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No winner in Mega Millions as prize surges to $493 million
Emilie Richardson/ABC News (NEW YORK) -- There were no winners in Friday night's drawing of one of the largest totals in the history of the Mega Millions lottery. The jackpot will now be at least $493 million in next Tuesday's drawing.It's possible the total will surge over the half-billion mark, based on ticket sales.The $493 million jackpot will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history. It will also be the largest total since a single ticket paid out $533 million to a person from New Jersey this March.If there is a winner -- and they take the cash payout --...
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Krispy Kreme to purchase majority stake in Insomnia Cookies
Courtesy: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NEW YORK) -- Popular donut chain Krispy Kreme is poised to acquire a majority stake in cookie delivery company Insomnia Cookies, the company announced Friday.The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Krispy Kreme CEO Mike Tattersfield says the companies "will continue to operate independently" but "can learn a great deal from each other as we each continue to expand and grow."Insomnia Cookies founder Seth Berkowitz says the two companies both aspire "to be the best at what we do and delight consumers with the highest quality sweet treat experiences." Krispy Kreme operates more than 1,000 retail...
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Starbucks is opening a store where all the employees know American Sign Language
Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Starbucks is opening an All Signing Store that caters to deaf customers in Washington, D.C.The coffee shop will open in October and will be staffed only by people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).The Signing Store will feature a custom mug and artwork that was designed by a deaf artist. Low glare reflective surfaces were also installed to help foster easy communication.The company announced the new store in a tweet that featured a video of someone signing.Although the Starbucks store is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S., it follows the lead of another Starbucks...
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Mom warns of Fortnite fraud after teen son's account was taken over
Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Microsoft Stores & Kor Media Entertainment (NEW YORK) -- A mother wants to help protect other families from scammers after her teenage son was allegedly duped while playing the competitive fighting game Fortnite.Fortnite is a wildly popular multiplayer survival game where players join teams and battle up to 100 others to be the last person standing. Since its release last year, the game now has more than 45 million players. It collected $318 million in May, according to research from SuperData, a provider of data and market intelligence on digital games.Users, such as 13-year-old Jake, can...
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Tips on saving and building towards retirement
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Whether they are just starting their careers or have been working for decades, many people ask themselves the same questions about retirement: when should I save? Am I saving enough? What should I do with the money I am saving?Even if they have started saving at a young age, they may not know what to do with the money they are putting away.Financial expert Jack Sharry, the EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of the software company LifeYield, recently spoke with ABC News, discussing the importance of saving, offering tips on what to do with their assets...
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Harvey Weinstein asks court to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit, says they had a 'bargain'
Spencer Platt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein's legal team said in new court documents that Ashley Judd struck "a bargain" with him in which she would allow him to touch her "if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."Weinstein is asking the court to dismiss Judd's defamation lawsuit against him.The assertion drew an instant denial from Judd’s attorney who said the actress was trying to escape Weinstein's clutches."Mr. Weinstein’s arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive," Theodore Boutrous said in a statement provided...
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Teachers show off their creative summer side hustles
Courtesy Max Bawarksi (NEW YORK) -- This can be your summer to lean into your side hustle.A side hustle can be something that fuels your passion, fills up your bank account or, ideally, does both.Teachers are especially known for having side hustles. Across the United States, 18 percent of public school teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report released in June.While teachers have the summer to lean into their side hustles, many hustle all year long.And not all teachers are doing the side hustles that first come to mind, like tutoring.Here...
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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't automatically ban Holocaust deniers, but wants to keep 'fake news' from spreading
Chesnot/Getty Images (MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg says when it comes to fake news -- even from extremists like Holocaust deniers -- Facebook will not ban people from expressing their opinion, but will seek to stop it from spreading across their services.Zuckerberg was responding to an interview published Tuesday by the online technology news website Recode, in which the Facebook CEO discussed so-called fake news and said that while he found the holocaust "deeply offensive," deniers will not be banned from Facebook.But after a significant social media backlash, Zuckerberg sent a follow up email to Recode on Wednesday, saying...
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Investigators find faulty U.S. oversight of vehicle recalls, Takata inflators
Stockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A government audit released to Congress on Wednesday said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's poor oversight of recalls may have left dangerous vehicles on the road for longer than necessary, including those affected by exploding Takata air bag inflators.The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report, requested by Congress in 2015, says managers within the government office charged with monitoring defective vehicles and their recalls did not hold employees responsible for sufficiently monitoring "the remedy or scope of Takata recalls."In the event that a vehicle is recalled for a safety defect and customers are slow...
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High-heeled Crocs already sold out online
Crocs (NEW YORK) -- Love it or hate it, ugly fashion is making serious strides and if the high-heeled Crocs that went viral and sold out is any indication, then the trend could be making moves towards becoming a staple.This is not a crock -- well not in the joking sense of the word. Casual, comfort-centric shoe company Crocs debuted its newest high heels and the strappy shoe already sold out.Social media users freaked out when photos the 3.75-inch foam wedge heel went viral on Twitter and subsequently sold out.The Women's Cyprus V heel was originally listed for $44 on...
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Elon Musk apologizes to British cave diver over derogatory tweet
Joshua Lott/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made toward one of the cave divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last week.In a series of tweets early Wednesday, Musk said he had “spoken in anger” last week when he called British diver Vern Unsworth a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet, sparking public outrage and questions about a potential libel suit.“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an...
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Van Leeuwen's ice cream empire is making vegan flavors cool
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Before you say, "no, thank you" to vegan ice cream, take another look. Van Leeuwen's Artisan Ice Cream has developed a cult following around their vegan ice cream that rivals the traditional dairy treat."Being able to serve as many people as possible was part of our mission," the company's founder Ben Van Leeuwen told "GMA." "Ice cream is an inclusive thing. It's for everybody and we wanted to be able to do that."It all started out as a labor of love for Van Leeuwen, who said had never made ice cream before he started experimenting in...
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