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Mastercard working to shut down use of cards on websites that incite violence

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.
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, the company spoke of the recent violence that…

Heineken-Punch Taverns pub deal cleared by CMA

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Heineken has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority(CMA) to takeover part of Punch Taverns.
Heineken will buy 1,895 Punch pubs and the Private equity firm Patron Capital will buy the rem…

Five important questions to ask yourself before boarding a cruise

James D. Morgan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’ve done your research to choose a cruise line that suits your personality and selected a specific ship and itinerary that looks perfect.Before your dream vacation commences, however, there are stil…

High school custodian earns degree to become teacher

Fayette County Public Schools(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — After spending seven years working as a custodian at a Kentucky high school, Lowell Outland walked back into the same school as a full-time teacher on Wednesday.Outland, 59, is now teaching many of the s…

Businesses offer stellar specials for total solar eclipse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Even though parts of the U.S. will be in partial darkness thanks to the total solar eclipse on Monday, consumers across the country will be able to score some shining deals both inside and outside of the eclipse’s path of totality.

Check out the list of businesses rolling out specials and savings.


The diner chain is offering $4 all-you-can-eat “moon cakes” on Monday, an eclipse-worthy take on their classic pancakes.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The doughnut shop announced on their site that they will “eclipse” their original glazed doughnuts by covering the traditional treat in “a mouth-watering chocolate glaze.” Customers can try the limited-time doughnut from Aug. 19-21.

Dairy Queen

The fast-food chain will feature a buy-one, get-one-free Blizzard deal, so two of the desserts will cost customers a cool 99 cents until Sunday, Sept. 3.

“We love any excuse to celebrate with our fans,” Maria Hokanson, American Dairy Queen Corporation’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “What better way to watch the eclipse or enjoy the last lazy days of summer than with a Blizzard BOGO?”


The brand has a celestial body in its name, so the company is giving customers 15 percent off all online orders through Aug. 21.

#SolarEclipse2017 is almost here – don’t be hungry in the dark.

Now through August 21st get 15% off ALL ORDERS at!

— MoonPie (@MoonPie) August 7, 2017

Southwest Airlines

The airline is running five “celestial chaser” flights, which will pass through the path of totality. Passengers will receive commemorative swag, cosmic cocktails and special viewing glasses to safely view the celestial event in-flight.

One month from today, join us for a Total Eclipse from the #SouthwestHeart. BOOK NOW:

— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) July 21, 2017

Sprinkles cupcakes

Dark skies equal deep, dark chocolate confections for Sprinkles. The company will be selling special “black velvet” cupcakes made with Dutch black cocoa and topped with whipped chocolate ganache from Aug. 19-21 in honor of the solar eclipse. Some locations, including Chicago, will be giving the first 50 cupcakes away for free, but the company told ABC News they will announce information about other specials on their social media channels. The limited-time flavor will be sold while supplies last and are available for order online.

Let the countdown to darkness begin! T-minus 4 days! Total Eclipse #BlackVelvet now available for pre-order at

— Sprinkles Cupcakes (@sprinkles) August 15, 2017

Nature Sweet Tomatoes

Who says veggies aren’t out of this world? Produce purveyor Nature Sweet, which sells dark-colored “eclipses tomatoes,” is doing a telescope giveaway in honor of the solar eclipse. Friday is the final day to enter, and a winner will be announced at the end of the day.

Salt and Straw

The West Coast creamery is offering an eclipse ice cream cone that boasts “otherworldly” flavors for foodies. It’s a black charcoal waffle cone with edible gold and filled with marshmallow fluff and yellow ginger-spiced tumeric soft-serve ice cream. The entire thing is topped with a Pop Rocks and black sesame magic shell and is available to customers at their flagship shop in Portland, Oregon, until Monday.


The online retailer is offering 20 percent off all eclipse-themed merchandise.

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Total solar eclipse 2017: How to save money on travel and avoid scams

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Monday is predicted to be one of the busiest travel days of 2017 as millions of people flock to the 14 states across the United States in the path of the total solar eclipse.In South Carolina, the last state on the eclips…

Trump: CEOs leaving advisory council ‘out of embarrassment’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — After four members of his American Manufacturing Council resigned earlier this week, President Donald Trump explained away the actions as ones made out of “embarrassment” over the issue of outsourcing.”Some of the folks that will …

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