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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said he was "profusely sorry" for Saturday's worldwide computer outage that stranded thousands of passengers.

In an interview that aired on the BBC, Cruz said that the airline will be operating 95 percent of flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Monday.

He added that a power surge was to blame for the outage and reiterated that there is no evidence of any kind of cyberattack.

An investigation is underway to learn why backup systems didn't kick in, Cruz said.

The outage came amid a busy weekend for travel, with Monday being a holiday in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our customers during this busy holiday period," British Airways said in a statement.

ABC News on Saturday observed thousands of passengers at one of British Airways' terminals at Heathrow, with some saying they were never alerted that their flights were canceled.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Heather Cabot, a journalist and co-author of the new book Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, appeared live on ABC News' Good Morning America Monday to share some of the best new gadgets for girls to play with that are also meant to keep their brains active all summer long.

In Geek Girl Rising, Cabot interviews female leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, who are shaking up the nation's tech scene and destabilizing the misconception that women don't belong in the science and technology field.

"I'm a mom to kids who love technology and my co-author and I were really concerned about the fact that a small number of women are really going into computer science and engineering and of course you can't avoid the headlines today about the sexism in Silicon Valley," Cabot said Monday on Good Morning America. "So what we decided to do is to actually find the stories of the women who are succeeding in tech -- to find out how they did it, and to get their advice for our daughters."

Cabot also examines how societal pressures, from even an extremely young age, can veer girls away from a career in science and technology fields.

Below are her top picks for toys, many specifically aimed at girls, that encourage children to learn the basics of science and engineering while also having fun:

Blink Blink Creative Circuit Kits

Cabot's first pick are the Blink Blink Creative Circuits kits, which lets girls combine creativity with technology to create wearable high-tech fashion that they make themselves. The kits are inspired by the light up dresses worn on the red carpet by stars such as Lupita Nyong'o.

"Think of it as Project Runway meets electrical engineering," Cabot said.

The kits mesh LED lights, conductive tape and common materials such as paper or fabric. The fun and creative toys also teach girls basic circuit theory. Cabot said the kits are recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

RaceYa Cars and Parts

The RaceYa Cars and Parts, which are currently only available for pre-sale, are predicted to be some of the hottest new toys of the year, but also aim to teach children the basics of science, technology, engineering and math. The customize-able, radio-controlled, cars that children can build themselves aim to boost young girls' confidence in engineering and technology fields through hands-on activities.

Jewelbots

Jewelbots, described as modern friendship bracelets, changes colors to match with a friend when you two are together. Children can also pair up with a friend via Bluetooth and send secret messages through the bracelets.

"Imagine they're walking down the hall in middle school and they’re passing the lockers and as soon as they get close to each other, they light up," Cabot said.

Jewelbots offer a unique way to get children to experiment with programming and see firsthand how collaborative and creative it can be. The makers of the wearable technology also assure parents that the bracelets are safe for children, and do not contain a GPS or store any personal data.

Goldieblox

Goldieblox are a line of toys marketed for girls that include toys, books, apps, videos and more which all challenge gender stereotypes and rely heavily on combining creativity with science, technology, engineering and math principles. One of the craft kits has girls build a miniature Ferris wheel. Girls not only build structures with the toys and tutorial videos, but they can also play with and relate to the characters, including the line's action figures Goldie and Ruby.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Travel can be expensive, but Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to give his tips on how to avoid the most costly fees during your summer trips.

Here's what he had to say:

Good news! As of last month, Spirit passengers who wait to pay their carry-on fee at the gate get a break. What once cost $100 is now a mere $65.

While you’re digesting that, let’s look at other fees and ways to avoid them.

Change fees

These are the worst and usually most expensive fees. It can cost up to $200 on large airlines to make any changes to a ticket for a domestic flight, and $400 (or more) for international itineraries. We are talking about the usual non-refundable tickets; refundable airfare is very expensive. What to do?

