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(NEW YORK) -- If you’re in the market for a new car and hoping to score a good deal, you may be out of luck.

Car dealerships across the country are facing an inventory shortage, causing prices to skyrocket. As a result, some car shoppers are even paying more than the sticker price.

Experts say a global computer chip shortage is fueling the problem. In some cases, car companies have even halted production.

ABC News’ Gio Benitez appeared on Good Morning America Thursday to discuss what consumers need to know before heading to the dealership:

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(NEW YORK) -- Athletes understand the importance of quality, healthy food to fuel their bodies in order to compete and thrive, and one tennis superstar has teamed up with a fast-casual restaurant chain that shares the same winning values.

Sweetgreen announced its new partnership with tennis star Naomi Osaka exclusively to ABC News' Good Morning America, and Nathaniel Ru, co-founder and chief brand officer, explained why the four-time Grand Slam champion was a perfect match.

"Naomi represents not only a great tennis player, but so much beyond that. She stands up for what she believes in -- a lot of social justice issues -- and is really into speaking to this next generation in a way that still has humility and is connected to culture," Ru said. "She just really aligns with our values at Sweetgreen and is passionate about it."

Osaka is the company's first national athlete ambassador as well as Sweetgreen's youngest investor, and she hopes to use her role to change the way brands and athletes speak about the importance of what people eat.

The team first met the 23-year-old No. 2 ranked Japanese tennis star through mutual friends last year, and Ru said the now Los Angeles-based athlete is "a regular customer [who] comes in a few times a week to help fuel her for training."

As such, Osaka began the conversation with the company about how to work together "to shift the paradigm of food sponsorship and create a more positive impact on really how the next generation thinks about healthy eating."

"We've spent the last five months working together. We're putting her custom order on the Sweetgreen menu exclusively on our app on May 20," Ru shared, adding that Osaka and her older sister, Mari, spent a couple days in the Sweetgreen culinary lab test kitchen to perfect her regular order.

Osaka's bowl is made with warm quinoa, baby spinach, cilantro, tomato, tortilla chips, raw carrots, goat cheese, blackened chicken, lime-cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette, avocado and Sweetgreen hot sauce.

"She's passionate about food and cares about nutrition a lot, especially as it relates to her training," Ru said. "So a lot of it was very familiar to her and really kind of fun [to watch her] connect deeper with Sweetgreen inside the culinary lab and working with chefs -- it was a very collaborative process."

"I’m proud to join forces with Sweetgreen to change the way the world thinks of traditional fast-food sponsorships," Osaka said in a statement. "As an athlete, what I put into my body directly correlates to how I perform and eating delicious, healthy foods fuels my daily routine. I’m excited about the work we’re doing together to create a positive impact."

In celebration of their partnership, Sweetgreen and Osaka are jointly supporting The Asian American Foundation in its effort to advance equity, with 100% of sales from every Naomi Osaka Bowl on May 26 going to support AAPI-led organizations increasing food access in AAPI communities.

One of Sweetgreen's core values -- win, win, win -- sets out to ensure the customer, company and community all win, and Ru said that Osaka shared in that approach for this new partnership.

"Healthy eating shouldn't be very prescriptive, it should be an integrated part of your lifestyle, and I think that's what we really connected over," he added. "The collaboration with Naomi is meant to feel very light and connected to your lifestyle."

While this is Sweetgreen's first athlete-backed promotion, Ru said, "We want to use this platform going forward. It's how we connect to future athletes."

He added that the brand will keep an eye out for future opportunities to connect with other like-minded pros when the time is right.

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(NEW YORK) -- Apparel company Zara announced the launch of its first beauty collection.

Zara Beauty will feature accessibly priced makeup, inlcuding for eyes and nails, the brand said.

Zara said its new collection is aimed at embracing individuality, and offers over 130 diverse shades throughout the product line.

It also features refillable packaging to help eliminate unnecessary waste.

Some of the new collection's products include a Nourishing Jelly Lip Oil, Metal Foil Loose Pigment and Refillable Cheek Palette.

Products range from $7.90 to $25.90, with refills starting at $4.90.

According to Zara, the formulas are clean and in accordance to European Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetics and their safety.

"Zara Beauty formulas are consciously crafted with high-performance ingredients," the company said in a press release.

