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Parents create ‘Goodies Not Guns’ to discourage violent Halloween costumes for kids

Posted on: October 21st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy Goodies Not Guns(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — One couple wants families to think twice about having their kids dress up in violent and bloody Halloween costumes.

Amanda Hanig and Jordon Gillis, who’ve been together for 17 years and have two children, told ABC News they created Goodies Not Guns to encourage children to wear, instead, nonviolent costumes when celebrating the spooky holiday.

The couple said they came up with the idea about three weeks ago while sitting on their porch in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, talking about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at a Las Vegas music festival earlier this month, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500.

“We just felt so powerless as citizens and as parents,” Hanig, 40, said. “There’s so much violence in the world, and you read about gun control … but it isn’t enough. Maybe we have to do more than that.”

With Halloween approaching, Hanig said they created Goodies Not Guns “as a way of taking some of the power back and making immediate changes.”

“It was a simple thing that we could do,” Gillis, 41, said. “And [we figured] maybe other people would like to help out.”

Thayer Lavielle is one mother of three who will be joining Goodies Not Guns in its inaugural year. Her three children, ranging in age from 9 to 13, are dressing up this year as an arctic princess, a ghoul “and a 13-year-old cranky teenager,” she said.

“We live in the South where hunting and fishing is more prevalent,” the Cary, North Carolina, mother said. “It’s our [Second] Amendment right to bear arms and to have a weapon. I don’t think anyone is arguing that…but if you’re going as a soldier as a 7-year-old, you don’t necessarily need to have an AK47 strapped to your back.”

Lavielle, 46, added that she’s joining to encourage other parents to “stop and think sometimes about the choices they make and how that can be perceived by others.”

Goodies Not Guns has already received support from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, a school district in North Carolina with 12,000 students.

“Thank you to the parents in our community who created @goodiesnotguns to promote safe costumes without weapons,” the district tweeted Thursday.

Thank you to the parents in our community who created @goodiesnotguns to promote safe costumes without weapons.

— CHCCS (@chccs) October 19, 2017

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, a national non-profit organization that advocates gun control, also tweeted its support. “Shout out to local gun violence prevention advocates for working to promote safety in their communities,” they wrote Friday.

The creators of Guns Not Goodies emphasize that they’re not making a judgement regarding gun ownership.

“We’re not trying to tell people not to own guns,” Hanig said. “We’re just trying to say consider not sending your kids out with violence. I realize that it’s all in fun, but if we teach kids that guns are fun, what are we teaching them?”

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LAPD has interviewed a potential Harvey Weinstein sexual assault victim

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division says it has interviewed a potential victim of a 2013 sexual assault allegedly involving Harvey Weinstein, as the woman’s attorney held a news conference on Friday to discuss the investigation.

David Ring said his client, an Italian actress, spoke briefly with Weinstein at a Los Angeles-based film festival in February 2013, and later in the evening, the producer allegedly “bullied his way into her [hotel] room.”

“Her greatest regret is opening that door. She had no idea what was coming,” he said of the allegation. “What happened to her was really horrible. It’s had a humongous, huge impact on her life.”

Ring declined to identify his client or discuss specifics of the case, except to say that it is under investigation by the LAPD. He added that it was “premature” to discuss a potential civil lawsuit against Weinstein.

New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce Thursday said New York City police have referred allegations against the disgraced film mogul to other police departments, though it was unclear whether the LAPD investigation pertained to one of those cases.

The referrals were made to jurisdictions in the United States and overseas based on calls to a police hotline about Weinstein, Boyce added.

Police declined to discuss specifics.

“Several calls have been received on our CrimeStoppers Hotline regarding Mr. Weinstein,” Boyce said. “None of those calls have alleged any criminal conduct within the New York City area.”

Complaints about Weinstein cannot be pursued locally if they involve events that occurred outside New York City.

More than three dozen women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, but he has not been charged with a crime.

The movie producer has acknowledged inappropriate behavior, but has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex, his spokesman said.

Weinstein, 65, was terminated by the Weinstein Co. in the wake of the allegations, though he later offered his resignation. ABC News confirmed that he is also pursuing a claim that he was wrongfully fired.

In addition, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has voted to begin termination proceedings against him. A final determination will be reached next month. On Thursday the board of British Film Institute voted to strip Weinstein of its prestigious BFI Fellowship honor, which he was awarded in 2002.

“Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances. Everyone working in the film industry – in any industry – should be safe and respected in the workplace. We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out,” the board said in a statement. “The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen.”

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US stocks reach new records on tax reform hopes

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stock indexes reached new records on Friday as investors saw Republican lawmakers’ progress on tax reform.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 165.59 (+0.71 percent) to finish at 23,328.63.

The Nasdaq jumped 23.99 (+0.36 percent) to close at 6,629.05, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,575.21, up 13.11 (+0.51 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.72 percent higher with prices under $52 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  A huge jump in footwear sales last quarter caused Skechers shares to skyrocket 41.45 percent.

PayPal beat investors’ expectations in earnings and revenue in the third-quarter and shares climbed 5.53 percent.

Despite earnings in Procter & Gamble’s fiscal first-quarter report that were higher than estimates, sales disappointed and its stock tumbled 3.68 percent.

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Social media reacts to KFC following exactly 11 "Herbs" and "Spices" on Twitter

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Colonel follows exactly 11 users on Twitter and today one social media savvy user found out the hilarious and punny reason why!

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) follows six men named “Herb” and 5 “Spice” girls from the all-girl British pop group in what appears to be an ode to the company’s original-recipe blend of 11 herbs and spices.

.@KFC follows 11 people.

Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb.

11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.

— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017

The original tweet revealing the fast food chain’s genius marketing move was first posted by @edgette22 had been favorited more than 484,000 times and retweeted over 200,000 times as of midday Friday.

I don’t know who I’m more impressed with, @KFC for doing it or @edgette22 for noticing it https://t.co/avXAV1EkFm

— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) October 20, 2017

Just realized they weren't following back.
Rude.
Good joke though.

— Wendy's (@Wendys) October 20, 2017

The chief brand officer of Ford even made an incredible offer to the anonymous person behind the move. “To whomever runs the KFC Twitter account and thought of this. Call me whenever you need a job. You a genius,” Musa Tariq tweeted.

