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How Hackers Targeted Celebrities' Apple Accounts


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Hackers gained access to leaked nude photos purporting to be of dozens of A-list celebrities by an "all too common" tactic, according to Apple.

"After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement Tuesday.

The targeted celebrities included Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, and their purported photos were leaked online late Sunday.

The investigation found that none of the leaked photos were the result of any breach of Apple's systems, including iCloud and Find My iPhone, the company noted in its statement.

Apple said it is "continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

The FBI said on Monday it is "aware" that someone has leaked nude photos purporting to be pictures of a dozen Hollywood starlets.

Apple immediately released a statement saying it takes any breach of user privacy seriously and would actively investigate the report.

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Cleveland Browns Linebacker Shrinks About 6 Feet in "Madden NFL" Video Game


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Kirksey, linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, stands at 6-feet-2 but in the recently released Madden NFL 15 video game, he barely reaches the shins of his opponents.

Madden NFL 15 was launched on Microsoft's Xbox One on Aug. 26, and Kirksey is the biggest topic in social media commentary about the game. In the new video game, Kirksey is not only wearing a Tennessee Titans uniform, he is only a few inches tall.


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Electronic Arts did not respond to a request by ABC News for comment. A version of Madden NFL 15 is also available for the Xbox 360 console and the PlayStation 3 system.

At least Kirksey, who weighs 235 pounds, can laugh at his tiny avatar. He tweeted with his reaction just after celebrating his birthday on Sunday. The former University of Iowa Hawkeye turned 22 years old on Sunday.

 

No matter how small you are, have big dreams, and live big! #madden #glitch #1'2 #reallyLOL #goodmessagetho

— Christian Kirksey (@chriskirksey20) September 2, 2014

 

 

This glitch of me on madden is hilarious might I say! #lol #laughitsgood

— Christian Kirksey (@chriskirksey20) September 2, 2014

 

 

Why they got me a 1'2 in the Madden glitch lol why ha

— Christian Kirksey (@chriskirksey20) September 1, 2014

 


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How to Measure and Reduce Your Digital Footprint


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mopping up your digital footprint may be nearly impossible, but there is a way to take charge of it.

The naked photos purported to be of Hollywood starlets -- some said to have been taken years ago -- that were leaked in a massive breach this week have many people trying to dust off the cobwebs of their digital pasts.

Even more troubling, at least one of the hacked stars, Mary E. Winstead, said she deleted the leaked photos from the cloud "long ago."

"I'm sure you've cleaned out a drawer or a closet to find something that you didn't know you had or thought was gone," Robert Siciliano, a McAfee online security expert, told ABC News.

"Storing data in the cloud is no different than storing data on your local drive," he said. "In the cloud it's just remotely but the folders are all the same and they all look the same and function the same way. But as our devices get more cluttered and we then create duplicates of content, then we lose track."

Pressing the delete button on confidential photos and documents isn't an immediate panacea, Siciliano said. He explained that back-up services usually keep data from three to six months by default, however "after that, it's not in their interest to hold onto it."

While authorities are investigating the celebrity photo hack and how it happened, here's an easy way for users of iOS5 and later to see what they're storing in their cloud -- and what they'd like to delete.

Go to settings, then iCloud, Storage & Backup, then tap Manage Storage.

Under Documents & Data tap the app from which you want to delete data. This will then bring up any documents associated with that app that are in iCloud. Tap edit, select the item to delete, and then choose delete or delete all.

Apple says the documents are removed from your iCloud storage and all of your devices.

However, a person's digital footprint extends beyond what's in their cloud.

All it takes is one person to dredge up a social media post you made years ago, Betsy Sigman, a professor at Georgetown University and an information systems expert, told ABC News.

"The little tweets we think are so small and innocuous -- it's so easy to send out to millions of people," she said.

While deleting that embarrassing old Myspace profile or trollish tweets from years ago may seem to shrink your footprint, Sigman said that it's vital to remember that copies are likely to exist -- somewhere.

"It's a very public world and you have to take precautions," she said. "Don't post anything you might find embarrassing later."