Be certain of your dates: This is especially important when planning a trip with friends or family. Make sure everyone is in agreement about the itinerary before you book the flights.

Fly the no-fee airline: Southwest is the only airline that does not charge a change fee.

Change your mind quickly: The U.S. Department of Transportation rule says shoppers can change (or cancel) tickets within 24 hours of purchasing them with no penalty.

Throw yourself on the mercy of the airline: A few legacy carriers still allow cancellations in extreme situations (such as a death in the family) but not all airlines do. If you think you have a special case, by all means, call the airline and explain the situation. You might get lucky, you might not.

Food and drink fees

Delta and American now offer meals in economy on some routes. Others offer a little something free like soft drinks and the inevitable tiny package of peanuts or pretzels, but you won’t get even that on Spirit, Frontier or other ultra-discount carriers. So don’t forget your credit card!

A better idea: Buy something at the airport (fairly expensive but at least you won’t go hungry), or even better, bring some food from home. You won’t look odd because everyone does it, and super-savvy travelers bring empty plastic bottles through security to replenish at one of those water-filling stations found in many airports.

Baggage fees

Which airline still allows you to check a big bag for free? Only Southwest. As for smaller carry-on bags, they’re free on most airlines with the exception of Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit. Another exception is flying basic economy on American and United (those customers cannot bring carry-ons onto a plane but must check them for a fee). What to do?

Check size allowances: Some airlines, including Spirit, allow travelers to take a very small bag if placed under a seat and this could work for a weekend trip.

Check the difference in bag fees: Airlines that charge for all bags sometimes charge more for carry-ons (probably so fewer passengers will bring bags on the aircraft which can slow boarding and create delays). A checked bag can be cheaper.

Pay early: Some airlines offer the cheapest bag fee during booking; if you wait to pay until check-in or at the airport, the price may zoom, especially on those ultra-cheap airlines.

Use a carry-on no matter what it costs: If you are allowed to bring a regular-size carry-on aboard the plane, do it even if you have to pay, for this reason: The bag that travels by your side is the bag that cannot get lost.

Better seat fees

More and more economy travelers are making a rude discovery. After they book their flights, they check their seats only to learn they have a terrible one (in the back or a middle seat) or they have no seat whatsoever and are told it will be assigned later. What to do?

You could pay for early seat selection (sometimes this is only a few dollars but it can be a lot more), but here’s a better idea.

First, sign up for your airline’s miles program. It costs nothing and it may give you a slight edge in the airline game of "who gets assigned the better seat."

Then, be vigilant; return to your reservation every few days or so to see if any seats (or better seats) have opened up, and grab them.

The last resort is to check in for your flight the moment you are allowed to do so (24 hours before departure) and check for better seats then. Remember, others will be doing the same thing so act fast.

Embedded taxes/fees

There is no way to avoid these government and airline fees that cover such things as security and fuel costs but you can still mitigate them in one easy step: Always compare airfares.

No single airline always has the best deal so if you don’t compare you could pay too much overall. And why pay more than you have to?

Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world. Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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ABC News(DUBLIN, Calif.) -- Terrifying video captures the moment a young boy flew off of a brand new waterslide at a water park in California.

The incident took place on Saturday, which was the opening day of the new park called The Wave at Emerald Glen Park, which is owned by the city of Dublin, California.

The boy was reportedly hospitalized, but released the same day with minor injuries. His family declined ABC News' request for comment.

"Obviously that's not what you want to have happen on your first day," Linda Smith, the assistant city manager for the City of Dublin told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. "But we want everyone who comes to this park to have a safe and fun experience and that's our primary goal."

Smith told KGO-TV that she witnessed the boy fall off the slide and onto the concrete, describing his response as, "he seemed to be shook, but seemed to be OK." Smith adds that he was able to get up and walk to the first aid room to get checked out.

Smith said they are closing down three of the park's waterslides pending further inspection, but they do not have "an exact reason" for what made the boy fly off the slide.

