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Former UBS Executive Acquitted in Tax Conspiracy Case

Former UBS Executive Acquitted in Tax Conspiracy Case

Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A federal jury in Florida acquitted a former executive for Swiss bank UBS on charges that he helped wealthy Americans hide money from the Internal Revenue Service in secret accounts.Raoul Weil faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiacy to defraud the government. Instead, a jury ruled in his favor, seemingly accepting his defense that the hiding of billion of dollars in Swiss bank accounts was done by his staffers and without his knowledge.Bloomberg News notes that Weil, 54, was the highest-ranking official out of three dozen bankers, lawyers and advisers charged in a U.S. investigation of offshore tax evasion. UBS had previously avoided prosecution in February 2009 by paying a $780 million fine and admitting to its role in helping Americans hide money from 2000 to 2007.

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NHTSA Investigating Honda for Incomplete Warning Reports

NHTSA Investigating Honda for Incomplete Warning Reports

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an inquiry into Honda after the company allegedly failed to report incidents involving Takata air bags that resulted in death or injury.Automobile manufacturers who produce 5,000 or more vehicles are required to submit early warning reports every quarter, including information on every incident that results in death or injury. Those reports are supposed to allege or prove that the death or injury was caused by possible defect. NHTSA says that Honda's failures to include that data in their reports is a violation of the TREAD Act. The agency is also concerned that the company may have failed to include such data in reports that go beyond the Takata air bags.NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said Monday that his agency's "focus is keeping the American public and their vehicles safe." Friedman noted that Honda and any other automakers' failure to report information on such incidents "will not be tolerated."

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Car Companies to Pay $100 Million in Historic Case Involving Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Car Companies to Pay $100 Million in Historic Case Involving Greenhouse Gas Emissions

welcomia/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that a pair of car companies will pay a $100 million penalty in a historic case regarding enforcement of greenhouse gas emissions.According to a release from the Department of Justice, Hyundai and Kia allegedly sold 1.2 million vehicles that emit more greenhouse gases than they certified to the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the DOJ, those 1.2 million vehicles would emit about 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases over what the companies had certified. In addition to the financial penalty, the companies will forfeit greenhouse gas emission credits earned for producing vehicles with lower emissions than required by law.Holder called the settlement "unprecedented," saying that it "underscores the Justice Department's firm commitment to safeguarding American consumers, ensuring fairness in every marketplace, protecting the environment, and relentlessly pursuing companies that make misrepresentations and violate the law."The vehicles in questions are believed to have included Hyundai Accents, Elantra, Velosters and Santa Fes and Kia Rio and Soul vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The DOJ also says that the two companies provide consumers with inaccurate information about the vehicles' fuel economy. Hyundai and Kia will both reorganize their emissions certification group, revise test protocols, improve management of test data and enhance employee training.

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Despite Manufacturing Growth, Wall Street Starts November with Losses

Despite Manufacturing Growth, Wall Street Starts November with Losses

tarabird/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The month of November got off to an unsteady beginning on Wall Street, with two of the three major indices retreating from all-time highs.The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had closed at its highest point ever on Friday, dipped 24.28 on Monday, closing at 17,366.24.The Nasdaq climbed 8.17 to a finish of 4,638.91, while the S&P 500, also coming off a record close, slipped 0.24 to 2,017.81.The Institute for Supply Management released data on Monday that showed the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and that the economy overall grew for the 65th consecutive month. That data showed strong growth in orders, production and hiring and slower increases in prices.

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Will McDonald’s Keep Its ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Slogan?

Will McDonald’s Keep Its ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Slogan?

