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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bookstore sales are on the rise in the U.S, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

The data shows sales at bookstores increased by 2.5 percent in 2015, which is the industry’s first such increase since 2007.

At the same time, eBook sales declined last year, as noted by Publishers Weekly.  Overall from January to September 2015, eBooks were down 11 percent, and most of that decline came in sales of children’s or young adult books.  Meanwhile, sales of paperbacks grew by 13 percent over the same period.

Still, publishers say eBooks aren’t going anywhere despite their decline.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The pressure to create the perfect marriage proposal is harder than ever before. But there's help for men, and many women, looking to get down on one knee to ask their loves the question of a lifetime -- especially if you're looking to propose while traveling.

Hotel concierges can help plan the picture perfect proposal, figuring out all of the details, including location, activities and even capturing the moment by hiring professional photographers.

Munette Maduro, the public relations and marketing manager of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino told ABC News that the hotel's onsite concierge can help anyone struggling to come up with ideas "compliments of the hotel."

"We can help you with everything. We can help you plan an engagement because we already have the contacts," Maduro explained. "Local vendors aren't easy to contact on their own. We know the best -- the best cake makers, florists, photographers."

Maduro also said the concierges can also ensure you drop down on one knee at the perfect time of day.

"They'll have the best backdrop if they plan to propose at sunset because it's the best sunset you'll ever see. You'll automatically be really romantic," she added. A concierge can also help you plan a "dinner on the beach, combine it with spa treatments, or we can arrange for you to have rose petals on the bed when you arrive. We can arrange the whole package."

Casa Marina in Key West, Florida
If you're looking for a beach-side proposal, the concierge at Casa Marina can tap the hotel's sand castle artist-in-residence, who has created life-sized sand castles of all designs for proposals. The concierge can essentially be the hotel's director of love, and can arrange for a private helicopter tour for a sky high engagement.

Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida
Want to propose with a touch of Disney magic? If you grab a table for two at the hotel's Bull & Bear steakhouse, you can pop the question while overlooking the Epcot Center. The maître d'hôtel can also "serve" your engagement ring on a special dessert platter right before the park's nightly fireworks display.

Aria Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
If you want a proposal and a view, check out Aria Hotel's "love nest" in the hotel's HighNote SkyBar. The hotel's rooftop offers amazing 360-degree views of the capital city where you can view Budapest's famed palaces and monuments. The hotel's concierge can also arrange for flowers, candles, balloons and a string quartet for your proposal.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid sluggish sales and a declining share price, Kohl's Corp. has cut three high-level leadership positions.

On Thursday Kohl's chief digital officer, senior vice president of store environment and development, and senior vice president of communications and public relations were told their positions were being cut, according to MarketWatch.

The move comes as part of a reorganization method, according to a Kohl's spokeswoman, with talks of sale to a private-equity firm. 

Overall sales growth for the department store has been flat with profits decreasing. Stores that have been opened for at a least a year have experienced declines in their sales as well for the last two years.

The company will report its full-year earnings at the end of the month.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Whisper, the app popular for spilling your deepest hopes, dreams and secret wishes, crunched its trove of data to find out the most romantic state in the U.S. and what people are really talking about in the lead-up to Valentine's Day.

Looking for a set of love words including "soulmate," "romance" and "heart and soul," Whisper's data scientists scanned a trove of 2 million messages from Jan. 1 to Feb. 11 to find out which state was most frequently in the mood for love.

It turns out New Hampshire, also known as the Granite State, has the most amorous users on Whisper, followed by Maine, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arkansas.

Whisper's team also looked at the top 40 words associated with Valentine's Day. While "want," "shy" and "guy" came out on top, there was one big surprise in the top 40 words associated with V-Day -- "Deadpool."

The Marvel superhero movie comes out on Valentine's Day weekend -- and it seems some Whisper users are making plans to include the Ryan Reynolds flick in their Valentine's Day plans.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., earned himself more than $2 million in a day after investing millions in his own company.

According to Bloomberg News, Dimon paid $26.6 million for 500,000 shares of JPMorgan Chase. During trading Friday, the bank's shares climbed 8.3 percent, a leap Bloomberg News characterizes as the largest in one day since November 2011.

Dimon made about $2.2 million off of the stock growth.

