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moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — American consumers dipped into their pockets a bit more last month.

Consumer spending rose 0.1 percent in March, the Commerce Department reported on Friday, following a recent string of lackluster months. Americans mostly bought nondurable items, like clothing and food, offsetting a drop in spending on cars and other long-lasting goods.

Incomes, meanwhile, shot up 0.4 percent last month.

The increase in income and small gain in spending led to a jump in the rate of personal saving to its highest level in a year. Economists hope consumers will put those savings to work in coming months.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –Japan is abandoning its recently launched $273 million Hitomi space telescope after two solar array panels apparently broke off the satellite, sending it spinning wildly into space.

Hitomi was launched in February with the goal of using its x-ray vision to shed new light on black holes, supernova remnants and galaxy clusters. One month later, the space agency said it was unable to figure out the health of the satellite after it became unresponsive and debris was spotted around it.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it received three signals believed to be from Hitomi; however, further investigation revealed the signals were not from the satellite and were “due to the differences in frequencies as a consequence of technological study,” the space agency said.

On Thursday JAXA said “it is highly likely that both solar array paddles had broken off at their bases where they are vulnerable to rotation,” making it virtually impossible to get the satellite back on track.

While there is no possibility of retrieving Hitomi, JAXA said in a news release it now plans to focus its effort on what caused the anomaly, including scrutiny of design, manufacturing, verification, and operations.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Vice President Joe Biden brought his cancer “moonshot” effort to the Vatican Friday, urging nations to join together to combat the disease on a global scale.

Biden began his speech by reflecting on the death of his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May of last year. He thanked Pope Francis for counseling his family during his visit to the U.S.

“I wish every grieving parent, brother, sister, mother, father would have the benefit of his words, his prayer, his presence,” Biden said. “He provided us with more comfort than even he, I think, will ever understand.”

Biden then focused on presenting an international commitment to the audience of doctors, researchers and world leaders based on his tour of various cancer research centers in the U.S. over the past several months.

He said a global coalition would be required to reach a cure for cancer, with concentration on a set of principles including a renewed focus on preventative measures, an urgency similar to infectious disease and an increase in the coordination of research.

“What is clear is that there are immense possibilities fully within our reach that did not exist even five years ago,” Biden said. “Every day thousands of people are dying, millions of people are desperately looking for hope for another day, another month, another year. One more hug, one more kiss.”

Pope Francis addressed the crowd following Biden, stressing that despite what many see as an economic inconvenience, seeking a cure for cancer is a moral issue for societies.

“It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbor’s cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease,” the pope said. “We know that we cannot always find fast cures to complex illnesses, but we can be prompt in caring for these persons, who often feel abandoned and ignored. We should be sensitive towards all, regardless of religious belief, social standing or culture.”

In addition to a short greet following Pope Francis’ speech, Biden and the pope also met privately backstage, according to the vice president’s office.

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LONDON) — Five years ago Friday, millions of people around the world watched as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said “I will” in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.

The world’s eyes have stayed focused on the young royals ever since, watching as William, 33, and Kate, 34, traveled the world and grew their family. As the royals mark their milestone privately, at their Anmer Hall home, take a look at five momentous moments from their five years of wedded bliss.

1. Double Buckingham Palace Wedding Kisses

In a beautifully executed wedding, William and Kate’s April 29, 2011, balcony kiss was the one wildcard, and it did not disappoint. The heir to the British throne first exchanged a short peck with his beloved bride. Two minutes later, responding to chants from the crowd of “Kiss her again,” the newlyweds locked lips.

The Abbey bells rang, the overhead fighter planes hummed and the crowd erupted in cheers and became a sea of waving flags.

2. Birth of Prince George

Prince George was born July 22, 2013, at 4:24 p.m. London time, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Fans and media camped outside of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London awaiting the birth of the royal, whose official title is His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

The world got its first glimpse of the little prince the day after George’s birth, when the family left the hospital with the prince swaddled in a white blanket in his mother’s arms.

“It’s very emotional,” Kate said at the time. “It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.”

