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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Highway workers face many dangers in active road work zones. Despite safety measures, their lives are at risk every day as they perform repairs on our roadways.

Their first line of defense are warning signs and arrow boards for drivers to know of road work ahead. But another important safety measure is the truck-mounted attenuator, which provides a safety barrier between moving vehicles and workers on the road.

Royal Truck & Equipment has created the first autonomous truck-mounted attenuator that promises to add an extra layer of safety.

“In an effort to remove the driver and workers from an unsafe situation, we identified this as an opportunity to try to take drivers out of the truck and replace it with the autonomous technology,” Royal Truck & Equipment CEO Robert Roy said.

Attenuators are designed to be a crash cushion and barrier. They use an aluminum honey comb filled with air or sand to absorb or redirect a colliding vehicle away from the workers and machinery, and have been credited with saving lives. The attenuators are mounted on the back of trucks.

The typical work zone safety setup has workers or machinery in front of the manned truck-mounted attenuator. The autonomous truck will add an extra layer of safety since it will be behind the manned vehicle.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 49 road workers were killed by moving vehicles in 2014.

This autonomous technology was developed by Micro Systems Inc., a firm that has provided unmanned vehicles to the military. Micro Systems’ "Multi-Platform Appliqué Kit" has a vehicle-controlled computer that controls motors to let the vehicle know when to turn, accelerate, stop and avoid obstacles while mimicking the exact speed, heading and the direction of the leader vehicle.

The trucks can be retrofitted to be autonomous with mechanical actuators that replicate the leading manned vehicle and replicate steering, breaking and the acceleration from GPS data supplied by the manned vehicle.

“We are pioneering this industry. We are using the latest cutting-edge technology to make work environments a safer place,” said Maynard Factor, the business development manager for Micro Systems.

Royal Truck & Equipment is currently testing the technology and hopes one day to have these trucks on the road.

“Every day, we feel better about what we do and that’s the juice that keeps us going when we built these trucks,” Roy said.

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The silence was the sign.

Roger Ailes, the powerful Fox News chief, first realized his career at the helm of the network he built was in jeopardy when evening anchor Megyn Kelly refused repeated overtures to issue a public statement of support, according to a source familiar with the internal discussions.

Greta Van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly and Maria Bartiromo had already defended Ailes. But Kelly was invisible -– ominously so.

At the center of this year’s presidential campaign, Kelly was being asked, cajoled and even pressured outright to pledge her support for Ailes in the first days after sex-harassment claims were lodged, two sources said. And when Kelly declined to play along, a sense of doom quickly creeped over Ailes and his cabinet of advisers.

“And what about Megyn?” was the question asked inside Ailes’ war room. “There’s a problem with Megyn. Let’s talk offline.”

The following is an account from inside Fox, based on interviews with multiple sources with direct knowledge of what occurred. Ailes’ attorney, Susan Estrich, did not respond to a request for comment.

Ailes resigned under pressure Thursday, just after the stock market’s close. In the 24 hours preceding that announcement, it had become almost a given that Ailes was being ushered out of the network he built by his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch’s sons, Lachlan and James.

Though such an exit was almost unthinkable just a week earlier, Ailes had already come to grips with what was the shocking new reality.

The crisis exploded July 6 when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sex-harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Fox was not named in the case.

Quickly, Ailes assembled a war room at his home in Bergen County, New Jersey. Chief among those advising Ailes was his wife, Beth. In the room or dialed in on all-points conference calls were friends, and, importantly, PR and legal staff from Fox News, who were technically not even involved in the case.

Ailes made it clear to his team that he thought Lachlan and James Murdoch would try to use the Carlson lawsuit as a vehicle to remove him from his perch. After a career of battles -– both in politics and media -– Ailes figured he’d be able to strategize and scrap his way through and stay on top.

“We’re not going to let them win,” Ailes said of the Murdoch heirs.

In keeping with Ailes’ take-no-prisoners style, it was decided that the defense would be a blistering offense. And key to that would be a campaign of public pronouncements of support from Fox employees, to be led by those with the highest profile and best ratings. Quickly, the litany of A-listers coming out in support of their embattled boss would include Van Susteren, O’Reilly, Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Neil Cavuto.

