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Target Black Friday 2020: Last chance to shop huge deals on home, beauty and electronics

alacatr/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Along with several other retailers, Target is slashing prices this holiday season with early Black Friday deals starting now through November.

Deep discounts are available on everything from home and kitchen items to electronics, apparel, beauty products, toys and lots more.

"We're taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring they can plan ahead for a safe, stress-free shopping experience," said Christina Hennington, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, in a statement.

Target Black Friday Deals


Nov. 1-7: Discounts on electronics and more.

Nov. 8-14: Deals on kitchen favorites and floor care.

Nov. 15-21:
Take advantage of deals on this season's popular electronics, apparel and beauty products.

Nov. 22-28: Toys, kitchen, floor care and electronics including video games and select consoles will be on sale.

Shoppers are encouraged to check the digital weekly ad posted on Target's website each Thursday before sales go live on Sundays.

The company is also expanding its Price Match Guarantee service, which allows customers to get the absolute best deal regardless of when they shop. Target has confirmed that from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, guests can request a price adjustment for any item advertised as a “Black Friday Now” deal if it is offered for a lower price at Target or Target.com later in the season.
relaxed fit that can be paired with denim, trousers and more.

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People in need turn to GoFundMe amid pandemic, holidays

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(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday season upon us and no government stimulus in sight, many Americans are depending on the kindness of strangers to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some may be accepting food donations, others are trying crowdfunding to pay their bills. In fact, donations to the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe for basic needs like rent and groceries have topped $100 million.

ABC News’ chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss how Americans experiencing financial hardships are trying to stay afloat:

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More than 1 million people traveled by plane in the US in one day, despite CDC COVID-19 guidelines

David Tran/iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- More than 1 million Americans are boarding planes despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Friday, 1,019,836 passengers flew in the U.S., 1.5 million less than on the same day in 2019, according to daily figures from the Transportation Security Administration. The figure represents the second-highest number of people to travel by air since March. On Oct. 18, 1,031,505 people took to the skies.

Last week, the CDC cautioned against celebrating the upcoming holiday with people outside of the household, stating that the "safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with."

The extraordinary surge of a million new cases in the U.S. in the last 10 days has raised concerns that Thanksgiving gatherings could spread the virus further among families and communities, according to the agency.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year," the CDC guidelines state.

A Harvard review published last month found that wearing masks and the frequent cleaning in planes help keep the virus from spreading, and a study conducted by the Department of Defense and United Airlines also found that the risk of contracting COVID-19 on planes was 'very low' when proper measures are taken such as masks, frequent cabin cleaning, and distancing during boarding and deplaning help keep the virus from spreading.

However, the recent spike in positive cases has led several cities and states to mandate new COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday season as hospital intensive care units begin to fill to capacity.

ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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Mnuchin seeks to end several Federal Reserve emergency lending programs

Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he will not extend a handful of the emergency lending programs the Federal Reserve implemented earlier this year to buoy the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Mnuchin said that he is asking the central bank to not renew its lending facilities that used CARES Act funding and to return the unused funds to the Treasury.

The programs -- that were set to expire at the end of the year -- include the Fed's corporate credit facilities, municipal lending facility and the Main Street Lending program for small and mid-size businesses.

Mnuchin wrote that these Fed programs supported by the Treasury have "clearly achieved their objective," adding that markets have responded positively and banks have been able to continue lending.

He added that if the Fed reserved unused funds to the Treasury, Congress can reappropriate $455 billion.

Mnuchin's letter comes as the economy is still entrenched in uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus-induced recession, and as new virus cases surge throughout the country.

The Fed issued a rare public rebuke in a statement, saying that it "would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy."

Mnuchin's move also comes amid a transition to a new administration under President-elect Joe Biden, and could dampen the Fed's power during this time.

In an interview with CNBC Friday morning, Mnuchin defended his actions, saying that it was "not a political issue."

Mnuchin's decision received support from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, who said in a statement, "Congress's intent was clear: these facilities were to be temporary, to provide liquidity, and to cease operations by the end of 2020."

