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Small Gains for Wall Street as Investors Wait for Jobs Report

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains Thursday as markets continue to relax following last week's chaos.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 23.38 to finish the session at 16374.76.The Nasdaq fell 16.48, ending at 4733.50, while the S&P 500 gained 2.27 to close at 1951.13.Crude oil also rose, with U.S. crude oil closing at $46.75 per barrel, a gain of 50 cents.As we wait for the August jobs report to be released on Friday, more people filed for unemployment last week. The Labor Department says not to worry though, as the overall numbers for unemployment are still hitting historically low levels.The report may also help the Federal Reserve determine whether or not they will raise interest rates. The Fed will meet mid-September on Sept. 16 for a two-day session.A $415 million settlement has been approved by a federal judge after a lawsuit alleged companies like Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies had deliberately prevented employees from finding other work. Over 64,000 tech workers will get paid about $5,800 each.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Flintstone' House on the Market for Reported $4.2 Million

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HILLSBOROUGH, Calif.) — Do you want to live like a prehistoric cartoon character? Well, now you can have your own little slice of Bedrock.  The "Flintstone House," as tourists call it, is located on a hillside overlooking Interstate 280 in Hillsborough, California, and it's up for sale, according to SFGate.The house, which appears as if it were made of giant marshmallows is a popular Bay Area landmark.  The three-bedroom, two-bath dwelling boasts 2,730-square-feet of living space is rumored to be on the market for $4.2 million.  It last sold in September 1996 for $800,000, according to Zillow.The house was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976 to experiment with new building materials and techniques.  The current owner has lived in the house for 19 years, and reportedly is only the third owner of the house.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Natural Food Market Offers Discount to Customers Who Get Tattoos

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Just how far would you be willing to go to save on the cost of groceries? Is body ink too far?A Kentucky-based grocery store chain has announced that it will give a 20 percent lifetime discount to any of its customers who tattoo the store's logo on their bodies.Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, which is based in Louisville, said on its Facebook page that the discounts will go to customers who get the store's rainbow flower logo tattoo.However, there are a few rules to this offer. The store's Facebook post explains that the "tattoo must be visible and not in a 'private' area and at least one inch square in size."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Job Applicant Accidentally Sends Naked Selfies to HR Manager

Michael Nagle/Getty Images(ELMHURST, Ill.) — An Elmhurst, Illinois man who applied for a job at a local business made a mistake that he won't soon forget.  The 23-year-old man accidentally sent nude selfies to the company's human resources manager, who had offered him a job earlier this month, according to police.The human resources manager contacted Elmhurst police about the incident on Aug. 14, according to police records cited by the Chicago Tribune.  The HR manager said the man sent her two nude photographs of himself via text between Aug. 11 and 13, the Tribune reports.Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth explains, "There was a conditional offer of employment made to this particular applicant.  He texted the HR director and sent a nude photo of himself."Ruth adds that when the man followed-up the text the next morning with a phone call, company executives saw the number on the caller ID and called police.Ruth notes, "My understanding is they've rescinded the offer of employment."However, the man claims the whole thing was a big misunderstanding.  According to the police report, "Police contacted the offender who admitted to sending the photographs, explaining they were actually meant for another individual and were sent to the victim in error.  Police advised the offender to cease any contact with the victim."  The victim did not pursue charges.Chief Ruth says this isn't the first time he has seen something like this happen.  He explains, "We're seeing it much more often now with our young people sending inappropriate photos of themselves.  They're sharing it with someone else and the next thing you know it takes on a life of its own."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jobless Claims Climb Higher to 282K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims surged higher last week, increasing by 12,000 from the revised previous week’s level, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Aug. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 282,000. The previous week, claims stood at 270,000 — revised down from 271,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to 275,500.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Four Texas Sisters Erased $182K Debt in 18 Months