“It was an unbelievable campaign,” one insider told ABC News. “There was enormous pressure.”

And the pressure was most extreme to get Kelly on board. She had taken center stage in public battles this year with Donald Trump and she is perceived to be both a strong woman and an independent thinker. Getting Kelly on board would be a coup and was to send messages both to the wider world and those inside Fox headquarters in Midtown Manhattan that things would be OK for Ailes.

Kelly wouldn’t do what Ailes wanted. (Kelly declined to comment to ABC News.)

She did, however, speak with the team of investigators retained by the Murdochs to probe what was happening at Fox. The law firm brought in to do the investigation told Fox staffers they wanted to know whether others had experienced harassment by Ailes. They started with those, like Kelly, who were headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

During that session, Kelly told investigators about harassment from Ailes she had suffered years earlier. Ailes would soon find out about that interview and news accounts detailing her account would follow quickly.

But that’s not when Ailes first realized his career at the network he founded was over. That moment had already come –- with a burst of silence.

Ailes, through his lawyers, has denied harassing Carlson or Kelly.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  If you didn't have the winning numbers for Saturday night's Powerball drawing -- which was an estimated $391 million jackpot -- don't be upset: No one else won either.

The Texas Lottery confirmed early Sunday morning that there were no winners. Saturday's jackpot was the ninth largest in the game's history.

Saturday's numbers were 39, 5, 35, 7, 23. The Powerball was 11.

Now the estimated jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $422 million.

Powerball Estimated Jackpot for 07/27/2016: AP: $422 Million, CVO: $291.8 Million https://t.co/eHvXbM3WvX

— Texas Lottery (@TexasLottery) July 24, 2016

The odds of a $2 ticket hitting the jackpot are more than 292 million to 1.

The jackpot has been won only 3 times this year compared to a dozen times in 2015.

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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FBI(MILWAUKEE) -- Archie Cabello was living a quiet life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, working as an armed courier who delivered money to banks and businesses all over town, when he hatched a plan that would change his family’s life forever.

From 1995 to 2005, Cabello used his wife and son as accomplices to steal nearly $4 million.

It was a case that would leave the FBI and authorities in two states scratching their heads for more than a decade, until the IRS became involved and discovered a suspicious paper trail and Cabello’s son, Vincent, finally came forward.

1995

According to federal prosecutors, Archie Cabello committed a Detroit robbery in the 1970s with his brother and then left town without giving his brother his cut of the money.

In 1995, FBI special agent Ken O’Connor said Cabello was a 48-year-old former Marine working for an armored delivery services company and decided to plan another robbery.

“The two people he was assigned with were, one had been on the job for a week, the other had been on the job for two weeks, so he was the senior guy,” O’Conner said.

For several days leading up to the heist, authorities said Cabello and his wife Marian Cabello practiced a routine. She would leave her job at a local café, seemingly on a lunch break, go for drive, park the car and watch for her husband’s armored truck to drive past.

Then one day, the FBI said Archie Cabello hit the hazard lights on the truck, and Marian pulled out of her parking spot and followed him to a strip mall where Cabello was scheduled to make a stop at a bank.

“He’s on paperwork showing he signed for the bag at 12:30 [p.m.], a bag that had about $157,000, give or take,” O’Connor said.

As the other two couriers were on a break, authorities said Cabello pulled the truck around to the back of the bank and parked next to Marian’s car, who was waiting there.

“He opened the driver door, tossed the bag into her open window, onto the passenger side seat and they both drive off,” O’Connor said.

When his bosses asked Cabello what happened to the money, he claimed he didn’t know. The other two couriers, who authorities said had no idea the money had been stolen, also said they didn’t know what happened.

Cabello was fired and the Milwaukee police and the FBI investigated the incident, but neither could pin down a suspect nor find the money.

“At the time, there wasn’t a lot of evidence, other than, you know, his story,” O’Connor said.

1998

Two years after Archie Cabello’s son, Vincent Cabello, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving as a paratrooper, Archie roped him into his second heist.

At the time, prosecutors said Vincent had gotten a job at a security corporation in the Milwaukee area, guarding the night vault in the basement of a commercial building.

