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Tax Tip: The Best Tax Write-Off

Tax Tip: The Best Tax Write-Off

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the time comes time to do your taxes, it really pays to be a parent."If you're supporting your kids and they're living at home, chances are you qualify to claim them as a dependent, and those will help you save you on your taxes,” says Eric Smith of the Internal Revenue Service.Each child declared as a dependent can shave $3,950 off of your taxable income.  Smith says there's even more savings to be had for a middle-income family with a child under 17 years of age, via the Child Tax Credit."It's a credit of up to $1,000 and it will reduce your tax liability. And, if you're in a lower- to moderate-income range, it can actually be what we refer to in tax lingo as refundable,” says Smith.A person caring for an elderly parent and paying 50 percent of their living expenses can also claim the parent as a dependent.

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Sorry, SXSW, That Sexy Tinder User’s a Robot Plugging a Robot Movie

Sorry, SXSW, That Sexy Tinder User’s a Robot Plugging a Robot Movie

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — You're single, you're in town for a pop culture festival -- what could be better than finding an attractive woman to spend some time with via Tinder? That's just what scores of attendees to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, thought when they "swiped right" over the past few days for Ava, a 25-year-old woman who was also in town for the event.Tinder users found out that Ava is pretty, attentive, and deep -- but they are only just finding out that she's not real. In fact, she's a chatbot meant, surreptitiously though appropriately, to plug Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller that centers on a sexy robot named Ava, whose feminine wiles are tested on a human test subject.  One of those taken by "Ava" was a Tinder user named Brock, who lamented the bot, "toyed with my emotions so hard." He shared one of his exchanges with "Ava" on AdWeek.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tax Refunds – Just What Are They Good For?

Tax Refunds – Just What Are They Good For?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — So you've gotten your IRS refund. Now what are you going to do with it?If you're like most Americans, according to Bankrate.com, you're not going to paint the town red. In fact, just three percent will use their refunds towards a shopping spree or perhaps, pay for a vacation.With the average refund nearing $3,300 in 2015, people plan to be more pragmatic with their windfalls. About one in four, says the Bankrate survey, will use it for everyday needs like groceries, utilities or rent.Meanwhile, a third of the respondents have plans to either invest their money, stick it in their savings account or hold onto their refund for an emergency expense.Slightly more, 34 percent hope to get on better financial footing by paying down debt.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Bed Bath & Beyond Will Punish Customers Making Returns Without Receipts

How Bed Bath & Beyond Will Punish Customers Making Returns Without Receipts

Photo by Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers will soon have to bid farewell to a key part of the home retail store's extremely forgiving return policy.Beginning April 20, all returns made without a receipt will be honored for the lowest current price.Furthermore, the reimbursed store credit or exchange will have an additional 20 percent deducted from its value.Those with a receipt need not worry; all exchanges and refunds will be honored for the full amount as purchased."Effective April 20, 2015, we are expanding nationwide a modification to our return policy for Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy BABY and Harmon Face Values that will only affect customers whose purchase cannot be located to process a return, either because the receipt was not provided or because we could not identify the purchase through a query of our transaction records," a Bed Bath & Beyond spokesperson told ABC News."We have been providing advance notice of the upcoming change to our customers via signs and handouts in our stores, encouraging customers to hold onto their receipts to avoid being impacted by this change in any manner. Customers making returns with a gift receipt or returning items from their gift registry for which we have a record will not be affected by this change. At Bed Bath & Beyond, we pride ourselves on providing customers with a noticeably better shopping experience and modifications such as this will allow us to continue to deliver exceptional service in the future."The store's former policy allowed customers to return items with or without a receipt for an exchange or full merchandise credit.There's no word if any changes will be made to Bed Bath & Beyond's famed non-expiring coupons.To ease the blow of Bed Bath's new method for returns, here's some incredible store policies that still exist today.Costco

