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You Can Dress Your Pet Up and Take Them Out for Halloween

You Can Dress Your Pet Up and Take Them Out for HalloweeniStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The only thing more ridiculous than dressing a dog, cat, bird or some other pet in a Halloween costume is that Americans spend $350 million doing it every year, according to the National Retail Federation.Of course, whe...

Crumbs to Reopen Shops in New York, Other Major Cities

Crumbs to Reopen Shops in New York, Other Major Cities

Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Crumbs Bake Shop's Broadway location is expected to reopen in New York City on Tuesday, with more openings anticipated within the next month.According to the New York Daily News, Crumbs stores will reopen in Boston and Los Angeles in the next 30 days. The chain had closed all of its 48 locations in July, but was later purchased out of bankruptcy by Fischer Enterprises, the same company that owns Dippin' Dots.The stores will be more diversified, with cupcakes representing about 50 percent of the menu. Another 10 percent, the Daily News says, will be dedicated to products that fit their particular market, such as challah bread, a Jewish specialty, in New York stores on Fridays. The new Crumbs stores will also launch a new product called the baissant -- a cross between a bagel and a croissant.

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Death Toll Linked to Faulty GM Ignition Switches Rises to 27

Death Toll Linked to Faulty GM Ignition Switches Rises to 27

General Motors(NEW YORK) -- The latest update to the ongoing investigation into the General Motors ignition switch problem indicated that the number of people killed in accidents caused by the issue has climbed to 27.GM's initial reports indicated that the faulty ignition switches led to accidents that killed 13, but the number has slowly climbed as the investigation continues. An additional 1,193 claims have been received by the company related to accidents caused by the faulty switches. Only 25 of those nearly 1,200 have been determined eligible as of Monday.At least 178 of those claims allege that a death resulted from the ignition switch defect, in addition to the 27 already determined to be eligible.

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Markets Slide Again, Chicago Fed President Advises ‘Err on the Side of Patience’

Markets Slide Again, Chicago Fed President Advises ‘Err on the Side of Patience’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In yet another rough day of trading -- as has been common this month -- all three major indices posted losses, as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said that he favors leaving interest rates where they are in the short term.

The Dow Jones Industrial fell 223.03 to a close of 16,321.07.

The Nasdaq dropped 62.58, ending the day at 4,213.66, while the S&P 500 dipped 31.39, falling below the 1,900 mark for the first time since May, finishing at 1,874.74.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said Monday that while he believes the economy is improving, "we should err on the side of patience in removing highly accommodative policy."

He added that he "[looks] forward to the day when we can return to business-as-usual monetary policy, but that time has not yet arrived."

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Hackers Got Private Photos Without Breaching Snapchat’s Servers

Hackers Got Private Photos Without Breaching Snapchat’s Servers

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of private photos -- apparently sent via Snapchat -- were leaked online by hackers who got their hands on the images without ever breaching the app's servers.The trove of private snaps were first posted online at a fake website called viralpop.com, which was deleted after they were downloaded by users. They went on to share the files on 4Chan, according to The Daily Beast.4Chan did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, however the leak -- which has been dubbed, "The Snappening" -- is being discussed in a slew of threads on the image sharing board.The massive pilfering of private snaps, which comes on the heels of the celebrity photo hack, has shifted attention to third party apps that allow Snapchat recipients to surreptitiously save the otherwise ephemeral photos.While Snapchat has not confirmed the exact source of the breach, the spokesperson said no photos have been leaked from its servers."Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users' security," a Snapchat spokesperson told ABC News. "We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting dozens of these removed."The breach comes five months after Snapchat settled with the Federal Trade Commission over claims it deceived users about the disappearing messages.Snapchat said it temporarily collects, processes and stores the secret messages sent over its servers, but promises the contents are automatically deleted as soon as they are viewed by one or more of the recipients, according to the company's privacy policy.While Snapchat has worked to strengthen user trust, they've also had to contend with a slew of third party apps and web clients that undermine the original intention of the service.SnapSaved.com, the website mentioned in a Reddit thread as the possible source of the Snapchat leak, has since been taken offline. Contact information for the site's administrators was not immediately available.Days after the breach first came to light, a search of Google Play and Apple's app store reveals a number of third party applications that promise to save Snapchat images and videos to the recipient's camera roll without the sender ever knowing.Many of the services are easy to use and work the same way. Users simply log on to the service using their Snapchat credentials and then are free to save videos and photos they receive via Snapchat.While the use of these sites may violate Snapchat's terms of service, Robert Siciliano, a McAfee online security expert, said Snapchat users should not have a reasonable expectation that their snaps will remain private."The mere fact that apps exist that have essentially reverse engineered Snapchat API means that the technology is vulnerable," Siciliano told ABC News. "Additionally anyone that understands the very basics of how [a] mobile phone works recognizes a simple screenshot, it captures any photo forever."Snapchat says it is focused on user privacy, however, a disclaimer posted on their website adds that "we cannot and do not represent or warrant that the services will always be secure or error-free or that the services will always function without delays, disruptions or imperfections."In other words: As long as Snapchat and these third party apps are in the crosshairs of hackers, there's no guarantee that your images will make like the Snapchat ghost and leave.

