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CPSC(NEW YORK) -- An infant rocker made by Graco has been recalled due to safety concerns, less than one year after a similar product was recalled by Fisher-Price over the deaths of more than 30 children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday it was recalling the Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat over suffocation fears.

No one has been injured by the product, according to the recall. However, the commission did report deaths in similar inclined sleepers, which prompted the recall.

"Infant fatalities have been reported with other manufacturers' inclined sleep products, after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, or under other circumstances," the company said in announcing the recall.

About 111,000 sleepers have been sold in the U.S., according to the release, with retailers from Target to Babies R Us selling the product. About 1,800 were also sold in Mexico.

Anyone who purchased the sleeper can return it for a refund.

The recall comes just under a year after the CPSC issued a massive recall for the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper in April 2019.
MORE: Pediatricians urge recall of Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper over infant deaths

That recall came after the American Academy of Pediatrics called on the CPSC to recall the products, citing an analysis from Consumer Reports magazine connecting it to 32 sleep-related infant deaths.

About 4.7 million Rock 'n Play sleepers were recalled, according to the CPSC.

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jetcityimage/iStock(SEATTLE) -- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in the Seattle area, can now use their benefits to place online grocery orders from retailers including Amazon.

Amazon announced Wednesday that it has expanded its participation in the USDA's SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot to the Pacific Northwest after it first rolled out in New York last April.

"This is the first time that hundreds of thousands of SNAP recipients in Washington can redeem their grocery benefits online," Amazon said in its corporate blog. "Amazon enthusiastically volunteered to work with the USDA and participate in this landmark pilot because we believe in the goals of this program and its potential to significantly extend the value of SNAP benefits."

"People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food -- by ordering and paying for groceries online. As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too, so we can ensure the same shopping options are available for both non-SNAP and SNAP recipients," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement emailed to ABC News.

Just like in New York, Amazon Fresh and Pantry will be available to Washington SNAP recipients who can use their SNAP EBT as a payment method without a Prime membership and will receive free shipping.

"Amazon’s selection, competitive pricing, and home delivery can improve the grocery shopping experience for SNAP participants, while also helping them extend their benefits further," the online retailer continued.

The company also stated that Amazon "believes the program will dramatically increase access to food for more remote customers and help to mitigate the public health crisis of food deserts."

The USDA online purchasing pilot program is currently available in both New York and the Seattle area, but Amazon said it will look to expand beyond those areas in 2020. The USDA will eventually expand to parts of Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Oregon, according to a statement from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The goal, the agency said, is to eventually have online shopping become an option for all SNAP recipients.

Amazon has more information about the benefits and program on its website.

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TCL(NEW YORK) -- With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it turns out the big game day is one of the best times -- next to Black Friday -- to get a deal on big screen TVs.

While Black Friday offers rock-bottom doorbuster prices on all sets, including off-brand models that are much cheaper than known brands, quality TV sets at amazing prices are the best bang for your buck at this time of the year, too.

ABC News looked at many sources and assessed the sets themselves, but one of the best experts is David Katzmeier, senior managing editor at CNET. He’s been reviewing TV sets for 10 years and knows what to look for when selecting one for your home.

Before getting into different models, one general piece of advice is to know the types of TVs out there.

TV resolution: 4K vs. 8K

Almost all TVs over 50 inches are 4K UHD. These refer to the resolution; you may have previously heard of 1080 or 720, but 4K TVs have more pixels than those older models. Most experts say it’s not time to worry about 8K TVs.

Image quality: OLED vs. QLED

OLED is a new technology that offers top-rated image quality, ultra-sleek sets (pencil thin) and low energy consumption. But they can be as much as three times more expensive than standard LED or QLED TV sets. QLED is a subtle modification to LED technology where a film over the LEDs improves image quality slightly and boosts brightness.