Even the mundane activities you don't think about -- using a credit card to pay for coffee or swiping your ID card to get into the office -- leave digital bread crumbs that can't simply be swept away, Sigman said.

"Your only option for not increasing your digital footprint is to go off the grid," she said.

The takeaway, she said, is to be mindful of your privacy settings put also assume that nothing is ever truly private.

"We used to live in towns with a Main Street where everything people did was seen in public," she said. "Our Main Street is now the Internet."

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens First 'Full Expression' Locations in California


Oliver Hoffman/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Dunkin' Donuts opened its first traditional stores in California on Tuesday, bringing its full assortment of coffee and baked goods to West Coast residents for the first time.

"Today we continue to celebrate our highly anticipated expansion to California, starting with the opening of our new restaurants in Modesto and Santa Monica," said Paul Twohig, President of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada.

The company plans to open approximately 200 new restaurants in California over the next several years, and perhaps over 1,000 in the long-term.

Dunkin', an East Coast staple, had locations in California, but the new restaurants are the brand's first "full expression locations on the West Coast."

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More Women Renting Wedding Gowns


Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What bride-to-be would actually rent her gown for the big day?

More than you think. With an increasing number of women shifting away from preserving gowns for family heirlooms, many of today's brides are more interested in saving some money on the way from the boutique to the chapel.

Longstanding designer rental website Rent the Runway offers 4- and 8-day rentals of upscale gowns by designers ranging from Badgley Mischka to Monique Lhiullier.

"I think some women value the experience over the ownership of their gown," said a representative for Rent the Runway. "If they already use Spotify or Uber, services where you’re not necessarily owning something versus experiencing it, they will also feel comfortable with renting a wedding gown."

For instance, a sleek, long-sleeved, cocktail-length wedding dress by Dsquared that would normally retail for approximately $830 can be rented for $125 on Rent the Runway.

Big discounts leave lots of funds still in the wedding budget for food, music or other desirable decor elements. It stands to reason that if the groom isn't planning to keep his morning jacket, proponents say his betrothed should be able to follow suit with her tulle.

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Revel Casino in Atlantic City to Close Doors Tuesday


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) -- Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City will close its doors Tuesday at 6 a.m., marking the fourth Atlantic City casino to shut down in recent weeks.

The city, which had 12 casinos when August began, now has just eight.

Revel announced that hotel guests had to be checked out on Monday morning, and that all reservations for stays beyond that date had been cancelled. Room deposits on such reservations were to be refunded.

The casino would remain open for an additional day, with all free slot play and gift cards required to be redeemed before 6 a.m. Tuesday. Casino chips and slot vouchers will still be able to be redeemed at the Revel General Cashier Office during weekday business hours until Sept. 30.

Revel also cancelled all events and concerts beyond Sept. 1.

The casino and hotel, which had been open just about two years, warned its employees earlier this summer that they could be out of a job if a buyer wasn't found in bankruptcy court.

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Top Tips to Ease Back Into the Office After Summer Vacation


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What may be worse than a "case of the Mondays?" The day after a three-day weekend. Here are some steps to help ease the transition back to work.

Returning to the office on Tuesday morning will feel to many like the last day of beaches, pools, and sunshine itself. (But take heart: the last day of summer is technically weeks away.)

Tom Gimbel, president and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing firm based in Chicago, offers easy steps to take both during the weekend to provide a healthier transition after your time away from the office.

Here are healthy things to consider for a smooth transition back into the workplace after a vacation.

Before Returning to the Office:

1. Create a Task List

"Employees should write down where each project stands and the immediate steps they need to take once upon return. No one wants to stress during a break, so plan everything ahead of time," Gimbel said. "Coming back to a to-do list will allow you to hit the ground running."

2. Scan Emails

"The employee may resent the fact that they have to work outside of the office, but at the end of the day, the pros outweigh the cons in dedicating an hour for managing an inbox or checking voicemails," Gimbel said.

Upon Returning to the Office:

1. Get to the Office Earlier

Gimbel suggests at least an hour earlier on their first day back to get organized.