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps McDonald’s is running low in its "ideas" tank. The fast-food chain may be extending its nearly decade-long I'm Lovin' It catch-phrase, at least according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.McDonald’s has filed with the agency to trademark "Lovin’ > Hatin,’" as well as “Lovin’ is Greater Than Hatin'.""We routinely file intent to use trademark applications as a regular course of business," Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald's, told ABC News.She declined to share details about how the trademarks might be used, if ever.McDonald's has filed many trademark applications related to various aspects of its business, including food and slogans, she said.Here are some that made it into the public eye, memorable or not:

2003I'm Lovin' ItInspired by N'Sync alum Justin Timberlake's song released in 2003, McDonald's steadily used the "I'm Lovin' It" slogan in advertisements. The refrain in Timberlake's song "ba da ba ba ba" has become a commonly used McDonald's musical jingle.

Circa 2000We Love to See You SmileWhether it's a Happy Meal or breakfast, McDonald's wants to make people happy, at least according to the commercials that popped up around the year 2000 with a smiley face under the McDonald's "M" logo.

1997Did Somebody Say McDonald's?After this slogan and five commercials were introduced in 1997, the ad creative behind it gave an interview explaining the message in the words."Our objective is to trigger visits to McDonald's," Bob Scarpelli, vice chairman and chief creative officer at DDB Needham Chicago, told the New York Times in 1997.

1990sMy McDonald'sThe "My McDonald's" campaign focused on restaurant employees and customers. Don't be shocked if you don't remember it. The New York Times called it a "short-lived campaign."

1980sMac TonightMcDonald's wanted people to know they could come get a Big Mac and fries in the wee hours of the night, so they turned to their old friend, the moon."This creepy lounge singer took the same name as the slogan, and appeared in a slew of ads throughout the '80s," said Thrillist.

1970s2 All-Beef PattiesThis mouthful of a slogan only lasted over a year, but it's an iconic TV slogan of the campy 1970s: "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions -- on a sesame seed bun."

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Decline in US Gas Prices May Go On, But for How Long?

Decline in US Gas Prices May Go On, But for How Long?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another drop in gas prices is expected when The Energy Department releases its latest weekly report Monday afternoon, but how long will the decline last?Several surveys say the average price of regular gas is at or below $3 in most states, mostly due to falling crude oil prices and typical seasonal declines. Pump prices are now at their lowest in nearly four years, according to GasBuddy.com.Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, says it’s hard to tell which way prices will go from here. On one hand, he says, “oil prices have halted their decline in the last week,” which could mean drivers will only see gas prices drop only another few cents. “But if oil prices can drop to $78 or less, we could see the national average decline for several more weeks,” he says.

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Chrysler Tops October Auto Sales

Chrysler Tops October Auto Sales

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The auto industry reported October sales figures Monday, with some companies showing signs of growth. So far, Chrysler is the star performer with a 22 percent rise in October, the company’s eight month of double-digit growth for the year. Jeep has been the firm’s hottest brand recently.“Chrysler Group is the industry’s fastest-growing automaker driven in part by sales of our all-new Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, and by the strong consumer demand for our award-winning Ram trucks,” Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland said.Nissan’s U.S. sales rose 13.3 percent over the prior year, setting an October record. The company sold 103,117 units last month.Meanwhile, Ford sales dropped 2 percent, though it sold 188,654 vehicles.

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#AlexFromTarget Hashtag Spawns Parody Accounts

#AlexFromTarget Hashtag Spawns Parody Accounts

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Internet became a localized Tiger Beat teen magazine this weekend when photos of boy band-worthy young male employees went viral.It all started with a young Target employee whose photo hit it big with the hashtag #AlexFromTarget, and the parodies soon followed.

The unsuspecting young man named "Alex" apparently has been amused with the attention, at least according to this Twitter account.

The Texas high school that he appears to attend did not immediately respond to a request for comment, neither did Target. 

Am i famous now?

— DGM_Alex (@acl163) November 2, 2014

Now i have to change my number...

