• Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fried chicken fast-food chain KFC has designed an "Extra Crispy" sunscreen that smells like fried chicken.  The company tweeted an announcement Monday offering the non-edible, SPF 30 sunscreen for free at the website ExtraCrispySunscreen.com. However, the limited run of 3,000 bottles, which were advertised as being available until Sept. 30 or "while supplies last," were snatched up very quickly.On Tuesday, the site posted the message, "This was a limited-time offer and we ran out of the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. Please accept our apologies in the form of this amazing website that you can still look at."For this sunscreen promotion, the company hired actor George Hamilton to portray Colonel Sanders in its social media ads.
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  • Tesla(NEW YORK) -- The Tesla Model S P100D, with its new 100 kWh battery, is the “world’s fastest production car,” CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday.The electric car -- which can now travel an estimated 315 miles on just one charge, farther than any other electric vehicle -- can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds, according to Tesla. That acceleration rate puts it third in line behind the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder -- 2 million-dollar vehicles that are no longer being manufactured, Musk pointed out.“It’s really quite a stark milestone,” the billionaire CEO told reporters Tuesday. “The fastest [production] car in the world of any kind is electric.”“In the future, people are really going to look at gasoline cars the same way we look at steam engines today: like, they’re quaint, but it’s not really how you get around,” he said.Despite the Model S's heart-stopping acceleration, some analysts weren't entirely enthusiastic."The performance of the 100D line is truly remarkable, and kudos should be given to Tesla for that. With that said, the Model 3 and Gigafactory are still the most relevant items for Tesla's long-term viability," Kelley Blue Book analyst Akshay Anand said in a statement, referring to Musk's gargantuan battery plant in Nevada. "The 100D will still be out of buying range for the majority of consumers, so Tesla will need to figure out how to 'upgrade’ current owners."“This recent announcement from Tesla is eye-opening, but nothing more than headline-grabbing showmanship," added fellow Kelley Blue Book analyst Michael Harley. "True sports cars are not only capable in the sprint, but are adept in handling and braking as well -- his sedan and crossover lack both of those skills. With limited top speeds, and the inability to circle a complete racing circuit without overheating, they are nothing more than a pair of one-trick ponies. Tesla needs to focus on building a quality product, taking care of its customers, and profitability -- not accelerating away from its issues at breakneck velocities."Current owners can upgrade their batteries for $20,000, which also covers recycling of their old battery packs. New customers can upgrade for $10,000.The 100 kWh battery will also be available in the Model X, which will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and travel an estimated 289 miles on a single charge.“That’s nuts,” Musk said. “I think this is really going to send a great message to the public that sustainable transport is the future.”Tesla has been under fire in recent months following a series of accidents involving Autopilot, its driver-assist feature. The next software update will include “material improvement to autonomy of the car," according to Musk.Despite the setbacks, Musk asserted that “electric is the future.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains for Wall Street after a boost in new-home sales, but investors continue to fret over Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech at the end of the week.The Dow moved 17.88 (+0.10 percent) to finish at 18,547.30.The Nasdaq gained 15.47 (+0.30 percent) to close at 5,260.08, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,186.90, up 4.26 (+0.20 percent) from its open.Crude oil jumped over 1 percent with prices hitting under $48 a barrel.Home Sales: New-home sales in the U.S. reached their highest level in almost nine years, according to figures from the Commerce Department on Tuesday. New single-family houses were up 12.4 percent from June for an annualized rate of 654,000, its highest level since October 2007, helped by low interest rates and low unemployment.Federal Reserve: Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to speak at Jackson Hole at the end of the week and investors will tune in for hints on how soon an interest rate hike could be coming. Several Fed presidents have already mentioned a possible September raise in interest rates, with Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer saying over the weekend that the economy had reached the central bank's goals for unemployment and inflation.Tesla: Shares in Tesla closed about 1 percent higher Tuesday after Elon Musk announced a new 100 kWh battery for Model X and Model S that increases the Model S's range to an estimated 315 miles and the Model X's to 289 miles. The latest update makes the Model S the quickest production car in the world.
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  • Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the world’s most recognizable clothing brands is in the limelight, not for a new fashion line but because of a lawsuit alleging it has engaged in deceptive pricing tactics.Zara has denied claims made in a class action lawsuit filed last week that alleges the Spain-based clothing giant has been deceiving customers by listing prices in euros, then cheating them at the register with artificial exchange rates.The suit, brought by Los Angeles resident Devin Rose, makes two distinct allegations against the company.First, the suit alleges that Zara is confusing customers by tagging their clothing with prices quoted in euros."Since the euro is a larger unit of currency than the American dollar, these euro prices lead shoppers in the United States to believe that Zara’s products are less expensive than they actually are," the suit, which was filed by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, claims. "Customers are lured in by the brand’s seemingly low prices, and it is only upon bringing the items they intend to purchase to the register that these customers discover their true costs."It goes on to claim that the final sale price (which in the U.S. is, of course, in dollars), is "well in excess of the true converted amount if the euro price on the tag were properly converted to dollars."Second and similarly, the suit alleges that when a U.S. dollar price is given on labels affixed to the clothing, the dollar price is given in a label stuck over the euro price that was already on the tag."In this context, the dollar amount similarly is far in excess of the true converted amount if the euro price printed on the tag were properly converted to dollars," the court documents state."Rather than converting an original euro price to an equivalent American dollar price," the documents add," Zara simply chooses a higher dollar amount that bears no relation to the relevant conversion rate."Rose said he purchased three shirts, which he claimed were “€9.95” each, from one of the company’s stores in May."At the time that Mr. Rose made his purchases, the actual euro-dollar exchange rate would have resulted in his €9.95 shirts costing approximately $11.26," the suit claims. "However, Zara charged Mr. Rose $17.90 per garment, a markup of nearly 60%."Zara has denied the allegations calling them "baseless.""Zara USA vehemently denies any allegations that the company engages in deceptive pricing practices in the United States," a company spokesperson told ABC News in a statement. "While we have not yet been served the complaint containing these baseless claims, we pride ourselves in our fundamental commitment to transparency and honest, ethical conduct with our valued customers."The suit seeks damages, to be determined at trial.