To whomever runs the @KFC twitter account and thought of this. Call me whenever you need a job. You a genius. https://t.co/KjWPvnTJuD

— Musa Tariq (@MusaTariq) October 20, 2017

Other KFC social media accounts don’t appear to adhere to the 11 “Herbs” and Spices” formula. The company’s Instagram follows 67 users.

KFC did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, and the person behind the marketing move remains anonymous.

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Playboy names first transgender ‘Playmate’ in magazine’s 64-year history

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGLES) — Playboy is making history again by naming a transgender model a “Playboy Playmate” for the first time in the magazine’s 64-year history.

French model Ines Rau will get the honor of being the November/December centerfold.

It’s a notable accomplishment for the 26-year-old model, who used to hide her identity.

“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” Rau told Playboy. “I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird.”

“Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are. It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever,” she continued. “The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself.”

Along with this distinction, Rau has been featured in Vogue, Italian Vogue and a Balmain fashion campaign.

The decision to make Rau a playmate was decided by Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s son and chief creative officer at Playboy. The elder Hefner died last month at the age of 91. The latest issue will honor his legacy.

“It very much speaks to the brand’s philosophy,” Hefner, 26, told The New York Times of his decision. “It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving.”

“This is really a moment for us to take a step back and say that so much of what the brand stood for in the early years is very much still alive in culture,” he added.

Playboy was quick to note that it has published photos of transgender women before.

In fact, the first transgender woman to “pose for Playboy was Tula in September 1991,” according to the magazine’s Twitter account, referring to British model Caroline Cossey. Moreover, Rau has been featured in the magazine in 2014.

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Blinq rings – Gold and diamond rings that hide smartwear tech

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Blinq(NEW YORK) — Let’s face it: for as cool as fitness trackers and other wearable tech items are, they’re not great to look at. And this was the prime mover behind Blinq, beautiful rings made of gold and other luxury materials that subtly hide some serious tech.

Not only will the rings count your steps — sending them and other fitness data to your phone — but they can be set to inform you of incoming alerts for various apps like Uber, Instagram, and more.

The rings vibrate, and their gemstones actually glow subtly to inform you, instead of having you whip out your phone to check, which, let’s face it, we all do way too much.

Instead, you can cut down the clutter. You can pre-set the wirelessly-charging rings to, say, ignore all incoming emails and calls from work, but let you know if your friends are trying to get a hold of you.

And while it’s sad to have to think about, the Blinq rings can also act as a panic button. They let you subtly send an emergency message to your contacts, along with your exact location, by tapping the ring in a certain sequence — so if a date starts going south in a serious way, you can send an S.O.S. to the cavalry.

The fully waterproof smart jewelry line was a hit on Kickstarter, and will begin shipping out at the end of the year. A line of more masculine rings will come next year.

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Apple’s newly designed store may give glimpse into future of retail

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Apple(CHICAGO) — Apple’s innovative redesign of its first-ever flagship store in Chicago may give a glimpse into the future of retail.

In the company’s most ambitious store design yet, the all-glass storefront called Apple Michigan Avenue on the Chicago River will for one month offer visitors free sessions to experience augmented reality, design artwork, learn coding and tinker with robots.

The store will host the series of events as part of a citywide collaboration with community organizations called “The Chicago Series,” that focuses on the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

“I think it’s our job to carry Apple’s legacy forward, always keep it relevant now for today,” Angela Ahredts, senior vice president of retail, told ABC News. “This is where the best of Apple come together.”

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Good Housekeeping’s picks for the hottest holiday toys

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good Housekeeping‘s list of the hottest toys for the holiday season is out after the magazine’s extensive expert and kid testing process.

Good Housekeeping Institute’s experts vetted over 500 toys for safety, quality and skill-building. They then asked nearly 100 children, ages 1 through 13, to weigh in on their favorites.

Rachel Rothman, the chief technologist from Good Housekeeping Institute, the consumer products lab, appeared live on Good Morning America to share some of the magazine’s top picks for kids at different price points: under $25, under $50, under $75, and $100.

Under $25

Moose Toys Oonies Starter Kit
For ages 5+
Price: $19.99
This toy lets children blow up dozens of “oonies,” or a cross between bubbles and balloons. Children can stick the “oonies” together and create original designs. The good news for parents is the toy requires no glue, no water, and is said to be mess-free.

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush
For ages 3+
Price: $19.99
Children can dip this brush into a pot of paint and it will then light up into that shade on special paper. The color will not transfer onto skin, carpet or furniture, allowing for mess-free digital painting.

Under $50

Moose Toys ‘Despicable Me’ Mineez Dru’s Super Liar Playset
For ages 5+
Price: $35
This toy is a detailed miniature version of the beloved “Despicable Me” villain’s lair. The set includes two minions and Dru, the villain himself, but you can also purchase more characters to add to your collection.

Leap Frog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Car
For ages 2+
Price: $39.99; $25.49 at Target
This toy lets children make creative toy ice cream concoctions by mixing different flavors, toppings and syrups. The cart also plays songs, and features activity cards and phrases that teach colors, numbers, flavors and more.

Under $75

Geo Smart Mars Explorerer
For ages 5+
Price: $70
With this toy, children can pretend to be engineers and build a unique vehicle using magnetic pieces. The toy includes four design templates, but children can also freely create their own iterations of the explorer vehicle.

Under $100

Spin Master Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
For ages 3+
Price: $100
This lookout tower for the beloved “Paw Patrol” characters stands at over 2.5 feet tall and comes with one vehicle and two characters, but more characters and pieces can be bought separately.

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Good Housekeeping’s picks for the hottest holiday toys

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good Housekeeping‘s list of the hottest toys for the holiday season is out after the magazine’s extensive expert and kid testing process.

Good Housekeeping Institute’s experts vetted over 500 toys for safety, quality and skill-building. They then asked nearly 100 children, ages 1 through 13, to weigh in on their favorites.

Rachel Rothman, the chief technologist from Good Housekeeping Institute, the consumer products lab, appeared live on Good Morning America to share some of the magazine’s top picks for kids at different price points: under $25, under $50, under $75, and $100.

Under $25

Moose Toys Oonies Starter Kit
For ages 5+
Price: $19.99
This toy lets children blow up dozens of “oonies,” or a cross between bubbles and balloons. Children can stick the “oonies” together and create original designs. The good news for parents is the toy requires no glue, no water, and is said to be mess-free.