— DGM_Alex (@acl163) November 3, 2014

So many followers 😂

— DGM_Alex (@acl163) November 3, 2014

Now there's "Steve from Starbucks":

Rt for #stevefromstarbucks Fav for #alexfromtarget pic.twitter.com/IFFlKj3R2y

— amanda (@bangerznash) November 3, 2014

And now there's "Kieran from T-Mobile":

i was once a fan of #alexfromtarget but i moved on to bigger and better things aka #kieranfromtmobile pic.twitter.com/1iqOzSzrj1

— AmberFromTmobile (@eroticmendes) November 3, 2014

And what about "Matt from Red Robin"?:

MATT FROM RED ROBIN'S THO #mattfromredrobin pic.twitter.com/Zli2b7Fyn8

— sofia | 260 (@chanelxespinosa) November 3, 2014

And "RT for Todd from Best Buy Fav for Alex from Target":

RT for Todd from Best Buy Fav for Alex from Target #alexfromtarget pic.twitter.com/02FbxvQVWA

— christy (@mockingwho) November 3, 2014

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PayPal’s Peter Thiel Says He’s Betting on Google to Beat Apple

PayPal’s Peter Thiel Says He’s Betting on Google to Beat Apple

Nicole Sawyer/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Every entrepreneur has aspirations of creating and cashing in on the next Facebook, Google or maybe SpaceX. But only a handful -- like venture capitalist Peter Thiel, 47, -- actually do.In his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Thiel says the secret to making it happen is simple: do something totally different.The billionaire-investor is widely known as one of the most disruptive thinkers on the planet.He co-founded PayPal, was the first investor in Facebook and is now seeding some of the most successful startups today: from LinkedIn to Airbnb and Yelp.The most important skill a leader must master is to learn to “think for yourself,” Thiel writes. But understanding this is easier said than done.He explains that from the time people are born, society trains them to follow the herd: from the language our parents teach us to speak, to peer pressure in junior high. Despite our cultural challenges, Thiel emphasizes, “Great companies are one-of-a-kind” and in his new book he includes exercises to encourage people to think about the world in different ways.In an interview with Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News’ chief business and economics correspondent and host of the hit digital program Real Biz, Thiel shared his advice on how to build a solid business. He explained it is wise to make sure the "structure" is right from the very beginning: who you are going to hire, "how you divvy up the initial pie and the basic rules you set."Thiel also opened up about his own roller coaster ride and dealing with self-doubt while trying to start PayPal.“You think you’re going to take over the world, you think you’re all going to die and sometimes you move back and forth several times a day,” Thiel said. “The lesson people learned inside PayPal, it was hard but possible to build a great company. And I think that’s a really important mindset to have when people set out.”Speaking with Jarvis, Thiel addressed the tech battle on Wall Street between Apple and Google. Both companies are competing for a monopoly of the mobile device space. Whether it's the smartphone battles of Google's Android verse Apple's iPhone, the fight over how the world will pay for things with mobile devices, or Apple Pay’s taking on Google's E-wallet, both companies are going neck-and-neck in the race to the top.Wall Street analyst Colin Gillis of BGC Partners predicted in a research report that Google will surpass Apple to become the first company to reach a market capitalization of $1 trillion, despite Apple's current worth of more than $631 billion, nearly double Google’s $380.62 billion.Gillis told ABC News while Apple's hardware business always faces the threat of copycat competition, "Google is a cash cow, their core business of search dominates the market, they are going to sell a billion androids this year and two of the top bestselling laptops on Amazon are Chrome."Thiel agrees Google is positioned to outperform Apple.“I’d always bet on Google because they have much more of a platform and there’s always a worry that Apple will at some point lose its advantages, other people copying the iPhone. But so far Apple has proven to be far more resilient because its brand is just so great,” Thiel explained.Speaking of Amazon, when Jarvis asked about Amazon’s futuristic drones and how long before Elon Musk sends people to outer space, Thiel said Amazon's drones are a reality so long as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn’t outlaw them from “flying all over the place.”Thiel also said his former colleague Elon Musk from PayPal is in the process of creating the future, and he gives it less than 20 years before humans can take trips to outer space.“He’s building a future in which there will be electric cars and a manned mission to Mars,” he added. “There was nothing automatic about that that was destined to happen. It’s just he chose to build it.”

