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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims slumped slightly last week, decreasing by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 20, the number of people filing for benefits fell from a unrevised level of 262,000 the previous week to 261,000, marking the 77th consecutive week initial jobless claims came in below 300,000. It’s the longest streak since 1970, the Labor Department says.

The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.

The four-week moving average decreased by 1,250 to 264,000.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) — A new cologne that claims to smell like a can of tennis balls is being produced in time for the U.S. Open.

Demeter Fragrance Library of Great Neck, New York, has just announced the launch of a limited-edition scent that they claim smells like brand-new tennis balls.  

The company says the smell is “indescribable,” but “incredibly attractive” and resembles a smell akin to opening a can of tennis balls. The cologne is being produced to coincide with the celebrated tennis event.

“This fragrance commemorates that special time in New York when the greatest tennis players in the world are playing in the US Open. Courtside or not, celebrate your love for tennis, and feel a little closer to the action when you spray on our new Fuzzy Ball cologne!”

A bottle of one-ounce cologne spray retails for $18.

The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 in Flushing, Queens.

The company does not indicate if the smell will convince dogs to constantly chase you.

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Courtesy Operation Photo Rescue(NEW YORK) --  Wedding albums, baby portraits, photos of family gatherings and beloved pets -- these are some of the memories that can be lost when floods decimate communities and destroy homes.

But thanks to Operation Photo Rescue, some of these natural disaster victims are able to find a way to salvage the pictures they thought were gone forever.

"Some people come to us with one or two photos. That’s all they have left," said Margie Hayes, president of the organization. "We try to help them get back their memories."

 Photojournalists Dave Ellis and Becky Sell launched Operation Photo Rescue in 2006 after they witnessed Hurricane Katrina victims throwing out treasured mementos that had been destroyed.

Since the nonprofit organization started, about 12,000 photos have been restored thanks to more than 2,000 volunteers around the world. The photos are preserved for survivors of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

Here’s how it works.

The restoration project doesn’t start until the sites are safe -- often a few weeks after a natural disaster occurs. The organization's volunteers then go to a local library or a place where they can set up a collection site where people bring in damaged photos to see if they can be saved. The photos are digitally copied and volunteers try to restore the photos with software programs like Photoshop. The last step is to print the photos and return them to the victims at their home.

The technical work of helping to save treasured mementos often becomes personal for the volunteers.

"It’s almost like you get to know the families when we come in to help," Hayes said.

 Hayes sets up electronic fundraisers ahead of her trips to disaster sites, allowing the group to help the victims free of charge.

"I basically go out with a tin cup saying we could use your help, and I send out a newsletter requesting funds. We get $5 or $10 or $25, anything helps," she said of the projects she spearheads.

"No matter how small the donation, they are all very much appreciated," she added.

A retired technical writer by trade, Hayes started volunteering with the organization in 2007 after finding inspiration in a graphic design class. She is heading to Charleston, West Virginia, this weekend with a few volunteers to work on saving photos there following a recent flood. The group hopes to head to Baton Rouge at some point this year to aid the victims there as well, Hayes said.

While her organization works hard to preserve as many memories as possible, some photos will be lost forever.

"Sometimes there is nothing we can do -- we’ve had people come to us in tears," Hayes said. "But we’ve heard more than once that it just meant something we tried."

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Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  As upper Manhattan faces rapid gentrification, a local nonprofit in Harlem is hoping to preserve an especially important brownstone -- the former home of Langston Hughes.

Through an IndieGoGo campaign, the I, Too, Arts Collective is hoping to raise $150,000 in order to lease the home from its current owner and renovate the space. To date, the campaign has raised an impressive $59,907 in donations and generated buzz in the literary community.

The organization's mission is two-fold, its leader, Renée Watson, explained to ABC News.

"I wanted to create a space for young people to learn about Langston and his legacy, but also to add on to it," she said.

The goal is to preserve the home and restore its natural state, but also to create a cultural space for the community. Watson plans on organizing programs such as open mic nights, readings, workshops and intensives. She will also open doors to artists and authors who wish to showcase their work.