The new line of makeup was developed with creative direction from British makeup artist Diane Kendal.

"Celebrating individuality, the launch campaign has been shot by nine world-renowned photographers: Steven Meisel, David Sims, Marilyn Minter, Oliver Hadlee Pearch, Zoë Ghertner, Craig McDean, Nadine Ijewere, Mario Sorrenti and Fabien Baron," the release added.

Zara Beauty will be available online and at select retail locations starting May 12.

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(NEW YORK) -- When Jeff Bezos' space tourism venture Blue Origin flies its first astronaut crew to space this summer, one seat will go to the highest bidder.

After teasing the announcement over the past week, the company said Wednesday it has opened an online auction for one of six seats aboard the New Shepard, its suborbital vehicle designed for space tourism, for the July 20 flight.

The opportunity to fly above the Karman Line -- the internationally recognized line of space, at over 300,000 feet, or 62 miles -- presents a new market opportunity, the company said.

"Only 569 people have ever been over the Karman Line," said Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin's director of astronaut and orbital sales, said during a press briefing Wednesday. "We're about to change that dramatically."

After completing 15 consecutive missions to space and back with New Shepard, the company said it is ready to fly its first civilian passenger from its remote Van Horn, Texas, launch site.

The experience will last between 10 and 12 minutes, during which the capsule will pass the Karman Line and the astronauts will be able to unbuckle their seatbelts and float in zero gravity for about three minutes, Cornell said.

The capsule has "the largest windows that have ever flown in space" and is based on a helicopter model, Cornell said.

The crew will experience up to three times their normal weight for up to two minutes during the ascent, and up to five-and-a-half times their normal weight for a few seconds during the descent into the atmosphere.

The capsule will return to Earth under parachutes.

Other than the winner of the bid, the rest of the flight crew will be handpicked by Blue Origin. Cornell did not share who else will be on the flight.

The online bidding for the civilian seat will be sealed until May 18, after which the bids will become visible. Participants must exceed the highest bid to continue, culminating in a live auction on June 12.

"The winner of this auction, he or she will write him or herself into the history books," Cornell said. "And on top of that they're opening the doors for other space explorers to pass through behind them. As far as I'm concerned, it's a pretty priceless experience."

The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, which inspires future generations to pursue careers in STEM.

Cornell did not say how high the company expects the bidding to go or what the prices for seats for future flights might be.

"This is a nascent market," she said. "We are opening the doors, and we look forward to seeing what the market says."

To bid, individuals must be at least 18 or the age of majority in their country of residence, be between 5 feet and 6 foot 4 inches tall and weigh between 110 and 223 pounds.

Other requirements include being able to climb seven flights of stairs -- the height of the launch tower -- in under 90 seconds, being able to fasten or unfasten a seat harness in under 15 seconds, and hear and understand instructions in English. Blue Origin will not evaluate the astronaut’s medical fitness to participate in the flight.

The winner will need to train with Blue Origin at its facilities in Kent, Washington, and Culberson County, Texas, or some other location. The individual must also sign a nondisclosure agreement and waivers of claims, in which the winner waives his or her rights to bring claims against anyone involved in the flight for any losses.

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(NEW YORK) -- With COVID-19 cases declining and more people vaccinated, the stage is set for the Great White Way's long-awaited comeback.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Broadway shows will restart on Sept. 14, nearly a year and a half after the industry was shut down due to coronavirus concerns.

Tickets will go on sale starting May 6 and the shows can be held at 100% capacity, according to the governor.

Charlotte St. Martin, the president of the Broadway League, the national trade association that represents theater owners, producers and other members of the industry, said casts and crews are already at work to make sure shows are ready to open and include safety precautions for their audiences.

"Restarting Broadway is a complex endeavor, requiring long lead times for productions, the need to reconnect with a sustaining audience from across the country and around the world," she said in a statement.

Broadway shut its doors indefinitely on March 12, 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic. At that time, 31 productions were running, according to the Broadway League.

The industry is a major economic sector for the city, according to the Broadway League.

During the 2018-2019 season, Broadway contributed $14.7 billion to New York's economy and supported 96,900 jobs, according to a report released by the league.

Before the pandemic, almost 250,000 people were seeing a Broadway show every week, the governor's office said.

