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Fed Chair Admits Policy Makers Missed Signs Before Financial Meltdown

Fed Chair Admits Policy Makers Missed Signs Before Financial Meltdown

United States Federal Reserve(WASHINGTON) — The head of the nation’s central bank says there was little the Federal Reserve could have done to prevent the near financial meltdown of the world economy in 2008.However, Fed chief Janet Yellen admits that “policymakers failed to anticipate that the reversal of the house price bubble would trigger the most significant financial crisis in the United States since the Great Depression.”Yellen, who was speaking at a meeting of the International Monetary Fund, also indicated that the Fed has no intention, at least in the near future, of raising record low interest rates, despite fears that they could lead to inflation.Meanwhile, Yellen expressed confidence that new regulatory policies instituted since the Great Recession will help keep the financial sector in check.She told the IMF, “I think efforts to build resilience in the financial sector are critical to minimizing the chance of financial instability and the potential damage from it.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tinder Co-Founder Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Company

Tinder Co-Founder Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Company

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A co-founder of the company that created the dating app Tinder filed suit against the company earlier this week, accusing the founders of the company of sexually harassment and sex discrimination.
Tinder, an app which allows users to select potential “matches” from a selection of users geographically nearby, became astonishingly popular earlier this year, with millions of “matches” made and users logging in daily to “swipe” or message each other. Whitney Wolfe, one of the co-founders of Tinder, said in a complaint filed earlier this week that other Tinder executives called her a “whore” and removed her title as co-founder because having a young female as a co-founder “makes the company seem like a joke” and “devalues” the company. Additionally, Wolfe accused Tinder’s CEO and CMO of subjecting her to sexist, racist and inappropriate comments, emails and text messages.Wolfe and the Tinder CMO, Justin Mateen, had been in a romantic relationship, the complaint said, and many of the instances of sexual harassment and discrimination took place after she and Mateen broke up.
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Wall Street Set New Highs Again, Positive News on Job Creation

Wall Street Set New Highs Again, Positive News on Job Creation

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wednesday was another positive day for Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 each finished at new highs.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day up 20.17 to 16976.24, not far from the elusive 17000 milestone.The Nasdaq dropped 0.92 to 4457.73, while the S&P 500 ended up 1.3 to 1974.62.More good news on Wednesday for those looking for jobs, as the ADP National Employment Report showed 281,000 jobs created in June, up from 179,000 in May.
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Target Asks Shoppers to Not Bring Firearms into Stores

Target Asks Shoppers to Not Bring Firearms into Stores

Target(MINNEAPOLIS) — Target is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores — even in states where they are allowed to do so.In a note to employees Wednesday, the company’s interim CEO, John Mulligan, noted there has been a debate recently on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores.”Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” he said. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law.”Mulligan said Target has “listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved.””This is a complicated issue,” he continued, “but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
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Tim Draper Bought Auctioned Bitcoins Seized from Silk Road

Tim Draper Bought Auctioned Bitcoins Seized from Silk Road

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Venture capitalist Tim Draper has come forward as the winner of the U.S. Marshals Service’s auction of nearly 30,000 bitcoins that were seized by authorities from a black market website that was shut down by the FBI.”Bitcoin frees people from trying to operate in a modern market economy with weak currencies,” Draper said in a statement through Vaurum, a bitcoin liquidation company that he partnered with after the sale.”With the help of Vaurum and this newly purchased bitcoin, we expect to be able to create new services that can provide liquidity and confidence to markets that have been hamstrung by weak currencies. Of course, no one is totally secure in holding their own country’s currency. We want to enable people to hold and trade bitcoin to secure themselves against weakening currencies,” he said.The value of the Internet-based currency spiked immediately after the sale, and the 30,000 lot was worth more than $19 million around the end of the auction Friday.The Marshals service confirmed on Tuesday that Draper was the winner after he voluntarily came forward.The value of his winning bid has not been released, but U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue confirmed that he was notified of his winning bid on Monday.Draper was one of 45 registered bidders involved in the 12-hour auction, which featured 63 different bids.Draper is the founder of DFJ, a California-based venture capital form that counts Tesla and Skype as two of their investments.Barry Silbert, the founder of bitcoin investment firm SecondMarket Holdings, confirmed that he was one of the prospective buyers but he was outbid.The Marshals office obtained the bitcoins, which were sold off in nine blocks of 3,000 bitcoins and one block of 2,657 bitcoins, after seizing the property of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the black market site Silk Road.
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US Goalie Tim Howard’s Endless Endorsement Potential

