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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- During the peak of Black Friday shopping madness, a glitch in Macy's credit card system caused registers at the retailer's stores to stop working.

At the Macy's in downtown Chicago, one salesclerk had to enter credit card numbers manually. Most purchases, appeared to go smoothly, however, and lines at the registers did not appear to have more than five to six people queued.

"It is taking longer than usual to process some credit and gift cards in our stores, but we have added additional associates to the floor [who] are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," said Andrea Schwartz, vice president of media relations for Macy's.

The cause of the issue was not immediately clear and it was not known how long the problem would last.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- When President Trump arrived at his Florida estate for the Thanksgiving holiday, his return was not welcome news for some local business owners and community members.

The reason for many is not political, or even personal. It’s business.

For Iftach Shimonovitc, who makes a living offering helicopter sightseeing tours in Palm Beach, Florida, every day the president is in town can mean upwards of a thousand dollars in lost revenue.

“The problem is, when the president comes in town, we can’t fly. They issue a flight restriction to the area and we cannot do any sightseeing operations,” Shimonovitc, owner of Southern Helicopters, told ABC News in an interview.

The Palm Beach County Park Airport, where Shimonovitc’s business is based, is located close enough to Mar-a-Lago that the airport falls within the no-fly zone that is imposed as part of the president’s security apparatus. As a result, all operations at the small airport are strictly grounded as soon as Air Force One descends.

“Just today alone, I probably had calls from three people who wanted to come in today and unfortunately we just have to explain to them that we cannot fly,” Shimonovitc said. “It is frustrating.”

Even though Shimonovitc voted for the president in the 2016 election and remains a fan, that vote has the potential to cost him his livelihood.

“Eventually if [he visits] often enough, it could put us under,” said Shimonovitc, who said he hopes the president won’t visit the Palm Beach community as much this winter as he did last season.

Shimonovitc said the airport and some organizations are working with the Secret Service and the Federal Aviation Administration to reach a deal that would make allowances for limited operations out of the airport during the president’s visits. But as of now, he said, he’s seen no signs of success.

Neither the Secret Service nor the FAA responded immediately to ABC News' requests for comment.

While the paralyzing effect of the president’s visits on Shimonovitc’s business is an extreme case, other business owners are closely watching what the president’s trips mean for their pocketbooks.

Palm Beach resident and Jeff Greene is withholding judgment on whether the president’s visits are a positive or negative for the local economy as the busy season for the Florida vacation community starts to heat up.

“It’s hard to say, we’re still early in the season,” Greene said. “I think that Donald Trump as president shines a bright, bright light on Palm Beach and I think that will put us on the map.”

Greene owns the Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa just down the road from Mar-a-Lago. While the president’s visits may be a turnoff for some of his potential clients, it has been a draw for others, he said.

“If you’re coming to Palm Beach and you want to be off beaten track and away from all of this commotion, it helps our hotel,” Greene said. “If on the other hand you want to shop on Worth Avenue and go to all the restaurants in town, it’s a little bit harder.”

A major inconvenience for locals when the president arrives is the closure of South Ocean Boulevard -- one of the major roads on the island. Driving from one end of the island to the other means crossing over a bridge to West Palm Beach, driving along the water, and then crossing another bridge to get back to the island.

But Greene, who is also a member of the president’s Mar-a-Lago club and describes the president as a friend and neighbor, downplayed the severity of the problem.

“It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but most of the time it’s not that huge a problem,” Greene said of the street closure.

In addition to the road closures, the community now has become accustomed to a heavy police presence around the president’s property, complete with a watch tower, Coast Guard patrol boats in the water and traffic jams caused by the presidential motorcades.

But even with all the added inconveniences, Greene said the president’s entourage also brings a heightened level of excitement to town.

“We live just a couple of doors away so the excitement for us is a little different, because we can see the bright lights at night from the Coast Guard boat out in the water, from the spotlights shining all around the neighborhood … it adds a new level of glamor to an already glamorous and exciting community,” Greene said.