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Most Don’t Use Cell Phone for Making Calls

Most Don’t Use Cell Phone for Making Calls

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You're really behind the curve if you use your cell phone for something as mundane as making a phone call.At least that's what a new survey of 2,000 people in Britain implies. The taxi-summoning app Hailo asked phone owners to list their top reasons for using the gadgets with texting messages and receiving messages coming in first and second.Number three on the list was reading personal email while the fourth most popular function was surfing the Internet.And making calls? Nope, not yet. That was sixth behind setting up the phone to act as an alarm clock.Rounding out the top 10: sending personal emails; checking the time; using the calculator; and checking Facebook.

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Naming Rights For Dallas Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Sold For $50K

Naming Rights For Dallas Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Sold For $50K

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- What's in a name? A lot of zeros if you're the anonymous person who bought the naming rights to a baby giraffe born last week at the Dallas Zoo.

But he won't be so little for much longer-- he already stands 6 feet tall.

The Dallas Zoo sold the naming rights for the baby giraffe for $50,000. The money will fund conservation efforts.

The zoo hasn't announced who bought the naming rights to its latest bundle of joy, but has said it wasn't a corporation.

The Dallas Zoo will announce the name later on Sunday.

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Forget Black Friday: Deals Now Rolling Out Day After Halloween

Forget Black Friday: Deals Now Rolling Out Day After Halloween

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Goodbye jack o' lanterns, hello Santa.

Retailers aren't waiting for Thanksgiving and black Friday to jump-start the holiday buying season. The deals are starting Saturday, the day after Halloween.

There's so much competition among stores in this selling season, which can make or break profit for the year, that retailers are throwing irresistible deals our way.

And Americans are responding. This year, retail experts estimate they're expected to spend about $80 more than they spent last season on holiday gifts, a total of $617 billion.

Deals at Amazon include:

Savings of 40% or more on select Star Wars toys, Mickey and Minnie, Crayola and Disney Princess toys Save up to 35% on Green Toys Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Save more than 50% off Analon cookware sets Save up to 70% off Cuisinart cookware sets Save 50% off SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit Save up to 50% off all the tools you need for the perfect Thanksgiving Save 60% off Paderno Three Blade Slicer Braun electric shavers starting at 30% off Save $250 or more on Samsung Baby Care Washers Save 50% on Philips Avent classic gift sets Save 50% or more on the Levana Sophia Video Baby Monitor Up to 75% off select One Industries Motorcycle Helmets Up to 40% off select Jeep and truck accessories, including Husky, Heininger, and Rugged Ridge $25 off Makita tools, on select orders over $100 Free App of the Day Bundle – Get more than $115 in top apps and games for free from Amazon Appstore (October 30 – November 1) – download the bundle from the Amazon App

At Walmart, just like black Friday, there's these flash deals starting after midnight PT Nov. 3 in a 24-hour holiday cyber savings event, eligible for same-day pickup in stores.

Element 40” LED HDTV for $199, was $298 NutriNinja Pro Blender for $65, was $99 Crayola Paint Maker for $12, was $18.88

More Walmart deals:

Samsung 46” HDTV for $528, was $578 Dell Inspiron Touch (15.6” Inspiron 15 LaptopPC) for $479, was $549 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11” Action Figure for $15.88, was $19.97 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle High Flyin Blimp for $24.76, was $29.97 Frozen Light-up Dress for $28.88, was $34.97 Hasbro Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies Agent Bow Blaster for $19.88, was $29.96 16 Schwinn bikes – Cosmo and Twilight for $69, was $78.87 LEGO Lego Movie Spaceship for $80, was $99.97 Xbox One for $349, previously $399

And online specials, including:

RCA 9-inch Tablet with 8GB memory for $69, was $89 Sceptre 50-inch LED HDTV for $349, was $379

At OfficeDepot/OfficeMax, starting Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, you can get:

HP Pavilion 15” laptop computer with AMD E1 processor with 4 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive for$229.99 (regular price $299.99) Dell™ Inspiron 15 3000 Series Touchscreen laptop computer with Intel® Core i3 processor with 4 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive for $369.99 (regular price $549.99)

Many other retailers are offering deals on Saturday, so check with their sites or deal sites including Dealnews.com. And remember, there's 54 days until Christmas.