US Goalie Tim Howard’s Endless Endorsement Potential

Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite a heartbreaking World Cup loss against Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. soccer team has a break-out star in goalie Tim Howard.Matt Dzamba, director of sports marketing for California creative agency Zambezi, called Howard the “good news” after the loss, saying he may replace Landon Donovan as the “de facto” face of U.S. soccer.The 16 saves by Howard, one of the oldest soccer players at the World Cup at 35, were the most recorded in World Cup history. He is already inspiring marketing campaigns from companies.New York City gym Uplift Studios, for instance, is offering a 16 percent discount on all fitness classes, inspired by Howard’s 16 saves against Belgium.One Wikipedia user was so impressed with Howard’s performance that an entry for the goalie was added to the page for U.S. Secretary of State.But the long-term endorsement potential for Howard, who already has a deal with Nike, is yet to be seen.A spokesman for Everton, Howard’s English soccer club, said figures are not made public, but his new contract signed in April ties him to the team until 2018.Howard reportedly has a $3 million salary, according to online estimates from ESPN Insider and SportsOverdose.com.After this World Cup, Robert Tuchman, president of Goviva sports and marketing agency said, Howard has the potential to land endorsement deals in the mid-six figure salary range on this side of the pond, while Dzamba estimates low-seven figure deals.While Howard has a cult following within the niche U.S. soccer audience, goalkeepers generally already tend to receive less glory compared to the scoring soccer forwards. Still, Dzamba said, a small, dedicated following can have a “halo effect” on a mainstream audience.”The market will dictate whether he’s used in advertising a year from now or if he’s a cult hero in the Michael Phelps pocket,” Dzamba said.Is there room for a 35-year-old soccer star?Tuchman said there is “tremendous opportunity” for Howard, regardless of his age. Tuchman adds that his European career may support his journey to becoming the face of soccer in the U.S. for the next few years.It’s doubtful that Howard will be able to play in the next World Cup, and even the next summer Olympic games, Dzamba said.Dzamba said Howard’s blocking moves could easily land him endorsement deals with defense or security companies, or deodorant, sunblock or shaving companies like Gillette.Geico has done a great job in its insurance ads with former basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, who hasn’t played pro basketball in five years, Dzamba points out.”We’ll see how willing [Howard] is in engaging the commercial side,” Dzamba said.
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Seven Tips to Prepare for Tropical Storm Arthur

