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Chipotle(NEW YORK) -- The next time you go eat at Chipotle Mexican Grill, you can be assured that none of your food will contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The Denver-based company announced on its website that it has changed its tortillas, making it the first national restaurant chain to cook with only non-GMO ingredients.

“This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells told The New York Times Sunday. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.”

Two years ago, Chipotle became the first chain to voluntarily disclose which of its foods contained GMOs. Since then, the company has taken steps toward eliminating them, completing the transition with its new tortillas.

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Pebble/Martian/Motorola(NEW YORK) -- Apple is making wearing a watch cool again -- and that's good news for competitors.

While the Apple Watch easily ascended to the top spot in the wearables market, according to analysts, its arrival is good news for competitors.

"It's a rising tide," Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told ABC News. "If you can't afford the entry fee then there are lots of other alternatives that are available."

Whether its cost, compatibility or battery life that is keeping you from the Apple Watch, here are four alternatives that are worth trying:

Martian Notifier

This $129 wearable looks like an analog watch, but has smart features built in that are compatible with both iOS and Android phones. After downloading the Martian Notifier app, wearers can route notifications to their wrist, including calls, texts, Facebook alerts, Twitter, their calendar, fitness stats, sports scores and more.

The one line display on the watch face offers a basic smart watch experience with glanceable moments.

"I think they are kind of a more fun, more entry level smart watch alternative for people who don't want to make a big investment," Wood said.

Pebble Time Steel

Beginning as a Kickstarter project that raised $10 million in 2012, Pebble has become one of the top smart watch makers on the market, winning over users with its low price point and up to seven days of battery life. Their latest offering, the Pebble Time Steel, is a dressier offering from the original wearable and starts at $199. While the device doesn't run on Android Wear or iOS, Pebble has the benefit of having a strong developer following.

The result: Users can expect plenty of third party apps covering everything from fitness to weather.

Moto 360

A sleek look and a round face makes the Moto 360 one of the more fashionable wearables on the market, with a price point beginning at $249.99. (That's $100 less than the entry level Apple Watch Sport.)

Timely information such as flight delays is delivered to your wrist when you need to see it, while the wearable also boasts other features to compete with the Apple Watch, including voice control and fitness tracking.

While the looks and the price are both positives, the biggest downside for this Android device is battery life. Several reviews complain the battery doesn't always hold a full day's charge when it's heavily used.

LG's G Watch R

Like the Moto 360, the LG G Watch R is one of the many devices that run on the Android Wear platform. A sporty round watch face can turn from a classic analog display to a computer on your wrist when needed.

Starting around $300, the watch is a more expensive Android Wear offering, however its full functionality and style make it one of the most appealing.

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Google(NEW YORK) — Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal, Google and Facebook are using their tremendous reach to help reunite people around the world with loved ones in the disaster zone.

Google's person finder tool, which was first launched after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, allows people to enter information about themselves or someone they're caring for in the disaster zone. On the other end, it allows people around the world to search the records for information about someone they are trying to locate in Nepal.

The tool has logged more than 5,700 records in the past two days and is also searchable via text message.

Facebook, meanwhile, activated its safety check tool that notifies people in the affected area that they can send an alert to friends to let them know they are safe.

"When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It's moments like this that being able to connect really matters," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a message on his Facebook wall after the feature went live Saturday.

Aside from leveraging the reach of the Internet, several other technology companies are offering help in getting phone calls and text messages in and out of Nepal.

T-Mobile announced all fees will be waved for customers who called and texted Nepal beginning on Saturday and extending through May 16.

Viber, an Internet calling company, announced on Twitter it was making all calls to and from Nepal free of charge during the aftermath.

Google Voice calls are also being made available for the reduced rate of 1 cent per minute. According to a post on Google's Asia Pacific blog, the small cost was chosen as a way "to prevent spammers from abusing our systems and possibly adding more load to the already stretched Nepalese telephone network."

Since the Saturday earthquake and aftershocks, the death toll has risen to more than 3,700, according to a Nepal police official.

About 3,000 U.S. citizens reside in Nepal, and 3,000 to 4,000 Americans usually visit Nepal during the current peak tourism season, according to Ineke Stoneham, press and information officer for the United States Embassy in Kathmandu.