The 59-year-old CEO has run JPMorgan Chase for nearly 11 years. He currently holds 6.75 million shares of the bank's stock.

Bloomberg News quotes a person with knowledge of his thinking Dimon purchased the additional shares "because he believes the stock is cheap after a worldwide rout in equities."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investors are breathing again after this rocky week ended with strong gains among the major indexes and oil.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 313.66 (about 2 percent) to close at 15,973.84.

The Nasdaq jumped 70.67 (more than 1 percent) to end the session at 4,337.51. The S&P 500 closed at 1,864.78, up 35.70 (nearly 2 percent) from its open.

Crude oil soared about 12 percent, having its best day in seven years, as prices hovered around $29 a barrel.

Bank shares also saw major gains with JP Morgan Chase closing over 8 percent higher and Goldman Sachs Group Inc finishing nearly 4 percent higher. Deutsche Bank AG climbed 12 percent after announcing a bond buyback on Friday totaling $5.4 billion. The plan will include buying back about $3.4 billion in euro-denominated unsecured bonds and $2 billion in dollar-denominated bonds.

Shares for Wynn Resorts jumped almost 16 percent after its quarter four earnings released on Thursday beat investors' expectations. Revenue for its Las Vegas operations gained almost 4 percent to hit $391.2 million. Wynn shares have fallen more than 50 percent since early 2015.

Americans are still spending money, despite the rocky market, as January's retail sales helped push stocks higher on Friday. According to a January report from the Commerce Department, retail sales and restaurant sales went up 0.2 percent for the month. Retail sales for December were also adjusted with the previously reported 0.1 percent drop changing to a 0.2 percent gain, making January the fourth consecutive month of retail sales growth.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- St. Louis is getting its first Shake Shack.

On Friday, the food chain announced plans to build its first restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri next year in the heart of the Central West End.

Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack, is a St. Louis native who said he drew inspiration from the city when he first started Shake Shack in a kiosk in New York City's Madison Square Park.

“I learned the meaning of hospitality while growing up in St. Louis, a lesson that has shaped my life and career,” said Meyer in a statement. “When I jotted down the first Shake Shack menu, it was my favorite childhood food memories that most inspired me, and I’m thrilled that Shake Shack has at last found a home in my hometown.”

Shake Shack's shares jumped over 3 percent at the close on Friday after the announcement.

The restaurant chain has 48 locations in the U.S. and 35 worldwide.

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Spotify(NEW YORK) -- Spotify has a cool Valentine's Day tool that will turn your secret message into a playlist.

The music streaming service tends to have some fun with the holidays (remember the Thanksgiving turkey timer?) and this year's Valentine's Day celebration is no exception.

A dedicated "Love Notes" site will walk users through three steps to get the perfect playlist and deliver a hidden message.

The first step: Choose just how spicy you want your playlist to be. Spotify offers five options: "Just the Way You Are," "Call Me Maybe," "Smooth Operator," "Let's Get It On" and "Bump N' Grind."

Next, pick up to three music genres to include in the playlist.

Finally, write a secret message for the recipient. Each letter in your message will correspond to a song, creating a cool acrostic poem and playlist. (Spotify is capping messages at 54 characters.)

After you've settled on your message and songs, Spotify will let you blast your love note on social media or keep it private with a link to send to the object of your affection.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Are you still trying to figure out what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day? You're not alone.

Real Estate search site Estately analyzed Google trends to determine what Valentine's Day gifts people search for the most by state.

Ryan Nickum, who created the infographic for Estately, told ABC News that he was excited to see the reactions to the data from people around the nation.

"There was quite a bit of conversation on Twitter about the article after it was posted from certain regions," Nickum said.

While flowers and chocolates were highly rated searches in a large number of states, there were some states that had more creative Valentine's Day-related searches, such as Massachusetts, which had a high search rate for couple's cooking classes, and Washington, which had a high search rate for bear skin rugs.

Nickum's personal favorites included the state of Montana, which had a high search rate for lobster tails, and the state of Iowa, which had a high search rate for tandem bicycles.

Check out the entire Valentine's Day gift search list at Estately's website here.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Instagram is about to give itself another social media makeover.

The Facebook-owned photo sharing app announced this week it will begin counting video views, meaning users can now see how many people have actually viewed their content. Currently, the number of "likes" is displayed below a video, but soon the number of views will be displayed instead, according to a blog post from Instagram.

