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Ty Inc. Announces Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby


Ty Inc.(NEW YORK) -- You will soon be able to add Cecil the Lion to your Beanie Baby collection.Ty Inc. has designed a new Beanie Baby modeled after Cecil the Lion, a protected lion who was illegally killed by a Minnesota hunter in Zimbabwe. The news come

Puerto Rico Defaults on Bond Payment for the First Time


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Puerto Rico may become America's Greece after defaulting on most of a debt payment.On Monday, Puerto Rico defaulted for the first time by missing most of a $58 million bond payment. Puerto Rico owes around $70 b

Wall Street Drops as Automakers Report Strong Sales


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks fall for Wall Street and automakers report strong sales this summer.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 91.66 to close at 17598.20.The Nasdaq ended the session at 5115.38, dropping 12.90 from its open, while the S&a

What Microsoft Has to Gain from Reported Uber Investment


David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Uber has ballooned into a $50 billion transportation juggernaut just five years after its launch -- and now Microsoft is said to want a piece of the action.The software company reportedly invested $100 million as par

Sears' Glory Days Before It Began Bleeding Money


Fotosearch/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once a go-to department store that dates back to the 19th century, Sears on Monday reported another double-digit sales decline.As part of an update Monday on its anticipated financial performance, Sears Holdings, the p

Greek Stock Enchange Re-Opens; Stocks Tumble


iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange in Greece re-opened for trading on Monday.The struggling country’s stock market is suffering huge losses, declining more than 20 percent on the first day back.S

Greek Stock Enchange Re-Opens


iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange in Greece re-opened for trading on Monday.The struggling country’s stock market is suffering huge losses, declining more than 20 percent on the first day back.S

ABC's "GMA" on the Money: 4 Tips to Add Value to Your Home on a Limited Budget


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the Ponisciak family, "home sweet home" isn’t so sweet.Joe and Heather Ponisciak are eager to sell their four-bedroom home in Mount Holly, New Jersey, so they can move to be closer to Heather’s job in Ph

Verizon Employees Not Striking, But Still No Deal Reached


PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Union leadership opted not to call for a strike of Verizon workers on Sunday despite no agreement in contract negotiations.The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said that the two sides "remain f

Greek Stock Exchange Set to Reopen, Shares Expected to Dip 20 Percent


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange will finally re-open on Monday and the exchange is expected to take a dive by as much as 20%, according to the BBC.During the debt crisis, the government imposed capital c

Head of Bankrupt Bitcoin Exchange Arrested in Tokyo


iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Japanese police have arrested the former head of a bankrupt virtual currency exchange.Mark Karpelès, 30, was arrested on Saturday after a spokesman for the Tokyo police said Karpelès was suspected of inflating his

How an iPhone App Helped Catch a Burglar


Tatsianama/iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Salt Lake City man is crediting his surveillance camera and an app on his iPhone with helping catch a burglar at his home.Brian Ways, 25, has a surveillance app on his phone called Nest Cam, he told ABC Ne

Investors Assess Latest Batch of Company Earnings to End the Month


tarabird/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks moved lower, to end the month, as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings.The Dow closed down 55 points, the NASDAQ fell a fraction and the S&P gave up 5 points.Energy stocks were among th

Mark Zuckerberg Announces He's Going to Be a Dad


Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a dad.The Facebook CEO, 31, announced the happy news on his Facebook wall that he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are expecting a daughter. In the p

JetBlue Responds to Family Kicked Off Flight Over Toddler's Seating Arrangement


Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue Airlines has responded to the online controversy that erupted after a family says it was kicked off a flight Monday because their 2-year-old son was sitting in his mom’s lap instead of his own seat.The airline told

Texas Man Says His iPhone Survived 9,300-Foot Fall


File photo. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- This is one extreme way to lose -- and later find -- your iPhone.Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, said he was riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Houston to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday w

Facebook's Internet Drone: How It Works


Mark Zucerkberg/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is ready to take to the sky.Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social network has completed production on Aquila, its first solar-powered drone that could one day help beam the Internet into some of the world's mos

SoulCycle Planning IPO


Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for SoulCycle(NEW YORK) -- SoulCycle is planning an initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.The company, which began as an indoor cycling studio in N

Unemployment Claims Clim Higher, Mixed Bag on Wall Street


JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as unemployment claims jumped higher last week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 5.41 to a close of 17745.98.The Nasdaq ended the session at 5128.78, gaining 17.05 from its

Sales of Body Camera Type Worn by Cop Indicted for Death of Samuel DuBose on the


Taser International(NEW YORK) — The type of body camera worn by the Cincinnati police officer accused of murder is seeing robust sales, according to the company, which released its earnings report Thursday.Officer Ray Tensing was arraigned today for

Amazon's Push-to-Buy 'Dash' Buttons Go on Sale


Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with its Amazon Dash button.The push-to-order buttons are now available to Amazon Prime members for $4.99, with 18 different buttons -- each covering a household pr

US Economy Grew 2.3% in Second Quarter; Jobless Claims Jump to 267K


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The American economy grew 2.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, the Commerce Department revealed on Thursday.In another good sign, first quarter growth was revised to show a slight rise of 0.6 percent.Economis

Yahoo Unveils New LiveText Texting App


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You used to just send a text message. Not anymore.Mobile users are flocking to amped-up messaging services like Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime. The options are myriad and Yahoo is jumping into the fray with an innova

Average Age of Cars in the US Jumps to 11.5 Years


AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans are keeping their cars vehicles longer than ever before, new data shows.According to IHS Automotive, the average age of all passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. is now 11.5 years, a slight increase fr