Of those, Stoneham said 75 U.S. citizens are reported to be sheltering in the embassy, while about 150 others are sheltering at the Phora Durbar compound.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It's college graduation season and this year's crop of diploma-earners can expect a robust job market for their skills and services, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,175 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

With the economy having emerged from the Great Recession, two-thirds of employers plan to hire college grads, up from 57 percent in 2014.

As for which degrees can expect the best reception, business was named their top choice by 38 percent of employers.

Here are the rest:

  • Computer and Information Sciences — 27 percent
  • Engineering — 18 percent
  • Math and Statistics — 14 percent
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences — 14 percent
  • Communications Technologies — 12 percent
  • Engineering Technologies — 12 percent
  • Communication and Journalism — 10 percent
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities — 9 percent
  • Science Technologies — 8 percent
  • Education — 7 percent

Meanwhile, a third of employers say the college grads they gives jobs to can expect starting salaries that are higher than were offered last year with only one in 10 cutting pay. The rest will offer no change in salaries from 2014.

Expected starting salaries for recent graduates break down as follows:

  • Under $30,000 — 26 percent
  • $30,000 to less than $40,000 — 28 percent
  • $40,000 to less than $50,000 — 20 percent
  • $50,000 and higher — 26 percent

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you think people in the world of finance have got it made, a new survey by the executive search and consulting firm Options Group suggests otherwise.

Based on responses from 3,100 people who work in the field of finance, half said they were not happy with their job, the firm for which they worked, their pay and their prospects.

Only 20 percent of those polled reported being happy with all four factors.

And while plenty of people outside of business gripe about the high salaries earned by top executives, it turns out that only half of those who've risen to these positions are satisfied with their pay and bonuses.

The level of satisfaction is even worse going down the corporate ladder. Just under four in ten finance executives with six to eight years’ experience felt that their compensation was fair and was what they had expected.

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Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- The Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall on Friday for 390,000 cars over concerns that car doors may swing open.

The recall affects model year 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles, and model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, which were built in Mexico.

The automaker said in a release the broken door latch in the affected vehicles may cause the door open while driving.

Ford said it was aware of two allegations of soreness resulting from an unlatched door bouncing back when the customer attempted to close it, and one accident allegation when a door swung open and struck an adjacent vehicle as the driver was pulling into a parking space.

There are affected 390,000 vehicles in North America including 336,873 in the United States, 30,198 in Canada and 22,514 in Mexico.

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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Google executive Daniel Fredinburg was among at least 17 people killed Saturday in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by a massive earthquake near the Nepal capital of Kathmandu.

Google's Director of Privacy Lawrence You wrote in a statement: "Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly... Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends during this terrible time."

The climbing group Jagged Globe wrote on its website, "It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the death of one of our Everest team members, Daniel Fredinburg... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan's family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation."

Fredinburg worked at Google for eight years, and according to his LinkedIn page, he described his roles as: Head of Privacy for Google[x], Manage Product Management team for Google's Privacy team and Lead Google Adventure Team.

Fredinburg previously dated One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, the two broke up in August 2014.

Bush posted on Instagram Saturday, "Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends... I'm devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of "all the things" when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale
about an adventure lived from someone that they love... His energy is so big and so bright, and it's all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again."

Fredinburg's sister Megan wrote on his Instagram that the Google executive "suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it."

"We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us," she wrote. "All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you."

On Friday, Fredinburg posted an update from Mt. Everest on Instagram, writing, "Day 22: Ice training with @micbattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino, regardless of danger."

Fredinburg was also apparently on Mt. Everest last year in April, when another big avalanche hit. In April 2014, Bush tweeted:

For all concerned, @danfredinburg & team are safe at Camp 1 on #Everest after the avalanche. Please keep the Sherpas in your prayers. ????

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 18, 2014

Saturday’s avalanche has killed at least 10 climbers and guides and injured many more. It was triggered by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least 1,457 people were killed, officials said.

According to the United Nations, nearly 5 million people have been impacted by the quake, which is believed to be the worst earthquake in Nepal in more than 80 years.

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Tiql(LAS VEGAS) -- Tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, called the "fight of the century," have creeped up on Super Bowl prices, but what you’ll pay for the worst seat in the house might surprise you.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao May 2, 3 p.m. ET, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a battle that has been in the works but stalled for the past several years.