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., however, called the move "sabotage."

"Steve Mnuchin is removing critical support from a weak economy against the Federal Reserve’s wishes," Wyden tweeted. "This is economic sabotage."

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Sephora announces 1st Sephorathon super sales event through December

AdrianHancu/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Sephora's deals on beauty buys aren't stopping on Black Friday. In fact, they will continue throughout the holiday season.

The retailer announced its first Sephorathon event where Sephora Insiders, VIB and Rouge members can shop exciting promotions starting Dec. 3.

From Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and NARS cosmetics to Drunk Elephant and Tatcha skincare, there will be huge savings. GMA got the inside scoop on how it's all going down.

Sephorathon sales event dates and details:


Dollar Savings Offer Kicking off Dec. 3 in-store and onlilne, this will be Sephoraton's debut event. Use code 2020SAVE until Dec. 9 for a one-time use of $25 off $75 for Rouge members, $20 off $75 for VIB members and $15 off $75 for Beauty Insiders.

Point Multiplier Event Starting Dec. 10 until Dec. 16, using code BIGPOINTS, Rouge members will get 4x points per purchase, VIB members will get 3x points per purchase and Insiders will get 2x points per purchase.

Super Saturday On Dec. 18, Beauty Insider members have the chance to win a Sephora eGift Card of either $100 or $10 in-store or online. There will be one winner per store and one online. Additionally, Sephora will be awarding 100 winners per store and 100 winners online a $10 eGift card.

Sale on Sale VIB
and Rouge can score an extra 20% off using code: SAVEFIRST.

Insiders can also get an extra 20% off Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 using code: MAJORSALE.

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Retailers offer new services to boost Black Friday sales

VioletaStoimenova/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The countdown is on for Black Friday, which is now just one week away. But given the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest shopping day of the year is posed to look different and retailers are taking steps to offset the impact to sales.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned shoppers to avoid crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving, saying it’s a high risk activity. As a result, more shoppers are expected to shop online this holiday season rather than in store.

In an effort to attract business and encourage customers to shop their holiday deals, retailers are offering new services, like hanging Christmas lights at your home.

ABC News’ Chief Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Friday to discuss some of the new services customers can expect to see:

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Starbucks raising wages for baristas

JohnFScott/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(SEATTLE) -- Starbucks will increase wages for the majority of its staff starting next month, the company confirmed to ABC News on Thursday.

Beginning Dec. 14, all baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants hired on or before Sept. 14 will see a 10% pay increase. Those who have been with the company for more than three years will see an 11% pay increase.

The new investment also includes a 5% increase to all starting rates to attract and retain new talent as well as an increase to the premium it pays above minimum wage in every market.

Jory Mendes, a Starbucks spokesman, told ABC News that the company has been a leader for nearly 50 years in providing "industry-leading benefits with a total compensation approach that is best-in-class for both part and full-time employees."

"Continuing in that tradition, this announcement is the next phase of the company’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of partners with one of the most significant investments to hourly pay in the U.S. in the history of the company," Mendes added.

Mendes noted that this news was communicated to Starbucks employees earlier this month. The raises are only for U.S. company-operated stores.

The move comes as advocacy groups across the nation have pushed for a federal $15 minimum wage, something President-elect Joe Biden has said he supports.

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Weekly unemployment filings rise to 742,000 as virus surges

courtneyk/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Some 742,000 workers filed for unemployment insurance last week, an uptick of more than 30,000 compared to the previous week, the Department of Labor said Thursday.

Weekly jobless claims have remained elevated for months but were on the decline for the past four weeks. Thursday's tally reversed the downward trend.

The rise in this week's figure comes amid a new surge in virus cases across the nation. On Wednesday, the U.S. surpassed the grim milestone of more than 250,000 virus deaths, the highest of any nation in the world.

The government also said Thursday that more than 20.3 million people are still claiming some form of unemployment assistance through all government programs for the week ending Oct. 31. There were 1.5 million people claiming benefits during the same time period last year.

States that saw the largest increases in weekly jobless claims for the week ending Nov. 7 were Washington, California and Massachusetts. States that saw the largest decreases were Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky.