Mary McColl, the executive director of Actors' Equity Association, which represents Broadway actors, said Wednesday's announcement is a relief to casts.

"We look forward to continuing our conversations with the Broadway League about a safe reopening and know that soon the time will come when members can go back to doing what they do best, creating world-class theatre," she said in a statement.

Policies will be in place to ensure that stages are safe for casts, crews and theatergoers, according to the governor's office. Refund policies will be in effect in case shows are postponed or canceled.

The theater isn't the only New York attraction that will reopen to more fans. Cuomo also announced Wednesday that vaccinated ticket holders at Mets and Yankees games will be allowed to sit together, masked, without social distancing starting May 19.

New York City is scheduled to lift its limits on indoor businesses on May 19, however, they must keep a 6-foot distance among people, as the number of COVID-19 cases has gone down and vaccinations continue to rise in recent weeks. Between April 1 and May 1, the seven-day average of new cases reported in the state dropped from 9,173 to 3,852, according to the state health department.

As of Wednesday, more than 9.2 million New York state residents over 18, about 59% of the state's total adult population, have had at least one vaccine dose, the state health department said. Roughly 7.2 million adults, about 46% of the state's population over 18, are fully vaccinated, according to the health department.

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(NEW YORK) -- Peloton and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced two separate voluntary recalls of Peloton’s Tread+ and Tread treadmills after reports of injuries and a death, Peloton and the CPSC said in a statement Tuesday.

Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled treadmills "immediately" and should contact Peloton for a full refund or "other qualified remedy," according to the statement.

The company has stopped selling the Tread+ and is working on modifying the exercise device.

In April, the CPSC issued an "urgent warning" for people to stop using Peloton's Tread+ treadmill if they have small children or pets at home, one month after the company revealed that a child died in an accident involving the workout equipment.

The federal regulatory agency said it had learned of "multiple incidents" of small children and a pet being sucked under and injured beneath the machines. As of April, the CPSC said it is aware of 39 incidents involving the treadmill, including one death related to the $4,295 treadmill.

Peloton said it discovered through CPSC's public database that a child had experienced a brain injury in connection with the treadmill. In February, a father found his 3-year-old boy trapped under a Tread+ and "not breathing and pulseless," according to the CPSC incident report. The child is expected to "fully recover," the company said. Peloton said it also received additional reports of earlier incidents and reported them to CPSC.

John Foley, Peloton's CEO, said the recall was "the right thing to do."

"The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s Members and their families," he said in a statement. "I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+. We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize. Today’s announcement reflects our recognition that, by working closely with the CPSC, we can increase safety awareness for our Members. We believe strongly in the future of at-home connected fitness and are committed to work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills. We have a desire and a responsibility to be an industry leader in product safety."

Added Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the CPSC: "The agreement, which the Commission voted this morning to accept, requires Peloton to immediately stop selling and distributing both the Tread+ and Tread products in the United States and refund the full purchase price to consumers who wish to return their treadmills. The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers. I would like to thank the CPSC technical staff who have worked tirelessly to protect consumers and to warn the public. Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products."

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(NEW YORK) -- Just a few days before Mother's Day, when moms are supposed to be celebrated for the work they do, comes a reminder of the stark penalties mothers still face in the workforce.

May 5, 2021, marks Mom's Equal Pay Day, or how far into the year the average working mom has to work to earn what fathers earned last year alone.

Among full-time, year-round workers, mothers are typically paid only 75 cents for every dollar paid to fathers. That pay gap results in monthly losses of $1,275 and annual losses of more than $15,000, according to the National Women's Law Center, a policy-focused organization that fights for gender justice.

"That means that moms had to work more than 16 months to make as much as dads were paid in 12 months," Claire Ewing-Nelson, who leads NWLC's research on the motherhood wage gap, told ABC News' Good Morning America.

The inequities for moms are displayed starkly in the "Moms Deserve More Flower Store," an online flower shop launched this year to highlight what its organizers describe as the "the true cost of adequately thanking" moms.

"A dozen roses are not going to cut it this year," Reshma Saujani, the flower store's lead organizer and founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms, said in a statement, in part. "Because what moms really want—what they really need—is a national reckoning: one that reimagines our culture and rebuilds a system to actually value our work."

