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NHTSA Calls on Airbag Maker to Provide Documents, Answer Questions


bizoo_n/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is stepping up its investigation of the faulty airbags that resulted in the recall of more than seven million vehicles.NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said Thursday that the agency is, "compelling [airbag manufacturer] Takata to produce documents and answer questions under oath relevant to our ongoing investigation into defective airbags they have produced."The Detroit News reports

Teen's Present From Dad Turns Her Into Multimillionaire on 19th Birthday


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) --  A very happy birthday, indeed!When Deisi Ocampo woke up on her birthday on Oct. 6, she had no idea the gift her father had given her would soon make her a multi-millionaire.“I rarely play the lottery,” Ocampo, 19, of Chicago, wrote to ABC News. “My dad buys tickets once in a while and thought it would fun to get me two tickets for my birthday.”The following day, she didn’t think much of it when she scratched off the fir

Wall Street Soars on Positive Earnings Report


vichie81/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets rallied from a down day Wednesday on the back of positive earnings reports.The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 221.11 point, climbing to 17,195.42.The Nasdaq jumped to 4,566.14, gaining 16.91 on the day, while the S&P 500 climbed closer to the 2,000 mark, gaining 12.35 to close at 1,994.65.The Department of Commerce announced on Thursday that the national gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the thir

Feds Fine Dating Sites for Alleged Use of Fake Dating Profiles


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a settlement just reached, the Federal Trading Commission is fining more than 12 online dating sites about $600,000, saying those sites created fake profiles to lure users into upgrading to paid memberships.According to the FTC, the sites, all run by parent company JDI Dating, created fake profiles to send messages to users, enticing them to upgrade to paid memberships in order to continue the conversation.The FTC also said the sites did not disclose that the

101-Shot Latte Takes Biggest Starbucks Drink Record


Courtesy Bill Lewis(NEW YORK) -- With the last drink clocking in at a measly 60 espresso shots, this 101-shot drink is definitely now the biggest free Starbucks drink on record.Bill Lewis, a credit repair and identity theft expert in Florida, has over 10,000 Facebook followers and wanted to make the drink for them.“Everybody always makes fun of my coffee selections on my Facebook page,” Lewis told ABC News.Lewis typically orders an extra-hot 6-shot venti latte with vanilla and mocha

Hasbro Makes Move to Help Pay for 'Operation' Creator's Surgery


M.L. Gray/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Toy giant Hasbro has stepped forward to help the creator of one of it’s most popular board games, Operation, pay for an operation of his own.John Spinello, who created what would become Operation, the classic board game that allows players to test their fine motor skills using a tweezer, is in need of a reported $25,000 in oral surgery.When Spinello -- who sold his game for $500 in the 1960s to a toy company that would th

Microsoft Unveils New Wearable Fitness Device


Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft introduced a new wearable health and fitness device that is on sale Thursday. The Microsoft Band is $199 and works with Windows Phone, iOS and Android. The device joins the competitive health wearables market with the likes of Fitbit, providing calorie counts and sleep quality measurements.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widg

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Proud to Be Gay'


Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tim Cook is “proud to be gay.” The Apple CEO makes this declaration in an essay titled “Tim Cook Speaks Up” for Bloomberg Businessweek.While Cook has never been secretive about his sexuality, he admits in the written piece, “this wasn’t an easy choice,” and that he has not publicly acknowledged the subject either -- until now.“So let me be clear,” he writes, “I’m proud to be gay, and I c

Windowless Planes to Hit Skies in Next Decade


Centre for Process Innovation(NEW YORK) -- Imagine flying on an airplane and being able to see the clouds all around you. That’s what one company plans on achieving in the next 10 years -- an airplane without windows.The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a U.K.-based cutting edge technology association, envisioned the next generation aircraft in an effort to conserve fuel, while drastically transforming the customer experience.“Removing the windows will significantly reduce the we

Jobless Claims Jump to 287K


iStock/Thinkstoc(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were higher last week, increasing by 3,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Oct. 25, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 287,000. The previous week claims stood at 284,000, revised up from 283,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average decreased, however, falling by just 250 to 281,000.Follow

IRS Announces Tax Guidance Related to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


MariuszBlach/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Internal Revenue Service issued tax guidelines regarding charitable and other relief related to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.The IRS press release notes two tax designations designed to promote donations and aid for West Africa. Employees, the agency says, "may donate their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief" to Ebola vi

Federal Reserve Ends Bond-Buying Program, Will Keep Interest Rates Low


Cameron Whitman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it would end its recession-era bond purchasing program, noting improvement in the labor market and the financial landscape.According to a press release, the Federal Open Market Committee found at their September meeting that with the economy growing at a moderate pace and improved labor market conditions, the bond-buying program can be ended this month. "Moreover, the [Fed] continues to see suff

Wall Street Dips on Wednesday, Fed to End Bond-Buying Program


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets fell on Wednesday, following a strong start to the week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 31.44 to 16,974.31, falling back below 17,000 just one day after it jumped back over the milestone.The Nasdaq slumped 15.06, closing at 4,549.23, while the S&P 500 slid 2.75 to a finish of 1,982.30.The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced that it would end its bond-buying program later this month. That decision was made after the Federal Open Market Com

UPS Driver Caught Mishandling $12K Package on Video


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- UPS reps were “horrified” recently when they watched a store’s surveillance video showing one of their drivers treating a package with little care, a store associate said.“[The UPS driver] just basically threw the thing out the door,” Ray Martel of East Hills Instruments in Westbury, New York, told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.On Monday, Martel said the UPS driver -- who was not the store’s “regular” guy -- delivered a

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Falls Victim to Hackers


CurrentC(NEW YORK) -- CurrentC, the mobile payments solution being tested by Walmart and other retailers, confirmed on Wednesday it has been hacked."Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app," Linda Walsh, a spokeswoman for Merchant Customer Exchange, told ABC News in a statement."Many of these email addresses are dummy accounts used fo

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