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Kativ/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- After receiving a request from Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Treasury Department has agreed to look into why the redesign of the $20 bill, featuring former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman, will not be released in 2020.

The redesigned note was originally scheduled for release next year as part of an Obama-era initiative, but at a congressional hearing in May, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the bill would not be released until after President Donald Trump leaves office.

Mnuchin made the case for the delay during a hearing last month, stating that it was necessary to accommodate anti-counterfeiting measures. He has not offered his opinion on the bill redesign.

Last week, Schumer asked the Treasury Department's inspector general to probe the Trump administration's decision to push back the production of the new bill, speculating that political considerations might have influenced the decision to delay the release. Schumer's letter referenced comments made by Trump in 2016 when he said the endeavor to remove President Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill was "pure political correctness."

The Treasury Department's acting inspector general, Rich Delmar, wrote back in a letter to Schumer -- released Monday -- that the department has agreed to "investigate the circumstances surrounding the Department of Treasury's decision to delay redesign of the $20 note featuring the portrait of Harriet Tubman, including any involvement by the White House in this Decision" as per Schumer's request.

The plan to review the new note design process will be incorporated into the Treasury Department's scheduled audit of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's process for crafting new notes and implementing security features.

"I believe this approach will efficiently address the concerns expressed in your request," Delmar wrote in the letter to Schumer.

Delmar also specified that the investigation will look into the $20 bill and that the department will take action if they uncover any misconduct.

"It will specifically include review of the process with respect to the $20 bill. If, in the course of our audit work, we discover indications of employee misconduct or other matters that warrant a referral to our Office of Investigations, we will do so expeditiously," he added.

Delmar stated that the review process will likely take 10 months to complete.

Schumer said he is "pleased" with the investigation.

"I'm pleased the inspector general will review this matter and hope it is conducted in an expeditious fashion," Schumer said in a statement. "The motivation for the Trump administration's decision to delay the release of the new note has not been credibly explained, and the inspector general's review must get to the bottom of this."

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MarioGuti/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Marie Kondo taught the world how to find joy in tidying up and now another guru from Japan is here to teach Americans how to find joy with one of the most stressful things in many of their lives: money.

Ken Honda is a bestselling author known as Japan's "zen millionaire." His approach to money is similar to what Kondo preaches about household items.

"Worrying about money and appreciating money, you cannot do it at the same time," Honda told ABC News' Good Morning America. "If you start appreciating money, you won’t be worrying about money."

Honda started his own company at age 21 and was so successful he was able to semi-retire just eight years later when his daughter was born. He attributes his success to his mentor, who taught him that happiness around money is the key to making more.

"Don’t let money make you miserable," he said. "Money can be your friend and help you do well in life. To do that, you have to transform your relationship with money."

Honda wrote his latest book, Happy Money, for a U.S. audience in hopes of transforming Americans' relationship with money, particularly that they spend too much and then stress about it.

"I think the difference is Japanese people save too much and I think American people spend too much," he said. "It's the same as dieting where if you eat too much, you’ll become big and if you eat too little, you become thin."

"It’s a balance and everybody is different," Honda said.

The main thing to know about Honda's approach is that people need to learn gratitude for money.

For instance, if you are paying bills, instead of complaining or stressing about paying the electric bill, you appreciate that the money for the bill gives you light and air conditioning. Likewise when your paycheck is deposited into your bank account, you stop and appreciate that money has come into your life.

"It doesn’t cost anything," he said of his approach. "Money appreciates if you appreciate it."

One key to showing gratitude for money is that it will also force you to pay attention to your bank account, but in a more positive way.

"You have to learn about money, otherwise money controls you," Honda explained. "For a lot of people money is a scary thing so if you want to change that, think, 'Money is my friend.'"

"And if you can go deeper, you can say, 'Money is love,'" he added.

Here are three more tips from Honda for finding joy with money:

1. Use the word 'arigato'

Arigato means "thank you" in Japanese.

Honda said his philosophy can be boiled down to this simple phrase, "Arigato in, arigato out."