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Facebook to Expand Use of Emoji-Like Stickers

Facebook to Expand Use of Emoji-Like Stickers

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook’s emoji-like stickers, which have been a hit in private and group messages, can now be used in wall posts, comments and events.The update is expected to be rolled out within the next day, according to Bob Baldwin, a Facebook engineer who worked on the project.If you’re eager to try it out the update, just tap the smiley face icon in the bottom right of any comment field, choose your favorite sticker and post to your heart’s content.Baldwin said the idea was born during a hackathon -- and grew into a larger project after he saw how popular it was.“You can now easily show your excitement for a post with good news, cheer up a friend who’s feeling down, and express a variety of more nuanced reactions,” he said.

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Twitter Users in France Can Now Transfer Money

Twitter Users in France Can Now Transfer Money

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Twitter users in France will now be able to "tweet money" to their followers through person-to-person transfers. French banking company Groupe BPCE is set to launch a payment program this month to send funds via the social networking site. Anyone with a bank account and Twitter handle in the country is eligible for the service, according to the company. The head of Twitter France says the platform is well suited for payments due to its "live, public, conversational dimension." Groupe BPCE's electronic money subsidiary, S-money, will provide the e-wallet service on mobile phones. "This initiative is a good example of our innovation strategy regarding payments...This S-Money initiative opens up a whole new range of payment possibilities on the social networks," Jean-Yves Forel, Groupe BPCE Chief Executive Officer said in a statement.

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How McDonald’s Plans to Give Customers a Happier Meal

How McDonald’s Plans to Give Customers a Happier Meal

McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald’s announced on Monday it’s taking a dramatic step to bring more transparency to how its food is made by launching a new campaign to highlight customer concerns.“We’re starting on a journey called ‘Our Food. Your Questions,’ and we want to open up the doors and let our customers ask us any questions they have, and give them answers,” McDonald's company director of quality systems, Rickette Collins, said.ABC News was given exclusive access to one of the mega fast-food chain’s secret food plants in Fresno, California, the first time TV cameras have been allowed in.Americans have long had tough questions about what McDonald’s uses in its products, so the company decided to put some questions from real customers front and center in a new commercial, which launched Monday, and answer questions posted on social media.“This is being done to address the questions, the comments and the concerns of our customers,” company chief brand manager Kevin Newell said. “It's not linked to the business performance at all. It's linked to making sure that our customers truly know the story about McDonald's food.”Company officials say they process 400,000 pounds of meat per day and that their burger patties are 100 percent beef. The beef is ground and blended together to make those famous patties.“[The beef] comes from familiar cuts that you may know like chuck and round and sirloin,” Collins said. “Just like you get at the grocery store, you know, you buy 80/20 blend.”Pulling back the curtain on their food production can be risky, but with so many people on social media able to affect a company’s image, expert say transparency is key.“The writing is on the wall,” said Naomi Starkman, the editor-in-chief of CivilEats.com, a U.S. food industry watchdog site. “McDonald's sees its market share diminishing. Millennials are now driving the food bus, and they're heading straight to places like Chipotle and other establishments they're offering better, healthier fare. So I think they're trying to catch up.”While there might always be families who refuse to let their kids eat at McDonald’s, chief brand manager Newell hopes this new campaign will make them think differently about their food.“Don't judge us before you know us,” he said.