3. Birth of Princess Charlotte

Born at 8:34 a.m. local time on May 2, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

The world got a first glimpse of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the fourth in line to the British throne, just 10 hours after her birth, when she left St. Mary’s Hospital with her mom and dad. William and Kate took Princess Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II’s fifth great-grandchild, to their Kensington Palace home after her birth.

4. Charitable Work

Prince William and Kate have devoted themselves to charitable work, becoming the patrons of numerous charities and using their spotlight to shine a light on conservation efforts, military heroes and young people.

William is the president of United for Wildlife, an organization created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The duke has been passionate about efforts to protect wildlife from poachers and has spoken out about a world in which his own two children might not be able to see some of the world’s nearly-extinct animals when they grow up.

Prince William is also focused on raising awareness of bullying, cyber bullying and suicide rates among young men.

Kate is channeling her energy on the mental well-being of young people. The duchess has participated in two public service announcements to draw attention to the challenges faced by young children struggling with mental illness.

This month, the duke and duchess joined with Prince Harry to launch The Heads Together campaign to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness. The royals donned blue Heads Together headbands in a video released to announce the campaign, which is supported by their Royal Foundation.

5. Country Life at Anmer Hall

After the birth of Princess Charlotte in May 2015, Prince William and Kate brought their family to their country home, Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom home on Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

The couple completed a renovation of the property, which includes a conservatory, a new kitchen and a new roof. In January, Prince George began nursery school at the nearby Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk.

The home, which has plenty of space for visiting relatives, is also close to where William works as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance. It is also near the homes of several of William and Kate’s closest friends. The royals have been spotted in local Norfolk shops and visiting the local playground.

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Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NORWALK, Conn.) — The Chief Executive Officer of the Priceline Group Darren Huston has resigned from the company.

A statement released by Priceline Thursday says Huston resigned after an investigation conducted by independent members of the Board of Directors into a personal relationship that Huston had with an employee of the company who did not work directly under him.

The outcome of the invstigation showed that Huston had not followed the company’s code of conduct. Huston acknowledged his actions and expressed his deepest regret.

“I am satisfied with the Board’s thorough review of this issue,” James M. Guyette, Lead Independent Director, said. “The performance of the business under Darren has been strong, and the company is very well-positioned to continue executing on its strategy for growth. Jeff is deeply familiar with the company’s strategy and leadership team, which consists of highly accomplished entrepreneurs and seasoned professional executives with long-tenure in the business. We are confident the company is in strong hands while we conduct a search for a new CEO.”

According to the statement, Priceline appointed former CEO and current chariman Jeffery H. Boyd as Huston’s temporary replacement while the board works to find Huston’s successor.

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Amazon.com(NEW YORK) — Amazon has reported a $513 million profit in its first quarter, thanks to an almost 30 percent jump in sales, according to the BBC.

The BBC reports the increasing sales of Kindle reading devices and Fire tablet computers led to Amazon’s extrememly successful start to the year.

The sales and profits exceeded analysts’ expectations.

According to the BBC, investors are breathing a sigh of relief at the positive news from Amazon in the wake of disappointing earnings from other tech companies like Apple and Microsoft.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Puerto Rico is facing its biggest debt deadline yet on May 1, but Congress, which experts say is the territory’s only hope, likely won’t be doing anything about it.

“Congress holds keys to solving the situation,” economist Aleksandar Tomic told ABC News about the territory’s $73 billion debt crisis.

On May 1, a $422 million payment is due to Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, its biggest yet. Its upcoming deadline of $2 billion looms even more ominously. There is one immediate way that Congress could help, Tomic said, which is re-instating Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection afforded to mainland municipalities. That provision was stripped of Puerto Rico by Congress in 1984 and there is no real reason Congress could not re-instate it, according to Tomic.

“This would allow Puerto Rico to try and engage debt holders in restructuring efforts that might help avoid the dire economic consequences of full bankruptcy,” said Tomic, Boston College’s Woods College of Advancing Studies program director of Master of Science in Applied Economics.