Businesses have struggled to reopen and many are being forced to re-shutter as cases surge and governors impose additional lockdowns.

Every single week for the past seven months, the jobless claims tally from the DOL has shattered the pre-pandemic weekly record set in 1982.

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Hiring site Glassdoor reveals jobs most 'at risk' due to COVID-19

Maridav/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- As the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a new reality is setting in that many of the jobs lost over the past seven months may not be coming back any time soon.

New research released Thursday by jobs site Glassdoor examined some of the hardest-hit positions during the pandemic and warned that even with a vaccine and the virus under control in 2021, a handful of these jobs could take a long time to return -- if they do at all.

The company compared the number of job openings listed on its site in October 2020 with the same time period last year to find the jobs most "at risk" from COVID-19.

The top five titles on its list of jobs most at risk due to the pandemic were audiologist (which saw a 70% decline in hiring during the pandemic), event coordinator (which fell by 69%), product demonstrator (which suffered a 63% drop), optician (which plummeted by 61%) and chef (which declined by 56%).

The next five job titles on the list were executive assistant, beauty consultant, valet, stylist and coach -- which all had around a 50% drop in job openings on Glassdoor during the pandemic.

"One theme is that there are some jobs where the hiring is down because COVID-19 is in the driver's seat of the economy, and they will not come back until health concerns are alleviated," Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain told ABC News. This includes jobs in personal services and in discretionary health care (such as the eye or ear doctor), according to Chamberlain.

"It's just so clear that health policy is the same as economic policy for now," Chamberlain said.

While many industries will likely see scarring from the pandemic, some jobs face new threats as consumer preferences change.

"Some of the jobs on here that are likely to never -- you can never say never -- but will not likely not come back for years, are jobs that will be impacted by automation during the recovery," Chamberlain added. "This always happens during a recession where companies lay off employees and when they rebuild their workforce they have a chance to rethink."

Chamberlain predicts jobs for administrative assistants and receptionists or human resources generalists will not be coming back anytime soon, saying "there has been massive innovations in artificial intelligence" in those sectors.

Finally, another job category that may not come back for a long time is in-person retail roles, including product demonstrator and brand ambassador, Chamberlain said.

"There been a massive wave of buying e-commerce that I think is going to stay with us even after COVID-19 is gone," he said.

Chamberlain said his best advice to workers in those fields that face a difficult job market is to "look outside of your industry to jobs that use similar skills to what you already have."

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Gift-giving etiquette during COVID-19: What to consider during the holidays

Kerkez/iStockBy JOEL LYONS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. In addition to causing widespread illness and death, it's affected the livelihoods of millions of Americans who now face unemployment or are struggling to keep their business afloat during the pandemic.

Amid virtual learning, political issues, and troubled travel plans, something else may be causing stress as the holidays approach -- giving gifts.

Due to health concerns, many gift-givers this year may rely less on in-person shopping to avoid crowds and instead utilize online methods. Others may forego presents entirely due to unstable finances.

Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert who is the founder of The Swann School of Protocol, spoke to ABC News' Good Morning America about the best etiquette to approach various gift-giving scenarios during the holidays. Here is her advice:

What to do if you don't want to give or receive gifts

Swann recommends being "very frank and honest" with family and friends if you plan to not give gifts and do not want to receive them.

"Craft a statement that expresses your wishes and send that out through whatever means that you would normally communicate with the individuals -- maybe it's a text message or perhaps it's an email," she says. "'Hey family, this year, I decided to opt out of the gift exchange, so I will not be giving any gifts and I'd ask that you avoid sending me anything.' But then make sure that you use a statement that … ends on a nice high note and lets them know you're OK, and I think people will respect that."

Swann says it's best to avoid posting this type of message on social media accounts.

"Then you open yourself up to scrutiny, to questions, to having to explain yourself and then go into detail," she says. "Use that information privately and share it with … the folks who are going to give you a gift or who you would normally give one to. Just keep it private."