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush
For ages 3+
Price: $19.99
Children can dip this brush into a pot of paint and it will then light up into that shade on special paper. The color will not transfer onto skin, carpet or furniture, allowing for mess-free digital painting.

Under $50

Moose Toys ‘Despicable Me’ Mineez Dru’s Super Liar Playset
For ages 5+
Price: $35
This toy is a detailed miniature version of the beloved “Despicable Me” villain’s lair. The set includes two minions and Dru, the villain himself, but you can also purchase more characters to add to your collection.

Leap Frog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Car
For ages 2+
Price: $39.99; $25.49 at Target
This toy lets children make creative toy ice cream concoctions by mixing different flavors, toppings and syrups. The cart also plays songs, and features activity cards and phrases that teach colors, numbers, flavors and more.

Under $75

Geo Smart Mars Explorerer
For ages 5+
Price: $70
With this toy, children can pretend to be engineers and build a unique vehicle using magnetic pieces. The toy includes four design templates, but children can also freely create their own iterations of the explorer vehicle.

Under $100

Spin Master Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
For ages 3+
Price: $100
This lookout tower for the beloved “Paw Patrol” characters stands at over 2.5 feet tall and comes with one vehicle and two characters, but more characters and pieces can be bought separately.

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Homeowner creates amazing Halloween light show synced with ‘Feel It Still’

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  A Virginia man is dazzling his community with a 16,000-light Halloween show set to music.

Brandon Bullis, of Leesburg, Virginia, turns on the lights outside his family’s home every night through Halloween Eve for a Halloween light spectacular.

Bullis, an engineer who has been decorating his home with lights since 2011, set this year’s display to “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man at the suggestion of his wife.

“About three weeks ago she said, ‘I heard a song today and you have to hear it,’” Bullis told ABC News. “I have to listen to it approximately 100 to 200 times when I program it, so I like to make sure that I like it.”

He explained, “It has to be something that I instinctually tap my foot to when I hear it.”

Bullis said he spent about 40 hours building the light display and 10 to 12 hours programming each minute of each song.

The rest of the 30-minute light display that runs four times every night of the week is comprised of Halloween-themed music Bullis has used in past years, like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Bullis’s neighbors don’t have to worry about the sound of the music because it plays on a local radio station for visitors to listen to in their cars.

“It’s fun to see the community reaction,” Bullis said of the hundreds of visitors who come each year. “People really come out and a lot of families have made it a tradition for themselves.”

Bullis said he spends more on Halloween candy each year than he does on his power bill in the month of October.

“Our power bill increase is so minimal,” he said. “I think it’s about $20 or $25.”

Bullis and his family, which includes three children, do not charge for the light show but do accept donations. The family has raised more than $25,000 for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2013, according to Bullis.

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How Long Island’s former ‘Tupperware queen’ came out as her true self

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In her heyday, Jennifer Bobbi was Long Island’s Tupperware queen, selling hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of kitchenware and earning herself a six-figure salary.
 For about a decade in New York, she hosted parties and ran her business as Aunt Barbara, a drag queen whose brash attitude and sassy comebacks were part of her act.

Bobbi was living as a man at the time, and portraying Aunt Barbara allowed her to dress up in 1960s-era dresses and a black bob wig to host her Tupperware parties, to the delight of her clients, she said.

“I believe that most people thought it was a great, fun thing to do in their house,” Bobbi told ABC News. “It was a comedy show, but it was a comedy show in their minds because it was a man dressed as a woman playing a character.”

But she didn’t want to just act like her female character; she said that from a very young age, she knew she was a woman.

 “I held it inside through my teenage years into my 20s, and finally, at one point when I think my parents could not figure me out, my mother sat down with me, and she said, ‘We know that you’re gay. We know that you’re homosexual,’” Bobbi said. “What I wanted to say was, ‘Well, it’s half the story. It’s half the story because I’m attracted to men and I’m biologically and physically a male, but intuitively, mentally, organically, I’m a female. And I have been my whole life.’”

When Bobbi came out as a trans woman on April 1, 2015, she said, she was surprised by how some of her clients suddenly treated her.

“I considered Aunt Barbara just a character of who I am. It’s a part of who I am. And I guess I thought that, well, they accept Aunt Barbara. Why wouldn’t they accept me? I’m just the person who’s behind Aunt Barbara,” said Bobbi, 48.

But after her transition, people began canceling their Tupperware parties, she said, and her business suffered.

“I do think that my transition was a major contributing factor to the decline in my business,” Bobbi said. “I noticed that some people don’t understand the difference between what they perceived as a drag queen or as being transgender or a cross-dresser.”

 Bobbi is far from alone. Advocacy groups have released studies showing that the unemployment rate is far higher than average for transgender individuals, though no government agency has released similar data.

Even though societal awareness about the issues trans people face has grown in recent years and a number of high-profile celebrities have opened up about their transitions, advocates say there is long way to go in the fight for true equality in the workplace. On Oct. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to strip trans individuals of protections against discrimination in the workplace under the Civil Rights Act. And in July, President Trump said in a tweet that trans people will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military; the matter is currently under Defense Department review.

For Bobbi, like many other trans people, living as her true self came with a steep financial cost.

At her sales peak in 2013, Bobbi said, she was so busy, she “couldn’t handle the bookings. I could have done two or three parties a day.”

“I earned a Ford Mustang or a cash bonus. I took the cash bonus and bought a Cadillac. I earned a trip to Hawaii, trips to Florida, trips to New Orleans,” she said.

She sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Tupperware, and while she wouldn’t specify the number, Bobbi told ABC News that her take-home pay at the time was six figures.

 Fast-forward four years, and Bobbi was facing bankruptcy. She said that after she came out and began taking hormones as part of her transition, her business dried up.

“It’s funny — it’s all fun and games when you’re perceived as a man dressing as a woman but you don’t want to be a woman,” she said. “But when you’re biologically a man and internally and innately you’re a woman, then it’s not so funny anymore.”

She said people didn’t want to see that she was “a person with a struggle”; they wanted to view her merely as a funny character.

“Aunt Barbara’s all about helping people forget their problems. They don’t want Aunt Barbara to come to their house with a problem,” Bobbi added.

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ advocacy group, said Bobbi’s experience is troubling but common.