Costco customers may return purchased products to any Costco warehouse, with or without its original packaging. If you don't have a receipt, Costco will do their best to refund the item anyway. Electronic items must be returned within 90 days of purchase. This includes televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touchscreen tablets, MP3 players and cell phones. Items bought from Costco.com may be returned to any warehouse location.ZapposZappos' 365-day policy allows customers to ship return items for free, so long as they're sent back in the original packaging.Bloomingdale'sBloomingdale's has a no-time-limit policy on returns. Unused gift cards may be returned where customers will be reimbursed for their full value. There are, however, special guidelines for items like furniture, mattresses, and area rugs. Bloomingdale's accepts returned items with or without receipts.Kohl'sKohl's offers a "no questions asked - hassle-free" return policy, meaning that there are no time restrictions. If customers make a purchase with a Kohl's store credit card, then no receipt is needed. Those purchases can be located up to 12 months after being bought.buybuy Babybuybuy Baby provides free return shipping to all customers. Returns with receipts are accepted within 90 days of purchase. Items returned without receipts or over 90 days will receive full store credit, but no refunds.NordstromWhile they don't actually have a return policy, Nordstrom handles each situation case by case, according to their website. Depending on the method of purchase, customers are not required to show a receipt for the returned purchase.Nordstrom Rack stores have a bit of a stricter policy. All returns are required within 90 days of purchase, must be accompanied by a receipt, and still have the original price tag.

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Facebook to Roll Out Feature Allowing Friends to Send, Receive Money

Facebook to Roll Out Feature Allowing Friends to Send, Receive Money

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook will roll out a new feature in its Messenger app that will allow users to send or receive money.In a move that seems to be a strike at money-transfer app Venmo, Facebook will allow its users to open a conversation with a friend and add their debit card to either accept or send money to their friends. The feature will be rolled out in the U.S. in the coming months. "The money you send is transferred right away," Facebook said in a press release. Still, "it may take one to three business days to make the money available to you depending on your bank, just as it does with other deposits."Facebook will also prompt users to create a PIN once they add a debit card that will provide extra security for future money-sending attempts.Tech site Mashable says that the choice to only allow debit card use -- for now -- was made to "minimize fraud and avoid fees." The Venmo app allows users to transfer money using credit cards, but charges a three-percent fee on those transactions.

"These payment systems are kept in a secured environment that is separate from other parts of the Facebook network and that receive additional monitoring and control," Facebook's blog post said.Adding to that protection is an anti-fraud team that will monitor for suspicious activity to make sure users' financial information remains secure.

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Federal Reserve Meeting Begins, Wall Street Posts Losses

Federal Reserve Meeting Begins, Wall Street Posts Losses

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks rallied back from early-session deficits on Tuesday, but finished mostly below their open, caused in part by the ongoing Federal Reserve policy meeting.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid to 17,849.08, losing 128.34 on the day.The Nasdaq climbed 7.92 to 4,937.43, while the S&P 500 stumbled to 2,074.20, dropping 6.99. The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee opened a two-day meeting on Tuesday, with one major topic of discussion being the potential increase of interest rates. For months, the committee has said that increased interest rates are coming as the economy continues to heal. It's not clear how much more patient the committee will choose to be. Also on Tuesday, health insurance company Premera Blue Cross announced that it had been the victim of a data breach. The personal information of approximately 11 million customers may have been accessed by hackers.

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11 Million Compromised in Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack

11 Million Compromised in Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack

Premera Blue Cross(NEW YORK) -- The FBI is investigating a data breach involving health insurance company Premera Blue Cross, potentially exposing the information of up to 11 million customers.The company said in a press release that it had discovered the intrusion on Jan. 29 and that it later determined the initial attack had happened in May 2014. The company has since determined that "attackers may have gained unauthorized access to members' information, which could include members' name, date of birth, Social Security number, mailing address, email address, telephone number, member identification number, bank account information, and claims information, including clinical information.