Watch the full story on Nightline Monday night at 12:35 a.m. ET.

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Polo Mogul John Goodman on Trial Again for 2010 Crash

Polo Mogul John Goodman on Trial Again for 2010 Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Multimillionaire polo mogul John Goodman will be back in a Florida courtroom Monday, being retried on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a fatal 2010 crash.Goodman crashed his $200,000 Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, sending the Hyundai into a canal in Wellington, Florida. Wilson, a recent college grad, died instantly.Prosecutors say Goodman waited an hour before calling 911.Goodman was convicted of the same charges in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but that conviction was thrown out because of juror misconduct.

The trial featured countless twists, including the 51-year-old’s adoption of his own girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, allegedly to preserve part of his fortune for her.That adoption was later thrown out.His new trial started Saturday with Goodman again pleading not guilty. The multimillionaire founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach claims that his $200,000 car malfunctioned and lurched forward, slamming into Wilson's vehicle. He has also denied being drunk at the time of the crash, although other testimony has contradicted him and his blood alcohol level was 0.177, more than twice the legal limit three hours after the crash, according to prosecutors.Goodman fled the scene of the accident, authorities said.ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said he’s not surprised there’s a retrial in the case, and that the judge is intent on making sure the jurors are not influenced by media coverage.“This has been such a crazy case. In the first trial, a juror was convicted on misconduct charges and sentenced to real jail time,” Abrams said. “During jury selection for the retrial, a prospective juror was arrested for Googling about the case and talking about what he found to another person on the jury panel.“And then you have the bizarre fact that the defendant tried to adopt his own girlfriend. This is a case rife with problems if the jurors see any media coverage. That’s why they’re being sequestered,” he continued.

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Top Mistakes Recent Grads Make in the Job Search