Instagram will count a view if a video has been watched for a minimum of three seconds -- the same metric used on Facebook. The company said it plans to roll out the changes to users in the coming weeks.
 
In the blog post, Instagram wrote, "From seeing the world’s moments as they happen to checking out a brand’s new shoe line, people are consuming more and more videos every day. In fact, over the last six months, the time people spent watching videos on Instagram increased by more than 40 percent."

Instagram has two video products: Hyperlapse, which takes sped up videos, and Boomerang, which takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a video that plays forward and backward on a continuous loop.

Counting views will allow Instagram to also better connect with advertisers to show the value of a video advertisement. Nielsen data found that on Facebook, as much as 47 percent of the value in a video campaign was delivered in the first three seconds, while nearly three-quarters was delivered in the first ten seconds.

The change is the latest shake-up in the world of social media. Twitter announced earlier this week it would begin showing tweets out of chronological order based on an algorithm.

In the coming weeks, Twitter users can turn on the feature in their settings. When logging onto Twitter, users will see the tweets that Twitter's algorithm believes the user is most likely to care about at the top of their timeline, going in reverse chronological order as they scroll down the new timeline.

Twitter's real-time stream will then be displayed underneath in the same reverse-chronological order, allowing users to also keep track of real-time discussions on Twitter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What kind of deductions can you get from where you work?

New York tax accountant Janice Hayman says it depends on what line of work you're in.

"If you're self-employed, we have a bundle of deductions for you," she says. Those deductions could include heating, water and  air conditioning if you work from home.

If you're an educator, you can save on classroom supplies.

"This is for elementary and high school teachers. They get what we call an above the line deduction of $250 for supplies that they have purchased during the year and used in their jobs," Hayman explains.

Just make sure you save your receipts.

When it comes to filling out your company's W-4 Form, Hayman advises you over withhold to get a bigger tax return rather than making the most out of your allowances to get paid more in your paycheck.

"Over withhold a little bit to give them a cushion in case there's anything that comes up during the year we're not anticipating," she says.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Believe it or not, it’s been thirty years since the first Air Jordan sneaker debuted -- or around it. Even Nike doesn’t seem to know for sure. Either that, or the sneaker giant could just be having fun.

According to the sneaker company’s official site, many arguments could be made about the exact date “but to dissect the journey is to miss the forest for the trees.”

One thing is for sure, the company is hoping to cash in on the momentum surrounding the anniversary of the best-selling sneaker, which was produced for then NBA superstar Michael Jordan in 1984 and released for public consumption in 1985.

On Jan. 14, Nike released a commercial starring Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, barely showing much of a new sneaker, which supposedly represents “the next frontier of flight.”

One new version of the popular sneaker -- Air Jordan XXX-- is reportedly scheduled to hit stores on Friday. Another is expected to arrive later in the month.

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) --  Dollar General, a national discount chain, is facing multiple lawsuits over its store-branded motor oil by consumers who claim the products are out of date and the chain allegedly failed to give adequate warning.

ABC News' "Good Morning America" Investigates went undercover to four of the chain’s New Jersey outlets to take a look at the oils, accompanied by Tom Glenn, president of the Petroleum Quality Institute of America, which tests motor oils for compliance with industry standards.

Glenn told "GMA" Investigates that he considers all three DG Auto oils "GMA" Investigates examined to be obsolete. The American Petroleum Institute, a national trade organization that represents America's gas industry and sets petroleum industry standards, has determined that some older formulations of motor oil are now obsolete and are not suitable for modern cars, as newer oils offer greater protection against engine wear and corrosion. All three DG oils fall into “obsolete,” categories.

The front label of the DG 10W-30 oil looks like any other oil, but a warning on the back of the bottle advises that the product is “not suitable” for “engines built after 1988.”

Our team noticed only a few bottles of the motor oil on the stores’ shelves. A clerk said the product, which is cheaper than all the other brands next to it, was a big seller.

“I don’t think any consumer who saw this product next to other motor oils on the shelves would have an idea that this was an obsolete oil,” Edgar Dworsky, editor of the consumer website MousePrint.org, told “GMA” Investigates.