Premera immediately notified the FBI and enlisted a leading cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, to help remove “infection” created by the attack, the statement added.The FBI applauded Premera for “quickly notifying” the U.S. government, saying the company’s response “is a model for other companies facing cyber intrusions, as rapid notification allows the FBI to quickly deploy our cyber experts to preserve evidence and work with a company's incident responders to help recover their networks.”“Cybercrime remains a significant threat and the FBI will continue to devote substantial resources and efforts to bringing cyber criminals to justice,” FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement. The data does not appear to have been removed from Premera's systems, the company says. There is also "no evidence to date that such data has been used inappropriately."Still, the company plans to mail letters to approximately 11 million affected users and provide them with two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. The company also set up a website for its impacted customers.Premera is associated with Blue Cross Blue Shield. According to the company, the intrusion affected Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and its affiliate brands Vivacity and Connexion Insurance Solutions.

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SXSW 2015: Mophie Dogs Are Superheroes of the Festival

SXSW 2015: Mophie Dogs Are Superheroes of the Festival

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Adorable dogs have been turned into superheroes at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas -- rescuing the tech-dependent attendees when their smartphone batteries are about to die.Festival goers who tweet their location, a screenshot of their low battery and the hashtag #mophierescue may have a rescue dog save the day for them by bringing along a mophie power pack to help breathe life back into their devices.Working with the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, mophie added the service to not only help the crowd on hand in Austin for the festival, but to also raise awareness about the superhero dogs who need loving homes.

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Brand Is Dead

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Brand Is Dead

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- The Internet Explorer brand is dead as we know it.The ubiquitous browser, which made its debut two decades ago, has been officially put out to pasture to make way for its younger relative, Project Spartan, which is set to become the star of Windows 10."We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10. We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we will also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is code-named Project Spartan," Chris Capossela said at Microsoft's Convergence event Monday night. "We have to name the thing."Internet Explorer will exist on some versions of Windows 10 but solely for compatibility purposes, according to The Verge.Taking the place of Internet Explorer, which has a long-established love-hate relationship with office workers around the world, will be a faster browser with a streamlined user experience to compete with Chrome, Firefox and others.Internet Explorer came a long way from its infancy, when it rendered basic HTML and grew into adolescence each year with a progressively better interface and user experience.After Internet Explorer 6 was released in 2001, the browser hit its first real speed bump in its digital life.An alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users in 2004 that holes in Internet Explorer could lead to their passwords and other personal information falling into the hands of hackers.Microsoft rolled out a fix, however, security issues continued to snowball, leading to Internet Explorer having a severe image problem.Five years after Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft released a series of updates to the browser, however it was never quite able to recover from its battle scars.With one last-ditch attempt to put the long-suffering Internet Explorer out of its misery, Microsoft rolled out a clever new campaign to breathe life back into the brand for the Internet Explorer 10 release.The joke: We've moved on from being the "browser you loved to hate.""Project Spartan is Microsoft’s next generation browser, built just for Windows 10," Microsoft said in a statement to ABC News. "We will continue to make Internet Explorer available with Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy browser support."While critics heralded the updated browser for Windows 8 as a step in the right direction, it seems luck has finally run out for Microsoft's browser of the past two decades.Whatever Microsoft decides to name Project Spartan, one thing is clear: It's the fresh start Microsoft has been looking for.

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Nintendo Brings Mario to Your Smartphone and Teases Secret NX Project

Nintendo Brings Mario to Your Smartphone and Teases Secret NX Project

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nintendo's Super Mario will be gracing a screen that didn't exist when he made his debut three decades ago: on your smartphone.Nintendo announced Tuesday the company is bringing the beloved cartoon plumber and his brother, Luigi, along with a host of other classic characters to mobile devices through a partnership with Japanese gaming company DeNa Co.While Nintendo has shown results with its console games, the game maker has long shied away from delving into the explosive world of mobile gaming.In order to be successful, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said it's crucial that game makers in the space "provide constantly ever changing content and feel fresh in addition to high quality."With Nintendo bringing its cast of characters to the alliance and DeNa providing its mobile gaming expertise, Iwata said the partnership has the chance to reach "hundreds of millions" of gamers."Know that we are challenging ourselves in this new business area," he said. "We hope hundreds of millions will use and enjoy these products. ...Potentially any Nintendo [intellectual property] could be used in our smart device software."Despite the leap into mobile gaming, Iwata revealed Tuesday Nintendo is also staying true to its roots by working on a new gaming system code-named NX.Iwata was tight-lipped about the details but promised that the "dedicated game platform" would be a "brand new concept." He said Nintendo fanatics could expect to learn more from the company sometime next year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New Home Construction Falls 17% in February

