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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Monday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite shed most of its recent gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 14.79 ( 0.07 percent) to finish at 21,409.55.

The Nasdaq slid 18.10 (-0.29 percent) to close at 6,247.15, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,439.07, up 0.77 ( 0.03 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices over $43 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
  Shares of Hertz Global Holdings jumped 13.5 percent on a Bloomberg report that says the car rental service will partner with Apple on its autonomous vehicle software.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment tumbled 3.5 percent after it was revealed Friday the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating statements made by the company about the 2013 documentary "Blackfish."

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Chadonka/Instagram(CAPE POINT, N.C.) -- A new island that has appeared off the coast of North Carolina is exciting water-loving locals and tourists alike.

It's being called Shelly Island. And thanks to the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean, those enjoying Cape Hatteras' Cape Point can now trek to this newly formed island.

"It's a dynamic area. Because of the two different currents -- the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current -- the sand is always shifting and moving," Mark Dowdle, the deputy superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which oversees the island, told ABC News.

"A large sandbar has formed off the tip of Cape Point and essentially created a new island," he added. "It could continue to grow or soon it could be completely gone. We don’t know."

For now, those visiting have been enjoying the new island, which measures about a mile long and several hundred yards wide, according to Dowdle.

Those visiting have been collecting sea shells along with enjoying long walks on the beach.

Bill Smith recently used a kayak to trek to the island.

"It's fun to go out there. It's a great place to shell," Smith, the president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, told ABC News. "Historically, that area is a very good place to fish too."

Still, Smith warns that because of that, it's probably not best to walk over to the island at low tide when the water may appear shallow.

In fact, the park service has several warnings for those trying to enjoy the long summer days on the new island.

"If someone were to go out there, use the buddy system. Do not go alone," Dowdle said, noting that the water is particularly rough near the island thanks to strong currents and riptides.

He added that if you do attempt to swim out there, use flotation devices such as paddle boards or surfboards along with a life jacket.

Dowdle continued that there could be various "marine life," such as jellyfish. "There could be other marine life too and because the water's agitated from the waves, you can't always see."

Dowdle had one more piece of advice he'd like to give to those visiting. "The island is new and it’s drawing a lot of interest ... but there are many other beaches to enjoy at Cape Hatteras including three life-guarded beaches," he told ABC News.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's been 20 years since "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" arrived in U.K. bookstores.

Four years later, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and the gang would take up the mantle on the big screen. Over the last two decades, the books and films have captivated both young and old.

Here are 10 fun facts you probably never knew about the "boy who lived."

1 - Why Harry's eyes weren't green in the films like in the books.

In the DVD extras for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" in 2011, author J.K. Rowling and Radcliffe discuss why they changed that important part.

Radcliffe, who has blue eyes, had tried on green contact lenses, but he found them uncomfortable, so Rowling said the only important "thing is that his eyes look like his mother’s eyes. So if you’re casting Lily, there needs to be a resemblance."

"There is a very small percentage of people apparently who have a very extreme reaction to contact lenses. And I was one of them," Radcliffe added.

2 - Robin Williams rejected?

Yep, the late Oscar winner wanted to play Hagrid in the movies, but apparently there was a Brits-only rule by the producers.

“Robin had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure,” casting director Janet Hirshenson told the Huffington Post last year.

3 - What's up with Hermione Granger's teeth?

Another change from the book was Hermione's buck teeth. Christopher Columbus, the director of the first two films, said fake teeth were only used for one scene in the very first film.

"I realized that she's never going to be able to perform with these huge fake teeth in her mouth for the rest of the movie," he told EW. So he took them out for the rest of the movie and the rest of the franchise.

4 - Voldemort's nephew?

Well, kind of. One of the actors who played young Tom Riddle, the orphaned boy who eventually became the dreaded Voldemeort, is actually Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who played the dark wizard.

PHOTO: Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.Warner Bros.
Ralph Fiennes in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

5 - J.K. Rowling the actress?

Rowling said she was offered the role of Lily Potter, Harry's mother, in the very first movie, but turned it down.

"I really am not cut out to be an actress, even one who just has to stand there and wave. I would have messed it up somehow," she said, according to the U.K. Telegraph.

6 - American and UK versions.

Fans who flocked to the theater more than 15 years ago to see "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" noticed that the title of the first movie had changed from the book, which was called "The Philosopher’s Stone."

Hagrid's dialogue in the book was also changed for U.S. moviegoers.

7 - Rowling regrets Hermione and Ron getting together.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the scribe admits that she later wanted Harry to be with Hermione but stuck to the original story she created all those years ago.

"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really, for reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it," she told the paper.

