• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The major indexes hit new records Friday as U.S. stocks closed higher for the week.The Dow gained 4.28 (+0.02 percent) to finish at 20,624.05.The Nasdaq jumped 23.68 (+0.41 percent) to close at 5,838.58, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,351.16, up 3.94 (+0.17 percent) from its open.Crude oil prices were flat at about $53 a barrel.Boeing: Shares in aircraft manufacturer Boeing climbed 1 percent after President Trump talked about jobs at the company's plant in South Carolina."We're here today to celebrate American engineering and American manufacturing," the president said in front of the new 787 Dreamliner. "We're also here today to celebrate jobs. Jobs."President Trump said he wanted to create more jobs in the U.S. and for Americans to rely on products made in the country."God bless Boeing,” he added.Winners and Losers:  Shares in Kraft Heinz Company soared nearly 11 percent after the food company reportedly made a merger bid for Unilever.A lower-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings report caused Campbell Soup Company's stock to sink about 7 percent.UnitedHealth Group Inc fell 4 percent after the Department of Justice joined a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota-based health insurer of overcharging the government's Medicare program.
    Read more...
  • Courtesy Andy Bridgewater(NEW YORK) -- One 7-year-old is planning ahead when it comes to her career.Two weeks ago Chloe Bridgewater wrote a letter to Google, expressing her interest in working for the tech company when she gets older. To her father Andy's surprise, CEO Sundar Pichai responded.Chloe started her letter with "Dear google boss.""My name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with google [sic]," she wrote. "I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the Olympics."The student said she likes computers "and have a tablet I play games on." She even bragged about a robot game that her dad gave her.It wasn't long before Pichai replied with his own letter on Google stationary.In a letter dated Feb. 3, Pichai wrote, "Dear Chloe, Thank you so much for your letter. I'm glad that you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology.""I think if you keep working hard and [follow] your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to -- from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics," he continued. "I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school!"Bridgewater told ABC News he was "completely shocked" that his daughter received a response. But he wasn't surprised that she decided to write the letter in the first place."She's got determination. She doesn't see the obstacles that we face every day," he explained. "If she wants to do it, she will set out to do it and nothing will stop her."The father of two remarked that his daughter began "jumping up and down" after receiving the letter.Still, he's not in a rush to send his eldest daughter off to work."My wife and I want for her to be a 7-year-old first and foremost -- play games, laugh and run around," he said. "We'll always encourage her and help inspire her dreams."
    Read more...
  • 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Twentieth Century Fox apologized Thursday for using several fake news sites and made-up stories to promote its new movie, A Cure for Wellness. The controversial promotional campaign was criticized on social media.The studio said in a statement to ABC News, "In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong."
    Read more...
  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ever since relations between Cuba and the U.S. have thawed, dozens of flights to and from both countries began popping up, with the inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Santa Clara, Cuba taking place last August.But now, airlines are finding that the demand just isn't there, especially for flights to airports outside Havana. Late last year, American Airlines began reducing the number of flights to Cuba, and now, JetBlue is also cutting back on its service to the island.“We are continuing to operate our schedule of nearly 50 weekly round trip Cuban flights but have made adjustments to our fleet utilization,” Philip Stewart, a spokesman for JetBlue, told the Miami Herald. “It’s common practice to adjust schedules and fleet type based on customer preferences, especially on routes that are new to the network.”Stewart told the Herald that starting May 3, the carrier will begin using smaller aircraft for some flights to Cuba, cutting back the number of daily seats offered by 300.
    Read more...
  • Marion County Jail(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A Florida man has been charged in connection with a plot to bomb Target stores along the East Coast, with hopes that such an attack would force the retailer's stock to plunge and allow him to cheaply buy its stock, federal investigators announced Thursday.Mark Charles Barnett of Ocala has been charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon," according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.Barnett "theorized that the company’s stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices," reads the press release.A Target spokeswoman told ABC News, "Target commends the law enforcement agencies responsible for apprehending this individual. As this is an active investigation, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida with any additional questions."Barnett offered an unnamed individual — referred to as a "confidential source" (CS) in the documents — $10,000 to plant bombs in stores in several states, according to the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint cited in the press release."Barnett created at least 10 of the explosive devices, disguised in food-item packaging, which Barnett delivered to the CS on February 9, 2017," reads the press release, citing the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. "Barnett then asked the CS to place the explosive devices on store shelves from New York to Florida. He also provided the CS with a bag of gloves, a mask, and a license plate cover to disguise the CS’s identity from law enforcement."But the individual contacted law enforcement officials instead of planting the devices in the stores. "Once FDLE received the information we initiated an investigation. Upon determining the nature of the threat we notified and began working jointly with our local, state and federal partners. The arrest in this case demonstrates the importance of collaboration in keeping our communities safe," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Rick Swearingen."An explosives expert determined that they were capable of causing property damage, serious injury, or death to nearby persons upon detonation," according to the press release.Federal agents subsequently searched Barnett's house and "components consistent with those used to create the explosive devices" were discovered, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. These items included rocket igniters, M-5000 explosives and battery sources."The swift work of ATF Special Agents, Explosives Enforcement Officers, and other specialized violent crime resources foiled this individual's plot that could have caused great harm to the public," said Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary, ATF Tampa Field Division. "Our Federal and State law enforcement partners played a vital role in supporting this investigation, and ATF will continue to work alongside the U.S. Attorney’s Office to bring this case to a successful resolution."If convicted, Barnett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Barnett is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail on state charges for violating his terms of probationThe U.S. Attorney's Office cautioned, though, "a criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty."According to ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Barrett was already on probation and wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor for a number of felony offenses, including kidnapping, multiple counts of sexual battery with a weapon or force and grand theft.It is unclear if Barrett has a lawyer.At close of business on Thursday, Target shares were trading at $65.20 a share, according to NASDAQ.Copyrigh
    Read more...
  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) — Nobody ever wanted to be the thimble anyway, but Monopoly is doing away with the thimble game piece.The Providence Journal reports that the Rhode Island-based Hasbro, which makes the famous board game, is removing the thimble as a player token.Voting was held online in a contest that attracted more than 4 million voters from around the world to determine the tokens for an updated version of the legendary board game. The thimble had been part of the game since it was introduced in 1935.  In 2013, after an online vote, Hasbro replaced the iron with the cat.The car, battleship, hat, boot, wheelbarrow, Scottie dog and cat will remain in the game. Among the possible new tokens are a hashtag, penguin, rubber duck, a TV, a watch and an emoji of Mr. Monopoly.Hasbro will reveal the final results on World Monopoly Day, March 19. The winning eight tokens, chosen by fans, will be included in the updated Monopoly in August.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
    Read more...