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Ride the Na'vi River at Pandora: The World of Avatar
ABCNews.com (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- At the center of the highly-anticipated Pandora: The World of Avatar are two new rides: Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey.The land, located inside Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Park, opens May 27. ABC News got a preview of the the park's largest expansion in history and the chance to enjoy the rides.Na'vi River Journey is a peaceful boat ride, good for all ages. It coasts through a series of caves and showcases the bioluminescence so central to Disney's story of Pandora.The journey culminates with the discovery of Na’vi Shaman of Songs and her beautiful...
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New TSA procedures target electronics, food
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Transportation Security Administration is testing new screening procedures that will require travelers to remove electronics bigger than cellphones and some food items from their bags and place them in bins to be screened separately, ABC News has confirmed. If passengers don't comply, their bag may be opened for a manual inspection.There is no specific threat associated with these items that requires them to be screened separately and the change is not associated with the ban on laptops and other large electronics on flights originating from some Middle East airports; rather the move is one to increase...
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Bag containing moon dust from Apollo 11 expected to sell for millions at auction
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Nearly 50 years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong famously made his mark on the moon.When Armstrong returned from the Apollo 11 mission, he had a bag containing rock fragments and dust he collected from the moon's surface. But over the years the bag mysteriously disappeared.Now these important space artifacts will go up for auction on July 20, 2017. Cassandra Hatton, a vice president at Sotheby's, explained that NASA unknowingly lost track of the bag, which protected the Earth and space craft from lunar pathogens, while clearing out items in the Johnson Space Center in Texas. At that...
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$24 million lottery winner comes forward two days before deadline
Hemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — On May 23, a new millionaire was made when a winner came forward to claim a $24 million New York Lottery prize just two days before the ticket was set to expire, according to a news release from the organization.The lucky individual, who will be identified at a later date pending New York Lottery security's background review, said news coverage of the soon-to-expire ticket prompted them to search for the ticket in their home where it was found among other old tickets, said the news release.The individual purchased the single winning ticket on May 25, 2016...
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Loved ones search for Manchester missing on social media after concert attack
ABC News (MANCHESTER, England) -- Families and friends of concertgoers who are still missing after the Manchester bombing have taken to social media hoping to find their loved ones.Social media has become a useful tool to help locate missing people in the wake of a terror attack or natural disaster.More than 14 million tweets have been posted about the Manchester bombing, including the hashtag #MissinginManchester about people who had not been found, according to Spredfast. Shortly after the bombing, Facebook also launched its safety check feature so users who attended teh concert could mark they were safe.Families and friends of...
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US stocks close higher with fourth straight day of gains
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A fourth straight day in the green for U.S. stocks as Wall Street nearly earned back last week's losses.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 43.08 (+0.21 percent) to finish at 20,937.91.The Nasdaq gained 5.09 (+0.08 percent) to close at 6,138.71, and the S&P 500 finished at 2,398.42, up 4.40 (+0.18 percent) from its open.Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices at $51.50 per barrel.Winners and Losers: Apple settled a patent dispute with Nokia, sending shares of the Finnish communications company up 5 percent.Shoe retailer DSW Inc. sunk 8 percent after disappointing earnings in the...
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Lawn company gives 11-year-old who wanted a job his own lawn mower
iStock/Thinkstock (DUNN, N.C.) -- An 11-year-old boy who approached a stranger for a summer lawn mowing job received an even bigger reward for his work ethic: tools to start his own lawn business.Q'yaron Gadson, 11, was surprised last Friday with a brand new lawn mower, weed-eater and the gas needed to fuel them.The surprise gifts were orchestrated by Bobby and Kimi West, the owners of Grasshoppers Lawn Care in Dunn, North Carolina.Bobby West was mowing a lawn in nearby Fayetteville earlier this month when Q’yaron approached him on his bicycle."He came up and asked me, 'Sir, if I have experience...
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Facebook Live to get personal on the public platform
Courtesy Facebook (NEW YORK) -- When Facebook made its Facebook Live feature available around the world in 2016, it gave users the ability to simulate spending time with friends regardless of how far the actual distance between them.Now, the social-networking company has added a few new features to make the live encounters even more personal.Facebook on Tuesday unveiled "Live Chat with Friends" and "Live With." Both features will add a bit of a one-on-one feel to the Facebook Live experience.“Live Chat with Friends” allows users to hold a private chat with a buddy while watching a live feed on a...
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San Francisco is most expensive city to live in US, study finds
iStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- If you're trying to save money, don't move to the West Coast.A new study by GOBankingRates finds that four of the top five most expensive places to live in the U.S. are in California.Topping the list is San Francisco, where the median monthly rent is $4,500, the median home listing price is $1,195,000 and the average price of gas is $3.16 per gallon. Los Angeles comes in second, followed by Oakland, New York City and Anaheim.Researchers looked at seven factors -- median household income, unemployment rate, median home list price, median rent price, average gas price,...
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New details on Pippa Middleton's wedding reception
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images (LONDON) -- It was the party of the year when the world's most famous bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton, finally became the bride. Middleton, who became famous for the figure-hugging dress she wore at the 2011 wedding of her sister, Princess Kate, to Prince William, tied the knot Saturday.The wedding reception Saturday celebrating the marriage of Middleton, 33, and her husband, hedge fund millionaire James Matthews, was planned with military-like precision and executed under heavy security and secrecy.The reception venue, a glass-enclosed structure estimated to have cost more than $100,000 erected in the backyard of Carole and Michael Middleton's...
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Wall Street closes higher as tech and defense companies soar
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the green Monday with technology and defense stocks leading the pack.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 89.99 (+0.43 percent) to finish at 20,894.83.The Nasdaq gained 49.92 (+0.82 percent) to close at 6,133.62 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,394.02, up 12.29 (+0.52 percent) from its open.Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices nearly $51 per barrel.Winners and Losers: Shares of Ford Motor Company climbed 2 percent on news that CEO Mark Fields would be replaced with Jim Hackett, a former chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC.Zoe's Kitchen Inc's stock was...
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$15 'costume jewelry' ring turns out to be 26.27-carat white diamond worth over $450K
Sotheby's (LONDON) -- One lucky lady snagged the deal of a lifetime over 30 years ago when she purchased what she thought was merely a fun cocktail ring, but what turned out to be a diamond worth more than $450,000.The unaware buyer who spent approximately $15 at a flea market in London had no idea the gem was actually a 26.27-carat white diamond.On Monday, Jessica Wyndham, head of Sotheby's London jewelry department, met with the owner who has been wearing the ring since the '80s and only recently found out from a local jeweler it could be of significant value."She...
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