"That way they are prepared to meet as soon as their managers get in to recap anything they’ve missed," he said. "Employees have to be laser-focused, which means putting phones away and not constantly checking social media updates or looking at the trip's photos. They shouldn’t set themselves up for distractions."

2. Consider the Week Ahead

Before going home that first day, employees should create an agenda of what the rest of the week will entail, he suggests.

3. Consider Office Social Dynamics

It's important that employees are empathic to their teams who may have picked up their slack while out, he said.

"It wouldn't hurt to write a quick thank-you note to team members who did work on their behalf. Appreciation goes a long way," he said.

4. Stay on top of Updates

If the employee works directly with clients, they should make calls to each when they return to simply catch up and recap where projects stand, regardless if coworkers filled them in or not, Gimbel said.

5. Use the Energy!

With the exception of diverted planes due to belligerent passengers, hopefully your vacations allow you to rest and recharge.

"Being on a vacation revives an employee who may have spent months at the office without taking a trip," Gimbel said. "Bring that fresh energy into the office and apply it to current projects."

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How Venmo Is Turning Into a Hilarious Social Network


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  If you use Venmo, you already know how convenient it is to pay your friends instantly, splitting the bill at dinner without hitting up an ATM or getting exact change. With a couple of taps on the app, your portion of the bill is settled, and you didn't even have to irritate the server by handing over seven credit cards.

But lately, it seems the handy app is something more, morphing into a full-fledged social network as more users join and many get creative with their eye-raising payment explanations, which are public to other people on the app. Venmo, whether you realize it or not, has become a place to brag about your wild night out and clue in friends on who you've been sharing cabs with.

"Once I'm on the app, I definitely find myself scrolling through," Jarell Cardoza of San Francisco told ABC News.

He uses the app to split rent and bills with his roommate, and also when he goes out with friends or his girlfriend.

Today, payments for "forgetting my wallet like a scrub," "Costco goodies" and "kale" were among the thousands of transactions visible on the global newsfeed of the app. Venmo conceals actual dollar amounts paid or charged, but everyone can see who is paying whom, and for what -- from bills to late-night jaunts to the strip club.

And the descriptions are increasingly hilarious.

"It's almost like the same thought that goes into sending a tweet goes into what you write for Venmo," Keisha Follins, 36, told ABC News. "Because you know other people are going to see it and you want it to be amusing."

When Venmo users log in to make a transaction, many find themselves staying a while -- browsing their friends' activity like one would on Facebook or Twitter.

"I did that yesterday and I felt kind of creepy because I was like: Why do I care about what other people are doing?" Follins said. "But it kind of encourages you to be funny when you write something. It's entertaining."

Cardoza also uses the app to see what his friends are up to, sometimes stumbling upon cryptic emoji-filled payments.

"When you see a 4 a.m. New York City charge with double horns on it, I find myself wondering and sometimes shooting a text, like, 'What was that about?'" he said.

Allyson White of New York City also gets a laugh out of some of the outrageous Venmo posts.

"I've seen a lot of funny ones around bachelorette parties," said White, 25. "A lot of people seem to communicate only in emoticons, which makes it funnier. If I can think of something clever on the spot, I'll try to make it funny."

Adding to the social aspect is Venmo's version of friend requests. Users connect with people they know through email and Facebook, so while their transactions will show up in your main newsfeed, they're not necessarily people you exchange cash with. Just like Facebook, it's a passive way of knowing what someone you don't even talk to anymore is up to nowadays.

Users can even like or comment on transactions.

Venmo is a free app available on iPhone and Android platforms.

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After Nude Photo Hack, Should Cloud Users Be Worried?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For anyone whose digital life needs some extra space, the cloud seems like a miraculous solution.

But after dozens of nude photos of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, leaked online late Sunday, reportedly hacked from their personal cloud accounts, users might be concerned about their own cyber safety.

"A lot of people don't understand how far their information is spreading," Clifford Neuman, the director of the USC Center for Computer System Security, told ABC News. "There's a lot more stuff that gets sucked into these sites than one would understand."

