Target(NEW YORK) -- It appears that Target went a little too far with Photoshop in an ad for a girl’s bathing suit.
The model in the ad has a thigh gap -- the gaping space between her legs and a worrying body trend among teenage girls. But the gap actually extends into her pelvis (and the bathing suit the ad aims to sell) in an apparent slip of the Photoshop eraser.
“It was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize,” Target spokesman Evan Miller told ABC News. “We removed the image from the site and we’re working to get a new image up there.”
Several bloggers captured the Photoshop fail before the image was removed.
“If it weren’t part of an ongoing attempt to mold unrealistic bodies in fashion marketing, it would almost be funny,” The Ethical Adman wrote on his blog.
The model was also missing part of her hip and ribcage.
Tesla Motors, Inc.(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Tesla Motors suffered a setback in New Jersey on Tuesday.
The state's Motor Vehicle Commission, controlled by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, refused to allow the auto company to sell its vehicles directly to the public. Instead, the cars must be sold via dealers with at least 1,000 square feet of floor space.
Tesla has argued that dealerships add to the cost consumers must pay.
In a statement Tuesday, the electric carmaker said: "We strongly believe it is vital to introduce our own vehicles to the market because electric cars are still a relatively new technology."
New Jersey now joins Texas and Colorado in insisting that Tesla can only sell vehicles through licensed dealer franchises.
Oleksiy Mark/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Critics of today's tax code say it is too complicated. The entire system has all kinds of benefits and pitfalls. But knowing your way around it can save you a lot of money.
"It's kind of a minefield out there. There's a lot of complexity," says Richard Gartland of H&R Block.
Critics say Congress has added so many tax credits and loopholes that the entire system is unfair.
"It keeps getting more complicated and it will until Congress finally decides to do fundamental tax reform," Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger's Personal Finance tells ABC News Radio.
He says he has seen the tax system change over the years: "1986 was the big tax reform act. It was huge -- it really simplified the system. Every year since then, we've been complicating it. It's time to go in again, simplify the system."
Accountant Janice Hayman says one of the most common mistakes taxpayers make is failing to report all their income.
"They fail to keep a good record of all the different types of income that come in," she notes.
One such mistake: Taxpayers forgetting they withdrew funds from a 401(k).
Courtesy of Quirky GE's Night of Invention(AUSTIN, Texas) -- South by Southwest is known for its convergence of hipsters and geeks, and the hosts of the Quirky GE Night of Invention event were emblematic of that odd couple vibe.
The event was a sort of Shark Tank for new product ideas, and the panel of judges included Bill Nye, host of StarTalk Live (and of Science Guy fame), actor and comedian Andy Samberg and Quirky founder Ben Kaufman.
“The challenge is to do more with less,” Nye declared while judging the event in Austin, Texas.
The event was simultaneously hosted in front of a live audience and live-streamed to more than 1 million people who tuned in from home to watch and vote on their favorites.
Judges offered their initial thoughts on each product before the greater audience voted on whether it should be created, or further explored for creation, by Quirky, a platform that allows users to pitch products for invention and mass production.
Quirky’s partnership with GE -- through which both companies will collaborate to release a series of products over a couple of years -- could potentially mean that products being pitched in a forum like Night of Invention may reach a mass market.
Among the products pitched were a self-flushing toilet, a snow-shoveling robot and a sensor that vibrates to encourage skiers to lean farther forward and have better control of their skis. Feedback ranged in tone from humor to poignancy.
Samberg, for instance, seemed to have a bias for the snow-shoveling robot because it looked “like Wall-E.” He didn’t love the idea of the ski sensor for fear it would chip away from our ability to develop the type of instincts we need to ski better on our own.
As pitches came to a close, Nye encouraged the audience to never stop thinking of new problem-solving ideas, mentioning his own unlikely patent for more comfortable ballet slippers as an example of an idea he has yet to put to use.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Shares of Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) dropped about a dollar around the time the social media site was “down for maintenance,” but larger factors will be affecting the stock for the long haul, according to analysts.
Twitter stock was trading around $55.40 around 2 p.m. EST. Then, as news of the site outage spread, Twitter’s support handle tweeted that the problem was fixed. “Most users were impacted by a service outage when accessing Twitter via web and mobile apps. Service is restored,” the company tweeted 2:47 p.m.
Shares of Twitter, which went public on Nov. 7, 2013, were $54.02 at the close of trading in New York.
Tony Wible, managing director of Janney Montgomery Scott, said investors continue to fear Twitter’s execution of its business.
“The company’s barriers are not as robust as those of Facebook and cannot afford to lose confidence with Wall Street,” Wible said.
