• iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A pilot for Australian airline Qantas took proposing marriage to new heights this weekend during a flight from Melbourne, Australia, to Los Angeles.After Capt. Dooley Ellis brought the plane up to cruising altitude, he announced over the intercom that there was "a very special passenger on board. Her name is Anna."Ellis then said Anna was traveling to South America to visit her family, but he wanted to "make sure she comes back to me in Australia."He added, "So now that I have your complete attention -- ¿Anna, Quieres casarte conmigo? Will you marry me?"Ellis then came out of the cockpit carrying flowers and a ring. He got down on one knee and popped the question again to Anna in person.Anna said yes and kissed Ellis.Qantas posted a video of the proposal and Anna's reaction to its Facebook page on Monday. It has since received nearly half-a-million views and over 17,000 reactions.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) – The largest online retailer in the world has extended Black Friday from a single day to now over a month. Amazon.com announced that its Black Friday Deals Store will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 22, with new deals appearing as often as every five minutes.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey drivers, who have long enjoyed the nation's second-lowest gas prices, will now have to start paying more at the pump.A new gas tax went into effect in the Garden State Tuesday, adding an extra 23 cents per gallon. The tax was implemented to help fund transportation projects.With the increase, the state now has the sixth-highest gas tax in the U.S.Previously, New Jersey trailed only Alaska for the lowest gas prices in the country, prompting many drivers in the neighboring states of New York and Pennsylvania to cross the border to fill up.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Commuters in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania may face some trouble trying to get to work or school on Tuesday.At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, more than 4,700 mass transit workers went on strike after their union and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. The previous contract expired at midnight."Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents rely on SEPTA to travel each day to and from work and school and the inability of TWU and SEPTA to reach an agreement is devastating for many of these individuals and their families," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "This will create extreme hardships for the city and for businesses." "I have spoken at length with both sides and I continue to urge them to come together and continue talking until a compromise is reached," Wolf added.
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  • The White House(WASHINGTON) -- When President Obama leaves office in January, he won't be taking the @POTUS Twitter handle with him.The White House announced part of its transition plans in the realm of social media on Monday. President Obama, who was the first to use the @POTUS Twitter handle, will hand over the account to the next president on Jan. 20, 2017.The new tweeting president will start with a blank timeline -- all of Obama's tweets will be removed -- but they will still get to keep the more than 11 million followers accumulated by President Obama.The National Archives and Records Administration has created a new handle -- @POTUS44 -- which will archive all of President Obama's tweets. They will do the same for other White House Twitter handles, including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec and @VP.The next president will acquire President Obama's other social media handles, including Instagram and Facebook, while the president's photos and posts will be migrated to a different account.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed slightly lower Monday, but marked a third month in the red as investors fretted over the looming U.S. presidential election. The Dow fell 18.77 (-0.10 percent) to finish at 18,142.42.The Nasdaq gave up 0.97 (-0.02 percent) to close at 5,189.13, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,126.15, down 0.26 (-0.01 percent) from its open.Crude oil sunk 4 percent with prices hitting over $46 a barrel.Valeant: Shares in Valeant Pharmaceuticals sunk 12 percent on news of a reported criminal probe into the company's former CEO and CFO. According to Bloomberg, authorities are exploring accounting fraud charges after Manhattan federal prosecutors and the FBI in New York investigated Valeant for about a year.General Electric: General Electric revealed Monday it would be merging operations with Baker Hughes for a combined revenue of $32 billion. GE closed less than 1 percent lower and Baker Hughes' stock sunk 6 percent.Consumer Spending: Americans spent more money last month according to new figures from the Commerce Department. In September, consumer spending rose 0.5 percent from the previous month with income gaining 0.3 percent.
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