“Here what we can see is the pervasive discrimination faced by transgender people day to day in their interactions as they move about society,” Gonzalez-Pagan told ABC News.

 The paradox of being accepted and celebrated as a man in drag and rejected as a trans woman “shows some of the progress that has been made and some of the shortfalls that we have encountered,” he said.

Gonzalez-Pagan said that it is important for people to understand that people of any gender can perform drag, which is viewed within the LGBTQ community as a historic art form, and while transgender individuals have long been pioneers in the field, they are not the only ones who participate.

Bobbi went from local celebrity to someone struggling to make ends meet. She had to change many parts of her lifestyle, downsizing apartments and eventually moving in with a longtime friend in another part of Long Island.

“I was able to have a good standard of living, and that went away, just slowly went away, little by little. Things got harder,” she said. “Eventually, I wasn’t able to pay for basic necessities.”

Now Bobbi is working as an executive assistant at a nonprofit and as an aide to an individual with disabilities. She said she earns a small fraction of what she was making before she began her transition. Her bankruptcy was discharged as of early June, she said.

 She said she still performs as Aunt Barbara, though rarely, and is pursuing an acting career in local theater.

Bobbi said that she didn’t receive overly negative comments on her coming-out Facebook post. But she said she has experienced some instances of strangers looking at her curiously and has been verbally harassed by strangers.

She added that while her sisters have been largely supportive, “My friends have really been my family.”

“I didn’t ask for this. No person that’s transgender asks to be transgender. This is not an easy route,” Bobbi said.

“I would love to continue being who everyone wants me to be or needs me to be or thought I was, but I can’t,” Bobbi said. “I have to be true to myself. I have to be who I am. I’m the one who’s going to be living the rest of my life. I have to. I have to be happy with myself. I have to feel whole. I have to feel right, and I’ve never felt right. I finally am feeling right. That’s huge.”

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Eighth child reported killed by recalled IKEA dresser

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An eighth child has been killed by an IKEA dresser that was recalled more than a year ago because of its propensity to tip over.

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek of California was killed when a three-drawer IKEA dresser tipped over and crushed him during naptime.

The family’s lawyer, Daniel J. Mann of Philadelphia, said the accident happened in May and no one else was in the room.

“It fell over on top of him,” Mann said. “It didn’t contact any furniture.”

Mann said the family is “absolutely distraught” over what happened.

Child safety advocates say the death, which came to light this week, is the eighth reported child death involving an IKEA dresser or chest involved the June 2016 recall.

The items are unstable if not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.

IKEA is offering a refund or a wall anchoring kit for consumers.

In a written statement to ABC News, IKEA said, “Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our sincere condolences during this most difficult time.” The company added that “the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall.”

The 29 million recalled chests and dressers include various MALM three-, four-, five- and six-drawer models, as well as other chests and dressers that were sold by IKEA.

Nancy Cowles, executive director of the non-profit Kids In Danger, says IKEA isn’t doing enough to reach parents who have one of these dressers. Cowles said a relatively small percentage of affected pieces have been remedied by a refund or repair kit – perhaps as low as three percent – citing recall progress data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from January 2017 obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

That means potentially millions of dressers are still in use and unsecured to a wall, Cowles said.

“We have to do better, because these are just ticking land mines in a child’s bedroom,” she said.

IKEA spokeswoman Mona Astra Liss did not address the accuracy of the three percent figure but the company statement noted that the recall goes back many years and it’s impossible to know how many units are still in use.

In addition to the California family, Mann’s law firm has represented the families of three other toddler boys who were killed when their IKEA MALM dressers tipped over onto them.

After the first two deaths in 2014, the company issued a notice offering free anchoring kits; after the third toddler, a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota, was killed in Feburary 2016 – the third death in two years – the company issued a full recall.

After that recall was issued in June 2016, a fourth death that had occurred in 2011 from the MALM line of IKEA furniture was discovered and added to the count. The recall also notes three earlier deaths from different models of IKEA dressers in 1989, 2002 and 2007.

Mann says the design was inherently dangerous and charged that the company still hasn’t done enough to warn consumers who may have one at home. IKEA has since redesigned some of its dressers and says all dressers it sells now adhere to the voluntary industry standard for stability.

“The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future,” Mann said.

In numerous other IKEA tip-over cases a child was injured but not killed, and Mann said he’s sure there are tip-overs that are never reported at all because a child was not harmed.

“Sometimes a parent catches it, or it falls onto a wall or a bed,” he said. “It’s just by the grace of God.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Kids In Danger, the National Center for Health Research, Public Citizen, Shane’s Foundation and U.S. PIRG issued a joint statement offering condolences to the families and calling for IKEA to do more to forcefully communicate the hazard to the public.

“From the delay in issuing a recall to lackluster efforts by IKEA to fully communicate the hazard and the recall to the public – relying instead on soft messages on securing any and all furniture – this death highlights the risks to children of tip-over incidents. Companies must be held accountable for their products’ safety and the CPSC must be strong enough to force companies to take action in ways that successfully get recalled products out of homes,” the groups said.

IKEA countered that it has publicized the recall through website, social media and email campaigns, as well as through news stories and a national advertising campaign using TV, print, radio, digital and social media.

“We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out,” the company’s statement said. IKEA added that it has “worked hard to make participation in the recall as easy as possible for consumers. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, IKEA will arrange to pick it up at their home.”

As for the recall, Cowles said, “We are telling consumers that if they are going to participate, to ask for the refund” rather than the anchoring kit.

IKEA consumers are entitled to a full refund for recalled chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.

If consumers prefer to get the free anchoring kit, they may install it themselves or have IKEA provide a one-time, free in-home installation service, upon request. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.

To get a refund or repair, consumers may visit an IKEA retail store, visit their website, or call (866) 856-4532.

Safety experts say parents should be careful to secure any dresser or television, and to only use dressers that can remain upright even when a 50-pound weight is hung on a drawer.

According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the United States from furniture or TVs tipping over on them.

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Mixed day for markets on thirtieth anniversary of Black Monday

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A mixed day on Wall Street as investors remember a bleak anniversary.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied from down more than 100 points to close the day at 23,163.04, a new record high. That marked a 5.44 point gain on the day for the Dow.

The Nasdaq fell 19.15 to finish the session at 6,605.07, while the S&P 500 edged slightly upwards, closing 0.84 higher at 2,562.10.