The Barrientos sisters erased a $182K debt in 18 months. ABC News(DALLAS) -- The Barrientos sisters from Dallas, Texas, were a close-knit family confronting a major problem.The four sisters, all within four years of each other in age, had a combined income of $106,00 but a combined debt of $182,000, ballooned by student loans, car payments and credit cards.“It was a bit embarrassing to admit that, oh, I have so much debt and I can’t really make a dent in it,” Damaris Barrientos said of her personal debt. “In my case, I had stopped making payments because I couldn’t keep up.”Instead of cowering to the debt, the four sisters came up with a novel way to pay it off, by banding together and attacking it as a team.“Their loan became our loan,” Noemi Barrientos told ABC News. “And it was no longer your debt, it was our debt.”The first step the sisters made was to move into together and become roommates again, saving $400 per month.Next, the sisters deposited their individual paychecks to a joint account and held weekly “sister meetings” where they gave each other an allowance of $75 each every two weeks for spending money.The sisters spread that $75 out by sharing entrees when they went out to eat and shopping for clothes at thrift stores.They also got rid of cable TV -- a savings of $174 per month, or $2,088 per year -– and combined their car insurance policies to save $191 per month, or $2,292 per year.The Barrientos' plan for attacking their debt was to pay off their credit card debt first and their student loans last.Within one month, every one of the sisters’ credit cards were paid in full and, within six months, the sisters had also paid off their car loans.The four sisters’ student loans were paid off 18 months after they started, making them debt-free.The sisters say it was their joint approach that allowed them to move so quickly.“In no way we would've gotten done with our payments in the next 10 to 15 years and definitely no way we would have done it in 18 months,” said Ana Barrientos-McBride.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

eBay Turns 20: Key Moments in the Online Auction Site's History

inbj/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Online auction website eBay launched 20 years ago Thursday -- and in the past two decades has shaped the way people buy and sell everything from cars and clothes to a vast selection of collectibles.With more than 25 million sellers and 157 million active buyers, eBay has impacted consumers in 190 countries.Here's a look at some of the key moments that have helped eBay achieve success and staying power 20 years later:The First SaleAfter a busy Labor Day weekend of coding, Pierre Omidyar launched AuctionWeb -- which would later change its name to eBay. The site had a stated goal of "bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace."AuctionWeb's first sale was a broken laser pointer Omidyar posted on his site. It sold to a laser pointer collector for $14.83.Sales SpikeOne year after AuctionWeb went into business, it had already helped facilitate $7.2 million in sales. That same year, Omidyar quit his day job to focus full-time on his new venture, bringing in his first employee and later hiring Jeff Skoll to serve as president.Beanie Baby BonanzaThe year was 1997 and Beanie Babies were the must-have collectible. Around $500 million worth of the cuddly animals made by Ty Warner were sold on eBay, accounting for what eBay said was more than six percent of the auction site's volume.Seller FeedbackSticking with the ideal of creating the most "honest and open marketplace," AuctionWeb introduces seller feedback in 1997. Later that year, the company re-names itself as eBay.Going PublicThe company celebrated its initial public offering in September of 1998, with shares trading on NASDAQ under the symbol EBAY.Global ExpansionThe company began expansion in 1999 with new sites in Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.Own Your Own BusinessLaunching in June 2001, eBay Stores allowed anyone to set up their own digital storefront for a few dollars a month.PayPalThe company purchased digital payments solution PayPal in 2002. A decade later the service would have a total payment volume exceeding $60 billion. PayPal was spun off into an independent company in July 2015.StubHubeBay acquired StubHub, an online marketplace for entertainment events including sporting events, concerts and theater in 2007.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

US Stocks Rebound in Volatile Start to September Trading

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Stocks rebounded Wednesday morning despite continued volatility from global financial markets.Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased about 1.2 percent to about 16,226, while the S&P 500 had a partial comeback, up about 1.1 percent. The NASDAQ composite moved higher about 1.3 percent.Earlier Wednesday, the Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.2 percent lower at about 3,160, the last day of trading before the market closes for a two-day holiday celebrating the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.A report in China on Tuesday said manufacturing in that country fell to a three-year low last month, moving U.S. stocks lower. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect business activity at home.Meanwhile, a possible increase in U.S. interest rates keeps other investors jittery. At the closing bell on Tuesday in the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red, with the Dow briefly dropping more than 500 points and closing down about 2.8 percent at the end of trading in New York. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Burger King Proposes 'Peace Day Burger' After McDonald's Rejects McWhopper Idea

