iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Transportation Security Administration is testing new screening procedures that will require travelers to remove electronics bigger than cellphones and some food items from their bags and place them in bins to be screened separately, ABC News has confirmed. If passengers don’t comply, their bag may be opened for a manual inspection.

There is no specific threat associated with these items that requires them to be screened separately and the change is not associated with the ban on laptops and other large electronics on flights originating from some Middle East airports; rather the move is one to increase efficiency. TSA has found that everyday items can appear similar to explosives on an X-ray machine, which slows down lines as officers have to manually inspect bags.

The TSA’s goal is to cut down on manual bag checks and keep lines moving by screening these items separately. The change will not apply to Pre-Check passengers, only those in the standard security screening line.

The TSA began testing the processes a year ago at four airports and later expanded it to six more, including Los Angeles International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

The agency does not believe the changes will create longer lines. The TSA claims its testing indicates the time lost while passengers remove items from their bags is made up because fewer items confuse the X-ray machine, allowing scans to run faster and reducing the number of manual bag checks.

The TSA will also be testing a machine that verifies travelers’ forms of identification, rather than having an officer manually study passports and driver’s licenses. Travelers will walk up to the machine, hand their ID to an officer, who will scan its barcode, and the machine will populate the traveler’s information; a boarding pass is not required. The machines will be tested in the Pre-Check lane at four airports beginning this week.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nearly 50 years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong famously made his mark on the moon.

When Armstrong returned from the Apollo 11 mission, he had a bag containing rock fragments and dust he collected from the moon’s surface. But over the years the bag mysteriously disappeared.

Now these important space artifacts will go up for auction on July 20, 2017.

Cassandra Hatton, a vice president at Sotheby’s, explained that NASA unknowingly lost track of the bag, which protected the Earth and space craft from lunar pathogens, while clearing out items in the Johnson Space Center in Texas. At that time former Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center curator Max Ary gained possession of the item, along with other space memorabilia, to display in his museum.

The bag was later confiscated from Ary and offered three different times in 2014 by a small auction house on behalf of the U.S. Marshall’s service, but never received a bid. In 2015 Nancy Lee Carlson, an Illinois woman, paid $995 for the bag at an auction.

Carlson sent the bag to be authenticated by the Johnson Space Center. The bag’s distinct serial number led NASA to confirm the items inside were from the Apollo 11 mission.

According to The Washington Post, NASA wanted to keep the bag. But after a drawn out legal battle, Carlson was able to keep possession of the artifact.

“This bag flew under the radar for so long. It wasn’t until [Carlson] brought it in and did all the research that we found out there was moon dust or that it was an Apollo 11 piece,” Hatton explained.

The bag represents one of the greatest achievements in space exploration and the chance to own a rare piece of history. Sotheby’s estimates the relic could sell for $4 million.

The item will be up for bid as a part of Sotheby’s inaugural Space Exploration-themed auction in New York on July 20 at 2 p.m. ET.

The piece will be on display from June 22-23 and again on July 13-20.

NASA did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On May 23, a new millionaire was made when a winner came forward to claim a $24 million New York Lottery prize just two days before the ticket was set to expire, according to a news release from the organization.

The lucky individual, who will be identified at a later date pending New York Lottery security’s background review, said news coverage of the soon-to-expire ticket prompted them to search for the ticket in their home where it was found among other old tickets, said the news release.

The individual purchased the single winning ticket on May 25, 2016 at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco located at 158 Church Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.

“We are thrilled that this lucky winner was able to locate this life-changing ticket,” said Gweneth Dean, Director of the Commission’s Division of the Lottery in the news release. “We look forward to introducing this multimillionaire who came forward in the nick of time.”

The winner came to the Lottery’s Beaver Street Customer Service Center in Lower Manhattan to claim the multi-million dollar prize with just two days to spare before the deadline of May 25.

Lottery prizes can be claimed up to a year after a drawing; if they are unclaimed, the winnings are returned to the prize pool for future winners.

The tickets winning numbers were 05-12-13-22-25-35 Bonus #:51.

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ABC News(MANCHESTER, England) — Families and friends of concertgoers who are still missing after the Manchester bombing have taken to social media hoping to find their loved ones.

Social media has become a useful tool to help locate missing people in the wake of a terror attack or natural disaster.

More than 14 million tweets have been posted about the Manchester bombing, including the hashtag #MissinginManchester about people who had not been found, according to Spredfast. Shortly after the bombing, Facebook also launched its safety check feature so users who attended teh concert could mark they were safe.

Families and friends of those still missing have posted pictures and descriptions of when and where their loved ones were last seen.

Among those reported missing is Olivia Campbell, whose mother Charlotte Campbell took to Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the BBC to find her daughter.

“I’m worried sick, if anybody has seen her please contact the police,” Charlotte Campbell told the BBC, explaining her daughter had gone to the concert with a friend. “Please somebody must have seen her at some point, just let me know you’ve seen her.”

The families of teenage couple Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry told Sky News they haven’t heard from the couple since the concert.

Bernard Wills, 36, the cousin of Curry’s father, told Sky News the family remained worried.