Model numbers and specs

Comparing TVs is a notoriously difficult task. It’s not strictly quantitative and new marketing jargon is hard to decode. Purchasing a set mandates reading reviews and finding sites and reviewers you trust. So pay attention to specific models experts recommend.

Here are some TVs Katzmeier recommends:

TCL 65R625 -- $699 for 65 inches

This TV is noted by CNET as the best TV for the money. It is currently $699 for a 65-inch model at Amazon.

The set has deep blacks and is vibrant and crisp. It uses the Quantum Dot technology to improve color quality and it has a generous array of localized dimming zones to keep the dark part of a scene dark and the bright areas bright.

It runs on the Roku platform offering built in streaming channels. While it is a 60 Hz model (a faster hertz rate helps with motion processing), sports look incredible on the set. The sound is pretty good, but there is no Bluetooth option for headphones.

Vizio Quantum M series M558-G1 -- $479 for 55 inches, $599 for 65 inches

Vizio entered the TV market as a discount brand, but they have steadily gained stature and are now well-respected in the space. The Quantum M series is listed by CNET as the second-best set for the money, and prices are compelling right now.

The 55-inch model is $479 at Best Buy and the 65-inch model is $599 at Costco.

CNET cites the differences in quality between this TV and the TCL as primarily based on the clunkier Vizio remote and the fact that the TCL runs on the Roku platform, which is easier to use than the Vizio-branded operating system on their TV.

Katzmeier says the Vizio has superior color accuracy, but the TCL is slightly brighter. This TV also lacks Bluetooth for headphones.

Samsung UN70NU6900FXZA -- 70 inches for $598

February is when retailers want to clear out the previous year’s models and make room for the new ones that were just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

If you are in the market for a brand-name really big screen, Walmart has a 70-inch Samsung for $598. This isn’t the most luxurious of TVs, but it is 4K, 120 Hz and a smart TV. Plus, bigger is better on Super Bowl Sunday.

Vizio SB3621n-E8 -- 36 inches for $133

Don’t forget that sound matters. Any of these TVs perform best with supplemental sound equipment.

The best bang-for-your-buck sound bar recommendation from CNET is the VIZIO 36-inch 2.1 Channel Soundbar System (SB3621n-E8) on sale at Walmart for $133.

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takasuu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Parents know a thing or two about work-life balance: it just doesn't exist in many cases.

But maybe it could -- if bosses would take a cue from one CEO who penned a viral post on the topic.

Daniel Abrahams owns Hustlr, a digital marketing agency in Sydney, Australia. He also has three kids. And when one of them was going to receive an award at a school assembly earlier this month, he went. Simple as that.

He wrote in part, "Why? Because I'm human. I'm not trying to impress people how hard I work. I prefer to build an open and transparent culture. As a leader, it starts with me. No one should hide their personal life at work, or apologize for it."

"Do you need to pick the kids up from school? Go for it. Need to be home to accept a delivery of your new couch? Awesome. Text me a picture," he wrote.

Abrahams' post, he told ABC News' Good Morning America, has reached more then 26 million people and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Essentially the post says that if you have to choose between work and your family, pick your family, and be honest about it at work because people will understand. It took me five minutes to write it," he said.

He's shocked something so simple is considered to be radical by some.

"Some have labelled it as a revolution for the corporate industry to embrace humanity," he said. "Others have commented how they agree we should act with greater transparency, provide more flexibility and help each other find proper balance to our lives."

Abrahams hopes employers read the post and "see the need to bring a more personal, human touch to the workplace. It's actually good for their business."

"I think there's too much fear amongst employees who feel they have to hide their personal lives because, if they don't, their career opportunities will be hampered," he told GMA. "This leads to employee unhappiness, regret and resentment. I don't want people to ever feel guilty about making their family a priority. In my opinion, employers who treat their staff like humans and show they care about them on a personal level, will receive more buy-in, loyalty and trust."