New Home Construction Falls 17% in February

Image Source/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Construction of new homes in the U.S. fell 17 percent last month from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000, a new report out Tuesday by the Commerce Department finds.The Northeast took the biggest hit, with housing starts falling more than 50 percent in that region.As David Crowe from the National Association of Home Builders points out, frigid temperatures and mounds of snow were only part of the problem."NAHB and Wells Fargo released our sentiment survey of builders and it had fallen two points as well, so I think these two pieces of data combined say, while we're still moving forward, there is still caution," he says.The report also shows that single family starts dropped 14.9 percent in February, and applications for building permits rose a timid three percent.Crowe says tight lending standards have a chokehold on the housing market."The single biggest issue is the mortgage market. There are a lot of eligible buyers out there who are frozen out because of the uncertainty in the mortgage market," he notes.

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Are Gas Credit Cards a Good Deal?

Are Gas Credit Cards a Good Deal?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Almost every motorist wants to save on gas. One way to do it is to get cash back with a gas credit card. But are these cards a good deal?Not really, says Matt Schultz of creditcards.com, explaining that "the average interest rate on them is about 24 percent."Even if you pay your bill in full each month, the gas card may not be worth it."What you get from them in terms of rewards isn't what you could get from, say, just a generic cash-back credit card," Schultz says.Another thing to keep in mind: some gas credit cards have extra rules."You need to meet minimum thresholds of spending," Schultz says, noting one of the potential requirements.

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Tax Tip: ‘Winning’ in the Stock Market Has Tax Consequences

Tax Tip: ‘Winning’ in the Stock Market Has Tax Consequences

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Are you prepared to pay your capital gains?  Last year was a record-breaking one for U.S. stock markets. Investors, who cashed in on all the good times, will likely be paying taxes on those gains."The top tax rate on capital gains is 23 percent,” said Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.There are, however, ways around paying the price.Kathy Pickering, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block, says if investors thought ahead they may have sold some of their losers before the year ended."If you had some gains and then you could also sell some stocks at a loss to offset that, that's a great strategy,” she says.Gift-wrapping gains may be a better bet, according Tom Wheelwright, founder of CPA firm ProVision."If you give stock, instead of having to pick up the gain and then get a deduction, you don't have to pick up a gain, but get a deduction for the full value of the stock,” says Wheelwright.  “So you're not picking up gain and getting a deduction, so you get a double benefit."

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‘Live’ TV Viewing Dips While Streaming Services Soar

‘Live’ TV Viewing Dips While Streaming Services Soar

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Watching live TV is so 2013.The proof is in the numbers, according to Nielsen, whose recent media consumption study reveals that the new entertainment platforms are cutting deep into traditional TV viewing.Nielsen says that adults 18 and older are now watching 20 fewer minutes of live television a day than just two years ago.Meanwhile, smartphone use has risen by half-an-hour over the comparable time period and many are watching programs on their devices that they used to see on TV screens.The switch is due in a large part to online streaming TV services. Currently, Netflix is in over a third of U.S. homes while Amazon is in 13 percent of homes and Hulu can be found in six percent.The Nielsen survey also points out that these services have boosted the amount of time of TV watching on whatever platform viewers choose to view them.For instance, Americans spend two-and-three-quarter hours viewing TV shows daily when they have a streaming service compared to just two hours a day for homes that don't get Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Internet Behavior Has Changed After Snowden Fallout