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Help Line Staffer Suspended For Robotic Voice

Help Line Staffer Suspended For Robotic Voice

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Dillon's employer didn't think it was funny that the IT specialist kept answering the customer service phone in a robotic voice.Dillon's boss, the New York City Health Department, has suspended him for 20 days.The case document, claimed that Dillon “states in a slow, monotone, and overenunciated manner, ‘You have reached the Help Desk. This is Mr. Dillon. How may I help you?’”Dillon denied the accusation that he greeted callers to the Help Desk in a robotic voice, saying that he merely read a script he had been given in a “neutral tone.” According to the document:“He contended that he articulates each word because he speaks fast and has a Brooklyn accent which is sometimes difficult to understand. He further asserted that he uses this tone to eliminate accusations that he treats callers differently…Additionally, he asserted that he is not a ‘people person’ and does not have the special talents and skills that customer service requires.”Administrative Law Judge Kara Miller, however, described Dillon as a “disgruntled employee” in her Oct. 7 ruling.“It may be true that [Dillon] is not a ‘people person’ and relatively new to customer service,” Miller wrote in the case document. “But the audio recordings show that respondent is capable of speaking to callers in a normal tone.”This was not a one-time offense. The Health Department provided five audio recordings of Dillon putting on his best automation impression between February and April 2013, with other complaints stretching back to October 2012.Dillon, who has worked for the Health Department since 1976, faces a 20-day suspension without pay.

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Strong Finish to Week on Wall Street, Labor Department Report Shows Wages Increasing

Strong Finish to Week on Wall Street, Labor Department Report Shows Wages Increasingtarabird/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets closed the week on a positive note, with the closing bell coming as two major indices finished back above milestones they had fallen below during the rough beginning of October.The Dow Jones Indu...

‘Butterfly’ Seating Design a Boon to Long-Haul Flights

‘Butterfly’ Seating Design a Boon to Long-Haul Flights

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new in-flight seat design for long-haul carriers could have passengers in premium economy and business class spreading their wings, so to speak.Hong Kong designer James SH Lee's "Butterfly Seating Solution" recently took top prize at the International Air Transport Association’s 2014 Passenger Innovation Awards for providing flexible cabin configurations to suit the changing demands for seats from flight to flight."With a fixed configuration there are bound to be lost opportunities or inefficiencies,” Lee said in a statement. "Flexible seating configuration helps airlines battle uncertainties. Demand is never constant and predictable -- it differs seasonally, across different days of a week, across different markets, across different phases of economy cycle.""Butterfly is composed of units of double seats, with the aisle seat offset backwards. It is premium economy when both seats are used," described Lee on PaperClipDesign.Additional perks in this configuration include large cocktail trays, seat pockets and an adjustable ottoman."When used as business class, the inboard seat is simply flipped over to form a flat surface. The seating unit then becomes a private suite for one passenger, with a seat and a side couch," he said.In this configuration, the passenger can choose to spread out while working, or invite another passenger to sit in the couch space for a more social experience. On long hauls, the aisle seat can also be flipped over alongside the "couch" to create a sleeping area.At 77 inches long and up to 44 inches wide at hip areas, the business-class bed would be one of the largest in the industry.

