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  • Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Heather McDonald realized that she “hated” her job as an assistant buyer for a major department store, she decided to stand up--in a comedy club.“I’d been thinking about it since I was a little girl.”“People used to tell me, even my music teacher in high school, 'I don’t understand why you’re going to college. You should just be a stand-up,'” McDonald told ABC News Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis on an episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis."McDonald is a comedian, writer, bestselling author and host of the podcast “JUICY SCOOP with Heather McDonald.” But, like most comedians, her success wasn’t exactly immediate.After receiving her degree in Communications and Business from the University of Southern California, McDonald recalled how she thought of working in casting or production instead, just for the steady paycheck.But a close friend told her,“Everything in media is so hard, just do the thing that you really want to do.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the green on Tuesday as investors were feeling more optimistic about tax reform.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 196.14 (+0.90 percent) to finish at 21,899.89.The Nasdaq jumped 84.35 (+1.36 percent) to close at 6,297.48, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,452.51, up 24.14 (+0.99 percent) from its open.Crude oil was more than 0.5 percent higher with prices under $48 per barrel.Winners and Losers:  Shares of DSW Inc. soared 17.46 percent after the footwear retailer's earnings report and same-store sales beat investors' expectations.Macy's announced the hiring of a former eBay executive as its president and shares rose 4.56 percent.
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  • Rebecca K Clark Photography(NEW YORK) -- Love was in the air for many couples during the total solar eclipse.As the skies darkened and the temperatures dropped, they used the rare occasion as the perfect opportunity to pop the question.Aaron Hrenak and Kaitlin McNeely of St. Charles, Missouri, were one of those couples. Hrenak, 27, said he chose to propose during the eclipse because "she wouldn't expect it.""It was surreal," he told ABC News. "Right before I proposed I asked if she could place the eclipse between her fingers like she was holding a diamond ring. Then I got down on a knee and proposed. It's almost like she will have that moment on her finger for the rest of her life.""I don't think photos can communicate how incredible an eclipse is," Hrenak added. "The way the light is affected is incredible, almost surreal. Very few phenomena are as impressive as this was. It really was a perfect moment. We will both remember it forever."According to Instagram, the eclipse was a bigger event for users than the 2017 Super Bowl, with more than 50 million people posting, commenting or liking something related to it. Of the top 10 eclipse-related hashtags used by Instagrammers, #love came in at No. 9.Congrats to the lovebirds celebrating the celestial moment.
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  • Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here is a recap of this week's episode of "What Would You Do?" with ABC's John Quiñones.What would you do: Shopping while transgenderA transgender woman is shopping for a dress at a women’s boutique. The sales clerk refuses to sell clothes to her because she is transgender. How will the other customers react? Watch what happens:
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No one wants to think about Thanksgiving now. Not when there’s still a sliver of summer left.But it’s an absolute must for anyone who will be traveling during the November holiday, especially those who will head to the airport on the two most popular days of the year to fly. That’s right -- the two most popular days are the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving, according to FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney. And since Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 23 this year, the most popular days to fly will be Nov. 22 and Nov. 26. The dates will vary, but it’s always the same combination.Picture the worst airport lines you’ve ever experienced, and you get an idea of how bad it’ll be. But it gets even worse because these are also the two most expensive days of the year to fly.The very popularity of these two travel days is the reason they cost so much. Today’s airlines know exactly when we want to fly, and they price their fares accordingly. It’s not unique to the airlines, as a friend learned recently when pricing Idaho hotels for the eclipse where a room in a mid-range chain that normally goes for $140 had jumped to $590. Turkey Day travelers must also be prepared to pay steeper than normal fares, but there are ways to bring costs down.What can travelers do? Here are some tips from Seaney: Start now: Plan your itinerary as soon as possible, especially if you have to ask the boss for time off. Then see if you can create an itinerary that avoids flights on Wednesday and Sunday. To be honest, the other days won’t be cheap, but they’ll almost always be cheaper than Wednesday or Sunday.Choose the best days to fly: Flying on Thanksgiving Day is often the cheapest date in the entire holiday, and if you take off early enough, you won’t miss a moment of the celebration. Lesser savings can be achieved by departing Monday or Tuesday before the holiday and the Saturday or Monday after. Use an airfare comparison site such as FareCompare, but there are many out there. Then juggle days to see which is cheapest for your route.Shop immediately: This is only true for those who must fly Wednesday and Sunday, but they should shop and buy tickets now because prices are now rising every day for this itinerary. Airfare goes up on average by $.50 to $.75 a day, and then $1.50 in September and $2.50 by October. Again, those are per-day increases and it adds up, so the worst procrastinators could wind up paying on average an extra $200 per ticket or more. If you don’t plan to fly the most popular days and will take off maybe Monday or Tuesday before and return Saturday or Monday after, you can wait a couple more weeks before the price rise begins. But do not wait long.Fifty cents may not seem like much now, so it’s easy to ignore. But you could suddenly find yourself paying hundreds more than you planned. Thanksgiving is pricey enough anyway, so don’t delay. There is no point whatsoever in paying a penny more than you have to.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Joan Cros Garcia/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mastercard has decided to shut down the use of their credit cards on websites that incite hate and violence.
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