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Mattel(NEW YORK) -- Mattel, the maker of the beloved Barbie, has announced a lineup of diverse dolls featuring new skin tones, wheelchairs and body types.

On Tuesday, the brand released a teaser video showcasing the dolls.

"More skin tones! More body types! More unique looks," the caption read.

The latest Barbie pals will be part of the Fashionistas collection and it's being labeled as the American toy company's most diverse line.

The line features dolls with vitiligo, no hair, darker skin tones, in a wheelchair and a wide range of body types.

"As we continue to redefine what it means to be a 'Barbie' or look like Barbie, offering a doll with vitiligo in our main doll line allows kids to play out even more stories they see in the world around them," the brand wrote in a statement.

Mattel worked with a dermatologist to ensure vitiligo was accurately represented.

In 2019, the brand saw success with the release of a doll that has a prosthetic limb. It was created in collaboration with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, who is on a mission to build creative solutions that help kids with disabilities create a play experience that is more representative. Now, this offering is expanding to include a second doll with a darker skin tone.

Mattel has also revealed that the top-selling doll for every week in 2019 was a curvy black fashionista with an afro hairstyle.

"Over the past five years, the line has evolved to be more reflective of the world girls see around them by introducing more than 170 new looks," the brand said in a statement. "For 2020, Barbie is continuing the journey to represent global diversity and inclusivity in the fashion doll aisle by showcasing a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion."

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LewisTsePuiLung/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Nike's website has completely sold out of Kobe Bryant merchandise in just two days after the NBA legend's unexpected death on Sunday.

Searches on the website for "Kobe" or "Kobe sneakers" on Tuesday automatically redirect to a tribute page mourning the death of the athlete and his 13-year-old daughter, who perished along with seven others in a helicopter crash.

"Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated by today’s tragic news. We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe and Gianna, especially their family and friends," the Nike statement says. "As we are learning more details of the accident and the others who have tragically lost their lives, our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone involved and impacted."

"Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball," it added. "He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever."

A company spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that it has sold out of all Kobe-related items online, and that it is reevaluating its strategy going forward for releasing Bryant's beloved sneakers series.

There may still be some Kobe merchandise available at retail store locations, the spokesperson added. Nike did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on Tuesday.

Kobe's famous signature series sneakers have been worn by more than 100 NBA players this season, ESPN reported.

In the wake of his death and the high demand for Bryant merchandise, some resale companies have announced steps to honor his legacy rather than cash in on the tragedy.

Sneaker resale platform StockX announced in a statement on its website that it "will donate all proceeds from sales of Kobe Bryant-related products (sneakers, trading cards, and merch) for the week following his tragic passing to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation."

"In the wake of Kobe’s passing, there was a surge in interest in products related to the basketball legend, including some of his most noted sneaker collaborations. The increased interest is a testament to his impact both on and off the court," the company said.

"By making this donation to Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, we hope to honor Kobe’s memory and keep his light alive," it added.

In an Instagram post mourning the death of Bryant, Jaysse Lopez, the founder of sneaker reseller Urban Necessities, noted that he "instructed staff we are not upping the price of any Kobe products at all."

"Not how I built my brand or how I need to make a dollar," he added.

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jfmdesign/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to the makers of Purell hand sanitizer, telling the company to stop marketing the product as effective in preventing Ebola, the flu and more.

The advisory comes as the global spread of the new coronavirus outbreak is fueling worldwide anxiety.

The warning letter to parent company GOJO Industries, published on the FDA's website last week, lists examples from Purell websites and social media accounts that claim the hand sanitizer "may be effective against viruses" such as Ebola and influenza.

These claims "clearly indicate" a suggestion that the hand sanitizers "are intended for reducing or preventing disease from the Ebola virus, norovirus, and influenza," the FDA letter states.

"However, FDA is currently not aware of any adequate and well-controlled studies demonstrating that killing or decreasing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin by a certain magnitude produces a corresponding clinical reduction in infection or disease caused by such bacteria or virus," it added.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not available.