Seven Tips to Prepare for Tropical Storm Arthur

NOAA-NASA GOES Project(NEW YORK) — As Tropical Storm Arthur strengthens, several states are on guard for potential damage.North Carolina is on official hurricane alert while Florida and South Carolina have been issued tropical storm watches.
The last time a hurricane hit the United States was in 2012 with Hurricane Isaac. While it is unlikely a hurricane will strike this time, homeowners can be prepared for the chance of heavy rain and wind.There are a number of resources to help you protect your home or business.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has a dedicated website for disaster preparedness: Ready.gov.It may be helpful to know the risk of flooding in your area and the elevation of your home above flood stage, which is available from your local Red Cross chapter or your local emergency management agency, advises insurer MetLife.A flood watch or a flash flood watch means a flood is possible in your area, generally issued for flooding that is expected to occur at least six hours after heavy rains have ended. A flood warning or a flash flood warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.Here are seven tips from Judith Spry, partner in the insurance claims services practice at BDO Consulting, and other insurance experts from lessons learned after other natural disasters in the United States, including Hurricane Katrina and Irene:
Prepare for Phone Interruptions
Spry advises business owners to have a communication plan, in case neither phone nor texting is available. When Hurricane Katrina hit, knocked out cellphone towers and land lines left employers and employees without the means to communicate. Spry advises employees to know and understand the disaster plan in advance and each have a copy of it they can easily refer to. Paul Reynolds, electronics editor with Consumer Reports, said cellphone users can usually text more successfully than call when a network experiences high volume, like during 9/11, because texting uses less data. But those not familiar with texting may need a tutorial. He said a full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to text versus a numeric keypad on basic cellphones, which can be more cumbersome and harder to learn.
Create a Disaster Plan, or Test Your Current One
Homeowners should consider which valuable objects they will take with them in case of an emergency evacuation. Spry said a disaster plan should clearly communicate pre- and post-disaster procedures to any relevant people. For families, that includes near and far relatives and friends. Business owners should communicate disaster plans to employees, customers, vendors and business partners. Spry said the safety of people, such as employees and customers, should be the first procedure. The plan should next address how to protect your property and business records.
Check Insurance Policies
Spry cautions that homeowners and business owners should never fully rely on an insurance policy and to check for insurance policy changes. Homeowner’s policies usually do not cover loss due to flooding, but coverage can be purchased from the federal government. Homeowners can ask their agents about the details or contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 1-800-379-9531. It is especially important to review your homeowner’s policy with your agent or broker so you understand the amount you will receive in the event of a covered loss, and whether it will be adequate to rebuild your home. Homeowners should also know the amount of a deductible and any special provisions in the policy such as wind exclusions. And include your insurance company’s toll free claim number and insurance agent’s phone number in your emergency evacuation kit.
Assess Your House for Vulnerabilities
Homeowners should inspect their homes for potential problem areas of a house in case of a disaster, such as old trees. You should also make sure the roof does not have holes or is missing shingles. To safeguard against strong winds, you may have to nail down new shingles or remove loose objects, like lawn furniture. Some fix-it tasks can be completed over a weekend, such as reinforcing a garage door, vents and a gable, or triangular, roof, so water does not leak in. Those living in low lying areas where coastal storms surge should move electronic devices off the ground floor and put heavy furniture on blocks to prevent damage from flooding. Also, homeowners should roll up rugs. Spencer also advises that you look around your neighborhood for vulnerabilities, such as from abandoned properties. If a hurricane or tropical storm approaches, homeowners should notify the lender or bank that has taken ownership of the foreclosed property, as well as town officials, of concerns regarding foreclosed homes, he said.
Take Video or Photos for a Home Inventory
For insurance purposes and for your own personal keepsake in case of a disaster, you should have a home inventory or a photographic record. While you are doing that, you can consider which few items to bring in case of an evacuation.
Consider Important Supplies
FEMA recommends people should have a bare minimum of a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least three quarters of a gallon of fluid daily from water and other beverages just for drinking, but sometimes children, nursing mothers, the sick and people in hot temperatures may require more, according to FEMA. You may also want to prepare covered foods and about a month’s supply of medication, or more. You should also prepare traditional and special batteries for products like cellphones.
Shelter Considerations: Pets
During Hurricane Katrina, there were some people who did not evacuate as recommended because they had pets, or they did not know what to do with their animals. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety advises that if you are going to evacuate with a pet, make sure your hotel or shelter accepts pets.
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Building Your Nest Egg Early Can Make a ‘Huge Difference’

Building Your Nest Egg Early Can Make a ‘Huge Difference’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Most young workers may not be worried about saving for retirement because it’s decades away. But personal finance experts say starting early can give savers a big head start. “Even small amounts with a long horizon make a huge, huge difference,” says Julie Jason, chief investment officer at the retirement planning firm Jackson Grant. If you start putting away a small amount each week in your 20s, it’s much better than waiting until your 30s or 40s, she says. “The younger you are and the earlier you start to invest the more you can take advantage of compounding,” she adds, adding that the gains from compound interest rates “are just incredible as to how much more you can have over a long period of time.”
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Goldman Sachs ‘Boys Club’ Condemned in Discrimination Lawsuit

