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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as investors remember a bleak anniversary.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied from down more than 100 points to close the day at 23,163.04, a new record high. That marked a 5.44 point gain on the day for the Dow.

The Nasdaq fell 19.15 to finish the session at 6,605.07, while the S&P 500 edged slightly upwards, closing 0.84 higher at 2,562.10.

Thursday marked the thirtieth anniversary of Black Monday, the largest crash in the history of the Dow.

The National Retail Federation is expecting a record amount of spending this Halloween. According to data from the agency, Americans could spend $9.1 billion on costumes and candy this month.

Blue Apron is cutting jobs both at its headquarters and at warehouses around the country. The meal prep kit company was a hotly anticipated IPO this year, but faces competition from other companies, including Amazon.

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Amazon(NEW YORK) -- When Amazon announced its plan to accept bids from cities for the location of its second headquarters, various U.S. cities developed elaborate plans to catch the attention of the e-commerce giant.

On Sept. 7 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first laid out the terms of the project called HQ2. On Thursday, the window for cities to submit those bids closed. Bezos has promised that 50,000 people will be hired to work at the new headquarters.

Amazon will announce the location of its second headquarters sometime next year. More than 100 cities submitted bids.

Amazon said it wanted a metropolitan location that had at least one million residents. Some cities put together buzz-worthy gimmicks to convince Bezos that their location would be the right choice.

Here are some of the cities that went all out in their bids:

Tuscon, Arizona Sun Corridor Inc., an economic development group, sent a 21-foot Saguaro cactus to Bezos as an Amazon headquarters welcome gift. Amazon refused the plant and instead donated it to a local museum, according to Laura Shaw, chief marketing officer of Sun Corridor Inc.

 

Thx @SunCorridorInc! Unfortunately we can’t accept gifts (even really cool ones) so we donated it to @DesertMuseum 🌵 https://t.co/ZJPQfs44cq pic.twitter.com/Fot06Kgs9P

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) September 19, 2017



Stonecrest, Georgia On Oct. 5, Mayor Jason Lary and the Stonecrest City Council voted to de-annex 345 acres of land and officially call it the city of Amazon. "There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” the mayor said in a statement after the announcement.

Detroit, Michigan Two of the state's biggest football rivals joined forces on the field in a show of support for the city's bid to host Amazon H2Q. Head football coaches from the University of Michigan and Michigan State set their differences aside in their biggest game of the season and sported headsets on the sidelines with the text #AmazonDetroit printed on the earpiece and speakers.

 

 

They may be rivals on the field, but #AmazonDetroit is something we can all agree upon. #AmazonHQ2 pic.twitter.com/VLT4vX12zF

— Detroit Moves (@DetroitMovesHQ) October 8, 2017



Danbury, Connecticut and Frisco, Texas Mayors in both cities posted separate videos on social media asking Amazon's voice control system, Alexa, where the best city for the new headquarters is located. The gimmick in both videos ends with a female voice answering the name of each respective city.

 

 

Hey @JeffBezos, we want you here in #Danbury! (Alexa, thanks for the help!) pic.twitter.com/4lhbmrqFM9

— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) September 14, 2017



Birmingham, Alabama The city launched its campaign by setting up giant Amazon packages at three locations around the city. Residents posted photos on social media to draw attention with the hashtag "Bring A to B."

 

 

 

 

Birmingham submits 'great road map' for Amazon HQ2 https://t.co/DTvGGexaST pic.twitter.com/0FSGTH46u5

— AL.com Birmingham (@ALcomBirmingham) October 18, 2017



Amazon did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- After a Yelp reviewer slammed a southern California restaurant for its use of food from a popular fast food chain, the owner embraced the criticism and hailed the pre-made product.

Kimberly Sanchez, the owner of Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California, defended her choice, saying she proudly serves fried chicken from Popeye's for the restaurant's chicken and waffles brunch dish.

Yelp user Tyler H said he inquired about the dish after seeing a waiter bring "two large boxes of Popeye's to the kitchen."

"I wanted to believe that this was just a snack for the workers, but alas it was not. I ordered the chicken and waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeye's to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeye's," Tyler wrote in the review.

He went on, "I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking, he admitted that they do in fact use Popeye's."

Tyler H added that his meal was comped by the restaurant.

Sanchez responded to the criticism in her own Yelp post.

"I am owning this," Sanchez told ABC News' Nick Watt in an interview that aired on "GMA." "I love their chicken. It's the best I've ever had."

Sanchez told ABC News Los Angeles station KABC that she previously reached out to Popeye's for approval but has not heard back.

