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Instagram adds “collection” feature to app

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Instagram users can now organize the photos they save with the app’s new “collections” feature.

Created as an add-on to its bookmarking tool that was released over the winter, “collections” allows users to organize the posts they save into private groups in their Profile tabs.

It is a similar to a feature on Pinterest, in which users can place photos of travel destinations, recipes, and other items in separate groups, called boards. Unlike Pinterest, however, Instagram collections are private and cannot be seen by other users.

According to a TechCrunch report, Instagram says since it released its bookmarking feature in December, almost half of users have saved at least one post.

The collections feature is now available on iOs an Android devices as part of the Instagram version 10.16 download, which can be accessed through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Tesla drops price on entry-level Model S

File Photo iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Saving up for a Tesla? Good news: the company dropped the price on the entry-level Model S by $7,500. It now starts at $69,500 according to TechCrunch.

TechCrunch adds that the car comes with upgraded standard equipment, giving buyers better overall value. The standard features now include an all-glass overhead roof and an automatic powered rear lift gate.

The price dip applies to the 75 kilowatt per hour (kWh) vehicle after Tesla dropped its 60kWh model, which it recently discontinued selling.

A spokesperson for Tesla provided an official statement, which says the price decrease will be followed by increases on their 100D and P100D models. Those price increases will come into effect next week.

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How a bunny, baskets and eggs got connected with Easter

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The commercialization of Easter is something many Christians are familiar with. But some do not know the history behind the treats and gifts given during the springtime religious holiday.

Why are kids given Easter baskets with chocolate and candy in them?

During Lent — the 40 days leading up to Easter — many Christians give up treats such as chocolate. The dietary restraint is meant to symbolize the sacrifice Jesus Christ made by dying on the cross to absolve believers from their sins.

Historically, when Easter arrived, feasts in large baskets were brought to churches to be blessed by religious leaders.

This also explains why chocolate is often given as a present on Easter — to reward those who gave up eating it during Lent.

Where did the Easter bunny originate?

Some historians claim Easter comes from Eostre, the pagan goddess of fertility and spring.

According to the tale, Eostre found a bird freezing to death and turned it into a rabbit to keep it warm. But the rabbit still laid eggs like a bird.

In the tale, the bunny decorated her eggs to show her appreciation for what Eostre did.

What about Easter egg hunts?

Easter eggs also have a religious connotation.

According to the Bible, Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus following the Resurrection after he was crucified, died and was buried.

When she told people what she witnessed, she was holding an egg in her hand as a symbol of rebirth and the circle of life, Eastern Orthodox tradition states. Then, Emperor Tiberius Caesar heard her proclamation and said “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.”

According to the religious story, Mary’s egg turned bright red while the emperor spoke.

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Atlanta couple who met on Twitter have Twitter-themed wedding

Events By SPL(ATLANTA) — An Atlanta couple who met on Twitter decided to have a Twitter-themed ceremony during three days of wedding festivities.

Sumita Dalmia met her future groom back in 2013 after she reached out to Anuj Patel on Twitter.

“I wanted to attend a local event at the zoo, but tickets were sold out so I decided to search Twitter,” she told ABC News of their first encounter. “When I came across Anuj’s tweet stating he had an extra ticket [to Jazzoo Atlanta], I didn’t think much of it.”

Dalmia, 28, added that she “just reached out to him asking if I could have it, but then his profile caught my attention … Before we knew it, we were exchanging almost 75 emails in the first day of chatting!”

The couple got engaged two years later on December 19, 2015. Of course, Patel, 27, proposed on Twitter, and it went viral.

When the tweet-hearts wed last November at the Marriott Evergreen Resort in Atlanta in front of approximately 450 guests, they decided to use their favorite social network as a theme in the festivities, which included six wedding events over three days.

Photos of their wedding have recently gotten attention online.