Tickets finally went on sale to the public Thursday, after the two fighters' camps settled contract details and how tickets would be allotted. Tickets sold out in less than one minute, according to TiqIQ, an event ticket search engine.

Though the starting retail price was $1,500, there were only 500 tickets sold to the general public for boxing's richest fight ever, though the arena holds about 16,000 people.

Forty percent of the remaining tickets went to the MGM Grand and 25 percent to each of the fighters’ camps.

So, unless you know Mayweather and Pacquiao, the only way to get in now is through the resale market. Even the fighters have said they were inundated with requests from their circles when the match was announced in February.

The average ticket price sold so far on StubHub is $6,362, with a range of $5,000 to $12,000. The lowest-priced ticket sold so far on StubHub is around $4,500, the company told ABC news. Those are for seats in the Upper 202 section, a corner area that's arguably among the worst.

The average ticket price for this year's Super Bowl was $10,466.11, according to TiqIQ.

"The best way to describe these seats are like sitting in the last row for any basketball court but all the action happening at center court," said Chris Matcovich, vice president of data and communications of TiqIQ.

Matcovich said even the worst seats in the house are on sale for $5,000 on TiqIQ's website. There are 14 seats in section 205, row Q, that are the second to last row in that section. Their list price: $4,575. And ticket prices are likely to remain high leading up to the fight, given the few available on the resale market, according to Matcovich.

“I would imagine they aren’t that terrible, honestly,” StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said about the cheapest tickets. “This is a small arena so I doubt there are many bad seats in the house. That’s what we’re seeing as far as sales on StubHub. Most of the tickets being bought are for the cheapest available – people just want to get in to this historic event.”

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Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch, on sale starting Friday, may be touted as the wearable tech that fans have been waiting for, but it's not quite the watch of our dreams yet.

There are more than 3,000 apps available, from adjusting your hearing aid volume with Beltone's app or controlling your PowerPoint presentation from your wrist. But here are some of the things that the Apple Watch can't do yet, based on these beloved movies and television shows.

1. Laser to break down vaults

Penny from Inspector Gadget could do some pretty rad things with her watch, including communicating with her uncle with a system similar to Apple's "FaceTime" and cutting through metal with a laser.

2. Walkie-Talkie

Back in September, Apple announced that the Apple Watch would have a Walkie-Talkie feature, much like the one Dick Tracy had, but that feature appears to have been pulled for some inexplicable reason, reports.

An archived version of the Apple website described the Walkie-Talkie feature: "For a fun alternative to a phone call, use the built-in speaker and microphone to trade spur-of-the-moment sound bites with friends."


#DoYouRemember pretending you could talk into our wrist watch like #DickTracy did? Remember...

— DoYouRemember? (@DoYouRemember) March 11, 2015


3. Teleport

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers not only used their wrist communicators to talk to each other and Alpha at their Command Center. They could eventually use their communicators to teleport wherever they needed to go.


I rather have a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers communicator than the Apple iWatch.

— Fonzie (@fonzie_94) September 10, 2014


4. Control a giant, flying robot and its eye laser rays

Johnny Sokko in the 1960s series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot had it all: a giant robot that flew and had finger missiles. Together, they could defeat weird aliens as long as Johnny had his trusty wristwatch transmitter.

5. Watch TV like on a normal TV

Sure, you can download a show on iTunes or stream it from somewhere. But when can we have a literal mini-television on your wrist?

In an episode of The Jetsons called "Elroy's Mob," Kenny Countdown tells Elroy that he's watching the "billionth rerun" of The Flintstones in class.

The robot teacher catches him and says, “How many times have I told you, no TV in the classroom! What do you have to say for yourself?” before giving the students "report tapes." Elroy gets all As, and (surprise, surprise) Kenny Countdown gets an H, which, presumably, is worse than an F.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- Big gains in tech companies on Friday helped to push the markets higher to end the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,080.14, up 21.45 from its open.

The Nasdaq rose by 36.02 to close at 5,092.08. The S&P 500 was up by 4.76, finishing the session at 2,117.69.

Amazon stock soared 15 percent on Friday, after the company revealed details about its cloud service for the first time. Shares of Google and Microsoft also rose on Friday, after both companies reported their quarterly results.

