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Courtesy Walmart(WINFIELD, Kan.) -- There’s a lot to celebrate as you get older. Especially when you’re 103 and Walmart’s oldest employee in the United States.

Meet Loren Wade, who on Saturday celebrated his 103rd birthday and 33 years as a Walmart employee with dozens of his closest friends.

“It was great. Lots of people. It was quite a deal,” Wade told ABC News. “People I’d worked with here in the store that had been transferred to another store came to see me, and to me that was great. I really enjoyed it.”

Wade has worked in the garden shop at his local Walmart, helping out as needed restocking shelves, organizing inventory and manning the cash register.

“I just like to be with people. I’ve been pretty active all my life and worked several jobs,” he said.

In fact, that’s what Wade attributes as the secret to his longevity.

“I think the main thing is that I work all the time. I don’t want to sit around. It’s boring to sit around the house and do nothing so I try to have something to do all the time,” he explained. “A job gets me up in the morning and keeps me out.”

Wade grew up in Winfield, Kansas, and has lived there his entire life, securing his first job at 12 pulling weeds at a nursery. After graduating from high school, he made iron and aluminum castings then worked at an auto garage, drove a truck during the Depression and ushered at a movie theater.

Wade also served 43 months in the Air Force in India and China, and when he returned, he worked in flooring and for the U.S. Postal Service. Then, in 1983, he left the USPS for Walmart, where he’s been ever since.

“Loren is one awesome person,” department manager Ron Collins told ABC News. “I’m proud to have him and proud to work with him daily. He will do anything for you.”

It’s a common sentiment for those describing Wade. Another coworker called him “a good human being.”

Which is why around 200 people, including his wife, two sons, daughter and two grandchildren, came out for his birthday celebration, where Wade played the saxophone, talked with his friends and announced Walmart’s $125,000 donation to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.

“I don’t deserve it,” Wade said. “That’s the thing. I don’t know, I’m not embarrassed, but, it’s quite a deal.”

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York's LaGuardia Airport is getting a makeover.

Vice President Joe Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing that the airport will be torn down next year and rebuilt.

The plans to revamp the airport come after several complaints about LaGuardia. Vice President Joe Biden explained, "It's about the hallways that don't make sense, the connections that don't connect, the wait times, the flight delays, the crowded concessions and bathrooms."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the plan for the new facility. "The new airport eliminates the isolated terminals, builds one unified terminal."

The project will cost $4 billion dollars and is partially being funded privately.

The project is expected to create 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs, according to a press release from Gov. Cuomo's office. The first part of the project will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners. The second half of the project will be redeveloped by Delta Air Lines.

The first part of the project is slated to begin in early 2016, once final approval from the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is given.

The airport is expected to open to passengers in 2019 and then full completion 18 months after. As for security, the governor added, "it will incorporate in the design the new security protocols, it will also have train and ferry access."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- World markets sank after Chinese stocks suffered another sell off and US stocks fall for a fifth day.

The Shanghai "share index" shed more than 8 percent, it's biggest one-day decline since 2007 and it had a ripple effect around the world.

The Dow now at a six month low after dropping 128 points to just over 17,440. The Nasdaq fell almost 49 points and the S&P was down 12.

Falling crude oil prices dragged energy shares lower. Oil fell 1 percent at 47 dollars and change.

Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals will buy Dublin-based Allergan's generic pharmaceutical division for $40.5 billion dollars.

A 'photonics' hub has chosen Rochester, New York for its headquarters. The hub will be launched with more than $600 million dollars in federal, state and industry money.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- During its first year in existence, Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative has brought free online access to more than one billion people in emerging markets but it turns out the service could also be beneficial for mobile providers' bottom lines.

Launching first in Zambia, Internet.org has since teamed up with mobile operators in 17 countries with the goal of giving people free access to basic Internet services, including weather, health information, job advertisements and of course, Facebook.

Of the people who downloaded the Internet.org app, more than half chose to pay for data within the first 30 days of being online, according to a statement posted in the Facebook newsroom.

"These points show that Internet.org is not only a successful tool in helping bring people online, but it is successful in showing people the value of the internet and helping to accelerate its adoption," the statement said.

People using Internet.org accessed health services more than one million times in the past month, according to Facebook.