“Twitter is an integral part of our relationship,” Dalmia noted. “We wanted our wedding guests to experience our love story and understand why it is so important to our relationship. Plus, you can’t deny that the little blue birds add a nice touch.”

Along with having a customized wedding hashtag — #TweetHearts2016 — the couple also had graphic designers add the Twitter logo to their seating charts and welcome bags.

They also had blue-hued specialty cocktails, a cake topper and a SnapChat filter that was a nod to Twitter.

Dalmia said her wedding guests “absolutely loved it.”

The two haven’t gone on a honeymoon just yet, deciding instead to save for a house first. Still, they plan to trek to Hawaii when the time is right.

“We are looking forward to just building a life together and starting a family,” Dalmia added.

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Holiday-loving couple shows off their epic Easter decorations, including 6,000 eggs

Courtesy of Debbie Strickland(NEW YORK) — Easter has “egg-sploded” at this Suffolk, Virginia home.

Debbie and Jim Strickland are winning the holiday décor game with their epic springtime trimmings.

“It really is the holiday section of Wal-Mart on steroids,” Debbie, 61, told ABC News. “We’ll have people ask for pictures with their kids in the yard.”

Their amazing Easter home, a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian they’ve lived in for nine years, is the perfect backdrop to help Debbie carry on the family traditions she grew up loving.

“I always remembered those people who decorated on our street,” the Pittsburgh native recalled. “And at some point, I hope someone thinks of us and says, ‘There was this couple who used to decorate when we were growing up.’ My dad was the first person who got the plastic nativity sets for the front yard and I thought that was such a big deal, and it’s nice to carry that on.”

Some of the Stricklands’ elaborate Easter decorations include, 6,000 Easter eggs strewn across their garden, two large inflatable decorations blown up in their yard, Easter bunnies galore, pink pastel furniture cushions, and Easter egg garland twirling around their stately columns.

But the creative couple goes big for more than just Easter. They said there are only two months of the year when their home isn’t decorated for a holiday: May and August.

“Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day…Fourth of July, and in September, we just do fall,” Debbie explained. “And then mid-October we switch over to Halloween. It’s really fabulous and over the top. We even have a 7-foot coffin.”

“When we got the coffin, it was too big to put in the attic,” she said with a laugh.

Christmas is Debbie’s all-time favorite holiday, however.

“For Christmas, we do eight trees inside,” she said. “Outside, we have a big sleigh and reindeer and I cover each cushion with material that matches the holiday. Right now for Easter, we have pink with white polka dots. It’s really cute.”

But Debbie’s decorating hobby isn’t a cheap one.

“Thousands is an understatement,” she said, reflecting on what she has spent over the years. “But we’ve been collecting for 30 years now. After every holiday I hit the store for the sales. There are things I may not need but I’ll put them in the attic for my kids to come and grab.”

As for her husband’s involvement?

“He really loves Christmas and he kind of likes the Halloween,” she said. “I think he’s ok with the Easter stuff but he’s the one who cleans up all the eggs, God bless his soul.”

And that’s no easy feat when you’ve got 6,000 eggs, she added.

“It looks like an Easter bunny threw up in our yard. You don’t expect somebody to put that many eggs out,” said Debbie. “A large lawn trash bag will hold about 1,800.”

As of Monday morning, “He will be picking up every single one of those eggs,” she added. “They’ve been out since the beginning of April. We’ve had bad storms so the eggs were floating down the street. He does all the heavy lifting. God bless him.”

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Bernie Sanders gets the scoop from Ben & Jerry’s employees

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Twittersphere lit up Friday after Bernie Sanders tweeted a photo of himself speaking from what looked like from inside an oversized pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

When we stand up and fight back we can change the country in very positive ways.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 14, 2017

The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate was getting the scoop from employees at the ice cream manufacturer’s factory in Saint Albans, Vermont.

For the record, Sanders was speaking from behind the oversized Ben & Jerry’s pint lectern.