 An author of children's literature, Watson decided to take action after returning from her recent book tour, during which she was promoting a children's book that dealt with ideas of gentrification.

"The urgency came more recently after having so many conversations with young people about what it means to lose these sacred places," she told ABC News. She also couldn't help but notice how much her neighborhood had changed during the short time she was away.

Though Watson is leading the efforts, she describes the campaign as an "organic movement" that the community has long talked about and is now embracing wholeheartedly.

Watson said she believes the overwhelming success of the campaign thus far speaks to both Langston Hughes' legacy as well as the effects of current events, noting that many ideas from the Black Lives Matter movement emerged as themes in Hughes's work decades ago.

If all goes as planned, I, Too, Arts Collective will transform a home currently marked by a mere plaque into a portal to the past with the power to shape the future.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocked ended Wednesday at a two week low dragged down by a sell-off healthcare stocks which was sparked by outrage over the pricing of lifesaving drug Mylan.

The Dow dropped 65.82 (-0.35 percent) to finish at 18,481.48.

The Nasdaq lost 42.38 (-0.81 percent) to close at 5,217.69, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,175.44, down 11.46 (-0.52 percent) from its open.

Crude oil slid almost 3 percent with prices hitting under $47 a barrel.

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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has become the latest former Fox staff member to allege sexual misconduct at the top-rated cable news channel.

In a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday, Tantaros claimed that that the network “operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny,” which saw her subject to alleged sexual harassment by former Fox News boss Roger Ailes as well as by former Sen. Scott Brown.

The conduct, she alleges, was condoned by top brass at the network, some of whom were promoted in the wake of Ailes' widely publicized departure in July.

With the suit, she is seeking $49 million in damages.

In response to the allegations, a Fox News spokesperson said that the company would not comment on the pending litigation. An email to Ailes’ attorney, Susan Estrich, was not immediately returned. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 2010 until 2013, called the accusations “false,” according to the Boston Globe.

Tantaros claims in the 37-page lawsuit that Brown “made a number of sexually inappropriate comments to Tantaros on set” during an appearance on Outnumbered, a program she hosted.

Tantaros claims that the former senator said she “would be fun to go to a nightclub with,” and “snuck up behind” her while she was buying lunch and “put his hands on her lower waist.”

In an email to the Boston Globe, Brown said: “Her statement about our limited on air, green room interactions are false.”

“There were never any circumstances of any kind whatsoever in which I had any interaction with her or any other employee at Fox, outside the studio,” he also told the newspaper. He said that all interactions were “always in full view of all staff, personnel and talent.”

He added that any other encounters were “professional and cordial,” according to the paper.

In court documents, Tantaros said that following this alleged encounter with Brown, she approached Bill Shine, who was then senior executive vice president of the company, asking him to bar Brown from appearing on the show in the future.

Shine, who was promoted to co-president after Ailes' departure, as well as Suzanne Scott, who was promoted to the position of executive vice president of programming and development at the same time, allegedly ignored her request, the court documents state.

“Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be ‘business as usual’ at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women,” the documents read.

Tantaros also made claims that she was the victim of a “retaliatory demotion,” when she was removed from hosting The Five at 5 p.m. and made host of Outnumbered at the less lucrative 12 p.m. hour.

She claims that the change came after an Aug. 2014 meeting with Ailes, in which Ailes allegedly “asked Tantaros to turn around ‘so I can get a good look at you,’” the court documents state. During this meeting, he also apparently asked about the sexual orientations and relationships of several Fox News staff members, while disparaging others, according to the documents.

The court documents detail what Tantaros claims were repeated attempts to raise concerns with Fox News senior staff, who in turn “engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation.”

Tantaros claims she was told by Shine specifically that “Ailes was a ‘very powerful man’ and that Tantaros ‘needed to let this one go,’” the court documents state.

Tantaros went public with this allegation earlier this month, in a story published in New York magazine. In response to that piece, a Fox News spokesperson relayed this response from Shine: “Andrea never made any complaints to me about Roger Ailes sexually harassing her.”