Goldman Sachs ‘Boys Club’ Condemned in Discrimination Lawsuit

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Goldman Sachs has been slapped with a gender-discrimination lawsuit and accused of fostering a “boys club atmosphere.”
Visits to strip clubs and a work environment that was generally hostile to women are among the claims being made by two former Goldman employees who want a judge to approve their lawsuit for class-action status. The two women first filed a claim against the big investment bank in 2010.
“This constellation of evidence reflects widespread concerns among women about gender bias and a ‘boys club’ atmosphere; the sexualization of women and an uncorrected culture of sexual harassment and assault,” the complaint says.
Cristina Chen-Oster, a former Goldman vice president, and former associate Shanna Orlich allege that the company routinely paid women less than men.
Goldman Sachs denies the allegations.
“This is a normal and anticipated procedural step for any proposed class-action lawsuit and does not change the case’s lack of merit,” the company said in a statement.
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The Luxury Market Comes Up Close and Gets Very, Very Personal

The Luxury Market Comes Up Close and Gets Very, Very Personal

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For an industry built on the promise of ‘personal style,’ the fashion trade had begun to look surprisingly homogeneous. A decade ago, consumers craved ‘It’ bags, collected identical logos, and could read tell-tale stitching on designer denim like tea leaves.Even the savviest shoppers forgot the simple truth that your local eighth-grader has always known: Uniforms are not cool.The good news is we’ve all since remembered.Responding to a growing demand for exclusivity and the mass-market precedent set by sneaker companies like Nike, the luxury space is coming up close and getting very, very personal as designers begin to reclaim the craft that once defined them. Couture is back in style.That upscale fashion houses would tailor garments to better suit special clients is nothing new. According to Roopal Patel, founder of Roopal Patel Consulting, landmark labels often invite ‘tried-and-true fans’ to private trunk shows to preview collections and place custom orders.
“A client might say to the team, ‘Oh, well, is it possible to extend the sleeves by a quarter inch or drop the hemline down two inches?’” Patel says. “These sorts of adjustments have been possible for a long time.”And yet while brands may once have granted these privileges to a select few, such modifications were not always made available to general audiences. But that was before Twitter. As even the most rarefied labels cultivate Instagram followers and launch online operations, it is no longer in the best interest of a designer to close his or her atelier to the public. The savviest brands are welcoming the World Wide Web.An early champion of web-optimized customization, Burberry announced Burberry Bespoke three years ago. The unprecedented initiative lets deep-pocketed clients build Burberry trench coats in the cut, fabric, and color of their choosing. Attractive accouterments include studded sleeves and mink-fur lining. But personalization has its price. A tricked-out trench can set you back almost $9,000.Last year, Ferragamo debuted a dedicated platform that invites users to customize Vara and Varina shoes to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic styles. Prada followed suit in June and unveiled the Made-to-Order Décolleté Collection. The service gives women the opportunity to purchase pumps in one of three heel heights, five finishes and 27 colors. Both Ferragamo and Prada offer shoppers the option to add metallic monograms to shoe soles.The result screams luxury. But its significance is subtler: The consumer now has her own logo and she’s willing to pay for it.”That’s the key component of this trend,” Patel says. “The luxury customer is demanding individual products that not everyone else has. She wants to walk into a room and know that something is only hers.”Serial entrepreneur Aslaug Magnusdottir is so convinced of that that she has built a business to make it happen. The Moda Operandi and Gilt Groupe alumna launched Tinker Tailor in May.The site bills itself as “the world’s first digital destination for the creation and customization of luxury fashion” and counts industry insiders like Waris Ahluwalia and Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Editor Laura Brown as advisory board members.The start-up splits its focus: Shoppers can use it either to design custom-order ensembles in an array of fabrics and silhouettes or to alter existing designs from such storied labels as Giambattista Valli, Roksanda Ilincic, and Alberta Ferretti. According to Magnusdottir, the emphasis on choice ensures that resultant looks are ‘relevant’ to global customers from the Middle East to Midtown.”Until now, a lot of designers have neglected the customer that can often afford their pieces, because she doesn’t fit the body type that they necessarily want their ideal customer to be,” notes trend forecaster Shayna Kulik. “This kind of democratization just makes sense.” Like Facebook pages and personal style blogs and selfies, the trend suggests a shift in the power dynamic between brands and individuals.But the phenomenon does not only cater to outsize egos. It is as indicative of a desire for self-expression as it is reflective of an interest in exclusivity: “Last year, there were more sewing machines sold in America than many years before,” says Magnusdottir. “People want to be part of the creative [process].”Still, Magnusdottir is keen to distinguish between Design-It-Yourself and DIY. The makers responsible for initialed Prada pumps and customized clutches do not use glue guns. Tinker Tailor does not release YouTube tutorials. And as the brain — and hands — behind cultish accessories label Edie Parker, Brett Heyman would like you to know that she is not in the business of “like, embossing acrylic boxes.” The bespoke bags that she has produced for the likes of Jessica Alba and Rita Ora are made to order. Each takes 8-10 weeks to fabricate and retails for upwards of $1,500.”If people are going to spend a lot of money on an item they want it to be individual, long-lasting, and unique,” asserts Heyman.The investment does not only benefit the consumer. It serves brands as well: These products essentially advertise themselves.
“It’s kind of brilliant,” Kulik says. “Who is not going to broadcast a one-of-a-kind piece to [her] entire [social] network?”Magnusdottir cites that justification as just one reason that designers have been so receptive to Tinker Tailor.”It was already very much a trend that the designers were becoming more and more aware of,” she says. “They were getting more and more requests from people for something that was personalized for them. This was what their customers want.”Kulik and Patel predict that enthusiasm for highly individualized items is unlikely to fade — especially as technological innovation makes them available to the masses. After all, “you” are not going out of style anytime soon.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Expect Plenty of Fireworks on the Roads This Weekend

