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Tuesday
May162017

Nasdaq sets another record as stocks close mixed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street finished mixed on Tuesday as the Nasdaq reached a new record for the second day in a row.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 2.19 (-0.01 percent) to finish at 20,979.75.

The Nasdaq gained 20.20 (+0.33 percent) to close at 6,169.87 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,400.67, down 1.65 (-0.07 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.5 percent lower with prices under $49 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Office supply retailer Staples, Inc. tumbled 3.5 percent after reporting a revenue miss last quarter.

Nature's Sunshine Products announced Tuesday it received a direct selling license in China. Shares of the multi-level dietary supplement-marketer soared nearly 28 percent.

Citi downgraded Pfizer's stock from Neutral to Sell, causing shares of the pharmaceutical company to slide about 2 percent.

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Tuesday
May162017

Woman makes dress out of more than 10,000 Starburst candy wrappers

Courtesy Emily Seilhamer (ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa.) -- This woman’s dress sure is one sweet fashion statement.

Emily Seilhamer, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, made the colorful dress entirely out of Starburst candy wrappers.

She said she used more than 10,000 wrappers in total.

“In just one row, there’s about 300 wrappers to wrap it around my whole body,” Seilhamer, 24, told ABC News. “Because it took so long, the Starburst company kept discontinuing some of the colors I was using, so I had to revise the design a couple times. But that’s OK. I actually like this design better.”

It took her five years to complete, with her primarily working on it while in college.

“I would sit for hours folding wrappers while studying for college classes or watching TV,” she recalled. “It also became somewhat therapeutic.”

Her husband’s sweet tooth inspired the project -- his favorite candy is Starburst.

“The first time I met him he offered me a pack of Starburst,” she said of her husband, Malachi Seilhamer. “He gave me a pack and once he broke the ice, he kept bringing me packs of Starburst. We were in drama together and I said, ‘Hey, I’d like to make something out of these. Do you mind saving them?’ He would eat them and bring me grocery bags full [of the wrappers]. I was like, ‘Wow, I can do something pretty big from this.’”

“Thank goodness nobody got any cavities,” she said with a laugh.

Emily Seilhamer said she finished the dress a few months before her husband proposed, which was perfect timing so she could focus her efforts on making her wedding dress instead. But the Starburst dress still holds the most sentimental value to the couple.

“Because we met through the candies, the dress had a spot at our wedding reception for everyone to see,” said Emily Seilhamer.

The artist said she now plans to work on at least one upcycled outfit a year.

“This dress was the start of my hobby doing upcycled dresses,” she said. “I've done one of men's neckties, and just recently a spring dress out of my grandmother's kitchen wallpaper.”

And although her friends thought she was “a little nutty” at first, they’ve since “gotten used to it.”

“Funny thing is, I don't know how to sew,” said Emily Seilhamer. “I know how to use a sewing machine yet I've never actually learned how to follow a pattern. But I am a crafter so I if I can picture something in my head, I can usually figure it out.”

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Tuesday
May162017

Diane Keaton's former Laguna Beach house is for sale 

Villa Real Estate (LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) -- An oceanfront home in Laguna Beach, California, that once belonged to actress Diane Keaton is for sale.

989 Cliff Drive is listed for $15.9 million by Mike Johnson of Villa Real Estate.

The Oscar-winning actress, best known for her roles in "Annie Hall," "Baby Boom," "The Godfather" and "The First Wives Club" bought the home in 2004 for $7.5 million, renovated the home and lived it in. She then sold it in 2006 for $12,750,000, according to the realtor. It was originally constructed for a ranching family.

The 4,000 square-foot home has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, and is located on Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach. It has multiple terraces and gardens, and is walled off from the street.

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Tuesday
May162017

Millionaire's advice to millennials: Skip the avocado toast

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- A multimillionaire real estate tycoon found himself in the hot seat over the weekend after he told millennials to stop spending their money on "smashed avocados" and fancy coffees if they want to own a home someday.

Luxury property developer Tim Gurner said he "wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each” when he was looking to buy his first home.

Gurner said he owned his first business when he was 19. The Australian Financial Review said he has an estimated net worth of about $460 million.

He went on to suggest that TV shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians have fooled young people into thinking that they should be living a lavish lifestyle.

The 35-year-old executive’s comments may have been directed at Australians, but Twitter users from all over seemed to take offense at the comments.

One Twitter user said he “did the math” and concluded he might be able to afford a "bad house" in his neighborhood in about 600 years, if he cut out the fancy toast.

Another user said Gurner had it all wrong and blamed her student loan debt for her inability to afford a home.

A Twitter user from Wisconsin said he’s going after the wrong crowd because the "$22 avocado toast crowd are not the ones who can't afford a property."

Others went on to flag reports that Gurner received a $34,000 loan from his grandfather to kickstart his first real estate project.

"This millionaire guy got $34k from his grandfather to buy his first investment property at age 19. So the real advice is: be wealthy," one person said.

