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  • Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Another interest rate increase after December's hike may be coming sooner than investors think.
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  • Courtesy of Shane Birkinbine(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- One man’s creative Super Mario marriage proposal definitely earned him the top score in his bride-to-be’s eyes.
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  • Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Verizon Communications Inc. has struck a deal in principle with two unions for a four-year labor agreement, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said Friday.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While holiday travelers enjoy their time off this Memorial Day weekend, crowding highways and airports across the country, aviation security will be put to the test."I don't think it'll be a summer of misery," Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger told ABC News Friday.Despite the record number of passengers expected to take to the skies this summer, the TSA head says he's "cautiously optimistic" that the 768 new officers -- combined with a new command center that monitors checkpoint volume in real-time, airport by airport – should help the long lines passengers have been seeing at TSA checkpoints across the country.Existing TSOs (Travel Security Officers) will also take on more hours: Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson on Thursday submitted a request to Congress to transition 2,784 Transportation Security Officers from part-time to full time -- a step that Johnson said would allow an additional 82,000 passengers to be screened per day.Lawmakers have been calling for airlines to help ease wait times by eliminating bag fees, which they say force passengers to travel with carry-on bags, rather than checking their luggage.On Friday, Neffenger told ABC News “that option has to be on the table,” but clarified that “it’s unclear to me how much that impact would be.”Lawmakers say TSA data indicates that checkpoints serving carriers that charge for bags see 27 percent more roller bags than checkpoints serving carriers that allow passengers to check bags for free.“Extra carry-on bags is a challenge,” Neffenger acknowledged.His No. 1 tip to travelers looking to avoid long waits? Enroll in PreCheck or another "trusted traveler program." Roughly 92 percent of PreCheck members stand in line five minutes or less. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Leibniz University of Hannover(HANNOVER, Germany) -- Robots with emotion. Robots that can do our jobs. Robotic friends. Next up: Robots that can feel pain.Researchers in Germany are developing an artificial nervous system that would teach robots to feel and react to pain, with the intent of helping them to avoid damage to their systems and warn their human co-workers, which could help prevent accidents.A team of researchers from Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, described their research at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation last week in Stockholm, Sweden.In humans, neurons transmit pain. Artificial neurons in the robot would send the same signals, allowing it to determine the scope of the pain, from light to severe."Pain is a system that protects us. When we move away from the source of pain, it helps us not get hurt," Johannes Kuehn, one of the researchers, told IEEE Spectrum.How the robot reacts is also key. Kuehn and his co-worker, Sami Haddadin, wrote in a paper published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters they used human pain research to understand how robotic reflexes could help protect the machines.Using a tactile fingertip sensor that can feel temperature and pressure, the researchers developed a prototype reflex controller based on how human feel when they experience physical pain. When the force on the sensor passes a certain level, the robot receives alerts, the same way humans would when they experience pain. The robot can then use its protective reflexes.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of summer. The entire weekend is also a big one for sales.ABC News' Becky Worley has a roundup of the best bargains of the weekend:AIR CONDITIONERS, GRILLS, CAMPING GEARWalmart: $76 off a Frigidaire window unit.Home Depot: Get 25 percent off select grills and patio furniture. You can also get this 7-piece patio furniture set for just $99.Lowe’s: A 4-burner grill is marked down to $169 -- that’s 15 percent lower than the lowest price Worley could find online.Cabela’s: Get camping gear, back packs and sleeping bags for 20 percent off.MATTRESSESMemorial Day is considered the best time to buy a mattress. Deals can be had at department stores and specialty mattress retailers, but here’s a tip: There are slew of online mattress companies in business now and they are putting pressure on traditional mattress companies, forcing even more competitive prices.VACUUM CLEANERSThere are vacuum cleaner sales everywhere. You can get them 25 to 35 percent off at Best Buy, Sears and Target.CLOTHESCheck with your local store to see if the below deals are available in-store or only online.The Children’s Place: 50 percent off children’s clothing sitewide at The Children’s Place, Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh.Reebok: 20 percent off sitewide using coupon code MEMDAYBanana Republic: 40 percent off entire purchase online using code BRTAKE40J. Crew: Extra 30 percent off with code WEEKENDLand’s End: 50 percent off select swimwear using coupon code STARS Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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