That just means saying thank you to money when it comes in to your possession, and saying thank you to money when it goes out of your hands. It also means saying "arigato," or "thank you," to yourself too, according to Honda.

2. Know happy money vs. unhappy money

There are two different types of flows of money in people's lives, according to Honda: happy money and unhappy money. Honda compares them to energy flows.

"Happy money is the kind of money where a 10-year-old boy buys a flower for his mom on Mother’s Day, or you make a donation to a charity or you set aside money for your kids’ soccer lessons," Honda said. "When you receive it you know the love and friendship and care from money."

"Unhappy money is alimony you get from an unhappy divorce or money from the job you hate but you have to do it to make a living or money you don’t want to spend, like paying bills," he said.

The key to financial freedom is putting yourself in the happy money flow, according to Honda.

Changing the flow of money in your life goes again back to gratitude. When it comes to work, appreciating the work you do and the people you work with can increase your happy money flow, according to Honda. The same for spending money.

"If you find the perfect product or service ... and you feel excited and lucky to have found it, you are increasing your positive flow of Happy Money," Honda writes in his book. "Whenever you feel joy and excitement for a service or product and you show your appreciation, you are sending Happy Money out into the world."

3. Heal your emotions around money

Maybe you lost a lot of money, maybe your parents didn't have money or maybe you and a partner argued about money. Honda's approach is to let it go.

"Unless you heal the money wounds you cannot make peace with money," he said. "Forgive yourself for being so confused and so fearful about money and that starts the healing."

Honda's advice is to imagine the exact situations where money made you fearful, like sitting at the kitchen table as a kid while your parents fought about money.

"As an adult you may understand why your parents had fights or a divorce or struggled with money. You can feel that and if you feel that you can start forgiving," he said. "You can start understanding and relating to what is going on."

Honda also stresses the importance of forgiving yourself too.

"We all make stupid mistakes, including millionaires," he said. "A lot of millionaires have to lose all their money three times in order to make their first million."

"The key," Honda added, "is to appreciate your life and money."

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anouchka/iStock(NEW YORK) -- If you need a 7-Eleven fix but don't have access to one of the convenience stores, they just got a lot more convenient: 7-Eleven will bring their store to you.

Specifically, the store will deliver Slurpees or most everything else they sell right to you thanks to their app, 7NOW, and a series of 2,000 nationwide hot spots called 7NOW Pins.

The pins let 7-Eleven deliver right to you, wherever you may be -- whether it's catching rays at the beach, or just hanging around at the park.

"Sometimes things can get inconvenient away from home," said Raghu Mahadevan, 7-Eleven vice president of delivery, in a statement announcing the delivery idea. "It could be running out of ice and charcoal at a picnic or a hungry Little League team demanding pizza and Slurpee drinks after a big game."

He added, "7NOW makes ordering and getting delivery in about 30 minutes a reality for customers whether they’re at a park, a ballfield, arena, venue, and of course, at home."

7NOW serves nearly 30 major metropolitan areas, from Austin, Texas to Washington D.C., and more than 23 million households.

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YinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Los Angeles designer who sought to trademark "FUCT" for his clothing line but was blocked by a federal law prohibiting registration of "immoral or scandalous" ideas.

The court said the law violates the First Amendment.

"There are a great many immoral and scandalous ideas in the world (even more than there are swearwords)," wrote Justice Elena Kagan in the majority opinion. "The Lanham Act covers them all. It therefore violates the First Amendment."

Kagan wrote that judging which ideas are "immoral or scandalous" is highly subjective and potentially discriminatory.

"The statute, on its face, distinguished between two opposed sets of ideas: those aligned with conventional moral standards and those hostile to them; those inducing societal nods of approval and those provoking offense and condemnation," she writes. "The statute favors the former and disfavors the latter."

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, in part, in the decision. The trio would have struck down the "immoral" portion of the law but upheld it's ban on trademarking "scandalous" ideas.

