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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On just four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. And one of those days is coming up.
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  • ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- The iPhone X is Apple’s most advanced smartphone and also the most expensive at $999 a pop.
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  • ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Gretchen Carlson said she sees her new role with the Miss America Organization, which came amid the #MeToo movement, as a “form of justice” and predicts a “tsunami” of change.“When I jumped off my cliff on the whole sexual harassment story 18 months ago, that was a lonely experience,” said Carlson, who settled a lawsuit in 2016 against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “But look at what happened when that gift of courage kept being passed on to one woman, to another, to another.”She continued, “We formed a collective voice and look where we are today, in a tsunami. The same thing will happen with the Miss America Organization.”Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989, was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization on Jan. 1, just days after the organization's former CEO, Sam Haskell, resigned. Leaked internal emails showed Haskell and others demeaning the appearance, intellect and personal lives of former pageant winners, including Carlson."I was shocked," Carlson told ABC News' Amy Robach of the emails. "I mean, it was appalling. But part of me also knows, after my life over the last 18 months, that this kind of behavior is prevalent unfortunately."Haskell was initially suspended from his role. At the time he denounced The Huffington Post article that revealed the internal emails as "unkind and untrue."New role a 'call of duty'Carlson, 51, said she "felt compelled" to take the chairwoman role, a volunteer position, and described it as a "call of duty."Carlson had previously called on all board members who were aware of the emails to resign. The board is now made up of former Miss Americas."I find that incredibly empowering in this Me Too movement, that some of the women who were allegedly maligned in those appalling emails, are now running the place," Carlson said. "It's a form of justice."Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, has also become an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual harassment.Her lawsuit against Ailes, who stepped down from his role after mounting pressure from additional employees with similar accusations, is seen as one of the first sparks of the #MeToo movement that has led thousands of women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment or assault.The 21st Century Fox Corporation settled the lawsuit with Carlson for $20 million and issued a public apology. Ailes, who died in May 2017, strongly denied the allegations against him.When asked if she is the "voice of the voiceless" given her leadership on the subject, Carlson replied, "I guess I am. I never intended to be, but I feel overwhelmed that I've been able to help so many other women."'Empowering women'Carlson is the first former pageant winner to lead the Miss America Organization in its nearly 100-year history. Her goal is to make the organization all about "empowering women.""I have so many great ideas for this organization and I will be talking about all of those with all the other board members and the eventual CEO and staff of Miss America," she said. "So what I would love to say about that is please stay tuned because I plan to make this organization 100 percent about empowering women."Some of the "potentially big changes" Carlson has in mind include a willingness to reevaluate some of the pageant's restrictions, like age, marital status and pregnancy."I'm open to looking at all of that," Carlson said. "Recently we had our first open lesbian contestant. Fantastic."She continued, "You know, the lesbian, transgender community has already reached out to me. I mean, I am open to speaking to every single person who wants to have a voice."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One lucky winner could be hours away from taking home one of the largest jackpots in Mega Millions or Powerball history.In more than two months without a winner, both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have rolled over to an estimated combined total of nearly $1 billion.The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $445 million, with a $277 million lump-sum option. The Powerball jackpot has reached $550 million, which is a $347.9 million lump-sum payout.If anyone hits both jackpots the haul would be a whopping $995 million, the second-biggest payout in lotto history.The best thing a winner can do is stay anonymous, financial adviser and CPA Kurt Panouses, who helped a Florida couple that won a portion of the largest jackpot ever, said."The initial concern of the ticket is probably the most important part of the planning aspect," Panouses told ABC News. "What the individual should do is protect the ticket, keep it safe, put it in a safe place, but do not sign the back of the ticket.""Whoever signs the back of the ticket is the individual that has to claim the ticket and the proceeds," Panouses explained.Panouses also suggested making a copy of the ticket and getting a tax professional and an attorney to help manage the funds and offer investment advice."The tax rate is the highest rate it's been at. In 2018 it's going to be 2.6 percent lower than in 2017. Again, if you're talking about $300 million, that could be seven to eight million dollars of finances that someone could actually have in their pocket by claiming it in 2018," he said of the payout under the new tax law.A group of 20 co-workers from the North American Stamping Group who won a $420.9 million Powerball jackpot in 2016 split the winnings.One of the women from the group has used the money to pay it forward to people in need, including her own family, she told ABC News."To see my family in better shape, it's a blessing," Amy O'Neal said.If there is a winner, he or she could choose an annuity to receive 30 payments over 29 years or take a lump sum.Experts suggest that players use the full range of numbers available and not limit their chances by playing just numbers such as birthdays because months have no more than 31 days and Powerball numbers go up to 69.The biggest Powerball jackpot on record was a $1.586 billion prize in January 2016. People in California, Florida and Tennessee split the prize.The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was $656 million. Three winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland shared that record prize in March 2012.Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.The next Mega Millions drawing is tonight at 11 p.m. ET. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --   Wherever you’ll be on New Year’s Eve, there’s a good chance you’ll have a glass of bubbly in hand to ring in 2018. Champagne and sparkling wines (there is a difference) are no longer relegated to holidays, anniversaries and weddings; Americans are increasing their consumption of bubbles year-round. That said, 20 percent of all sales of sparkling wine and champagne occur in the last four weeks of the year, according to Nielsen. If you’re headed out to buy a bottle and are dumbstruck by all the options, here’s a guide and several recommendations to help you navigate the world of bubbly.
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