Hermione and Harry might have been a better match, she added.

8 - Where Harry Potter came from

Rowling picked the name Harry Potter because Harry "has always been my favorite boy's name, so if my daughter had been a son, he would have been Harry Rowling," she told Scholastic.com in 2000.

As for Potter, it "was the surname of a family who used to live near me when I was 7 years old and I always liked the name, so I borrowed it," she said.

9 - The King of Hogwarts?

In 2010, Rowling told Oprah Winfrey that Michael Jackson wanted "Potter" to be a musical.

"I said 'no' to a lot of things," she said.

10 - Radcliffe almost wasn't Harry.

Famed director Steven Spielberg, who was originally slated to lead the first film, wanted Haley Joel Osment from "The Sixth Sense" to play the title role.

But Spielberg dropped out and later told the BBC that while he knew the film would be a hit, it just didn't touch his heart the way it did for fans.

The rest is history and Radcliffe ended up being cast.

For his part, Joel Osment actually later said that he loved the books, but wasn't too excited about the movies coming out. Looks like the right actor became Harry.

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Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new update to the popular social networking app Snapchat that allows certain users of the app to track down your exact location is raising privacy concerns for parents and child safety advocates.

The new Snapchat feature, called "Snap Map," lets you decide whether or not to share your location with your friends in the app, or stay in "ghost mode," the app's default setting. If you decide to share your location, then an emoji representing you will appear to pinpoint your exact location on a map to your friends within the Snapchat app. The emoji marking where someone is on the map will "only update when you open Snapchat," the tech company explained in a blog post.

But experts are concerned.

"It is very easy to accidentally share everything that you've got with more people than you need too, and that's the scariest portion," cyber security expert Charles Tendell told ABC News of the Snapchat update.

A spokesperson for Snapchat told ABC News in a statement that the "safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works."

"With Snap Map, location-sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time," the spokesperson said. "It's also not possible to share your location with someone who isn't already your friend on Snapchat, and the majority of interactions on Snapchat take place between close friends."

Experts recommend that parents stay up to date on what updates to apps like Snapchat mean for both them and their kids. Experts also suggest parents make sure they know who their kids' friends are on Snapchat and also talk to their children about who they add on Snapchat and being selective about what the word "friend" means.

Childnet International, an children's internet safety advocacy group, released tips for how to safely use the Snap Map feature, which includes to only share your location with people you know in person, and never with strangers. In addition, the group advises to not add contacts to Snapchat if you don't already know them in person.

The organization also advises that you can switch off the location-sharing feature at any time, and to put careful consideration into when you choose to share your location.

"Think about where you’re sharing your location. Location services such as Snap Maps can lead people to your house," Childnet International said in a blog post. "Think about what times you’re on the app and whether these are locations you want to share-–if not, then turn this off within your settings."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While there's nothing like feeling your toes in the sand or grass in the summer, it's a bit of a drag to have to carry your flip flops around after using them to save your soles from that scorching parking lot.

However, an ingenious new gadget has the solution in pocket: The Sandal Huuk is a colorful little clip that slips onto your beach bag, chair, pocket or waistband, allowing you to carry your sandals or other lightweight items hands-free.

The invention was created by a father and son after they lugged around items during a family trip to Daytona Beach. Their motto? "Hold hands, not flip flops."

The Sandal Huuk is now available in a four pack for $20 on Amazon.

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KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday.

The Japanese auto parts maker has struggled to stay afloat amid lawsuits and recall costs over its deadly air bag inflators.

More than a dozen deaths are linked to the company's faulty airbags. About 100 million have been recalled worldwide, with 70 million being pulled in the U.S., marking the largest automotive safety recall in history.

Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems in Detroit, Michigan, a Takata rival, reached an agreement with the auto parts maker to buy most of its assets and acquire its manufacturing operations for about $1.6 billion.

Takata agreed to pay the U.S. $1 billion in criminal penalties earlier this year, including a $25 million fine, $125 million to those who were injured by the airbags, and $850 million to automakers.

Kevin Dean, a lawyer in South Carolina who has dozens of cases pending against Takata, told ABC News the company's bankruptcy filing was "a cowardly act by a cowardly company and their lawyers to avoid liability."

"We currently have pending a number of cases across the United States involving wrongful deaths, people that are hit with these flying shrapnel," he said. "One gentleman can not smile anymore. It damaged one of his facial nerves to the point where he can not speak anymore."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Flying can be costly, especially for those who don't do it often. FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to tell us what infrequent fliers need to know before they book a flight.

Here's what he had to say:

Some people fly frequently for work, but more of us are what you could call leisure travelers who might fly one summer, drive the next.