Many people use the cloud and don't even know it -- Google Drive and Dropbox are common examples.

What is clear is that cyber safety is a serious issue. It's important to remember how the cloud works, and that when you sync a device like your smartphone to the cloud, it creates two copies of files. At least one of the hacked stars, Mary E. Winstead, said she deleted the leaked photos "long ago."

But if you delete something from a device like a tablet or smartphone, it doesn't necessarily delete from the cloud, Neuman pointed out.

"You still have to go into the cloud account and delete it, in many cases," he said.

Another problem is passwords. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, as many people do, you're at greater risk. If one of your digital accounts is hacked and you're using the same password for your cloud account, hackers can also gain access to what's on your cloud.

"You should be using a different password for your cloud account than you do for other accounts," Neuman said.

People should also know that they can unlink their devices from the cloud.

"The downside, of course, is that if you lose your phone you lose everything that's on it, like photos," Neuman said.

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Three Atlantic City Casinos Are Closing Their Doors


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) --  In the past few years, the dozen gambling venues in Atlantic City have been rolling the dice to try to turn a profit, but too many casinos and too few tourists are leading to dramatic changes.

The Showboat Casino-Hotel is closing its doors this weekend for good and will soon be joined by two others, the Revel and the Trump Plaza.

More than 6,000 people, or about 25% of the Atlantic City work force, will be jobless.

Now, Atlantic City's mayor Don Guardian is saying New Jersey may try to help with possible mortgage payment extensions, and the remaining casinos are also pledging to hire some of those laid-off workers.

"The governor is bringing down a program to the state of New Jersey that has forgiveness for mortgages," Guardian said. "It's really a holiday. So you add up to 12 months of non payment to the end of your mortgage. So you get the credit now, you don't pay the mortgage until you get some time."


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Six Things You Should Know About Money and Happiness


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you were offered a well-deserved raise at work or a no-strings-attached wad of money, would you take it? You've surely heard that money can’t buy happiness, but it can certainly get you closer to an enjoyable life, right?

Yes and no, says Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. "It turns out, what you do with your money seems to matter just as much to your happiness as how much you make," she says; good news for those of us without a sudden windfall or promotion in our near futures.

Here are six facts that may surprise you—and tips on how to live the good life, no matter how much you've got.

1. Don’t sweat the six-figure job

"There is definitely a correlation between income and happiness," says Dunn. "But actually, money buys less happiness than people assume."

And in some ways, it buys happiness only up to a certain point: A 2010 Princeton University study found that emotional well-being—defined by the frequency of emotions like joy, anger, affection, and sadness—tended to rise with salary, but only up to about $75,000. Beyond that, people continued to rate their lives as more satisfying, but they didn't seem to experience any more happiness on a day-to-day basis.

2. Spend on experiences, not things

Material goods may last longer, but a 2014 San Francisco State University study shows that life experiences—like trips, fancy dinners, and spa treatments—provide more satisfaction in the long run. Researchers interviewed volunteers before and after they made purchases of both types, and found that afterward, most people viewed the intangibles as a better use of money. However, they add, an experience has to fit a person's personality in order to have benefit; someone who doesn't like show tunes, for example, probably won't see the value in a Broadway play.

3. Donate to charity

Giving to people or organizations in need "has a direct correlational effect on happiness that is basically equivalent to a doubling of household income," says Dunn, citing research from a Gallup World Poll. How you give matters, too, she says: You'll get more of an emotional reward by supporting groups you feel closely connected to, or when a close friend asks for your help. (In other words, accept that Ice Bucket Challenge already—the giving money part, at least!)

4. Pay it off early

"The pleasure of consumption can be dragged down by the pain of having to pay for it," says Dunn. One way to get around that? Put money down for things as early as you can, even if you won't actually experience them for a while—book trips months in advance, pre-order books and albums you're excited about, or purchase credit for a service you can redeem at a later date. "Research shows that what lies in the future is much more emotionally evocative than what lies in the past," she adds. "If we paid for something last year, it's almost like our brain forgets we ever spent money on it."