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  • Courtesy is GM/Chevy(NEW YORK) -- Grim new numbers show traffic deaths are up nine percent so far this year, according to a new study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council -- and if trends continue, the United States may see its deadliest driving year since 2007. But Chevrolet is helping ease parents' minds with new tech added to 10 2017 models.An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January -- enough to fill 382 school buses.This month alone, more than 360,000 teens will receive their driver’s licenses. But for the 16-year-olds transferring off the school buses and into the driver's seat for the first time, distractions like music, friends and cell phones can be deadly.That's where Chevy comes in.New technology in 10 Chevrolet 2017 models is designed to keep teens safe.Introduced in the 2016 Malibu, the technology is called "Teen Driver." The program essentially records teenage drivers' movements in a "in-vehicle report card," which keeps track of, among other options, whether the teen driver speeds, tailgates or uses the forward collision braking technology. Parents can then view the information later on the vehicle's computer screen.“As a mother of two, it’s extremely important to find solutions that can help young drivers on the road,” said MaryAnn Beebe, a Chevrolet safety engineer who is expecting her third child later this year.“Chevrolet developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids. It’s easier to give guidance to your teen when you have some information on what they’re doing behind the wheel. It also gives teens an opportunity to gain their parents' trust," Beebe added.Additionally, the car models (which include the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt) even silence the radio until seat belts are buckled.According to Chevrolet, the "Teen Driver" program is a non-subscription-based service that remains with the vehicle its entire life. Parents must register their teen’s key fob in the vehicle’s system settings to use it.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- "Cheap Flight Day" is here, which means it’s time to start planning that fall vacation.Whether you’re looking to catch some rays, enjoy the fall foliage, or explore historic sites, we’ve compiled all the details you need to know to make the most of your vacation time.Another Kind of Back-to-School DealTuesday marks the day when airlines begin to slash prices after the summer high season. Airlines, facing decreased demand after Labor Day, are looking to fill empty seats.“With kids back in school, you have a smaller pool of people traveling,” says Rick Seaney, the CEO of FareCompare, a website that tracks airline ticket prices.For travelers who are not tied down by a school schedule, now can be an opportune time to find an affordable flight to popular destinations.Smart shoppers will search for the best fares on Tuesday afternoons, Seaney says, when airlines mark down their fares to try to beat competitors.And when it comes to departure date, timing is also key.“The three cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday; the most expensive are Monday, Friday and Sunday,” he said.Low Airfares Will Be Around for a WhileIf you went over-budget this summer and don’t have the money to buy a ticket on Tuesday, don’t panic.Seaney says that Tuesday is really the kick-off to “the fall deal zone,” and there’s no particular rush to purchase your ticket right now.Prices will remain low through the next few weeks, he says. And if you can wait, mid-October should see another “bright point” for cost-conscious flyers, he adds.However, he says, consumers should be aware of “airline Christmas” -- the last two weeks of December and the first week of January -- when ticket prices will be much higher. The week around Thanksgiving will see similarly higher prices.Location Is Key When Finding DealsConsumers are likely to see better deals if they're headed to major cities, Seaney says.“Smaller cities tend to have a less of a drop," he notes.Those headed to Florida may find deeply discounted fares as fears about tropical storms and Zika could discourage some from traveling to the state, Seaney says.Moreover, the fall is a great time to visit Europe, he explains.With most European shopkeepers back from their summer holidays, tourists with a curious cultural eye will be able to experience the old world at its most authentic, he says. Plus, the lack of summer tourists could mean cheaper prices on things like food and lodging.“Typically if you want to fly into Europe – the best month in my opinion is November,” he says. “It’s cheaper...and the weather is much cooler.”It’s also a great time to visit the United Kingdom.Traditionally, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and British pound has made travel to Great Britain prohibitively expensive for many budget travelers.But the recent Brexit vote has caused the pound to plummet in value. As of Tuesday morning, the conversion rate was approximately 10 percent better for Americans than it was before the late-June vote.Other major geopolitical events are also making some destinations cheaper.Travelers interested in South America should look to Brazil, Seaney says. Now that the Olympics are over, airfare will "certainly be less expensive," he says.One place that likely won’t be seeing major discounts is Asia.“It’s mostly business travel, you don’t see a lot of leisure travel, especially in the fall, so you shouldn’t see as big of a drop,” Seaney advises.
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