“They are a great young couple, really loving, with a bright future ahead and there’s nobody that doesn’t like them,” he said. “Nobody ever has a bad word to say about them, so we’re all a bit worried.”

Politicians also took to social media in the hopes that missing concertgoers could be found. Alasdair Allan, a member of the Scottish National Party, shared a picture of two missing girls from Scotland on Facebook.

“Very concerned about Laura Macintyre and Eilidh Macleod from Isle of Barra. They were at last night’s concert in Manchester and their families are yet to hear from them. Please share,” Allan wrote.

Kelly Brewster reportedly was separated from her sister during the attacks, according to Sky News.

Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster missing after Manchester attack: https://t.co/dB2ABDSDyx pic.twitter.com/LrhT2zpsIi

— BBC Look North (Yks) (@BBCLookNorth) May 23, 2017

There was at least one happy ending after the social media posts. A teen separated from her friends was found after posts were shared showing her in a distinctive yellow sweatshirt. At least 28,000 Twitter users retweeted the picture of the teen, identified as Heather. Eventually, another Twitter user saw the post and reported that Heather’s phone battery had died, but she was safe at the same hotel.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A fourth straight day in the green for U.S. stocks as Wall Street nearly earned back last week’s losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 43.08 (+0.21 percent) to finish at 20,937.91.

The Nasdaq gained 5.09 (+0.08 percent) to close at 6,138.71, and the S&P 500 finished at 2,398.42, up 4.40 (+0.18 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices at $51.50 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Apple settled a patent dispute with Nokia, sending shares of the Finnish communications company up 5 percent.

Shoe retailer DSW Inc. sunk 8 percent after disappointing earnings in the first-quarter.

AutoZone also suffered from disappointing earnings and revenue; shares of the auto parts retailer tumbled 12 percent.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DUNN, N.C.) — An 11-year-old boy who approached a stranger for a summer lawn mowing job received an even bigger reward for his work ethic: tools to start his own lawn business.

Q’yaron Gadson, 11, was surprised last Friday with a brand new lawn mower, weed-eater and the gas needed to fuel them.

The surprise gifts were orchestrated by Bobby and Kimi West, the owners of Grasshoppers Lawn Care in Dunn, North Carolina.

Bobby West was mowing a lawn in nearby Fayetteville earlier this month when Q’yaron approached him on his bicycle.

“He came up and asked me, ‘Sir, if I have experience by this summer would you hire me?,'” West recalled. “I told him that, to be honest, my 15-year-old son is going to be helping me this summer.”

Q’yaron rode off on his bicycle, according to West, but returned undeterred around 15 minutes later.

“He came back and said, ‘Well, sir, do you have anyone who would have a used lawn mower?'” West said. “I took down his name and phone number.”

Q’yaron described himself as being focused on the future in his quest for a job.

“I’m getting older, but I have to find something to do,” he told ABC News affiliate WTVD-TV on the day he was surprised with the new lawn-mower. “I can’t just sit in the house and play all my life. I have to get outside and do something at least.”

On his drive home, West called William Moss, a longtime friend who repairs lawn-mower engines.

“I thought it was a good story,” Moss told ABC News. “Most kids that age are on the computer or on the phone. They don’t have an inkling about doing anything.”

He added, “This kid wants to work.”

The pair decided to buy Q’yaron brand new tools and spent nearly $400 combined to give the boy, a stranger, a chance on his own.

“I called his mom and asked her to make sure that she was okay with us buying him a new one,” said West’s wife, Kimi. “His mom was so excited that we saw what she called ‘the greatness in my son.'”

Q’yaron’s mom, Katrina Gadson, said her son first started talking about getting a summer job around Mother’s Day because he wanted to be able to help the family.

“I told him not to worry about it, but he said he was going to help me,” Gadson told ABC News. “He said, ‘You do a lot for us so I want to do something for you.'”

Gadson said Q’yaron has made close to $60 since receiving the lawn mower and weed eater. He gave his mom $20, which she said he told her was “just because.”

“I put it up and if he ever needs it he can have it,” she said. “And he’s cut our whole yard, which looks like a professional came and did it.”

Kimi West, a mother of two, said she hopes other children see Q’yaron as an example of hard work and success.

“I told him when we surprised him, ‘You lead by example, son. With your ambition, your peers are watching you and don’t let anyone say you can’t do something,'” she recalled. “This young man is outstanding in my eyes.”

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Courtesy Facebook(NEW YORK) — When Facebook made its Facebook Live feature available around the world in 2016, it gave users the ability to simulate spending time with friends regardless of how far the actual distance between them.

Now, the social-networking company has added a few new features to make the live encounters even more personal.

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled “Live Chat with Friends” and “Live With.” Both features will add a bit of a one-on-one feel to the Facebook Live experience.

“Live Chat with Friends” allows users to hold a private chat with a buddy while watching a live feed on a public broadcast.

“You’re able to jump back into the public conversation at any time, and you can still continue chatting via Messenger after the broadcast ends,” explained Facebook in a post.

This feature is currently being tested on mobile platforms in select regions around the world and will be available to all Facebook users in the summer.