The government agency recommends hand-washing often to prevent the flu, stating on its website that "washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations."

"If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol," it adds, noting, however that "sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs" and other caveats.

Samantha Williams, the corporate communications senior director at Gojo told ABC News in a statement that the company took "immediate action to respond to FDA claim requirements" after receiving the warning letter.

"The letter was related to some of our marketing around PURELL Hand Sanitizer on and through our social media platforms," she added. "It is important to emphasize that the FDA letter was not related to the safety or quality of our products, or our manufacturing processes. Our products can and should continue to be used as part of good hand hygiene practice, to reduce germs."

Williams said adhering to FDA guidance "while advancing and sharing the latest hygiene science to help improve public health" has always been its intention and "uncompromising integrity is a core value" of the company.

The statement continued: "It is our responsibility to ensure that we comply with all requirements of FDA regulations and federal law, and we take that responsibility very seriously. To that end, we have begun updating relevant website and other digital content as directed by the FDA and are taking steps to prevent a recurrence."

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Casper1774Studio/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As early as Jillian Johnsrud could remember, putting her money into a savings was something she knew she had to do to gain financial freedom.

Growing up under challenging circumstances, Johnsrud started saving to have options and to do the things she wanted to.

“It didn’t feel like we had any options,” Johnsrud told ABC News' Good Morning America. “So I started saving money and started working side jobs after school.”

As a teen in high school, Johnsrud said she was able to save $5 to $20 dollars at a time and that it amounted to $8,000 by the time she graduated.

“It was almost as much as what my parents made in a year,” she said. “It's like almost a whole year salary.”

By the time she married her husband, Adam Johnsrud, at 19, the two shared common goals: adopt children and pay off their debt.

They were able to do both after learning how to flex their finances and save.

Extreme tradeoffs

Between the two, the couple had $55,000 worth of debt from having two loans, credit cards and medical bills.

“I really liked the idea of paying off our debt,” said Jillian Johnsrud. “I really wanted to have more financial freedom. And that was just a really simple rule. I think the logic at the time was if we decided to have kids or if one of us wanted to stay home at some point, we’ll just have more flexibility.”

So, as a team, Jillian and Adam Johnsrud started making some serious trade offs to cut back on spending and save money.

In the first year of their financial journey, the Johnsruds were in their early 20s and still in their first year of college. Instead of paying for student housing, the couple opted for a camper.

After college graduation, Adam Johnsrud joined the military and they moved to Washington, D.C. The couple, who had two kids at the time, shared a home with a housemate to cut back on living expenses, which ultimately helped them save an extra $25,000 during the time they lived there.

The Johnsruds drove an old Honda Civic that they bought from a friend who didn’t want it anymore.

In terms of food, they developed "Rice and Bean Monday," which involved learning a new rice and bean dish. In the end, Jillian Johnsrud said she came up with about 100 recipes.

Jillian and Adam Johnsrud also employed a dollar-a-pound rule, meaning they leaned heavily on foods that cost a dollar or less per pound.

“We had to be really, really mindful about what was important to us,” said Jillian. “We asked ourselves what we really cared about and what we really valued.”

At the time, Jillian and Adam Johnsrud were doing what many who follow the FIRE method do today to gain financial freedom.

The method, which stands for "Financial Independence, Retire Early," works by maximizing savings and generating passive income so that your money works for you. The goal is to save and invest very aggressively, which is what the Johnsruds did in all aspects of living.

For those who follow the practice, it all comes down to what you can save. One of the ways the Johnsruds were able to do that was by automating savings and setting savings goals.

Keeping each other in line

Jillian and Adam Johnsrud’s strict savings didn’t come without its challenges. Family and friends questioned if their decision was the best move for their family, Jillian Johnsrud said.