For better or worse, the president’s visits to Palm Beach are only expected to increase in the months ahead, as the president retreats to his so-called “Winter White House” to escape the harsh Washington winter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hoards of shoppers will be on the hunt for the best deals of the year on Black Friday.

But Black Friday may not be the shopping extravaganza it once was, according to several retail insiders.

"The reality is that promotions are meant to stimulate demand, but [retailers] are not seeing the blitz they want to see," said Farla Efros, a retail industry analyst and president of HRC Retail Advisory, a consulting firm. "Black Friday really starts around back-to-school."

About 154 million people shopped last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to data published by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Forty percent of shoppers made in-store purchases compared to 44 percent of those who bought online.

The NRF estimates that roughly 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, will be shopping the sales this holiday weekend, which includes Cyber Monday.

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group, a market research firm, told ABC News that online shopping has changed how consumers look at Black Friday. The best deals of the year are no longer exclusive to Black Friday, he pointed out.

Online shopping has edged out in-store shopping, 51 percent to 42 percent, for this holiday season, according to Deloitte's 2017 Holiday Predictions data.

Marketing expert Dave Mastovich said retailers now have access to detailed information on their customers, allowing them to target customers ahead of the holiday shopping season. As for Black Friday, he acknowledged that change was inevitable, but said people still loved the tradition of it.

Paula Rosenblum, a retail industry analyst and partner with RSR Research, said Black Friday has lost some of its luster because of the "heinous" shopping experience.

It has become a "race to the bottom" for retailers, she said.

Rosenblum believes Black Friday will become a better experience for shoppers once the focus shifts to an enjoyable shopping environment instead of what products are being offered at the lowest prices.

"The next generation is focused on experiences. We know that we can often find the best prices [on products] online," she explained.

Moreover, unconventional gift giving will become more of the norm, according to NPD's 2017 holiday report. This includes experiences like spa treatments and concert tickets.

Forty-one percent of respondents in NPD's research survey said they would rather plan an outing with their family than exchange gifts this season.

This trend means retailers will need to re-think their long-term strategies.

"If retailers don’t take a longer-term view, I think [Black Friday] could be noise like everything else," said Efros.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If being home for the holidays has you in need of a getaway, it's time to book a vacation. Hotels and resorts are offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but not all deals are created equal.

We've rounded up some of the best travel deals for the busy shopping days ahead. The criteria: at least 50 percent off and a minimum of restrictions.

Black Friday:

Generations Riviera Maya

From Nov. 22-29, book a stay for rates as low as $169 per person, per night, plus a $1,000 resort credit, representing up to 55 percent off. Resort credit can be applied for room upgrades, special food and beverage experiences including private beach dinners, spa treatments and room upgrades. Generations Riviera Maya is an all-suite, oceanfront resort with butler service. Valid for stays from Jan. 1 through Dec. 22, 2018.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Enjoy fun in the Punta Cana sun with up to 50 percent off. Kids stay free (up to 12 years of age) and there is also a 50 percent spa credit for each adult. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort. The booking window is Nov. 22-29, 2017 for stays from Jan. 1 - Dec. 22, 2018.

Villas at Sailrock Resort, Turks and Caicos


This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Sailrock Resort, a new resort located in South Caicos in the Turk and Caicos island chain, is offering a 50 percent off deal for travelers who book a stay in a beachfront villa on Nov. 24-27, 2017. The resort is a 25-minute flight from Turks & Caicos’ main island of Providenciales. Some blackout dates apply for the travel period of Jan. 3 - Nov. 19, 2018 and there is a minimum of a 4-night stay. Rate includes breakfast daily in the Great House Restaurant. Trips must be booked here.

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando offers 50 percent off at this new Walt Disney World-area resort during a sale that runs from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Valid for stays through Sept. 30, 2018, the limited-time offer gets travelers inside this Orlando hotel’s one-, two- and three-bedroom residential-style suites that are equipped with full kitchens, living and dining rooms, screened balconies and washer/dryer from just $149 per night.

