able to ride without the need of a child safety seat, according to the company policy.In addition to a price lower than a cab fee, Shuddle offers families piece of mind.“There’s a secret password so you’ll know that it’s your appropriate driver,” said Allen. “You can see on the app where the driver is heading to and from, and there’s a support team that can see if there’s anything out of the ordinary.”Shuddle currently has over 100 drivers, all of whom must pass national and local background checks. In addition, every driver must have experience working with children.

“We take that very seriously,” Allen said.In the future, Shuddle has intentions of expanding its fleet beyond San Francisco.“The idea is to be a nationally recognized brand helping families and we are off to a good start,” said Allen. “It’s very safe for everybody involved and that’s what our business is all about; creating that environment everyone can trust, for drivers, parents and passengers.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares New Details on Apple Pay, Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares New Details on Apple Pay, Apple Watch

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) -- From admonishing his home state's record on gay rights to revealing new details about the Apple Watch, it's fair to say Tim Cook has had a busy 24 hours.The Apple CEO, an Auburn University alumnus, was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor on Monday, and he used the opportunity to encourage lawmakers in the state to move toward equality for all people.“As a state, we took too long to steps toward equality,” he said, according to Al.com. "We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage, and we are still too slow for the equality for the LGBT community."In the evening, Cook attended the Wall Street Journal Digital Conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he revealed more details about Apple's success and dropped hints about what's to come.Apple PayApple's mobile payments solution had a strong debut -- in the first three days, Cook said there were more than 1 million credit cards activated.“The early ramp [of Apple Pay] looks fantastic,” Cook said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple Watch Battery LifeApple dazzled when it debuted its watch last month, however the company left many unanswered questions about the device, which is scheduled to ship in early 2015. Among them was battery life.Cook shed more light on that Monday night, revealing, "You’re going to wind up charging it daily," the Wall Street Journal reported.

Potential PartnerCook said he plans to meet with Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, about a possible partnership.Earlier in the day, Ma, a fellow conference attendee, told the crowds he would be "very interested" in the possibility of a partnership to bring Apple Pay to China."We're not Big Brother," he said. “We’ll leave [collecting your data] to others.”

Why the iPod Classic is DeadThe old school 160 GB iPod Classic that can hold tens of thousands of songs isn't being manufactured anymore because Apple wasn't able to get the parts anymore from anywhere in the world, Cook said, according to the Wall Street Journal.He ListensCook remarked that he gets more feedback from users than "any CEO alive."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary Pays Workers to Exercise 2.5 Hours a Week

Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary Pays Workers to Exercise 2.5 Hours a Week

Clif Bar & Company(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Health buffs and athletes know Clif Bar and Company for its organic energy bars. They may not know that the company pays its employees to work out, an initiative led by super-active CEO Kevin Cleary.As part of ABC News' "C-Suite Insider" series, Cleary gave the lowdown on his personal habits and what makes him and Clif Bar tick.Based in Emeryville, California, and founded in 1992, the company was named after founder Gary Erickson's father, Clifford.Cleary explained how he maintains an active schedule with three young sons. It helps that employees at the privately-held company are paid two and half hours each week of work time to exercise."We have a great gym," Cleary told ABC News at the first annual Quickbooks Connect conference hosted by Intuit in San Jose, California, last week. "We encourage everyone to get out and exercise."How many miles a week do you run?Twenty miles a week."I sit down on Sundays and I map out my week," Cleary said. "This sounds ridiculous, but I look at my week from Monday to Sunday and I carve out the time: when can I get rides in, when can I get runs in, then I plan it right then. I've got them on Excel spreadsheets since 1999."His workouts sometimes include running during the work day."It's a good example for me to set for people at the company," he said. "There's a lot of times I'll go out for a run then I'll walk back through the company and I'm going to a meeting and I'm still sweating, because I'm squeezing the workout in."How much sleep do you get?"I try to get eight hours, but inevitably it's considerably less. When I get up in the morning is when my first kid gets up. I've got three little boys. It is like clockwork: at 6:30 a.m. they are in our room, 'Dad! Dad! Let's go downstairs and hang.' So, that's my alarm clock," he said. "For hours of sleep, I would guess it's around six."Do you ever sign off?"I don't send out emails at night. I don't send them out on the weekend. I may do work, but I won't send out an email," Cleary said. "I don't want to set the expectation that people should be working at 7 or 8 at night. I get home at 6:30. I put the phone in my home office. I leave it there, then I'm just dedicated to my kids. Once a week, I cut out of work early and I'm coaching my twins -- they are 6 -- their soccer team, and I coach their baseball team. It's important for people to see me doing that and see it's okay."How long does it take you to bike to work?"I try to do this once or twice a week where I leave the house around 7 and I commute. It's about 25 miles to work on bike. Then at the end of the day, I'm back on my bike, getting back home. It's a great way to just think about things, think about business, think about my life. It's my time," Cleary said. "It takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes each way."How do you hydrate?"Water. I actually don't drink any caffeine," he said. "Never coffee, sodas, stuff like that. Water is what gets me through. I make sure I've got a full glass with me I'm carrying around any time."What do you eat when you're throwing up your feet?As the leader of a health foods company, it's not surprising that Cleary is a fan of salads and vegetables, but his favorite foods during his celebratory moods are a different story."I celebrate with a glass of Zin or a Cab, then it's with a big bowl of pasta with my grandmother's sauce," he said. "That's been handed down two generations to my wife, who still makes it, and my mom. It reminds me of her and where we've come from. I'm of Italian decent. It's a ragu, it's hearty. I actually don't know the recipe, but my wife and my mom knows it. The boys don't know it."Favorite music and TV?"I am a huge country music fan. I love Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton."American Ninja Warrior is his favorite television show."My kids now want me to build an obstacle course in our backyard."And yes, he would try out to be on the show."I've kicked it around with some of our trainers at work. I would," he said. "Right now, I have my sight set on a half Ironman next year, but after that I would love to give that a shot."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tis the Season to Get Upset with Early Holiday Decor

