• Steve Dobbs(FULLERTON, Calif.) -- One grandpa built something extremely magical in his backyard for all his lucky grandkids to enjoy.Steve Dobbs, of Fullerton, California, constructed his very own Disneyland-inspired backyard theme park called Dobbsland, painstakingly building a 100-foot-long working roller coaster, a “Sleeping Princess” castle and a “Winifred-the-Poof” ride, just to name a few.“He’s always wanted to build a ride at Disneyland,” Dobbs’ daughter, Cori Linder, told ABC News. “He’s such a visionary and I love that and he was like, ‘Why not build it in my backyard for my grandkids?’”So that’s exactly what he did. A retired Boeing aerospace engineer who now teaches engineering in college, this was small potatoes compared to his other huge career accomplishments, but was so much larger in sentimental significance."My interest perhaps started when I was 8 years old," said Dobbs, 68. "I lived about 2 miles from Disneyland and watched it being built on our bicycles. But my friends and I could not figure out what this place was going to be until it finally opened. The older brother of my friend worked at the gate and let us sneak in during the summer when it was it too busy, so for those first few years we played in Disneyland like it was my backyard."It all started once upon a time, eight years ago, when Dobbs got the itch to create a homemade “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed ride. He used cardboard to construct the pint-sized pirate ships and even had two ping pong shooters for dramatic cannons.“He hadn’t ever planned on doing a theme park,” said Linder. “He had my kids over and thought, ‘How can I keep them entertained and make it fun and get their imagination going?’ He put them in this whole fantasy type of thing as pirates. It was very homegrown. I don’t think he ever thought he’d build a theme park, he just got carried away and more grandkids came and it’s just magical.”Dobbsland kept evolving over time and eventually he enlisted the help of his students at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona as backup reinforcements. Together they crafted the “Madderhorn Roller Coaster” out of PVC plastic pipe, which can go up to 12-miles-per-hour.“It was done in May. He had a launch party,” Linder said. “He had a guy certify it as a legit roller coaster.”There are also now working teacups that spin, an airplane learning station, a car land and a "Finding Nemo"-esque submarine.“It’s dark and he made thing glow inside,” said a proud Linder.His wife doesn’t even mind giving up her entire backyard, as long as the kids and her husband are happy.“My mom is so supportive,” said Linder. “She sometimes just looks in the backyard and shakes her head, but she just wants to see him happy and enjoy his retirement. He’s really fulfilling his passion, which she loves.”As for the grandchildren, “They love it. They just see him as the most creative person in the world,” Linder explained. “He wanted all his grandkids to have that magical experience. My kids aren’t even surprised. They’ve grown up with this very creative grandfather."She added: “To me what’s really inspirational about this whole story is that, here’s a guy who’s accomplished a lot in his life and he’s still finding the joy in giving that experience to others. He didn’t do this for himself. To create that experience for people to remember and celebrate, you see the joy on his face watching people enjoy it, and that to me is timeless and absolutely precious.”