The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Arizona

The Wigwam, an Arizona landmark and AAA Four-Diamond resort is offering 50 percent off its best available rate per night with a minimum two-night stay. The resort deal is good for stays through Jan. 28, 2018. Book the Wigwam special offer on Black Friday, Nov. 24 or Cyber Monday, Nov. 27 by calling 623-935-3811 or book online at wigwamarizona.com.

Cyber Monday:

Hotel Commonwealth, Boston


Boston's upscale Hotel Commonwealth, located near more than 100 colleges and universities, will offer rooms for $100 a night, more than a 50 percent savings. The offer, valid on stays within the next 100 days through March 7, 2018, begins at 10 a.m. on Nov. 27 and concludes after 100 minutes. Some limitations and blackout dates apply. To book, enter offer code "Score100" online or call 866-784-4000.

Menin Hospitality, Miami, Florida

50 percent off best room rates at several South Beach boutique hotels including Mondrian South Beach, Gale, Kaskades and Shelbourne Website.

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

The newly opened NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans celebrates Cyber Monday with up to 50 percent off best available rates and up to 50 percent off a room package, which includes accommodations, dinner for two at Public Service, breakfast for two delivered to the room and two welcome drinks upon arrival. Offer is bookable from 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, for stays Nov. 27, 2017 - Nov. 20, 2018. Reservations are non-refundable and can't be canceled. Based on availability; some blackout dates may apply.

The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey


Take a beach getaway in the revitalized Jersey Shore beach town, Asbury Park. There are 50 percent off direct bookings for all stays through April 30, 2018, available to anyone who books Nov. 24 - Dec. 1 using the code "CYBERSTAY." The offer also applies to the sister properties The Chequit, Ebon House and Salt House Inn. Black out dates and minimum stay restrictions may apply.

Barcelo Hotel Group

Up to 60 percent off for Cyber Monday, Barcelo Hotels Group will unveil an exclusive one-day only offer at select all–inclusive resorts across four brands including Occidental Hotels & Resorts, Royal Hideaway Luxury Resorts, Barcelo Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels & Resorts. Participating hotels include:

o Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos (60 percent) - Cabos San Lucas, Mexico o Barcelo San Jose (55 percent) - Costa Rica o Occidental Papagayo (50 percent) - Costa Rica o Occidental Punta Cana (55 percent) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic o El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel (50 percent) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelers can reserve a room at the AlSol Tiara Cap Cana, the AlSol Del Mar, the AlSol Luxury Village or the Villas at Cap Cana by AlSol on Cyber Monday to receive 50-59 percent off an upcoming stay. Those who book on Cyber Monday will also receive credit to use at the BABOR Signature Spa and at restaurants not included in the all-inclusive package, along with fun treats such as a bottle of champagne upon check-in.

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O'Naturel(PARIS) -- Paris may have a reputation as a fashion capital, but one of its newest restaurants asks guests to leave their clothes at the door.

O'Naturel, which began taking reservations earlier this month, bills itself the city's first naturist cafe, welcoming nudist diners in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

“When you enter the restaurant, there is a locker room where you must leave your clothes,” Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, told ABC News.

Leclerc said he and other members of the federation dined at O’Naturel last week.

“It feels like we are about to jump into a swimming pool. But in fact, we are preparing for dinner,” Leclerc said.

”It’s a little surreal to eat naked in the middle of Paris,” he added.

A list of rules is presented at the entrance of the restaurant informing diners of the code of conduct. Mobile phones and cameras are prohibited in the dining room, and exhibitionism and disrespectful sexual behaviors are not tolerated. The chair covers are changed between sittings for hygienic reasons. Because of French law, the restaurant's waiters and cooks have to be dressed.

The menu is made up of typical French bistro fare with a choice of foie gras, lobster, snails, lamb or scallops. For 49 Euros ($58), diners can try three different courses.