5. Give thoughtful gifts

When money gets tight, it may seem wasteful to splurge on presents and tokens of affection—but Dunn's research shows that spending money on others, especially a loved one, is one of the happiest things you can do with your money. (In one study, people who had been asked to spend $5 on someone else felt better at the end of the day than those who’d been asked to spend it on themselves.) It's the thought that counts, too: Both givers and receivers are happier when a gift is a good fit for the recipient's personality.

6. Use a debit, not credit card

Being in debt is negatively associated with happiness, and is linked to health problems such as depression and anxiety. It may be hard to avoid all forms of debt, but one way to keep from falling deeper into it is to make everyday purchases with debit accounts, rather than charging them.

"Debit cards are way happier plastic," says Dunn. "They provide a lot of the same conveniences as credit cards, but don't have the same long-term problems associated with them."

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The Latest Bridal Trend: Renting Your Gown


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For traditional brides, "carrying something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" has long been a way of inviting good fortune and prosperity into a marriage. But what if the borrowed something is the big white dress?

A host of new retail outlets are offering all of the glitz and glamour of a fairy tale wedding gown experience, but with a return-by date akin to Cinderella's famous midnight curfew.

Ladies and gentleman, you may now rent the bridal gown.

"When we recently launched Little White Dress rentals for brides, we received orders for events the next day," said Kelsey Doorey, whose new e-retail site Vow to Be Chic, launched with rentals for bridesmaids and then quickly expanded its offerings. "It's clear that women are looking for ways to make the experience more affordable and convenient without sacrificing style or dress quality."

Popular designers featured on the Vow to be Chic site include Jenny Yoo, Nicole Miller, Jill Jill Stuart, Tadashi Shoji, Watters, Theia, Joanna August, LulaKate, Alvina Valenta, Jim Hjelm and Swoon.

And it's not alone in its business model.

With an increasing number of women shifting away from preserving gowns for family heirlooms, many of today's brides are more interested in saving some money on the way from the boutique to the chapel.

Longstanding designer rental website Rent the Runway, which offers 4- and 8-day rentals of upscale gowns by designers ranging from Badgley Mischka to Monique Lhiullier, recently debuted a bridal category after its brick-and-mortar store in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas saw a steady stream of women shopping for their wedding day.

"I think some women value the experience over the ownership of their gown," said a representative for Rent the Runway. "If they already use Spotify or Uber, services where you’re not necessarily owning something versus experiencing it, they will also feel comfortable with renting a wedding gown."

Plus, the savings of renting are not insignificant.

A sleek, long-sleeved, cocktail-length wedding dress by Dsquared that would normally retail for approximately $830 can be rented for $125 on Rent the Runway. And at Washington, D.C.-based bridal rental atelier Borrowing Magnolia, a Jenny Packham "Aspen Gown" featuring a draping silhouette, meticulous bead work and an illusion lace back that would typically sell for $5,000 before alterations, can be rented for $1,250.

Those discounts leave lots of funds still in the wedding budget for food, music or other desirable decor elements. And if your groom isn't planning to keep his morning jacket, proponents say there's no reason why his betrothed can't follow suit with her tulle.

"Guys have been renting tuxes forever," Doorey told ABC News. "It finally dawned on me: Why can't women enjoy the same concept?"

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Why a Former Letter Carrier Says Drones Will Never Replace Postal Workers


Credit: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google, Amazon and Domino's Pizza are big fans. The FAA is feeling it out. But one person clearly not a part of "Team Drone" is Matty Rose, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired mail carrier.

Google announced Wednesday that it tested drone delivery of items like dog treats, vaccines and candy to farmers in Australia. Though companies like the search giant are figuring out the legalities of FAA rules regarding commercial drone use, the realities of food and product deliveries by small aircraft appear to be closer than ever before.

Though no companies have declared they will replace mail delivery, Rose says you can count him out of the fan club if they ever decide to do so when it comes to packages and letters.