In June, the territory’s governor declared that it could not pay its debts. Since then, there’s been little done to help the territory’s debt crisis, thought 3.5 million American citizens reside there. The unemployment rate in Puerto Rico is 11.8 percent, while its population has shrunk by more than 5 percent in the last decade. Meanwhile, the cost of living has skyrocketed as per capita income is as low $19,000 per year.

The Puerto Rican debt is small enough that any default will not, in and of itself, create a significant economic event on the mainland, nor in the world financial system, Tomic said.

“However, it will be catastrophic for Puerto Rico, as island government might not be able to provide even the basic services,” Tomic said. “The exodus of businesses and populations will continue, and the territory will fall deeper into a downward spiral of missing debt payments, shrinking economy, and exodus of an able-bodied and employable population.”

On Tuesday, Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Congress won’t be acting to push legislation to help Puerto Rico in time for the May 1 deadline.

“Congress can, of course, bail out Puerto Rico, and for all the political grandstanding currently taking place, this option might become viable if the plight of Puerto Rico’s population gains enough media attention,” Tomic said.

Beside Congress’ inaction, Puerto Rico also faces legal battles between the bondholders and the territory’s government, “but these are par for the course in any bankruptcy situation,” Tomic said.

McCarthy has said he isn’t in favor of a bailout.

A draft bill has been stuck with the House Natural Resources Committee, which would have put into place a restructuring of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt had the scheduled committee action taken place on April 14.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wedding season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about the best gifts for the bride and groom.

Good Housekeeping Institute’s chief technologist Rachel Rothman joined Good Morning America’s “Wide World of Weddings” live stream to help our viewers create the ultimate registry guide of must-have items for the home.

Rothman’s Tips on How to Best Build a Registry:

Stay true to yourself: Don’t feel obligated to register for things you know you won’t use. But do think ahead. It’s likely your family and needs will grow.

Make sure to register for more items than people you’re inviting: It will give them more flexibility when picking a gift. Also, make sure you hit a lot of varied price points. You want to have plenty of items priced under $50 (sometimes friends or colleagues who are not attending may want to get you a smaller trinket). And register at two to four venues to likewise give guests multiple choices.

Go to the store if you can: There are some items you’ll want to touch and feel before deciding if they’re the ones you’ll want. Utensils are a good example of that.

Scope out the stores you want to register at: Make sure their gift-buying process will suit your crowd (How many physical locations? Can guests order by phone and online?) and see what perks they may offer (Example: a completion program that will offer a 10 to 15 percent discount on fulfillment of items not selected).

Browse registries of peer newlyweds:
You can see what other guests bought (or didn’t) so you’ll get a general idea of things you may want to stay away from. It may also help spark some ideas for your own!

Keep track of your gifts: Some registries offer online tools for managing it, but I personally found maintaining my own to be far simpler.

Rothman’s Top Wedding Gifts to Register for:

Mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, $430 Nothing beats this kitchen staple for mixing cakes or kneading loaves, which also has optional attachments like a pasta maker, an ice cream freezer, and even a spiralizer. Note: You don’t need a stand mixer if you only dabble in baking. If you do a lot, it’s indispensable.

Dutch Oven: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 4 ½ Quarts, $290 Made of enameled cast iron, it’s the perfect go-to for soups, pot roasts and even no-knead bread! It’s beautiful and practical and can take you from stove top into oven to a table.

Knives: Wüsthof Classic, from $50 Big knife blocks look impressive, but all anyone really needs is a general-purpose knife like a chef’s/cook’s knife (or the Japanese type, a Santoku); a serrated bread slicer; and a parer. These earned top marks for sharpness and for feeling like an extension of the hand. Note: Most important thing when buying knives is to physically hold in your hand first -– comfort is paramount.

Wine Glasses: Riedel O Wine Tumblers, $30 for 2 Perfect for casual entertaining, these stemless wine glasses are perfect for any type of wine from chardonnay to pinot noir. The best part? These are dishwasher safe. Note: You’ll notice a difference if you don’t use the glass for the type of wine it was designed for.

