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  • Whole Foods Market(NEW YORK) -- Shoppers at Whole Foods stores will soon be able to pick up tablets and other electronic devices while they grab their groceries.The change was announced Thursday by Whole Foods Market and Amazon, which say that more than 100 of the grocery chain's stores will sell Amazon devices, including the all-new Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and others. Additionally, Amazon pop-up shops will appear at five Whole Foods locations in the next week.Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market in August of this year. It calls the announcement one of a series of "collarborative programs" that it believe will mark "another step forward in the integration between the companies."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Poike/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of accusations that TripAdvisor had deleted from its site posts about crimes against tourists, the popular travel website has implemented a badge to mark hotels where serious incidents are alleged.The icon, which was issued to three resorts in Mexico, includes a message that reads: "Message from TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor has been made aware of recent media reports or events concerning this property which may not be reflected in reviews found on this listing. Accordingly, you may wish to perform additional research for information about this property when making your travel plans."All three resorts are high-ranking in popularity with TripAdvisor members."Going forward, we will continue to issue the badge any time we believe there is a current health, safety or discrimination issue relevant to travelers as reported on by either our traveler community or by news media. As always, we encourage consumers to do additional research outside of TripAdvisor," company spokesperson Kevin Carter said in an email.The icon can be used on any properties or businesses reviewed on TripAdvisor, the company said."We reserve the right for other properties and businesses to follow where we see credible reports of health, safety or discrimination issues. Our vetting of news reports continues and it is likely more businesses will receive this badge as more information is reviewed," TripAdvisor said in a statement.Earlier this month, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report featured the story of Kristie Love, a 35-year-old mother of two from Dallas. Love claimed she had been raped by a security guard at a resort in Mexico in 2010 and had posted at that time about the alleged crime on TripAdvisor. Her post, according to the Sentinel, was "repeatedly removed." Two other women told the newspaper they too were raped or assaulted at a resort in Mexico. One of those women says she also tried to report the alleged crime on TripAdvisor, to no avail.The website issued an apology following the report. In that apology, it was stated that the post had been removed in 2010 when the site was operating under different guidelines."A few years ago, we changed that policy to allow more descriptive reviews on the site about first-hand accounts of serious incidents like rape or assault. We recognized then that our previous guidelines went too far in preventing information like this from being shared," the statement reads."Over the last several years, this policy change has yielded many first-hand accounts of serious incidents being published on the platform. A simple search of TripAdvisor will show numerous reviews from travelers over the last several years who wrote about their first-hand experiences that include matters of robbery or theft, assault and rape. We believe any first-hand experience should be posted to our site as a means to communicate to other consumers looking for information on where they should travel.""When we were made aware that this post had been removed under our previous guidelines, we republished it in line with our revised policy."Carter told ABC News, "Our new badges are intended for instances in which news reports bring new health, safety or discrimination information to light that may not be present in traveler reviews or forum posts. To be clear, there could also be reviews or forum posts mentioning these issues."He added: "These badges will remain on TripAdvisor for up to three months; however, if the issues persist we may extend the duration of the badge. These badges are intended to be informative, not punitive."The resorts that received the badges did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • serkanozalp/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amid antitrust concerns over a potential merger between AT&T and Time Warner, a controversy has erupted over whether AT&T would have to sell off CNN to sidestep those concerns.According to U.S. Department of Justice officials, AT&T offered just days ago to divest from CNN and later sell the news network. But the chairman and CEO of AT&T suggested otherwise.The government's reservations about the deal stem from the effects of combining AT&T's distribution platforms, including satellite television provider DirecTV, and the wide catalog of content under the Time Warner umbrella, such as Turner Broadcasting, CNN's parent company. On Monday, the Justice Department says it met with AT&T to discuss the matter.At Monday's meeting, AT&T offered divestment from CNN, but that was flatly rejected by the department's Antitrust Division, Justice Department sources said. AT&T representatives then proposed selling the network, which officials said wouldn't necessarily solve the theorized harm to the public, the DOJ sources added.AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, responding Wednesday to reporting on the company's conversations with the Justice Department, denied that an offer to sell came from him."Throughout this process, I have never offered to sell CNN and have no intention of doing so," Stephenson said in a statement provided to ABC News.The Trump administration has had a strained relationship with the news network.The president previously labeled the network's journalism "fake" and "fraud" news and mockingly called the channel the "Clinton News Network" during last year's presidential race against Hillary Clinton.A senior White House official told ABC News the Justice Department is "the only ones making the decisions here," adding, "we are not involved."In a statement, the Justice Department said it "is committed to carrying out its duties in accordance with the laws and the facts. Beyond that, the department does not comment on any pending investigation.”A lot of different options are on the table for how to proceed, Justice Department officials said. No decision regarding the merger's next steps has been reached, but conversations remain ongoing.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • BrianAJackson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Email and phone scammers target everyone. But veterans are twice as likely to lose money to them, according to a survey released by AARP’s Fraud Watch Network on Wednesday.AARP’s lead fraud researcher, Doug Shadel, said that the con men he’s interviewed have told him the best way to scam a vet is to pretend to be one."It's sort of using their sense of patriotism and brotherhood against them,” Shadel said.Coinciding with the release of the survey, AARP and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans, a nation-wide awareness campaign meant to keep veterans from being conned.Beginning January, all of the more than 30,000 post offices in America will have brochures offering warnings and advice to veterans.“A lot of the folks who go into those post offices are our folks, so it just seemed like kind of a natural marriage there,” Shadel said of the partnership.AARP has also released a new version of its Watchdog Alert Handbook to warn veterans of some of the scams that specifically target them, such as attempts to charge them for access to military records, or fake job offers used to mine personal information.“While veterans are bombarded by the same scam pitches we all receive, our research found that they’re also under special attack by a number of additional scams tailored just for them,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in a press release.Shadel, who conceived of the veteran study after noticing the group was overrepresented in an earlier AARP survey on investment fraud, said he wanted to find out how veterans who fall prey differ from veterans who don't.“One of the big differences was that the victims are much more likely to say ‘I would trust somebody more if they had been in the military,’” said Shadel.Compared to veterans who did not fall for attempted scams, victims surveyed were also more likely to struggle with a significant amount of debt, relationship problems, serious injury, or loneliness. Especially vulnerable were female veterans, who made up just seven percent of non-victims, but 17 percent of those who did fall prey -- an over-representation of more than 240 percent."You're essentially profiling who falls for fraud among the veterans,” Shadel said. “And if you know that, then you can customize your education messages, you can customizes your prevention outreach to those things and address those behaviors directly."Shadel, who also serves as AARP’s senior state director of Washington, said the next step is to build partnerships with veterans organizations. He is currently organizing speaking events at local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts to help augment the literature that will be provided at the post office.“That doesn't solve the problem, but that is a really good start in terms of getting people aware of this,” he said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Despite a sluggish open, Wall Street posted gains on Wednesday, as one index set another record high.The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a record close for the second straight day, finishing the session at 23,563.36 -- up a slim 6.13 from its open.The Nasdaq climbed 21.34 to a close of 6,789.12, while the S&P 500 gained 3.74 on the day, a jump of nearly 0.2 percent.Crude oil closed lower, however. A barrel ended the day trading at $56.81 -- 39 cents lower than Tuesday's close.Panera Bread Company is buying its biggest competitor, Au Bon Pain. The two had been a part of the same company until Au Bon Pain was sold to a private equity firm in the 1990s.And Ford Motor Company is partnering with a Chinese firm to develop electric vehicles for sale in China. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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