The DG oil 10W-40 has that same warning on the back. The same clerk told us she doesn’t know a lot about cars, but thinks the product is like the brand-name oils, just cheaper. That’s not true, however. The brand-name oils next to it are meant for modern cars and the DG oils are not.

Our expert says that another DG oil on the shelf, SAE 30, is meant for some small engines like select lawnmowers or air compressors, but we found it on the auto shelf. Its warning reads “not suitable” for “engines built after 1930.”

Glenn says he worries that people who pick it up by mistake could damage their car.

“Call it a compressor oil, something else so it’s not so confusing to consumers,” Glenn said.

Tennessee-based Dollar General defended its products, saying in a statement: “For more than 75 years, Dollar General has been committed to providing our customers quality products at everyday low prices. We are confident that our DG-branded motor oil products meet not only our standards for quality and value, but also all applicable federal and state labeling requirements where they are sold."

“In addition, the labeling on these products contains obvious and unambiguous language regarding the products’ intended and appropriate use. Dollar General intends to vigorously defend against the claims raised in the recently-filed lawsuits regarding these products, including the filing of motions seeking their dismissal.”

The chain of variety stores also took issue with the term "obsolete," saying its motor oil can be used in the millions of cars on the road built before 1988.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed across the country against Dollar General. The suits claim DG is misleading consumers by selling obsolete oil on the same shelves as oils meant for newer cars without giving “adequate warning.”

Joe Wood is part of one of those suits. He says he never thought to read the back of the bottle, and that his engine died after he started using the DG oil.

“I didn’t think anything was different from any of the brands. I just thought that was marketing,” Wood says.

Glenn says Dollar General is not the only company selling obsolete oils. “GMA” Investigates went undercover to other stores in New York and New Jersey to see whether they sell these oils. Out of eight other retailers, half were selling oils that Glenn considers obsolete.

So what should you look for when buying oil? First, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the right oil. And just as important, look for the API code on the back. Several formulations of oil have codes that are not obsolete; The latest code is API "#SN." For more information on what to look for when buying motor oil, go to PQIA’s website.


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GOTO_TOKYO/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(TOKYO) -- Japan's markets traded significantly lower on Friday, reports BBC News.

Toyota finished down seven percent, Nissan lost 5.8% and Honda lost 5.5%.

Japan's losses affected indexes in London, the US and Europe as sharp declines were posted overnight, reports the BBC. The declines were due in part to global worry about the economy and oil prices.

The losses are Friday marked an end to a turbulent week in Japanese markets.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A jury is now deliberating the fate of a former Seattle IRS agent who was captured by the FBI on a hidden camera allegedly accepting thousands in bribe money from a marijuana business in exchange for leniency during an audit.

The trial started Monday for Paul G. Hurley, who is accused of soliciting and receiving a bribe by a public official.

According to court documents obtained by ABC News, Hurley performed an audit for a medical marijuana dispensary called Have a Heart, meeting with owner Ryan Kunkel several times between July and September 2015. Hurley was then working out of the IRS' Seattle, Washington, office.

On Sept. 11, 2015, after conducting the audit, Hurley allegedly told Kunkel that he owed $290,000 on his 2013 and 2014 taxes, adding that he'd saved the business more than $1 million. He then allegedly asked for $20,000 in cash in return for his leniency, according to the FBI. Kunkel contacted his lawyer about the alleged request for money, and the lawyer reached out to law enforcement, who set up the sting operation.

On Sept. 16, 2015, FBI special agents were present at a coffee shop when Hurley allegedly accepted a partial payment of $5,000 from Kunkel. The agents used a video recording device to capture the exchange and also had Kunkel wear an audio recording device.

"Taxpayer A advised he told (Hurley) he was worried about getting into trouble for making the payment. (Hurley) said, in sum and substance, 'You're not in trouble. ... We're fine. It's good," according to court documents.

On Sept. 21, 2015, according to court documents, agents watched Hurley meet with Kunkel - this time in Kunkel's car - to receive the remainder of the payment. When he exited the car, Hurley was arrested. Hurley later quit his job with the IRS.

Hurley has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In a trial brief, Hurley's attorneys John Henry Browne and Michael T. Lee said that he'd been offered "a job to perform accounting services" and that the $20,000 "played no role whatsoever in his official duties."

"Mr. Hurley denies soliciting any bribe from Mr. Kunkel," they said.

If Hurley is convicted of bribery, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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