“It was subtle teasing,” she said. “We weren’t buying new cars, we weren’t going out to eat for lunch and nobody understood. Nobody got it. Nobody saw the kind of vision that we had.”

But despite the criticism, Jillian and Adam Johnsrud constantly reminded each other about their ultimate financial goals and looked toward the bigger picture.

“It was really an intentional practice of casting a vision of what we really wanted life to look like. What was our ideal day, who did we want to be as people, what kinds of things did we want to do, what did we want our legacy to feel like,” Jillian Johnsrud explained.

In the end, the Johnsruds’ disciplined financial mindset paid off. They not only paid off all their debt but they saved thousands of dollars, growing their savings from $10,000 to $100,000 in just a few years.

Jillian Johnsrud said reaching this goal meant a lot considering her financial background when she was younger.

“Saving our first $100,000 blew my mind,” said Jillian Johnsrud. “That was so much more money than I had ever [had] growing up. Paying off debt was amazing and that first $100,000 was just life changing. That was the options and the freedom that I really craved when I was in junior high. That moment felt like it had come to fruition and that I had done it. I had given myself freedom, options and security.”

With the money that they had saved and the debt they had paid off, the Johnsruds were also given the option to retire early when Jillian Johnsrud became pregnant with her fifth child at 32. The couple decided to experiment and ended up taking a year off work.

Now, between the both of them, they’re able to pursue what they want due to financial independence. Jillian Johnsrud, now 37, writes during her spare time and their family is able to go on the trips they’ve dreamed of.

Jillian Johnsrud helps others attain a financially independent life with her website.

“One of the reasons that I’m really passionate about sharing our story and giving people more examples and context is because I just didn’t have that,” she said. “If I could have convinced all of my friends when I was 20 to go down the same path, all of my friends would be financially independent and we could also do these fun, crazy adventures together.”

Want to follow Jillian Johnsrud's footsteps to financial independence? She breaks it down in three steps:

1. Figure out your gap number

Jillian Johnsrud explains that your gap number is calculated by how much you are earning and how much you are spending. In other words, it’s the gap between your calculated expenses in retirement and the amount you expect to earn through your fixed income.

On her website, Jillian Johnsrud breaks it down with several examples -- one being that if you earn $4,000 a month and spend about $3,800 in either rent, groceries or other expenses each month, then you have a $200 gap. The goal is to increase that number.

2. Grow the gap

Once that number is generated, try to grow that gap number every month by figuring out the opportunities that you have to expand it. Do things like renegotiating your cellphone bill or eating more low-cost meals. It can also mean negotiating a raise or taking on extra hours at work.

On her website, Jillian Johnsrud said that she was able to grow her gap number by cutting back on fixed expenses like renegotiating her gym membership, reducing costs on groceries and even trying to live without a cellphone. Other ways to do it would also be to make payments toward any debt you have like medical bills or credit cards.

“Just focus on that one number, whether it’s a hundred bucks a month or 1,000 or 10,000,” explained Jillian Johnsrud. “Just focus every single month on trying to grow that number.”

3. Guard the gap

The final step from Jillian Johnsrud is to guard that gap number, which she describes as the challenging part and will take “emotional strength and vision.”

Ways to guard that gap number include putting it toward a high interest debt or starting to invest in stock index funds or real estate to help grow future income. Another way to guard the gap is to build an emergency fund or save for large purchases.

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iStock(SEATTLE) -- Hundreds of Amazon employees are taking a stand against what they say is the e-commerce giant's "insufficient action on the climate crisis," in spite of claims that their jobs were threatened for speaking out in the past about the issue.

On Sunday, 357 tech workers at the Seattle-based company took to Medium to post their full names, job titles and public statements about how they believe Amazon needs to do more to address climate change.  

"As Amazon workers, we are responsible for not only the success of the company, but its impact as well," Sarah Tracy, a software development engineer at Amazon said in a statement, adding that "it's our moral responsibility to speak up."