Max Wolff, chief economist with Citizen.VC, called the intra-day drop in share price a minor blip.
“Those things fade out very fast,” he said. “A multi-day outage is a different story.”
Shares of Twitter have fluctuated since the company revealed it paid $36 million earlier this week for 900 patents to avoid potential litigation from IBM.
But Wolff warned that shares of name-brand tech companies like Facebook and Twitter may be affected by the large number of consumer-facing IPOs this year, including Spotify, which reportedly is preparing to go public, and Coupons.com, which went public Friday.
Companies like Twitter have “high-flying names with big multiples,” Wolff said. In other words, he said Twitter has a “bright future,” but its financial metrics show a high stock price for a company that is still not making loads of money quite yet.
In its first earnings report last month, the company said it earned $242.7 million in revenue in its fourth quarter while it recorded a net loss of $511 million.
“The enormous success of the Twitter IPO and the general excitement around it are making a lot of people rush to the market,” Wolff said. “All of a sudden, a lot of big tech companies are out there.”
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks closed lower Tuesday after a brief upswing earlier in the session.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 67 points at 16,351.25. The Nasdaq Composite fell 27 points to 4,307.19. The S&P 500 gave up 10 points to end the day at 1,867.63.
American Eagle Outfitters' stock fell more than 1 percentage point after a bleak first-quarter earnings report. The company says winter storms weighed heavily on sales.
General Motors shares shifted down 3.5 percent to $35.74 as the investigation continues into an ignition switch problem blamed for at least 13 deaths.
The Labor Department says employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December. Employers posted 3.9 million openings, up 1.5 percent from December. The report also says there are more than 2.5 unemployed Americans for each open job -- close to the 2 to 1 ratio typical of a healthy economy.
Hemera/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A man whose $50,000 coin collection was first stolen, then hocked, cannot recover it from Las Vegas' famous Pawn Stars pawn shop. Reason: The hock shop claims it melted the coins down.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the State of Nevada in Clark County Justice Court, a coin collection valued by its owner, David Walters, at up to $50,000, was stolen from Walters' Las Vegas home in November 2013 by Walters' niece, Jennifer Beckman.
Court documents say Walters' collection -- kept in a bag hidden under a dresser -- contained such rarities as a 1903 St. Gaudens $20 gold piece and Silver Morgan coins from the 1880s. It also contained contemporary 1 oz. American Buffalo gold pieces.
The complaint alleges Beckman stole the collection in installments, taking parts of it on three different occasions to Las Vegas' Gold and Silver Pawn shop, where, it says, she sold them. The shop is the setting for the hit History Channel TV series Pawn Stars.
Detective Watkins of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says in a deposition filed with the complaint that Beckman, from her three visits to the shop on Las Vegas Boulevard, netted a total of $12,375.
Watkins says he contacted Gold and Silver and attempted to place a hold on the coins, so they could be returned to Walters. But, he says, he was unable to recover them.
The reason, according to both Watkins and to a spokesman for Gold and Silver, is that too much time had passed: The owner did not discover the thefts until November 27, and the shop was not notified by police that the coins were stolen until December 5. By that time, they were already gone.
Pawn shops are highly regulated under Nevada law. Customers must present identification, and every item hocked must be entered into a database that police regularly review. Shops must hold hocked items for 30 to 90 days before disposing of them, giving owners time to redeem them, and police time to identify stolen goods.
The law makes only a few exceptions to this holding period requirement. One is for coins: If the hocked items are "coins which are not part of jewelry," the shop can dispose of them any time it wants.
Calls to Walters and Beckman seeking comment weren't immediately returned.
So, what happened to Walter's coins? Where did they go? Explains Silver and Gold's spokesperson, Laura Herlovich, "In a fast-moving shop, particularly our shop, because of its fame, you move things quickly." When coins come in, she says, they typically are in plastic cases, with a value already assigned them by a grader.
"We go through them," says Herlovich. "If the grader is not someone we trust, the cases are cracked open and the coins are sent out to be melted down. That was the case here. I don't know for sure, but I believe a majority were melted down. They weren't worth what he [Walters] thought they were worth."
The History Channel is owned by A E Networks, a joint venture of Hearst Corp. and the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Co.
iStock Editorial(NEW YORK) -- No, it wasn’t just your computer or smartphone that was unable to get Twitter up and running earlier. The popular social network went down Tuesday at 2:24 p.m. ET.
A Twitter spokeswoman said at the time that the company was looking into the service outage.