"Refusing registration to obscene, vulgar or profane marks does not offend the First Amendment," Roberts wrote in his dissent. "Whether such marks can be registered does not affect the extent to which their owners may use them in commerce to identify goods."

Justice Breyer noted that businesses can still use "highly vulgar or obscene words" on their products and in marketing. "How much harm to First Amendment interests does a bar on registering highly vulgar or obscene trademarks work? Not much," he said.

Justice Sotomayor warned of an impending rush to trademark "the most vulgar, profane or obscene words and images imaginable."

But the Los Angeles designer, Erik Brunetti, argued that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office applies the law inconsistently and has already approved the registration of hundreds of potentially offensive terms. "FCUK," "THE F WORD," and "F'D" are all trademarked, for example.

Brunetti says "FUCT" is pronounced by saying each letter and is not meant to be offensive.

The Trump administration, which defended the Act, argued that it wasn't taking a position on the speech itself but rather the "mode of expression," invoking a public interest in limiting exposure to profanity among children and others who find it hurtful.

In 2017, the Supreme Court struck down a similar part of the federal trademark law -- one which had banned trademark registration for "disparaging" language. The justices said, in a unanimous opinion, that "giving offense is a viewpoint" protected by the First Amendment.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a brief in support of Brunetti, hailed the court's decision as a "victory for the First Amendment."

“Government bureaucrats should not be deciding what speech is or is not deserving of trademark protection based on what they consider to be too ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral,’" said ACLU attorney Emerson Sykes. "That is, at its heart, government suppression of speech based on the viewpoint expressed. It is also, as the Supreme Court today reaffirmed, unconstitutional.”

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mikdam/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Goose egg, zilch, nada.

The number zero is commonly associated with having nothing, but now it has more than 2,000 lottery players in North Carolina seeing green.

North Carolina's Pick 4 game drew the combination of 0-0-0-0 Saturday afternoon, according to a news release from the lottery. There were 2,014 winning tickets that matched all four numbers for a total of $7.8 million in prizes, according to the lottery, which said the odds of matching all four numbers in a Pick 4 game were 1 in 10,000.

Out of the winning tickets, 1,002 winners with $1 tickets will receive the game’s top $5,000 prize, and the 1,012 winners with 50-cent tickets will win $2,500.

The total payout of $7.8 million in prizes broke the record for the largest amount won in a single Pick 4 drawing, topping the $7.5 million payout from Aug. 11, 2012, when the numbers 1-1-1-1 were the winning draw.

Combinations like 0-0-0-0, often known as a “quads,” are among the more popular types of combinations played in the game, according to the lottery.

The lottery said winning players have 180 days to claim their prizes at one of six regional offices, but should anticipate “extended waiting times” if they decide to claim their prize on Monday or Tuesday because of the high number of winners.

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cclickclick/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A three-day scavenger hunt that led to what looked like a fairy tale proposal -- complete with tears, dancing and going down on one knee at a chateau in France -- was actually a carefully crafted advertisement.

Gabriel Grossman, a VP at Morgan Stanley, popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Marissa Fuchs, a fashion influencer known as @fashionambitionist with over 198,000 followers and director of brand partnerships at Goop.

But the over-the-top multi-day romantic adventure that took the pair from New York City to the Hamptons, Miami and Paris, generated some skepticism by those who followed it unfold on social media.

The pair posted the series of events on Instagram stories with the hashtag #RielLove and shared a highlight reel of the events.

The elaborate proposal was revealed to be a highly produced advertising pitch after it was leaked that Grossman hoped to score sponsorships for the big moment, as initially reported by The Atlantic.

One advertising executive, Bryan Pederson, who said he saw Grossman's pitch, told ABC News it's not clear if Fuchs knew of the plans herself.

"Her friends and her fiancé -- they put together a professional deck -- it had all the details, there was a hashtag in there," he explained. "She knew a deck existed, but again, I don't think we'll ever know for sure."