Thursday marked the thirtieth anniversary of Black Monday, the largest crash in the history of the Dow.

The National Retail Federation is expecting a record amount of spending this Halloween. According to data from the agency, Americans could spend $9.1 billion on costumes and candy this month.

Blue Apron is cutting jobs both at its headquarters and at warehouses around the country. The meal prep kit company was a hotly anticipated IPO this year, but faces competition from other companies, including Amazon.

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Cities vie for attention from Amazon to host new headquarters

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Amazon(NEW YORK) — When Amazon announced its plan to accept bids from cities for the location of its second headquarters, various U.S. cities developed elaborate plans to catch the attention of the e-commerce giant.

On Sept. 7 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first laid out the terms of the project called HQ2. On Thursday, the window for cities to submit those bids closed. Bezos has promised that 50,000 people will be hired to work at the new headquarters.

Amazon will announce the location of its second headquarters sometime next year. More than 100 cities submitted bids.

Amazon said it wanted a metropolitan location that had at least one million residents. Some cities put together buzz-worthy gimmicks to convince Bezos that their location would be the right choice.

Here are some of the cities that went all out in their bids:

Tuscon, Arizona Sun Corridor Inc., an economic development group, sent a 21-foot Saguaro cactus to Bezos as an Amazon headquarters welcome gift. Amazon refused the plant and instead donated it to a local museum, according to Laura Shaw, chief marketing officer of Sun Corridor Inc.

 

Thx @SunCorridorInc! Unfortunately we can’t accept gifts (even really cool ones) so we donated it to @DesertMuseum 🌵 https://t.co/ZJPQfs44cq pic.twitter.com/Fot06Kgs9P

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) September 19, 2017

Stonecrest, Georgia On Oct. 5, Mayor Jason Lary and the Stonecrest City Council voted to de-annex 345 acres of land and officially call it the city of Amazon. “There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” the mayor said in a statement after the announcement.

Detroit, Michigan Two of the state’s biggest football rivals joined forces on the field in a show of support for the city’s bid to host Amazon H2Q. Head football coaches from the University of Michigan and Michigan State set their differences aside in their biggest game of the season and sported headsets on the sidelines with the text #AmazonDetroit printed on the earpiece and speakers.

 

 

They may be rivals on the field, but #AmazonDetroit is something we can all agree upon. #AmazonHQ2 pic.twitter.com/VLT4vX12zF

— Detroit Moves (@DetroitMovesHQ) October 8, 2017

Danbury, Connecticut and Frisco, Texas Mayors in both cities posted separate videos on social media asking Amazon’s voice control system, Alexa, where the best city for the new headquarters is located. The gimmick in both videos ends with a female voice answering the name of each respective city.

 

 

Hey @JeffBezos, we want you here in #Danbury! (Alexa, thanks for the help!) pic.twitter.com/4lhbmrqFM9

— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) September 14, 2017

Birmingham, Alabama The city launched its campaign by setting up giant Amazon packages at three locations around the city. Residents posted photos on social media to draw attention with the hashtag “Bring A to B.”

 

 

 

 

Birmingham submits ‘great road map’ for Amazon HQ2 https://t.co/DTvGGexaST pic.twitter.com/0FSGTH46u5

— AL.com Birmingham (@ALcomBirmingham) October 18, 2017

Amazon did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Restaurant owner proudly defends serving Popeye’s chicken on her menu

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — After a Yelp reviewer slammed a southern California restaurant for its use of food from a popular fast food chain, the owner embraced the criticism and hailed the pre-made product.

Kimberly Sanchez, the owner of Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California, defended her choice, saying she proudly serves fried chicken from Popeye’s for the restaurant’s chicken and waffles brunch dish.

Yelp user Tyler H said he inquired about the dish after seeing a waiter bring “two large boxes of Popeye’s to the kitchen.”

“I wanted to believe that this was just a snack for the workers, but alas it was not. I ordered the chicken and waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeye’s to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeye’s,” Tyler wrote in the review.

He went on, “I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking, he admitted that they do in fact use Popeye’s.”

Tyler H added that his meal was comped by the restaurant.

Sanchez responded to the criticism in her own Yelp post.

“I am owning this,” Sanchez told ABC News’ Nick Watt in an interview that aired on “GMA.” “I love their chicken. It’s the best I’ve ever had.”

Sanchez told ABC News Los Angeles station KABC that she previously reached out to Popeye’s for approval but has not heard back.

As for the allegation that she tried to trick customers with the fried chicken, Sanchez said, “Honey, I carried it through the front door.”

Customers DeSean Bailey and Stephanie Stephens don’t seem to mind. They told ABC News they love the chicken and waffles dish.

Popeye’s did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Breakup retreat turns healing from heartbreak into a business

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — While many deal with a breakup by eating large amounts of ice cream, those with some extra cash to spend may opt to visit a post-breakup retreat to find healing after a romance ends.

Amy Chan, a relationship columnist, founded the Renew Breakup Bootcamp in upstate New York following her own difficult breakup. She now holds weekend-long retreats that can cost upwards of $1,700, but promises healing for the heartbroken.

“Five years ago … I was dating someone that I thought was going to marry,” Chan told ABC News. “When that relationship fell apart abruptly, I completely fell apart.”

“I tried everything to get better,” she added. “I realized that there needs to be something to help people who are going through this very pivotal stage in their life.”

The program aims to help those suffering from a breakup to move on, and includes sessions lead by a neuroscientist, a psychologist, a life coach and various other activities that are supposed to equip attendees to “detach from the past,” according to the camp’s website.

One attendee, Puneet Grewal, 36, from Vancouver, Canada, told ABC News that she was in an on-and-off relationship for seven years before winding up at the Renew Breakup Bootcamp.

Even five years after the breakup, Grewal said she is still reeling, and has not found a way to move on.

“I find myself still having, you know, painful moments that I wish that I could deal with better,” Grewal said. “And I haven’t found love.”

Grewal signed up for the “Intense Love Life Reboot,” which takes place at a farm in upstate New York. Attendees are asked to disconnect from their digital devices and take part in therapy, yoga and meditation sessions. The camp even features alpaca petting.

The three-day experience was eye-opening, according to Grewal. She said she was left filled with a renewed hope. Grewal added that she is learning to let go of her fear, and even open up her heart up to romance again.