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NHTSA Fines Ferrari $3.5 Million for Failure to Submit Warning Reports

NHTSA Fines Ferrari $3.5 Million for Failure to Submit Warning Reports

MagicDreamer/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said on Friday that it would fine Ferrari $3.5 million after the company allegedly failed to submit reports identifying actual or potential safety issues for three years.Federal law requires large manufacturers and their affiliates to submit comprehensive emergency warning reports every quarter in order to give the Department of Transportation notice of potential safety concerns. Ferrari failed to do so over a three-year period, additionally failing to report three fatal accidents."There is no excuse for failing to follow laws created to keep drivers safe," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. He also noted that "all automakers will be held accountable if they fail to do their part in our mission to keep Americans safe on the road."In addition to the $3.5 million civil penalty, Ferrari will also be forced to take actions to improve its handling of emergency warning reports -- including additional training and retroactive submission of past reports.

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Ready, Set, Shop for Holiday Deals

Ready, Set, Shop for Holiday Deals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Online retailers are preparing for the holiday shopping season even earlier this year.Beginning Saturday, Amazon will unveil many of its holiday deals. Office Depot and Sears will follow by rolling out Black Friday-like deals in the coming weeks.Walmart, meanwhile, is testing a program to match prices offered by online retailers such as Amazon, according the Wall Street Journal. The move would keep Walmart competitive this holiday season, but could also affect its fourth-quarter earnings.

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Papa Murphy’s CEO Brings Pizzas Home on Halloween, Like His Customers

Papa Murphy’s CEO Brings Pizzas Home on Halloween, Like His Customers

Papa Murphy's(NEW YORK) — Like his customers who want to spend time with their families on Halloween, the CEO of "take 'n' bake" pizza chain Papa Murphy's will be bringing pizzas to his wife and son tonight.Friday, Halloween, is the busiest day of the year for Papa Murphy's, followed by Valentine's Day, the fifth-largest pizza chain said."My family loves pizza too. I have to remember that, because I eat it all day," Ken Calwell, 52, said. "A lot of times I’ll bring home new pizzas we’re trying at the lab and they’ll get a sneak preview. I have to remember that they haven’t had pizza all day."As part of ABC News' C-Suite Insider series, Calwell explains how Papa Murphy's is unlike any pizza chain you see on television. Calwell, in fact, proudly touts it as the largest pizza chain that doesn't advertise on national television. Customers customize the pizza they want, then you take them to bake in your home oven. "Fresh made, fresh created, fresh baked," Calwell said. The company's NASDAQ stock ticker symbol is FRSH.He makes it a point to bring his wife pizza with "pink sauce:" her favorite combination of tomato sauce and creamy garlic sauce.Here's more from Calwell about what a pizza-centered house looks like:For someone who eats pizza a lot, what are your meals like?"Breakfast in the morning is a refuel from working out so a lot of cereal and fruit and 'good for you' stuff," he said."Literally through the day I do miss a lot of lunches because I had pizza in the morning or right after lunch. Pizza becomes a big part of my day. We’re looking at new salads as well. Moms are coming in to Papa Murphy's not just for pizza but dinner for her family. We’re tasting a lot of dessert and bread items.""My wife will ask, 'What did you have for lunch?' And she will guess pizza."He said his wife is a "big cook...Almost every single night we have a family dinner. We hardly miss one. Dinner's probably around 7 o’clock every night. We eat a lot for dinner. My son especially. He's over 6' 3" with size 13 feet. He's growing like a weed. If he’s eating I’ll eat, then one day I decided 'I can’t do this.'"What does your workout look like?"It starts with my son actually," Calwell said about his 17-year old, who is a competitive swimmer. "We are up at 5 a.m. each day."Calwell either goes for a run (four to six miles), bike ride or swims about two miles."He swims with all the fast, young guys in one pool. And the other guys are in another pool," said Calwell, a former marathon runner and triathlete. "We compare workouts every morning."(Calwell has had a favorite pair of Asics running shoes since 1979. When he learned they were being discontinued, he bought 22 pairs from the company at $45 a piece.)"My son swims before and after school so he’s also at the pool from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every day also. I try to get there by 5 or 5:30 p.m. on nights I haven’t gotten a workout in and we go home together for dinner," he said.What do you do at work when you're not tasting pizza?After he gets to the office, usually by 7:15 a.m., he starts the day with some planning, calls franchise owners on the phone, and attends a lot of meetings."We’re so focused on new products right now that a lot of the meetings are around new product launches," he said.The company is in 38 states now with 1,440 locations and it is quickly moving east and west."We’re not in the Northeast yet. We’re in Baltimore, the Carolinas and Florida, plus southeast in Tennessee and Kentucky. We want to make sure we have a really strong following in the Midwest and West."Who's Papa Murphy's target market?Papa Murphy's target market is a generation (and gender) away from that of larger chains, where the 27-year pizza industry veteran previously worked."When I worked at Domino’s and Pizza Hut, they will say their number one day is the Super Bowl. They focus on young males," Calwell said. "For us, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are our biggest days. We really go after families and moms; so for families and moms, it’s all about family events."Similarly, competitor Papa John's estimates that this year’s Halloween, which falls on a Friday, is estimated to surpass Super Bowl Sunday as their busiest night with 1 million to 1.2 million pizzas sold."We find that moms want to give their kids a little food before they go out trick-or-treating," Calwell said. Along with pizza, Papa Murphy's sells raw cookie dough that customers can bake at home for a warm dessert. For Halloween, it's offering an orange chocolate chip cookie "Spooky Dough" and a Jack-O-Lantern Pizza with a face.Is there a family bed time?"We’re really boring, because we’re very early to bed. After we have dinner together, he goes up and does homework. It’s time for Sandy and I to catch up on our day, then we’re pretty much in bed by 9:30 p.m."Any late nights on the weekends?"To get up at 5 a.m., I can’t maintain that. The weekends are still swimming again. I get up really early Sunday mornings and do a long bike ride then go to church," he said. "Our downtime is Sunday afternoon. We like to do outdoor activities so usually go for a hike. We have a river behind us and a fire pit behind our house."