As for the allegation that she tried to trick customers with the fried chicken, Sanchez said, "Honey, I carried it through the front door."

Customers DeSean Bailey and Stephanie Stephens don't seem to mind. They told ABC News they love the chicken and waffles dish.

Popeye's did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- While many deal with a breakup by eating large amounts of ice cream, those with some extra cash to spend may opt to visit a post-breakup retreat to find healing after a romance ends.

Amy Chan, a relationship columnist, founded the Renew Breakup Bootcamp in upstate New York following her own difficult breakup. She now holds weekend-long retreats that can cost upwards of $1,700, but promises healing for the heartbroken.

"Five years ago ... I was dating someone that I thought was going to marry," Chan told ABC News. "When that relationship fell apart abruptly, I completely fell apart."

"I tried everything to get better," she added. "I realized that there needs to be something to help people who are going through this very pivotal stage in their life."

The program aims to help those suffering from a breakup to move on, and includes sessions lead by a neuroscientist, a psychologist, a life coach and various other activities that are supposed to equip attendees to "detach from the past," according to the camp's website.

One attendee, Puneet Grewal, 36, from Vancouver, Canada, told ABC News that she was in an on-and-off relationship for seven years before winding up at the Renew Breakup Bootcamp.

Even five years after the breakup, Grewal said she is still reeling, and has not found a way to move on.

"I find myself still having, you know, painful moments that I wish that I could deal with better," Grewal said. "And I haven't found love."

Grewal signed up for the "Intense Love Life Reboot," which takes place at a farm in upstate New York. Attendees are asked to disconnect from their digital devices and take part in therapy, yoga and meditation sessions. The camp even features alpaca petting.

The three-day experience was eye-opening, according to Grewal. She said she was left filled with a renewed hope. Grewal added that she is learning to let go of her fear, and even open up her heart up to romance again.

"I think I'm definitely open and ready to find love again," Grewal said. "I have that confidence. So I'm definitely going to pick a different type of love and the love that I deserve."

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Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Burger King released a three-minute video on Tuesday that highlights the prevalence of bullying in society.

The video, filmed at a California location of the fast food chain by hidden camera, shows the results of a social experiment in which a high school junior is bullied in full view of patrons.

The ad is timed to come out during National Bullying Prevention Month. In contrast to the bullying of the teen, Burger King employees are seen "bullying" the brand's Whopper Jr. The video shows what happens, as some patrons are more likely to speak up about a damaged sandwich than the bullying happening in front of them.

Some customers, however, do speak up and offer heartwarming and inspirational messages in the fight against bullying.

The company cites nonprofit organization No Bully, which says that 30 percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year.

At the end of the video, Burger King urges viewers to "visit NoBully.org to learn how you can take a stand against bullying."

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Roman Sigaev/Hemera/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- A Florida brewing company is offering free beer to those who boycott a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer scheduled to take place at the University of Florida on Thursday.

Alligator Brewing instructed people to trade in their tickets at Tall Paul's Brew House for a free draft beer. The tickets will then be disposed of, "leaving two more empty seats in the Philips Center," the brewery wrote on Instagram.

"Here at Alligator we believe free speech is a cornerstone of our great nation," the company said in a statement posted to Instagram. "Speech that condones, let alone promotes racial supremacy has no home in America. And it sure as hell doesn't have a home here in our beautiful town."

 

 

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Record closes for all three major indices on Wednesday, including a new milestone for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, despite a poor month for new home starts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 160.16 on Wednesday, finishing the day at 23,157.60 -- the first ever close above 23,000.

The Nasdaq added 0.56, reaching 6,624.22 at the session's end, while the S&P 500 set a new record of 2,561.26 -- gaining 1.9 on the day.

The gains have been driven by stronger than expected earnings for many U.S. companies, as well as the hopes of those companies that President Trump's tax reform plan could lower taxes on them. Wednesday, IBM's strong report drove its best day of trade since 2009.

Thursday is the 30th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1987, when the S&P 500 dropped more than 20 percent, the largest one-day drop in U.S. history.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the White House's tax reform plan is of major importance. If it doesn't pass, he claims, the stock market will tank.

And new home construction fell nearly five percent in September, the biggest decline in about six months.

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Ford(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than one million F-Series pickup trucks due to door latch flaws that could cause vehicle doors to unexpectedly open.

In a press release, the company says the recall affects 1.3 million vehicles, all from the 2017 model year. The vehicles affected include both the F-series and the brand's Super Duty vehicles in North America.