Traveling by plane only sporadically can leave gaps in our knowledge because the air-travel industry changes its rules and practices often.

A few years ago, for instance, getting free meals when flying coach was the norm. Then that perk disappeared. Now it’s making a comeback.

Here are some other things infrequent travelers may need to know.

1. Get to the airport early.

Rushing to the gate with seconds to spare is a thing of the past. These days, airlines have added incentive to take off and arrive on time because the government publishes these statistics for the world to see; as a result, airlines like Delta suggest domestic passengers arrive at the airport two hours early, check in 30 minutes before departure and be at the gate at least 15 minutes before takeoff. Why? Because sometimes planes leave early, and if you’re not there, they’re not going to wait for you.

Suggestion: Don’t be late. You could get stuck with a $200 ticket-change fee.

2. Checking bags usually costs

Free checked bags: Southwest is the only U.S. airline that will still check bags for free.

Free carry-on bags: Most of the big airlines offer this, with the exception of travelers flying on basic economy fares on American and United. Smaller airlines including Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit generally charge fees for all luggage.

Suggestion: Use a carry-on even if you have to pay for it because the bag that travels by your side is a bag that won’t go missing.

3. Forget about refunds

Except in very rare cases, once you buy your ticket, there’s no changing your mind because the cheapest tickets are almost always nonrefundable. Be very sure of your travel dates before you book.

Suggestion: If you must change your mind about a trip, do so within 24 hours of ticket purchase; by law, changes within this grace period are free.

4. Pay-to-pick seats

This is increasingly common, and you’ll see it on nearly every airline: You buy a ticket, go to pick your seat and find that the only free seats are middle seats way in the back. If you want a seat next to an aisle, window or not directly across from a restroom, you may have to pay a fee for it. On some discount airlines, you get no choice at all; if you don’t pay the fee, you will be randomly assigned a seat and should not expect much.

Suggestion: These pick-your-seat fees can change as the departure date gets closer, so keep checking back to see if you can get a better deal.

5. Freebies, what freebies?

Meals in economy are making a comeback, but don’t get too excited because they are offered on only a few routes of a few airlines. As for blankets and pillows, those airlines that still offer these amenities will make you pay for it. The availability of entertainment options is all over the map, but some airlines are phasing out seat-back screens because so many travelers bring their own electronic devices. Be sure you have your device.

Suggestion: Save money, bring a lunch from home, take a warm jacket, and carry headphones or ear buds for your device. And keep your charger handy.

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Donaldson Collection/Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Capone's watch as well as a musical composition he handwrote behind bars in Alcatraz were among the items up for bid in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction by RR Auction, an auction house headquartered in Boston.

Capone, who was born to Italian immigrants in New York City, headed a Chicago-based crime empire during the Prohibition era that raked in millions of dollars through bootlegging, gambling, racketeering and other illicit activities. He was dubbed Scarface by the press after his face was slashed during a fight, a nickname he apparently disliked.

"Unlike his more maligned moniker of ‘Scarface,’ Capone preferred that those closest to him call him by ‘Snorky,’ a slang term which meant ‘sharp’ or ‘well-dressed,'" according to a description accompanying Capone's watch on RR Auction's website.

According to the auction house, the rounded triangular pocket watch was personally owned and used by Capone. The timepiece is on its original chain made of 14-karat white gold. The exterior of the case features 23 diamonds shaped to form Capone's initials, "AC," which are encircled by 26 additional diamonds. Another 72 diamonds circle the watch's platinum face and gold-tone impressed numerals.

Online bids for Capone's watch had surpassed $17,000 prior to the live auction Saturday afternoon. Experts estimated the item would sell for more than $25,000, according to RR Auction.

A musical piece entitled "Humoresque," written in pencil by Capone when he was incarcerated in Alcatraz in the 1930s, was also up for grabs. The musical manuscript shows Capone's softer side, containing the lines: "You thrill and fill this heart of mine, with gladness like a soothing symphony, over the air, you gently float, and in my soul, you strike a note."

Experts estimated the sheet will sell for over $20,000, according to RR auction. it went for $18,750.

Also up for auction Saturday was a letter written by gangster boss John Gotti, two life-size death masks of gangster John Dillinger, a brick from the scene of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and jewelry that belonged to infamous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde.

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Erin Moore(NEW YORK) -- Weddings usually include something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue -- but for one bride, there was something funny, too.

Bride Andria Farthing asked her cousin, Patrick Casey, to take on a unique role in her wedding to earlier this month.

"They've been together a while and I started lobbying to be the flower man before they were even engaged," Patrick Casey told ABC News. "They loved the idea, and I was beyond excited they said yes once they were officially engaged."