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though Burger King's offer of a "burger war ceasefire" for Peace Day was spurned by McDonald's last week, the company still plans to go through with a joint burger project to mark the occasion.In a YouTube video posted last week, Burger King offered the one-day truce to mark "Peace Day," proposing a McWhopper pop-up store halfway between the two companies' headquarters, in Atlanta. "Let's end the beef...with beef," the video said.But while the response from McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook praised the idea, he said that he felt the two brands "could do something bigger to make a difference."Burger King, however, posted to its Tumblr page on Tuesday, saying that since the McDonald's rejection, the company had "received a significant number of unexpected responses from other restaurants, large and small, each expressing an appetite for peace and enthusiasm to help spread the Peace One Day message."As a result, Burger King plans to team up on a pop-up restaurant with Denny's, Wayback Burgers, Krystal and Giraffas, each of whom made individual proposals to Burger King.Burger King's proposal? "Create a burger that combines a key ingredient from each of our signature sandwiches," called the Peace Day Burger.Denny's has signed on to Burger King's plan, it said in a post to Twitter, a sentiment echoed by Wayback Burgers.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

California District Court Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against Uber

Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A California district court on Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit against Uber made up of some of the company's California drivers.In the ruling, the court said that all UberBlack, UberX and UberSUV drivers who either signed up to drive for the company before 2014, or who had opted out of Uber's arbitration clause, could be part of the class action suit. In his 68-page decision, Judge Edward Chen set the stage for a high profile legal battle between the company and its drivers.The drivers sought certain benefits, such as compensation for gas and other work expenses, health insurance, and workers compensation.In a post to its website, Uber said it estimates that fewer than 15,000 drivers would qualify for the class, and that that figure could fall even further.Uber also says it "will likely still appeal because partners use Uber on their own terms, and there really is no typical driver."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Apple's September Event: Don't Forget the Operating Systems

Apple's iOS 9 is pictured. Apple(NEW YORK) -- While all eyes may be on the potential new iPhones and other hardware to be unveiled next Wednesday at Apple's special event, it's also possible users will find out when they can get their hands on hotly anticipated operating system updates.The star of Apple's event is widely expected to be the new iPhone 6S -- but if history is any indicator, Apple fans should be able to expect some news on when they can download the public versions of three new operating system updates that were shown off at the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June.Here's a quick cheat sheet about what to expect when it comes to iOS 9, OS X "El Capitan" and watchOS 2.iOS 9Intelligence is the driving force in iOS 9, which will include an even smarter and more proactive Siri capable of picking up context throughout your day. The digital personal assistant fields more than one billion requests per week, according to Apple, and will be ready for plenty more work with iOS 9.With the new update, Siri will be able to pull up results for requests such as "Show me photos from Utah last August" and "Remind me to grab my coffee off the roof of my car when I get in."Siri will also know to pull up music when headphones are plugged in or start an audio book a user has been listening to when they're in their car, among a slew of other context-based features.OS X 'El Capitan'The latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, OS X "El Capitan," has a special focus on enhancing performance for power users.Among the new features are the ability to work across tabs in Mail, pin most visited websites in Safari and work simultaneously in windows positioned side by side. Spotlight will also be able to understand natural language, making it easier for users to find everything from files to weather and sports scores.watchOS 2Among the new capabilities are photo faces, including time lapses of city scenes, the ability to see a different photo every time a user glances at their wrist and nightstand mode, turning a charging watch into an alarm clock.A time travel feature will also let users turn their crown to leap forward and backward in time to see their schedules. Siri will also respond to a voice command to start counting a workout, without a user having to touch their Apple Watch.Many apps on the watch can run natively with the update, meaning users can expect quicker load times and even more possibilities for how they can be used.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Google's New Logo: The Reason Behind It