"We take safety very seriously and we are going to make sure that before we re-open those slides that they are safe for use," Smith said.

"Our thoughts are with the family that had this experience," she added. "We are going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen again."

The incident comes nearly a year after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas state lawmaker was killed after a horrific accident at a water slide in Kansas City, Kansas, sparking a national conversation about waterslide safety.

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British Airways(LONDON) -- British Airways is resuming departures from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Sunday, following the cancellation of flights on Saturday due to a worldwide computer outage that struck at the start of a busy holiday weekend.

"Work continues to restore all of our IT systems, but we expect some further disruption today," British Airways posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning. "We are aiming to operate the majority of services from Heathrow and a near-normal schedule at Gatwick. Customers should not travel to the airport today unless they have already rebooked onto another flight."

Heathrow echoed the airline's warning to travelers, tweeting that "delays and cancellations of British Airways flights are expected today."

British Airways had said a "major IT system failure" forced Saturday's cancellation of all scheduled flights from the two airports. The airline urged passengers booked on those flights not to go those airports.

The global outage also affected the airline's call centers.

"We are working hard to get our customers who were due to fly today onto the next available flights over the course of the rest of the weekend. Those unable to fly will be offered a full refund," British Airways said in a statement Saturday.

British Airways had said Saturday that it was working to restore services, but warned travelers that some delays and disruptions may continue into Sunday. Most "long-haul flights" set to land in London on Sunday are expected to arrive as scheduled, the airline said.

The outage comes amid a busy weekend for travel, with Monday being a holiday in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our customers during this busy holiday period," British Airways said in its statement.

Heathrow Airport also confirmed the issue in a statement posted on Twitter.

ABC News on Saturday observed thousands of passengers at one of British Airways' terminals at Heathrow Airport, with some saying they were never alerted that their flights were canceled.

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California, according to a statement from the ride-sharing company.

His father, Donald Kalanick, was also involved in the accident and is in "serious condition."

"Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy," Uber said in a statement on Saturday. "His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time."

An internal e-mail, obtained by ABC News, was sent to employees on Saturday alerting them to the news:

Team:

I’m writing to share some heartbreaking news. Last night Travis’ mother died in a tragic boating accident near Fresno. His father, who was also on the boat, is in serious condition and is being treated at the hospital. This is an unthinkable tragedy as everyone in the Uber family knows how incredibly close Travis is to his parents.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we wanted to let his Uber family know right away.

I know we all want to do whatever we can to help, and I’ll communicate again as soon as there is something we can share.

Kalanick was at the Kentucky Derby with his parents three weeks ago.

Hello Louisville!! 1st derby with Mom and dad pic.twitter.com/GXl9HGawXk

— travis kalanick (@travisk) May 6, 2017

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British Airways canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London on Saturday due to a worldwide computer outage that struck at the start of a busy holiday weekend.

British Airways said a "major IT system failure" forced the cancellation of all scheduled flights from the two airports for the rest of the day. The airline urged passengers booked on those flights not to go those airports.

The global outage has also affected the airline's call centers.

"We are working hard to get our customers who were due to fly today onto the next available flights over the course of the rest of the weekend. Those unable to fly will be offered a full refund," British Airways said in a statement Saturday.

British Airways said it is working to restore services, but noted that some delays and disruptions may continue into Sunday. Most "long-haul flights" set to land in London on Sunday are expected to arrive as scheduled, the airline said.

The outage comes amid a busy weekend for travel, with Monday being a holiday in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our customers during this busy holiday period," British Airways said in its statement.

Heathrow Airport also confirmed the issue in a statement posted on Twitter.

"We are working closely with the airline to assist passengers who have been affected by the British Airways' issue and have extra customer service colleagues in terminals to assist those passengers already at Heathrow," the airport said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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ABCNews.com(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Pandora: The World of Avatar is a quick-service restaurant, but don't expect typical theme park fast food here.

