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  • Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- A collection of original art from Walt Disney Studios will soon be open for public auction.Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the movie memorabilia auction, "An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman" in New York City on June 5.The sale will feature more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids, according to Bonhams' press release.The collection was amassed over 25 years by a private collector who acquired the art through auctions and dealers. It is comprised of multiple titles and items from more than 60 years of Disney animation, Bonhams said.The collector released his collection to Bonhams for sale in order to share the work with the next generation, Bonhams told ABC News.The artwork includes images of character favorites like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Bambi and Mickey Mouse.Villians like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 are also available for purchase.Some of the items, such as a celluloid of Snow White, are estimated to be worth between $25,000 an $30,000.The collection will be on preview at Bonhams Los Angeles from May 19-21 and then will be on display at Bonhams New York from June 2-5.The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even as experts project that a record 234.1 million passengers will take to the skies on U.S. airlines this summer, the Transportation Security Administration says it's prepared for the travel onslaught.Last summer -- which saw just 224.8 million travelers, or 9.3 million fewer than are expected this summer -- hours-long lines snarled checkpoints across the country, sparking outrage among passengers and airlines alike.This summer, industry trade group Airlines for America projects there will be about 4 percent more U.S. airline passengers passing through airports worldwide -- about 2.54 million per day from June to August. (A4A refused to speculate whether the potential expansion of the laptop ban -- already in place for flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports, and under consideration for expansion to other areas, including Europe -- could impact its projections.)Accordingly, the TSA has bulked up their workforce by 2,000 additional officers and 50 more canine teams, compared to last summer.“As we approach the summer break, securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” said TSA acting administrator Huban A. Gowadia. “It is well known that terrorists continue to focus on aviation, which is why the TSA continues to focus on providing robust security screening."The agency has also collaborated with airlines to provide automated screening lanes at some of the nation's busiest airports, including Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.So what's driving the influx of travelers?“Rising U.S. GDP, a steadily improving economy, an all-time high household net worth and historically low airfares are proving to be the perfect combination for the expected growth in summer air travel,” A4A Vice President John Heimlich said in a statement. “We continue to see consumers today shift their spending towards experiences and travel, and airlines are making sure to meet this growing demand."
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  • gavran333/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Chanel's latest addition to its high-fashion sports equipment line is drawing accusations of cultural appropriation. The French fashion house announced it would sell a resin-polished, wooden boomerang embellished with the brand's iconic double C logo for a suggested retail price of $1,325. But critics say Chanel is appropriating and disrespecting one of indigenous Australians' oldest and most recognizable hunting tools.Jeffree Star, a U.S.-based makeup artist, posted a photo of the Chanel boomerang on his Instagram account, and reaction online was swift.
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  • Doug Terry(WASHINGTON) — Officials from two leading auto safety organizations are calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency tasked with investigating potential defects, to investigate a series of fires in parked BMWs following an ABC News report last week.Meanwhile, several new consumer complaints from BMW owners reporting similar incidents have appeared in NHTSA’s database and on BMW owners’ blogs in the past several days.Calling the 43 fires uncovered by ABC News “disturbing,” Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, said NHTSA should take a serious look at the reports."They definitely should," Shahan said. “They should be investigating and getting documents from BMW and find out what's going on.”Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, also urged NHTSA to investigate."There needs to be a more aggressive approach to look at this," Gillan said.A NHTSA spokesperson said Tuesday the agency “is monitoring this issue and urges anyone with information on this issue to contact NHTSA.”The agency is directing consumers to its website, NHTSA.gov, to send a complaint and upload accompanying photos, police reports, insurance reports and other information that may be relevant.“NHTSA technical experts review each and every call, letter and online report of an alleged safety problem that is filed," a spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News.One of the new complaints submitted to NHTSA claimed that a 2015 328XI caught fire while parked in June 2016, meaning the vehicle was then just a year old.Another complaint reported a fire in a BMW that had been parked on a driveway for four days. “Awoke to a car completely engulfed in flames,” the report states.Additional consumer complaints, some of them echoing the problems outlined in the ABC News report, poured in through social media among the thousands of comments posted in reaction to the report.