Top Mistakes Recent Grads Make in the Job Search

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two college graduates who have been unable to find jobs in their fields got a big surprise on ABC'S Good Morning America on Monday when they were offered jobs after a protracted search.Before subscription beauty service Birchbox offered them salaried, entry-level positions with benefits including health coverage and paid vacation time, Desiree Quinto and Emma Sayles spoke to GMA about the difficulties of finding a job that matched their qualifications and goals.Quinto, 24, thought she’d done everything right in college. The Boca Raton, Florida, woman mastered three languages and did four internships and a host of extracurricular activities, and graduated in 2012 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.Still, two years after her graduation, she was unable to land what she called a “real job,” and was still living with her parents.Quinto put a lot of effort into each of her job applications, including writing separate cover letters.“You make it sound so personal and then…they come back and they tell you that they moved on with a different candidate,” she said.Sayles, of Roanoke, Virginia, understood only too well. She graduated last year from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with degrees in theatre and business management.She said she attended networking events and always sent out resumes, but a year after her graduation she had only managed to land a job in retail and counts on her parents to help pay her monthly bills.“It's definitely really frustrating…how are you supposed to get that experience if someone doesn't give you a chance?” she said, adding: “I never thought I would find myself in this position at (age) 23, needing my parents' financial support. It's really demoralizing.”GMA had no involvement in the women being selected for the positions.The two women’s experiences are not unique, job experts say.Rosemary Haefner, vice president at CareerBuilder, said times are tougher for job seekers.“Now what we’re finding with 2014 grads going for entry level employment -- these employers are expecting volunteer work, some internships...it’s a much tougher playing field,” she said.Haefner gave GMA some of the most common mistakes new college grads make in the job search.Nearly one in four employers said that college graduates aren’t prepared for the real world, according to a March 2014 CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,100 employers.Top reasons why employers say they’re not prepared -- which also translate into biggest mistakes college grads make -- are:Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning Entry-level positions are more complex today. Before the expectation was that new college grads would join a company as a blank canvas that the organization would develop. Now, the expectation is you need to have at least one to two years of experience under your belt when you graduate. That experience can take many different forms: internships, temporary or part-time work, volunteering, serving in leadership roles for sororities/fraternities, etc. The important thing is to start building up your resume early on in your college years.Too much emphasis on one skill setWhile employers look for expertise in a field, they also want well-rounded candidates. More employers are looking for a blend of technical skills and skills typically associated with liberal arts (creative thinking, communications, critical-thinking, etc). Make sure that you’re pursuing learning experiences that will convey both to an employer. While the thought of more classes after graduating may not be top of mind for recent college grads, two-thirds of employers say they’d be more likely to hire someone who supplemented traditional coursework with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).Other mistakes from past research:Spamming employers with the same resume/cover letterThis is a surefire way to get your resume placed in the “No” pile. You need to customize your application for every employer. Pay attention to keywords the employer uses in the job posting and pepper those into your resume as it applies to your experience. It will help rank your resume higher in employer searches. But, don’t overdo it. Copying and pasting large amounts of text from a job posting will send up a red flag.Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company"You never want to be in a position where the employer asks you what you know about the company and you answer with a shrug or blank stare. Do your homework. Check out the company’s web site, familiarize yourself with its products, services and culture, search for recent company announcements and news articles, etc. -- and reference your findings during the interview to showcase your knowledge about the company.Failing to remove unprofessional images or content from social mediaSpring Break photos can come back to haunt you. If you don’t want a potential boss to see something, don’t post it online. It’s also a good idea to monitor what others are posting about you and ask them to remove anything that could be viewed as digital dirt by an employer.Not asking good questions during the interviewYou have to remember that you’re interviewing the company as well. Employers expect candidates to come in with thoughtful questions such as, “What are the company’s biggest growth opportunities and challenges?” or “How do you see this role contributing to the success of the overall organization?” Failing to do this could convey a lack of knowledge or enthusiasm.Failing to send a thank you note after the interviewIf an employer has two equally qualified candidates and one sends a thank you note and the other doesn’t, the employer will be more likely to hire the one who took the time to follow up. A thank you note is great way to reiterate why you’re the best person for the job and should always be part of the job search process.

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Top Businesswomen Believe Sports Experience Helped, Survey Says

Top Businesswomen Believe Sports Experience Helped, Survey Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the most part, playing competitive sports at any level is not only physically advantageous, but it also improves one’s mental well-being.Past participation in sports also seems to have been a boon for businesswomen in positions of authority, judging by the results of a survey conducted by EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW.In the wide-ranging global survey of 400 female executives, about a fifth of whom are from the U.S., an astounding 94 percent had played at least one sport during their lives, with 52 percent involved in athletics on the collegiate level.Meanwhile, six in ten say that their experience in sports was a key component to their success in the business world, while three-quarters believe athletic involvement can hasten leadership and career potential. One other important finding: a female executive with a background in sports is more apt to hire women who also played on the field of competition.

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Men Accused of Stocking Illegal Drugstore With Stolen Rite Aid Merchandise

Men Accused of Stocking Illegal Drugstore With Stolen Rite Aid Merchandise

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Three Pennsylvania men are accused of stealing $50,000 worth of Rite Aid merchandise to sell at an illegally run basement drug store, according to police.According to a report from the Falls Township Police Department in Fairless Hills, Pa., Edwin Burgos, Miguel Ortiz, and Juan Agosto were all arrested Thursday after officers allegedly caught them unloading items from a Rite Aid tractor-trailer.Police said the items were being used to stock an illegal store in the basement of a Philadelphia home."The detectives were amazed at the sophistication of the operation," Lt Henry Ward, of the Fairless Hills Police told ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Ward told WPVI-TV that investigators believe Agosto, 36, and Burgos, 36, allegedly had a deal with Ortiz, 40, who drove the Rite Aid truck.Police said Agosto is the alleged operator of the fake store and that a loss prevention officer was the one who saw the men allegedly transfer items out of the truck. They also said investigators believe Ortiz paid approximately $400 for $2,000 to $3,000 worth of Rite Aid merchandise.At the home where the merchandise was allegedly sold, Burgos had installed an extensive surveillance system, according to police."You can see in some of the photos that he had better surveillance than probably Rite Aid pharmacies have in their own stores," Ward told WPVI-TV. "He had video cameras everywhere so he could see everything that was going on in the basement from upstairs in the house."The extensive surveillance system also means that anyone who was at the fake store or involved with running the store were likely caught on camera, according to Ward."It was very nice of them to get great surveillance tapes," Ward told WPVI-TV. "Now we have them so, we'll see who was in there, who was moving around."

