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Monday
Jul102017

Teen wins California Lottery twice in one week 

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- One lucky California teen has won the lottery twice in one week.

Rosa Dominguez, 19, purchased winning tickets from two different locations in California in the span of one week, according to the California Lottery.

The California Lottery said in a press release that Dominguez bought a $5 Power 5's Scratcher ticket when she made a pit stop at Eagle Energy, a gas station in Paso Robles, while driving home from Arizona.

Dominguez won the top prize of $555,555, according to the California Lottery. "I was so nervous I just wanted to cry," she told the lottery.

After winning more than $500,000, the young woman tried her luck again and purchased a $5 Lucky Fortune Scratcher that turned out to be worth $100,000. This time, the ticket was at a Valero gas station in Monterey County.

The big winner went to the California Lottery's East Bay District Office in Hayward to claim her two prizes that added up to a grand total of $655,555.

Dominguez shared with California Lottery employees that she would like to go shopping and purchase a new car.

The California Lottery did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Monday
Jul102017

How to save big on Amazon's Prime Day this year

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Amazon's annual Prime Day kicks off Monday night at 9 p.m. ET and lasts for 30 straight hours with new deals to be released as often as every five minutes, according to the company's website.

Experts shared some of their top tips for how to maximize your savings during the annual promotion, which is only available to Amazon Prime customers, a subscription service that comes with an annual price tag of $99.

Lisa Lee Freeman, a consumer expert, appeared live on "Good Morning America" Monday to share her tips for Amazon's third annual Prime Day.

"It's going to be a big day of deals," said Freeman, who recommended consumers first sign up for Amazon Prime.

"First of all if you're not already a Prime member, sign up. You can get a 30-day free trial and cancel if you want to," Freeman said.

Freeman added that downloading the Amazon app is a "way to keep up on the action."

"You're going to be seeing previews of deals all day long," she said. "There are going to be deals every five minutes or so."

She also advises consumers to make a list of what they actually want before the big day, so as not to get caught up in the sale and buy things that they don't need.

Freeman said that some of the best deals will be on Amazon gadgets and services including the company's range of Kindles, Fires and Alexa devices.

In addition, if you already own an Alexa device, Amazon will give you exclusive deals and a two-hour head start on some of the deals, according to Freeman, who recommends using your Alexa to shop on Prime Day.

"Be sure to ask Alexa to make sure you've got all the deals. There's going to be some exclusive deals on those devices," Freeman said.

Finally, Freeman said to remember to do a final price check before you pay. "Make sure that that particular deal you're going after really is the best buy because prices are going to be moving really fast all day long," she explained.

ABC News' technology correspondent Becky Worley said you can work around paying the $99 annual Prime membership fee by signing up for a free 30-day trial to take advantage of the savings around Prime Day -- just remember set a calendar notification for a month from now to remind you to cancel your trial.

While most of the best technology deals come around Black Friday, Worley said that Amazon's Prime Day "is a good midyear opportunity to score a bargain."

Another pro-tip she shared was to use the site Camelcamelcamel.com, which tracks the price history of items on Amazon, to find what is the lowest price ever for an item and to make sure you are getting a good deal.

A lot of the best discounts during Prime Day will also come in the form of lightning deals, or the flash sales that Amazon offers for a limited time, according to Worley. Her tip to take advantage of these steep savings is to set price-alert notifications on your phone.

Amazon shows sales that are currently live, as well as upcoming deals, and lets you set price alerts that will send a notification to your phone when an upcoming deal you have your eyes on goes live.

"Walmart and Target feel a lot of pressure to compete on Prime Day, so be sure to check their sites for deals, too," Worley added.


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Sunday
Jul092017

Musk tweets first photos of Tesla's mass-market electric Model 3

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images(FREEMONT, Calif.) -- Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has unveiled a glimpse of the electric automaker's much-anticipated Model 3.

Musk tweeted photos of the first Model 3 to roll off Tesla's assembly line in Freemont, California.

 

The electric "mass-market" vehicle is slated to be available to the public later this month. But only 30 vehicles will reportedly be produced by the end of the month. By December, that figure is slated to increase to 20,000 a month.

Priced around $35,000 -- with a $7,500 federal electric car credit -- the five-seat Model 3 is a cheaper and more consumer-friendly version of the luxury Model S.

