iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange in Greece re-opened for trading on Monday.
The struggling country’s stock market is suffering huge losses, declining more than 20 percent on the first day back.
So far, Greece’s slump Monday has not translated to a downturn in stocks around the globe. Europe is holding steady, and while U.S. stocks are poised to open slightly lower, there is no major spillover or ripple effect from the Greek stock market.
The banks in Greece are also open again after a hiatus lasting several weeks. People in the country, however, are still facing capital controls — or caps — on the amount of money they can withdraw from their financial insitutions.
The nation is locked in intense negotiations with bailout lenders over the terms of their massive bailout that would be Greece's third.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the Ponisciak family, "home sweet home" isn’t so sweet.
Joe and Heather Ponisciak are eager to sell their four-bedroom home in Mount Holly, New Jersey, so they can move to be closer to Heather’s job in Philadelphia.
Their home was initially listed for $325,000. They’ve already dropped the price twice, but it hasn't sold so far.
ABC's Good Morning America brought in home design expert Christiane Lemieux to see what could be done to turn things around. With a budget of $2,000, she got to work.
The first step was to create a grand entrance. The house had been hidden behind an unsightly fence, so, with $200 worth of paint and primer, the first impression was transformed.
The next step was to get rid of any dark or vibrant colors in the house – such as the burgundy in the master bedroom.
“White paint goes such a long way … where you're allowing people to picture themselves in your space,” Lemieux said.
Then, it was time to declutter and depersonalize. It’s an important step, because too many family photos and house plants make it harder for buyers to imagine themselves at home, Lemieux said.
The final step was to address the furniture. According to Lemieux, the family’s old red couch was too big and bold for the living room. For just $500, she replaced the couch with two new sofas and an accent chair.
When the Ponisciaks came home a week later, they screamed and hugged each other, delighted with the changes that greeted them.
Real estate agent Sylvia Boyer of RE/MAX did an independent evaluation. Boyer, who is not the couple's agent, believes the Ponisciaks’ home could fetch about $10,000 to $15,000 above the current asking price of $298,900.
1. Smell counts! Homes that smell good are more likely to sell. Those looking to make a sale should invest in scented candles, fresh flowers or consider baking cookies immediately before an open house. All prove effective.
2. Pictures are key. Make certain online photos of the home are taken in good light and from good angles. All clutter should be removed from rooms (and don't forget to remove photos and magnets from refrigerators). Don't hesitate to get up on a ladder or add extra lights to the room when you take your photos -- and make sure you are using a good camera. If you don't have one, borrow one. Many would-be buyers of homes carefully study online photos in advance and won't even bother checking out a home in person if they deem the pictures unattractive.
3. Consider including some furniture in the sale of your home in a bid to close the deal or boost the asking price. It can be a win-win for the buyers and sellers.
4. Move your furniture around to give the illusion of more space.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Union leadership opted not to call for a strike of Verizon workers on Sunday despite no agreement in contract negotiations.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said that the two sides "remain far apart," in negotiations and that they "are disgusted by Verizon's attitude at the bargaining table." Still, Verizon employees will stay at work without a contract.
"Their greed knows no bounds," IBEW said of Verizon, "but we are not going to let our anger allow us to walk into a trap."
IBEW and the Communications Workers of America had considered calling for a strike after they argued Verizon's contract proposal didn't properly compensate workers. The proposal would have given employees a smaller raise than it did for executives, the unions say.
iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Japanese police have arrested the former head of a bankrupt virtual currency exchange.
Mark Karpelès, 30, was arrested on Saturday after a spokesman for the Tokyo police said Karpelès was suspected of inflating his bank account by $1 million after accessing the computer system of his defunct Bitcoin exchange called Mt. Gox.
Local media also report Karpelès is under investigation for the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.
Karpelès told The Wall Street Journal via instant messages that the reports were "false" and he would deny the allegations.
