iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you find yourself looking for a thrill this summer, look no further. With new roller coasters popping up across the nation, there is no shortage of flips, twists and drops. Here are some of the newest roller coasters opening just in time for the season.
Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens - Tampa, Florida
This family-friendly roller coaster, which can hit 40 mph, is now open to the public. Passengers begin the interactive ride facing forward, then turn backward, and spin to the finish.
Lightning Rod at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Passengers weave through surrounding trees, hills and valleys on Dollywood’s newest wooden coaster. Lightning Rod reaches 73 mph, allowing guests to experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime.
Mako at SeaWorld - Orlando, Florida
SeaWorld has introduced Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster yet. Appropriately named after the fastest known shark, Mako reaches up to 200 feet in the air and travels as fast as 73 mph.
The Monster at Adventureland - Des Moines, Iowa
The Monster, which cost approximately 9 million dollars to create, opened just weeks ago on June 4. Its most thrilling features include five inversions, a top speed of 65 mph and a 101 degree drop. The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, New Jersey
The Joker is a 4D free-fly coaster that includes thrill-inducing swiveling cars. After reaching a height of 120 feet, riders tumble down a 90-degree hill in a simulated free fall with some added weightless flips.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This election year has exposed widespread voter anger directed at Wall Street, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara agrees that "to an extent, people are right about the system being rigged."
"I think people have a right...given the track record of this office and other offices of exposing fraud, to be worried about that," Bharara told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
That track record of rooting out fraud has earned Bharara the nickname "Sheriff of Wall Street," but he has also set his sights on the corruption plaguing New York's state capital. Since taking office, he's prosecuted cases against more than a dozen state officeholders.
"We have found that corruption is rife in a lot of institutions in New York and throughout New York. That's true in the legislature," he said. "It's also the case that there's corruption, we believe, in the executive branches as well. And we'll ferret it out wherever we find it."
Preet Bharara's office was once held by FBI Director James Comey, who is currently looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. When asked how a prosecutor determines whether to bring a case against a public official in a political year, Bharara said every case needs to be held to the same high standard of objectivity.
"We should not ever be substituting our judgment -- as to who should or should not be in office -- unless they have clearly violated criminal statutes and are deserving of criminal prosecution," he said.
Several people who have held Bharara's office have gone on to hold higher office, including Comey and Rudy Giuliani. But, Bharara insists he has the job he wants, and dismissed the idea of going into politics or heading to Washington, telling Stephanopoulos, "I love New York. New York is great. This is my home."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Last week, music fans were excited to redeem free ticket vouchers that were part of a class action lawsuit settled by Ticketmaster. Now, many are outraged to find out that the vouchers are only good for a limited list of concerts.
Ticketmaster settled a lawsuit with customers who purchased tickets through the service between October 21, 1999, and February, 27, 2013. Five plaintiffs filed suit alleging "excessive and deceptive" ticket fees and other charges.
Music fans who purchased tickets during that time recently received discounts toward future Ticketmaster purchases or vouchers for free tickets to certain events.
Ticketmaster may have hoped the offer would hit the right note with fans, but it quickly backfired.
Over 750 shows that concertgoers could have used the vouchers for have sold out, and a lot of those performances did not include some of the summer's hottest acts. Instead of being eligible to see Beyonce's tour for free, the vouchers can be used for many tribute bands or cover bands.
Even with the B-list acts, music fans in 24 states can't see concerts because there are no shows in their states that allow the free ticket vouchers.
"Over $10 million worth of ticket vouchers have been redeemed and the eligible events have been closed," said a statement from Ticketmaster.
The good news is, Ticketmaster said they would make additional seats available this summer with more information to come next week.
iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The auction for the belongings of Boston's most notorious mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger, began Saturday with a pair of size 9.5 sneakers.
"You can walk in Whitey's shoes," auctioneer Bob Sheehan announced as he opened the bidding. Within seconds they were sold, still in the box, for $50. Other sneakers sold for $35, a third pair fetched $40. Four pairs of his "slightly worn" dress shoes went for $240.
And someone might be wearing his white bucket hat, the one Bulger was wearing when U.S. Marshals cornered him in the garage of his Santa Monica, California, hideout in June 2011.
"Whitey was wearing that hat when he heard, 'Put your hands up,'" Sheehan said as he opened the bidding. The hat sold for $6,400.
The sales were made Saturday during a court-ordered auction of all of the items found in Bulger's rent-controlled apartment, which was just blocks from the beach and the famous Promenade, an apartment crowded with cat figurines and clothing belonging to his longtime companion Catherine Greig.
All 138 lots of Bulger and Greig's belongings offered at the auction today were sold, with the proceeds of $109, 295 to be split among the families of the 11 people Bulger was convicted of murdering in 2013, a U.S. Marshals spokeswoman said.