Leclerc believes that similar restaurants will open in the future as naturism grows in France.

“I have lots of friends all over the country telling me that they will come to O’Naturel next time they visit Paris,” he said.

More than 3.5 million people -- including 2 million foreign tourists -- practice naturism in France every year, according to the French Federation of Naturism, and the country is home to hundreds of beaches, campsites and holiday centers that welcome nudists.

The restaurant is the first of its kind in Paris and was opened by two brothers, Stéphane and Mike Saada.

“When you think about nudism, vacation comes to your mind,” Stéphane Saada told French newspaper Le Parisien. “Nudists can only enjoy their hobby during the summer. We want to offer them something all year long."

The restaurant has 20 tables and is open for dinner by reservation only Tuesday to Saturday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  It’s Black Friday week!

This year, the best single day for deep discounts is slated to be Thanksgiving Day, especially in the electronics category. Black Friday will also offer many good deals, especially in the toys and clothing categories. Savings continue on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the best day for deals on shoes, make-up and laptops.

Many deals, even limited inventory doorbusters are available both online and in-store. Almost all of the deals, however, have specific times when they go live. When you are researching a deal, check the times as rigorously as you check the location and price.

Deals on cell phones can be complicated, and often mandate a specific contract or activation, so do your homework before schlepping down to the store to buy a new phone this year.

It is also important to note that some deals, times and prices may change. The roundup below can be used as guidelines and for planning, but always be sure to double-check all the details before making a purchase.

Top research sites for deals:

Dealnews.com: This site offers great analysis of the best prices.

Bfads.net: You can search for a specific product and see all the discounts available using this site.

Camelcamelcamel.com: This site offers historical price comparison, so you can see if it really is the lowest price, or if you should wait for the price to drop more.

Top apps for finding deals:

Paribus and Earny get you refunds, automatically, if the price of an item you buy drops after your purchase.

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WTVD(NEW YORK) --  A North Carolina store clerk said she was fired after she attacked a burglar with a baseball bat on Tuesday, a move her employer said violated company policy.

Juwan Harris said a man entered the Circle K convenience store in Raleigh where she works, told her that he had a gun and robbed the store.

The suspect, later identified as 51-year-old William Winston, according to police, allegedly attempted to flee the scene, but Harris says she went after him with a baseball bat.

"I feared for my life. He held customers hostage and was pushing and harassing my customers -- that was my thing,” Harris told ABC affiliate WTVD on Tuesday. “He could've come back and did it again.”

She says she hit the alleged robber in the head and held him until police arrived.

“I took the baseball bat and hit him in the back of the head. He fell, got back up and and when he got back up, I kept hitting him in the head with the bat,” Harris said.

Winston was taken to a local hospital in stable condition and released into police custody. Police said Winston took off with cigarettes and money, and faces charges of common law robbery.

Harris, who left the scene without physical harm, lost her job over the incident, but she said she stands by her decision.

“I was trying to protect myself, the customers and also the store,” Harris said. “To me, I did what I had to do. I felt what I did was right."

Circle K did not return WTVD’s request for comment, but it’s not unusual for retailers to have such policies.

In July, Home Depot fired a 70-year-old employee at one of its Texas locations after he threw a paint roller extension at the feet of a suspected shoplifter in an attempt to stop him from making off with stolen goods, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.

The shoplifters fled the scene unharmed, but the employee, Jim Tinney, was fired as per company policy.

Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot, told KTRK in July that the policy is in place for everyone's safety.

"What I can tell you now is that we have a strict policy that only our trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters,” Holmes said in a statement. “We've had deaths and serious injury over the years, and no amount of merchandise is more important than the safety of our associates and customers.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(PATTERSON, La.) -- Jude Verrett is one brave man.

The Louisiana exterminator was called to destroy a massive hornet's nest in a shed at a home in Patterson, located about 90 miles southwest of New Orleans.