"I don’t think letter carriers can be replaced. Everything else can be automated or bar-coded to every state for the same price," he said. "But somebody has to deliver it."

A former union officer for the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rose delivered mail for more than 12 years in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami, after his military service in 1966. He is now the president of Nalcrest Trustees, a 500-unit retirement community in Central Florida for former letter carriers.

"The Postal Service is part of the fabric of this nation," said Darleen Reid, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service. "Postal employees make a difference in every community across the country."

Here are some of the reasons mail carriers may be better than drones:

1. Drones can't cheer up lonely residents.

"Everybody’s working and busy these days, but in most neighborhoods, especially with people who are seniors, letter carriers are sometimes the only people they get to meet during the course of the day," Rose said. "Letter carriers keep an eye on the elderly and the neighborhood.

2. Mail carriers have saved lives.


"Letter carriers are saving people’s lives and they can stop crimes," he said.

Exhibit A: One mailman in Akron, Ohio, Keith McVey, is credited with saving three lives, including saving a drowning girl from a lake, helping a teen who jumped off a bridge on a snowy day and performing CPR on an unconscious man.

Reid said that in 2013 the Postal Service recognized 262 "employee heroes."

3. Drones can't be Santa Claus.


Since 1912, postal employees, charities and individual and corporate volunteers have helped children and families in need experience the magic of the holiday season by answering letters to Santa.

4. Mail carriers won't drop packages on your head.


"A drone could hover over your head. I don’t know if people would trust drones," whereas many Americans would prefer the "personal touch" of a letter carrier, said Rose. "Something about delivering a letter is special. Look at what we have now. Drones dropping packages on your head. You certainly don’t want that."

5. Your postal worker knows everything about you, hopefully, in a good way.


"The letter carrier knows everything about you: the kind of mail you get, your hobbies, magazines and who you’re fooling around with," Rose said.

6. Drones can't hold food drives.


Reid said the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers held the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2013, more than one million pounds of food were collected. More than one billion pounds of food have been collected since the drive began in 1993.

7. Postal service workers will take a dog bite for you.


Medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service more than $1.4 million last year, based on data through June 2013. Each year in May, the Postal Service supports National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The campaign raises awareness concerning animal attacks. Last year, 4,734 postal employees were attacked in more than 2,200 cities.

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Wall Street Rebounds from Thursday Losses, Google Testing Drone Delivery


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a day of losses, Wall Street returned to its form from the beginning of the week, with all three major indices posting gains and the S&P 500 posting a record close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17098.38, up 18.81 from Thursday.

The Nasdaq gained 22.57, finished the day at 4580. 27, while the S&P 500 climbed 6.62, finishing the day at a new high close of 2003.36. The S&P 500 finished the month up 3.8 percent, its best August in 14 years.

The market gains come after Google, earlier this week, announced that it is working on a system that would allow the company to delivery goods using drones. Other companies, including Amazon and Dominos Pizza have previously tested similar drone delivery systems.

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Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS Association Reaches $100 Million in Donations


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association announced on Friday that through approximately one month of Ice Bucket Challenge donations, they have received over $100 million in charitable contributions.

"The ALS Association is tremendously grateful for all of the gifts by individuals, corporations and foundations," a statement on the ALSA's website read. Individual donations to the cause have ranged from less than one dollar to $200,000.

"People have responded with such generosity it is truly remarkable," President and CEO of the ALSA, Barbara Newhouse said. "We couldn't be more appreciative." She noted that the donations will "help fuel our fight against ALS in ways that were never before possible."

The ALSA also acknowledged the individuals and corporations who donated in the highest tier, between $100,000 and $200,000. Included in that list were actors Leonardo DiCaprio and David Spade; John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile US; and Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Cruise Lines and the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. The ALSA also recognized corporate gifts from Wells Fargo, Spring, The Parsons Foundation, Carnival Cruise Lines and the New York Yankees.

During the same time period last year, the ALS Association says that it received $2.8 million, meaning the ice bucket challenge has spurred a 3500 percent increase in contributions.

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