While the reach of Internet.org over the past year has been a success, the project also faced its first major controversy in India when several Indian firms decided to pull out of the project due to concerns that the app does not provide equal access to information, one of the principles of net neutrality.

Zuckerberg announced in May the platform would be opened up to any developer who wishes to participate. Developers who want to be included in the Internet.org experience will have the chance to create experiences that adhered to the initiative's technical specifications -- which stress simple and data efficient websites.

Websites do not pay to be included in the Internet.org app and developers are not charged for the data people use to access their sites.

"Because these services have to be specially built to these specifications, we started by offering just a few," a Facebook blog post said at the time. "But giving people more choice over the services they use is incredibly important and going forward, people using Internet.org will be able to search for and use services that meet these guidelines."

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DreamMore Resort (PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.) — Hello, Dolly!

Dolly Parton's Tennessee resort opens Monday in the Great Smoky Mountains. The 300-room DreamMore Resort is named for the singer's 2012 book of the same name.

Parton's presence is felt throughout, with instruments she toured and performed with on display and album covers lining the walls of the lobby. Guests will be greeted with pink lemonade upon arrival at DreamMore, the signature drink of the hotel. There's a focus on butterflies throughout the logo and decor, a nod to the singer's fascination with them. There's even a "bedazzled butterflies" manicure and pedicure on offer in the resort spa. On each elevator landing guests will find a "Dollyism" phrase of wisdom; one reads, "If you want a rainbow you have to put up with the rain."

The resort calls itself an extension of the theme parks — Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country — and DreamMore guests get free transportation to the parks, among other privileges.

With its proximity to the Great Smokies and the theme parks, the resort's focused on attracting families as guests: There are multi-generational accommodation options, rooms with bunk beds, and affordable dining. A family-style dinner for four is priced at $55 at the resort restaurant. There are kids' activities scheduled daily and a family bedtime story each evening. The spa services kids as young as 4.

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Frederick M. Brown/Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among the leaders from the science and technology worlds calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, warning that weapons with a mind of their own "would not be beneficial for humanity."

Along with 1,000 other signatories, Musk and Hawking signed their names to an open letter that will be presented this week at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Autonomous weapons are defined by the group as artillery that can "search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions."

"Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is -- practically if not legally -- feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," the letter, posted on the Future of Life Institute's website says.

If one country pushes ahead with the creation of robotic killers, the group wrote it fears it will spur a global arms race that could spell disaster for humanity.

"Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group," the letter says. "We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity. There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people."

While the group warns of the potential carnage killer robots could inflict, they also stress they aren't against certain advances in artificial intelligence.

"We believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so," the letter says. "Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control."

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Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Apple is expanding sales of its Apple Watch outside the company's store by allowing its flagship wearable device to be offered at Best Buy locations across the United States.

Beginning Aug. 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer outside of Apple stores to offer customers the chance to purchase an Apple Watch in store or online, company officials said on Monday. The wearable is expected to come to 100 stores during the first phase, with a plan to expand to 200 more in time for the holiday shopping season.

"The Apple Watch is a big addition to our stores and website, and we know our customers want it," Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy, said in a statement. "We are excited to bring the Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up."

When Apple debuted the wearable in April, the company placed an emphasis on the personalized retail experience, allowing customers to make appointments to try on watches during the initial demand period. Apple stores also installed glass cases to display the entire range of watches, which span from the $349 Apple Watch Sport to a gold $17,000 Apple Watch Edition.

Customers at Best Buy can expect a similar but pared down experience. While the high-end Edition models won't be available, Best Buy will carry 16 Apple Watch models for customers to try on, including Sport and Watch models with both the 38 mm and 42 mm face options.

In addition, Best Buy plans to carry various accessories, including watch bands, stands and chargers, positioning the wearable and various ideas going with it as top gifts for holiday shoppers.

During Apple's third-quarter earnings call last week, the company's chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, did not disclose how many watches Apple had sold, however he said the wearable accounted for "well over 100 percent" of the approximately $900 million growth in the company's "other products" category.

In total, that category made $2.6 billion in revenue from April to June compared to more than $1.7 billion in the same period a year ago. Maestri reiterated that the company won't break out the unit sales of the Apple Watch because it declines to "provide insight that could help our competitors."