Grossman, along with the help from a social media expert and friend of his now fiancé, had offered the impending engagement to marketers at various brands and agencies, but he claimed Fuchs never knew about it.
Both Grossman and Fuchs maintain that the proposal itself was a surprise and the bride to be told the New York Times, "I was completely and utterly in shock ... I was so mind-blown that this was happening."

Grossman also told the Times that he paid a little under $50,000 out of pocket on dinners, hotels and flights but did score handouts from Flywheel, Glamsquad and a discount on jewelry from Jade Trau. The jewelry brand was tagged on their social media posts throughout the three day long excursion.

"Jade Trau has a very close relationship with Marissa," Grossman told the New York Times. He also said he "paid $4,000 for the pieces, but they would have been retail [for] $10,000 or $12,000."

Pedersen explained that for influencers "the space is getting more and more competitive" and that they "do things to reach audiences the way they wouldn't have before."

The couple's story showed how influencers have continued to push the envelope in a world where they can capitalize and monetize personal, intimate moments.

"Did she know or did she not know?" Pedersen posited. "And that is what brands are really hoping for today, they're trying to make sure that they're still reaching consumers in that authentic way."

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BrendanHunter/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Imagine what it would be like to fall asleep during your flight, and then wake up on a pitch-black, empty aircraft.

Tiffani Adams doesn't need to imagine. She was asleep less than halfway into her 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec City to Toronto's Pearson International Airport on June 9. When she finally woke up, she was alone on the empty, dark aircraft, which had been parked and locked at the airport -- leaving her to figure out how to escape after the flight crew somehow overlooked her as she snoozed in her seat.

Adams described her ordeal in detail on Air Canada's Facebook page. She recalls in the post, "I wake up around midnight, few hours after the flight landed, freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness."

Adams said she couldn't call for help because her phone was out of power and, with the plane's power off, the USB chargers at the seats didn't work. Neither did the cockpit radio work without power, and while she got the door open, it was too far a drop to the tarmac to jump.

Adams eventually located a flashlight and began shining it out of the plane, hoping to attract attention. That's how she caught the eye of a baggage attendant, who drove a ladder truck to the plane to rescue her.

Adams said she was immediately approached by an Air Canada representative on the ground who offered to get her a limo or hotel room, but she just wanted to go home. She said she's still struggling to sleep following the incident.

"I haven't got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark," Adams said in the post.

Air Canada has declined to comment, other than to say they're reviewing the incident.

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iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- An unwanted guest surprised a woman at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Alisha Norman, a Houston native who was visiting Southern California, told Houston ABC station KTRK-TV she was at the restaurant watching the U.S. women’s soccer team play Sweden in the World Cup when a live rat fell from the ceiling onto her table.

“I heard a noise and we all looked up, and down came the rat,” Norman told KTRK-TV.

The restaurant’s manager quickly scooped up the rat with two plates and placed it into a bag. Norman’s lunch was compensated.

“It was disgusting. It was still alive. Its heart was still beating,” she said.

The manager said significant construction in the area caused the rat to the fall from the ceiling.

A spokesperson from Buffalo Wild Wings said the restaurant was closed for cleaning, but would reopen soon.

"The isolated incident at the Westchester-area Buffalo Wild Wings in Los Angeles yesterday was unfortunate," Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement. "We hold Buffalo Wild Wings to the highest operating standards and promptly closed the restaurant for proper remediation, cleaning and sanitization."

The restaurant had an A rating from the city Department of Public Health.

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Future Publishing/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- As the San Francisco grapples with a persistent homelessness that many critics blame on tech companies, Google has unveiled a $1 billion plan this week to address the housing crisis.

The company announced its plan in a blog post on Tuesday titled "$1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes." But within days, the plan, which was thin on details, raised as many questions as it seemed to provide answers.

Google's plan would be to invest about $950 million in more and relatively affordable housing in an area in which tech firms have been blamed for boosting tight supply into stratospheric prices.

Google said it would "repurpose at least $750 million of Google's land, most of which is currently zoned for office or commercial space, as residential housing," to put 15,000 new homes, including low- and middle-income housing, on the market in the next decade.