Tokyo-based Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in 2014 when the exchange said because of a security issue, 750,000 customer Bitcoins and 100,000 of the exchanges Bitcoins were stolen.
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Verizon employees could walk out on Sunday after what the company is calling "challenging negotiations" on new contracts.
The company says it made a "comprehensive initial offer" in June, including a wage increase, but that union leaders "countered with a series of proposals that did virtually nothing to advance the process of negotiations." Verizon has been negotiating with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for nearly seven weeks.
A statement from the CWA says that the union offered up a new proposal on Saturday and claims that Verizon "hasn't moved off its initial June 22nd proposal that made outrageous demands of Verizon workers."
"It's time for management to get serious, and back off its insistence on slashing the living standards of our members," says Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District One -- covering workers from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Tatsianama/iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Salt Lake City man is crediting his surveillance camera and an app on his iPhone with helping catch a burglar at his home.
Brian Ways, 25, has a surveillance app on his phone called Nest Cam, he told ABC News. The app, which detects motion and sound, records footage through a camera he set up inside his house.
Ways said he was pulling into his driveway Thursday night when he was surprised to see all the lights on in his condo. So he stayed outside, he said, and pulled up the footage from his camera, which is pointed towards the door.
"I saw some woman poking her head in my door saying, 'Hello, hello?'" Ways said of the video, which he provided to ABC News. The video also caught the suspect grabbing a letter by the front door on her way in, and then yelling out Ways' name.
Ways called his roommate, who is out of town, and then called the cops. He said police arrived within 5 to 6 minutes.
When police responded, the suspect was about to leave with property from the home, Lt. Mike Ross of the Salt Lake City Police Department told ABC News. The home video also documented a police officer standing outside and identifying himself as the suspect went to the door to surrender.
Ways said the suspect had grabbed a strange collection of items: a few receipts, his roommate's Red Sox tickets and matches that were inside Ways' suit jacket in his closet. But nothing in the condo seemed out of order, Ways said.
The suspect, Kista Dennett, 38, was arrested and charged with burglary, police said.
Ways said Dennett is a stranger.
"It still gives me goosebumps," he said.
Ross said he'd never been involved in a case like this before.
"We've caught burglars before, but it's unique with the new technology out there," Ross said. "I think we're going to see much more of it."
According to Ways, an app like this is a steep investment -- he said you need to buy the specific camera that goes along with the app as well as cloud storage for the footage.
But to Ways, the price is worth it. He said he's now going to install a second camera outside his home, too.
NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kraft Heinz is recalling some of its cheese products due to a choking risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
Select batches of he company's Kraft Singles -- in three and four pound packages -- are being recalled due to the risk of a small part of the packaging film sticking to the cheese slice after the rest of the wrapper has been removed. The film could cause consumers to choke, the FDA notes.
The specific cheeses affected include American and White American cheeses with a "Best When Used By Date" between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016.
A list of product codes used to identify affected packages can be found on the FDA website.
Kraft Heinz has received at least 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, and three reports of customers choking.
tarabird/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks moved lower, to end the month, as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings.
The Dow closed down 55 points, the NASDAQ fell a fraction and the S&P gave up 5 points.
Energy stocks were among the biggest losers. Exxon and Chevron dragged the Dow down more than 50 points.
Healthcare stocks, however, were among the biggest gainers.
Companies may be hiring, but they're not necessarily paying the workers they already had, more money. The government says wages and benefits grew just two-tenths of a percent this past spring, the slowest pace in 27 years.
Some real life heroes rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange - New York City firefighters to mark the department's 150th anniversary.
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a dad.
The Facebook CEO, 31, announced the happy news on his Facebook wall that he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are expecting a daughter.
In the post, Zuckerberg opened up about the couple's struggles with starting a family and the "lonely experience" of having suffered three miscarriages.
"You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone," he wrote. "Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you -- as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own."
Zuckerberg didn't share the baby's due date but said the pregnancy is "now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful."