The highest amount paid was $23,000 for a 14-karat yellow gold Claddagh ring with one heart-cut diamond. The lowest lot was $10 for garment bags and clothing.
"This is about making money for the families. We were hoping his notoriety would bring out some interested buyers and it did," said U.S. Marshal John Gibbons, who attended Saturday's sale along with representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Federal prosecutors said Bulger's life of crime amassed him more than $25 million during his eight-week trial that sent the then 84-year-old leader of the Winter Hill Gang to prison for life. He was also ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution, which today’s sale made a small dent in.
After his arrest, investigators found 30 high-powered weapons secreted in the walls along with a stash of $822,000 in cash. Their bedroom was lined with bookshelves stocked with Bulger’s favorite mob books, including some that featured him. A collection of those books sold for $1550.
One bidder, John Kelly, paid $4900.00 for a boxing dummy that the mobster positioned in the window of the Santa Monica hideout with a fedora affixed to its head, one of the security measures the notoriously paranoid fugitive took during his 16 years on the lam.
"I followed the Whitey story for years. I didn't buy it to glamorize him. I did it because it's a good cause," Kelly said. Kelly was then hugged by Steve Davis, whose sister Debbi Davis was murdered by Bulger's cohort Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
"It's not about Whitey, it's about spending money for a good cause on something that I have good memories of," Kelly said. "I used to box with something just like this."
The auction began at 10 a.m. and by noon it had raised more than $15,000 with some items, like umbrellas and junk drawer items fetching less than $100, or a desk calendar with scribbled notes that sold for $400.
The big-ticket items were more personal, such as a pencil cup shaped like a rat sold to an online bidder for $3,650.
The rat cup was significant because during the years Bulger maintained a stranglehold on Boston's criminal rackets he had some high-powered help: from the FBI. As Bulger committed what a federal judge would call "unfathomable acts in unfathomable ways" in his South Boston neighborhood, one he terrorized with bloodletting, drug dealing and rackets, he had another secret identity as a top echelon informant for the FBI.
Greig, 65, is serving an eight-year sentence connected to charges that she helped Bulger escape a pending indictment. This year a federal judge ordered her to serve another 21 months in prison after she refused to cooperate with a grand jury investigation into whether anyone helped the couple while they were on the run.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street and global markets tumble as they react to the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.
The Dow sunk 611.21 (-3.39 percent) to close at 17,399.86.
The Nasdaq tumbled 202.06 (-4.12 percent) to finish at 4,707.98, while the S&P dropped 76.02(-3.60 percent) to close at 2,037.30.
Crude oil sunk over 5 percent with prices hitting just over $47 a barrel.
Brexit: British voters have decided in a referendum to leave the EU, a decision that has stunned global investors who rushed to put their assets in "safe" spaces like gold and bond markets. It has caused Americans' 401(k)s to decrease in value temporarily, but because they are long-term investments they should be able to weather the storm in the long run.
Monkey Business/Thinkstock(MENDON, Mass.) -- Video showing a Dunkin' Donuts employee dropping a tray of donuts on the floor and then putting it back on a display rack for sale has been turning eyes -- and stomachs -- on Facebook.
The incident was recorded last November at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Mendon, Massachusetts, according to Liam Flaherty, a college student who said he used to work at the franchise. The video was posted to Flaherty's Facebook page this past Wednesday, and it had more than 71,000 views as of Friday afternoon.
Flaherty, 20, told ABC News Friday he only decided to publicly post the video to Facebook after becoming "fed up" and "frustrated" with the franchise's management, who he said hadn't been responding to his recent complaints. He explained that the employee seen dropping the donuts in the video was his manager.
ABC News is not identifying the manager.
"People ate those donuts that fell and touched the ground," Flaherty said. "And she was just OK with that."
The manager seen in the video declined to comment to ABC News Friday.
The Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Mendon, Massachusetts, did not answer ABC News' calls today, and its general manager and its owner did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.
In a statement to ABC News Friday, Dunkin' Donuts' global office said the company was "aware of the video" and that it takes "matters like this very seriously."
"The actions seen in the video at a franchised Dunkin' Donuts restaurant are absolutely inconsistent with our strict food safety standards and requirements," the company said. "According to the franchisee, upon hearing of this incident in November 2015, he investigated the matter and met with the employee to discuss the fact that the donuts should have been immediately disposed of in keeping with our standards."
In an additional statement, the company said: "At Dunkin' Donuts, food safety is a top priority and nothing is more important to us than the operation of clean and safe restaurants. We have been informed that the Mendon Board of Health visited the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant today for an inspection and no violations were found."
The statement continued: "Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are independently owned and operated by individual franchisees who are solely responsible for their employees, including employment decisions such as schedules and wages. Franchisees are required to comply with all applicable state, federal and local laws, including but not limited to wage and hour laws and those governing health and safety."
A Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman told ABC News Friday that the company was "unable to comment on franchisees' current or former employees."
Uber(NEW YORK) -- Uber is promising "no math and no surprises."
The ride hailing app announced in a blog post on Thursday it will soon let their passengers know how much their trip will actually cost before getting into a car.
"Imagine buying an airline ticket without knowing the full fare until the end of your trip. Or booking a hotel room online and being told that the real price would be 1.3X. Yes, that sounds odd -- but it’s what happens with many Uber trips today," the company said in its announcement.
The ride hailing app's previous approach would give riders a fare estimate, which could sometimes differ from the actual fare. If surge pricing was in effect, an additional price multiplier could complicate the process for some riders.
"Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment," the company said. "There’s no complicated math and no surprises."
Surge pricing during peak demand will still be in effect; however instead of a multiplier, passengers will be shown the total cost of the ride calculated to include the surge. A notice on the screen will let passengers know they're traveling during a busy time.
Uber has been testing the new system over the past few months in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and parts of New Jersey, as well as several locations in India. It's expected to roll out the new system globally in the coming months.
The new pricing policy comes on the heels of the success of UberPOOL, a service that allows people to split the cost with another passenger going the same way.
"Knowing how much a ride will cost in advance is clearly something riders appreciate: today uberPOOL accounts for over 20 percent of all rides globally," a company blog post said. "And we now want more riders globally to benefit from this feature."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The so-called Brexit vote may seem far removed for most U.S. citizens, but the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union could affect Americans in more ways than one.
About half of the American workforce participates in a company retirement plan, according to an analysis of data compiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts. If this includes you, then you’re one of the tens of thousands of people whose investments are at risk from the market turbulence.
As Wall Street joins the global market selloff Friday, your 401(k) will decrease in value temporarily. The good news is that these retirement funds are long-term investments and should be able to weather the storm in the long run.
”No matter how old you are, we’re still looking to the markets to be going up ultimately,” Lauren Lyons Cole, a certified financial planner and personal finance editor at the International Business Times, said on a Facebook live video. “Today, [the markets] might be down 2 or 3 percent but that doesn’t mean you should sell everything – not by a long shot. You want to just keep steady and continue to watch it.”
American households and would-be homeowners will likely see mortgage rates and the cost of buying a house drop, at least in the short term. Investors are currently selling off riskier assets for safe havens, like U.S. Treasuries and gold. As demand for government debt soars, interest rates will fall, with the potential to cause mortgage rates to drop.
"In the short term, the move by Britain will unsettle financial markets both in the U.S. and abroad, and likely lead investors to seek haven in safe assets outside of the U.K. and Europe," said Boston College economics professor Robert Murphy. "With a spike in demand for safe U.S. Treasury bonds, yields are likely to move downward. And as investors shift into dollar-denominated assets, the dollar will gain strength against the euro and the pound."
The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.57 percent earlier Friday, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The last time it was this low was in 2012 and mortgage rates followed suit.
The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage has also sunk to nearly a three-year low in the past month, hovering around 3.7 percent. Financial analysts expect the Brexit vote to drive down rates even further in the coming weeks.
“If you’re a borrower, don’t wait to lock your rate,” Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate, told The Washington Post Friday. “As this opportunity may not last long.”
At the current average rate, you’ll pay roughly $462 a month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow, according to Bankrate.
The U.S. dollar is surging in value in the exchange markets, which will drive up the cost for U.S. exports to the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. This could bring down sales and profits for U.S.-based multinational companies, because the United Kingdom and the E.U. are huge export markets for the United States, totaling about $328 billion last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Thirty firms in the S&P 500 generate more than 10 percent of their sales from the United Kingdom, according to data from FactSet Research.
"With the E.U. being its largest trading partner, any slowdown in Europe will weaken growth in the U.S. over the near term," said Murphy, a former economist with the Clinton Administration. “Longer-term consequences of Brexit depend on how quickly the process of negotiating new trade and financial arrangements between Britain, the E.U., and other countries takes place. This surely will take several years, meaning that negative economic consequences are likely to be felt for some time.”
Also, E.U. membership allows financial firms in the U.K. a “passport” to do business across the other 27 countries. That means American companies can do the same anywhere in the E.U. as long as they set up a branch or subsidiary in a member state. Forty percent of the world's top 250 multinational companies have their European headquarters in London, according to research by Deloitte. The loss of this “passport” will hit American businesses operating out of the U.K.
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The International Monetary Fund has warned that a Brexit could force the United Kingdom into a recession. But as the British pound and other European currencies shed value against the U.S. dollar, that trip to London is looking more and more affordable. This means traveling to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe will likely become considerably cheaper for U.S. citizens in the coming weeks.