Expect Plenty of Fireworks on the Roads This Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — AAA says that 41 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, most of them in cars.If you can possibly avoid it, try to stay clear of Washington, D.C. According to Safeco Insurance, the nation’s capital is the number-one city for discourteous and aggressive drivers during the Fourth of July holidays.The survey of drivers in 10 cities say that 40 percent of motorists in Washington are likely to engage in such behaviors as honking their horn, tailgating and gesturing at others this coming weekend.Boston is a close second, with 38 percent acting more discourteous during the holidays, with Atlanta third at 34 percent.Here’s the rest of the top 10:

New York City – 32 percent
Chicago – 32 percent
Dallas – 27 percent
Denver – 27 percent
Seattle – 26 percent
Minneapolis – 24 percent
Los Angeles – 22 percent

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Graco to Recall More Car Seats After ‘Difficulty’ with Harness Buckles

Graco to Recall More Car Seats After ‘Difficulty’ with Harness Buckles

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Graco is recalling at least five batches of infant and toddler car seats after determining that the harness buckles can get stuck and make taking a child out of the seat more difficult.
On the company website, Graco says it worked with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in recent months — following a February recall of over three million car seats — and determined that customers, “were having difficulty opening the harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013.”After deeming the old version of the buckle “difficult to open,” Graco agreed to recall all affected car seats and to offer a replacement buckle to any customer who wants to update their seat, regardless of inclusion in this recall.
The full list of recalled car seats can be found on Graco’s website.
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FTC Says T-Mobile Knowingly Placed Fraudulent Charges on Users’ Bills