It wasn’t long until the site and its various platforms were back up and running. The company released this statement following the repair:
“During a planned deploy in one of our core services, we experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am. We rolled back the change as soon as we identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service. The site was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- General Motors has hired Tony Valukas, a well-known lawyer and former U.S. attorney, to lead its internal investigation into safety issues.
The inquiry will look into why faulty ignition switches were used in some GM cars years after concerns were first raised.
The automaker is trying to convince consumers and regulators that it will move aggressively to address safety concerns. GM CEO Mary Barra says its review will “give us an unvarnished report on what happened” and “we will hold ourselves accountable.”
The House Energy and Commerce Committee says it will hold hearings on why it took nearly a decade for GM to recall more than 1.5 million vehicles.
sarra22/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- New numbers out show Colorado is making big bucks off recreational pot.
In the first accounting of the recreational pot industry anywhere in the world, it was revealed Colorado made around $2 million in marijuana taxes in January alone. The revenue comes from a 12.9 percent sales tax and a 15 percent excise tax on legal weed.
“The first month of sales for recreational marijuana fell in line with expectations,” said Barbara Brohl, Executive Director of the Department of Revenue. “We expect clear revenue patterns will emerge by April and plan to incorporate this data into future forecasts.”
The Department of Revenue indicates $14 million of legal recreational pot was sold in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2012. The commercial sale of marijuana didn't begin in Colorado until January.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's is blaming both the bad winter weather and "challenging industry dynamics'' for slumping sales in the U.S.
The Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast food chain says that sales fell 1.4 percent in February and 0.3 percent worldwide at restaurants open for at least 13 months. McDonald's has over 35,000 locations in more than 100 countries.
One way McDonald's will try to beat back challenges to its empire from upstarts like Chipotle and Five Guys Burgers is through customization.
The Golden Arches plans to introduce new prep tables at its more than 14,000 U.S. locations, allowing customers to build the burger or sandwich they want with a wider variety of ingredients, toppings and sauces.
With Americans clamoring for healthier choices, it's expected McDonald's will follow suit with more natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, cage free eggs and sustainable fish.
moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What does the merger of two giant banana producers -- Chiquita Brands in the U.S. and Ireland's Fyffes Plc -- mean for U.S. consumers and the prices that they pay for fruit?
With $4.6 billion in sales, the combined company, ChiquitaFyffes, Plc, will be by far the world's biggest banana producer and a major player in melons, pineapples and packaged salads.
David Holohan, head of research for Merrion Stockbrokers in Dublin, calls the Chiquita-Fyffes combo a good deal for both companies. "It's a consolidating market, fragmented between four players," he says of bananas.
Before the merger, Chiquita already had the biggest market share of the banana market, he says, with 125 million cases sold globally, followed by Del Monte (117 million) and Dole (110 million). Fyffes had been a distant fourth with 55 million. In the U.S., says Holohan, Chiquita ranks No. 1 in supermarket sales of bananas and No. 2 in sales overall.
Referring to ChiquitaFyffes, Holohan tells ABC News, "Now there's a clear No. 1 market leader. They'll be able to achieve significant synergies going forward."
That's important, he says, because bananas are a low-margin business: "It's a case of 2 plus 2 equals 5."
What effect will the merger have on the prices consumers pay for fruit? Little, if any, Holohan thinks.
In the banana business, he says, even the biggest producers and distributors are not in a position to set the price. Rather, he says, "They must take the price," which is dictated by seasonality and by supply and demand.
"It isn't likely to add or remove any pricing pressure," he says of the merger. It will, however, "benefit shareholders and the management of these two companies, because they can now increase profit by avoiding duplication."
On news of the deal, Chiquita's shares rose a little over 12 percent to $12.15.
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber has been dominating the headlines for the past year, mostly for his less-than-stellar behavior. If you're feeling a bit of Bieber fatigue, you're not alone: he tops Forbes' new list of the Most Overexposed Celebrities.
Forbes compiled its list from data from E-Score Celebrity, which ranks over 6,500 stars based on public opinion polling.
Sixty-seven percent of those polled ranked Bieber as the most overexposed celebrity. While this might seem like a no-brainer, Forbes points out that it's usually reality stars who get that dubious honor. Indeed, the rest of the top-10 most overexposed celebrities include most of the Kardashian family: Kim is #2, her mom Kris is #6, Kourtney is #9, and Khloe is #10.
Other reality stars whose names appeared in the poll include Lindsay Lohan at #3, Honey Boo Boo at #5, Snooki at #7 and, Paris Hilton at #8 -- though she mostly stays out of the spotlight these days.
The only other singer on the list is Miley Cyrus, who received 57 percent of the vote.