Tantaros also alleges sexual harassment by prime-time presenter Bill O’Reilly in the suit, saying that in February of this year, he invited her to “come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be ‘very private,’” and also allegedly told her that “he could ‘see [her] as a wild girl,’” who had “a ‘wild side.’”

Finally, Tantaros alleges she was taken off the air this spring, “based upon the outrageously false and pretextual claim that Tantaros’s still unpublished book had been written in violation of Fox News’s rules for books authored by Fox News employees.”

At the time, a Fox News spokesperson said: “Issues have arisen regarding Andrea’s contract, and Fox News Channel has determined it best that she take some time off. She is still under contract with the network.”

In making the allegations, Tantaros joins a handful of other prominent female former Fox News staff members who have made similar allegations.

Former morning and daytime host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit earlier this summer after 11 years at the company, claiming 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, calling it a "retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract" because of "disappointingly low ratings."

Shortly before Ailes' resignation, New York magazine published a story citing unnamed sources who claimed that another Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, had “told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her about [10] years ago.”

After that story's publication, Estrich, Ailes' lawyer, told ABC News that her client “never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wanda Witter, who up until last week was homeless and living on Washington, D.C.'s streets, has received $99,999 in Social Security retirement benefits, but she could be just one of many people owed cash due to a "tangled mess" at the Social Security Administration, according to the social worker who helped her.

“Wanda’s story has been told. But there are a lot of other people in Wanda’s position,” said Julie Turner, who works for the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, a nonprofit group that helps D.C.’s poor, low-income and homeless communities.

“When I first started this job, I actually had clients that died in shelters, without ever receiving their benefits,” Turner said in an interview with ABC News. Turner said she's worked for the Downtown Cluster of Congregations since 1987.

Inaction by the government, she said, is “forcing another can of cat food on elderly people."

“You could write books on this thing," she said.

Turner helped Witter, 80, win a lengthy battle against the Social Security Administration, according to the Washington Post, which first reported Witter’s story.

Witter spent years trying to get someone within the Social Security Administration to listen to her, carting around suitcases with all the paperwork she needed to prove her claims.

“She was owed money, lots of money, and could prove it,” the Post wrote.

But bureaucracy within the agency and her status as a homeless woman kept Witter from the money she was owed, according to the Post, which also noted she was referred to mental health workers and therapists, and went unheard for years.

Problems at the Social Security Administration inevitably impact the country's most vulnerable, Turner said.

“People who are homeless remain homeless, and people remain disabled if they’re disabled,” she said.

Her findings are backed by a recent report by the nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that highlights the strain the agency is under, detailing the effects of rising workloads, funding cuts and disability payment backlogs.

The report states that the core operating budget has shrunk by 10 percent since 2010 and that demands have reached an “all-time high as the baby boomers have aged into their peak years for retirement and disability.”

These budget cuts forced the agency to impose a hiring freeze in 2011, which led to a deterioration in its phone service, according to the report. In 2016, the average caller can expect to spend over 15 minutes on hold, and nearly 10 percent of callers will receive busy signals.

The cuts also affected field offices -- 64 field offices and 533 mobile offices have closed since 2010, and hours for staff have been reduced at the remaining offices, according to the report. Last year, field staff assisted 41 million visitors and field offices received 28 million calls. Before the budget cuts, more than 90 percent of applicants could schedule an appointment within three weeks, but by 2015, fewer than half could, the report states.

The backlog of pending cases, which includes appeals from those who have been denied benefits, has grown by over 50 percent since 2010, topping one million in 2015, according to the report.

“The hearings backlog has a high human cost. Waiting a year and a half for a final decision, as a typical appellant does, causes financial and medical hardship. Some applicants lose their homes or must declare bankruptcy while awaiting a hearing. Their health often worsens; some even die,” the report states.

“Dealing with the Social Security Administration is a very, very difficult system to manipulate. It’s not user friendly,” Turner said, especially for “poor and homeless people who don’t have access to computers.”

She added: “These are systemic obstacles for homeless people trying to get their benefits.”

But the Social Security program is supposed to work. According to the report, it’s one of the nation’s most popular and effective programs, because it provides a foundation of income workers can build upon for their retirement.