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has slapped Fiat Chrysler with a fine of up to $105 million for allegedly mishandling the recalls of more than 11 million potentially defective cars.

"We're sending very sharp signals to the industry that we’re not playing around," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. "If you violate the law, if you don’t do recalls properly, you’re going to get called on it."

According to the NHTSA, Chrysler botched nearly two dozen recalls, including those involving Jeeps and Dodges with defective ignition switches, faulty axles, and electrical problems.

Some car owners weren't properly notified of their cars' defects, the government says –- and even when they were, the solutions Chrysler offered weren't always timely or effective.

The company also reportedly refused to share some of its data with the NHTSA, a potential violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

"This is a very good example of how not to do a recall. How not to do 23 recalls, in fact," Foxx said. "There's no way to defend what Fiat Chrysler was doing."

In addition to a $70 million cash penalty, the NHTSA is also fining Chrysler $20 million to address the recall issues, and warning that if the company doesn’t perform, it could face another $15 million in fines -– bringing potential damages to $105 million.

There's "this feeling that maybe, you know, we can slip here and there and it's just the cost of doing business," Foxx said. "We're slapping folks pretty hard, and the idea is to get them in a position where they’re complying with our rules."

Fiat Chrysler says the company "acknowledges the admissions" in the NHTSA's order and accepts the penalty "with renewed resolve to improve our handling of recalls and re-establish the trust our customers place in us."

As part of the record agreement, the car company has agreed to submit to increased oversight, and may even have to buy back more than half a million vehicles.

"If you don't follow the rules and you try to skirt the rules, we’re going to find you," Foxx said. "And we’re going to make you pay."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average middle income family spends more than $300,000 to raise a child until he or she is 18 years old, according to the latest annual government estimate. And that doesn't include the costs of college.

If you're a new or expecting parent and are feeling concerned, watch the ABC News report below to learn how you can cut those expenses in half:

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Siraphol/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The American Beverage Association is suing the city of San Francisco, it says, arguing that new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages is a violation of the First Amendment.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the lawsuit claims the city is "trying to ensure that there is no free marketplace of ideas, but instead only a government-imposed, one-sided public 'dialogue' on the topic." The legislation was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month.

Among the rule implemented via the legislation is a requirement that all advertising on billboards, buses, transit shelters, posters and stadiums include a warning that sugary drinks can contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- An art gallery owner in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Starbucks have resolved their differences after he was barred from all the coffee chain's locations for causing a "disruption" when he'd ask customers at one Tampa store to stop illegally parking in a spot reserved for people with disabilities.

Rob Rowen said he'd stop by this particular Starbucks in Tampa almost daily. His go-to order was a decaf non-fat mocha with whipped cream.

"All the baristas know me," Rowen, 62, told ABC News.

Rowen said the Starbucks has about 20 spots with just one accessible parking spot. And when he'd see customers illegally park in the spot reserved for people with disabilities, he'd confront them, and nicely ask them to move, he said.

For Rowen, standing up for people with disabilities hits close to home -- his son-in-law has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair, he said.

"People need that spot," Rowen said, adding that he never raised his voice to patrons.

According to Rowen, some customers would agree and move, but others complained to the Starbucks manager that he was harassing them for using the spot.

"Instead of the manager supporting me ... instead of saying... 'I'm not going to take your order until you move your car,' she [the manager] would take care of them [the customers] and then tell me to leave them alone," he said.

About three months ago, according to Rowen, the manager told him, "'I don't want you harassing my customers. I don't want you to come back in this store ever.'"

Right after that interaction, Rowen said the manager walked away, and a barista came over to him and said, "'I'm so sorry, this is on me. Thank you for what you do.'" He said other baristas and some patrons have thanked him, too.

After the confrontation with the manager, Rowen said he "left it alone. Until I got a letter Thursday from a Starbucks local manger."

The letter, according to a copy Rowen sent to ABC News, says: "you have been expelled from Starbucks Coffee Company's locations." The reasons were listed as "causing disruption to business" and "threatening the well-being of a customer or partner (employee)."

The letter adds: "This expulsion notice is permanent."

Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told ABC News via email: "We understand Mr. Rowen's concerns. We have been speaking with him about this and our leaders continue to try and reach out to him to resolve this matter. Starbucks is also working with the landlord of the property where this store is located to improve the parking situation. It is our goal to provide a warm, friendly and positive experience for all of our customers."

