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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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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Brooklyn based bakery is proving that artisan bread is back on the rise.

Head baker Austin Hall at She Wolf Bakery told "Nightline" their luxe loaves are flying off the shelves this fall, with some selling for as much as $20 each.

Compared to breads made with commercial yeast, Hall said, "The amount of time involved is much greater," in She Wolf's process.

"I guess there’s a lot more hands involved, a lot fewer machines," he added. "We’re also using organic flours ... all of our whole grains are coming from New York state at this point."

Their bread making is a multi-day process that starts with pre-fermentation, Hall explained. All natural yeast and companion bacteria have time to pre-digest the flour, which makes a variety of vitamins and minerals available to help enhance flavor and ultimately assist in digestion, according to the bakery's website.

"Sometimes I never know if I have had a good day, until the next day, because you’re picking up halfway through the process," he said.

The bakery offers a variety of loaves from sourdough to sprouted rye as well as baguettes, and the price tags on some loaves reflect the labor of love.

One of She Wolf's most popular menu items, the Miche Loaf, sells for $20. The specialty large round French bread loaf is a blend of half-white and whole wheat flour baked longer resulting in its signature dark crust.

Operations manager Maxwell Bernstein who oversees the bakery's market stands said he understands these prices may be more than people are used to paying for bread, and he aspires to make their loaves accessible to everyone.

"We don't want to be a luxury," he said. "I think once we convince people to try it they realize that there's a lot of pride and a lot of work that goes into each loaf."

And loyal customers don't seem to need much convincing. One customer named Bill McAllister told "Nightline" that "the flavor of this bread and the texture is fantastic."

Another customer, Jonathan Banayan, added, "There's just something about cutting and hearing the crackling of the bread and just having it with a slice of butter simplicity's perfect."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s that time of the year again. Get ready, leave home a little earlier and be prepared to stand in heavy airport lines because 50.9 million Americans are expected to travel over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday according to the American Automobile Association.

That’s a 3.3 percent increase from 2016’s Thanksgiving holiday travel of 48 million. A growing economy and low unemployment rates are to thank for this according to AAA.

If traveling by car, expect to pay a little more in gas prices due to cost surge in gas prices. Currently, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $2.5, up from $2.13 a year ago as of today, according to AAA.

The Transportation Security Administration projects 24 million holiday travelers will trek through the nation’s airports, which is a 6 percent increase from last year. TSA says people are beginning to travel earlier.

According to Airlines for America, 2.38 million passengers will travel per day, that’s 69,000 more travelers from the 2016 Thanksgiving travel period.

TSA predicts the Sunday after Thanksgiving to be the busiest day for travelers, followed by the Tuesday and Wednesday before. Sunday, is expected to be TSA’s top five busiest days ever, with more than 2.6 million people screened.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Technology stocks led Wall Street to new records on Tuesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 160.50 ( 0.69 percent) to finish at 23,590.83.

The Nasdaq climbed 71.76 ( 1.06 percent) to close at 6,862.48, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,599.03, up 16.89 ( 0.65 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were about 1 percent higher at $57 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Facebook and Apple were among the tech companies leading U.S. stocks with gains. Facebook was up 1.75 percent and Apple climbed 1.86 percent.

Tesla shares also jumped 2.94 percent as Model 3 reservation holders have reportedly started to receive invitations from the electric automaker to configure and order their cars.

Campbell Soup tumbled 8.19 percent after reporting first-quarter revenue that fell below expectations and slashing its 2018 profit outlook.

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CPSC(NEW YORK) -- Ikea is recalling again a number of its dressers after an eighth child was killed by one of them.

The latest victim was a 2-year-old California boy who was crushed by a Malm dresser after being put down for a nap in his bedroom in May.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that Ikea has received 186 reports of incidents with Malm style chests and dressers. More than 90 children have been injured from them, the CPSC said.

Ikea is recalling Malm three-drawer, four-drawer, five-drawer and six-drawer models, as well as some non-Malm dressers.

Ikea said last month in a statement that "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall." It has recalled Malm chests and dressers "due to serious tip-over hazard."