Similarly, another Twitter user said if she could get a "small loan of $34,000 to launch a property empire” she may be able to afford “avocado toast and homes.”

Another person accused Gurner of boasting about building "apartments near cafes for 27-32 year olds" and then attacking "young people for buying $4 coffees.”

This is not the first time that young Australians have been slammed for spending money on the pricey fruit.

In an op-ed published in the Australian last year, demographer Bernard Salt targeted young people who go to “hipster cafes” and “order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop” instead of saving up to buy a home. Those comments also sparked outrage.

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Monday
May152017

A timeline of the WannaCry cyberattack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The so-called WannaCry cyberattack has affected hundreds of thousands of computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows XP software, creating havoc around the world.

Here's a timeline detailing how the attack spread:

Friday, May 12: Morning

The first appearance of the cyberattack was registered in Europe at what would have been 3:24 a.m. Eastern time, according to a report by The Financial Times.

Telefónica, a Spain-based telecommunications company, was among the first major organizations to report being hit by the attack, and institutions in England's health care sector first reported problems by late morning on Friday, according to the FT.

The malware locked computers and blocked access to patient files in England's public hospitals.

NHS Digital, the body of the Department of Health that uses information and technology to support England's health care system, told ABC News it was working closely with the National Cyber Security Center and other agencies to fix the damage.

"We are continuing to work around the clock to support NHS organizations that have reported any issue due to yesterday's cyberattack," NHS Digital said in a statement Saturday.

Chris Camacho, chief strategy officer at the cybersecurity firm Flashpoint, told ABC News that health care companies were particularly ripe for ransomware attacks like this one because patient records are so critical to care.

“There’s nothing you can do but pay once you’re hit,” Camacho said in an interview. “If you need that data back, you’re going to pay.”

By Friday afternoon, 16 National Health Service (NHS) facilities reported that they were affected by the cyberattack.

Friday, May 12: Afternoon

The attack spread to a large swath of different organizations around the world, including the French car company Renault, the Russian cellphone operator MegaFon and U.S.-based FedEx.

A FedEx spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that it was among the victims of the attack.

“Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible. We regret any inconvenience to our customers.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday that it was "aware of reports of ransomware affecting global entities."

A cybersecurity researcher from the security company Proofpoint discovered an unregistered domain buried in the code of the virus, and shared his findings on social media.

A 22-year-old British researcher identified online as "MalwareTech" saw the findings and activated a "kill switch" for the attack, slowing its spread.

"I was actually panicking because because one of my analysts made a mistake and they had said by registering the url we had started the infection," the unnamed researcher told ABC News. "So, I was panicking looking through the code and I realized that actually no, we had stopped it."

Microsoft also issued a statement, calling the circumstances painful.

"Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful," according to the statement. "Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers."

Saturday, May 13

Experts anticipated that an update to the malware could be released, therefore increasing its spread.

"Currently the spreading of the ransomware is slowed down dramatically because a researcher found a logic bug in the malware, not because the companies around the world are having good security practice," Matt Suiche, founder of Comae Technologies, a cybersecurity company in the United Arab Emirates, told ABC News on Saturday.

"I'd even say this update probably already happened," he added.

Microsoft rolled out an additional security update for its customers to further protect Windows platforms.

Monday, May 15: Morning

President Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told ABC News' Good Morning America that the unprecedented global cyberattack sends an "urgent call for collective action" by governments throughout the world.

Bossert said he expected the number of people affected would rise as more workers logged into their work computers on Monday.

The attack had hit more than 200,000 hospitals, corporations, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries by Monday.

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Monday
May152017

Six NBA teams reveal jersey sponsors

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- At least six NBA jerseys will look a little different next season. On Monday, six teams revealed corporate sponsorship logos that will appear on their jerseys. The most notable is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will sport the Goodyear wingfoot logo.

Cavaliers star LeBron James is thrilled about the sponsorship. Goodyear is based in LeBron James' hometown of Akron, Ohio. "Every Akron kid grew up seeing the Wingfoot in the sky on the blimp and feeling pride in our community," James said in a statement Monday. "There is something special for me personally having that logo on the Cavs uniform."

The other logos revealed were StubHub for the Philadelphia 76ers, Blue Diamond Almonds for the Sacramento Kings, General Electric for the Boston Celtics, Qualtrics for the Utah Jazz and Infor for the Brooklyn Nets.The move comes in the same year as Nike taking over as the official apparel provider of NBA uniforms.

 

 

The NBA approved of teams signing a company to put their logo on the upper-left corner of a teams jersey 13 months ago. The logo is 2.5-by-2.5 inches in size.

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Monday
May152017

Simple things you can do to protect against ransomware attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of a worldwide cyber attack that has debilitated more than 200,000 organizations in over 150 countries, experts shared tips with ABC News on simple things you can do to help protect yourself against a ransomware attack.