“Live With” allows users to hang out with their friends via live video from anywhere. Users can share their screen with a friend to create more individual interaction. Even though this launched last year to allow public figures to go live with a guest, it’s now available for all profiles and pages on IOS, according to the social-networking service.

Facebook has said it aims to make its user experience more interactive and recently launched augmented reality effects for its camera and Facebook Live features.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re trying to save money, don’t move to the West Coast.

A new study by GOBankingRates finds that four of the top five most expensive places to live in the U.S. are in California.

Topping the list is San Francisco, where the median monthly rent is $4,500, the median home listing price is $1,195,000 and the average price of gas is $3.16 per gallon. Los Angeles comes in second, followed by Oakland, New York City and Anaheim.

Researchers looked at seven factors — median household income, unemployment rate, median home list price, median rent price, average gas price, average monthly cost of groceries and sales tax — in the country’s 60 most populous cities to come up with their results.

On the other end of the spectrum is Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the median monthly rent is $1,600, the median home listing price is $279,900 and the average price of gas is $2.23 per gallon. Rounding out the top five cheapest places to live are San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Nebraska and Arlington, Texas.

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — It was the party of the year when the world’s most famous bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton, finally became the bride. Middleton, who became famous for the figure-hugging dress she wore at the 2011 wedding of her sister, Princess Kate, to Prince William, tied the knot Saturday.

The wedding reception Saturday celebrating the marriage of Middleton, 33, and her husband, hedge fund millionaire James Matthews, was planned with military-like precision and executed under heavy security and secrecy.

The reception venue, a glass-enclosed structure estimated to have cost more than $100,000 erected in the backyard of Carole and Michael Middleton’s Bucklebury home, was draped with curtains to shield the prying eyes of the paparazzi and public.

Inside the structure, which resembled a crystal palace, the estimated 350 guests partook in one of the most glamorous and high-profile events of the London social season.

Prior to the evening reception, an intimate circle of the couple’s friends and family enjoyed a champagne brunch featuring langoustines, steak and chips, and foie gras. The brunch took place on the same Englefield Estate as St. Mark’s Church, where Middleton, in a Giles Deacon gown, wed Matthews earlier Saturday in front of around 100 guests. The lavish wedding had an estimated price tag between $500,000 and $1 million.

Guests who received invitations for all three parts of Middleton’s wedding day — the church service, champagne brunch and reception — were asked to bring a change of clothes. Middleton, who wrote a book titled “Celebrate” about party planning, wore a second gown for the black-tie evening reception at her parents’ $8 million home.

The Middletons’ mansion, dubbed “Bucklebury Manor,” boasts seven bedrooms and sits on 18 acres of property with stunning gardens, fish ponds and a tennis court and pool. Before guests could enter the Bucklebury grounds, they reportedly had to pass through an extensive security check that included a special password matched with their passport.

The guest list for the reception was a who’s who of society, including pro tennis stars Tim Herman and Roger Federer. Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew, also joined her cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry, for the day’s activities.

Middleton’s niece, Princess Charlotte, 2, and nephew, Prince George, 3, served in her bridal party, while Kate, 35, reportedly drew the illustration of St. Mark’s Church that graced the wedding ceremony programs.

British tabloids reported one of the highlights of the night was a ping pong match that pitted Prince Harry and William against seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

Harry, 32, brought his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, 35, to the evening reception. Markle was missing from both the ceremony and the reception at Englefield House.

Markle and Harry, who began dating last year, were reportedly seated apart from each other at the sit-down dinner, following standard etiquette for high-profile events. At night, a spitfire display took place in the sky while a spectacular light show flashing slides of Middleton’s and Matthews’ love story was projected against the Middletons’ home.

Middleton and Matthews were spotted early Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport on the way to their honeymoon destination in the South Pacific.

The couple will reportedly visit the exclusive Brando resort on Tetiaroa island, just north of Tahiti. The eco-tourism hot spot, which caters to the world’s most elite and has a price tag of $3,500 a night, recently hosted Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen.

The eco-resort boasts just 35 deluxe cottages on pristine white beaches and private plunge pools. The resort features cuisine designed by a Michelin star chef, and most important of all, privacy.

Marlon Brando was said to have fallen in love with the island while filming the 1962 action film “Mutiny on the Bounty” and purchased the entire Pacific atoll for the less than the price it now costs its exclusive clientele for a week’s stay.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street closed in the green Monday with technology and defense stocks leading the pack.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 89.99 (+0.43 percent) to finish at 20,894.83.

The Nasdaq gained 49.92 (+0.82 percent) to close at 6,133.62 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,394.02, up 12.29 (+0.52 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices nearly $51 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Shares of Ford Motor Company climbed 2 percent on news that CEO Mark Fields would be replaced with Jim Hackett, a former chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC.

Zoe’s Kitchen Inc’s stock was downgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Neutral,” causing shares of the restaurant chain to tumble 8 percent.

Blackstone Group announced a $40 billion infrastructure plan for U.S. projects with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund committing to a $20 billion investment. Shares of the private equity firm soared nearly 7 percent.

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