Pepsico hopes a change in formula will result in fizzier sales for Diet Pepsi. The company announced on Friday it’s removing Aspartame from the drink’s formula, and replacing it with the sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Some consumer advocates call the death of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal a victory for consumers, but it won't fix every problem about cable and broadband services, they say.

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the two companies' decision to abandon their deal to merge "is the best outcome for American consumers."

"This is a victory not only for the Department of Justice, but also for providers of content and streaming services who work to bring innovative products to consumers across America and around the world," Holder said in a statement.

Friday's confirmation of the proposed deal's demise ends a journey that began more than a year ago, when Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge and create the largest Internet service provider in the country. The combined company would have had five times the subscribers of its closest competitor, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said.

This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced a major barrier to the plan when it requested a hearing about the merger.

"If Comcast bought Time Warner Cable, it would have had the ability to single-handedly control the broadband and media marketplaces," John Bergmayer, senior staff attorney for consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge, told ABC News.

The new company would have had the ability to "crush" new competitors, such as online video providers, he said.

"It would have been able to reduce consumers’ ability to access diverse programming and Internet content. Prices would go up, not just for Comcast’s subscribers, but for consumers nationwide," he said. "The FCC and the Department of Justice understood this, and stopping this deal is a huge victory for consumers."

A spokesman for Time Warner Cable told ABC News in a prepared statement: "TWC is committed to being a company that makes connections that matter for our customers and for every stakeholder. We will continue to provide reliable, advanced technology and superior service that New Yorkers expect from us."

A spokeswoman for Comcast declined to comment beyond a statement released by Comcast's chairman and CEO.

"Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away," Comcast's Brian Roberts said. "Comcast NBCUniversal is a unique company with strong momentum."

Public Knowledge said the end of the merger doesn't fix everything that's wrong in the broadband and cable marketplaces. New video and connectivity services are just starting to emerge, and competition may still be at risk, the group wrote on its website.

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Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Screen real estate is at a premium on the Apple Watch and has challenged developers to figure out how to create unique and valuable experiences for the wrist.

Along with the arrival of the Apple Watch Friday, more than 3,000 apps have been optimized for the wearable device -- including many social networking staples, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"Developers need to give a lot of thought how they translate their iPhone app experience to the watch," Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told ABC News. "Developers need to get the right information at the right time on their watch apps. It needs to have great load times, too, or users will just get frustrated and use another app."

While there are plenty of apps worth trying, here are seven of the early standouts that will help you get from morning to night.


We all know WebMd as a repository of medical knowledge and the place we go to when (insert body part here) hurts. The medical website's Apple Watch experience focuses on making it even easier to follow the doctor's orders.

A medication reminder will help keep wearers on track, letting them know when they need to take their medication and the proper dosage.


Never get lost again. Citymapper helps navigate public transit by giving you the fastest route. You won't miss your stop either -- the app will give the wearer a gentle tap when they've reached their destination.


The Mint app makes it easy to keep an eye on your spending via your watch. Alerts will help users make sure they're sticking to their budget.

MLB at Bat

Baseball fans never have to miss a moment from their favorite teams. The MLB app lets wearers follow a game as its happening, along with in-game scoring, pitch counts, base positions and player stats.


Here's one way to take your PowerPoint presentation to the next level -- use your Apple Watch. The PowerPoint for the Apple Watch app acts as a remote control, allowing the wearer to control the speed of their presentation.


It's easier than ever to get your burrito fix. Using the Chipotle app, hungry customers can find the nearest restaurant, choose their order, pay for it and pick it up when it's ready. A countdown clock in the app lets users know when it's burrito time.


Never forget a reservation again. The OpenTable app offers glanceable moments to remind users of upcoming dining plans, along with directions for how to get to the restaurant. It will also offer an alert if it's a "Pay with OpenTable" restaurant, which will allow wearers to use Apple Pay in the app -- and stealthily pick up the check for their dinner date.

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ABC News(LONDON) — The celebratory response to Britain's next royal baby may boost the British economy by $120 million, but the economic effects may be stronger if it's a baby princess, according to some experts.

It's not hard to notice the unequal sales attention when it comes to the clothing worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, compared to that of her husband, Prince William.

Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research in the England, previously estimated that there was a $400 million economic bonanza that came with the arrival of Prince George in 2013. This time, the boost will likely be around $120 million in retail spending, he said.