Armed with a GoPro camera, Verrett documented being attacked by thousands of angry, territorial hornets as he pulls apart their home and destroys it with a shovel.

"We got here, what I would say, is the granddaddy of all hornet's nests, European Yellowjacket,” he said in the video.

Although he wore protective gear head to toe, Verrett admits he is still a bit uneasy. "Actually, I'm not usually scared," he said before the unnerving sound of swarming hornets drowned out his words.

As Verrett tore the nest apart, a dizzying number of hornets are seen swarming around and bouncing off the camera lens.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO)-- Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement Tuesday that the company was hacked last year.

In the release,  Khosrowshahi said around 600 thousand drivers were affected, as well as 57 million Uber users. Some of the information accessed includes names, driver's license numbers, and addresses. Social security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers were not affected according to the statement.

Khosrowshahi addressed concerns about why users and drivers were not notified about the security breach when it initially occurred.

"You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later," said Khosrowshahi. "I had the same question so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it."

Khosrowshahi was not CEO of the company when the information was accessed, joining Uber in August.

Uber says it will now notify affected individuals. There were no fraud cases detected in connection to the hack.

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Twitter/@joymangano(NEW YORK) -- She’s the woman behind a $3 billion-plus empire of inventions and designs. Her life story is told in David O’Russell’s film “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence. But now Joy Mangano is telling her story firsthand in a new book, “Inventing Joy”.

On an episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis”, Mangano tells ABC News’ Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent that everyone has the knack for inventing. But at the end of the day, being able to create a game-changing product is all about how you get it done.

“You know, everybody has a great idea right? It’s a matter of what they do with it," Mangano said. "That’s something that’s in all of us. We all have it. It’s a matter of getting into yourself and pulling it out."

Mangano launched the Miracle Mop in 1992 on QVC and sold over 18,000 during her first appearance on the at-home shopping channel. Although she might have appeared to be the poster child for instant success, the steps she took that led her to that moment were paved with struggles and hard work.

“Life is a path and it’s a fluid path and you have to be able to shift your skis," she said. "So anybody that says this is my path in life and I have to stay on it ... if it’s not the right path for them, I’m going to tell them absolutely don’t stay on it."

Mangano tells Jarvis that it's crucial to "really take a look at yourself and say am I happy? Because if you’re not happy you can’t really help anybody around you."

Joy’s success didn’t end with the Miracle Mop. The Jewel Kit, the Better Beauty Case, Huggable Hangers –- the latter selling over 800 million to date –- may be in your house right now.

“As I said, with success, you don’t just kind of relax -– and maybe some people do. But with success, I say if you love what you’re doing you’re going to do more of it.”

Mangano's company continued to grow during those early days. In 2000, she sold her brand to at-home shopping network HSN, developing a partnership that still exists to this day.

So what is her selling secret?

Mangano told Jarvis that “being in the heart of the consumer” is at the root of her success.

“Everybody is a consumer," she said. "And if you truly put yourself in their space and feel for them, if you are trying to do something for them…And for me it’s creating product. That’s why I feel I’m always pretty right on because I am them.”

She adds, “They know there’s innovation in there that’s meaningful, not just for innovation's sake.”

Hear more of Joy Mangano’s interview on this week's episode of "No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis", available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Spotify, TuneIn and the ABC News app.

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Twitter/Elon Musk(LOS ANGELES) -- Elon Musk has filed a permit to dig a tunnel within Los Angeles city limits that would alleviate the standstill traffic the City of Angels is famous for.

Last week, The Boring Company, the firm Musk created to build the tunnel, filed an application with city officials to start digging within city limits, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Musk tweeted a photo of the first stage of the project near his office in Hawthorne, in southwestern Los Angeles County near Los Angeles International Airport, on Oct. 28.

The initial proposed route would stretch along Interstate 405 from Hawthorne to Westwood, and the project will be funded entirely by private money, a spokesperson for The Boring Co. said Tuesday, according to the Times. Last month, Musk expressed hopes that the tunnel would stretch the "whole 405" corridor from LAX to Interstate 101 in "a year or so."