Vincent worshipped his father, authorities said, and felt “trapped” into going along with it.

“The plan they came up with was Archie would stage a robbery, he would act like a robber from beginning to end,” O’Connor said.

Archie showed up wearing a bushy beard, a backwards baseball hat and yellow-tinted sunglasses, armed with a BB gun. Authorities said Vincent Cabello had closed the vault door but purposefully didn’t spin the dial to lock it.

After Archie entered the building, authorities said the father and son team put on a big performance for the security cameras, with Archie yelling “freeze” and Vincent seeming to comply. Archie handcuffed his son, went into the vault and stole $730,000.

Det. Ron Laura questioned Vincent, and even though he didn’t break, he began to think it might have been an inside job.

“I was a little skeptical of why he wasn’t a little bit more shaken up,” Laura said. “With Vincent standing by his story, we had no probable cause to arrest him.”

1999

One year after the second Milwaukee heist, the Cabellos moved to Portland, Oregon. By 1999, the family had moved 21 times in 18 years.

FBI had begun to suspect members of the Cabello family, but they seemed to be living paycheck to paycheck. The family rented a modest home for $975 a month in Portland, and Archie drove a beat-up, older model car, showing no obvious signs of living beyond their means.

Authorities said Archie went years without holding onto a job – that is, until his pile of stolen cash started running out.

2005

In March 2005, Archie Cabello landed a new job with another armored delivery services company in Portland. His responsibilities included making pick-ups and deliveries for banks and government offices, including the U.S. Federal Reserve.

“He was pretty quiet, kept to himself,” said Kirk Gulian, a former operations manager for the company, “Archie seemed like a reliable worker, nothing really stood out.”

Just 10 months into the job, authorities said Cabello launched his next plan. On Dec. 6, 2005, the FBI said he was supposed to pick up a large container full of cash for delivery across town. But before Archie could reach his destination he claimed he was robbed by a bearded gunman.

“Archie told me that an armed robber came up to the armored car, displayed his hand gun and said, ‘Open the door,’” said FBI special agent Don Metcalf. “The armed robber, according to Archie during the interview, says, ‘Start driving.’”

Cabello was later found parked near a church, where a dog walker happened to be passing by. Authorities said the dog walker saw Cabello handcuffed to the truck’s front door and called 911. Cabello told the 911 operator that a man held a gun to his head and took a “couple of bags of money.” Over $7 million was on the armored car that day, the FBI said, including two shrink-wrapped bricks containing $1.5 million each in hundred-dollar bills that was missing.

As police scoured the area looking for the gunman Cabello had described to them, Cabello quit his job. Authorities realized the two bricks, totaling in $3 million, was missing from his truck, and started to suspect the armed robbery had been faked.

“The truck protection is sufficient enough to handle pistol rounds,” O’Connor said, which led him to question why Cabello would have opened the truck door when he would have known the glass and door were bulletproof.

Four days after the “robbery,” the FBI went to Cabello’s home with a search warrant and found more than 100 credit cards and 620 money order receipts, but not the stolen cash. Authorities were unable to make an arrest at that time.

“We didn’t catch them with the money, we didn’t catch him red-handed doing anything,” O’Connor said.

Prosecutors brought in IRS agent Miranda Cole to go over the credit card information and money order receipts found in the home search.

“He was really smart in how he spent his money,” Cole said. “He was renting his house. He had older vehicles. He had credit card expenses, but they were not extravagant.”

Their investigation found that Archie Cabello had made about $44,000 in legitimate earnings over a four-year period after the 2005 Oregon robbery, but the family had spent more than a quarter million dollars on the credit cards.

“They would purchase things on the credit cards and pay the bills off with these money orders, and of course, money orders can only be purchased in cash,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Claire Fay.

But then Cabello’s son Vincent bought a Hummer and paid in cash, which is how authorities knew the Cabellos still had the money.

2010

Four days before the statute of limitations for charging someone with a crime expired on the 2005 Oregon robbery, authorities arrested Archie, Marian and Vincent Cabello.