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Gas Prices Drop as US Increases Oil Production

Gas Prices Drop as US Increases Oil Production

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gas prices have continued to fall nationwide despite unrest in the Middle East, according to experts. Analysts attribute the decrease to a spike in U.S. oil production, as the nation receives 12 million barrels of crude oil from North America. "... we're relying less and less on that Middle Eastern crude oil," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with website Gas-Buddy. Iran and Saudi Arabia have cut crude oil prices, which would lead to a price war among members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. The trend could cause oil, and as a result, gasoline prices, to decline even more in the months ahead, DeHaan added.

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Sports Company Says It ‘Clearly Messed Up’ by Ignoring Female Athletes

Sports Company Says It ‘Clearly Messed Up’ by Ignoring Female Athletes

Scott Olson/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The CEO of a national sporting goods chain said the company "clearly messed up" after a 12-year-old girl complained that there were no girls in its basketball catalog."I'm sorry," Ed Stack, the CEO of DICK's Sporting Goods said in a letter. "We clearly messed up and I can personally guarantee that next year's basketball catalog will prominently feature female athletes, as it should have this year."McKenna Peterson wrote a viral letter to Stack last week that pointed out that the only girl featured in Dick's Sporting Good's basketball catalog was shown sitting on the stands.Stack sent his letter to McKenna's father, Chris Peterson, via Twitter, and the company tweeted it out as well.

 

.@TheCheapSeatsTV An apology to McKenna from our CEO pic.twitter.com/pzBQEh7ozZ

— Dick'sSportingGoods (@DICKS) October 11, 2014

 McKenna read Stack's letter Saturday morning."I would just like to say thank you," she told ABC News, adding that she was pleased Stack responded to her letter.It is important that companies like DICK's Sporting Goods take gender equality seriously, she said, "Because I think girls should be treated just as equally as boys."

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Kmart Investigating Data Breach

Kmart Investigating Data Breach

snyferok/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Kmart announced on Friday that its information technology team detected a breach in the company's payment systems and immediately launched a full investigation into the extent to which customers' information may have been compromised.According to a press release, the breach is believed to have begun in early September. "Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems," the release reads. The malware was removed, but debit and credit card numbers are believed to have been compromised.The company notes that it does not believe personal information, debit personal identification numbers (PINs), email addresses or social security numbers were compromised.Kmart says it will work with law enforcement and that customers should reach out to their credit card companies to ensure that they are not held liable for any unauthorized charges. Kmart will also give its customers who shopped with a credit or debit card at any store from September through Oct. 9 free credit monitoring protection.

A company spokesperson was unable to provide an estimate as to the number of customers impacted by the breach.

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Norton Antivirus Creator to Split into Two Businesses

Norton Antivirus Creator to Split into Two Businesses

Symantec(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- Symantec Corp., the maker of Norton Antivirus software announced on Thursday that its Board of Directors approved a plan that would separate the company into two independent publicly traded companies.According to a press release, one of the to-be-formed companies will focus on security, while the other primarily works on information management. This separation, the company says, "will allow each entity to maximize its respective growth opportunities and drive greater shareholder value.""As the security and storage industries continue to change at an accelerating pace, Symantec's security and IM businesses each face unique market opportunities and challenges," Michael A. Brown, the company's president and CEO said in a statement. The company already has the leading overall market share in the security industry -- nearly twice the nearest competitor, the company claims -- and its security business will focus on the delivery of a unified security platform, growth of cybersecurity service capabilities and consolidation of existing Norton products into one offering.Meanwhile, the information management side of the company will look to innovate its existing portfolio and deliver solutions to reduce costs for storing, managing and deriving business value from information. That new business will be run by General Manager John Gannon and its acting CFO Don Rath.