The tunnel would also allow travel from Westwood to LAX in just six minutes, Musk claimed at a TED Conference in April, calling traffic "one of the most soul-destroying things."

"It affects people in every part of the world. It takes away so much of your life," Musk said. "It’s horrible. It’s particularly horrible in LA."

The company decided that tunnels were the optimal solution to L.A.'s traffic problem because "there is no practical limit to how many lawyers of tunnels can be built," according to its website. In addition, the tunnels will be weatherproof, they won't "divide communities with lanes and barriers," and their construction will be "silent and invisible to anyone on the surface."

Stations will be placed along the route, where the electric skates, each an "autonomous vehicle," will take "express" trips through a main tunnel, according to the website. Side tunnels will be connected to the main tunnel for entry and exit, so passengers can "travel directly to their final destination without stopping."

"Therefore, unlike trains, the skate’s average speed is very close to its maximum speed," the website states. "And with no intermediate stopping, there is no practical upper limit to the number of stations along the alignment, and the stations can be built as small as a single parking space."

The Boring Company released a video in April that showed a car being lowered to the tunnel by a platform at street level. The platform, or "skate," then takes the car through the tunnel at a high speed.

Each skate will be able to carry either a single automobile or eight to 16 passengers, according to The Boring Company.

Musk founded The Boring Company after complaining for years about the traffic he faced during his commute from his home in Bel-Air to his office in Hawthorne, the Times reported.

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studioEAST/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Tencent Holdings has become the first Asian tech firm to surpass the $500 billion valuation mark.

Earlier this week, shares of Tencent touched a record high of 439.6 Hong Kong dollars, giving it a market capitalization of $534.5 billion.

The Chinese firm is now the fifth most valuable company in the world, edging Facebook out of the Top 5 ranking.

Tencent is composed of a slew of internet-based platforms and super apps, ranging from social media and gaming to artificial intelligence and information.

The company has a news app, a blogging platform, personalization services, internet browsers, online payment systems, email and a popular video streaming service similar to YouTube. It also recently ventured into artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Its largest social media network, Weixin/WeChat, has 938 million monthly active user accounts as of the first quarter, and is actively growing.

Started in 2011, Weixin/WeChat has become a “mobile digital lifestyle,” according to Tencent’s website.

The platform allows users to message text, photo and video, and share their own photos by posting them on their “moments.”

Users also have access to gaming, stickers and easy-to-use friend-adding features.

Tencent's other social networks include QQ, an instant messaging platform aimed at youngsters, and Qzone, a platform that allows users to create their own space with blog posts, diaries, photos, videos, games and live streaming.

Tencent Games is recognized as China’s largest online gaming community. China Reading Limited, also known as Tencent Literature, offers almost a million works of literature for PC and mobile platform reading.

Tencent Comics is a huge platform for online animation, and the company's Tencent Pictures is an interactive entertainment service that connects celebrities to their fans.

The internet giant continues to find ways to grow internationally, acquiring a 12 percent stake in Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. Earlier this year, it bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla Inc.

Although Tencent now has a larger market value than Facebook, Facebook still has the most monthly active users, with 2 billion unique accounts.

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ABC News(HOUSTON) -- Houston’s hometown hero who opened his furniture stores’ doors after Hurricane Harvey is now preparing nearly 100,000 pounds of food to serve at a free Thanksgiving dinner.

“We’re planning on feeding between 15,000 and 20,000 people here tomorrow,” Jim McIngvale, better known as "Mattress Mack," said Wednesday on Good Morning America. “It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day in Houston.”

He added of the dinner, which is open to anyone, “The only requirement to come in is you’ve got to have a good appetite.”

The Thanksgiving dinner hosted by McIngvale, 66, comes several months after Hurricane Harvey dumped devastating rainfall and powerful winds on southeastern Texas this summer, leaving much of the Houston area flooded.