Facing a 51-count indictment for conspiracy to steal and possess bank money, false statements in credit card applications, filing a false tax return, and money laundering, the Cabellos were released, pending trial.

2012

In February 2012, prosecutors received a call from Vincent Cabello’s lawyer, saying he was ready to cooperate with authorities.

“He was very willing to tell a long story of how this had started in the ‘90s and it carried through to 2005, when they committed the large $3 million theft,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Edmonds. “He was, in a way, getting something off his chest.”

Authorities said Vincent told them about a safe deposit box in Bellevue, Washington, that his father had set up under a fake name. Records show this was where Archie Cabello had stashed the stolen $3 million and he had visited the safe deposit box more than 50 times to take cash back to Portland.

According to Vincent, Archie Cabello used the cash to buy money orders to pay off the credit cards and also gave cash to his wife and son, hidden in household product containers with false bottoms around the house, the FBI said.

When authorities opened the safe deposit box, it still had roughly $1.9 million inside.

During questioning, FBI special agent Ken O’Connor said Vincent admitted he and his father had carried out the Portland robbery.

He said his father sent his fellow courier inside the bank for a pick-up, then took off and called Vincent from a throwaway phone to get into position.

Vincent told authorities that Archie then pulled the truck near the pre-arranged meeting point in a neighborhood called Ladd’s Addiction. As Archie kept the truck moving to avoid suspicion, Vincent secretly jumped onto the truck, filled two bags of cash totaling $3 million, and waited until Archie drove back past Vincent’s vehicle, where Vincent then jumped off, taking Archie’s throwaway phone with him.

After Vincent was off the truck, authorities said that was when Archie drove to the church, handcuffed himself, and waited.

After Vincent’s confession, Archie and Marian Cabello were re-arrested for violating the terms of their release and held in custody until trial.

Vincent later testified against his father in federal court.

2013

In March 2013, Vincent and Marian Cabello received a 15-month prison sentence each for their roles in the Portland theft. Both had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, but their sentences were reduced for cooperating with police.

Archie Cabello, acting as his own attorney at trial, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison in Texas for stealing $3 million from an Oregon armored services truck. Cabello had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank larceny, possession of stolen bank funds, making false statements on credit applications, making and subscribing to a false income tax return, and money laundering. He is due to be released in July 2029.

The Cabellos declined “20/20” requests for comment on this report.

“Having this money was a huge break in the case,” said prosecutor Claire Fay. “It would have been a much more difficult case without the money.”

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The Walt Disney Company(NEW YORK) --  A Craftsman bungalow in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles that was once the home of Walt Disney has been temporarily saved from demolition.

The Los Angeles Office of Historical Resources on Wednesday put a 75-day hold on the two-bedroom home that is said to be the Disney founder’s first home in Los Angeles.

Ken Bernstein, the Office of Historical Resources' manager and principal city planner, told ABC News his department took action after the home’s current owners applied for a demolition permit.

“We initiated the hold for three reasons,” Bernstein said. “The demolition appeared imminent, we had already identified the property as significant in our city-wide survey, and because of the iconic status of Walt Disney to Los Angeles and Southern California and internationally.”

Disney rented the home from his uncle in 1923, reports Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV. He and his brother, Roy Disney, later moved to an apartment across the street but set up a studio in the bungalow’s cottage when they lived there.

The Disney brothers would go on to co-found a movie studio and open Disney theme parks. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

The home’s current owners, identified by city records as Sang Ho Yoo and Krystal Soonbae Kim Yoo, could not be immediately reached by ABC News.

Bernstein said his office is now in the process of putting together a “more comprehensive nomination” for the property to be considered as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

“It is not a step we take lightly,” Bernstein said. “This is so the property’s history can be fully evaluated before any demolition could be considered.”

Once the nomination is submitted, it will go to the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission. The final decision will be made by the Los Angeles City Council.

Bernstein said he expects the Cultural Heritage Commission hearing to not happen until September.

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Noam Galai/Getty Images for GIFF(NEW YORK) -- A day after Roger Ailes stepped down as chairman of Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations, the attorney behind the lawsuit that kicked off the scandal claims that Ailes’ alleged harassment goes back decades.

