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As the end of the year approaches, many car buyers are ready to get a steal on a new car. While buying a new car is an exciting process, it can also be very stressful and time consuming.
With the help of advanced technology, you can buy a car without leaving the comfort of your home . T he new website Carvana.com is an online car dealership that conducts a 150-point inspection on its used cars so there are no surprises for the consumers.
If you’re thinking of buying a car “the old fashioned way , ” by going to the dealership, try to avoid going on a Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day at the dealership.
Buyers should also do their homework before going into the dealership. It’s important to know how much people in your area are paying for the car you’re looking at. This will give you leverage when negotiating with the car salesman. The new app Truecar can provide you with this information.
Grammy-winning artist — and now Broadway lyricist and composer — Sting said it was his mother who’d introduced show music to their household when he was growing up.
“She brought rock n roll into the house — Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis — but she also had all of the Rogers and Hammerstein collection,” he told ABC News.
Sting, who said “Carousel” was his favorite show, has his first musical set to open on Broadway in October.
The show titled “The Last Ship” is set in his hometown in northeast England and focuses on the closing of a shipyard and its ramifications on the community.
Sting said it was a different experience not being the performer and just watching and composing on the sidelines, but he was getting used to it.
“You just have to relinquish a lot. … I don’t have much to do at this point. We have a wonderful director. We have a wonderful choreographer, a great creative team so I’m called in for maybe one detail a day. … I don’t have a huge task at the moment,” he said.
Sting said he absolutely thought the play’s universal message would resonate with Americans.
In most states, seatbelts are not required on school buses, and according to a new report, children would be safer if they were required to wear them.
“Your child, if they are riding on a school bus, they are 50times more likely to get to school safely than if they were driving themselves or riding with friends,” Deborah Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council, told ABC News.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NTSB) estimates a cost of $5,485 to $7,346 for installing lap/shoulder belts in a large school bus. They also estimate that lap/shoulder belts on school buses would save two lives annually, nationwide.
While seatbelts on school buses gets more scrutiny, students and their parents should be mindful of a few other safety matters. When the school bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps away from the curb. Be sure to wait until the bus stops, the driver opens the door and says it’s OK to step on the bus. Also, never run across the street to try and catch a bus.
There are more than 335 million cell phone plans in America. And while cell phone contracts are easy to sign, many are impossible to cancel or will cost you big bucks to do so. Most companies charge early termination fees when you try to switch providers.
Families like the Krusch family know that multiple plans can add up. Their family has three contracts with three different companies. Their cell phone bills are costing them up to $300 a month.
And when mom Claudia Krusch tried to cancel a plan, the company told her “it's going to be over $350,” she said.
Jon Colgan, founder and CEO of the startup CellBreaker, said there are ways to get out of multiple contracts. And you can simplify and save money in the process.
First, by using CellBreaker.com you can look for any differences in your original contract. The site reads the fine print and sends you its findings so you may be able to cancel without a big fee.
Next, you can sell or swap your plan. Using sites like cellswapper.com and cellplandepot.com you can post any unwanted contracts online and let others buy them and take them over.
The World Cup is a sporting event where the emotions and the stakes are high. But for the parents behind the elite athletes, they couldn’t be higher.
Each player on Team USA has his own personal story. However, in most cases their success has been backed by a family that has been at every game and at every practice. The parents made sacrifices to help their child reach his goals.
Joetta Beasley, mother of player DaMarcus Beasley, does not remember how many games she has been to. Her husband Henry Beasley thought it may be in the thousands. “I mean, from age 4 or 5 up through now, so it’s been tons,” Joetta said, “Tons in this country. Tons all over the world.”
“It’s the same little guy who’s been out there since he was 4 and now he’s out there fulfilling his dreams,” said Meg Beckerman, mother of player Kyle Beckerman.
Meg’s advice for parents who wants their child to succeed is to “give them the opportunity to succeed if they have a love for it, and never think they have to give up. Never quit just because there’s one bad moment.”
Stress at times can be all-consuming.
In a new report by Penn State University, researchers measured the stress of 122 people including men, women, singles and married couples with kids.
The test measured the participants’ cortisol levels, an indicator of stress, throughout their day at work and at home.