The Swedish furniture brand first issued a recall in June 2016, which reportedly included roughly 29 million chests and dressers.

The company issued a statement Tuesday about the latest recall, saying that it has "done extensive outreach to consumers" — including television ads, social and digital advertising and emails to 13 million consumers — but that "there is still more work to be done."

It said the drawers are safe if attached to a wall, and if purchasers don't want to attach the units, they can be returned for a full refund or an Ikea service visit can be requested to have them attached.

A lawyer for the family of the latest victim, who has not been named, said the family plans to sue Ikea. The lawyer said the family was unaware the dresser had been recalled.

Jacquelyn Collas, whose 2-year-old son also died after being pinned by a Malm dresser in February 2014, has also filed a lawsuit against Ikea.

In response to Collas' suit, Ikea denied any allegations of manufacturing defect or inadequate warning.

On April 10, 2017, a Philadelphia court ruled that the death of Collas' son was wrongful, and the judge in the case approved a settlement of over $16.6 million.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Christmas revelers may have a harder time finding a Christmas tree this year – and may have sticker shock when they do so – because of the economic recession a decade ago.

Declining Christmas tree sales in 2007, during the Great Recession, led tree growers to plant fewer trees, according to Doug Hundley, a spokesperson for the National Christmas Tree Association, the trade association representing the Christmas tree industry.

 “The result, 10 years later, is today's smaller supply,” said Hundley, noting that a 7- or 8-foot Christmas tree takes about 10 years to grow.

"Unfortunately it is happening at a time when the economy is good and demand is high,” he told ABC News. “We cannot manufacture real Christmas trees.”

The exact increase in price for Christmas trees this year will vary based on the type of tree, its size and the location where the tree is purchased, according to Hundley. Hundley recommends shopping for a Christmas tree in early December as opposed to later in the month to ensure the stock is still there.

A report published earlier this year by GWD Forestry, a Spain-based sustainable forestry company, said that a combination of factors affecting U.S.-grown Christmas trees means that "the shortage of popular-size Christmas trees will most likely continue through to 2025 at least."

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Jim Sugar/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- In Dallas, a team of 40 customer service experts take turns around the clock monitoring Southwest Airlines' various social channels with one primary goal: to listen to you. Their job becomes even more important this week as more than 24 million travelers are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Southwest's "Listening Center," as it's called, is often where the airline will first hear of any problems or incidents surrounding its service.

In today's era of heightened tension between airlines and passengers, Southwest sees it as essential to tackle these issues as quickly as possible.

"Things that you may not think were a big issue now can become a monster issue for you if you're not responding in a very expedient manner," said Matt Hafner, vice president of network operations control at Southwest.

The team is able to address virtually all customer concerns themselves without bumping the passenger to another department.

According to Southwest, they are well versed in company policies and procedures and have the tools to assist passengers with everything ranging from reservations and baggage to a customer’s frequent flier account.

Every year, the nation's busiest airline receives 2,500 to 3,000 inbound posts per day on Twitter and Facebook and all posts are reviewed to determine which ones require action. About a third of the posts Southwest receives are travel-related questions and another third are issues passengers are experiencing typically before and during travel.

Some are more positive. Some are negative. Regardless, Twitter seems to be the fastest way to get a response from the Dallas-based airline.

The team is operating around the clock to attend to every actionable question or comment. On average, from 2015 to 2016 Southwest saw an 11 percent increase in inbound posts, and from 2016 to 2017, a 14 percent increase.

These posts allow Southwest to identify pain points for customers and ultimately make informed business decisions.

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Credit: HBO(NEW YORK) -- An Iranian hacker was accused by federal prosecutors in New York Tuesday of orchestrating the summertime cyberattack that targeted HBO and compromised some of the channel’s most popular programming.

Behzad Mesri was charged in a seven-count indictment with computer fraud, wire fraud and other crimes. He is believed to be in Iran and likely beyond the reach of American authorities, but federal prosecutors and the FBI scheduled a lunchtime news conference to discuss the case.