Ailes, who has denied the claims against him, resigned from his post at the top of Fox News yesterday weeks after former network anchorwomen Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him alleging that he “sabotaged” her career because she “refused his sexual advances” and that she was fired for rebuffing him and complaining to him about sexual harassment.

Carlson’s lawyer, Nancy Smith, told ABC News Friday that the lawsuit was still pending, and noted that since it was filed, several women have come forward with their own allegations.

“I’ve spoken to women in every decade since the '60s who have been harassed by Roger Ailes -- well up into the 2000s and up to 2010,” she said. “For some, it’s quite traumatic.”

The lawyer also said that her client’s position could be improved because of Ailes’ rapid exit.

“A jury could definitely draw some conclusions by Mr. Ailes’ quick departure,” she said. “Our case continues.”

Ailes, who had overseen the network since its inception two decades ago, resigned effective immediately earlier this week, saying in a letter to his boss that he would “not allow [his] presence to become a distraction from the work that must be done every day to ensure that Fox News and Fox Business continue to lead our industry.”

Ailes’ boss, Rupert Murdoch, assumed control of Fox News as chairman and acting CEO.

Smith said that she and Carlson were “surprised” by the resignation and never imagined it happening so fast, saying “we were in it for the long haul.”

She said that Carlson’s legal team had not shared evidence from their case with investigators who were conducting an internal review for Fox News, suggesting that Ailes’ resignation was based on what was learned in the internal investigation.

Requests for comment to Ailes’ lawyer, Susan Estrich, were not immediately returned. Fox News did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

However, in the past, Ailes has said that “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup.”

In response to Smith’s claim that other women have made similar allegations against Ailes, his outside counsel, Barry Asen, told New York magazine earlier this month: "It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false."

Carlson’s case will return to court on Aug. 15, when it is expected that a decision will be made over whether the case will be heard in New York or New Jersey.

Ailes’ immediate future was not clear.

A corporate source previously told ABC News that the former chairman will be available as an informal adviser to Murdoch, but would not be advising Fox News directly nor would he be a regular fixture inside the organization. That source was speaking on the condition of anonymity, because the source was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks hit their fourth straight week of gains after closing in the green on Friday.

The Dow closed up 53.56 ( 0.29 percent) to finish at 18,570.79.

The Nasdaq gained 26.26 ( 0.52 percent) to close at 5,100.16, while the S&P 500 closed at 2,175.03, up 9.86 ( 0.46 percent) from its open to hit a new record.

Crude oil dropped over 1 percent with prices hitting about $44 a barrel.

Yahoo: Verizon is reportedly close to a deal acquiring Yahoo's internet business, according to the Wall Street Journal. There were no specifics given in the report, but sources told WSJ that terms could be reached within days. The news helped push Yahoo's stock up over 1 percent at the close.

American Airlines: American Airlines' shares soared over 4 percent after beating experts' expectations on profit in the second-quarter, helped by cheaper fuel, but still falling 44 percent from a year ago. The airline reported earning $950 million for $1.77 earnings per share in quarter two.

Nintendo: Nintendo's stock continued to enjoy its rally after the wildly successful Pokemon Go mobile game was finally released in Japan, where Pokemon originated in the 1990's. The launch was paired with a McDonald's sponsorship deal including Pokemon-themed meals.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thieves are using a simple scam to steal cellphones from unsuspecting strangers -- and one eatery allegedly caught the trick on camera.

After numerous customers at Chicago's Popeyes-Gold Coast Dogs restaurant complained about lost cellphones, the manager checked his surveillance video.

In one instance, the video showed a man eating alone at a table with his cellphone resting nearby. Two young men then walk into the restaurant, pull fliers out from under their shirts and then approach the man who was eating.

In the video, they cover the phone with the papers as they speak briefly to him. Moments later, the pair leave, allegedly taking the man's cellphone with them. The man can be seen on the video lifting his tray, trying to figure out what happened to his phone.

"I think it's kind of sad that this is now our new normal that we have to be extra, extra, extra cautious with our belongings," Bridgette Gilbert, a customer at the restaurant, told WLS-TV, an ABC News affiliate in Chicago.