Trash Can: SimpleHuman 45-Litre Rectangular Step Can with Liner Pocket, $130 When you’re talking trash, SimpleHuman’s stylish workhorse is at the top of the heap. Extra bags can be tucked into its back pocket so you can each inside to grab a fresh one. Rothman loves its soft-close lid, drip tray and fingerprint-proof finish for easy cleaning.

Genius Speaker: Jammbox, $130 With this in your purse, you can have a dance party wherever you are. Listening to Beyoncé on the beach and your phone rings? Answer with the built-in Bluetooth speakerphone! It’s also great around the house, since you can easily carry it from room to room.

Top Towels: JCPenney Royal Velvet Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels, $18 These Green Good Housekeeping Seal holder ultra-plush towels offer great absorbency and color retention.

Vacuum: Dyson V6 Absolute, $600 This cord-free Good Housekeeping Seal holder is a perfect combo hand and stick vac with two-brush heads and multiple tools that make it a cinch to clean carpet, bare floors, and stairs. Uprights are best for homes that are mostly carpeted, while canisters excel on stairs and mixed flooring. Select one with a power nozzle brush that can be switched on to deep-clean carpets and off for bare floors. Combo stick and hand vacs are great for quick cleanups. Look for long run time and easy storage. Compact models are ideal for small spaces. Allergies? Opt for a model with a bag (vs. a bagless one) and a HEPA filter.

Coffee Maker: Nespresso Evoluo Deluxe Coffemaker, $250 Get the gift of perfect coffee every time. With the Nespresso, there’s no risk of error or long wait time. It’s super-easy to use: Add water, pop in a capsule and press; the machine figures out the rest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — At least three children and six medical staff were among the 27 killed after overnight airstrikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The city’s last pediatrician was among the dead, the group said.

The airstrikes in Aleppo are part of a new wave of aerial bombings being conducted by the Syrian government in rebel-held areas, with more than 60 people now dead in less than 24 hours. The Syrian military said it did not target the hospital, but the building was destroyed by at least one strike, according to hospital staff on the ground with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym, MSF.

“What we lost yesterday [Wednesday] cannot be replaced. Just the thought that there is no longer any pediatrician in Aleppo gives me a big fear,” said Noor al-Khatib, a resident of Aleppo and a member of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who uses a pseudonym out of fear of government harassment. “It’s hard to describe how I feel. It’s a real disaster that will lead to more people dying of diseases, especially children and elderly people.”

Violence is escalating in Aleppo and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said the city is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

Karim al-Saleh, al-Khatib’s husband who is a doctor in Aleppo, said that people are dying because of lack of medical resources and that he fears it will only get worse after the attack.

“Diseases like pneumonia are already hard to treat because we don’t have the right medicine and have to find temporary solutions,” he told ABC News. “It’s already a really bad situation and we will see many more deaths now.”

An estimated 250,000 people have stayed in Aleppo amidst an ongoing civil war, which has torn the country apart since 2011, while millions have fled Syria.

The increased violence has undermined United Nations-led peace talks in recent weeks.

“Wherever you are, you hear explosions of mortars, shelling and planes flying over,” Valter Gros, of the ICRC, said in the statement. “There is no neighborhood of the city that hasn’t been hit. People are living on the edge. Everyone here fears for their lives and nobody knows what is coming next.”

President Obama announced this week the deployment of 250 more U.S. troops to Syria, saying it’s an effort to keep up momentum in the campaign against ISIS.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks ended mostly in the red Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having its worst day in over two months. This comes after Apple Inc. extended its losing streak. The broader market collapsed under the weight of weak corporate earnings and disappointing data.

The Dow dropped 210.79 (1.17 percent) to close at 17,830.76

Nasdaq lost 57.85 (1.19 percent) finishing up the day at 4,805.29, while the S&P plummeted 19.34 (0.92 percent) closing at 2,075.81.

Crude Oil went up just 0.32 (0.71 percent) with prices at $45.65 a barrel.

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