Google(NEW YORK) — Voters in the United Kingdom have chosen to leave the European Union, but it seems some people in the country still feel confused about the situation.
Google Trends revealed what was on the minds of people in the U.K. as they searched for clarity around the so-called Brexit. After the polls closed Thursday night, Google reported a 250 percent spike in this question: "What happens if we leave the E.U.?"
That search for answers continued Friday morning as people in the U.K. searched for what happens next. The No. 2 most-searched question: What is the E.U.?"
Hotel Del Coronado(NEW YORK) -- The latest hotel trend doesn’t involve high-end bedding or a fancy spa treatment. The hottest thing this summer is cooling off in a pool -- wearing a mermaid tail.
Hotels from coast to coast are flipping for all things mermaid. At the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, a new mermaid fitness class promises a “45-minute fusion of swimming, core, cardio and strength training set to upbeat music” -- all while wearing a mermaid tail.
The classes are held Friday mornings and cost $20, but are free with the purchase of a mermaid tail, which the hotel sells for $150. Turns out the tails were so popular with the kids that the hotel decided to sell them in adult size too.
In North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks also offers a mermaid class. The class, which is new this summer, takes place every Tuesday and Thursday and is an hour long. It includes mermaid tail fitting and rental, “proper care of mermaid tails,” instruction on breath control, fluid dolphin kick techniques to move through the water gracefully, tail smacking, hula hoop diving and mermaid posing, and mermaid “games and competitions.”
The Hawk’s Cay Resort in the Florida Keys was drowning in mermaid class requests, it seems, as the hotel’s Mermaid Academy is back this year by popular demand. Each class includes the tail rental or shark fin and an hour-long swim lesson. A one-hour session with the mermaid tail is $30 and $20 with the shark fin. A photographer will capture the session, and the mermaid tails and shark fins are available for purchase.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 565 points Friday morning after Britain decided to leave the European Union.
Britain's unprecedented vote to exit the E.U. has stunned investors, pushing global markets and currencies into free fall.
From Europe to Asia to the United States, financial markets are showing panic over the so-called Brexit vote and the ensuing market uncertainty and volatility that it could unleash. Europe
Britain’s FTSE 100, the country's blue chip stock index plummeted as much as 8.7 percent before clawing back to a loss of 4.9 percent when the London stock exchange opened Friday after the vote to leave the bloc. The FTSE 250 plunged even further, by 12.3 percent, before recovering slightly to 7.1 percent.
The referendum vote also prompted Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU, to announce his resignation.
On the currency front, the British pound sterling took a nose dive to its weakest level in 31 years, as investors fled risky assets for the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen.
The euro, the single currency shared by 19 of the EU member states, fell 2.89 percent against the dollar.
In stock markets across the English Channel, the pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 7.34 percent. France’s CAC index dropped to 8.6 percent. Germany’s DAX slid as much as 10 percent before recovering slightly to 7.04 percent. Spain’s IBEX 35 tanked to 12.39 percent. Asia
Investors reacted in Asia as well.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 saw its worst day since March 2011. The Japanese stock index ended down 7.92 percent Friday. The Japanese yen, however, strengthened as much as 7.2 percent against the dollar for the first time since November 2013.
On mainland China, the Shanghai composite slid 1.22 percent while the Shenzhen composite fell 0.76 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index ended down 2.92 percent. The offshore yuan, traded in Hong Kong, slid 0.8 percent against the dollar, while the onshore currency traded in Shanghai weakened 0.5 percent.
South Korea’s benchmark Kospi tumbled 3.09 percent. The Korean won shed 2.5 percent against the dollar.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Waking up to the news that United Kingdom voters chose in the so-called Brexit referendum Thursday to leave the European Union, many Americans turned to Google to figure out what comes next.
Google Trends reveals the top questions people in the United States have been asking since the announcement earlier Friday of the official results showing that 51.9 percent of voters chose to exit the E.U.
Here's are the top 10 questions Americans are asking:
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twilio -- the calling platform used by popular apps including Uber and Whatsapp -- surged in its Wall Street debut this afternoon.
While the San Francisco-based company may not have mainstream name recognition, chances are you've used their services.
Twilio makes communication software that helps companies communicate with their customers anonymously. For instance, when a customer wants to find out where their Uber driver is parked, they can message the driver without either party having to reveal their phone numbers.
Signing up for a new app or service may require two-factor authentication, such as a verification code sent to your smartphone. Many of those codes are sent via Twilio, which counts OpenTable and Airbnb among its clients.
Trading under the symbol TWLO on the New York Stock Exchange, the company's debut marks the first U.S. venture-backed IPO this year. Twilio announced a $15 per share price on Wednesday. The company's stock opened this morning up more than 60 percent, at $23.99, before surging to a high of $29.20 this afternoon.