The blog post comes just weeks after Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an environmental advocacy group started by Amazon employees, said that an employee was threatened with termination after speaking to the press about climate change and the company.

"This clearly shows that as Amazon tech workers have reflected upon what is the right thing to do at this moment, they decided that they needed to keep speaking out," Victoria Liang, a software development engineer said in a statement Sunday.

"Every person who shared a statement had to decide for themselves that whatever the consequences, they needed to stand up for what they felt was right," she added. "The climate crisis is just that urgent. We just couldn't be silenced by these policies on issues of such moral weight."

Amazon and tech workers have increasingly been emboldened to protest and speak out about a wide variety of issues. In September, more than 1,500 Amazon employees walked off their jobs to raise awareness for climate change and called on the company and CEO Jeff Bezos to do more.

A series of staff-organized protests have also shaken up fellow tech giant Google in recent months.

An Amazon spokesperson told ABC News Monday that the company is "passionate" about climate change and has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

The company does, however, enforce an external communications policy for staff speaking to the press or on social media, but Amazon has previously said that it is similar to those of other large companies.

“Of course we are passionate about these issues. Our ‘Positions’ page makes this clear and outlines what we’re doing about them. Take climate change as one example -- we founded the Climate Pledge, committing to net zero carbon by 2040, which is ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement," the spokesperson said in a statement. "We plan to be using 100% renewable energy by 2030, and we have thousands of people working on sustainability initiatives across the company."

The statement continued: "While all employees are welcome to engage constructively with any of the many teams inside Amazon that work on sustainability and other topics, we do enforce our external communications policy and will not allow employees to publicly disparage or misrepresent the company or the hard work of their colleagues who are developing solutions to these hard problems."

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Cruise/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Less than a week after the reveal of the autonomous Cruise Origin shuttle bus, General Motors now says they've picked a place to build it. GM says it's committing $2.2 billion dollars to retool its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which currently makes Chevrolet and Cadillac sedans.
Ed Niedermeyer is an auto industry analyst and co-host of the podcast "The Autonocast," which covers transportation technology. He says GM's investment in driverless vehicles is significant because the company is committing to a ridesharing model.
"I think it really blurs the line... what was once a very strong line between private car and public transit."
GM isn't planning to sell the Cruise Origin to individual car buyers. Rather, the Cruise brand will operate a fleet of Origins within a specific city or town. Residents can order a ride on their smartphone, and then an Origin will pick them and drop them off, similar to an Uber or Lyft ride. Niedermeyer says the Origin shows signs that it was designed with this style of transportation in mind.
"If you can get past the kind of space-age looks - with its uni-directional, very unconventional appearance - the inside is actually quite a bit like a London black cab."
The Origin can seat up to six passengers, and has no steering controls of any kind. That marks a major departure from the semi-autonomous vehicles that companies like Tesla have been testing in recent years, which are intended to be sold to the general public. Niedermeyer says this new way of thinking about autonomy is more realistic.
"What we really saw through 2015, 2016, 2017 was this sort of buildup of unsustainable hype around autonomous vehicles. Very short term goals, expectations of ubiquity in very short order. And what we're seeing is companies like Cruise back away from those goals, and be more conservative and cagey about their future plans."
He says the scaling back of expectations can be attributed to the shift in thinking around autonomous cars: from personal transport to public rideshares.
"The idea that self-driving cars are simply going to replace cars as we know them, and be as ubiquitous and as operable as cars are today, that's not something that's on the immediate radar for andybody who I think is serious in the autonomous vehicle development space."
Production of the Cruise Origin at Detroit-Hamtramck is expected to begin in 2022.
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400tmax/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 400 points as trading began on Monday, as uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus has rattled global markets.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also took a tumble Monday morning, after authorities over the weekend announced a fifth case of the virus in the U.S. and the international death toll soared.