"Our view is that any celebrations of 'Baby No. 2' will be low key and we suggest that the boost to retail sales will only be about £80 million sterling, primarily on things like cakes, Prosecco and souvenirs -- mugs, coins and teapots," he told ABC News.

"In the longer term, if the new child is a girl, this will give Britain's retailers and designers a bonanza as royal watchers emulate every new piece of babywear, every new dress, et cetera, and it will go on until she is 25 years old," Bamfield said, noting that through that time the hypothetical princess is "a marked woman indeed."

British maternity clothing maker Seraphine saw an immediate spike in sales when the duchess wore its "pink fuchsia maternity dress." It sold out within hours and the increased Web traffic almost crashed the company website, according to company officials.

"The photo was broadcast worldwide, and since then we've capitalized on the increased international attention by expanding our business -- putting a greater focus on the U.S. market," Cecile Reinaud, founder of Seraphine, told ABC News. The company opened its flagship store in New York last year and has plans to open a second store on Madison Avenue next month.

During her second pregnancy, the duchess has worn other Seraphine maternity clothes, including during the royal couple's visit to New York in November. And Reinaud said she expects her second child to also follow in "The Kate effect."

"Prince George now has his own close following, and I expect his little brother or sister to have the same sort of selling power," Reinaud said. "By choosing accessible High Street brands over expensive designer labels, the Duchess of Cambridge has provided a tangible boost to British retail."

Reinaud said she's proud of the brand's loyal celebrity following among stars such as Zoe Saldana, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Mila Kunis and Carrie Underwood, among others.

"But none of these stars generate the same level of media attention as the duchess -- she is in a class of her own," Reinaud said.

Like mother, like son, whatever Prince George wears also becomes the next big thing in luxury wear. The "Guards Tank Top" that Prince George was seen wearing in photos released in December is still sold out, said its designer Cath Kidston, though the company hopes to add it again this year.

"Prince George has had such a huge influence on children's fashion, making traditional clothes fashionable, and bringing a spotlight to dressing children like children, and not 'Mini-Me,'" British designer Rachel Riley told ABC News.

When Prince George wore the "Sailboat Smocked Dungarees" made by Riley in his first official engagement in New Zealand, the company's Web traffic spiked in the U.S. and U.K., she said.

Riley has had other royal customers in her twenty years of business, including the queen's grand-daughter wearing dresses at the Boat Parade and Buckingham Palace during the queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"However Prince George has been named the 'World's Most Influential Toddler' so he has definitely brought the media spotlight to our company," she said.

Designers are waiting with bated breath to find out the baby's gender. If the royal baby is a girl, it will be the first time there has been a princess in the U.K. since Princess Anne in the 1950s and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in the 1930s.

"As I love vintage prints, and have been collecting these since I was a teenager, I have made sure that we have plenty of options for both baby girl and baby boy, as well as our Heritage Collection," Riley said.

It's not just baby clothing makers that want to be associated with the next royal baby. The wrap that Prince George first appeared in as a newborn is still the hottest seller of the American company that made it.

Brooklyn blanket and accessories maker aden anais said that the "jungle jam" wrap that was used when the prince first left the hospital is still the company's best performing product nearly two years later, including in the U.S., Japan and Australia. The product sold out that day in the U.K., and once inventory was replenished August, sales were up 223 percent compared to August 2012, the company said.

Raegan Moya-Jones, CEO and co-founder of aden anais, said that although her products can be found in 63 countries, "Having Prince George wear our blanket was quite an honor and has really solidified our international presence."

Another celebrity moment for aden anais was when the baby of another power couple was shown wrapped in another of its blankets. That was of course Beyonce and Jay Z. The company calls that moment a "close second" to the boost that Prince George provided.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like your life is beginning to resemble a scene from one of The Hangover films, it very well may be. The current trend of seemingly never-ending, over-the-top bachelor and bachelorette parties has become a real-life phenomenon.

What was once a ritual evening with friends before one’s wedding has in recent years evolved into multi-day excursions set in far-flung locales that rival honeymoons in terms of time and cost for attendees, according to industry experts.

“Bachelor and bachelorette parties are no longer single-night outings,” Jamie Miles, editor of wedding resource, told ABC News. “We are seeing more destination parties centered around an event. Maybe you’re going to New Orleans for Jazz Fest or Palm Springs for Coachella. It’s all about an experience that’s unique to what your interests are.”

