iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains Thursday as markets continue to relax following last week's chaos.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 23.38 to finish the session at 16374.76.
The Nasdaq fell 16.48, ending at 4733.50, while the S&P 500 gained 2.27 to close at 1951.13.
Crude oil also rose, with U.S. crude oil closing at $46.75 per barrel, a gain of 50 cents.
As we wait for the August jobs report to be released on Friday, more people filed for unemployment last week. The Labor Department says not to worry though, as the overall numbers for unemployment are still hitting historically low levels.
The report may also help the Federal Reserve determine whether or not they will raise interest rates. The Fed will meet mid-September on Sept. 16 for a two-day session.
A $415 million settlement has been approved by a federal judge after a lawsuit alleged companies like Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies had deliberately prevented employees from finding other work. Over 64,000 tech workers will get paid about $5,800 each.
Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a dream come true for Tesla admirers.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, revealed the electric car company will show off the look of its lower cost Model 3 in March and will begin taking pre-orders around that time.
The smaller sedan is expected to cost around $35,000 and will begin production in 2017.
"Demand would be much higher for a vehicle like that because of its price. It puts Tesla right in the meat of the market," Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, told ABC News in May after Musk announced the project.
Next up for Tesla though will be executing the deliveries of its sporty Model X vehicle -- the company's third car. Musk said on Twitter deliveries will begin on September 29 from Tesla's Fremont, California factory.
With the same options as a Model S, the new car will cost $5,000 more because of its size and body complexity, Musk tweeted. The base Model S starts at $70,000, not including any incentives that could be used at the federal and state level for electric vehicles.
The signature series Model X will cost in the low six-figure range for customers seeking a fully loaded, top of the line experience.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's Egg McMuffin and other morning items that will be available all-day starting Oct. 6 may put pressure on already high egg prices and short supplies, experts said.
Egg prices have skyrocketed in recent months due to the worst outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history, killing more than 48 million fowl in the first half of this year. Egg prices peaked this summer to a record $2.57 a dozen in June, according the U.S. Agriculture Department. According to the benchmark quotation for the U.S. egg carton market, the average price of Midwest large eggs was $2.45 on Aug. 31, compared to $1.35 for the same period a year ago.
"When you're talking about an organization as large as McDonald's in the U.S., any product they introduce will have the potential to disrupt the marketplace," said Morningstar's restaurants analyst RJ Hottovy.
At most of McDonald's restaurants, breakfast food items are no longer available after about 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. On Tuesday, the world's biggest fast-food chain announced that it will offer its breakfast menu throughout the day at its more than 14,300 restaurants across the nation. The company hopes the move will boost sagging sales as many customers have long asked for items like hotcakes and egg sandwiches to be available throughout the day. Breakfast products comprise about 30 percent of McDonald's overall sales in the U.S., according to the company.
Selling Egg McMuffin sandwiches all day could increase McDonald’s sales by as much as 2.5 percent a year, Bloomberg reported.
When serving items like eggs and coffee, breakfast is a higher margin product, said Hottovy, noting that McDonald's breakfast announcement is a positive move for the company.
"I don’t think they’ll get enough to move the needle, but if it catches on it will be a nice catalyst for profitability," he said.
Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald's, said the company's operators and operator leadership voted for nationwide all-day breakfast.
"While restaurants serve All Day Breakfast, our rest-of-day core menu items will stay intact, such as the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, McNuggets, Fries, etc. but regions can determine what, if any, menu items need removing based on local customer preferences," McComb said in a statement.
More than 80 percent of McDonald's global restaurants are owned by franchisees.
McDonald's did not respond to ABC News about its egg supplies.
Google(NEW YORK) -- Google has a new trick that caters to curious minds.
Simply type "I'm feeling curious" into the search engine and it will serve up a random fact worth stowing away for future trivia competitions or to whip out at the right time to impress friends.
Each fact is pulled from a website, with Google offering a link to the source.
The boredom busting tool is pretty addictive. After reading the first fact, users can click "ask another question" to get served another tidbit of information spanning every imaginable topic from space to Santa Claus.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HILLSBOROUGH, Calif.) — Do you want to live like a prehistoric cartoon character? Well, now you can have your own little slice of Bedrock. The "Flintstone House," as tourists call it, is located on a hillside overlooking Interstate 280 in Hillsborough, California, and it's up for sale, according to SFGate.
The house, which appears as if it were made of giant marshmallows is a popular Bay Area landmark. The three-bedroom, two-bath dwelling boasts 2,730-square-feet of living space is rumored to be on the market for $4.2 million. It last sold in September 1996 for $800,000, according to Zillow.
The house was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976 to experiment with new building materials and techniques. The current owner has lived in the house for 19 years, and reportedly is only the third owner of the house.