“There are a lot more people out there,” wrote one viewer on Facebook. “This happened to my BMW 6 months ago. I have video and photos.”Based on consumer complaints to NHTSA, fire department reports, local news reports, complaints from online blogs and interviews with BMW owners, ABC News created its own database of parked BMW vehicle fire incidents in North America over the last five years among various years and models.Each vehicle was checked through NHTSA’s database and through Carfax, a site that provides a vehicle’s history, using its vehicle identification number (VIN) or its license plate number. Any vehicle that had an open recall for a fire-related issue was eliminated from the list.ABC News also provided BMW with detailed information – including VIN, the name of the owner and the date of the incident – for the 17 cases highlighted in our investigation so the company could have the opportunity to investigate and comment on each case.BMW issued a response to ABC News’ investigation on the company’s website, saying that fires are “rare” but the company “takes every incident very seriously.”“We at BMW empathize with anyone who has experienced a vehicle fire,” the company said. “We understand it is a traumatic event and the safety of our customers is of utmost importance to us.”BMW also said the vehicle information ABC News provided showed that these vehicles “span an age range of 1-15 years, accumulated mileage of up to 232,250 miles and multiple generations and model types. In the few cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.”A spokesperson further suggested several other potential causes of car fires other than
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  • Starbucks(ST. LOUIS) — It's an iced-coffee lover's summer dream come true.Starbucks on Monday began testing coffee ice cubes in iced coffee drinks in two markets, St. Louis and Baltimore, according to spokesperson Holly Shafer. She called it a "very small test" that includes just 100 stores of the nearly 25,000 Starbucks in the country."It's one of several tests going on," Shafer told ABC News. "Our scale allows us to test things quickly to see what's next."She said the company then gathers feedback from customers and employees.In the participating stores, customers can add ice that's been made using Starbucks coffee to any iced espresso or brewed coffee beverage for 80 cents. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cybersecurity researchers have identified a second ongoing global cyberattack that has quietly hijacked hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, including many in the United States, for a massive cryptocurrency mining operation.While investigating the WannaCry ransomware attacks, researchers at the private cybersecurity firm Proofpoint stumbled upon another “less noisy” form of malware called Adylkuzz that, the firm says, has likely generated millions of dollars in cryptocurrency for the unknown attackers.According to Ryan Kalember, the senior vice president for intelligence at Proofpoint, the attack employed the same hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked to the public by the hacker group Shadow Brokers in April to exploit vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system.“I would say the real-world impact of this attack is going to be more substantial than WannaCry,” Kalember told ABC News. “Ransomware is painful, but you can restore operations relatively quickly. Here, you have a huge amount of money landing in some bad people’s hands. That has geopolitical consequences.”The firm is still working to establish attribution for the attacks, but Kalember pointed out that North Korean-backed Lazarus Group -- the same hacker group linked to the WannaCry attacks -- launched a similar cryptocurrency mining attack in late 2016.Microsoft released a pair of patches to address the vulnerability exploited by both WannaCry and Adylkuzz, but the firm says computers that adopted those patches after being infected would remain compromised, and networks that have not adopted those patches would remain exposed.Proofpoint identified Adylkuzz attacks dating back to May 2, which would predate the WannaCry attacks, making Adylkuzz the first known widespread use of the leaked NSA hacking tools. It remained undetected for so long, Kalember says, because its impact on users is far less noticeable than ransomware.“It takes over your computer, but you probably don’t notice anything other than that the system runs really slow,” Kalember said. “Your computer might be mining cryptocurrency for some very bad people.”The theft itself is also more subtle. While the WannaCry attack spread ransomware to extort payments in Bitcoin, the Adylkuzz attack created a botnet that steals processing power to mine for Monero, another form open-source cryptocurrency that boasts of being “secure, private, [and] untraceable.”According to John Bambenek of Fidelis Cybersecurity, who confirmed the existence of a second virus using NSA tools to mine for cryptocurrency, Monero has largely supplanted Bitcoin as the preferred cryptocurrency of cybercriminals. Law enforcement officials have become more adept at tracking transactions through Bitcoin’s public ledger, he said, while records of Monero transactions remain “highly obfuscated.”“It’s made it extremely attractive for cybercriminals,” Bambenek told ABC News. “There are a handful of people still hanging on to Bitcoin, but the center of gravity is moving in Monero’s favor.”Perianne Boring of the Digital Chamber of Commerce, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the blockchain industry, defended the Bitcoin community’s efforts to coordinate with law enforcement following the WannaCry attacks but told ABC News her organization does not work with Monero.“We don’t know them,” she said.Monero was recently adopted by AlphaBay, one of the most prominent darknet markets to emerge following the disruption of the Silk Road, where users can purchase illicit goods, such as illegal drugs, under the cloak of anonymity.“Monero is really ugly stuff,” Kalember said. “You’re not using it for anything good. You can’t use Monero to go buy groceries.&r
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