The hack of HBO lasted for several months this past summer and exposed confidential and proprietary data, including video files of unaired episodes of "Ballers," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce," the indictment said. Scripts for "Game of Thrones," confidential cast and crew lists and emails belonging to at least one HBO employee were also compromised.

The motive was money. According to court records, Mesri “commenced the extortion phase of the scheme” in an email to HBO executives: “Hi to All losers! Yes it’s true! HBO is hacked!” The email demanded $6 million worth of the digital currency bitcoin, federal prosecutors said.

Another email quoted in court records said, “I have the honor to inform you…that we successfully breached into your huge network.” The message continued: “We obtained most valuable information.”

Mesri was a self-professed expert in computer hacking, court records said. He had worked previously “on behalf of the Iranian military” to hack military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

He was known online as Skote Vahshat, a hacker pseudonym federal prosecutors said Mesri used to deface hundreds of websites in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

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RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) -- Whitefish Energy company announced that it has decided to stop its work in Puerto Rico after Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority stopped payments owing the company $83 million.

In a statement, the Montana-based company said despite the company’s “diligence and that of its subcontractors” payments under the contract with the island’s bankrupt energy authority have been delayed. Whitefish said that it will not continue any work and will not perform any additional work until PREPA pays for work that has already been completed.
PREPA confirmed that it had stopped payments to Whitefish Energy after receiving “a communication from one of Whitefish's subcontractors requesting the stoppage of any payment to the company, since it owed the subcontractor money.”

PREPA added that it is in communication with Whitefish and the subcontractor to resolve the situation. PREPA did not confirm the amount owed to Whitefish.

PREPA signed a controversial contract with Whitefish Energy, which only has two full-time employees, for $300 million, which was canceled after public backlash. Even though the contract was canceled, the terms of the contract stated Whitefish would work for an additional 30 days and complete its projects. The date of the contract’s completion is Nov. 30.

Two months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, only 46.6 percent of the island’s electrical grid is generating power. Officials on the ground have not given a number of how many homes or businesses are receiving that power.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block the telecommunications giant from buying Time Warner, the media conglomerate with such television networks as CNN, TBS and HBO.

The $108 billion merger “would substantially lessen competition” and result in “higher prices for consumers and less innovation for millions of Americans,” a Justice Department official said Monday in announcing the lawsuit.

For weeks, the Justice Department and AT&T have been trying to hammer out a deal that would allay government concerns and allow the purchase to move forward, but those efforts have apparently failed.

“We gave a very good faith effort to try to resolve the harm that the government was able to find,” the Justice Department official said about negotiations with Time Warner, which already owns DirecTV.

“The combination of AT&T [and] DirectTV’s vast distribution infrastructure, and Time Warner’s extremely popular television programming would be one of the largest mergers in American history,” the official added.

That “combined power” would let AT&T “use its control over Time Warner’s popular and valuable networks to hinder its rivals, by forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for the right to distribute those networks,” the official said.

The Justice Department official also warned that such a merger could allow AT&T to slow down advances in technology that would cut costs for consumers.

In statements to the Justice Department, AT&T said specifically that distributors who control popular programming “have the incentive and ability to use that control as a weapon to hinder competition,” the official quoted AT&T as saying verbatim.

Without “an adequate remedy that would fully prevent the harms, the “only appropriate action” was to seek an injunction from a federal judge in hopes of blocking the merger, according to the official. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Nevertheless, the official said Justice Department attorneys “remain open” to further negotiations with AT&T.

Monday’s announcement comes two weeks after a controversy erupted publicly over whether AT&T would have to sell off CNN to sidestep government concerns about the company’s plan to buy Time Warner.

According to Justice Department officials at the time, AT&T offered to divest from CNN and later sell the news network. The officials said they flatly rejected the offer.

However, the chairman and CEO of AT&T denied any of that ever happened.

"Throughout this process, I have never offered to sell CNN and have no intention of doing so," Randall Stephenson said in a statement provided to ABC News.

In a press conference late Monday afternoon, Stephenson addressed the speculation about CNN. "There’s been a lot of reporting and speculation about whether this is about CNN. And frankly I don’t know," he said.

He went on to say that the company would not be party to an agreement that would even give the impression of jeopardizing freedom of speech.