What to do if you plan to buy gifts

"Establish a budget and make a determination as to exactly how much you can spend on gifts this year," Swann says, emphasizing that it's important to "not put ourselves in a compromising position to try to over-give."

Instead of showering loved ones with gifts, Swann says other options could include purchasing one nicer gift for someone, or a few individuals, or finding something smaller and meaningful that can be given to several individuals.

"One of the things you can do is select a group of individuals that you'll give gifts to," Swann says. "Maybe you choose to give gifts to only all the children in your family. Or you might say this year, 'I'm going to focus on just the elder family members.' One suggestion might be all of the new moms or someone who just became a mom again."

Swann says you can consider a Secret Santa theme rather than a set dollar amount.

"The theme this year can be books, so everyone buys a book for someone and that's something that we know is going to under $30," she says. "Or if you have a group of friends that all love wine, maybe the theme is wine, so everybody exchanges a wine bottle, and you can really limit the pricing and be creative at the same time."

Secret Santa also affords an opportunity for collective gifts, Swann says. To buy a gift for your parents, for example, "you can gather all of your siblings together and everybody can pitch in. And you basically just put one person in charge to purchase the gift and … we can always use electronic payments so you don't have to go knocking door-to-door to get that money," she says.

Gift cards can also be a thoughtful option, Swann says, adding, "My recommendation is to make it a twofold gift: Give a gift card to a local restaurant or a local store so that this way, we're still going back into the community and supporting our local businesses."

One gift that never goes out of style? Money.

"That's the one gift that people are definitely going to use," Swann says.

Also important, she says, is to "be very, very thoughtful, and think deeply about the gift that you're giving a person and how it can enhance or positively impact their life."

"People have just really had a tough time this year. So we really should be thoughtful and not so frivolous -- running into the store and grabbing one of the first things that we think the person should have. Really think about what people want and what can impact them in a positive way," she said.

What to do when you receive a gift

Even if you don't plan on giving gifts, you may have a friend or family member who will ignore your request and insist on asking you what you want so they can get you something. While you may feel hesitant, Swann says it's not worth arguing about and instead suggests having a few lower-priced items in mind.

"Maybe it's a book, or you can ask them to get you a gift card to Amazon, or something that you can use later on," she says.

But whatever you do end up getting, Swann says to be sure to "accept it with graciousness." She also recommends sending a handwritten thank-you note, especially when they may have taken a risk going out to buy the gift or spent lots of time online looking for something you'd like.

"We're so overwhelmed with technology right now," Swann says. "To receive something in the mail and open it up and know that someone else has spent some time sending it to you, I think that really would enlighten individuals and make them feel appreciated."

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Tesla, Uber part of new zero emission vehicle coalition

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- 28 companies from across the energy and transportation sectors, including Tesla, PG&E, and electric truck start-up Lordstown Motors, are teaming up to form the Zero Emission Transportation Association, or ZETA: a coalition that is aiming to have all light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the United States be 100% electric by 2030. 

“We had a host of folks in the [electric vehicle] community early on in 2020 that really were interested in having their own voice on federal policy and trying to figure out what was the best possible way to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles,” said Joe Britton, the executive director of ZETA. “We started to do outreach to others and then it snowballed really quickly. Folks have been really excited about having a new approach to this and bringing all the institutional knowledge that these companies and advocacy experts and NGOs and others have to accelerate the EV transition.”

The association has members ranging from established companies like Tesla and Uber, to start-ups like Rivian and Lucid Motors, along with battery-tech companies, charging infrastructure companies, and electric utilities. The 29 founding members employ hundreds of thousands of people across all 50 states, according to the organization. 

Notably absent from the coalition are the "Big Three" American car manufacturers: General Motors, Ford, and Fiat/Chrysler.

“I think our interest is a little different,” said Britton. “We have a goal to accelerate and reach this 2030 EV sales goal and I think we bring together this kind of squarely EV group to make progress on those goals.” 

ZETA hopes to push the United States to 100% electric vehicles through national policy. They have five actions that it says will lead to its goal, including consumer incentives, upgraded infrastructure, and American manufacturing. The organization also aims for lower emission targets and federal leadership. 