Internet Behavior Has Changed After Snowden Fallout

The Guardian via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — About one in three Americans have become more cautious about their Internet behavior since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the government's massive intelligence gathering of emails and texts back in June 2013.According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 34 percent of respondents said they took at least one additional action to keep their online activities better protected.Of that group, a quarter switched to stronger passwords while almost two in ten have altered their usage of emails.Other modified behaviors included either adjusting social media settings or abandoning these sites altogether; eschewing certain search engines and apps; and even returning to face-to-face conversations when speaking about personal matters.Nonetheless, Pew found that 90 percent of those who have taken steps to maintain some privacy online haven't used the most effective measures available such as do-not-track, encryption and anonymity software.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Baby Beer Bottles and Four More Questionable Children’s Toys

Baby Beer Bottles and Four More Questionable Children’s Toys

fredandfriends.com(NEW YORK) -- Watching a baby throw back his head to take a long sip from his bottle is a common adorable sight for parents. But what if the bottle is tinted brown with a tin top and labeled "lager"? Still cute? Fred And Friends, the manufacturers of a prank baby bottle called "Chill Baby, Li'l Lager Baby Bottle" apparently think the idea is hilarious. They are selling pre-orders of the 8-inch item for $12 on the company's website, noting that the bottle is "BPA-free, phthalate-free plastic bottle with a food-grade silicone nipple. Cheers!" Fred and Friends did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment on the product, and whether the company has any concerns about the Li'l Lager Baby Bottle encouraging children to consume alcohol. Is it hilarious or ill-conceived? Here, four more unconventional toys that some find questionable and others think are quite funny. Roadkill Toys' Smudge The Squirrel "He measures a statuesque 32 cms from twitchy nose to bushy tail, and 10 cms from squished flank to flank," the display copy begins describing Roadkill Toys' Smudge The Squirrel, a plush doll designed to resemble a rodent that has recently been run over by a car. For $26.28 on Amazon, the toy includes multicolor entrails that can be pulled out from a zipper pouch, as well as a body bag and death certificate. But while the "manufacturer recommended age" on the Amazon product page is "4 years and up," creator Adam Arber told ABC News that the toy is intended for an older audience. "It isn't designed and marketed for children," Arber said, noting that "it's a grown-up toy for collectors and students." But, he added, "It's in a similar vein to Tom and Jerry and Itchy and Scratchy humor. It's cartoon humor, and parents don't usually get upset with those programs." He admitted that not everyone was a fan. "Sometimes we do get detractors and people who just don't understand humor," said Arber. "These people are generally fundamentalist Christians or animal welfare activists. PETA rang me up once and said that they've bought all the toys and have some on display in their headquarters." Archie McPhee's The Avenging Narwhal "The narwhal is an arctic-dwelling whale, who, thanks to his long, pointy tusk, has been nicknamed 'the Unicorn of the Sea,'" notes the introductory copy on The Avenging Narwhal's product description. "Our Avenging Narwhal is made of hard vinyl and comes with a detachable tusk to impale a devious penguin (included)." Sold for $7.50 on the Archie McPhee's site, the hard plastic toy is considered unsafe for children 3 and under due to small parts that could present a choking hazard. But despite a tongue-in-cheek fictional origin story detailing why the narwhal seeks revenge, there is no warning that the toy might be considered violent to those 4 years old and up. Whether it is or isn't is a matter of personal taste, though narwhals feed on fish, not penguins. McPhee's did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment. I Heart Guts' Tremendous Testicle Plush Puns abound in the affectionate product description for this 9" x 9" x 5" plush doll created to resemble a large blue testicle with a smiley face, leading one to believe that the item may be geared toward adults. But the copy does note that the $20 doll is safe for all ages. Do kids really want to play with this? "We think plush testicles are great for kids and adults to play with," said the toy's creator, Wendy Bryan Lazar. "I gave the testicle as a birthday gift to an 8-year-old who had a torsion issue with his testicle and he loved having it to bring to the doctor." She admitted, however, that it might not be to everyone's taste. "A plush testicle is not for everyone!" Lazar said. "Testicular cancer is, unfortunately, the most common cancer for males age 15-35, according to the National Institute of Health, so we also sell quite a few testicle plushes to survivors who want to celebrate a missing part." The toymaker was also quick to note that the product could desensitize the topic of the body part -- for the good. "I think it’s important to treat all body parts equally," she said. "We tell kids what their heart is and what it does while it thumps away inside their chest, why not tell boys about what the testicles are and what they do? Including testicles and ovaries in everyday conversations about the body normalizes them." Prank Star Poo-Dough "Create your own turd creations out of brown dough," advertises the product description for a $7.99 package of Poo Dough on the Toys 'R' Us website. The malleable riff on Hasbro's Play-Doh arrives with pots of brown and yellow dough and a mold to recreate, well, you guessed it. "Prank Star Poo-Dough is intended for all ages," John Ardell, VP of marketing & sales for Skyrocket Toys, told ABC News. "Kids love it because it is funny, and they can play jokes on their parents by hiding the 'poo' and tricking people to think that it is real. It is also a great gag gift for adults." "The packaging and logo are both really funny," he continued, "and the yellow dough to make corn and peanut molds puts it over the top." While Ardell acknowledged that the company has received complaints on occasion that the product was "in poor taste," he noted that Poo Dough was one of the top-selling novelty toys at Walmart last holiday. "Additionally, it was part of the Prank Star display in Walmart stores that had a motion sensor and 'farted' whenever someone walked by," said Ardell.