Tis the Season to Get Upset with Early Holiday Decor

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It's that time of year again for stores and we don't mean Halloween. Most retailers have moved beyond Oct. 31, even though it's this Friday, to prepare for the biggest shopping period of the year.And while no one can really fault the retail industry for wanting to get a jump on the holiday season, consumers aren't exactly enamored with seeing Christmas decorations and the like already filling up space in stores.In fact, the data firm Rich Relevance finds that 71 percent of adults in the U.S. say it makes them "annoyed or very annoyed" to come across holiday items before Halloween is over.The survey says it's people between the ages of 45 and 60, spanning both Generation X and Baby Boomers, most bothered by this trend.However, millennials are a bit more accepting of an early Christmas in stores with 59 percent expressing some form of annoyance at premature marketing.

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Regal Entertainment Group to Consider Potential Sale

Regal Entertainment Group to Consider Potential Sale

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the largest movie theater owners and operators in the U.S. reported disappointing third-quarter financial results and will consider a potential sale of the company.Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., said on Monday that its board of directors "authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives to enhance the shareholder value, which may include a potential sale of the company," a release from the company said. The announcement comes after the company released its third-quarter financial numbers, which showed a sharp decrease in profits from a year ago. This past quarter, Regal made $693.8 million in revenue, much lower than the $813.1 million it made in the third quarter of 2013.

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Gas Prices Down Six Cents from Previous Week

Gas Prices Down Six Cents from Previous Week

bizoo_n/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Energy Information Administration released updated gas prices on Monday, showing big drops in the average cost of a gallon of gas for the second straight week.Nationally, a gallon of gas costs $3.06 on average, the EIA said, nearly seven cents lower than the week before. That figure is even lower in the Gulf Coast region, where the average gallon costs just $2.83.Gas remains most expensive on the West Coast, costing $3.32 per gallon. California is the most expensive state to fill up the gas tank; residents there spend $3.88 per gallon.

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Chiquita Board of Directors Approves Sale to Brazilian Companies

Chiquita Board of Directors Approves Sale to Brazilian Companies

Chiquita(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- A group consisting of two Brazilian companies has agreed to acquire Chiquita Brands International, the company announced Monday.The definitive merger agreement between Chiquita Brands and the Cutrale-Safra group will value the Charlotte-based fresh produce company at about $1.3 billion, including assumption of debt. The deal was unanimously approved by the Chiquita board of directors. A release from Chiquita calls Cutrale "one of the world's most highly regarded agribusiness and juice companies" and the Safra group "a leading global financial services firm with a strong track record of successful investments."The news comes days after Chiquita shareholders rejected plans to merge the company with Fyffes PLC, an Irish fruit importer. Cutrale-Safra said in a statement that Chiquita "has impressive brand loyalty and recognition," and expressed optimism that the company could gain a "competitive edge in the growing worldwide demand for high-quality fresh fruits and salads."