Fifty-nine million retirees, disabled workers, survivors and their families receive these benefits each year, a number that has grown by six million in the past five years, according to the report.

But the Social Security Administration's troubles have left some social workers like Turner worried.

“The country is getting ready to change administrations in the next few months, but I don’t hear anyone but Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren talking about Social Security,” Turner said, referring to the senators from Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively.

While she wouldn’t comment on Witter’s case, citing confidentiality, Turner acknowledged Witter’s determination.

“It took a village for this case, but a lot of it was Wanda and her willingness, and tenacity, and her ability to really dig deep. You can’t do any of this without a client that’s willing to work with you,” Turner said.

The Social Security Administration did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has issued an executive order directed at barring companies who have recently violated federal labor laws from receiving government contracts.
 
The rule, first proposed in 2014, is known as the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" order, and is intended to turn federal contracts into an incentive system for companies not to skirt federal labor regulations.
 
Republicans have pushed back against the rule in the past saying it would unfairly prevent firms from securing fed contracts, and will no doubt criticize the order coming so late in Obama’s second term.
 
According to the rule, businesses hoping to earn contracts must disclose whether they violated laws over workplace safety, discrimination, labor organizing rights or minimum wage and overtime over the previous three years.
 
White House officials reportedly said on a conference call with a small group of reporters that they estimate this rule will impact less than 10 percent of contractors.

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Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fried chicken fast-food chain KFC has designed an "Extra Crispy" sunscreen that smells like fried chicken.  

The company tweeted an announcement Monday offering the non-edible, SPF 30 sunscreen for free at the website ExtraCrispySunscreen.com. However, the limited run of 3,000 bottles, which were advertised as being available until Sept. 30 or "while supplies last," were snatched up very quickly.

On Tuesday, the site posted the message, "This was a limited-time offer and we ran out of the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. Please accept our apologies in the form of this amazing website that you can still look at."

For this sunscreen promotion, the company hired actor George Hamilton to portray Colonel Sanders in its social media ads.

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Tesla(NEW YORK) -- The Tesla Model S P100D, with its new 100 kWh battery, is the “world’s fastest production car,” CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday.

The electric car -- which can now travel an estimated 315 miles on just one charge, farther than any other electric vehicle -- can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds, according to Tesla. That acceleration rate puts it third in line behind the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder -- 2 million-dollar vehicles that are no longer being manufactured, Musk pointed out.

“It’s really quite a stark milestone,” the billionaire CEO told reporters Tuesday. “The fastest [production] car in the world of any kind is electric.”

“In the future, people are really going to look at gasoline cars the same way we look at steam engines today: like, they’re quaint, but it’s not really how you get around,” he said.

Despite the Model S's heart-stopping acceleration, some analysts weren't entirely enthusiastic.

"The performance of the 100D line is truly remarkable, and kudos should be given to Tesla for that. With that said, the Model 3 and Gigafactory are still the most relevant items for Tesla's long-term viability," Kelley Blue Book analyst Akshay Anand said in a statement, referring to Musk's gargantuan battery plant in Nevada. "The 100D will still be out of buying range for the majority of consumers, so Tesla will need to figure out how to 'upgrade’ current owners."

“This recent announcement from Tesla is eye-opening, but nothing more than headline-grabbing showmanship," added fellow Kelley Blue Book analyst Michael Harley. "True sports cars are not only capable in the sprint, but are adept in handling and braking as well -- his sedan and crossover lack both of those skills. With limited top speeds, and the inability to circle a complete racing circuit without overheating, they are nothing more than a pair of one-trick ponies. Tesla needs to focus on building a quality product, taking care of its customers, and profitability -- not accelerating away from its issues at breakneck velocities."

Current owners can upgrade their batteries for $20,000, which also covers recycling of their old battery packs. New customers can upgrade for $10,000.

The 100 kWh battery will also be available in the Model X, which will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and travel an estimated 289 miles on a single charge.

“That’s nuts,” Musk said. “I think this is really going to send a great message to the public that sustainable transport is the future.”