"I was shocked," Rowen said, but he also said he's "glad this is happening," because he's seen the problem at other places, too. Rowen said he hopes the coffee chain's letter will spread awareness of the lack of resources for people with disabilities.

Rowen also said he will abide by the ban.

"I'm not going to go into a Starbucks," he said. "It's not about me and Starbucks. The ban, I don't care. ... What I want them to do is take it seriously."

Olson said Sunday evening that they will do just that, and that after a discussion between Rowen and a regional executive today, they have "resolved the matter."

"Mr. Rowen is welcome at any of our stores and we will work with him to improve the parking situation at this store and create better awareness and understanding of of the parking issue," Olson told ABC News Sunday evening.

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Marc Lore, CEO of new e-commerce site jet.com laughs while chatting with his team in a conference room at jet.com headquarters on Apr. 28, 2015 in Montclair, NJ. (Photo by Shin Woong-jae/For the Washington Post)(NEW YORK) -- It’s somewhere between Costco and Amazon, but will this new e-merchant take off?

Jet.com officially launched this week and for $50 a year, half the price of Amazon Prime, consumers can join the club.

The new online startup promises the lowest prices of anywhere on the web, plus membership savings on top of the low prices.

Jet also advertises members don’t need to shop at Jet to save. The merchant claims consumers can earn up to 20 percent of JetCash to spend on the retailer by shopping at over 600 brands on the Internet.

An advertisement featuring comedian Kumail Nanjiani explains what Jet is all about.

“Now you can buy human-sized mayonnaise and millions of other human-sized things,” Nanjiani says in the video.

Jet Chief Executive Officer Marc Lore told Mashable Jet won’t kill Amazon because the companies are too different.

"I don't look at it like that at all," Lore said. "We don't really see ourselves as being a competitor, we're just a conduit for other retailers to more effectively compete."

Lore had previously sold Diapers.com, one of his companies, to Amazon in 2010. 

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft's latest version of Windows is set to come out on Wednesday and the company is making the price of upgrading very attractive.

Current users of Windows 7 or 8 will not pay anything to upgrade to Microsoft's new Windows 10.

The move comes as companies like Google edges into Microsoft's turf with free software subsidized by advertising and Apple offering free upgrades to operating systems and applications.

The software giant is also reassuring Window's 8 users that in this new version, the tiles will play a back seat to the decades old Start Menu which will be back.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Starbucks announced this week that it would partner with Lyft, one of the nation's top ride-sharing services as part of a deal that it hopes will "increase value for current customers, attract new customers, reward Lyft drivers and explore a transportation benefit for Starbucks [employees]."

All Lyft drivers will be given the option to become members of Starbucks' loyalty rewards program -- immediately attaining gold status, which normally requires 30 Starbucks purchases in a one-year span. The announcement also says that Lyft riders will have the ability to earn loyalty stars, 12 of which gain the user a free drink and 30 gain them gold status.

"With Lyft's presence in 65 cities across the U.S., where we also have Starbucks serving the same communities, we knew this collaboration would benefit our partners, Lyft's drivers as well as our mutual customer who are already coming to Starbucks and using Lyft services," Starbucks Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman said in a press release.

Lyft riders will apparently earn stars by taking Lyft rides, though it isn't clear whether the rewards will be limited to a subset of Lyft users or any rider.

Brotman notes that the Starbucks "digital loyalty ecosystem can help strengthen Lyft's ability to attract and retain customers, while at the same time accelerating the incrementality of redemption of rewards." Lyft riders will also be able to gift their drivers with Starbucks electronic gift cards if they choose to thank their driver in a personal way.

Lyft also says it plans to experiment with a program that gives Starbucks baristas free Lyft rides to and from work.

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wellesenterprises/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, a move that creates the largest pay-TV provider in the world.

As part of the merger, the FCC says it is is requiring the company to "expand its deployment of high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations as well as to E-rate eligible schools and libraries." The new company will additionally be prohibited from practices that disadvantage online video distribution services.

The newly formed company will also offer broadband services to low-income customers and discounted rates, the FCC says.

"Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service," AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a press release. "We'll now be able to meet consumers' future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen."

The company will now serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and more than 191 million in Latin America, according to a press release from AT&T.

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