“I think I’m definitely open and ready to find love again,” Grewal said. “I have that confidence. So I’m definitely going to pick a different type of love and the love that I deserve.”

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Burger King takes stand against bullying in fascinating new ad

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Burger King released a three-minute video on Tuesday that highlights the prevalence of bullying in society.

The video, filmed at a California location of the fast food chain by hidden camera, shows the results of a social experiment in which a high school junior is bullied in full view of patrons.

The ad is timed to come out during National Bullying Prevention Month. In contrast to the bullying of the teen, Burger King employees are seen “bullying” the brand’s Whopper Jr. The video shows what happens, as some patrons are more likely to speak up about a damaged sandwich than the bullying happening in front of them.

Some customers, however, do speak up and offer heartwarming and inspirational messages in the fight against bullying.

The company cites nonprofit organization No Bully, which says that 30 percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year.

At the end of the video, Burger King urges viewers to “visit NoBully.org to learn how you can take a stand against bullying.”

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Record-setting day on Wall Street despite large decline in new home starts

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Record closes for all three major indices on Wednesday, including a new milestone for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, despite a poor month for new home starts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 160.16 on Wednesday, finishing the day at 23,157.60 — the first ever close above 23,000.

The Nasdaq added 0.56, reaching 6,624.22 at the session’s end, while the S&P 500 set a new record of 2,561.26 — gaining 1.9 on the day.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the White House’s tax reform plan is of major importance. If it doesn’t pass, he claims, the stock market will tank.

And new home construction fell nearly five percent in September, the biggest decline in about six months.

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Ford announces recall of 1.3 million vehicles due to door latch issue

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Ford(DEARBORN, Mich.) — The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than one million F-Series pickup trucks due to door latch flaws that could cause vehicle doors to unexpectedly open.

In a press release, the company says the recall affects 1.3 million vehicles, all from the 2017 model year. The vehicles affected include both the F-series and the brand’s Super Duty vehicles in North America.

The company intends to add a water shield to the side door latches, to prevent any further issues.

Ford says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

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Company pulls Anne Frank Halloween costume from website amid backlash

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A costume company has removed an outfit depicting German-born diarist Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, from its website after public outrage.

Ross Walker Smith, a publicist for Fun.com, the parent company of HalloweenCostumes.com, issued a public statement on Twitter this week after the company was criticized over the costume.

“We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “We offer several types of historically accurate costumes — from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters.”

He continued, “We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time.”

Smith issued the following statement to ABC News on behalf of HalloweenCostumes.com: “We would like to apologize for any offense this has caused. Due to the feedback from our customers and the public, which we take very seriously, we have elected to stop selling this costume immediately. Again, we apologize for this mistake in judgment.”

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told ABC News in a statement that the organization is glad the Anne Frank costume has been taken down, “but it’s hard to believe that anyone thought this was an appropriate costume for Halloween.”

“This should never have happened in the first place. It shows we still have a long way to go in terms of educating people about what happened during the Holocaust, and why this unique event in human history should never be trivialized,” Greenblatt added. The ADL is a nonprofit, international Jewish organization based in the United States that fights anti-Semitism.

Smith’s public statement was tweeted directly to a concerned customer, 32-year-old Rob McDowall of Glasgow, Scotland.

 McDowall, a chairperson of the nonprofit organization Welfare Scotland and a member of the Equality Council, wrote in an email to ABC News that he tweeted Smith on Oct. 15 after he became aware that an Anne Frank costume was being sold on HalloweenCostumes.com.

McDowall said did not agree with the company’s decision to sell the costume.

 “While there is undoubtedly a market for historically accurate clothing for theatrical productions, we’d be engaging in revisionist history if we allow the company to suggest that the item was for sale for this purpose,” he said. “The item was clearly categorized as a Halloween costume and invited buyers to dress up like Anne Frank for Halloween.”

McDowall continued, “I welcome the decision to remove the product from sale and I hope the company will explore suitable training for their staff to ensure insulting and insensitive products of this nature aren’t made available in the future.”

McDowall’s brief Twitter exchange with Walker sparked a slew of comments from people who said they were offended by the costume, and others who welcomed the idea of people portraying Anne Frank on Halloween.

One woman wrote that she’d prefer her daughters to dress as someone like Anne Frank rather than as a princess.

“I would rather them admire the bravery of a young girl,” she tweeted. “It is not horror but admiration for the girl that should be the conversation.”

Another user called the costume “disgustingly crass.”

Currently, the Anne Frank costume is no longer listed for sale on HalloweenCostumes.com.

The costume is listed on the Candy Apple Costumes website as “Child’s 1940s Girl Costume” and appears to be manufactured by the UK-based company, Smiffys.

Smiffys did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Amazon Studios President Roy Price resigns amid harassment allegation

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Amazon Studios President Roy Price has resigned, ABC News has confirmed.

Price was put on leave last week, following an allegation of sexual harassment involving Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the network’s series “The Man in the High Castle.”

Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter last week that in 2015, Prince allegedly propositioned her in a cab on the way to an Amazon party, but she told him she has a wife and children.

She said that Price did not give up and that she later reported the incident to Amazon executives.

“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told THR. “We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved.”

After the incident, Hackett said she hasn’t seen Roy.

“I don’t feel afraid of him, but it’s difficult after you report something because you’re carrying this anxiety about how to interact with somebody if and when you do see them. You’re aware that other people may or may not know about it,” she said.

She added that after dozens of women spoke out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks, she felt empowered to go public. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

“I think women inspire each other. I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward. I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change,” she added.

In addition to Price, Weinstein himself was fired from The Weinstein Company a week ago Sunday and officially resigned from the company’s board on Tuesday.

In response to the assault allegations against Weinstein, a spokesperson for the movie executive said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” according to the full statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

ABC News has reached out to Price’s attorney for comment but did not immediately hear back.

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Harvey Weinstein resigns from the board of the Weinstein Co.

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of the Weinstein Co. during a conference call with the remaining board members, ABC News has confirmed.

He is still pursuing a claim he was wrongfully fired from the company.

The company has been under pressure since sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein were first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker nearly two weeks ago.

The disgraced movie mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

In response to the allegations, a spokesperson for the movie executive said, “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Co. days after reports surfaced and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the academy,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday.