The optical illusion prompted some comical reactions, including one Twitter user who captioned the photo, “Worst bachelor part ever” — an obvious nod to the concept of a stripper jumping out of a cake.

Sanders spoke with employees about education, environmental issues, and labor issues, according to ABC affiliate WVNY.

Employee Tom Burrows asked Sanders, “So we talk about what is minimum wage in our state, we talk about it in our country. So where’s the state with that impact. If we’re going to raise it — what’s that going to do for me if I’m an individual farmer or a small business owner?”

Sanders responded, according to WVNY, “When you got millions of people in this country who are forced to work two or three jobs, to cobble together healthcare and the income they need, that a minimum wage nationally of seven dollars and a quarter, that’s a starvation wage,” Sen. Bernie Sanders responded.

Sanders told workers he will propose legislation in the next few months to raise the minimum wage nationwide to $15 an hour.

.@SenSanders is visiting our St. Albans, Vermont factory today to speak with our employees.

— Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) April 14, 2017

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NYPD: Taser sparked false report of gunfire at New York’s Penn Station

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What began as long delays at Pennsylvania Station in New York turned into a nightmare on Friday after a false report of shots fired caused a stampede.

Photo and video from the scene showed luggage, clothing, and food left behind as travelers fled the train station in a panic. Approximately sixteen people were hurt with non-life-threatening injuries, according to FDNY.

The chaos began after Amtrak Police deployed a taster when taking two people into custody for disobeying orders at Penn Station. NYPD Manhattan South Chief Bill Morris said at a press conference Friday night the Taser was “the likely source of the sound and the ensuing 911 calls.”

Mass panic erupted at Penn Station this evening when police chased and tased a man inside the Amtrak waiting area

— AJ Ross (@AJRossABC7) April 14, 2017

“Given our experience, dealing with similar situations, we were able to quickly review all of the 911 calls and determine that there were no actual shots fired,” he said.

Penn Station was packed with commuters when the incident unfolded. Right before rush hour, a New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor train headed into New York became disabled in a Hudson River Tunnel due to loss of power. Because of the power problem, NJ Transit trains were subject to 90-minute delays just as people were trying to get home for the holiday weekend.

Officials said they noticed the mass panic just as they finished treating six passengers from the disabled train for non-life-threatening injuries.

“We were about to start to wrap up our operations when we saw the ensuing panic begin to start on the platform,” FDNY Deputy Fire Chief Tom Currao said Friday night.

The chaotic scene happened about a week after an NJ Transit derailment caused mass delays and cancellations for commuters for several days, and three weeks after an Amtrak derailment created similar problems.

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Twins get accepted into 40 colleges between them, receiving $900K in scholarship offers

Akhya C. and Akhea S. Mitchell/Kalitha Reynolds(LAGRANGE, Ga.) — A pair of twin high school seniors are making their family proud after the two have been accepted to 40 colleges between them, earning over $900,000 in scholarship offers.

Akhya C. and Akhea S. Mitchell both attend Troup County Comprehensive High School in LaGrange, Georgia, earning a 4.5 GPA and a 3.9 GPA respectively.

Due to their stellar grades and involvement in various student organizations, the two were able to afford to apply to 42 colleges in total for about $200, their mother, Kalitha Reynolds, told ABC News.

Along with using the Common Application — which allows students to apply to up to 700 colleges and universities for a flat rate that ranges from $25 to $90 — the Mitchell twins also took advantage of college fairs, they told ABC News.

“We started out by attending college fairs and taking advantage of free applications on site,” Akhya, who is one minute older than her sister, said. “And some colleges offer days where the application was free so we took advantage.”

The two credit a school organization called She’s D.O.P.E. for helping them navigate the college application process.

The twins say that attending college is important to them.

“As long as we could remember, our parents have instilled in us the importance of education,” Akhea said. “We were brought up in an environment that constantly reminded us we could do and be whatever we want to be. Education is the foundation that can’t be destroyed by race or gender.”