FTC Says T-Mobile Knowingly Placed Fraudulent Charges on Users’ Bills

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused cell phone provider T-Mobile of billing customers hundreds of millions of dollars in false charges. The FTC claims T-Mobile knew its customers had not authorized numerous text-messaging charges and knowingly made it difficult for users to determine that they were even being charged. The charges are specifically related to “premium” SMS subscriptions, such as those commonly seen for content like flirting tips, horoscopes or celebrity gossip. The FTC says that T-Mobile continued to bill users for the content despite signs that the charges were fraudulent. T-Mobile, the FTC says, received 35 to 40 percent of the amount customers were charged for the “subscriptions” as part of a third-party billing scheme. The government agency is aiming to, “ensure that T-Mobile repays all its customers for these crammed charges,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Tuesday.In some cases, T-Mobile was allegedly charging customers for services with refund rates of 40 percent, a sign the FTC says should have indicated to the company that its users were not authorizing the charges. The FTC says it is seeking a court order to permanently prevent T-Mobile from engaging in similar practices and to obtain refunds for the customers charged in the “cramming” scam.
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JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon Reveals Throat Cancer

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon Reveals Throat Cancer

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jamie Dimon, the CEO and Chairman of JP Morgan informed shareholders on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.According to a message sent by Dimon addressed to “colleagues and shareholders,” the cancer was caught early and his prognosis is good. Dimon said in his message that he expects to begin radiation and chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital over the next eight weeks, noting that while he will have to limit travel, he expects to remain, “actively involved in our business.”Dimon also said that the cancer had not spread beyond the original area. He thanked his employees and shareholders for their support and praised JP Morgan’s employees for the amazing work they do day-in and day-out.”
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Wall Street Climbs to Start Third Quarter

Wall Street Climbs to Start Third Quarter

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street started the new quarter with a bang on Tuesday, as all three major indices saw solid gains.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 129.18 to finish at 16955.78.The Nasdaq climbed 50.47 to 4458.56 to finish at another new 14-year high, while the S&P 500 jumped 13.04 to 1973.27.Also on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission accused cell phone provider T-Mobile of billing customers hundreds of millions of dollars in false charges. The FTC claims T-Mobile knew its customers had not authorized the charges and knowingly made it difficult for users to determine that they were even being charged.
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GM Recalls Outnumber Six Years of Sales

GM Recalls Outnumber Six Years of Sales

General Motors(NEW YORK) — The numbers are staggering. In the first six months of this year, General Motors announced the recall of more than 29 million cars, including a new recall on Monday of 8.2 million more vehicles. That’s the largest number of recalls ever in one year by a single auto manufacturer. It’s also more cars recalled than what has been sold by the company in the last six years.Still, customers appear to remain loyal to GM despite surpassing the record for single-year safety fixes. GM’s new car sales have not been hit hard by the dent to its reputation as the automaker announced Tuesday that it sold 260,000 cars in June, an increase of one percent from a year ago and beyond the expectations on Wall Street. 
Though plagued by millions of recalls, the company said the first half of this year was its best since 2008.  The company’s stock also remains largely unaffected.The company says it will take an additional $500 million charge against earnings to pay for the newest recalls. So far, GM has said it will spend $2.5 billion to fix safety problems. But this does not include the newly announced compensation fund for victims of crashes linked to flawed vehicles.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Busiest Airports for July 4 Travel

Busiest Airports for July 4 Travel

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — July 4 vacations are already in swing, and with the busiest travel day of the summer coming up, travelers should expect crowded airports. And if they’re headed to one of the nation’s busiest airports, they should prepare for long security and Starbucks lines.Travel website Hopper said the volume of travelers headed to the nation’s airports this Independence Day will be 60 percent higher than Memorial Day. The busiest airport? Las Vegas McCarren Airport, with almost 13 million searches total for arrivals and departures.The analysis of the busiest airports was conducted on Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources for all searches conducted in the past three months, with a planned trip between June 27 and July 7. Top airports were identified by which had the most searches either originating or arriving at a particular airport.Here’s the complete top 10 list from Hopper:

Las Vegas (LAS)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Atlanta (ATL)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
Denver (DEN)
Newark (EWR)
New York LaGuardia (LGA)
Orlando (MCO)
San Francisco (SFO)
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

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Company Tweets Have Soccer Spirit Ahead of US-Belgium Match

Company Tweets Have Soccer Spirit Ahead of US-Belgium Match

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Waffle House is grabbing attention for its anti-Belgian waffle World Cup marketing campaign ahead of Tuesday’s USA-Belgium game.And now, other company Twitter accounts are joining with patriotic tweets for Team USA.Waffle House, based in Norcross, Georgia, has been encouraging Americans to boycott Belgian waffles, which of course, the restaurant chain does not serve.