With a focus on healthy options and a nod to its "Avatar"-inspired surroundings, the main dish at the newest dining option at Walt Disney World Resort is based on bowls. Pick your base, pick your protein, pick your sauce. In all, there are 48 combinations, according to Chef Richard Meacham, who took ABC News on a culinary tour of the new establishment.

"There's been very positive comments about the food from guests," Meacham told ABC News, "especially the vegetarian guests. They feel they can order off the menu without feeling like they were specially accommodated because there's such an array to choose from."

Among those options: tofu as a protein option in the bowls, quinoa and curry vegetable pods.

There's a kids menu too, including a gussied-up hot dog and a cheese quesadilla.

But one of the stars at Satu'li Canteen is the dessert: A blueberry cream cheese mousse meant to resemble a Na'vi is a vision as well as delicious.

Located inside a former RDA mess hall and now a "peaceful dining facility adorned with Na’vi art and cultural items," according to the Disney Parks website, the Satu’li Canteen has a lively atmosphere. The restaurant will soon allow guests to place orders in advance on the My Disney Experience app, a first for the resort.

Pandora: The World of Avatar opens May Saturday.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but for those seeking to celebrate the holiday by getting out of town, the oncoming warm weather might not be the only thing making them sweat.

The weekend promises to be a busy one for travelers according to forecasts, both by road and by air.

Traffic and navigation app Waze said it typically sees an increase in traffic jams and accident alerts over the holiday weekend, particularly on Friday as drivers set off on their trips. The accident numbers are supported by data from AAA which shows the company's roadside rescues increasing over the past four years.

In 2013, AAA made 295,000 rescues over Memorial Day weekend, climbing to 300,000 in 2014 and 310,000 in 2015. Last year they made 325,000.

AAA suggests getting your vehicle inspected before taking a long trip, packing an emergency kit with first aid supplies, tools, jumper cables, water and snacks in case you get stuck and bringing along extra keys to prevent a lockout. They note that battery issues, lockouts and flat tires comprise the top issues encountered by motorists over the holiday weekend.

As of Friday morning, the national average gas price is $2.37, according to AAA. The state with the cheapest average price is South Carolina at $2.05, while the most expensive average price is in California at $3.10.

For those travelling by air, a number of delays affected the skies on Friday. As of 3 p.m. Flightaware.com reported over 2,500 delays within, into or out of the United States. An additional 481 flights had been cancelled.

Fliers departing from ten airports can also expect new security procedures, according to the Transportation Security Administration. In those locations, travelers will be required to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on luggage, for inspection. The TSA says that the change will cut down on bag checks and ultimately speed up lines.

For now, the process is being tested at the following locations:

  • Boise Airport
  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Colorado Springs Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (San Juan)
  • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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ABCNews.com(PALERMO, Italy) -- First Lady Melania Trump wore an eye-catching multicolored jacket that retails for more than $51,000 while stepping out in Sicily on Friday.

The piece was designed by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, which posted several photos of Trump arriving at the Chierici Palace City Hall of Catania on its Instagram account.

A video shows Trump donning the brightly colored coat while touring Sicily. She appeared to carry a matching clutch as well.

Trump is accompanying her husband, President Donald Trump, on his first overseas trip since taking office.

Neither Dolce & Gabbana nor the White House have responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks closed mixed ahead of the holiday weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 2.67 (-0.01 percent) to finish at 21,080.28.

The Nasdaq climbed 4.94 ( 0.08 percent) to close at 6,210.19, and the S&P 500 finished at 2,415.82, up 0.75 ( 0.03 percent) from its open. Despite the small gains, both posted new records.

Crude oil was about 2 percent higher with prices under $50 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
  Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corporation soared nearly 19 percent after the UGG boots maker beat investors' expectations on earnings in the first-quarter.

Despite sales beating analysts' estimates in quarter one, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported a wider year-over-year loss, causing the fashion retailer's stock to tumble 6 percent.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Incidents involving a popular child's toy known as "fidget spinners" are being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after two separate reported cases of children swallowing parts of the gadget sparked concerns.