“One of our goals is to make sure that folks from all walks of life and all regions see EVs as serving their interests, whether that's a consumer interest, whether it's domestic manufacturing or job creation interest, or if it's about innovation and competition,” said Britton. “We think we can show that we're creating jobs in every congressional district in the country.”

They may get help from the next administration. President-elect Joe Biden has made combating climate change a key piece of policy. Part of that includes helping the auto industry create one million new jobs by investing in domestic supply chains, auto infrastructure, and charging stations.

Britton says they have had initial conversations with the Biden team. 

“I think they share our interest certainly and even part of the strategy they've got is a commitment to put in place 500,000 public electric vehicle charging stations,” said Britton. “I think they share our interest in sending market signals that an accelerated transition to EV’s is the right approach.”

Britton says that he believes there is nothing inherently partisan about electric vehicles, and that they've received bipartisan support since announcing. 

“Whether you're interested in what's good for the consumer on fuel, maintenance savings, performance ... the deployment and electrification of the transportation sector is something that I think people can get behind no matter their political background,” said Britton.

A few states are already moving in the same direction as ZETA. In September, California’s governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order mandating that all cars and trucks sold in the state must be zero-emission by 2035. Washington state has an even quicker timeline after governor Jay Inslee signed a law in March banning gas-powered cars by 2030. 

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Apple will slash its commission in half for small developers on its App Store

Nikada/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced Wednesday it was slashing the App Store commission it collects in half for smaller app developers that earn up to $1 million per year on its store.

The move comes as the tech giant's App Store has come under fire in recent months from lawmakers over allegations that it has grown too powerful and has the ability to squash competition.

Dubbed the "App Store Small Business Program," Apple said Wednesday that this change will benefit the vast majority of developers who sell digital services on the store.

The program launches next year, and means that Apple will take only a 15% commission from developers that earned up to $1 million in proceeds during the previous calendar year. For those who made more than $1 million in proceeds (or a developers' post-commission earnings), they will still have to pay the App Store's standard commission rate of 30%, according to the company.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the beating heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world. We’re launching this program to help small business owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store, and to build the kind of quality apps our customers love," Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

"The App Store has been an engine of economic growth like none other, creating millions of new jobs and a pathway to entrepreneurship accessible to anyone with a great idea," Cook added. "Our new program carries that progress forward -- helping developers fund their small businesses, take risks on new ideas, expand their teams, and continue to make apps that enrich people’s lives."

In a lengthy report
scrutinizing big tech released in October, the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee claimed Apple "exerts monopoly power in the mobile app store market" -- an allegation Apple has disputed.

Epic Games, the developers of the wildly popular game Fortnite, have notably been at the fore of the battle against Apple's allegedly competitive practices. On Wednesday, the company announced it was taking new legal action in Australia over what it calls "anti-competitive" practices by Apple.

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NRA settles insurance violation case for $2.5M

DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The National Rifle Association on Wednesday agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve claims it violated New York insurance laws.

The consent order follows a three-year investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services. It requires the NRA to stop doing insurance business in New York for five years.

DFS said the NRA acted as an insurance producer without a license by soliciting and marketing the sale of insurance products.

“The NRA operated as an unlicensed insurance producer and broke the New York Insurance Law by soliciting insurance products and receiving compensation,” DFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell said in a statement. “Even worse, the NRA violated the New York Insurance Law by soliciting dangerous and impermissible insurance products, including those within its Carry Guard program that purported to insure intentional acts and criminal defense costs.”

The NRA endorsed certain insurance products offered by Lockton Affinity in exchange for “substantial compensation,” investigators said.

According to the consent order, more than 28,000 NRA-endorsed policies were placed in New York through Lockton, including the “Carry Guard” insurance program.

Between about April 1, 2017, and Nov. 17, 2017, Carry Guard was marketed and sold throughout the United States, with about 680 policies issued to New York residents.

In the consent order, DFS found that the Carry Guard program offered coverage that is unlawful in New York state, namely coverage for losses and costs associated with the aftermath of the purposeful use of the firearm, including defense costs in a criminal prosecution. Under New York law, intentional acts cannot be insured.