And where they were more stressed may surprise you. “People’s stress levels were lower at work than they were at home,” said Sarah Damaske, an assistant professor at Penn State University.
Study participant and working mother Eve Feuerstein displayed a higher stress level at home. “There are so many factors at home that are so personal,” Feuerstein said. “It's really hard not to make that the most stressful place that I have.”
Researchers have some suggestions to reduce stress at home. First, they say act like you are at the office and delegate tasks. Also like at work, make sure to take a “coffee break” and relax. And finally, they say the best medicine to eliminate stress is one we can all afford - laughter.
It seems that in any family , medical bills always pile up. And according to a study from “The American Journal of Medicine , ” nearly two out of three bankruptcies stem from some sort of medical debt.
In Denver, Colorado , James and Sarah Haugh were facing this all - too - common problem. The couple had racked up a high medical bill of $50,000 from their son’s birth two years ago.
The Haugh family wanted to challenge the charge but they didn’t know where to turn. “We were blindsided with how to approach contesting a certain charge. We didn’t know who to talk to,” James said.
Katie Vahle is the co-founder of CoPatient, a medical billing advocate service. Vahle sa id that you can help prevent some of these high costs.
For starters , she says to keep an eye out for errors. “We’re seeing errors in 80 to 85 percent of the bills we review,” she sa id .
Vahle sa id you should also feel empowered to be your own advocate. Ask your hospital , “Hey is this really your best offer?”
And if you get frustrated , “Be tenacious. Don’t let them wear you down , ” she said. These tips could save you money in the long run.
U.S. national soccer team goalkeeper Tim Howard is one of team USA’s most seasoned players at the World Cup. But Howard says his age doesn’t affect his game.
“I'm 35. In the game of football that’s nearly ancient. But as a goalkeeper, I feel like I’m in my prime and I’m young at heart,” he says.
This year marks his third World Cup. You can watch Tim Howard on ABC News this Sunday. He will be World News’s special game day “Person of the Week.”
Howard is passing along his experience to his teammates.
“I’m the older guy who has to crack the whip and keep them on the straight and narrow,” he says.
It is likely that Howard’s maturity comes from his childhood. As the son of a single mother in New Jersey, he learned responsibility at a very young age.
“I had a great upbringing,” he says. “We looked after ourselves until my mom got home from work.”
Howard recently revealed that he was diagnosed as a child with Tourette Syndrome .
“It’s made me more resilient. It’s allowed me to persevere through some tough times on and off the field,” he says.
By revealing the diagnosis, he has been able to help inspire others. Howard says serving as an inspiration is the ultimate victory.
It appears that “genies” really can make dreams come true.
Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the genie in Broadway’s new production of “Aladdin,” is helping fulfill the wishes of children at the musical’s home, New York City’s New Amsterdam Theater.
The kids are a part of the “Disney Musicals in Schools” program that helps schools develop their musical theater programs. Disney is the parent company of ABC News, and “Aladdin" is a Disney property.
Iglehart wants the children to have the same opportunities he did.
“ There were people who came to me when I was a kid,” he said, “and they were like, ‘Look, you are talented. Here is where you should go.’”
There are 6,000 kids in the program across five states.
Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group and the mastermind behind the program, said it helps give the kids self-esteem.
“If we can inspire some of them, then we have done our job,” he said.
Iglehart is hoping he can help the kids find the same love for theater that he did.
“ If these kids can look at me and say, ‘Hey, the genie made it,’ then I feel pretty good,” he said.
There is a growing crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Each month 35,000 illegal immigrants are risking their lives to cross the Rio Grande and make it to the United States. We joined the U.S. Border Patrol as we watched families and unaccompanied minors try to cross the border, running into the arms of the overwhelmed border control.
In Brownsville, Texas, we were given a tour of the border patrol station where the unaccompanied children are held. The tour was the first since President Obama called this an "urgent humanitarian situation." Inside of the station there were about 500 children who have been brought here and will stay anywhere from a day to 72 hours.
As we walked passed them they pressed their faces against the glass. The station is packed to double its capacity and the children are only allowed outside for a half-hour break. The rest of the day they spend inside, sorted by age and gender, and sleeping on the floor with blankets, as they wait to be transferred to other facilities.