The company intends to add a water shield to the side door latches, to prevent any further issues.

Ford says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A costume company has removed an outfit depicting German-born diarist Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, from its website after public outrage.

Ross Walker Smith, a publicist for Fun.com, the parent company of HalloweenCostumes.com, issued a public statement on Twitter this week after the company was criticized over the costume.

"We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays," Smith wrote on Twitter. "We offer several types of historically accurate costumes -- from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters."

He continued, "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time."

Smith issued the following statement to ABC News on behalf of HalloweenCostumes.com: "We would like to apologize for any offense this has caused. Due to the feedback from our customers and the public, which we take very seriously, we have elected to stop selling this costume immediately. Again, we apologize for this mistake in judgment."

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told ABC News in a statement that the organization is glad the Anne Frank costume has been taken down, "but it’s hard to believe that anyone thought this was an appropriate costume for Halloween."

"This should never have happened in the first place. It shows we still have a long way to go in terms of educating people about what happened during the Holocaust, and why this unique event in human history should never be trivialized," Greenblatt added. The ADL is a nonprofit, international Jewish organization based in the United States that fights anti-Semitism.

Smith's public statement was tweeted directly to a concerned customer, 32-year-old Rob McDowall of Glasgow, Scotland.

 McDowall, a chairperson of the nonprofit organization Welfare Scotland and a member of the Equality Council, wrote in an email to ABC News that he tweeted Smith on Oct. 15 after he became aware that an Anne Frank costume was being sold on HalloweenCostumes.com.

McDowall said did not agree with the company's decision to sell the costume.

 "While there is undoubtedly a market for historically accurate clothing for theatrical productions, we’d be engaging in revisionist history if we allow the company to suggest that the item was for sale for this purpose," he said. "The item was clearly categorized as a Halloween costume and invited buyers to dress up like Anne Frank for Halloween."

McDowall continued, "I welcome the decision to remove the product from sale and I hope the company will explore suitable training for their staff to ensure insulting and insensitive products of this nature aren’t made available in the future."

McDowall's brief Twitter exchange with Walker sparked a slew of comments from people who said they were offended by the costume, and others who welcomed the idea of people portraying Anne Frank on Halloween.

One woman wrote that she'd prefer her daughters to dress as someone like Anne Frank rather than as a princess.

"I would rather them admire the bravery of a young girl," she tweeted. "It is not horror but admiration for the girl that should be the conversation."

Another user called the costume "disgustingly crass."

Currently, the Anne Frank costume is no longer listed for sale on HalloweenCostumes.com.

The costume is listed on the Candy Apple Costumes website as “Child's 1940s Girl Costume" and appears to be manufactured by the UK-based company, Smiffys.

Smiffys did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Paul Zimmerman/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amazon Studios President Roy Price has resigned, ABC News has confirmed.

Price was put on leave last week, following an allegation of sexual harassment involving Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the network's series “The Man in the High Castle.”

Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter last week that in 2015, Prince allegedly propositioned her in a cab on the way to an Amazon party, but she told him she has a wife and children.

She said that Price did not give up and that she later reported the incident to Amazon executives.

"We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told THR. “We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved."

After the incident, Hackett said she hasn't seen Roy.

"I don’t feel afraid of him, but it’s difficult after you report something because you’re carrying this anxiety about how to interact with somebody if and when you do see them. You’re aware that other people may or may not know about it," she said.

She added that after dozens of women spoke out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks, she felt empowered to go public. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

"I think women inspire each other. I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward. I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change," she added.

In addition to Price, Weinstein himself was fired from The Weinstein Company a week ago Sunday and officially resigned from the company's board on Tuesday.

In response to the assault allegations against Weinstein, a spokesperson for the movie executive said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

ABC News has reached out to Price's attorney for comment but did not immediately hear back.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of the Weinstein Co. during a conference call with the remaining board members, ABC News has confirmed.

He is still pursuing a claim he was wrongfully fired from the company.

The company has been under pressure since sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein were first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker nearly two weeks ago.

The disgraced movie mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

In response to the allegations, a spokesperson for the movie executive said, "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Co. days after reports surfaced and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the academy," the organization said in a statement on Saturday.

In a statement, the Weinstein Co. board of directors said, "The board today ratified its decision to terminate Harvey Weinstein's employment with the Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 23,000 on Tuesday morning, but fell just below the milestone at the close.

The Dow climbed 40.48 ( 0.18 percent) to finish at 22,997.44, a new record.