In a statement, the Weinstein Co. board of directors said, “The board today ratified its decision to terminate Harvey Weinstein’s employment with the Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board.”

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Dow hits 23,000-milestone

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 23,000 on Tuesday morning, but fell just below the milestone at the close.

The Dow climbed 40.48 (+0.18 percent) to finish at 22,997.44, a new record.

The Nasdaq slid 0.35 (-0.01 percent) to close at 6,623.66, while the S&P 500 finished at a record 2,559.36, up 1.72 (+0.07 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.25 percent higher with prices at $52 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Freeport-McMoRan sunk 2.23 percent after Deutsche Bank downgraded the mining company’s stock to “Sell.”

UnitedHealth Group Inc beat investors’ expectations in its third-quarter earnings report.  Shares of the American health care company soared 5.58 percent.

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President Donald Trump drops to bottom half of Forbes 400 list of richest people in America

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is not as wealthy as he was last year, according to Forbes magazine, which dropped him 92 spots on its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America.

Trump, ranked No. 156 in 2016, is now tied with 15 others — including casino magnate Steve Wynn and Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel — for No. 248.

The drop comes from a decline in Trump’s net worth, according to Forbes. The magazine estimated that his net worth has dropped by $600,000 to $3.1 billion from $3.7 billion since last year.

His highest net worth valuation by the magazine came in 2015 at $4.5 billion.

While the overall wealth of Trump’s presidential Cabinet has been noted in the past, he is the only member of the group to be included on the Forbes list.

That said, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ father-in-law, Richard DeVos, the co-founder of marketing company Amway, is included on the list. Richard DeVos’ net worth is valued at $5.1 billion and is ranked No. 107 on this year’s list.

This year’s Forbes 400 list was the most discerning of all, as the magazine reported that the minimum net worth required to be included hit a record high of $2 billion. In the past two years, the minimum was $1.7 billion.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates topped the list for the 24th consecutive year ($89 billion) and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos held on to the No. 2 spot ($81.5 billion) that he had taken from Warren Buffett in 2016. Buffett came in at No. 3 this year, at $78 billion.

Trump has been watching his spot on the list for years.

In an interview with Trump published in Forbes Oct. 10, the article’s author alluded to the president’s lengthy history and fixation with the list.

“Numbers offer Trump validation. They determine the winner or loser of any deal and establish an industry hierarchy. It’s why Trump, more than any of the 1,600 or so people who’ve been on The Forbes 400, has spent more time lobbying and cajoling Forbes to get a higher valuation—and validation,” the Oct. 10 article, written by Forbes staffer Randall Lane, reads.

Trump has tweeted about the Forbes 400 list before, including once in 2014 when he retweeted and commented on a person’s tweet that claimed that Forbes underestimates Trump’s actual net worth.

“That’s true, and they do it knowingly – who cares!” Trump added.

In answering another Twitter user who asked why Forbes had him listed as being worth $3 billion in 2013, Trump wrote: “They know nothing about me or my numbers.”

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Makeup artist turns herself into horrifying monsters

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Sammy Staines/@sammylovesfossas(DORSET, England) — Meet Sammy Staines of Dorset, England.

The Instagram star said she loves doing them because “there is no limit to what you can create.”

Staines, 31, said she started out doing “just beauty makeup” but then began “to get more and more creative from there.”

“I’ve always loved art and since applying art to my face, I no longer paint or draw on paper,” she wrote to ABC News. “I especially love doing illusion and monster paint.”

She said her terrifying monster makeovers, which take her about two hours to complete, are not just a Halloween specialty, however.

“All year … I’m watching horror films and painting weird things on my face so I don’t really get that excited for Halloween,” she said, adding that might change when she has kids. “But I’m sure I will be having a horror movie night on Halloween and giving my face a rest.”

Now click here to look at her terrifying monster makeovers.

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California becomes first state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — California will soon implement a new statewide ban on sales of animals commercially raised in puppy mills.

Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group.

As #FirstDog I’m proud to announce dad just signed #AB485 to help more furry friends in need find a fur-ever home! https://t.co/3jeYFozn9F pic.twitter.com/Lm8AZpuNXM

— Colusa Brown (@ColusaBrown) October 13, 2017

The law will go into effect in 2019 and supporters have praised the move.

“The problem is puppy mills, and this law is specifically targeting shutting down and not supporting puppies being manufactured in unsafe, unsociable, and horrific conditions,” Elena Bicker, executive director at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, told ABC News.

Private breeders can still sell animals independently.

The American Kennel Club is standing up against the first-of-its-kind statewide ban and released a statement directly opposing the new law.

“It not only interferes with individual freedoms, it also increases the likelihood that a person will obtain a pet that is not a good match for their lifestyle and the likelihood that that animal will end up in a shelter,” the organization said in a statement.

Pet advocates have helped increase protections for puppy mill dogs in over 200 cities and counties across the country that already have ordinances similar to this one, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Thirty-six cities in California, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, already had bans on mass breeding operations.

“This is a great law. California is setting the standard and elevating the status of pets in society by targeting the puppy mills and elevating shelter pets as a place in homes,” Bicker said.

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Woman tests the limits of hotel’s pet policy by bringing in her horse

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Lindsey Partridge/Harmony Horsemanship(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — One horse lover wanted to test a hotel’s pet policy after discovering one receptionist said it didn’t discriminate.

Lindsey Partridge, who in 2015 created Harmony Horsemanship, an organization that helps riders better understand their horses, told ABC News she was driving down from Pontypool, Ontario, to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, when she decided to check into her hotel.

The riding coach was there to compete in Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, in which hundreds of retired racehorses compete in categories such as field hunter, polo, ranch work and trail, among others.

“We left at like 3 in the morning and when we got down there, the hotel is before you get to the horse park,” Patridge, 31, recalled. “We figured, we may as well stop and unload our luggage.”

That’s when she spotted a dog in the lobby of the Supreme 8 in Georgetown, Kentucky. She said she remarked to the receptionist that she didn’t realize the hotel had a pet policy and joked she had a few horses outside.

“The receptionist said, ‘Oh, I don’t care. Sure, bring them in!'”

Astonished, Partridge figured she would, taking a few funny photos that have since earned attention on Facebook with more than 2,000 reactions. She unloaded her 5-year-old thoroughbred named Blizz, noting that “she was the easiest to get off the trailer.”