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Wall Street Closes Difficult Week with Losses, Labor Dept. Says Import Prices Drop

Wall Street Closes Difficult Week with Losses, Labor Dept. Says Import Prices Drop

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A rough week on Wall Street ended with more losses as the U.S. Labor Department announced lower prices on U.S. imports.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 115.15 to a close of 16544.10.The Nasdaq slid 102.1 to a finish of 4276.24, while the S&P 500 closed down 22.08, to 1906.13.Prices on U.S. imports fell by 0.5 percent in September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics said. That followed a 0.6 percent decline in August. From June through September, prices on imports fell by 1.4 percent -- the largest quarterly drop since the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Tesla Unveils New Electric Car

Tesla Unveils New Electric Car

Tesla Motors, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The self-driving car is not here yet, but Thursday night’s presentation by Tesla Motors moved the possibility of a consumer-ready auto-car forward even further. The electric car maker unveiled several new features to its luxury Model S, including an “auto pilot” system that automatically parks the vehicle in a driveway and can move it over a lane when the turn signal is on. The new sedan also features smart cameras that react to speed limit signs and an integrated safety system. While self-driving car fans may have come away disappointed Thursday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said additional features will be added over time.

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Girl Takes on DICK’s Sporting Goods’ Catalog for Gender Equality

Girl Takes on DICK’s Sporting Goods’ Catalog for Gender Equality

Chris Peterson(PHOENIX) -- A 12-year-old girl from Arizona is on a mission to get a major brand to realize that girls like sports, too.A letter McKenna Peterson of Arizona wrote to DICK's Sporting Goods, complaining about how there weren't any girls in a recent basketball catalog, went viral after her father posted it on Twitter this week."She's the one who goes out and gets the mail and she started looking at it and as I was reading the mail, she said something about how there were no girls in [the catalog]," her dad, Chris Peterson, told ABC News on Friday."I looked at it and realized the same thing," said Peterson, a sports photographer in the Phoenix area. "So she decided she was going to write a letter. She ran over to the computer and started writing. She said, 'Daddy, I got this.'"Peterson said he "was blown away" when his daughter showed him the finished letter, which he posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.DICK's Sporting Goods called the dad and daughter to discuss the letter on Friday and said they would re-evaluate their catalog, Peterson said. The company did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. ABC News has not seen the DICK's catalog.McKenna, who signed the letter "The Fabulous Basketball Player," described herself in her letter as a huge sports fan and rattled off names of successful female athletes as she pointed out the importance of including photos of girls in the catalog.

The seventh-grader, a center, plays in a basketball league and has also played for her school's championship-winning team, her dad said. She plans to try out again when the season starts in February.McKenna added in her letter that the only women featured in the catalog are sitting in the stands, or dressed as cheerleaders in the coupons."It's hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog," McKenna wrote. "Girls buy stuff from your store. In fact, my last two pairs of basketball shoes were purchased at Dicks, as well as my hoop and practice equipment. Maybe my dad will take me to some other store that supports girls to actually PLAY basketball and follow their dreams and not sit on the sidelines and watch the game to get my next pair of shoes and equipment."She ended the letter by adding that she enjoyed shopping at DICK's Sporting Goods, and that the employees are "friendly and kind."

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Nissan Recalls 220,000 Altimas over Faulty Hood Latch

Nissan Recalls 220,000 Altimas over Faulty Hood Latch

Nissan(WASHINGTON) -- Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles over a faulty latch that could cause the hood to fly open.The recall affects 2013 Nissan Altimas manufactured between March 6, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013.According to documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, "interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever [in these vehicles], in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.""If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," the agency adds.So far, a small number of incidents related to the recall have been reported but there have been no crashes or injuries.Nissan says it will notify affected owners and will make the necessary repairs free of charge.

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