The manager of the eatery told WLS-TV that he'd fine-tuned his cameras after he'd heard from police about similar crimes being committed at area restaurants.

According to Consumer Reports, more than 2 million cellphones were stolen in 2014.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- The wait is finally over in Japan.

On Friday, Japanese Pokemon fans were able to play the wildly successful "Pokemon Go" mobile game where Pokemon first originated in the 1990's.

The launch of the app, released in the U.S. a few weeks ago, is partnered with a McDonalds sponsorship deal selling Pokemon-themed meals in Japan.

Japanese officials issued warnings for the gamers ahead of the release including asking them to use unique names and to stay away from "dangerous zones" while playing, according to the Japan Times.

"I want people to abide by the warning so that people can play it on smartphones safely," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday, according to BBC.

The global success of Pokemon Go has helped Nintendo's stock price more than double since the release.

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Patrick Marsden(NEW YORK) -- One travel lover got super creative when it came to proposing to his girlfriend of four years.

Patrick Marsden told ABC News he and his girlfriend Molly Beucher love to travel. So before getting on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Sao Paulo, Brazil, he contacted United Airlines to get some help to pull off a mile-high proposal using a fake in-flight video.

"I knew that I wanted to do some travel-themed proposal," Marsden, 32, said of his inspiration. "Like all great decisions, it occurred to me in the bath."

After contacting customer service for permission, he and his close friends filmed a video matching the airline's YouTube video promoting its in-flight dining options.

In the video posted by the airline Thursday, Marsden pops up unexpectedly onscreen and says, "As you might have worked out by now this isn't actually a video about your in-flight dining options. What it is is a fairly elaborate way to ask a question that I've been wanting to ask you for quite some time."

"It was the last place she'd expect it," Marsden said of his plan.

Marsden recalled that 10 minutes before the flight, he "got very nervous." Still, the video worked!

Beucher, 29, is seen cupping her mouth in surprise in the heartwarming video. She eventually says yes and passengers, along with the cabin crew, applaud.

The two celebrated by sharing champagne on the plane ride to Brazil. "It was very festive," Marsden added.

The Santa Monica, California, man said he's looking forward to marrying Beucher in Havana, Cuba, next spring. He added that he's looking forward to "even more laughter and travel."

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Victoria Transport Accident Commission(VICTORIA, Australia) -- What he lacks in looks, he makes up for in evolutionary prowess. Meet Graham, the "only person designed to survive" a car crash.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of Victoria, Australia, spearheaded Graham's creation. An artist collaborated with a trauma surgeon and a crash investigation expert to create "an interactive lifelike sculpture ... designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes," according to a news release.

Among the features are an enlarged skull, a flat fatty face, and a rib cage replete with "sacks" to function like an airbag.

TAC officials hope Graham will help people understand the importance of designing safer roadways.

"Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes,” TAC chief executive Joe Calafiore said in a statement.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Don’t adjust your monitor -- you’re reading this right: the VCR is dead. Or, it’s soon to be.

For those of you who may have fond -- or not-so-fond -- memories of the video cassette recorder, Friday is a day to feel old and wallow in VCR nostalgia that younger generations will only experience through stories of the device that changed TV viewing habits for those who had been at the mercy of broadcast schedules.

The last VCR is set to be produced in Japan by the end of the month, according to the BBC. A company called Funai Electric -- which has been producing VCRs for 33 years -- will cease production, the BBC reported, citing the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

VCRs were the way videos were watched at home before DVDs and streaming video services reigned supreme.

Funai produced only 750,000 units last year, which sounds like a lot, but when compared to the 15 million units per year that it reportedly sold at the technology’s peak popularity, isn’t all that much.

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Brushing shoulders with lawmakers, voting on rules about how the country conducts its democracy, witnessing history in the making...attending a national convention as a party delegate can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for political junkies.

But it costs a pretty penny.

Several delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland told ABC News they had to budget around $3,000 to $4,000 for the week. Eric Rohback from Washington State said a few people “deserved a spot, but declined to run due to family budget restraints.”

For security and transportation reasons, planning committees for both the RNC and Democratic National Convention requested that each state delegation stay at specifically assigned hotels where they had reserved blocks of rooms. The costs of those rooms, according to delegates, range from $300 to over $800 a night.