"We have no intention of backing down from the government’s lawsuit," Stephenson said. "... We are in this to win it."

The Trump administration has had a strained relationship with the news network.

The president previously labeled the network's journalism "fake" and "fraud" news, and he mockingly called the channel the "Clinton News Network" during last year's presidential race against Hillary Clinton.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Justice Department official said his team was given no guidance from the White House about how to proceed and was not coordinating its own efforts with the White House.

“The relief we’re seeking today would CNN exactly where it is right now,” the official said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the green ahead of the holiday week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 72.09 ( 0.31 percent) to finish at 23,430.33.

The Nasdaq gained 7.92 ( 0.12 percent) to close at 6,790.71, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,582.14, up 3.29 ( 0.13 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices sunk about 0.5 percent to $56 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Marvell Technology has agreed to buy a smaller, rival chipmaker Cavium for about $6 billion. Cavium's shares jumped 10.80 percent.

Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch continued to rally after posting third-quarter same-store sales growth on Friday and an upbeat forecast for the holidays. The retailer's stock soared 9.58 percent.

More losses for General Electric; shares tumbled 1.26 percent on Monday.

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Chrysler(NEW YORK) -- A consumer advocacy group is calling for a recall of all 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's because the federal government has received more than 50 complaints that say the minivans stalled during operation.

In addition to its plea to Chrysler, the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety will file a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday asking the agency to open a defect investigation, the group said.

The automaker is aware of the complaints and routinely monitors the performance of its vehicles, company spokesman Eric Mayne said. Like the federal government, Fiat-Chrysler has received no reports of injuries or accidents from the alleged problem.

The Italian-American corporation has sold 150,000 of the 2017 Pacifica's, making it the bestselling minivan in its class, according to the advocacy group. The vehicle has won various awards for safety, including one from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.

Owners are able to file complaints with the Department of Transportation via the NHTSA website, but the government does not verify every complaint. The Center for Auto Safety is asking federal regulators to open an investigation and seek more information about the complaints and from the automaker.

“At U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), safety is the top priority. NHTSA will carefully review the Center for Auto Safety’s petition and then take any appropriate action,” NHTSA said in a statement.

The Center for Auto Safety is also calling on Chrysler to give out loaner vehicles until the manufacturer is able to identify and remedy the problem.

The owners complain that the minivans, some with as few as a couple hundred miles of usage on them, have been stalling at various speeds, from idling to traveling over 60 mph, and come with seemingly random warning lights seen on the dashboard.

“The danger goes beyond what happens to families in the stalled minivan during the loss of power, as drivers of disabled vehicles are often hit and killed by other cars after they have pulled over to the side of the road," Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday? If yes, now is the perfect time to review simple steps you can take to make traveling for the holiday less stressful.

First and foremost, if you're driving, don't leave on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving.

According to traffic app Waze, the worst time to travel before Thanksgiving will be 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The worst time to travel home after Thanksgiving will be Monday, Nov. 27 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. However, there will also be a spike of midday travel on Sunday, with the worst traffic likely at 2 p.m. local time.

For those flying, Wednesday and Sunday are the days to avoid.

Whether driving or flying, Thanksgiving day is generally a good day to take to the roads or skies.

When it comes to airport safety, there are different rules for kids than adults.

Kids under 12 aren't subject to the same regulations at airport security. So feel free to leave your toddler's shoes and jacket on while going through the metal detector. Seniors may also leave on shoes and light jackets. As for a baby's necessities, breast milk, formula, baby food and other essentials are not subject to the three-ounce liquid rule, though they will likely have a secondary screening.

Speaking of kids . . .


Some airlines allow families with small children to board the flight first. Don't do this. It only adds more time for children to be confined to their seats. If possible, store the carry-ons ahead and have one adult stay with the kids to try to board as close to takeoff as possible.

Know what you can bring on board and what you can't.

Stuffing can fly, but can cranberry sauce? What about gravy? Find the answers to all your Thanksgiving leftover carry-on questions on the Transportation Security Administration's website using it's handy tool, "Can I bring?"