Although the seniors have been accepted into 40 schools between them, they’ve narrowed it down to two schools — North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“They do have to make a decision very soon,” their mother said, noting that the deadlines are in May and June.

Either way, they both plan to attend college together and major in business.

“We’re really, really close,” Akhya noted. “And because we’ll most likely be out of state, it’s comforting to us — and to our family — that we’d be able to adjust away from home together.

“We count it as a blessing to be able to share in the next journey of our lives together,” she added.

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Apple given permission to test self-driving cars in California

Stephen Lam/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Apple a permit allowing it to begin testing self-driving cars on public roads.

The DMV updated its list of manufacturers testing self-driving cars on Friday, with Apple becoming the 30th company to be granted permission.

Few details have been revealed about Apple’s plans for self-driving cars, according to Autotrader executive analyst Michelle Krebs. But she said Apple could be a “major player” in the autonomous vehicle industry.

A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

Household names like Google, Tesla and Ford are also on the California DMV’s list. Volkswagen Group of America was the first company to be granted a permit.

Regulations require every manufacturer authorized to test self-driving cars to submit an annual report “summarizing the disengagements of the technology during testing,” according to the DMV. The state of California also requires that a human be behind the wheel of autonomous vehicles during testing.

California regulations for the technology became effective in September 2014.

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United flight incident would be ‘unacceptable’ in Canada, government minister warns

United Airlines(NEW YORK) — Canada’s transportation minister told airline heads that incidents like the recent forcible removal of a paid passenger off a United flight would be “unacceptable” in his country.

“I am sure that you were as disturbed as I was, and as all Canadians were, over the horrific incident,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a letter Thursday to the heads of airlines that operate in his country. “I am writing to you today to convey that such an incident would be unacceptable in Canada.

“When passengers purchase an airline ticket, they expect and deserve that the airline will fulfill its part of the transaction. When that agreement is not fulfilled, passengers are entitled to clear, transparent and enforceable compensation,” Garneau said.

He said new legislation on air traveler rights is in the works in Canada, and that airlines have been collaborating on it. Garneau said he plans to introduce the legislation in the Canadian Parliament in coming weeks.

“Once the legislation is introduced, our continued cooperation will be essential as we move to further improve the traveler experience,” Garneau wrote..

The letter is among the latest fallout from the incident Sunday, when aviation police officers forcibly removed 69-year-old David Dao from a plane at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago that was bound for Louisville, Kentucky.

Videos of Dao being dragged off the plane sparked a furor on social media and prompted United CEO Oscar Munoz to apologize on Wednesday in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” and to promise that “this will never happen again.”

“My initial words fell short of truly expressing the shame” over the incident, Munoz said, adding that the feelings of embarrassment were “palpable” for him and his United colleagues.

United told ABC News after the incident that it had offered passengers on the plane up to $800 to give up their seats for four crew members who needed to board. No one volunteered, so the airline generated a list of four names to be removed from the flight and re-accommodated. Three of those people complied. But one, later identified as Dao, did not, and police were called to remove him.

Dao’s lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, said at a news conference Thursday that Dao suffered a broken nose and other injuries and would be undergoing reconstructive surgery. He was discharged from a hospital Wednesday night, his attorney said.

Dao’s treatment on the flight was “more terrifying and harrowing” than when he left his native country of Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975, his lawyer said.

Attorney Thomas Demetrio said Dao suffered a broken nose and other injuries and would be undergoing reconstructive surgery. Dao was discharged from a hospital Wednesday night, Demetrio said at a press conference on Thursday.

United released a statement after Thursday’s press conference, saying, “We continue to express our sincerest apology to Dr. Dao. We cannot stress enough that we remain steadfast in our commitment to make this right. This horrible situation has provided a harsh learning experience, from which we will take immediate, concrete action.”

United Airlines also told ABC News that it is compensating all passengers on the flight for the full price of their tickets.

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