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Markets Mostly Level, Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

Markets Mostly Level, Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street rallied from early losses to post closing figures very near where they opened on Monday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 12.53, finishing the day at 16,817.94.The Nasdaq picked up 2.21, closing at 4,485.93, while the S&P 500 slipped 2.95, ending Monday at 1,961.63, within shouting distance of the 2,000 milestone it surpassed for the first time earlier this year.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that pending home sales rose very slightly, 0.3 percent, in September. The NAR's chief economist Lawrence Yun said in a release posted to their website that the supply of existing homes was six percent higher in September, "preventing prices from rising at the accelerated clip seen earlier this year."

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Ebola Nurse Halloween Costumes Raise Temps, Ire

Ebola Nurse Halloween Costumes Raise Temps, Ire

Brands On Sale(NEW YORK) -- The sexy cop and sexy Snow White costumes have new topical competition in the skimpy Halloween-wear section: Meet "Sexy Ebola Containment Suit.”Online retailer BrandsOnSale, which bills itself as a "Unique Costume Shop and more," unveiled the new ensemble, which features a short white dress, face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves at $59.99 per costume. A pair of bright yellow knee-high rubber boots can be purchased at an additional cost. The Internet met the news of the costume with mixed responses. "I'm in complete and utter disgust," one Twitter user reacted, while another questioned the costume's existence. "The fact that there's a sexy ebola nurse costume proves the sexy costumes have gone out of control," another wrote. Others found the gear humorous, writing "Ladies, you've still got time..." But will anyone actually buy these outfits? Yes, if recent trends are any indication. The National Retail Federation last month predicted that Americans will spend $2.8 billion on Halloween-wear this year, with $1.4 billion of that amount on adult costumes to outfit approximately 75 million grown-ups. Those numbers contribute to a record two-thirds of Americans buying costumes.

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Martha Stewart Gets Candid About Prison

Martha Stewart Gets Candid About Prison

Don MacKinnon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger” is not a philosophy Martha Stewart lives by, especially when it comes to prison. Stewart sat down with E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic in front of thousands of small business owners for the first annual Quickbooks Connect conference hosted by Intuit in San Jose, California. While the live interview that took place last week started off with Stewart detailing her humble beginnings, first working on Wall Street, then slowly growing her catering and media empire, the conversation turned to her 2004 stay in federal prison for obstructing justice. When asked about challenges the author and DIY guru has faced in her career and how she overcome them, Stewart herself offered up details about her time in jail, candidly saying, “I did fall in one deep hole, for a period of about 10 months.” Stewart, 73, had the audience laughing when she continued, “That deep hole was not a pleasant hole. And everybody tells you, ‘Oh, whatever happens to you, it will make you stronger, f*** them.” “It’s so mean, that is the stupidest thing. It doesn’t make you better at all. It could ruin you,” she said of her stint a decade ago in West Virginia’s Alderson prison. Stewart was found guilty in March 2004 after having been investigated by the SEC for selling thousands of shares of a stock right before the price plummeted. She was released from prison in March 2005. “Luckily, I have an extremely strong, healthy constitution, so my health never suffered,” she continued. “Health, optimism and that curiosity to see what shouldn’t happen, what you can overcome. So, I overcame a very difficult, nasty situation.” Stewart said her daughter Alexis and the rest of her family were instrumental to her getting through the ordeal. “The best of all, I had an extremely supportive audience,” she said. “Advertisers had to take a little rest from Martha Stewart Living and rightly so, because they really didn’t know what was right or what was wrong. And that was difficult for me to stomach and for the company to live through. But they came back ...and my customers never left.” Stewart explained how she stayed optimistic during this time. “Well, I wasn’t dying,” she added. “So, I couldn’t have fancy food for a while. That was fine. I was sent far away, but my friends came to visit me regularly and it was just a peculiar moment in time. It cannot define you. You cannot let something like that define a good person’s life. I am a good person and I am a creative person.”

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Are ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ on Walmart Site a Halloween Trick?

Are ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ on Walmart Site a Halloween Trick?

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Did Walmart's e-commerce site fall victim to a Halloween trick?The big-box behemoth offended legions of shoppers days before Halloween when a section of Walmart’s site devoted to the holiday was discovered to be labeled “Fat Girl Costumes.”Upon inspection, it appeared that all of the plus-size adult costumes for women had been aggregated to the category, with more than 20 pages of festive garb -- from gothic vampires to Olympic goddesses -- falling under the description."Not sure labeling these as 'Fat Girl Costumes' is the best approach," Krystyn Washburn tweeted at the company when she discovered the label on Oct. 21.Walmart's twitter account replied within the hour. But it was unclear whether the initial response was automated or not.

