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  • Tess Lucas Photography(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Balfour proposed not once but twice on Sept. 24.While the happy couple from Alberta, Canada, was taking a stroll in the mountains, he got down on one knee to ask longtime girlfriend, Darion Getzinger, for her hand in marriage.“After I stopped ugly crying he said he had one more surprise,” Getzinger, 23, told ABC News.Then Balfour popped the question to their dog, Maia, with a pink rhinestone collar.“It was a plan I’ve had for a while,” said Balfour. “We got Maia right around the same time we moved in together. She’s been a part of our family. It felt wrong to not include her in the proposal somehow. I knew I wanted her there for the photos, for sure. It made sense to have something for her as well.”Getzinger said Balfour’s decision to include Maia was “literally the sweetest thing ever.”“I thought it was so cute,” she said. “She’s super important to me. She’s with me all day every day. The fact he went out of his way to include her was really special to me.”The bride-to-be is hopeful Balfour can have both of his girls walk down the aisle to him on their Sept. 15, 2018, wedding day.“She is our fur child,” said Getzinger. “I’d like to involve her in the ceremony. If not the ceremony, definitely for pictures right after. She gets very excited when there’s lots of people around.”The wedding will take place on Getzinger’s dad’s farm, so “there’s lots of space out there for her to run around,” she said.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, artificial intelligence will bring about new opportunities -- particularly in employment.In an interview with ABC News’ “Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis,” Nadella discussed the future of AI and its potential impact on jobs. He feels that concerns about AI diminishing the work force may be overblown.“I personally think that the one thing that we shouldn’t do is fall victim to this lump of labor-fallacy. In other words, there will be new jobs,” Nadella says.But what exactly are the new jobs that will be created? Nadella says to expect “people on people jobs.” These require skills that demand significant interaction, such as eldercare, according to Microsoft's Executive Vice President for Business Development Frank Shaw.We will not just see technology-driven jobs and “digital artisanal jobs” -- which are those that require humans to utilize AI to create products or solutions, Nadella says.“So much of the last 10 years has been consumption … now is the time for creation -- like in [building video game] Minecraft, with [Microsoft Paint spinoff] paint3d,” Shaw tells ABC News.AI has been a major focus for Microsoft. In Nadella’s new book, “Hit Refresh,” he discusses the three core principles that govern the company’s approach to AI: building intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences, instilling trust into technology, and creating technology that is respectful to everyone.“One of the things that I feel you’ve got to do is grab onto the real opportunity offered today to help humans, to empower humans,” he said.
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  • Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A record-breaking, 163-carat diamond was unveiled in Hong Kong on Thursday by Swiss luxury jeweler De Grisogono.The largest of its kind, flawless and colorless diamond was cut from a 404-carat stone called the "4 de Fevereiro," discovered in 2016 in Angola, the jeweler announced.A team of 14 master jewelers and setters worked diligently over 1,700 hours to create by hand an asymmetrical necklace featuring the emerald-cut diamond, according to De Grisogono.The 163.41-carat diamond at the focal point of the necklace sits between four small baguette-cut diamonds, each nearly 0.3-carats, with nearly 6,000 emerald jewels on one side of the necklace and 18 larger baguette-cut diamonds on the other.The necklace will be put up for auction after it is presented on a world tour in London, Dubai and New York.Its auction date is set for November 14 in Geneva.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street finished the third quarter in the green on Friday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closing at record highs.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 23.89 (+0.11 percent) to close at 22,405.09.The Nasdaq climbed 42.51 (+0.66 percent) to finish at 6,495.96, while the S&P 500 closed at  2,519.36, up 9.30 points (+0.37 percent) higher than its open.U.S. crude oil prices remained flat at about $52 per barrel.Winners and Losers: A day after its trading debut, Roku's stock jumped 12.94 percent.Shares of KB Home climbed 8.55 percent after better-than-expected quarter three earnings.Revlon's shares tumbled 10.73 percent after a spike in trading volume this week.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday travel season -- at least for those looking to score flight deals.Airfare booking and tracking sites indicate this week may be the least expensive period to book those costly holiday travel flights.Both Hopper, an airfare prediction app, and Hipmunk, an online travel company, agree that holiday airfare should be booked prior to Halloween. Hopper's data show a dramatic increase on domestic flight this Thanksgiving -- $325 on average as compared to $288.Hipmunk's data looks at historical prices and found that the best time to book a flight is this week. The company estimates those who book now will save an estimated 27 percent on flights, as compared to those who wait until the last minute.Hopper's data concurs: It estimates prices will rise $10 per day for those who wait until November to buy."The busiest and most expensive day to depart is Wednesday, November 22. You can save $54 by departing on Thanksgiving morning or you can save $48 by departing on Monday, November 20," according to the company's Holiday Travel Index. "The busiest and most expensive day to return is Sunday, November 26. You can save $161 by returning on Wednesday, November 29th instead."When it comes to Christmas, it pays to book in early October. Hipmunk estimates that 84 percent of all Christmas flight bookings are made in early October. That means consumers will want to book early to get not only low prices, but their choice of schedules and seat assignments.
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