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How Reddit users sent GameStop stock soaring, upending the market
RiverNorthPhotography/iStock By TAYLOR DUNN, REBECCA JARVIS and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An army of amateur traders loosely organizing on Reddit have shaken up all preconceived notions about the stock market as they fueled the meteoric rise of GameStop stock.Shares for GameStop, the electronics retailer that has largely struggled in recent years, have skyrocketed by nearly 2,000% since the beginning of the year. Shares were trading at around $350 on Wednesday, compared to less than $18 a share earlier this month -- essentially creating billions of dollars in value for shareholders.On Wednesday alone, the hot stock jumped by more...
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USPS announces new stamps based on droids from 'Star Wars' universe
USPS By MEGAN STONE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Your mail will soon feature characters from a galaxy far, far away thanks to a new line of stamps coming from the United States Postal Service.In an official release, USPS said its latest collection of stamps will salute Star Wars droids such as C-3PO and R2-D2 for the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm.The beloved BB-8 from the latest Star Wars trilogy will, of course, make an appearance alongside other fan favorites: IG-11, C1-10P (aka "Chopper"), K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, a GNK (a power droid) and a 2-1B (a surgical droid).In addition to the droids,...
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BlackRock CEO urges companies to present plans for a 'net-zero economy'
hapabapa/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The chief executive of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, urged companies to publicly disclose their plans for how they will operate in a world with net-zero emissions by 2050.CEO Larry Fink highlighted climate change as a business and investing priority in his annual letter to company leaders Tuesday."Given how central the energy transition will be to every company’s growth prospects, we are asking companies to disclose a plan for how their business model will be compatible with a net-zero economy -- that is, one where global warming is limited to...
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Adidas debuts maternity collection supporting active women throughout pregnancy
Adidas By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Adidas introduced its debut maternity collection featuring performance tops and tights for women throughout all stages of pregnancy.Expertly created, the new Adidas maternity collection was created closely with women at different trimesters and includes lightweight, high-stretch fabric around the stomach and chest areas, allowing the activewear to be worn throughout pregnancy as well as postpartum. Retailing between $25-$45, key pieces from the Adidas maternity activewear collection include the Adidas Maternity 7/8 Tight which has a tailored waistband and lighter fabric to minimize pressure on the belly. It also can be...
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Pinterest launches augmented reality eyeshadow try on feature
Pinterest By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- In today's COVID-19 era, the days of physically trying on makeup before you buy have become slim to none. Platforms such as Pinterest are changing that with the help of augmented reality.The company recently released its AR Try On for eyeshadow feature which allows you to virtually browse, try on shades and purchase in-stock products that work best for your skin tone.To access the latest Try On capabilities, Pinners simply open the Pinterest app and click the camera icon in search. Then you scroll through different eyeshadow hues and watch...
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Biden administration plans to 'speed up' effort to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill
MPI/Getty Images By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden's administration announced Monday it plans to revitalize the effort to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill."It's important that our notes -- our money -- reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a White House press briefing Monday. "So we're exploring ways to speed up that effort."Psaki noted the U.S. Treasury Department -- led in the Biden administration by a woman, Janet Yellen, for the first time...
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Grindr faces $11.7 million fine from Norway regulators for alleged data sharing
Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Norwegian regulators announced intentions to hit the popular gay dating app Grindr with a fine of nearly $12 million over alleged data-sharing practices.The Norwegian Data Protection Authority said in a statement Tuesday that it's notified Grindr of its intent to fine the company 100 million Norwegian krone (approximately $11.7 million). The agency said Grindr has the opportunity to comment until Feb. 15, and then it will make its final decision.The regulators accuse Grindr of illegally sharing users' personal data from the free version of the app with third...
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Biden says he will replace the entire federal fleet with electric vehicles
Ja'Crispy/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden announced the ambitious plan of replacing the entire fleet of autos owned by the federal government with electric vehicles as his administration takes steps to embrace clean energy.Biden also pledged that these new electric vehicles will be made in the U.S."The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we're going to replace with clean, electric vehicles made right here in America, by American workers," Biden said Monday during remarks as he signed his "Made in America" executive order.The president added that this will create "a million autoworker...
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Axiom announces first private mission to International Space Station
Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Explorers Club By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A trip to space for private travel may soon be a reality.Axiom Space announced on Tuesday that it will be launching private citizens into space next year for spaceflight.Commanding the first flight will be decorated former NASA astronaut, Michael Lopez-Alegria, who holds two NASA records for spacewalks.“You’ve got to start somewhere,” Alegria told Good Morning America. “Just like commercial aviation back in the 1920s and ‘30s, only very rich people could fly. Now people get on an airplane to go to birthday parties, So that’s...
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Southwest Airlines bans emotional support animals on flights, only trained dogs allowed
DaveAlan/iStock By JON HAWORTH, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Southwest Airlines has made the decision to no longer allow emotional support animals on their flights following a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) last month to revise the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals.According to Southwest Airlines, emotional support animals will be banned from their flights from March 1, 2021.“With this revision, Southwest Airlines will only allow service dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability to travel with...
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Sweethearts return with 21 new love song-inspired phrases
Spangler Candy Co. By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Valentine's Day is around the corner, and a new riff on Sweethearts' iconic confections brings 21 love song titles to the mix of sugary sayings.Spangler Candy Company, the family-owned and operated confectionery manufacturer announced exclusively to ABC News' Good Morning America on Tuesday that it has created a new setlist of sweet messages, inspired by the most celebrated love songs from past generations.The heart-shaped pastel candies will include song titles like "My Girl," "I'm Yours," "At Last," Sugar Sugar," "Crazy in Love," "10,000 Hours" and more."We want some cheerfulness,...
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Google pledges $150 million towards vaccine education and equitable distribution
JHVEPhoto/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Google announced a series of steps it was taking to support a more equitable and efficient rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, including grants totaling $150 million, updates to its Maps software and offering the use of its office spaces to become vaccination clinics."The pandemic has taken a devastating toll on communities worldwide," Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai wrote in a company blog post Monday. "While there is much uncertainty still ahead, the development of multiple safe vaccines in such a short time gives us reason for hope.""Now the work begins to ensure...
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