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Saturday
Jul082017

New two-bedroom lodge lets you sleep footsteps away from tigers

Courtesy Aspinall Foundation(HYTHE, England) -- Calling all risk-taking travel lovers!

If you're down to sleep on the wild side, visit Tiger Lodge in the U.K., where you can fall asleep footsteps away from Siberian tigers.

The lodge is located on the Port Lympne Reserve near the town of Hythe in Kent, England, and offers similar experiences with bears and even rhinoceroses.

The reserve’s newest two-bedroom lodge features nearly floor to ceiling windows that allow visitors to look right out onto the tiger enclosure on the property. It also has a balcony that offers 30 mile views.

Guests can also ride to the Port Lympne Hotel Restaurant or the Treehouse Clubhouse. Along the way, visitors may spot some of the reserve's 700 animals and 88 species, from wolves to giraffes and zebras.

If this sounds like your idea of fun, the Tiger Lodge will set you back £375, or approximately $480 per night.

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Saturday
Jul082017

Film studio donates $25K to replace Arkansas Ten Commandments tribute monument

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona independent film studio has donated $25,000 to help replace the recently destroyed Ten Commandments tribute monument on the Arkansas state capitol grounds.

Pure Flix, an independent faith and family entertainment studio based in Phoenix, gave the contribution to the American History and Heritage Foundation at the Arkansas State capitol on July 6.

“We hope our donation will contribute to the costs to rebuild this beautiful landmark,” Pure Flix CEO Steve Fedyski said in a statement.

The controversial monument was erected on June 27, but less than 24 hours later was toppled when Michael Tate Reed II of Van Buren, Arkansas drove his car into the base of the monument, shouting “Freedom!” at the moment of impact.

Reed, 32, has been released on a $100,000 bond, and has a court date set for September 7.

The Ten Commandments Monuments Display Act was passed in 2015 after years of debate. The Act defines the Ten Commandments as "an important component of the moral foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of America and of the State of Arkansas."

Supporters of the monument argue that it is important for historical purposes, while detractors, such as the Arkansas ACLU, said while they disapprove of any illegal destruction to the monument, displaying it is still unconstitutional.

Pure Flix produces, distributes and markets Christian and family entertainment. The studio produced the 2014 surprise box office hit “God's Not Dead.”

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Saturday
Jul082017

Audi manager arrested in emissions-test cheating probe

iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH, Germany) -- Authorities have made the first arrest in Germany in connection with the Volkswagen emissions-test cheating scandal, according to the BBC.

Munich prosecutors say an Audi manager was arrested on suspicion of fraud and false advertising, but it's unclear whether the person is a current or former Audi employee.

However, German media have reported that the person is the same man who was charged separately by U.S. authorities, Giovanni Pamio, on Thursday, according to the BBC.

Pamio is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud and violation of the Clean Air Act, according to a statement by the Department of Justice.

The 60-year-old is accused of leading a team of engineers that designed and implemented software to cheat standard U.S. emissions tests. The Department of Justice said Pamio and some of his colleagues deliberately failed to disclose the software functions.

Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, previously pleaded guilty to three felony counts connected to cheating U.S. emissions standards. The company was ordered to pay a $2.8 billion fine at its sentencing in April.

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Friday
Jul072017

US stocks close higher on June jobs report

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A better-than-expected jobs report pushed stocks in the green on Friday as tech stocks rebounded.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 94.30 (+0.44 percent) to finish at 21,414.34.

The Nasdaq jumped 63.61 (+1.04 percent) to close at 6,153.08, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,425.18, up 15.43 (+0.64 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 3 percent lower with prices at $44 per barrel.

Jobs Report: The U.S. economy added about 222,000 jobs last month, more than the expected 179,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health care was the biggest jobs contributor adding 37,000 jobs. Social assistance added 23,000 jobs, finance added 17,000 jobs, and 8,000 jobs were added to mining.

Winners and Losers:
  Shares of McDonald's Corporation soared 2 percent and Facebook, Inc. climbed nearly 2 percent.

Sears Holdings sunk 2 percent after CEO Eddie Lampert announced plans to close more Sears locations.

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Friday
Jul072017

Hotel Suite of the Week: Islamorada Suite at Cheeca Lodge 

ABCNews.com(ISLAMORADA, Fla.) -- The island of Islamorada in the Florida Keys has recently enjoyed pop-culture fame as a filming location for the hit Netflix series "Bloodline."