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Urban Moms Find Support, Watch Out for Each Other’s Kids in Local Facebook Groups

Urban Moms Find Support, Watch Out for Each Other’s Kids in Local Facebook Groups

Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was about 9:30 on a recent evening when Stacey Wanicur was reading through her Facebook feed. A post from a woman she’d never met made her stop in her tracks. “I hope the person that hired my previous nanny is reading this,” it started. It went on to detail how the nanny, a woman we’ll call Mariah, had left the poster’s three-year-old in a bathtub unattended and fallen asleep at the playground while the child ran around. The post asked that if the woman who had hired Mariah was also in the UES Mommas Facebook group, an active group of 6,000-plus moms who primarily live on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, that she get in touch with the poster. Wanicur had just hired a nanny named Mariah. “But I thought, it couldn’t be.” It was. Wanicur and the poster had a phone call that same night, and identified the woman, Mariah, through some details. Wanicur came to realize that the nanny, Mariah, had been spotted on the playground sleeping by a third woman, a friend of the poster. That same friend then spotted Mariah with Wanicur’s baby, realized the nanny had been hired by another family, and encouraged the poster to reach out on UES Mommas. Even big-city moms need a village. But in today’s digital age, that village is Facebook. For Wanicur, mom to a one-year-old who's an attorney and freelance writer, finding a nanny has been a challenge. She’s on the verge of hiring number 11. Some, she said, have been “great” but didn’t work out for logistical reasons. Others wanted more hours per week than even a corporate lawyer could give. One lacked experience. But Mariah seemed great. “I watched her on the nanny cam, she would sing to my daughter. The baby seems to like her. She cleaned up, was going to get the whole family eating healthier.” And Wanicur had checked Mariah’s references. But her previous employer – the poster – had been left off that call list. It’s not the only story about moms having each other backs. And despite the so-called “mommy wars,” there’s very little stay-at-home mom vs. working mom back and forth. It was primarily stay-at-home moms who took the time to track down the mom of a toddler boy who had been witnessed running into traffic outside a playground while his nanny chatted on the phone, oblivious. (The boy was stopped by a mother who did not know him but watched him until the nanny appeared). The mother of the boy was not part of the Facebook group, but moms that were put together various “clues” over the next few days when they spotted the nanny and the boy out in the neighborhood. Eventually, the moms figured out where the little boy lived, and left a note with the doorman for the boy’s mom so she would know what had happened. And while these examples are more dramatic and serious than the typical day-to-day chatter, Wanicur called the board “the number-one influential resource for me” since becoming a new mom. “Having a baby can be isolating, but this has been unbelievable helpful. You can be up at 4 am with a fussy baby, maybe teething and post a photo and all of a sudden have 45 other moms’ opinions and advice.” Mommy Facebook groups exist in cities all over the nation. There’s Boston moms, Los Angeles moms, Long Island moms, Glen Rock, NJ, moms. And while the popularity of the Facebook moms’ groups is “relatively new,” said Rebecca Michals, BabyCenter.com’s community manager, turning to other moms online for support isn’t. BabyCenter’s been doing it for years. “Instead of 3-5 local women you have thousands to offer support,” she said. “It does take the place of the village, or your mom or aunt down the street.” And as with any village, some voices are louder than others. But by and large, the atmosphere – both on Facebook and on message boards like BabyCenter’s – is supportive. Much like the women in that idyllic “village” that, for the most part, is a thing of the past in America. “Moms respect each other when they know they are doing the best for their families,” said Michals.