Ransomware is defined as "a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to block access to a computer system until a ransom is paid," according to a 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security blog post.

This weekend's unprecedented ransomware attack started Friday, but authorities said Sunday that the worst may be yet to come as many people return to work on Monday.

The U.S. Computers Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) issued specific advice to protect against the recent WannaCry ransomware threat that spread this weekend, saying computer users should "Be careful when clicking directly on links in emails, even if the sender appears to be known."

The U.S. CERT also advised to use caution when opening attachments, and to be "particularly wary of compressed or ZIP file attachments."

Quincy Larson, a software engineer and the founder of freecodecamp.com told ABC News that ransomware is usually spread through your email.

"If you are going to be infected by ransomware, it will happen when you get an email or some other form of message that's asking you to download and run it, and when that file runs, then usually, the attacker will encrypt your hard drive, or encrypt part of your hard drive so that your computer is still operable and you can continue to use it, but you can't access all your files," Larson explained.

Larson told ABC News the best way to prevent ransomware attacks is to make sure that every time your operating system or a software asks if it can run a system or security update -- you update it.

"It's absolutely critical that you install updates to your operating system and to all your software as they become available," Larson said. "One of the reasons why you download the updates is not just for new features but it's also for additional security."

Larson said that unlike larger companies and organizations, "individuals are particularly vulnerable because they don't necessarily have recently updated software and one of the best ways you can prevent ransomware or malware in general from getting on your computer is just to make sure that your operating system ... is updated to the latest version."

"Finally, just be very vigilant," Larson said. "You need to constantly look out for emails that seem suspicious, and you need to err on the side of not downloading random files."

Jason Tanz, the site director at Wired, echoed Larson's sentiments, telling ABC News, "individuals are particularly easy to prey on because most of them are not being extremely up-to-date with their software. They're not necessarily paying attention to all the security updates, and therefore they're more likely to be vulnerable."

Tanz added that "if you're the victim of a ransomware attack you'll open your computer and instead of your normal files you'll see a pop-up appear that says, 'Surprise, we've taken control of your computer and if you want access to your files you need to pay us.'"

Tanz cited this weekend's ransomware attack as an example of why you should always update all your software, saying, "For instance this latest ransomware attack only hit earlier versions of Microsoft Windows."

Tanz said another way to protect yourself against ransomware attacks is to back up your files remotely.

"The next thing is to make sure you're backing up your files every day, and that means on a hard drive that is not connected to the internet," Tanz added. "Ransomware is only effective if you don't have record of the files they're holding for ransom."

Tanz said if you have all your files backed up, it leaves those using ransomware against you, "without any power whatsoever."

"Finally, the last thing to do is to be very suspicious about clicking unfamiliar links," adding that you should also use caution when, "downloading files from people you don't know and sometimes people you do know."

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Monday
May152017

Chick-fil-A employees sign 'Happy Birthday' to hearing-impaired co-worker

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(LAWTON, Okla.) -- Chick-fil-A employees in Lawton, Oklahoma, learned sign language to help celebrate a co-worker in a special way on Thursday for his birthday.

The fast food chain's local Facebook page shared a video of the team members singing and signing "Happy Birthday" to James, an employee who has hearing loss.

A co-worker brought James into the main area of the kitchen where he stood confused until his fellow team members began the song.

James was visibly overcome with appreciation and signed "Thank you" to the group as they applauded him and shared the special moment.

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Monday
May152017

Amazon expected to ramp up online furniture sales

John MacDougall/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Your next dishwasher, loveseat or dining table could come from Amazon.

The online retail giant is making a "major push" into furniture and appliances, with plans to build at least four warehouses devoted to storing and delivering bulky items, according to The Washington Post. The Seattle-based retailer would be competing with two companies that currently dominate the online furniture market: Wayfair Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, which owns Pottery Barn.

But retailers such as Amazon still need to work out crucial details such as how much variety to offer on their sites and the most cost-effective ways to deliver furniture to their customers' homes, according to The Washington Post.

For the near future, Amazon is expected to rely on XPO and other third-party logistics providers to oversee distribution centers and manage the delivery of furniture and appliances, The Washington Post reports.

Furniture is one of the fastest-growing segments of the online retail space. Since 2015, it has grown 18 percent, second only to grocery-delivery services, according to Barclays.

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Sunday
May142017

United Airlines cockpit access information made public 

United Airlines(NEW YORK) -- In a safety alert sent to its employees, United Airlines said that some "cockpit door access information" was inadvertently made public.

According to the airline, it was "not a breach situation" or related to the a global hack.

"The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority and United utilizes a number of measures to keep our flight decks secure beyond door access information," United said in a statement. "In the interim this protocol ensures our cockpits remain secure. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible."

United is so far not revealing how the secure information got out.

This latest headache for United comes after the airline suffered a public relations nightmare last month when passenger Dr. David Dao was bloodied and dragged off a flight from Chicago. United reached a settlement with Dao for an undisclosed amount.

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