Some hotel guests “were pretty surprised, but they all knew it was fun,” the horse owner recalled. “I hope that this shows people that horses really can be quiet, calm and nice.”

The owners of Supreme 8 confirmed the incident to ABC News.

Still, they clarified their pet policy in a statement, “We did not know she was going to bring the horse into the facility. We are pet-friendly and it is [for pets] 25 pounds and under. We had no knowledge of it being in the room.”

Still, the funny incident seemed to be good luck for Blizz, who earned third place in the trail competition and sixth in the field hunter competition.

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Hollywood continues to sever ties with Harvey Weinstein

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Chance Yeh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hollywood is up in arms over the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company.

The Producers Guild of America’s national board of directors and officers voted on Monday to expel Weinstein after numerous women claimed the movie mogul and producer sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.

“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” co-presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said in a statement on behalf of the board. “As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.”

“Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action,” the statement continued.

The co-presidents also announced a new task force in the wake of Weinstein’s allegations.

“Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers – composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry,” the statement said. “The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”

Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex in a statement to The New Yorker.

However, in addition to the PGA, here are the other organizations and companies that have severed ties with the disgraced producer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The preeminent organization honoring the best in film said in a statement Saturday that it’s voted to expel Weinstein.

It did so “to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

Weinstein and the academy had a pretty long history, dating back to 1990 when he launched an Oscars campaign for an independent film, “My Left Foot.” The film went on to win two Oscars for its stars — Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker — and began Weinstein’s long career in earning the golden trophies.

During his tenure at Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, which he founded in 2005 with his brother, Bob Weinstein, the producer racked up 341 Academy Award nominations, winning 81 of them.

The Weinstein Company

Weinstein’s own film company terminated him last week after The New York Times and The New Yorker reported the stories of several women, including actress Ashley Judd, who claimed that the producer had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” according to a statement from the company’s board.

By Monday, private equity firm Colony Capital announced that it had “entered into a preliminary agreement” with Weinstein’s former film company to potentially acquire all or part of it.

Tarak Ben Ammar, a Weinstein Company board member, praised the move, saying in part: “We believe that Colony’s investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the Company’s current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world.”

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

BAFTA announced in a statement last Wednesday that Weinstein’s membership had been revoked.

Previously, the producer was a fixture on the BAFTA awards circuit, hosting several events around the awards itself, including a pre-dinner and an after party.

“Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values,” the statement from BAFTA said. “This has led to Mr. Weinstein’s suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA’s constitution.”

“We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry,” the statement continued. “BAFTA will continue to work with the film, games and television industries to improve access to rewarding and fulfilling careers in safe, professional working environments.”

Legion of Honor Award

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he’s taken steps to “remove” the Legion of Honor Award from Weinstein, who was presented with the award in 2012. It is the nation’s highest honor, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

Other honorees include fashion designer Giorgio Armani, cosmetics mogul Elizabeth Arden, singer Bono and actor Tom Hanks.

Amazon Studios

The streaming company completely cut ties with The Weinstein Company last week following the allegations.

Amazon had been working with the company on two projects — an untitled mafia drama series Weinstein was producing with David O. Russell, and a series titled “The Romanoffs,” an eight-episode series from “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner.

The mafia show, which The Hollywood Reporter noted was a deal estimated at $160 million, had already been greenlit to run for two seasons.

“Amazon Studios no longer plans on moving forward with the David O. Russell project. As for ‘The Romanoffs,’ Amazon intends to move forward without the involvement of The Weinstein Co.,” Amazon Studios told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement Friday.

Russell, along with the show’s stars Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, agreed with the decision.

“We support Amazon’s decision and in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” they said in a joint statement.

“In the Heights”

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara A. Hudes, the creators of the hit Broadway musical, announced they want the musical’s movie adaption rights back from The Weinstein Company.

The company snatched up the film’s rights after Miranda’s other hit musical, “Hamilton,” became a Broadway success. Now, the creators don’t want anything to do with the disgraced producer’s company.

“As a woman, I can no longer do business with The Weinstein Company,” Hudes wrote in a lengthy post on Twitter last week. “To those women who suffered directly at Harvey’s hands, I extend my sincerest compassion and support. Unfortunately, my musical ‘In the Heights’ is tied up in the company…I hope The Weinstein Company has enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman, and allow us to extricate ‘In the Heights’ from them.”

Hudes added, “He thrived on this. He built an empire on this. It’s been hard for me to sleep at night. My stomach is in knots.”

Miranda threw his support behind Hudes, writing on Twitter, “As usual, Quiara does the prose best. She speaks for us both.”

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Inside Johnny Carson’s $81.5M Malibu mansion

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Mary E. Nichols/TopTenRealEstateDeals.com(MALIBU, Calif.) — It’s no secret the late Johnny Carson loved California, and his beloved Malibu beach home is now on the market for $81.5 million.

The former “Tonight Show” host famously moved the late night series from New York to California in 1972. Soon after, in the mid-1980s, Carson himself made California his home, buying a property overlooking Point Dume Beach, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals.

Carson lived there until his death in 2005. He was 79.

The home, which also features a guest house and sits on four acres, was designed by architect Ed Niles.

The main two-bedroom home measures at 7,083 square feet. It features an entertaining lounge space that boasts 30-feet-high glass windows along with an indoor arboretum perfect for any nature lover. The home also has an ocean terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The master suite sits on the home’s upper level and has his-and-hers bathrooms and closets, complete with onyx fixtures.

Along with a guest home that has two bedrooms of its own, the mansion features a sun deck, pool, waterfall, koi pond, tennis courts, gym and locker room, along with a wine and tasting room.

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Financials lead US stocks to hit new records

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The major indexes closed at record highs on Monday with large gains in financials.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 85.24 (+0.37 percent) to finish at 22,956.96.

The Nasdaq gained 18.20 (+0.28 percent) to close at 6,624.00, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,557.64, up 4.47 (+0.18 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.76 percent higher with prices at about $52 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Shares of JPMorgan Chase jumped 2.07 percent.  The financial services company announced Monday it would use blockchain technology in a new global payments process.

News of Sears investor Bruce Berkowitz’s departure from the board caused shares of Sears Holdings Corp to tumble 11.52 percent.

Apple’s stock climbed 1.84 percent after getting an upgrade from KeyBanc Capital.

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