"I think every good marriage has a little laughter in it," Casey said, explaining that he "decided to have some fun with it."

He said Andria and the groom, Jake, "fully approved and encouraged" him to embrace the role with gusto.

As Casey made his way up the aisle, he tossed every last petal out of his tiny basket, even pulling some extra ones from random coat pockets.

"I forgot to use the petals I stuffed in my shoe though," Casey laughed.

This wasn't the first time the cousins were in a wedding party together.

Twenty years ago, the pair walked down the aisle together as ring bearer and flower girl, so Farthing had Casey carry the very same basket at her ceremony on June 17.

"When I was about five and she was about three, we were in my mom's brother's wedding," Casey explained. "I think her mom was the one who still had the basket."

Casey, who is from Appleton, Wisconsin, fully embraced the non-traditional role of "flower man" even after the ceremony was over.

"I saved a couple petals and would randomly throw them on people during the reception," Casey said.

 

 

 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed flat, U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday with energy companies rebounding from earlier this week.

The Dow Jones slid 2.53 (-0.01 percent) to finish at 21,394.76.

The Nasdaq jumped 28.56 ( 0.46 percent) to close at 6,265.25, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,438.30, up 3.80 ( 0.16 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices at $43 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
  An earnings miss for Bed Bath & Beyond sent shares plunging 12 percent.

Barnes & Noble climbed 8 percent after reporting a narrower-than-expected loss in its fiscal fourth quarter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas police officer has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company, claiming that his squad car literally made him sick.

Austin Police Sgt. Zachary LaHood was issued a 2011 Ford Explorer, a sport utility vehicle that's popular with police departments around the country. In March, while he was behind the wheel of the SUV, LaHood passed out and had a minor accident.

His attorney, Brian Chase, blames an exhaust leak that's been found in that model.

"I want the public to be outraged over our police driving these cars to protect us, sometimes at very high rates of speed, are at risk of passing out and not only killing themselves, but crashing into us," Chase said.

LaHood alleges that Ford Motor Co. knew about a potential exhaust leak in 2011 to 2015 Explorer police models and issued a recall. The automaker says it's aware of an odor in some Explorers, but adds that its own investigation has determined that it isn't a health or safety risk.

The sergeant says he has lingering neurological damage and wants over a million dollars from Ford and the dealership which, his lawsuit alleges, failed to fix the problem.

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gun makers have boosted production in recent years, focusing on more high-caliber pistols and rifles designed for self-defense and shifting away from recreational firearms used for hunting and target shooting, the authors of a new study said.

Gun violence kills more than 36,000 Americans each year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Authors of the study, published Thursday in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, said research has focused on victims of gun violence and government policies, while their study is one of the first to focus on gun industry practices.

Looking at data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the researchers noted a significant increase in gun manufacturing overall from 2005 to 2013, in contrast to a slight downward trend before 2005.

They also found that driving this growth was higher production of pistols and rifles, and the pistols tended to be higher-caliber models, or ones that fire larger bullets. The authors said that five major gun manufacturers control nearly 60 percent of the market, so changes in production of one manufacturer could significantly affect the others.

"It seems clear to us that the trend is for self-defense," lead study author Dr. Michael Siegel told ABC News.

Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, further suggested that the findings provide evidence of a change in consumer demand.

"[Manufacturers] have reinvented guns not as a recreational sport or tool but as a symbol of freedom and security," he said.

The study authors further suggested that the issue of gun violence should shift from the criminal justice perspective to the public health arena -- a point that has been opposed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a major industry organization for gun manufacturers.

"Guns are not a disease," Lawrence G. Keane, the foundation's senior vice president and general counsel, told ABC News in a statement. "There is no vaccine or health intervention for the criminal misuse of firearms."

Siegel, however, said the study is important because it points to the industry's responsibility in preventing gun violence.

He added that the goal of the research was not to deprive gun owners of their weapons.

"They are not the enemy in public health," he said. "There are ways to reduce gun violence while valuing gun owners' values … It has been painted too long as mutually exclusive."

Siegel said that the group's next research steps are to identify the most effective methods and policies for isolating the small number of people who are most likely to commit acts of violence using guns.

"The solution lies in not taking guns away from people who are law-abiding but by being more effective at keeping guns out of the hands of the people who are at highest risk of gun violence," he said.

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Courtesy Kyle Miller(LANSING, Mich.) -- Hedy Steinbart, 92, learned how to make cherry-infused vodka from her parents in Germany in the 1940s.