"CPSC is investigating the incidents with kids swallowing fidget spinners in Texas and Oregon," the agency wrote in a statement to ABC News. "We advise parents to keep these away from young children because they can choke on small parts. Warn older children not to put fidget spinners in their mouths."

Fidget spinners are a stress-relieving toy advertised as a way to help people focus.

Scott Kollins, clinical psychologist and director of the ADHD program at Duke University, said there is no evidence to support claims of the benefits of fidget spinners.

“There has been no research into the efficacy or safety of these toys to help manage the symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, or any other mental health conditions in children (or adolescent, or adults, for that matter),” Kollins told ABC News. “The observations by parents or teachers are interesting but without carefully controlled studies, it’s impossible to draw any sorts of conclusions about whether these toys are useful, and it’s hard to imagine any sort of reasonable rationale as to why they would offer benefit.”

Mom Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston, Texas, posted an X-ray she said was taken after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed a piece of the toy. The girl had to undergo surgery to have it removed, she said.

"Our full attention and focus is on caring for our daughter and ensuring she continues to lead a healthy life," Joniec said in a statement through Texas Children's Hospital, where her daughter's surgery took place.

The other case, in Oregon, involved a 5-year-old boy named Caden whose mother said he swallowed a part of the toy and choked before being rushed to the hospital. The boy's mother, Johely Morelos, said she showed Caden a photo of the incident in Texas as a warning, but the child still tried to swallow a piece of the toy.

Morelos said Caden's uncle bought him a fidget spinner as a gift on Amazon, which carries the toy made by multiple manufacturers.

Amazon declined ABC News' request for comment.

Fidget spinners have three prongs attached to a circle that spin when you hold onto the center. Twirling the toy makes the prongs become a blur.

Learning Express Toys, a company that sells fidget spinners online and in store around the country, said it recommends the gadget for ages 12 and up.

"Spinners are marked as a choking hazard containing small parts," Learning Express added in a May 18 statement to ABC News. "However, we will also be placing signs in our stores to make sure parents are aware that spinners are a potential choking hazard. As with any toy, parents must choose age-appropriate toys and use caution if their child has a tendency to put things in their mouth."

Nancy Cowles, executive director of the nonprofit Kids in Danger, said any toy that is sold in the United States has to meet toy safety standards, but added that it would be difficult to track down the manufacturers of all fidget spinner products. Cowles also noted that children seem to be choking on the spinner toys because they are falling apart.

Learning Express Toys said that the bearings on fidget spinners should not fall out unless consumers use a tool to remove them.

Some schools are now banning the toys, not just because they may be dangerous, but because teachers see them as a distraction.

Wyandot Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio, sent parents a letter this month stating that students are no longer allowed to bring fidget spinners to school. Other schools within Dublin City school district also implemented the new rule, according to ABC affiliate WSYX-TV in Columbus.

"The district said fidget spinners have become a distraction in the classroom," reports WSYX-TV. "Students are arguing over the spinners and get upset when theirs go missing."

The CPSC urges consumers to report any incidents with fidget spinners to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The time was May 1937. Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, after winning reelection to a second term. German air ship The Hindenburg had burst into flames over New Jersey, killing 35 people, and the Spanish Civil War was raging across the ocean.

The number one song on the radio was "You Can't Take That Away From Me" by Fred Astaire and the biggest blockbuster movie that year would be Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Amidst all that, a huge infrastructure project that promised to be a feat of engineering was finally about to debut after four years of work: The Golden Gate Bridge.

Why the bridge was built


Experts at the time determined that a bridge was needed in San Francisco, since it was the largest American city still using mostly ferry boats.

Marin county across the San Francisco Bay also represented a new area where the bustling city that was running out of space could expand business and housing.

They said it couldn't be done

But many people said building a bridge that would span the 6,700-foot strait would be impossible. That area of the bay often has sustained winds of about 60 mph, the rough, swirling waves from the Pacific Ocean below and a channel that runs 335 feet deep.