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Jobs That Make People Scream

Jobs That Make People Scream

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A horror movie or a haunted house isn’t nearly as frightening as some jobs people hold down in this country.At least that’s what a new CareerBuilder Survey of 3,000 workers found. They were asked what occupation they fear the most with politician topping the list, which probably makes a lot of sense on a number of levels.Here are the top 10 scariest jobs and why Americans dread them:

PoliticianDreaded by people who fear responsibility; accountability to a large number of people; rejection. Microbiologist for Infectious DiseasesDreaded by people who fear germs; Ebola; microbes. Security Guard at Teen Pop Idol ConcertDreaded by people who fear a stampede of teens. Kindergarten TeacherDreaded by people who fear little kid germs; wailing tots; trying to educate wailing tots. Crime Scene InvestigatorDreaded by people who fear blood; the fact that it’s never like anything like what’s on CSI. Animal TrainerDreaded by people who fear angry animals; allergies. MorticianDreaded by people who fear death. Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and RepairersDreaded by people who fear climbing anything taller than a step ladder. Stand-Up ComedianDreaded by people who fear standing in front of people; rejection. ParentDreaded by people who fear growing up.

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The Legions of Women Gamers Keep Growing

The Legions of Women Gamers Keep Growing

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women love playing games and not just the ones that drive men nuts.The firm Superdata Research says that when it comes to playing games on personal computers and mobile devices, more women do it than men.Actually, the break down on PC games is slightly over 50 percent across all genres for women and just under 50 percent for men. Women favor role-playing games as opposed to guys who are more into first-person shooter and multi-player games.Meanwhile, when it comes to mobile games, women are comfortably ahead at 58 percent to 42 percent for the opposite sex.In fact, the ladies are starting to catch up to men in digital console games as well, which also seems to shatter the belief that women are merely casual gamers.

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