“I think everyone kind of has sticker shock,” said Christine Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Long Island, New York, who is attending the DNC next week. “We’re the 99. We are not the 1 percent, that is for sure.”

“For a lot of us, it is a heavy lift,” she added.

Pellegrino is staying at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, which was officially assigned to the New York delegation. The cost at the Loews, according several members of the state’s delegation, is approximately $500/night before tax.

Another New York delegate, Virginia Ramos Rios, said she thought local hotels had gouged prices. “I was surprised that the party, which is a national organization, had not negotiated better group rates considering that they have guaranteed occupancy,” Ramos Rios said.

She is taking the train from New York and budgeting $3,000 for the whole trip. Like many cash-strapped delegates, she started a GoFundMe webpage to crowdsource funds for the trip. So far, she has raised over $2,000.

In May, network engineer Raymond Barun launched the site adoptaberniedelegate.com that linked to fundraising websites for almost half the senator’s delegates. He said the majority of folks were budgeting between $3,000 to $5,000 for the convention, but for delegates arriving from Guam and Puerto Rico, the total cost could be as much as $10,000 for the week.

“These people are taking on debt to participate in the process,” Barun said. “We try to put out the proverbial fire. We see this problem with fundraising and said, ‘Let’s get a site up that aggregates all of these fundraising links.’”

Yamina Roland, a Sanders delegate traveling from California, is planning to stay with a friend in Philadelphia to save money.

“I don’t understand how you can leverage a block of rooms for thousands of people and the best rate you can come up with is $700 a night,” Roland said. “That is even bad business for, like, Trump. I think it was definitely done to keep those of out who are not establishment politicians or even die-hard loyalist Democrats.”

Many delegates are sharing rooms to save money, and some are missing work or taking vacation time to attend the conference.

Alma Hernandez, a Clinton delegate from Tucson, Arizona, agreed that money had played a big role in the delegate process.

“I think it’s a little unfortunate that some people are unable to go because they don’t have the funds for it,” Hernandez said, who also set up a fundraising page. “I wish that other people had the opportunity.”

Morgan Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the DNC, told ABC News in a statement: “We understand and appreciate the commitment that all of our delegates make to the nominating convention. Over the last three cycles in particular the internet has lowered the bar for participation by making it easier for potential delegates to get their message out and to leverage tools for crowd funding to help them perform this vital role.”
 
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Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has resigned from the company effective immediately, 21st Century Fox announced in a press release.

According to the release, Rupert Murdoch will take over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country," said Murdoch. "Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years."

He added: "I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice."

Ailes' resignation comes after former anchor Gretchen Carlson, a mainstay of the network for 11 years, left Fox News on June 23 and shortly afterward filed a lawsuit against her former boss. In it, she alleges that Ailes had “sabotaged” her career after she “refused his sexual advances,” and that her job was terminated in retaliation for rebuffing him and complaining to him about sexual harassment.

Fox News and Ailes have denied Carlson's allegations in the past.

"Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit.”

In a letter sent to Rupert Murdoch Thursday, Ailes said that "having spent 20 years building this historic business, I will not allow my presence to become a distraction from the work that must be done every day to ensure that Fox News and Fox Business continue to lead our industry." Ailes also noted that he looked forward to working with Murdoch as an adviser.

Rupert Murdoch's sons, Lachlan and James, who are 21st Century Fox's executive chairman and CEO, respectively, said of Ailes' resignation: "We join our father in recognizing Roger’s remarkable contributions to our company.... We continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold these traditional, long-standing values of our company.”

Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The roller coaster on Wall Street continued Thursday, as the markets followed Wednesday gains by giving most of them back.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 77.80 to a close of 18517.23.

The Nasdaq ended the session at 5073.90, down 16.03 from its open, while the S&P 500 lost 7.85, closing at 2165.17.

That despite a drop in jobless claims Thursday morning. The Labor Department's weekly report showed just 253,000 Americans claimed unemployment benefits for the first time. The figure marked the 72nd consecutive week that the figure was below 300,000 -- the longest such streak since 1973.

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