"The bridge is a symbol of hard work, determination, and most of all, the power of grit to create a better future," Priya Clemens, director of public affairs for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, told ABC News. "For decades, people said a Bridge could not be built across the Golden Gate Strait."

"But an engineer saw a way to create this bridge, the region came together to fund it and workers put their blood sweat and tears into building it," Clemens added. "Turning this dream into a reality opened the way for commerce and travel to expand in a way that could never have happened without the grit to push that vision forward."

San Francisco's city engineer Michael M. O'Shaughnessy teamed up with Joseph B. Strauss to come up with a plan for the bridge. Together, they formed a board of consultants filled with the best bridge engineers of the day from around the country.

Impressive bridge spans the strait

Construction started on Jan. 5, 1933 and didn't finish until April 19, 1937. The product was the $35 million bridge in all its glory -- completed ahead of schedule and $1.3 million under budget.

On May 27, 1937, the bridge-opening festivities began. The mayor, along with many of the engineers and some beauty queens rode in a motorcade across the roadway. On May 28, 1937, President Roosevelt pushed a button all the way across the country in Washington D.C. to allow traffic to start crossing the bridge.

Standing at 746 feet high, the 8,981-foot-long bridge consists of two main towers fixed in several tons of concrete on each end. The road is held up by two suspension cables which have 27,572 wire strands each, equal to about 80,000 miles of wire. Engineers said about 1.2 million rivets were used on the bridge.

Until 1964, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was opened in New York.

More than 110,000 vehicles cross the 90-foot-wide bridge daily.

The famous shade of orange-red

The color of the bridge is notable for several reasons.

The bridge's raw steel was actually coated with a red lead primer when it was made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As the bridge was being assembled, one of the architects consulting did a study and found the color worked well with the landscape. The color is an orange vermilion called "international orange," which the original committee felt it contrasted well against the sky and ocean.

"International orange" is used on more than just the Golden Gate Bridge. Many people may recognize it as a color commonly used by the aerospace industry since it distinguishes structures from their surroundings.

"[The Golden Gate Bridge's] color that moves and molds itself into the great beauty and contours of the hill -– let me hope that the color will remain the red terracotta because it adds to the structural grace and because it adds to the great beauty and the colorful symphony of the hills —- and it is because of this structural simplicity that carries to you my message of admiration," Italian American sculptor Beniamino Benvenuto Bufano told consulting architect of the Golden Gate Bridge, Irving Morrow.

The color and prominence against the San Francisco skyline contributes to why it's one of the most photographed bridges in the world.

Famous site for a depressing act


But for some, the bridge is not a symbol of pride, but instead, a painful memory.

Nearly the entire time the bridge has been open, it has been a common destination for suicide. In 2016 alone, 39 people jumped from the bridge. Authorities and bystanders were able to stop 184 more from the same fate, according to Marin County.

For decades, the haunting statistics have compelled lawmakers and residents to continue searching for a deterrent that would fit the bridge's engineering requirements. In April 2017, construction began on a $200-million stainless steel net that would surround the bridge -- 20 feet below the bridge's deck and extending 20 feet from the bridge. The bridge's deck is about 245 feet above the water below. The netting is expected to be completed in 2021.

This net will provide a "critical second chance, maybe more than that" for those acting on "impulsive thoughts," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said during the commemoration ceremony in April. "People would say to us, 'Isn’t that a lot of money for a barrier? For a net?' And I would say, ‘No it’s not a lot of money for a life. For all of these lives.'"

According to Golden Gate officials, the net will catch anyone who jumps and will be sloped and slightly collapse when a person hits it. Anyone who lands in the net will likely need assistance to get out, which will be the job of city rescue workers.

Many netting systems similar to this one have been used around the globe, but none as expansive.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, is responding to complaints that it will host a women-only screening of Wonder Woman next week.