"Your comments and suggestions are important to us and help make Walmart even better. Thank you. -Nao," the account wrote.Six days later, the "Fat Girl Costumes" label was noted to have reappeared on the site.The category remained until reports were picked up by various media outlets and it was taken down."This never should have been on our site," a spokesperson for Walmart, Ravi Jariwala, told ABC News. "It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again."

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Beyoncé Partners with TopShop for New Active Wear Line

Beyoncé Partners with TopShop for New Active Wear Line

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beyoncé is taking her fashion sense to the street. She’s partnered with British-based retailer TopShop to launch her own line of active wear that’ll be sold internationally.Described as a 50/50 joint venture, officially dubbed Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd. -- Parkwood is Beyonce’s production and management company -- the brand will include clothing, footwear and accessories to encompass dance, fitness and sports.“I could not think of a better partner as I continue to grow the Parkwood business,” Beyoncé says in a statement announcing the partnership. “I have always loved TopShop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking. Working with their development team to create and produce a technical and fashion led collection is exciting and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.”There’s no name yet for the new clothing line, which is expected to launch in fall of next year.This isn’t Beyoncé’s first venture into fashion. She and her mother, Tina Knowles, launched House of Deréon nearly 10 years ago. That label’s currently in limbo.

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Steve Ballmer Could Get $1B in Tax Benefits from Clippers Purchase

Steve Ballmer Could Get $1B in Tax Benefits from Clippers Purchase

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Steve Ballmer could cash in big on the Los Angeles Clippers.

The billionaire and former CEO of Microsoft is set to gain $1 billion in tax benefits following his purchase of the basketball team earlier this year, The Financial Times reported.Ballmer bought the franchise from embattled former owner Donald Sterling, via the Sterling Family Trust, for a record $2 billion price tag.

In addition to various benefits of the purchase, Ballmer also stands to gain from the NBA’s latest TV deal with Walt Disney and Time Warner.

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Twitpic Gets Last Minute Reprieve from Twitter

Twitpic Gets Last Minute Reprieve from Twitter

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Twitpic has been granted a last minute reprieve after Twitter acquired the company's domain name and photo archive."I'm happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being," Twitpic founder Noah Everett said in a blog post.The third-party service, which allowed people to attach photos to their tweets, had encouraged users to export their photos before the service was scheduled to shut down on Oct. 25.Everett said in a blog post last month that the site was being forced to close after he said Twitter demanded he abandon his trademark application or face losing access to their API.Moving forward, Twitpic will be in a read-only mode -- meaning users will no longer be able to add new photos to the service. Twitpic's iOS and Android apps have also been removed from app stores."Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data," Everett said. "Also, since Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter."Earlier this year, Twitter beefed up its photo capabilities, allowing users to add up to four photos in one tweet and the ability to tag as many as 10 friends in an image.

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Americans Are Driven to Travel on Both Short and Long Breaks

Americans Are Driven to Travel on Both Short and Long Breaks

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You feel like driving?About three-quarters of Americans said they do, provided it's to a getaway destination.That's according to a survey by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which found that more than half of the respondents would drive as far as 300 miles -- each way -- just to get away on a weekend.Many of those planning longer vacations also want to be in the driver's seat. One in three said they'd be open to traveling over 900 miles each way by car.The top reason why a majority of Americans enjoy driving to a leisure spot is because it puts them in control as to where and when they can go.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Workers Often Have Lame Excuses for Missing Work

Workers Often Have Lame Excuses for Missing Work

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Look, if you're going to call work to say you're not coming in, at least come up with something better than "I accidentally got on a plane."That's one of the lame excuses actually given, according to a survey of 3,100 workers and 2,200 hiring managers conducted by CareerBuilder.As it happens, fewer people this year than last have called in sick when they weren't, 28 percent to 32 percent. However, 11 percent in the survey did admit telling the boss they wouldn't be in because the weather was lousy.Just whatever you do, avoid social media on the day you're out. The survey found that 24 percent of employers said they caught their worker in a lie by checking social media, and of that group, 22 percent fired the unfortunate nincompoops.Meanwhile, here are the top-ten lame excuses given for skipping work:

I just put a casserole in the oven. My plastic surgery needed some "tweaking" to get it just right. I was sitting in the bathroom when my legs fell asleep. When I stood, I fell and broke my ankle. I woke up in a good mood and don't want to ruin it. I was at the casino all weekend and still had money to gamble with on Monday. I had an unexpected tryst last night and I don't know where I am. I've gotten stuck in a supermarket blood pressure machine. I have a gallstone that I want to heal holistically. I tried to dry my uniform in the microwave and it caught fire. I accidentally got on a plane.

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