Mom's Equal Pay Day comes this year more than one month after Equal Pay Day for women, the day that women overall have to work into 2021 to make what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2020 alone.

On average, women working full-time, year-round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to the NWLC. The wage gap for moms is even greater because of what's known as the motherhood wage penalty, according to Ewing-Nelson.

"Moms are typically paid less than women in general, and dads are typically paid more than men in general, which is why the wage gap is larger for moms than it is for women overall," she said. "That has a lot to do with how motherhood is penalized in the workplace in a way that fatherhood really isn’t."

This year's Mom's Equal Pay Day is also happening as working moms continue to feel the devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The full reckoning of the pandemic is not even shown in the current data on the motherhood pay gap as the most recent wage data is pre-pandemic, according to Ewing-Nelson.

"I think we can definitely expect that the wage gap will get worse," she said. "[The pandemic] been pretty disastrous and it’ll be a while before we even understand just how bad it’s been."

The recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put more than two million women out of the workforce, data shows.

The caregiving and service sector industries dominated by women were among those hardest hit by the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, and working moms in particular were left during the pandemic to deal with a lack of childcare resources.

While mothers make up nearly 16% of the overall workforce, they account for over one in five of front-line workers providing essential services during the pandemic, according to the NWLC.

And during the pandemic, women ages 25 to 44 are almost three times as likely as men of the same age group to not be working due to child care demands, according to research from the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Reserve.

"Moms have been forced to do this really impossible balancing act where they’re trying to hold down a job, they’re trying to take care of kids who are doing remote schooling, or they can’t get any care at all," said Ewing-Nelson. "It’s just pushed a lot of women and moms out of the labor force entirely so they aren’t working or looking for work so they’re not even captured in the unemployment rates we’ve been seeing, which have been staggeringly high."

"That sets women and moms in particular up for long ranging consequences that could impact them for decades to come," she said. "When you’ve been out of the labor force for a long time, you’re more likely to just take the first job that is available, even if it’s lower paying or lower quality."

The long history of being underpaid compared to men also put working moms at a disadvantage even entering the pandemic, Ewing-Nelson noted.

"What our data shows is that moms entered the pandemic already on unequal footing," she said. "They were already losing thousands of dollars a month, thousands of dollars a year to the pay gap, so they entered the pandemic worse off than they should have been."

The data is even worse for mothers of color, who were also disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Last year, 10% of Black mothers and 10% of Latina mothers were unemployed and those two populations have among the highest wage gaps, according to data shared by the NWLC.

Latina mothers are paid 46 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic fathers, while Black mothers are paid 52 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic fathers, according to the NWLC.

"Focusing on that big overall number [of 75 cents for every dollar paid to fathers] is already pretty devastating, but when you really drill down that there are these compounding inequities, that make the numbers even worse," said Ewing-Nelson. "It's a result of institutional racism compounding sexism compounding all of the bad ways that moms are treated in the workforce."

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(NEW YORK) -- The holiday that remembers Mexico's victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, has become synonymous with delicious food and drinks to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine.

These Cinco de Mayo restaurants and food brands are offering day-only promotions all around the country. Check out some of the popular discounts and giveaways below:

Cholula: Free Burrito

The beloved hot sauce brand that's crafted and bottled in Mexico launched burrito insurance for DoorDash customers who have experienced a #BurritoDown moment -- when an over-stuffed tortilla tears or falls apart at the seams.

When ordering through the app or online, thousands of local and national participating restaurants in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York City will accept the code BURRITODOWN for $20 off an order that includes a burrito, without delivery fees. Plus, select orders will come with a mini bottle of Cholula to spice up the Cinco de Mayo meal.

Each participating location made the list of the Top 10 cities with the most Mexican restaurants and the most authentic Mexican restaurants, according to data collected from Datafiniti by Cholula.

Additionally, Cholula is helping out home cooks who want to celebrate in their own kitchen and shared a simple burrito folding tutorial, plus a recipe for the ultimate chicken burrito.

Chipotle: Five Days of Giveaways

Fans can win big this Cinco de Mayo at Chipotle. The fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain relaunched its signature trivia game, Chipotle IQ, and the first 50,000 fans to correctly answer 10 questions about the brand will get a special buy one, get one offer. Fans who score a perfect mark on the test but miss out on the BOGO offer will also be entered to win one of 100 limited edition $500 Chipotle gift cards.