Tesla has been under fire in recent months following a series of accidents involving Autopilot, its driver-assist feature. The next software update will include “material improvement to autonomy of the car," according to Musk.

Despite the setbacks, Musk asserted that “electric is the future.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains for Wall Street after a boost in new-home sales, but investors continue to fret over Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech at the end of the week.

The Dow moved 17.88 ( 0.10 percent) to finish at 18,547.30.

The Nasdaq gained 15.47 ( 0.30 percent) to close at 5,260.08, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,186.90, up 4.26 ( 0.20 percent) from its open.

Crude oil jumped over 1 percent with prices hitting under $48 a barrel.

Home Sales: New-home sales in the U.S. reached their highest level in almost nine years, according to figures from the Commerce Department on Tuesday. New single-family houses were up 12.4 percent from June for an annualized rate of 654,000, its highest level since October 2007, helped by low interest rates and low unemployment.

Federal Reserve: Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to speak at Jackson Hole at the end of the week and investors will tune in for hints on how soon an interest rate hike could be coming. Several Fed presidents have already mentioned a possible September raise in interest rates, with Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer saying over the weekend that the economy had reached the central bank's goals for unemployment and inflation.

Tesla: Shares in Tesla closed about 1 percent higher Tuesday after Elon Musk announced a new 100 kWh battery for Model X and Model S that increases the Model S's range to an estimated 315 miles and the Model X's to 289 miles. The latest update makes the Model S the quickest production car in the world.

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Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the world’s most recognizable clothing brands is in the limelight, not for a new fashion line but because of a lawsuit alleging it has engaged in deceptive pricing tactics.

Zara has denied claims made in a class action lawsuit filed last week that alleges the Spain-based clothing giant has been deceiving customers by listing prices in euros, then cheating them at the register with artificial exchange rates.

The suit, brought by Los Angeles resident Devin Rose, makes two distinct allegations against the company.

First, the suit alleges that Zara is confusing customers by tagging their clothing with prices quoted in euros.

"Since the euro is a larger unit of currency than the American dollar, these euro prices lead shoppers in the United States to believe that Zara’s products are less expensive than they actually are," the suit, which was filed by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, claims. "Customers are lured in by the brand’s seemingly low prices, and it is only upon bringing the items they intend to purchase to the register that these customers discover their true costs."

It goes on to claim that the final sale price (which in the U.S. is, of course, in dollars), is "well in excess of the true converted amount if the euro price on the tag were properly converted to dollars."

Second and similarly, the suit alleges that when a U.S. dollar price is given on labels affixed to the clothing, the dollar price is given in a label stuck over the euro price that was already on the tag.

"In this context, the dollar amount similarly is far in excess of the true converted amount if the euro price printed on the tag were properly converted to dollars," the court documents state.

"Rather than converting an original euro price to an equivalent American dollar price," the documents add," Zara simply chooses a higher dollar amount that bears no relation to the relevant conversion rate."

Rose said he purchased three shirts, which he claimed were “€9.95” each, from one of the company’s stores in May.

"At the time that Mr. Rose made his purchases, the actual euro-dollar exchange rate would have resulted in his €9.95 shirts costing approximately $11.26," the suit claims. "However, Zara charged Mr. Rose $17.90 per garment, a markup of nearly 60%."

Zara has denied the allegations calling them "baseless."

"Zara USA vehemently denies any allegations that the company engages in deceptive pricing practices in the United States," a company spokesperson told ABC News in a statement. "While we have not yet been served the complaint containing these baseless claims, we pride ourselves in our fundamental commitment to transparency and honest, ethical conduct with our valued customers."

The suit seeks damages, to be determined at trial.

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Courtesy is GM/Chevy(NEW YORK) -- Grim new numbers show traffic deaths are up nine percent so far this year, according to a new study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council -- and if trends continue, the United States may see its deadliest driving year since 2007. But Chevrolet is helping ease parents' minds with new tech added to 10 2017 models.

An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January -- enough to fill 382 school buses.

This month alone, more than 360,000 teens will receive their driver’s licenses. But for the 16-year-olds transferring off the school buses and into the driver's seat for the first time, distractions like music, friends and cell phones can be deadly.