Credit: Google(MOUTNAIN VIEW, Cali.) -- A new era calls for a new logo.As Google restructures under a new holding company called Alphabet, the search giant announced Tuesday its logo is getting a slight makeover -- beginning with a new typeface called "Product Sans" which is designed to look like the fonts seen in school books."The Google logo has always had a simple, friendly, and approachable style. We wanted to retain these qualities by combining the mathematical purity of geometric forms with the childlike simplicity of schoolbook letter printing," Google's design team wrote in a blog today explaining the rationale behind the changes.While the new design includes the same blue, red, yellow and green letters that have been used throughout Google's history, the shades have been slightly tweaked and the e at the end of Google remains tilted -- a nod to the company's sometimes unconventional ideas.This marks the sixth time Google has changed its logo in the company's 17-year history.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dow Falls Again Due to Worries About China

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following more bad news from China, U.S. stocks had another bad day as investors remain jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.On Tuesday, the Shanghai Composite Index closed down Tuesday 1.2 percent. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect U.S. exports to that nation.The Dow Jones Industrial average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red. The Dow briefly dropped more than 500 points and closed down about 2.8 percent, or 469 points at the end of trading in New York. The S&P 500 fell about 2.7 percent and the Nasdaq closed down nearly 3 percent.A report in China said manufacturing in that country fell to a three-year low last month.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chipotle Will Deliver to These 40 College Campuses This Fall

Joe Raedle/Getty(DENVER) -- Chipotle is expanding its delivery partnerships by targeting the sought-after college market, specifically, more than 100 campuses by next spring.The Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it will deliver to 40 college campuses this fall with the delivery company Tapingo. In addition to the cost of your burrito or whatever Chipotle food product, the delivery price ranges from $1.99 to $4.99 depending on the market, according to Tapingo.Chipotle already offers delivery to some cities through partnerships with Postmates, in large cities like New York, and Order Up, in smaller markets such as Columbia, Missouri. Postmates, based in San Francisco, charges customers a delivery fee that's as much as $5 and up, plus a service fee, depending on the neighborhood. Order Up charges similar fees.To order Chipotle food in Nashville, Tennessee, it will cost you a $4.99 delivery fee, plus a 99-cent processing fee, according to Order Up's website. Order Up, based in Baltimore, is owned by Groupon.The terms of Chipotle's partnerships with Tapingo, Order Up and Postmates are not disclosed.Tapingo, based in San Francisco, says that its company user base is mostly Millennials and Gen Zs.“Tapingo has become the buy button for students and we are excited to expand into surrounding areas,” Daniel Almog, Tapingo CEO, said in a statement. “Our network of students is hungry for Chipotle, and we’re excited to deliver it quickly and at a very reasonable delivery cost.”Here are the college campuses where Chipotle is currently delivering:Arizona State UniversityCalifornia State University ChicoLouisiana State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of Southern CaliforniaNorthern Arizona UniversityHere are the campuses where students can order Chipotle, starting this fall:California State University - FullertonCalifornia State University NorthridgeCarnegie Melon UniversityCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland State UniversityCollege of the Holy CrossColumbia UniversityEastern Michigan UniversityEmory UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgia State UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityLoyola Marymount UniversityLoyola University MarylandMichigan State UniversityNew York UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityOhio State UniversityPennsylvania State UniversityRutgers UniversitySan Jose State UniversitySanta Clara UniversityTowson UniversityTrinity CollegeUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of California Los AngelesUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of LouisvilleUniversity of MarylandUniversity of MiamiUniversity of MichiganUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of Oregon EugeneUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of the PacificUniversity of UtahCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

McDonald's Announces National Date of All-Day Breakfast

Credit: McDonalds(OAK BROOK, Ill.) -- McDonald's has set a date for when its customers can begin ordering breakfast at any time of day.After testing all-day breakfast menus in limited markets in the U.S., McDonald's has announced it will offer Egg McMuffins and other morning items starting Oct. 6 throughout the day at its more than 14,300 restaurants across the nation.The company began tweeting Tuesday about its new initiative, using the hashtag #AllDayBreakfast. Many customers have long-asked McDonald's to offer its breakfast items, such as hotcakes and McGriddle sandwiches later in the day. At most of McDonald's restaurants, breakfast food items are no longer available around 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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