Today, Steinbart can go to her local liquor store in Lansing, Michigan, and purchase a bottle of her own drink thanks to her 28-year-old grandson, who created Oma’s Cherry Infused Vodka as a passion project to continue his grandmother’s legacy.

“Our whole family was crying when we saw that,” Steinbart’s grandson, Kyle Miller, 28, said of the moment this month that Steinbart first saw her drink for sale on a store shelf. “My goal was nothing more than to carry on Oma’s legacy.”

Miller, one of Steinbart’s four grandsons, has vivid memories from his childhood of watching Steinbart, who goes by Oma, German for grandmother, create her famous drink that was a staple at holidays and family celebrations.

Steinbart, with the help of family, including her two children, would handpick cherries, place them in glass jars with vodka and other secret ingredients, and leave it to infuse for four months, occasionally adding sugar and more alcohol throughout the process.

When Steinbart, who emigrated to the U.S. as a single woman in 1952, had to stop making the drink at age 90, Miller learned the process from her personally.

In 2015, Miller, who works in the insurance industry, decided to make the drink for his family and close friends and had 75 pounds of Michigan cherries shipped to his apartment in Chicago, where the Michigan native moved after college.

"My roommate thought I was crazy," he said.

Miller had a graphic designer make a label that told the history of his grandmother and the family recipe and shipped the bottles off as Christmas gifts.

“My college friends all loved Oma so I sent it to all of them of course,” Miller said. “Once people got it they said, ‘This is awesome. I’ve got a wedding coming up. I want a case. I want more.’”

Miller then embarked on what he calls his “passion project” and partnered with a distiller to make Steinbart’s homemade recipe scale-able for the mass market. The final product, which still uses handpicked Michigan cherries, was approved by Steinbart.

“When we were trying to replicate the recipe, she would taste it and we did a blind taste test,” Miller said. “She’s going to tell you if she likes it or not so when we passed the blind taste test, I knew we were onto something.”

Steinbart said her grandson put “quite an effort” into the years-long process of bringing the drink from her kitchen to stores.

“I’m a little excited I think and surprised too, but nothing surprises me with Kyle,” she said.

Oma’s Cherry Infused Vodka hit store shelves in Illinois in March and in the family’s home state of Michigan this month. The drink, which ranges in price from $34.95 to $39, is also available online and still features Steinbart's immigration and family story on the label.

"I have the ultimate respect for what she did and the label depicts what she means for our family," said Miller, who is now working with his business partners to raise additional capital to expand the brand to the Northeast.

Steinbart, whose photo is also featured on the bottle, is still adjusting to the fame that came once her drink hit the market. She has been stopped at church and by her doctor, while members of her daughter’s book club who tried to buy the drink locally were stopped because it was sold out.

“I can’t even tell you how amazing it is and what a wonderful tribute it is to my mom and how fun it’s all been,” said Steinbart's daughter, Dory Steinbart, who is also Miller’s mom.

Dory Steinbart said she believes Miller wanted to carry on his grandmother’s legacy because Hedy Steinbart's story is one of “a resilient spirit.”

“They started with nothing and truly lived the American dream by working hard and saving their money,” Dory Steinbart said of her mom and dad, who passed away in 2003. “And they helped put all of four of their grandsons through college because they thought that so was important.”

Hedy Steinbart, who worked as a tailor and is also famous in the family for her homemade applesauce, described her success story more simply.

“It’s hard work and it pays off,” she said.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another mixed day on Wall Street saw the indices give back most of their early-session gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 12.74 to a close of 21,397.29.

The Nasdaq climbed to 6,236.69, a gain of 2.74, while the S&P 500 dipped to 2,434.50, dropping 1.11 on the day.

Some employees at Uber have circulated a petition to bring back CEO Travis Kalanick. Kalanick resigned the position this week amid controversy, but it remains unclear exactly how unpopular he was within the company he created.

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BrianAJackson/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced a $120 million fine against a Miami man accused of making more than 100 million spoofed robocalls in a three-month span.

According to the FCC, Adrian Abramovich used those spoofed calls to trick consumers into listening to his advertising messages. Approximately 80,000 spoofed calls were verified by the agency.

According to a press release from the FCC, consumers reported receiving calls that they believed to be originating from local phone numbers. Once answered, however, an automated message encouraged them to "Press 1" to hear about travel deals. Those individuals who pressed the button were transferred to foreign call centers and operators attempted to sell them vacation packages, and often timeshares.

The call centers were not affiliated with the comnpanies mentioned in the recorded message.

TripAdvisor contacted the FCC regarding the calls in 2016, following complaints from customers who believed the company was responsible for the robocalls. Medical paging provider Spok also issued a complaint to the FCC, saying that the calls disrupted its network.

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