The search giant also said it will invest $250 million into a fund that give developers incentives to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units.

Lastly, the company will give $50 million in grants to "nonprofits focused on the issues of homelessness and displacement."

Between 2011 and 2015, the Bay Area added over 500,000 jobs, but only 65,000 housing units — about eight jobs for every unit of housing, according to the Bay Area Council.

In that respect, any new housing would help alleviate the issue, experts said.

"To the extent that more housing is being introduced at all levels at the market, including middle and low, it will alleviate some of the pressure. This will eventually push less people into homelessness because prices would stabilize," said Benjamin Henwood, an expert in health and housing services who teaches at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

University of California San Francisco professor Margot Kushel said it will take more than housing at a Google employees' price range to truly fix homelessness in the Bay Area.

Kushel, who leads the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at UCSF, said that most homeless people make less than 30% of an area's median income, while "affordable housing" could be applicable for people who make as much as 80% of the area's median income.

"So for that part of the population — a very sizeable population — that is where the problem lies. For the zero to 30% of area median income levels, you need a much bigger subsidy."

“'Are they trying to address homelessness?'" Kushel asked. "And if they are, they really need to set aside [funds] for people at the very low income scale."

Henwood told ABC News that it would take more than just Google to alleviate the Bay Area's issues.

His thoughts were echoed by Jen Loving, CEO of Destination Home, a homeless advocacy group based in San Jose.

"We're facing an unprecedented housing crisis in Silicon Valley," Loving said. "We're seeing skyrocketing rents, we're seeing families displaced, and most tragically, we're seeing our lowest-income families being pushed onto the street. We appreciate Google's willingness to help combat our housing and homelessness crisis, and we're going to need more companies to step up to truly solve this problem."Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


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SondraP/iStock(NYACK, N.Y.) -- Fans of the 1998 film Stepmom can now live in the Victorian home from the movie that made us all ugly cry.

Listed at $3.75 million by Christie's International Real Estate, the 5,239-square-foot house boasts six bedrooms, four-and-a-half bedrooms and fireplace.

The wrap-around porch rekindles memories of iconic scenes with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, as does the lawn area and scenic views of Nyack, N.Y.

Exterior shots of the dwelling were used in the comedy-drama, however, one Zillow article says interior scenes were filmed on sets and modeled after real rooms in the house.

Christie's website describes the property as having exhilarating Hudson views, wide lawns and a cascading waterfall brook.

The home also boasts a secret passageway to the gourmet chef's eat-in kitchen and an en-suite bath inside the master.

Seems like a great place to live out your nostalgia.

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Columbia Police Department(ROBBINSVILLE, N.J.) -- New Jersey's governor on Thursday signed a law to improve rideshare safety in honor of Robbinsville, N.J., native Samantha "Sami" Josephson, a college student who was kidnapped and killed after she got into a car she mistakenly thought was an Uber.

Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina, was alone when she requested an Uber ride early on March 29, Columbia police said. After she got into a stranger's car — mistaking it for her Uber — the child safely locks were activated, preventing her from escaping, police said.

She died from multiple sharp force injuries, officials said, and her body was recovered in a wooded area. A suspect was arrested.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in Josephson's hometown. It will be known as "Sami's Law."

Every day, thousands of passengers use rideshare services. It is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep them safe.

Today, I joined the Josephson family in Robbinsville to sign Sami's Law, honoring Samantha's life by enhancing protections for rideshare passengers.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 20, 2019

The legislation requires more identification on rideshare cars, including two identifying markers on the front windshield and back window.

The law says the companies must issue "two credential placards" with the driver's name, photo and license plate number to go on the driver and passenger side back windows.

Rideshare companies also must give its drivers two barcodes "or other machine-readable code that passengers can scan to confirm the identity," according to the governor's statement.

Murphy said, "I am proud to stand beside the Josephson family and legislative sponsors to enhance protections for New Jersey's rideshare passengers, and ensure that Samantha Josephson’s tragic death is not in vain."