"Hopes that the virus would be contained were squashed over the weekend," Ryan Detrick, the senior market strategist for LPL Financial said in a commentary Monday. "Although historically these outbreaks have been buying opportunities, the bottom line is investors are taking a sell first and ask questions later approach right now."

The sharp decline in the markets was dragged down in part by airlines and travel companies. United Airlines Holdings and Delta Airlines shares tumbled by more than 4% Monday morning. Stock for Wyndham Destinations and Marriott International also fell by 3%.

Shares for consumer companies with exposure in China such as Apple, Disney and Nike also fell slightly Monday.

"Investors are selling first and asking questions later. The Chinese economy -- and possibly the world economy -- will take a hit in the short run and lower prices are a rational response to the increasing spread of the corona virus," Chris Zaccarelli, the chief investment officer at the Independent Advisor Alliance, said in a commentary Monday.

How quickly a vaccine can be developed and how effectively governments will be able to prevent the spread of the virus "will determine how large the economic impact will be," Zacarelli added.

"But once it is contained and people go back to traveling and spending as they did previously, the economy will rebound accordingly; markets will anticipate this and start moving higher again well in advance of that bottom," he added, citing the market rebound following the SARS outbreak in 2003.

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Uber is bringing a fleet of self-driving cars to the nation's capital to begin mapping out prospective routes -- aided by human drivers at first -- starting on Friday.

The new self-driving cars that are expected to hit the roads in Washington, D.C., will have the initial goal of data collection, and will have a human vehicle operator maintaining control of the car at all times, Uber said in a blogpost.

"We are using a phased approach to develop and deploy our self-driving vehicles, taking the necessary steps to operate safely in every city," Danielle Burr, the head of Uber federal affairs wrote. "Manual data collection is the first step in our development process and part of how we are validating our self-driving expansion approach."

They hope to gain information about different city-specific scenarios that the cars might encounter and create high-definition maps.

"We believe self-driving technology can play an important role in expanding transportation access," Burr added, "and we’re committed to developing this technology with safety at its core."

Uber has already begun the first steps of implementing self-driving cars in a handful of other cities including San Francisco and Dallas, though the technology has been embroiled in controversy in the past.

In March 2018, a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian while driving in autonomous mode, marking the apparent first case of a pedestrian death by a self-driving vehicle. A later investigation revealed the human operator was watching a TV show at the time of the fatal crash.

In the wake of the crash, Uber temporarily suspended its self-driving operations, saying its focus would be on safety.

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jetcityimage/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. electric car company Tesla has topped Germany's Volkswagen to become the second most valuable automaker in the world.

The electric car maker's market value surpassed the $100 billion mark this week, overtaking Volkswagen's approximate $99 billion. Both car companies still trail far behind the value of Japan's Toyota, which has a market cap of more than $234 billion.

Tesla, a relatively new player to the industry, was founded by CEO Elon Musk in 2003. Volkswagen's history dates back to 1930's Germany.

Surpassing the $100 billion market cap could mean a big pay bump for Musk, potentially unlocking a pay package worth more than $50 billion for the CEO, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Stock for Tesla has soared in recent months, more than doubling in value since late October 2019. The market rally may have been driven by news of high third-quarter profits and global expansion -- the company successfully opened a Gigafactory in China and announced plans to build one in Germany.

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DisobeyArt/iStock(DAVOS, Switzerland) -- Greta Thunberg joined fellow activists in a climate strike Friday, capping off her time in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, where she continued her push for climate change action.

Earlier that day, Thunberg once again called out world and business leaders for their inaction on the issue.

"As long as the science is being ignored, as long as the facts are not being taken into account and as long as the situation is not being treated as a crisis, then world and business leaders can of course continue to ignore the situation," she said at a news conference.

Thunberg, 17, of Sweden, also spoke about U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggesting she go to college for economics and then "come back and explain that to us."

When asked if the comment had any effect on her, she matter-of-factly replied: "Of course, no effect."