The brand will also give away additional gift cards on the Instagram page for the final five fans who comment "last" on their Cinco de Mayo post just before 5:55 pm ET.

Blaze Pizza: Free Tajín Seasoning

The fast-casual pizza franchise unveiled a new limited-time collaboration with Tajín chili lime seasoning and will give away over 50,000 mini bottles of Tajín at restaurants nationwide with any order while supplies last.

Starting Wednesday through June 9, all U.S. locations will feature a new Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pizza made with roasted corn, house-made chipotle ranch dressing and topped with Tajín Clásico seasoning. Additionally, the seasoning will be available through that time for orders on any custom-built pizza. Blaze Reward members who add Tajín to any pizza will automatically receive $2 off on orders placed between May 17 and May 23.

Tipsy Scoop: Tequila-infused flavor giveaway

The boutique boozy ice cream and sorbet brand teamed up with Natalie's Juices for a sweet giveaway in tandem with Cinco de Mayo and National Orange Juice Day.

The special limited-edition flavor collaboration includes "The Tipsy Squeeze," a tequila-infused ice cream with the award-winning OJ and "The Spicy Fiesta," a boozy sorbet made with fresh margarita mix.

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(LAS VEGAS) -- The gaming areas at Wynn and Encore are now open at 100% occupancy and plexiglass dividers are no longer needed, Wynn Resorts announced on Monday.

Wynn Resorts said it was granted permission by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend its occupancy and physical distancing rules because 88% of Wynn employees had been vaccinated as of May 1.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board declined to comment to ABC News on Wynn's changes, but the board had said it would accept requests waiving occupancy limits until April 27. Requests needed to "demonstrate the licensee’s measurable and material steps to vaccinate its workforce," the board said.

Wynn said in a statement, "Our employees and guests will continue to follow health and safety guidelines, including mask compliance, to ensure a safe and comfortable environment."

The Wynn employees' vaccination rate is nearly double Clark County's (which encompasses Las Vegas). As of Friday, 46.5% of the eligible population had received at least one shot, county officials said.

Las Vegas nightclubs and adult entertainment venues were permitted to reopen on May 1, county officials said. Public gatherings were relaxed May 1 to 80% capacity and social distancing requirements lessened from 6 feet to 3 feet, county officials said.

The county said capacity and social distancing rules will end when 60% of the eligible population has at least one vaccine dose.

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(NEW YORK) -- Get ready for some major flower power.

Morphe is bringing us back to the '70s with its latest collaboration with Coca-Cola.

"Coca-Cola 1971: The Unity Collection" includes everything you need to create a fun look for summer.

According to Morphe, the collaboration "celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1971 Unity Campaign and represents peace, optimism and connection."

The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, lip gloss set, mascara and brush set.

The products range from $12 to $22 and will only be available for eight weeks.

This is the second collaboration from Morphe and Coca-Cola after their original collaboration last year sold out.

“Morphe exemplifies individual expression, diversity and inclusion, making them the perfect partner for Coca-Cola. We’re so excited to partner with them on this 1971 Unity Collection,” Becky Anderson, Coca-Cola's senior licensing manager of North America, said in a press release.

The limited edition "Coca-Cola 1971: The Unity Collection" will be available at Morphe on May 11 and at Ulta starting May 30.

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(NEW YORK) -- Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they are divorcing after nearly three decades of marriage but said they will keep working together at their private charitable foundation, one of the largest in the world.

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," they said in identical statements posted to their Twitter accounts. "Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

The Microsoft co-founder and his wife will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a spokesperson for the Seattle-based organization.

"No changes to their roles or the organization are planned," the spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Monday. "They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction."

Melinda Gates, 56, filed a petition for divorce in a Seattle court on Monday. Bill Gates, 65, subsequently agreed to join the petition, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The petition states that the couple are already separated and have a separation contract in place, though the date and terms were not disclosed. They do not have a prenuptial agreement, according to the document.

"This marriage is irretrievably broken," the petition states. "We ask the court to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract."

The petition requests the court to divide the couple's property and assets as laid out in the separation contract. They have no children under the age of 18 and spousal support is not needed, according to the document.