On Islamadora, which is so popular with the show's fans that they refer to it as if it were a character, is Cheeca Lodge, a luxury hotel where some of the thriller's scenes have been shot.

But the hotel also has historical ties. It's very first guest was President Harry Truman when the property opened in 1946.

It also became a favorite family retreat of President George H.W. Bush. He started the Presidential Sailfish Tournament in 1990 that is held annually each January.

One of the most coveted suites is the 1,400-square-foot Islamorada Suite. With Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay views, the suite also has a large living room and bathroom, plus an open-air balcony.

Guests have easy access to the rest of the resort, including pools and restaurants.

Prices for the suite start at $699 per night.

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Friday
Jul072017

Girl searches for owner of teddy bear containing heartfelt message from soldier

Amanda Fields(COLUMBUS, Ind.) -- An Indiana mom is helping her daughter track down the rightful owner of a brown teddy bear that the child found at a garage sale.

Amaya Fields, 6, brought the stuffed animal home on July 2 when she noticed an audio recording playing from it.

"Our puppy stepped on it and it made a noise," mom Amanda Fields of Columbus told ABC News Friday. "She said, 'Mommy, it's a boy's voice!'"

Fields said the message says the following: "Merry Christmas from Afghanistan. Daddy misses you and misses you. I want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I'll see you soon and I love you."

Fields, whose husband Jeremy is an active duty Marine, said her "heart dropped" when she heard the recording. The mom of five then took to Facebook in hopes enough that people would share her post about the bear and that it would eventually reach its owner.

"We just know how it is as a family to have daddy gone and any little words of 'I love you' or 'see you soon' is so soothing, reassuring and it lets you know it's going to be OK," Fields said.

Fields said she spoke to the neighbor who gave the bear to Amaya, but he said he was unaware of the bear's origin and that it may have come from a Goodwill store.

Fields also called Bday Bears, a Kansas-based company that manufactured the same bear her daughter had found. A representative of Bday Bears told Fields that there was no way they could track down the owner.

"I think it probably got donated by accident," Fields said. "I think I'm stuck unless somebody out there can hear [the recording] because it is not ID'd or anything. I think the only way we will ever find [the owner] is through social media, TV and sharing word of mouth."

As for Amaya, Fields said she has named the stuffed animal "Lost Bear" and has been keeping it safe until they find its family.

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Friday
Jul072017

16-year-old saves customer's life on second day working at restaurant

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- A teenager is being hailed a hero after saving a customer's life on his second day working at a restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In late June, Austin Goddard, 16, a dishwasher at Skyline Chili administered CPR to a 74-year-old man named Larry, who had collapsed during his meal.

"I ran over and I did CPR on him," Austin told ABC News on Friday. "The police officer walked through the door as soon as he started being responsive. My adrenaline was going and fear wasn't a factor at the moment. It all kind of kicked in [afterwards] and I was like, 'Wow.'"

Austin, a student at South Ripley High School in Indiana, said he was busing a table in the early afternoon when he noticed the patron, a man he now knows as Larry, fall over in his chair.

Austin had been CPR-certified at school and he quickly decided to jump in and performed chest compressions on Larry, who was visiting Ohio from Florida for a wedding.

Austin said that Larry quickly came-to and was transported by paramedics to a local hospital. Austin then went home to his mother Shannon Goddard, who also works at Skyline, and informed her of the incident.

"He was so emotional and shaking and couldn't speak," Shannon Goddard told ABC News about her son. "I woke up to a message on my cell phone from his dad saying that our son had saved a man's life."

"I told him how proud of him I was," she added. "He's just your normal 16-year-old, but more mature and handles things a lot differently. All in all, he's an amazing kid."

Days after coming to Larry's rescue, Austin received a signed photo of him that was inscribed, "Thank you Austin for saving my life."

Sarah Sicking, director of marketing for Skyline Chili restaurants told ABC news that the company's CEO, as well as first responders, are working to honor Austin for his bravery.

"We are just so proud of Austin for taking care of our customer," Sicking said. "He took [it] above and beyond and saved a man's life. It takes a lot of courage and it was only his second day of work."

Austin said he will continue to renew his CPR certification and that he hopes that the customer remains in good health.

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