Similar federal-level legislation also called "Sami’s Law" has been introduced by New Jersey's senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, according to Murphy's statement.

Days after Josephson's slaying, South Carolina legislators introduced the "Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act" to require ride-sharing vehicles to have an illuminated, company-provided sign with the company's trademark or logo that can be seen in the dark. The bill was later signed by the South Carolina governor.

"We've heard from strangers all over the country and so many people have told us it could have been our daughter, our son, ourselves," Josephson's mother, Marci Josephson, told ABC News' "Good Morning America" in April.

"I think it's just become such a natural or new phenomenon using Uber. We trust people and you can't," she said. "You have to change the way that the laws are to make it safer because that's our nature. We automatically assume that we're safe."

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fstop123/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The art of the side hustle may not always be as easy as it seems, but some moms are finding flexible jobs that offer a little financial boost and allow them to work hours that also work for their families.

Hilary Gordon has a lot to take care of at her home in Sacramento, California -- three kids, a mini pig, two chickens and four dogs -- but she found a job that has helped her strike a balance between the hustle and bustle of parenting and earn extra money.

Gordon works as a shopper for the delivery app Instacart, which is a service where someone shops for other people's groceries and delivers it to their door. It's similar to the flexibility of ride sharing services -- users can be their own boss and set their own schedule, but in this case don't have to drive any strangers in their car.

"I was looking for a way to make some extra income," she told ABC News. "With three kids, I don't have a ton of free time, but I could do something if it was -- economically feasible and worth it."

Instacart and other food delivery companies like Doordash, Postmates and Shipt, pay tens of thousands of workers to deliver packages, food or groceries across the U.S.

The shopping and delivery app that Gordon currently works for said that more than 50 percent of their shoppers are female. Similarly, Postmates showed that 48 percent of its workers are female and 38 percent of their workers overall are mothers, according to a survey in April.

Doordash said women make up more than half of its shoppers in rural and suburban areas.

"I love the flexibility," Gordon, 47, said. "I do this around my kids' schedule."

Ericka Souter, editor at, told ABC News that flexible part-time work like shopping deliveries are beneficial from both a family and financial aspect.

"There are so many moms out there looking for a side hustle to kind of help beef up their family income and this is an easy way to do it," Souter said. "The best thing about it is that you can make your own schedule so if your kid gets sick or you have to go to a ballet recital or a little league game you can put work to the side ... and then when your ready to work again, you can pick it right back up."

Gordon can accept or deny the jobs that come up on her app while she's working. If she chooses she could deny a job that is lower paying or one that is too far of a drive.

She also has the ability to make sure her schedule allows time to take care of her family.

"I think, overall, the flexibility and the enjoyment of it makes it worth my while," she said.

In the last year, Gordon guessed that she has made about $31,000, before taking into account gas, mileage or wear and tear on her car.

"I do love shopping, and I think it's kinda fun to shop with other people's money," she admitted laughing.

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PeopleImages/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Women are working more and sleeping less than they were a year ago, while men are going in the opposite direction, new data suggests.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual American Time Use Survey looks at breakdowns for work and play by gender and engagement.

On days that they worked, employed men worked 7.87 hours in 2018, down from 8.04 hours in 2017.

For working women, that statistic shifted upwards. On the days they worked, women worked 7.3 hours in 2018 as compared to 7.25 hours in 2017.

When it came to sleep, the inverse approach was taken by the different sexes.

Men are apparently sleeping slightly more, shifting from 8.70 hours in 2017 to 8.76 hours in 2018, while women are sleeping slightly less, shifting from an estimated 8.91 hours a day in 2017 to 8.88 hours in 2018.

When it comes to housework, women spend more than three times the amount than men, according to the survey. In 2018, the average woman spent 49.8 minutes doing housework daily, while men spent only 14.4 minutes.

The numbers offered in the survey did not incorporate the standard error.

Caileen Kehayas, the content director at at Career Contessa, a resource for women looking for career transition advice, said that she wasn't surprised by the data and felt that the trend of having women working more than in previous years was in keeping with other analysis.