Bill and Melinda Gates have each hired three lawyers to represent them in their divorce case, according to court documents. Among the listed counsel for Melinda Gates is divorce attorney Robert Cohen, who has previously represented a number of high-profile clients, including Michael Bloomberg, Dina Lohan, Chris Rock, Uma Thurman and Ivana Trump.

Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world, with his fortune currently estimated at around $130 billion, according to Forbes. He met his wife in 1987 when she started working at Microsoft as a product manager.

In her 2019 memoir, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates wrote that she won her husband's heart after meeting at a company dinner party where she beat him at a math game. The pair were wed in Hawaii in 1994.

The couple launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to tackle poverty, disease and inequity around the world. The philanthropy had issued nearly $55 billion in total grant payments since inception through 2019, according to a fact sheet on its website.

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American Girl

(NEW YORK) -- American Girl is celebrating its 35th birthday by reintroducing its six original characters in a special anniversary collection.

Samantha Parkington, Kirsten Larson, Molly McIntire, Felicity Merriman, Addy Walker and Josefina Montoya will inspire a new generation in their iconic outfits, complete with authentic accessories.

Each character will include their first paperback book in the series with a vintage cover. The sets come packaged in a retro-inspired American Girl doll box designed for both new and longtime collectors.

Jamie Cygielman, general manager of American Girl, said the brand's smart, courageous heroines have helped shape an entire generation of women.

"As we celebrate this major milestone, we're thrilled to recognize the very first generation of American girls who grew up with these beloved, original characters and made them the phenomenon they are today," Cygielman said.

"Knowing many of these women are now moms themselves, we look forward to creating special, multi-generational experiences for families via their shared love of the brand," she added. "We can't wait to inspire and empower this next generation with even more relevant products, immersive experiences and timeless stories."

New content and experiences are also available to American Girl fans including a new inspirational book titled Everything I Need to Know I Learned from American Girl and a digital album, American Girl Get Up and Dance, which includes 10 American Girl character-inspired songs.

On May 8, fans are invited to join American Girl for a Facebook Live birthday bash and a cupcake decorating party with Bobbie Lloyd who is the chief baking officer of Magnolia Bakery. Influencers Rachel Pitzel, Ava and Leah Clements and Zooey Miyoshi will also attend the virtual event.

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(NEW YORK) -- For Teacher Appreciation Week, select restaurants and retail stores are honoring their educators with discounts and freebies.

Here are businesses that are offering special deals for teachers May 3-9:

Check with local retailers near you to make sure they're participating, too.

Sonic Drive-In

Use promo code TEACHERS at checkout online or in the Sonic app for a free large drink or slush with any purchase.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Monday through Friday, teachers will receive 20% off an order if dining indoors or placing an order over the phone.

McAlister’s Deli

Teachers can enjoy a free tea until May 7 with a teacher ID. Or, nominate your favorite teacher to win free catering for them and their colleagues. Every nominee also gets a free tea.


While it's not specific to Teacher Appreciation Week, McDonald's is offering a free McFlurry through its mobile app Tuesday. Some local restaurants are reportedly advertising other deals specifically to teachers this week.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell also has a deal for teachers and non-teachers. The chain's early Cinco de Mayo giveaway offers free crunchy tacos on May 4 when ordering online or through the app. If ordering in-store, it's available until 11:59 p.m.

Other deals:

Office Depot

Office Depot is celebrating teachers by giving 25% back in OfficeMax Rewards on qualifying purchases. Just present the coupon and rewards number at checkout. The coupon is available online at


Costco is offering an exclusive teacher membership. Those who join as a new member are eligible to receive a $30 shop card. This exclusive teacher offer is only available online.


SheerID, a company which provides deals to verified teachers, students and first responders, has a list of retailers offering discounts in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Frankies Bikinis

(NEW YORK) -- Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka is hitting the beach.

Osaka has teamed up with Frankies Bikinis for her first ever swimwear collaboration just in time for summer.

The Los Angeles based fashion brand says they worked closely with Osaka for a brand new range of swimwear.

"I think it's really important for brands to design for all women, not just certain sizes or shapes or body types. For me, it's important to align myself with brands that make inclusivity a priority," Osaka said in a press release.

The collaboration will incorporate a range of different fabrics, prints and silhouettes ranging from $80 to $190.