He even received a happy sign from his daughter in an ultrasound when it appeared she was giving the "thumbs up," -- just like the Facebook like button.
"I'm already convinced she takes after me," Zuckerberg wrote. "We're looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she's ready to come out and meet everyone!"
Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue Airlines has responded to the online controversy that erupted after a family says it was kicked off a flight Monday because their 2-year-old son was sitting in his mom’s lap instead of his own seat.
The airline told ABC News in a statement that, “If a customer is unable to follow federally-mandated safety regulations, it is our crew’s responsibility to put safety first and may accommodate those customers on a future flight.”
Mona Doshi, of Arlington, Virginia, says she and her family of four were on a flight from Boston to Baltimore Monday when she put her son, Milin, in her lap because he was fussy. After one flight attendant told her Milin needed to be in his own seat, according to flight rules, Doshi says a second flight attendant came up to her and repeated the same message.
Doshi, who declined to comment to ABC News, told WUSA-TV she put Milin in his own seat but then noticed the plane turning around and taxiing back to the gate, where she, Milin, her husband, Prashant, and their 3-year-old daughter, were escorted off the plane.
The incident caused a firestorm on social media, starting with tweets from passengers on the Doshi family’s same flight.
The family was able to return home on another flight later Monday without incident but told WUSA they are still awaiting a response from JetBlue.
File photo. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- This is one extreme way to lose -- and later find -- your iPhone.
Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, said he was riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Houston to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday when a change in pressure caused a door latch to open a few inches.
While Wilson noticed a newspaper fly out of the plane, he told the Wichita Falls Time Record News he didn't notice his smartphone was missing until the plane landed.
Wilson said he assumed he may have left it in a rental car until he opened the "Find My iPhone" app and discovered his device was still operational and appeared to be just outside of Joplin, Texas.
With the help of his co-worker, a satellite image and a map, Wilson said he set off to find his iPhone. Traveling down a ranch road, he said a donkey followed the two men as they searched for the device, which they finally located on the side of the road under a mesquite tree.
What makes the reported reunion even more miraculous is the iPhone's condition. The device, which was kept in a Mophie charger case, was found in one piece, Wilson said.
"It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners but it still worked," he told the newspaper.
Wilson got what he was looking for and as a reward he said he also took care of the curious donkey, feeding it ginger snaps.
Mark Zucerkberg/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is ready to take to the sky.
Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social network has completed production on Aquila, its first solar-powered drone that could one day help beam the Internet into some of the world's most remote areas.
The months ahead will involve plenty of testing for the unmanned, solar powered drone.
The aircraft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but is lighter than a car.
Running completely on solar power, Zuckerberg said it's expected the plane could fly for months at a time. Once Aquila is airborne, it will use a new laser capable of transmitting data at 10 gigabits per second, Zuckerberg said, making it 10 times faster than any previous system.
The system is so precise, according to Zuckerberg, that it can connect with a dime-sized object from more than 10 miles away.
"Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. "Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality."
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for SoulCycle(NEW YORK) -- SoulCycle is planning an initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.
The company, which began as an indoor cycling studio in New York City, now has 300,000 unique riders in 38 U.S. studios, the documents indicate. In 2012, the company says it conducted 25,000 classes involving 969,000 riders. Those figures increased to 81,000 and 2.9 million in 2014.
SoulCycle made $112 million in 2014.
Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merill Lynch, and Citigroup are among the underwriters on the IPO, along with William Blair & Company, Cowen and Company and RBC Capital Markets.
JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as unemployment claims jumped higher last week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 5.41 to a close of 17745.98.
The Nasdaq ended the session at 5128.78, gaining 17.05 from its open, while the S&P 500 close up 0.06 to 2108.63.
SoulCycle is preparing to file for its initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Unemployment claims jumped by 12,000 in the last week, though the four-week moving average is down 3,700, which analysts say indicates a healthy economy. The government also said that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent from April to June.