She also said that the finding that men spent less time involved in housework than women was also expected.

"On a positive note, women are participating more in the workforce, but on a negative note, I think women still bare a disproportional amount of household responsibilities as well as childcare responsibilities," Kehayas said.

"[Women] want to progress in their careers but at the same time they still have the expectations to take care of the home, any children, and in some cases, their partner too," she said.

Kehayas said that she expects that women may continue to work more in coming years while still spending time on housework and childcare, but she also said that there may be help on the horizon.

"I do think certain larger companies are really begining to implement friendlier paternal leave and better benefits that really help both men and women to manage their home life because more and more it's becoming more normal to have a dual income household, so companies are working to take the burden off both parents," she said.

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Subscribe To This Feed ANGELES) -- Bullet sales are surging across California ahead of a new law that will mandate background checks on new ammunition purchases, dealers reported on Thursday.

Residents will have to show identification and undergo background checks to purchase ammunition in the state starting July 1. Proponents say its a formidable effort to screen out felons and illegal gun owners, but firearm sellers on both ends of the state say customers are confused about how the process might work.

Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior One Guns and Ammo in Riverside, said store shelves would normally be fully stocked with ammo around this time of the year, but he’s nearly tapped out as the implementation approaches.

Sweidan, and other guns store owners throughout the state, said customers seem to be stocking up because they’re unsure of how the law, approved by voters in 2016, might affect them.

"I can tell you right now a lot of my customers are confused," Sweidan told ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC on Thursday. "It's going to be a total mess."

"I don't know how it's going to work. I don't know if you're going to wait one minute or 10 days for your ammo," he added.

Store operators received guidance from state officials earlier this month, detailing the equipment they’ll need to comply with the new requirements -- an internet connection, a computer and a magnetic card reader -- but Sweidan said the notice didn’t spell out exactly how the new process will work once the system goes live.

Richard Howell, General Manager of Old West Gun & Loan in Redding, said he’s also noticed a sudden uptick in ammo sales.

"Normally, somebody will come in and they're going out for a recreational day of shooting, and so they say they need a couple of boxes of .9 millimeter, a couple of boxes of .45 millimeter. We ring them up and they go out the door,” Howell told ABC affiliate KRCR. "But, they don't bring in lists on an eight-and-a-half by eleven sheet of paper full saying, 'I need this filled.'"

He said the law, which forces gun owners to buy ammo face-to-face from a licensed dealer verses online, could encourage people make ammo purchases out of state to get around any potential hassle and/or fees.

"If it's big purchases by those individuals, that could affect our business in a sense that they're not buying that ammunition from us," Howell said. "The law, like all firearms laws we have in California, haven't put us out of business yet, and it won't. Will it be a hindrance? Of course. Will people decide to buy ammo elsewhere? Of course they will."

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Janet Weinstein/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- At the trendy Washington, D.C. restaurant Maydan, executive chef Gerald Addison tends to kebabs sizzling over a huge fire pit, as Nejat Ahmadollah, a guest chef and an Afghan refugee, fans the flames. Both men look right at home.

Over the course of six nights, and ending on Saturday night, Maydan and four other restaurants in the nation’s capital are participating in "Tables without Borders" -- a dinner series where local establishments host refugees and asylum seekers as guest chefs. The project, which coincides with World Refugee Week, is designed to foster a cultural exchange and to bring newcomers into the industry.

“The name ‘Maydan’ means ‘central square’,” Addison told ABC News. “And, I think, having this giant [fire pit] in the middle to gather around is very on point with what we’re trying to convey.”

Ahmadollah, who has been cooking for more than 20 years, plans a special meal from his home country to offer on Maydan's menu.

“I want to present the real, authentic Afghan food,” Ahmadollah told ABC News.

The other participating restaurants are A Rake's Progress, Espita Mezcaleria, Little Sesame and Himitsu.

According to the Tables without Borders website, restaurants involved in the week-long event will donate part of their proceeds to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Jewish refugee resettlement non-profit.

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