Laptops can stay in your bag, sometimes.


Check your boarding pass to see if you were selected for TSA Precheck. If you were, your laptop can stay in your bag. And, like a kid or a senior, your shoes and jacket can stay on. Precheck is available at more than 100 U.S. airports and offers expedited security lines. You may get lucky and get picked, but you can sign up for precheck online at a cost of $85 for five years.

Plan ahead for airport parking.

Lots fill up fast and the last thing you want to do is miss your flight while you're looking for a parking spot. Book ahead and you may even get a discount at off-airport lots. Leave plenty of time to get from the lot to your airline terminal.

Avoid checking a bag if possible.

There's no way for an airline to lose your bag if you never hand it over in the first place. And while instances of mishandled bags are very low, nothing can ruin a trip faster. If you must check a bag, get to the airport early and leave plenty of time for handlers to get your bag on to the plane. Keep all medications and irreplaceable items with you. Print out a copy of your airline itinerary and put it inside your bag in case the luggage-routing tags somehow disappear.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Whether you've been naughty or nice, you will need a reservation to sit on Santa's lap this holiday season at Macy's flagship store in New York City.

The department store announced that starting this year, entrance into the iconic Santaland exhibit on the 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square location in midtown Manhattan "is by reservation only."

"Santa's a popular guy, so the wait times to meet him have been quite long in previous years, especially on our busiest days," Macy's said in a statement posted to their website. "The new reservation system is designed to minimize this by scheduling visitors to join the line at a time of your choice, allowing for the best possible holiday experience."

St. Nicholas will start taking appointments today through Macy's website, which states that the no-cost reservations can be cancelled and re-booked at any time. Time slots to meet with Santa, however, are subject to availability. Admission into Santaland is free, but Macy's does sell professional photo packages with Santa, which start at $20.99.

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iStock/ThiinkstockChances are good you are about to be overwhelmed with Black Friday deals.

There are discounts for electronics, jewelry and even airline tickets. But is that travel offer to Hawaii truly a good deal?

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing an airline ticket for a trip to brighten up the months ahead, according to FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney.

1. Black Friday deals do not necessarily show up on Black Friday

But you know that. Chances are your inbox is filled with Black Friday ads even though the big day -- Friday, Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving -- is still days away. But that’s the trend: Both Spirit and Southwest have advertised both pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales in recent years, and I suspect it won’t be long before Black Friday morphs into Black Thanksgiving week or even month. But until then, keep an eye out for Black Friday deals (and Cyber Monday sales), and if you see one you like, here’s what to do.

2. Read the fine print


Many Black Friday deals are cheap because you can only use them on unpopular days or months to fly. Nothing wrong with that -- just be sure you know all this before you start packing. In recent years, airlines have offered Black Friday deals that were only good for travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Others offered deals for off-peak periods such as mid-January, when kids are in school and many adults are just returning from holiday trips.

3. Some Black Friday offers aren’t very good deals

Black Friday deals used to sometimes be very special. You would see the occasional ad for 50 percent off fares, which helped airlines fill empty seats. But over the years, airlines perfected the art of controlling seating capacity so that they rarely, if ever, need to slash fares to fill planes. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any real Black Friday deals anymore, but smart shoppers want proof that a purported deal is really a good deal, which is why comparing airfares is a must. Back in 2015, for example, a friend spotted two different Black Friday sales that both featured flights from Washington, D.C. to Denver; one flight cost $69 one way, the other was $144 one way.

4. Great deals can come along anytime

You can find solid domestic deals nearly year-round if you don’t mind traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, which are usually the cheapest days to fly. You’ll find more cheap fares during off times such as early December and after the first week in January too. You won’t find deals, or not often, during peak seasons such as summer or during major holiday periods. But this is where technology can help. On my site and many others, you can set airfare alerts for specific trips you’d like to take. Then relax --  the deals come to you.

Finally, if you have your heart set on finding a Black Friday deal, stay alert to social media. Follow your favorite airlines and airfare search sites then, and get ready to pounce on a price you like. Some post-Thanksgiving Day sales only last a day; some just a few short hours.

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