It will also include a signature "Osaka one-piece" with a collared top and adjustable coverage bottom.

"Naomi is a leader, she is strong, and she is an inspiration to so many women in the world, including myself. I am so proud to have been able to work with Naomi on something we are both so passionate about, and excited to finally be able to share this with everyone," the brand's founder and creative director, Francesca Aiello, said in a press release.

The Frankies Bikinis x Naomi Osaka collaboration will be available online and released in two drops, on May 10 and on May 19.

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(NEW YORK) — After nearly 15 months since Daniel Humm closed the dining room at Eleven Madison Park due to the pandemic, the chef and owner of the Make It Nice restaurant group announced that it will officially reopen June 10 with an evolved business model and new plant-based menu.

"It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains a genuine connection to the community. A restaurant experience is about more than what’s on the plate. We are thrilled to share the incredible possibilities of plant-based cuisine while deepening our connection to our homes: both our city and our planet," Humm wrote in an announcement on the restaurant's website.

After laying off most of the team when the restaurant temporarily closed in March 2020, Humm candidly explained he "truly didn’t know if there was going to be an Eleven Madison Park."

But in collaboration with the nonprofit Rethink Food, the restaurant was able to keep a small team employed, and they prepared nearly a million meals for food insecure New Yorkers, which Humm hailed as "some of the must fulfilling work" of his career.

"I experienced the magic of food in a whole new way, and I also saw a different side of our city," he said. "It was clear to me that this work must become a cornerstone of our restaurant. Therefore, we’ve evolved our business model. When we reopen Eleven Madison Park on June 10, every dinner you purchase will allow us to provide five meals to food-insecure New Yorkers."

He also deployed the Eleven Madison Truck, which transports and serves up to 2,000 nutritious meals weekly. The meals are made with the same produce and ingredients used at the restaurant and sent to neighborhoods including food-insecure districts in the Bronx and Brooklyn, creating what Humm called "a circular ecosystem where our guests, our team and our suppliers all participate.”

Last year, as Humm imagined what the three Michelin-starred restaurant would look like in a post-pandemic world, he said he and his team thought about food in creative ways again and "realized that not only has the world changed, but that we have changed as well."

"We have always operated with sensitivity to the impact we have on our surroundings, but it was becoming ever clearer that the current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways," he said. "It was clear that after everything we all experienced this past year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant."

Humm continued, "I'm excited to share that we’ve made the decision to serve a plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products -- every dish is made from vegetables, both from the earth and the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, fungi, grains and so much more.”

Eleven Madison Park will continue to work with local farms that it has deep connections to and with ingredients known to them, Humm said, "but we have found new ways to prepare them and to bring them to life."

"I find myself most moved and inspired by dishes that center impeccably prepared vegetables, and have naturally gravitated towards a more plant-based diet. This decision was inspired by the challenge to get to know our ingredients more deeply, and to push ourselves creatively," Humm explained. "We promised ourselves that we would only change direction if the experience would be as memorable as before.”

The team considered how they would be able to achieve the same level of flavor and texture from their expertly executed delicious dishes, such as lavender honey-glazed duck or butter-poached lobster, for a new menu with meat and seafood absent.

"It’s crucial to us that no matter the ingredients, the dish must live up to some of my favorites of the past," he said of the challenge, which he admitted has kept him up at night worried about the risk to abandon dishes that once defined the famed Flatiron District dining room.

"But then I return to the kitchen and see what we’ve created. We are obsessed with making the most flavorful vegetable broths and stocks. Our days are consumed by developing fully plant-based milks, butters and creams. We are exploring fermentation, and understand that time is one of the most precious ingredients," he said. "What at first felt limiting began to feel freeing, and we are only scratching the surface."

With the high-profile restaurant reinvention, Humm said "the essence of EMP is stronger than it ever has been" and that he believes "the most exciting time in restaurants is to come."

"The essence of EMP is stronger than it ever has been. We can’t wait to have you come and experience this new chapter of the restaurant. We look forward to sharing this journey with you."

Eleven Madison Home, through which you can purchase meals to enjoy at home, is still available for pickup throughout the tri-state area until the end of May. Proceeds from every purchase go toward 10 meals donated through the Eleven Madison Truck.

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