Michael Nagle/Getty Images(ELMHURST, Ill.) — An Elmhurst, Illinois man who applied for a job at a local business made a mistake that he won't soon forget. The 23-year-old man accidentally sent nude selfies to the company's human resources manager, who had offered him a job earlier this month, according to police.
The human resources manager contacted Elmhurst police about the incident on Aug. 14, according to police records cited by the Chicago Tribune. The HR manager said the man sent her two nude photographs of himself via text between Aug. 11 and 13, the Tribune reports.
Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth explains, "There was a conditional offer of employment made to this particular applicant. He texted the HR director and sent a nude photo of himself."
Ruth adds that when the man followed-up the text the next morning with a phone call, company executives saw the number on the caller ID and called police.
Ruth notes, "My understanding is they've rescinded the offer of employment."
However, the man claims the whole thing was a big misunderstanding. According to the police report, "Police contacted the offender who admitted to sending the photographs, explaining they were actually meant for another individual and were sent to the victim in error. Police advised the offender to cease any contact with the victim." The victim did not pursue charges.
Chief Ruth says this isn't the first time he has seen something like this happen. He explains, "We're seeing it much more often now with our young people sending inappropriate photos of themselves. They're sharing it with someone else and the next thing you know it takes on a life of its own."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims surged higher last week, increasing by 12,000 from the revised previous week’s level, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.
For the week ending Aug. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 282,000. The previous week, claims stood at 270,000 — revised down from 271,000.
The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.
The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to 275,500.
The Barrientos sisters erased a $182K debt in 18 months. ABC News(DALLAS) -- The Barrientos sisters from Dallas, Texas, were a close-knit family confronting a major problem.
The four sisters, all within four years of each other in age, had a combined income of $106,00 but a combined debt of $182,000, ballooned by student loans, car payments and credit cards.
“It was a bit embarrassing to admit that, oh, I have so much debt and I can’t really make a dent in it,” Damaris Barrientos said of her personal debt. “In my case, I had stopped making payments because I couldn’t keep up.”
Instead of cowering to the debt, the four sisters came up with a novel way to pay it off, by banding together and attacking it as a team.
“Their loan became our loan,” Noemi Barrientos told ABC News. “And it was no longer your debt, it was our debt.”
The first step the sisters made was to move into together and become roommates again, saving $400 per month.
Next, the sisters deposited their individual paychecks to a joint account and held weekly “sister meetings” where they gave each other an allowance of $75 each every two weeks for spending money.
The sisters spread that $75 out by sharing entrees when they went out to eat and shopping for clothes at thrift stores.
They also got rid of cable TV -- a savings of $174 per month, or $2,088 per year -– and combined their car insurance policies to save $191 per month, or $2,292 per year.
The Barrientos' plan for attacking their debt was to pay off their credit card debt first and their student loans last.
Within one month, every one of the sisters’ credit cards were paid in full and, within six months, the sisters had also paid off their car loans.
The four sisters’ student loans were paid off 18 months after they started, making them debt-free.
The sisters say it was their joint approach that allowed them to move so quickly.
“In no way we would've gotten done with our payments in the next 10 to 15 years and definitely no way we would have done it in 18 months,” said Ana Barrientos-McBride.
inbj/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Online auction website eBay launched 20 years ago Thursday -- and in the past two decades has shaped the way people buy and sell everything from cars and clothes to a vast selection of collectibles.
With more than 25 million sellers and 157 million active buyers, eBay has impacted consumers in 190 countries.
Here's a look at some of the key moments that have helped eBay achieve success and staying power 20 years later:
The First Sale
After a busy Labor Day weekend of coding, Pierre Omidyar launched AuctionWeb -- which would later change its name to eBay. The site had a stated goal of "bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace."
AuctionWeb's first sale was a broken laser pointer Omidyar posted on his site. It sold to a laser pointer collector for $14.83.
One year after AuctionWeb went into business, it had already helped facilitate $7.2 million in sales. That same year, Omidyar quit his day job to focus full-time on his new venture, bringing in his first employee and later hiring Jeff Skoll to serve as president.
Beanie Baby Bonanza
The year was 1997 and Beanie Babies were the must-have collectible. Around $500 million worth of the cuddly animals made by Ty Warner were sold on eBay, accounting for what eBay said was more than six percent of the auction site's volume.
Sticking with the ideal of creating the most "honest and open marketplace," AuctionWeb introduces seller feedback in 1997. Later that year, the company re-names itself as eBay.
The company celebrated its initial public offering in September of 1998, with shares trading on NASDAQ under the symbol EBAY.
The company began expansion in 1999 with new sites in Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Own Your Own Business
Launching in June 2001, eBay Stores allowed anyone to set up their own digital storefront for a few dollars a month.
The company purchased digital payments solution PayPal in 2002. A decade later the service would have a total payment volume exceeding $60 billion. PayPal was spun off into an independent company in July 2015.
eBay acquired StubHub, an online marketplace for entertainment events including sporting events, concerts and theater in 2007.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Stocks rebounded Wednesday morning despite continued volatility from global financial markets.
Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased about 1.2 percent to about 16,226, while the S&P 500 had a partial comeback, up about 1.1 percent. The NASDAQ composite moved higher about 1.3 percent.
Earlier Wednesday, the Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.2 percent lower at about 3,160, the last day of trading before the market closes for a two-day holiday celebrating the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.
A report in China on Tuesday said manufacturing in that country fell to a three-year low last month, moving U.S. stocks lower. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect business activity at home.
Meanwhile, a possible increase in U.S. interest rates keeps other investors jittery. At the closing bell on Tuesday in the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red, with the Dow briefly dropping more than 500 points and closing down about 2.8 percent at the end of trading in New York.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though Burger King's offer of a "burger war ceasefire" for Peace Day was spurned by McDonald's last week, the company still plans to go through with a joint burger project to mark the occasion.
In a YouTube video posted last week, Burger King offered the one-day truce to mark "Peace Day," proposing a McWhopper pop-up store halfway between the two companies' headquarters, in Atlanta. "Let's end the beef...with beef," the video said.
But while the response from McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook praised the idea, he said that he felt the two brands "could do something bigger to make a difference."
Burger King, however, posted to its Tumblr page on Tuesday, saying that since the McDonald's rejection, the company had "received a significant number of unexpected responses from other restaurants, large and small, each expressing an appetite for peace and enthusiasm to help spread the Peace One Day message."
As a result, Burger King plans to team up on a pop-up restaurant with Denny's, Wayback Burgers, Krystal and Giraffas, each of whom madeindividualproposalsto Burger King.
Burger King's proposal? "Create a burger that combines a key ingredient from each of our signature sandwiches," called the Peace Day Burger.
Denny's has signed on to Burger King's plan, it said in a post to Twitter, a sentiment echoed by Wayback Burgers.
Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A California district court on Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit against Uber made up of some of the company's California drivers.
In the ruling, the court said that all UberBlack, UberX and UberSUV drivers who either signed up to drive for the company before 2014, or who had opted out of Uber's arbitration clause, could be part of the class action suit. In his 68-page decision, Judge Edward Chen set the stage for a high profile legal battle between the company and its drivers.
The drivers sought certain benefits, such as compensation for gas and other work expenses, health insurance, and workers compensation.
In a post to its website, Uber said it estimates that fewer than 15,000 drivers would qualify for the class, and that that figure could fall even further.
Uber also says it "will likely still appeal because partners use Uber on their own terms, and there really is no typical driver."
Apple's iOS 9 is pictured. Apple(NEW YORK) -- While all eyes may be on the potential new iPhones and other hardware to be unveiled next Wednesday at Apple's special event, it's also possible users will find out when they can get their hands on hotly anticipated operating system updates.
The star of Apple's event is widely expected to be the new iPhone 6S -- but if history is any indicator, Apple fans should be able to expect some news on when they can download the public versions of three new operating system updates that were shown off at the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June.
Here's a quick cheat sheet about what to expect when it comes to iOS 9, OS X "El Capitan" and watchOS 2.
Intelligence is the driving force in iOS 9, which will include an even smarter and more proactive Siri capable of picking up context throughout your day. The digital personal assistant fields more than one billion requests per week, according to Apple, and will be ready for plenty more work with iOS 9.
With the new update, Siri will be able to pull up results for requests such as "Show me photos from Utah last August" and "Remind me to grab my coffee off the roof of my car when I get in."
Siri will also know to pull up music when headphones are plugged in or start an audio book a user has been listening to when they're in their car, among a slew of other context-based features.
OS X 'El Capitan'
The latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, OS X "El Capitan," has a special focus on enhancing performance for power users.
Among the new features are the ability to work across tabs in Mail, pin most visited websites in Safari and work simultaneously in windows positioned side by side. Spotlight will also be able to understand natural language, making it easier for users to find everything from files to weather and sports scores.
Among the new capabilities are photo faces, including time lapses of city scenes, the ability to see a different photo every time a user glances at their wrist and nightstand mode, turning a charging watch into an alarm clock.
A time travel feature will also let users turn their crown to leap forward and backward in time to see their schedules. Siri will also respond to a voice command to start counting a workout, without a user having to touch their Apple Watch.
Many apps on the watch can run natively with the update, meaning users can expect quicker load times and even more possibilities for how they can be used.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following more bad news from China, U.S. stocks had another bad day as investors remain jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
On Tuesday, the Shanghai Composite Index closed down Tuesday 1.2 percent. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect U.S. exports to that nation.
The Dow Jones Industrial average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red. The Dow briefly dropped more than 500 points and closed down about 2.8 percent, or 469 points at the end of trading in New York. The S&P 500 fell about 2.7 percent and the Nasdaq closed down nearly 3 percent.
A report in China said manufacturing in that country fell to a three-year low last month.