"We are being criticized like that all the time," Thunberg said at the news conference onstage with four other campaigners. "Of course, if we could care about that then we wouldn't be able to do what we do."

Thunberg is currently taking a gap year from school to focus on her activism.

The World Economic Forum began Tuesday. A major focal point at the conference, which brings together world leaders at the beginning of the year to discuss global, regional and industrial agendas, was climate change.

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Spauln/iStock(NEW YORK) -- General Motors' hulking, ostentatious, gas-guzzling Hummer SUV was once the scourge of environmentalists. Now the military-style ute may have its ultimate revenge: a second chance as an all-electric pickup truck.

That's right. GM, which discontinued the Hummer brand in 2010 as gasoline prices were skyrocketing and the Detroit automaker was culling brands as part of its bankruptcy agreement, has decided to revive the Hummer name, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The nameplate will allegedly be sold under GM's GMC brand, the company's premium truck division.

The new Hummer will be officially announced in a Super Bowl ad that also stars LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, the WSJ said, citing unnamed sources.

GM declined to comment to ABC News. A representative for James did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelly Blue Book and AutoTrader, called the reported move "fabulous," noting the "beautiful irony" in the vehicle's return.

"Ten years ago the Hummer was public enemy No. 1," Brauer told ABC News. "It was a poster child for environmentalists -- a symbol of the end of the earth."

Even though the brawny Hummer was a target of the green community -- dealers would report vandalism of the vehicles -- the 10-mpg SUV appealed to a certain segment of drivers, and deliveries of the Hummer H2 and H3 totaled 71,524 units in 2006, its best year of sales since 1999, when GM bought the brand from AM General.

Brauer noted that today, 70% of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. are trucks and SUVs.

"Trucks will always be critical to domestic manufacturers," he said. "This is a segment that's growing, and the Hummer name is high profile."

Plus, it adds visibility to GM's electrification efforts, he said. GM has vowed to produce 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023, with Cadillac as the lead GM brand for future EVs.

GM currently has one EV available to eco-conscious consumers: the Bolt, a "nerdy-looking hatchback with a great range," according to Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific. Sales of the Bolt have been modest compared to the Tesla Model 3, the top-selling EV in the U.S.

If GM truly wants to take on EV leader Tesla -- and its futuristic, nontraditional Cybertruck -- an all-electric Hummer makes perfect sense, Kim noted. But the Hummer name could also turn off potential buyers.

"The Hummer was a lightning rod for controversy ... it was very polarizing," he said. "It was big and brash and people drove it to make a statement."

GM could minimize the risk by casting the born-again Hummer as an upscale, outdoor adventure vehicle that's no longer powered by Middle Eastern oil, Kim suggested.

"Vehicles that are rugged and cool and go off-roading are very fashionable right now," he explained. "GM still owned the Hummer trademark. Why not leverage the name?"

GM is not the only automaker with plans to build an EV truck. A slew of battery-electric models are about to join the marketplace in the next 12 to 20 months, including offerings from Ford, Jeep, Rivian and Bollinger.

The all-electric Hummer "is a move to expand the reach into important segments and bring in new buyers to EVs," Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasting at LMC Automotive, told ABC News. "GM wanted to do something that would stand out in a crowded market."

Kim of AutoPacific said current pickup owners will still need to be wooed by carmakers. He's most bullish on the Rivian R1T truck, which is expected to cost about $70,000 and be a high-volume seller.

"There's a lot of buzz around Rivian," he said. "There's so much innovation in that truck."

Eddie Alterman, chief brand officer at Hearst Autos, said a Hummer truck could put to bed consumers' lingering concerns about the all-weather, all-terrain capabilities of EVs. And bringing back the Hummer nameplate has financial upsides for GM.

"Establishing brand names in the public sphere is a very expensive affair," he told ABC News. "GM has a successful history of repurposing brand names. The Hummer is still an American icon. People rap about them."

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