The Nasdaq slid 0.35 (-0.01 percent) to close at 6,623.66, while the S&P 500 finished at a record 2,559.36, up 1.72 ( 0.07 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.25 percent higher with prices at $52 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Freeport-McMoRan sunk 2.23 percent after Deutsche Bank downgraded the mining company's stock to "Sell."

UnitedHealth Group Inc beat investors' expectations in its third-quarter earnings report.  Shares of the American health care company soared 5.58 percent.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is not as wealthy as he was last year, according to Forbes magazine, which dropped him 92 spots on its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America.

Trump, ranked No. 156 in 2016, is now tied with 15 others --- including casino magnate Steve Wynn and Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel -- for No. 248.

The drop comes from a decline in Trump's net worth, according to Forbes. The magazine estimated that his net worth has dropped by $600,000 to $3.1 billion from $3.7 billion since last year.

His highest net worth valuation by the magazine came in 2015 at $4.5 billion.

While the overall wealth of Trump's presidential Cabinet has been noted in the past, he is the only member of the group to be included on the Forbes list.

That said, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' father-in-law, Richard DeVos, the co-founder of marketing company Amway, is included on the list. Richard DeVos' net worth is valued at $5.1 billion and is ranked No. 107 on this year's list.

This year's Forbes 400 list was the most discerning of all, as the magazine reported that the minimum net worth required to be included hit a record high of $2 billion. In the past two years, the minimum was $1.7 billion.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates topped the list for the 24th consecutive year ($89 billion) and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos held on to the No. 2 spot ($81.5 billion) that he had taken from Warren Buffett in 2016. Buffett came in at No. 3 this year, at $78 billion.

Trump has been watching his spot on the list for years.

In an interview with Trump published in Forbes Oct. 10, the article's author alluded to the president's lengthy history and fixation with the list.

"Numbers offer Trump validation. They determine the winner or loser of any deal and establish an industry hierarchy. It's why Trump, more than any of the 1,600 or so people who've been on The Forbes 400, has spent more time lobbying and cajoling Forbes to get a higher valuation—and validation," the Oct. 10 article, written by Forbes staffer Randall Lane, reads.

Trump has tweeted about the Forbes 400 list before, including once in 2014 when he retweeted and commented on a person's tweet that claimed that Forbes underestimates Trump's actual net worth.

"That's true, and they do it knowingly - who cares!" Trump added.

In answering another Twitter user who asked why Forbes had him listed as being worth $3 billion in 2013, Trump wrote: "They know nothing about me or my numbers."

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Sammy Staines/@sammylovesfossas(DORSET, England) -- Meet Sammy Staines of Dorset, England.

The Instagram star said she loves doing them because “there is no limit to what you can create.”

Staines, 31, said she started out doing “just beauty makeup” but then began “to get more and more creative from there.”

“I’ve always loved art and since applying art to my face, I no longer paint or draw on paper,” she wrote to ABC News. “I especially love doing illusion and monster paint.”

She said her terrifying monster makeovers, which take her about two hours to complete, are not just a Halloween specialty, however.

“All year ... I’m watching horror films and painting weird things on my face so I don’t really get that excited for Halloween,” she said, adding that might change when she has kids. “But I’m sure I will be having a horror movie night on Halloween and giving my face a rest.”

Now click here to look at her terrifying monster makeovers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- California will soon implement a new statewide ban on sales of animals commercially raised in puppy mills.

Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group.

As #FirstDog I’m proud to announce dad just signed #AB485 to help more furry friends in need find a fur-ever home! https://t.co/3jeYFozn9F pic.twitter.com/Lm8AZpuNXM

— Colusa Brown (@ColusaBrown) October 13, 2017

The law will go into effect in 2019 and supporters have praised the move.

"The problem is puppy mills, and this law is specifically targeting shutting down and not supporting puppies being manufactured in unsafe, unsociable, and horrific conditions," Elena Bicker, executive director at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, told ABC News.

Private breeders can still sell animals independently.

The American Kennel Club is standing up against the first-of-its-kind statewide ban and released a statement directly opposing the new law.

"It not only interferes with individual freedoms, it also increases the likelihood that a person will obtain a pet that is not a good match for their lifestyle and the likelihood that that animal will end up in a shelter," the organization said in a statement.

Pet advocates have helped increase protections for puppy mill dogs in over 200 cities and counties across the country that already have ordinances similar to this one, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Thirty-six cities in California, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, already had bans on mass breeding operations.

"This is a great law. California is setting the standard and elevating the status of pets in society by targeting the puppy mills and elevating shelter pets as a place in homes," Bicker said.

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