Some moviegoers called out the theater for separating men from women and asked if male-only screenings were in the works.

In response to the backlash, Morgan Hendrix, creative manager for the theater, told ABC News, "Providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls [and] only serves to deepen our belief that we're doing something right."

She continued, "As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters," which include cities like New York and Denver.

The fuss began Wednesday, when the Alamo Drafthouse sent out a press release announcing a women-only screening of Wonder Woman, which hits theaters next Friday. The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero.

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say “People Who Identify As Women Only,” we mean it. Everyone working at this screening -- venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team -- will be female," according to the release.

The demand was so high that the theater added a second screening for just women. That's when the theater was bombarded with complaints on social media.

"I love Alamo Drafthouse and watch all my movies with y'all (and still will), but separating any group from another is very odd," one man wrote on Facebook. Other comments shared similar sentiments about separation.

Alamo Drafthouse defend the decision on Facebook, writing, "Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun -- for one screening -- to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you. These screenings are just a way to celebrate the character and how important she's been to women over the last eight decades."

But on a lighter note, the theater had fun in some of its replies.

One man asked if the theater ever hosted a men-only night, to which the theater responded, "We've never done showings where you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the Entourage movie a few years ago."

After another person suggested doing "a special screening for IT that's only for those who identify as clowns," Alamo again responded with snark, "We might actually have to steal that clown idea. Thanks."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Don’t you hate it when you buy something and then you find out a few weeks later it’s been discounted? We all hate feeling like we overpaid.

The good news is there are two apps that can help you with that: Earny and Paribus.

Earny: Good for those with Chase and Citi credit cards


Many credit cards offer price protection: if the price of the item you purchased goes down within 90 days of when you bought it, the credit card company will refund you the difference. This sounds great in theory, but who has the time to crosscheck current prices against their credit card statements?

That’s where Earny comes in. Once you download the app, you give it permission to access your credit card account online. It combs through all your purchases for 90 days. If it notes a discrepancy between what you paid and current pricing, Earny does the heavy lifting of submitting a request for a refund from the credit card company.

ABC News tried out the app, and since installing, it has acquired $84 in refunds from a book that went down in price by $4 and a board game that has been discounted $6.17.

Currently, Earny only covers Chase and Citibank credit cards and they charge a 25 percent fee for all refunds they secure.

Earny’s founder Oded Vakrat says, “The average Earny user receives more than $300 back per year on their purchases ... It usually takes two to five days to start seeing refunds from the moment you register to Earny. Some users see refunds within hours, since Earny can look as far back as 90 days to find those old purchase you may have overpaid on."

Paribus: Good for those that don’t have Chase or Citi cards or who pay for a lot of expedited shipping


Paribus accesses your purchase history through your email inbox. It looks through your messages to find purchase receipts. It also watches any price fluctuations and will submit a refund request on your behalf if it sees a drop, but it has a new feature that’s even more genius. It tracks shipping times so that if a package is delivered later than promised, Paribus submits a request for a refund. Paribus uses your inbox to access receipts so it’s not limited to any one credit card company, but they too charge a 25 percent fee on any refunds they claim for you.

Both of these apps are granted access to your personal information and credit cards. So ABC News reached out to the both Paribus and Earny to ask how they use user’s data. Both companies say they do not share data with marketers.

"Paribus reviews the contents of email only from merchant accounts that customers choose to link to the service," Paribus said in a statement. "Paribus uses this information to identify savings opportunities for our customers only. We do not sell or use data for any other purpose."

Earny CEO Oded Vakrat said, "Earny doesn't access any data from credit card transactions. Instead, we get the necessary information to protect your purchases from emailed receipts. We do not share any personal information and it is not in our interest to do so. Our mission at Earny, is to protect consumers from overpaying and to get them money back when prices drop on items they've purchased. By doing so, we give consumers the confidence to shop knowing that they will always pay the best price. Our customers' trust in Earny is key!"

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