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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- London is putting the brakes on Uber.
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  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg condemned Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and promised to do more to stop it in the future in remarks on Thursday after announcing the social media giant would release some 3,000 ads believed to bought by Russian operatives during the 2016 election.His comments come after Facebook revealed earlier this month that fake accounts linked to a Russian company bought more than $100,000 worth of political ads during the presidential election, adding a new dimension to the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian election interference.In Zuckerberg's remarks, in a Facebook live post on his profile, he said that after finding ads linked to Russian accounts that were believed to be attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, Facebook turned them over to the special prosecutor."We've been investigating this for many months now, and for a while, we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russia running ads. When we recently uncovered this activity, we provided that information to the special prosecutor we also briefed Congress and this morning. I directed our team to provide the ads we found to Congress as well," Zuckerberg said in the video.Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is going to "strengthen our ad review process for political ads" and use "an even higher standard of transparency" than exists for television and other media already.At another point in the video, he noted the decisive role that social media played in campaign strategies, and touted Facebook's voter registration initiative that helped 2 million people register to vote."Many of these dynamics were new in this election and in a much larger scale... and they were much larger in scale than any of the interference that we have found," he said.He said that dealing with the threat of nation states interfering in elections was not an issue that the company has had to deal with before but "if that's what we must do then we are committed to rising to the occasion."We don't check what people say before they say it and frankly I don't think society wants us to," Zuckerberg said.He said that if people break Facebook's code of conduct or the law "there will be consequences.""We won't catch everyone immediately but we can make it harder to try to interfere," he said.Zuckerberg said that Facebook would "continue working with the government" and strives "to be a force for good and democracy everywhere."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A couple that wanted to follow their passions in life took a leap of faith.Kyle James and Ashley Grigsby of North Carolina quit their jobs in 2015 and set off for New York City before heading on a worldwide adventure. They booked a one-way ticket to Paris as their first stop to travel the globe and enjoy as many life experiences together as possible."We got really wrapped up in those routines, and we needed a change," Grigsby told ABC News."We saved every dollar we could get our hands on -- knowing that we were going to be in Greece and all these places," James said.After 114 days traveling, James and Grigsby had checked off 15 countries and 38 cities, packing in a lifetime of memories and experiences. James realized that he could use his background in writing and publishing to turn their journey into a book, which he titled, "Not Afraid of the Fall.""Every single one of those cities, we took something from it. This book is built by every single one of those cities," James said.The pair also found that the experience deepened their connection."It was one of those experiences where you go in and you sink or you float, and I think we came out better than ever," James said. "I think we've created something really special here."Research has found that couples who try something new together experience increased relationship quality."One thing we all have to remember is that if you’re in a relationship, it’s either growing or it's dying," relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson said on Good Morning America on Thursday. "There’s no in-between, so what we have to do is remember that we always want to experience new things. Learn a new dance, a new language, experience new things -- and that’s what Kyle and Ashley did."Dr. Logan Levkoff, a relationship and sexuality educator, told ABC News that there are highs and lows from this kind of adventurous relationship."Traveling can be wonderful, but it can also be very stressful," Levkoff said. "You get to see someone through their best times and also their worst. ... All of these things are clues about not just your partnership, but about your partner."After Grigsby and James were back in North Carolina and he received an advance copy of his book on their journey, the couple took a hike where he gave her a surprise.Once they reached the same spot where they had shared their first kiss, James handed Grigsby the book and asked her to read the special dedication to her. James had penned a letter pouring his heart out about their journey around the globe and finished with a marriage proposal.Grigsby accepted, and the couple has started planning for a wedding in Croatia on July 3, 2018."We're hoping to do some traveling before, some traveling after, hopefully some traveling long after that," the bride-to-be said.
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  • tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Little movement on Wall Street today, but record-setting closes for two major indices on Wednesday, as the Federal Reserve announces no change in interest rates.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 41.79 to end the day at 22,412.59. That marked the 42nd record-high this year for the Dow.The Nasdaq dropped to a close of 6,456.04, losing 5.28 on the day, while the S&P 500 edged up 1.58 to finish the session at 2,508.23. Wednesday was the 37th record close for the S&P 500 this year.The Federal Reserve said it would leave interest rates unchanged today, but that a hike remains likely before the end of the year. Three additional hikes are possible for next year.According to the Fed's minutes, economic activity has been rising moderately, job gains have remained solid and the unemployment rate has stayed low. Household spending and business investment growth have both increased.Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that she expects that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will impact the American economy, but that those effects are unlikely to damage economic growth long-term. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May called for internet companies to take a harder stance against terrorist content on their platforms Wednesday, speaking at an event in New York with major tech companies.May wants those companies to go "further and faster" to stop the spread of such material, according to a statement from the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations. After co-hosting a meeting on preventing terrorist use of the Internet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, May urged internet companies to remove terrorist content within one to two hours of its posting. May is also calling for companies to work on technological solutions to prevent terrorist content from being uploaded in the first place.Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter were among the companies in attendance at the event Wednesday evening."Terrorist groups are aware that links to their propaganda are being removed more quickly, and are placing a greater emphasis on disseminating content at speed in order to stay ahead," May's prepared remarks read.
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  • Sean Gladwell/Hemera/Thinkstock(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) -- One Colorado woman's persistence finally paid off after 30 years of playing the exact same lottery numbers -- she won a $133.2 million Powerball jackpot.Judy Finchum, 67, purchased a winning Advance Play ticket on Saturday, her dog Tillie's birthday, and woke up stunned to see that she had all five out of the winning numbers, including the Powerball.After seeing the numbers on her phone and checking her ticket, Finchum ran into the bedroom and woke up her husband Mack to tell him."We stumbled down the hallway together and I said, 'Now look at these numbers and look at the numbers on the ticket and are those the same?'" Finchum recalled. "My husband was Mr. calm and says, 'Yes they are.'"At a press conference on Tuesday, when Finchum was presented with a large check for $133.2 million, she explained the history behind her winning numbers.She said that her tried and true selections wer comprised of "birthday numbers." Number 17 for her late brother, her own birth date, 18, 24 for her sister Star, 25 for her ex-husband's and 31 for her daughter.Finchum said she is still imagining how the money could change her life."It's hard to fathom," she said.One thing she knows for sure is that she's officially retired, "as of about 6 o'clock on Sunday morning."
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