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SXSW 2015: AeroMobil Shows Off Flying Car

SXSW 2015: AeroMobil Shows Off Flying Car

ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- In the future, road trips may be a relic of the past as people take to the skies in their flying cars. AeroMobil showed off its flying car prototype at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where the company's CEO Juraj Vaculik said he hopes to get it in the hands of wealthy supercar buyers as early as 2017. The car-airplane hybrid has been undergoing flight tests since October 2014, according to the company's website. The vehicle is perfectly sized to slide into any standard parking space and can travel on the road -- just like any other car. When it comes time for takeoff and landing, the car can use a paved or grass runway stretching a few hundred meters long. The vehicle -- which looks a lot like something the Jetsons would have -- tops off at 99 mph on the road and around 124 mph in the sky, according to the AeroMobil website. While a price hasn't been set yet, the company said car fanatics can expect to pay several hundred thousand dollars.

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Elon Musk Promises to End Tesla Drivers’ Biggest Fear

Elon Musk Promises to End Tesla Drivers’ Biggest Fear

Tesla(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk has a plan to end "range anxiety," the feeling some electric car drivers have when they're nearly out of power but may not be near a charging station. The Tesla CEO tweeted that he planned to reveal an over-the-air software update on Thursday that would affect the entire Model S fleet.

 

Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety ... via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2015

 

Jack Nerad, an executive market analyst at Kelley Blue Book, told ABC News Musk's plan could be a number of things, including an updated low battery warning system or an increase in range. "I think it's [drivers'] biggest concern," he told ABC News. "Having driven electric cars myself and with that certain knowledge that if you run out of electricity, in the worst-case scenario, you're going to be stranded by the side of the road...as the miles get lower and lower it creeps to the front of your mind." Musk fired back at critics Monday afternoon who might think he tweets to get a rise in Tesla stock, which is a publicly traded company. "Some people seem to think I tweet to affect share price. This is false. A brief rise in $TSLA stock obviously does no good for Tesla or me," he wrote.

 

Neither I nor the company are selling shares. Even if we were, I wouldn't do this. It would be wrong. Our long term results are what matter.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2015

 

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Health Care, Utilities Stocks Boost Wall Street

Health Care, Utilities Stocks Boost Wall Street

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After three weeks of losses, stocks rebounded on Monday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session on Monday at 17,977.42, up 228.11 from its open. The Nasdaq rose by 57.75 to close at 4,929.51. The S&P 500 also was up by 27.79 points to close at 2,081.19.Health care and utilities stocks helped to lead the averages higher as companies rebounded after three weeks of losses. Energy stocks, however, dropped as oil slumped to a six-year low on Monday, trading below $44 a barrel. The markets are awaiting a Federal Reserve meeting this week that may set the stage for the first U.S. interest rate hike since the financial crisis.Shoemaker and sports gear company Adidas AG says it has decided not to renew its partnership as official outfitter of the National Basketball Association. The current agreement runs out after the 2016-2017 season.

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