Shan-lyn Ma, CEO and co-founder of wedding registry app Zola, found herself traveling from New York to Miami for just such a weekend in the run-up to a friend getting married.

"I went to a bachelorette party that was a three-day celebration at the W Hotel in South Beach,” Ma said. “The event started with dinner at a fancy restaurant in the hotel immediately after we landed. We then went to Liv, a hot Miami Club, for drinking and dancing until dawn.”

And that was only the beginning.

“The next day was full of cocktails and brunch by the pool for the entire morning and a bridal shower involving lingerie gifts back in the suite that same afternoon,” she continued. “On the last day, we went shopping together for gold sequin dresses and then went to dinner at a popular Miami restaurant. It was a fun but exhausting and expensive celebration -- not to mention, I still had to buy a wedding gift afterwards.”

The airline tickets alone for such events can be prohibitive. A recent Priceline survey on the subject of bachelor- and bachelorette-related travel found nearly one in three party-goers have spent upwards of $850 or more on travel costs alone for these types of festivities. This is especially true for a subsection of men and women that have taken the fetes international.

“My friend had her bachelorette party in Belize. BELIZE,” a New Jersey woman who wished to remain anonymous said in an email. “The bride took care of arranging most of the trip; hooked us up with a travel guide and a killer house to rent. Once you landed on the main island, you had to take a six-seater puddle jumper to your own caye [island]. We also had to rent a golf cart just to get back and forth from our house, which was super remote, into town.”

She estimated that the total cost of the celebration had run her $2,000.

After initially being deterred by the steep price, she justified the expense by rationalizing that it was the vacation of a lifetime. The group of five women took day trips to see the Mayan ruins, spent an afternoon inner tubing through pitch-black caves, and went on a scuba dive in The Great Blue Hole, a world-renowned submarine sinkhole off the coast.

“We cooked lobster some local fisherman caught for us illegally, drank a crazy amount of rum and hung with the locals,” she said. “It was a blast, and definitely worth it, but nothing I'd ever do again.”

Part of the reason to-be-weds are even suggesting such outrageous excursions is that their age range has shifted, noted Miles.

“Couples are getting married a lot older than they used to, with the average age of brides at 29 and the average age of grooms now 31,” said Miles. “And I think that really informs this trend of why these destination bachelor parties are happening. It’s a little more of a mature outing. The people involved are a little more established, as opposed to straight out of college.”

But what if the “once-in-a-lifetime” bachelor party is one of multiple wedding-related outings that you’ve been invited to?

“Last year I had six friends who were getting married,” said a Pennsylvania man who also wished not to be named. “So there were a few vacation-style bachelor parties in Las Vegas and in Philadelphia, but I couldn’t go to all of them because after a while it exceeded my budget. One party out in Colorado I really wanted to go to, but the timing just worked out that I had no money left.”

This is also not an unusual occurrence, according to the survey, which found that 45 percent of respondents decided to skip a bachelor/bachelorette party due to trip costs.

Declining an invitation is always preferable to racking up bills on a credit card, cautions The Knot. Your friends will understand.

“I certainly hope people aren’t going into debt for the bachelor or bachelorette party,” said Miles. “People really are excited for these things but the reality is that friends and family don’t always live near each other anymore and you’ll probably have to travel for the wedding as well. If money is tight, it’s worth expressing that early on. It gives the host more time to plan something that everyone can do.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Like most people, you probably filed your taxes by April 15 -- but Friday is actually the day you've earned enough this year to pay your tax bill, according to one think tank.

The Tax Foundation, which describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization that researches tax policies, says April 24 is the day when the country has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year.

"Tax Freedom Day," which the group attempts to pinpoint each year, is "a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden," according to the Tax Foundation.

The group estimates the day by taking all federal, state and local taxes and dividing them by the nation’s income.

"Tax Freedom Day is one day later than last year due mainly to the country’s continued steady economic growth, which is expected to boost tax revenue, especially from the corporate, payroll, and individual income tax," the organization said in its report.

This year, the Tax Foundation estimates Americans will pay $3.28 trillion in federal taxes and $1.57 trillion in state and local taxes, for a 2014 tax bill of $4.85 trillion, or 31 percent of national income.

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