McIngvale opened his Gallery Furniture stores during and after Harvey to provide shelter to displaced residents. He also sent Harvey first responders to watch the Houston Texans play in the World Series and has been donating free furniture to residents affected by Harvey.

He said he wanted to host a Thanksgiving dinner to "give thanks that we’ve all made it through Hurricane Harvey."

“It’s been a tremendous growth period for Houston and we had a lot of hardships with the hurricane, but now we’re coming back,” McIngvale said. “And we want to say 'thank you' to the citizens as we get together tomorrow and share Thanksgiving dinner together.”

McIngvale, who will also join Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, has invited 6,000 children in the foster care system to the dinner.

While the dinner is being funded out of McIngvale's own pocket, he has said previously that some local food vendors have offered to help out with the cooking, and scores of volunteers have also come forward offering to help out with their time.

McIngvale hopes the Thanksgiving meal allows participants a chance to not just give thanks, but also “share relationships.”

“I think people getting together -- not on the cellphone, but talking to each other, sharing relationships, meeting new friends -- is great,” he said.

The Thanksgiving meal will be held at a Gallery Mart store in Houston and will include food trucks and a separate vendor serving Mexican food.

Here is a breakdown of the food McIngvale and his team are preparing to serve to as many as 20,000 people:

Turkey: 6,000 pounds

Ham: 6,000 pounds

Sweet potatoes: 1,500 pounds

Cornbread dressing: 1,600 pounds

Cranberry sauce: 1,000 pounds

Mashed potatoes: 2,500 pounds

Green beans: 2,500 pounds

Pies: 1,500 pies

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With Thanksgiving just a few days away, La Brea Bakery is selling more than 20 million pounds of bread, just in time for sopping up gravy and making sandwiches out of leftover turkey.

According to La Brea, it's the busiest time of the year.

"Over 2,000 of our employees are gearing up for this time of the year, making our baguettes, our rolls -- you know, all of those favorite things we look forward to," said Allison Liebovich, an associate brand manager for La Brea. "I just can't wait to break bread with my own family."

La Brea Bakery started in Los Angeles and has been making breads and foods for more than 28 years. Last year, La Brea introduced its first "nationally available" farm-to-table bread, including sourdough and French demi baguettes, using Fortuna wheat from a family-owned farm in Montana.

"When you talk about Montana," said farmer Dean Folkvord of Wheat Montana Farms, "it's a special place because of this fresh air and all these wide-open spaces. ... It's the best-tasting bread in the world."

Liebovich, whose grandparents were farmers, said it was tremendously important to La Brea that its wheat come from U.S. farmers.

"To know that there are families that I can relate to -- that are in Montana, North Dakota, across the U.S. -- that are working diligently every day of the year tirelessly, you know, putting their backs on the line, it means so much to me," she said. "We want to support the American farmer, and when we gather around the Thanksgiving table this season, we know that we're supporting our local friends, family and neighbors."

And this holiday season, La Brea Bakery is one of many companies showing love to the U.S. worker, on the farm and in the factory.

Three hours outside of Chicago, the small town of Morton, Illinois, is responsible for 80 percent of the canned pumpkins that Americans eat, according to Libby's canning company.

Libby's, which started as a family business around 1868, is still going strong. According to the company, "Libby’s contains 100 percent Dickinson pumpkins. We do not add any salt, sugar, flavor or preservatives to our canned pumpkin."

Brian Tanner, a fourth-generation farmer, said his pumpkins are harvested, prepped and shipped across Morton to Libby's canning company.

"We're all very proud of the fact that we're from the 'pumpkin capital of the world,' " said Brian Tanner, a fourth-generation pumpkin farmer. "No matter where I go in this country and meet people all over, they can always relate back to eating pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving."

Lastly, longtime fans of Cutco knives shared with ABC News how they planned to use the brand's cutlery for Thanksgiving.

"This Thanksgiving, I will be using my Cutco knives to prepare all of the vegetables that we need for dinner," said Rachel Hutchens of Leigh, Utah.