Lockton Affinity was fined $7 million as part of the same investigation.

In August, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the NRA, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun lobby for a multitude of alleged violations of state law governing charities. The civil lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, also named NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and three other NRA executives -- Wilson “Woody” Philips, John Frazer and Joshua Powell -- as defendants.

"The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets," James said. "The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law."

The NRA quickly filed a countersuit against the attorney general.

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UK to ban selling new gas and diesel cars by 2030

Starcevic/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(LONDON) -- The United Kingdom announced Wednesday it would ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by the year 2030, 10 years earlier than initially planned.

The sale of hybrid-electric vehicles, however, will be allowed until 2035.

The ambitious goal was unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday as part of his "Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution" that he touted would create and support up to 250,000 jobs.

"Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven't lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country," Johnson said in a statement. "My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050."

The prime minister said his plan will mobilize nearly $16 billion (£12 billion) in government investments to create and support these jobs. Of that, nearly $665 million (£500 million) over the next four years will go towards the development and production of electric vehicle batteries, which the government said would boost manufacturing and create jobs in the Midlands and North East regions of the country.

The government also pledged approximately $1.7 billion (£1.3 billion) to accelerate the rollout of electric vehicle charge points throughout Britain and more than $774 million (£582 million) in grants for those buying zero- or low-emission vehicles to incentivize the transition.

Environmental groups around the world welcomed the news, with Greenpeace UK calling it a "win" on Twitter.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, a UK auto industry trade group, however, warned that this ambitious plan presents challenges for the industry.

"We share government's ambition for leadership in decarbonizing road transport and are committed to the journey. Manufacturers have invested billions to deliver vehicles that are already helping thousands of drivers switch to zero, but this new deadline, fast-tracked by a decade, sets an immense challenge," Mike Hawes, the group's chief executive, said in a statement.

Hawes noted that the government investment in EV manufacturing is welcomed by the industry, but is "just the start of what's needed."

"Success will depend on reassuring consumers that they can afford these new technologies, that they will deliver their mobility needs and, critically, that they can recharge as easily as they refuel," Hawes added. He said they look forward to working with the government on details of the plan, "which must be delivered at pace to achieve a rapid transition that benefits all of society, and safeguards UK automotive manufacturing and jobs."

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Oprah Winfrey pens letter about the final print issue of 'O Magazine'

Andrew Chin/Getty ImagesBy CANDICE WILLIAMS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to the monthly print version of O Magazine.

In a heartfelt letter on the O Magazine site on Tuesday, Winfrey shared her vision for her lifestyle magazine that was started 20 years ago, noting that it was a "bigger dream" than she had originally dreamed.

"With O, I wanted to create a manual for living life to the fullest: stories, photographs, reflections, poems, quotes, essays, and interviews that would bring meaning, comfort, and joy to our readers," she wrote. "And if I do say so myself, we’ve fulfilled that intention through 245 issues."

Winfrey confirmed in August that the magazine's December 2020 issue would be its last monthly print edition. The outlet said it will continue expanding its digital presence.

In her letter, Winfrey also shared that she and the O Magazine staff have always been focused on the importance of self-care, highlighting diversity, and being progressive, even before it became a common thing in pop culture.

"When we started in 2000, no one was talking about mindfulness or wellness or spiritual well-being. Twenty years later, everyone is living their best life," she noted. "Today the whole media world is scrambling to be inclusive, but O has always been, featuring Black and brown voices and faces, members of the LGBTQ community, bodies of all shapes and sizes, people of all ages."

"We’ve looked inward and also outward, doing deep-dive stories on everything from mental health to menopause, gun violence to #MeToo, not to mention racial disparities in medicine and generational wealth, and caring for aging parents," she added.

Looking ahead, Winfrey said she promises "to continue serving up" what she feels her readers most need to better their "health, relationships, work life, and home life."

"And to reach for the dreams you still dream," she wrote. "Nothing stays the same ... And 20 years in this format I consider a solid run, well done."

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