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  • Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- So much for someone snagging that $415 million Mega Millions jackpot: There was no jackpot winner in Friday's draw.Now, Tuesday night's jackpot will be worth an estimated $449 million, according to Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty, who confirmed that no ticket matching all six winning numbers was drawn Friday night.The numbers drawn Friday were 49, 45, 20, 42 and 41. The megaball is 14.Tuesday's jackpot will be the largest jackpot since a $430 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family May 7.No one has won a Mega Millions jackpot since March 8.The odds of picking the correct numbers on five white balls and one yellow ball are one in 259 million.Mega Millions is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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  • TopTenRealEstateDeals.com(ATHENS, Ga.) -- "The Gambler" is folding on his Georgia farm.Singer Kenny Rogers is helping to sell Beaver Dam Farm, the farm in which he once lived, located right outside Athens, Georgia.Although the farm was turned into a resort and event facility in recent years -- after Rogers sold the farm in 2003 -- the singer wants to see his beloved farm in good hands when it hits the auction block later this month.The farm, which was designed by Rogers, 77, was built on 973 acres of land. The farm features a 12,000-square-foot mansion that includes 20 bedrooms, five guest houses, a clubhouse, three private lakes, two swimming pools, two tennis courts and a golf course.The highest bidder can also enjoy the farm's walking and riding trails, waterfalls and gardens.The farm -- along with all its furnishings -- is set to be auctioned July 9. The starting price is $3.5 million.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Tesla Motors(NEW YORK) — The circumstances surrounding the death of a Tesla driver while using autopilot were "extremely rare," according to the automaker, but the incident is raising questions about whether self-driving technology really is safer.Tesla and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed on Thursday the autopilot feature was undergoing a preliminary investigation following the crash.Investigators looking into the death of Joshua Brown, 40, will probe whether the self-driving technology performed according to expectations. It was a feature Brown had used plenty of times before the fatal May crash.Brown, a former Navy SEAL, ran a YouTube channel where he posted two-dozen videos showing the autopilot feature in his Model S. One video posted two months ago titled "Autopilot Saves Model S" has racked up nearly 2 million views. Taken from the vantage point of Brown's dashboard, the video shows how the car avoided a near side-swipe from a truck.Brown's death is the first known fatality in more than 130 million miles driven with autopilot activated, according to Tesla.'Extremely Rare' Circumstances of AccidentOn May 8, Brown was driving on a divided highway in Florida using autopilot when a tractor-trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S, according to a statement released by Tesla and the police report."The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S," the statement said.Tesla's autopilot radar tunes out things such as overhead road signs in order to avoid "false braking events," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. Neither Brown nor the autopilot system noticed the white side of the high ride tractor-trailer in the bright sky, the company said.The automaker said it informed federal authorities as part of its standard procedure following the crash and noted the preliminary investigation is to determine "whether the system worked according to expectations."Autopilot SafetyWhen the Tesla autopilot is activated, it reminds drivers to "always keep your hands on the wheel. Be prepared to take over at any time.""The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver's hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected. It then gradually slows down the car until hands-on is detected again," Tesla said in a statement.The company has made it clear to drivers the technology isn't perfect and the driver should always still keep his or her hands on the wheel."Autopilot is getting better all the time, but it is not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert," the company's statement said. "Nonetheless, when used in conjunction with driver oversight, the data is unequivocal that Autopilot reduces driver workload and results in a statistically significant improvement in safety when compared to purely manual driving."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Fourth of July holiday is a time for barbecues, trips to the beach, fireworks displays and shopping.Here are some of the best deals shoppers can expect this weekend -- and tips about what you should not buy.For the OutdoorsAs summer progresses you start to see incrementally better deals on summer-themed items, so let’s start with patio furniture.Hammocks: Overstock.com is offering this hammock with stand for $235 with free shipping. It’s the best deal online by about $50.If you don’t need the stand, this one for $54 is best price by $25.Barbecue grill: After you nap in that hammock you’ll need to make dinner, and barbecues also get less expensive as the summer goes on. This gas grill from Home Depot is $149. That’s the best price on this model I could find online by $50.Air ConditioningIt’s summer, and if you’ve tried to make it through without an A/C but changed your mind, Walmart is offering this Haier model at $112. It’s the best price by $25 that we could find.Coats (Yes, really)Every major holiday weekend has become a clothing sale event, so check your favorite brands for shorts or swimsuits, but here's a pro-tip: Don’t think summer clothes. This is the best time of the year to buy winter coats!JCPenney has coats for up to 80 percent, so this pea coat that was originally $200 is $39 dollars. Another $10 off with a code and it’s $29, same price as this three-in-one technical jacket.What Not to BuyThe good folks at DealNews.com -- it’s like my Bible for savings -- crunched the numbers and say you shouldn’t buy laptops now. They get 25 percent cheaper in August with the back-to-school season ramping up.Tech items and TVs are generally not good buys this weekend. Don’t forget that Amazon’s Prime Day sale is coming up on July 15th, so if you have a specific item in mind watch it on Amazon and competitors who might price match.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed higher for a fourth straight day, regaining much of the losses from earlier this week caused by the Brexit vote.
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