"I also love the spatula spreader for frosting and serving our Thanksgiving desserts," said Erin Birch of Orchard, New York.

Cutco knives, a company of about 500 factory workers in Olean, New York, told ABC News that it is hiring and that the average year of service for its workers was 18 years.

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Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CBS and PBS have fired veteran journalist Charlie Rose after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

In a statement to staff posted on Twitter, CBS said Rose was terminated "effective immediately."

"This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program," the statement read in part. "Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace."

Shortly thereafter, PBS released a statement of its own: "In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."

Rose's dismissal came after multiple women shared their personal stories with The Washington Post and Business Insider.

The Post reported that Rose's accusers either worked with or aspired to work with him on his PBS show, "Charlie Rose," from the late 1990s to 2011. At the time of the alleged incidents, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37, according to the paper.

Business Insider featured three women, all former “Charlie Rose” interns, who also accused Rose of inappropriate behavior, speaking to the site on the condition of anonymity.

Before being fired on Tuesday, Rose's "CBS This Morning" co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell addressed the situation, calling for an end to the alleged behavior from Rose or anyone else in a position of power.

"Let me be very clear, there is no excuse for this alleged behavior," O'Donnell said. "It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening. ... Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility."

Rose issued an apology to the Post after the allegations first broke and later, he shared it on Twitter.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken," he continued. "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, a former assistant to Rose in the mid-2000s and one of the three accusers who spoke to the Post on the record, claimed that Rose walked nude in front of her at one of his homes in New York City and called her in the wee hours to describe fantasies of watching her swim naked. She said that she reported his calls to Rose's longtime executive producer, Yvette Vega, who apparently told her, "That's just Charlie being Charlie." Vega told the Post and later confirmed to ABC News that she regretted not doing more for Godfrey-Ryan and others who mounted similar complaints.

“I should have stood up for them,” she said. “I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”

Godfrey-Ryan said that ultimately, Rose fired her, and she later left journalism.

“He took me out to lunch and told me how embarrassed he was, how he didn’t treat me like that,” she said. “It was really about how I got it wrong, and, obviously, I couldn’t work there anymore.”

Reah Bravo, who worked alongside Rose beginning in 2007, claimed to the Post that she was groped -- sometimes forcefully -- by Rose on more than one occasion. In 2008, she said that as she prepared to accept a new job, Rose offered her a position in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to live in his Georgetown residence. She declined.

“I was leaving because I was getting away,” she said. “I would never want to live someplace where he had keys.”

Megan Creydt, the third woman who spoke to the Post on the record, overlapped with Godfrey-Ryan when she worked as a coordinator on Rose's show from 2005 to 2006. Creydt claimed that Rose put his hand on her thigh, which alarmed her.

"I don’t think I said anything,” she said. “I tensed up. I didn’t move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out.”

In a statement to ABC News, Yvette Vega, executive producer on “Charlie Rose,” said: “I should have stood up for them. I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”

In a story published later Monday evening by Business Insider, three other women, all former “Charlie Rose” interns, also accused Rose of inappropriate behavior, speaking to the site on the condition of anonymity. One, an intern in 2010, said Rose touched her legs in a car while his driver took them back to her college dorm. She said months later he invited her to his hotel room to discuss a potential job. She ended up not going and never heard from him again, she said.

The two others said he opened the door to his home wearing nothing but his bathrobe and invited them in, according to Business Insider. One, looking for job advice in 2005, said accepted but felt uncomfortable as she waited downstairs for him to get dressed. They had dinner together that night and shared a bottle of wine, but the intern said she ended up having to foot the bill. She ultimately found a job elsewhere.

The other said she declined when invited in in 2008. She said she was “shocked” and didn’t know who to report him to. "He was the star of the show," she told Business Insider. "Who do you go talk to about the star of the show?"

A Rose spokesperson declined to comment further to Business Insider or ABC News when asked about the allegations.

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