That's where Chevy comes in.

New technology in 10 Chevrolet 2017 models is designed to keep teens safe.

Introduced in the 2016 Malibu, the technology is called "Teen Driver." The program essentially records teenage drivers' movements in a "in-vehicle report card," which keeps track of, among other options, whether the teen driver speeds, tailgates or uses the forward collision braking technology. Parents can then view the information later on the vehicle's computer screen.

“As a mother of two, it’s extremely important to find solutions that can help young drivers on the road,” said MaryAnn Beebe, a Chevrolet safety engineer who is expecting her third child later this year.

“Chevrolet developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids. It’s easier to give guidance to your teen when you have some information on what they’re doing behind the wheel. It also gives teens an opportunity to gain their parents' trust," Beebe added.

Additionally, the car models (which include the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt) even silence the radio until seat belts are buckled.

According to Chevrolet, the "Teen Driver" program is a non-subscription-based service that remains with the vehicle its entire life. Parents must register their teen’s key fob in the vehicle’s system settings to use it.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- "Cheap Flight Day" is here, which means it’s time to start planning that fall vacation.

Whether you’re looking to catch some rays, enjoy the fall foliage, or explore historic sites, we’ve compiled all the details you need to know to make the most of your vacation time.

Another Kind of Back-to-School Deal

Tuesday marks the day when airlines begin to slash prices after the summer high season. Airlines, facing decreased demand after Labor Day, are looking to fill empty seats.

“With kids back in school, you have a smaller pool of people traveling,” says Rick Seaney, the CEO of FareCompare, a website that tracks airline ticket prices.

For travelers who are not tied down by a school schedule, now can be an opportune time to find an affordable flight to popular destinations.

Smart shoppers will search for the best fares on Tuesday afternoons, Seaney says, when airlines mark down their fares to try to beat competitors.

And when it comes to departure date, timing is also key.

“The three cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday; the most expensive are Monday, Friday and Sunday,” he said.

Low Airfares Will Be Around for a While

If you went over-budget this summer and don’t have the money to buy a ticket on Tuesday, don’t panic.

Seaney says that Tuesday is really the kick-off to “the fall deal zone,” and there’s no particular rush to purchase your ticket right now.

Prices will remain low through the next few weeks, he says. And if you can wait, mid-October should see another “bright point” for cost-conscious flyers, he adds.

However, he says, consumers should be aware of “airline Christmas” -- the last two weeks of December and the first week of January -- when ticket prices will be much higher. The week around Thanksgiving will see similarly higher prices.

Location Is Key When Finding Deals


Consumers are likely to see better deals if they're headed to major cities, Seaney says.

“Smaller cities tend to have a less of a drop," he notes.

Those headed to Florida may find deeply discounted fares as fears about tropical storms and Zika could discourage some from traveling to the state, Seaney says.

Moreover, the fall is a great time to visit Europe, he explains.

With most European shopkeepers back from their summer holidays, tourists with a curious cultural eye will be able to experience the old world at its most authentic, he says. Plus, the lack of summer tourists could mean cheaper prices on things like food and lodging.

“Typically if you want to fly into Europe – the best month in my opinion is November,” he says. “It’s cheaper...and the weather is much cooler.”

It’s also a great time to visit the United Kingdom.

Traditionally, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and British pound has made travel to Great Britain prohibitively expensive for many budget travelers.

But the recent Brexit vote has caused the pound to plummet in value. As of Tuesday morning, the conversion rate was approximately 10 percent better for Americans than it was before the late-June vote.

Other major geopolitical events are also making some destinations cheaper.

Travelers interested in South America should look to Brazil, Seaney says. Now that the Olympics are over, airfare will "certainly be less expensive," he says.

One place that likely won’t be seeing major discounts is Asia.

“It’s mostly business travel, you don’t see a lot of leisure travel, especially in the fall, so you shouldn’t see as big of a drop,” Seaney advises.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good news for Sony gaming fans: new gaming consoles are on the way. The tech giant announced a slimmed-down version of its PlayStation 4, plus a new high-end console codenamed Project Neo.


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