We ready #USA #WEBELIEVETHATWEWILLWIN pic.twitter.com/Sfdg0zXyNJ
— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) July 1, 2014

MoonPie, the American dessert with chocolate-covered graham crackers and marshmallow, is turning on its red, white and blue.

Belgian chocolate? Psshhh… Eat a MoonPie and cheer on the #USA! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/sGVNKZSiqN
— MoonPie (@MoonPie) July 1, 2014

Bojangles restaurant chain, which touts its “famous chicken ‘n biscuits” from its Charlotte, North Carolina, headquarters, says that it’s soccer “Bo-time.”

Today is the day. Eat a biscuit. Support @ussoccer. #BeatBelgiumWithBiscuits #USAvsBEL pic.twitter.com/A8A5SnVepp
— Bojangles’ (@Bojangles1977) July 1, 2014

Even the “Wafles & Dinges” food trucks in New York City are changing sides and giving out free ice cream for 15 minutes after every U.S. goal.

Wafeloons!! Are we gonna run out of ice cream or Belgian style wafels?? pic.twitter.com/4aaBXDPEpX
— Wafels & Dinges (@waffletruck) July 1, 2014

Clydesdale horses, revving engines, an eagle and beer are thrown in a promo video for Budweiser, which is owned by Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev.

#AreYouReady? We are. Get hyped for @ussoccer. #USAvsBEL https://t.co/H9nKONzaoU
— Budweiser (@Budweiser) July 1, 2014

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Vine Can Now Measure Your Addiction to Looping Video

Vine Can Now Measure Your Addiction to Looping Video

Vine(NEW YORK) — Vine, the six-second looping video platform owned by Twitter, has figured out a way to let you know if your videos are “popular and interesting.”Or, conversely, if you have the habit of being mesmerized by looping videos.Starting Tuesday, a loop counter will be added to all Vines, allowing people to see how many times a video has been looped, no matter where it is embedded online.Loop counts won’t impact Vine’s “popular now” section, however users will be able to see just how transfixing a Vine truly is by checking out the loop counts in the iOS and Android apps as well as on Vine.co.Vine said in a blog post it has been tracking loop counts since April 3. However, with the metrics being introduced on Tuesday, some popular videos may have a “+” symbol next to it, meaning that there are likely more loops than listed.
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Solar Powered ‘Soofa’ Smart Benches Will Charge Your Phone

Solar Powered ‘Soofa’ Smart Benches Will Charge Your Phone

Mayor’s Office of Boston(BOSTON) — The Soofa is so much more than a seat.A dozen of the solar-powered park benches, which charge smartphones and download environmental data, are being installed this month around Boston.The smart benches are the brainchild of three female innovators who created Changing Environment, a spin-off of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”It started as a research project and turned into something people really want,” co-founder and CEO Sandra Richter told ABC News. “It seems people are always juiced out on their phones.”At first glance, the Soofa looks like a typical park bench. However, what distinguishes it is a simple charging station that uses solar power to charge up to two smartphones at a time. The benches also connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network wirelessly and are able to collect data on the environment and noise levels.Visitors to the Soofa website will then be able to see metrics, including how frequently each Soofa is used, its environment and the number of hours of solar power provided.The first Soofas in Boston are being funded by Cisco at no cost to the city. Richter said Changing Environment is in talks to bring the Soofa to other cities around the United States.”We want a smart, sustainable, social place,” she said. “We definitely see this as the first step of smart, urban furniture.”
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