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Taylor Dunn/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Arianna Huffington is no stranger to sleep deprivation. The 66-year-old media mogul, who’s now on a mission to make sure you get enough sleep, had her own personal wake-up call in 2007, when she collapsed from exhaustion. Outwardly, she was the picture of success but while going from MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, she says she began to wonder, “Is this really what success feels like?”

From this journey, Thrive was born. In her 2014 book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, she challenged the traditional measurements of success and investigated the “epidemic of burnout” and negative impact of stress. One of the most pertinent points she discusses is the importance of sleep as a gateway to improving well-being.

She further investigated that idea in her latest book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, in which she proclaims, “We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis … and this has profound consequences -- on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.”

Huffington’s quest for a better quality of life has culminated in her latest venture, Thrive Global, which launched on Nov. 30, 2016.

“The reason why I became such an evangelist of this new way of living, that we call 'thriving,' is because I now know that we can actually get to that place where we are achieving and creating and getting things done without burning out,” Huffington told ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis in an interview for Jarvis’s new podcast. “In fact we can get there much faster.”

With Thrive Global, Huffington is hoping to change the way we work and the way we live by offering “science-based solutions” to combat stress and burnout in order to enhance well-being and productivity.

“I want to and stop using the term 'work-life balance' because it is not based on science,” Huffington said. “It's not like we have to balance work and life. The truth is very different that when we prioritize our life …our work gets better.”

Thrive Global is also offering a variety of apps to help “set boundaries” with technology. Two of Huffington’s favorites are called “Thrive Away” and “Silo.”

Going on vacation and don’t want a clogged inbox when you return? Thrive Away might just be the app for you.

“This app that we've created makes it possible for you to send an e-mail when you are on vacation, which says … if this is urgent, please contact so and so, if it is not, email after my return date [because] this email will be deleted,” Huffington explained.

Want to disconnect but not entirely? Huffington suggests the app Silo.

“Another app is called Silo and it turns your smartphone into a dumb phone for a specified period of time.”

As our cultural attitude toward sleep and work ethic continues to evolve, so does Huffington, who never dreamed that she would be launching a new company at this point in her career.

She told Jarvis, “I thought the Huffington Post was going to be my last chapter but then Thrive and The Sleep Revolution ... became more and more important to me and there's so much we can do here to change the way we work and live. I'm so excited to have just embarked on this journey.”

Arianna Huffington’s full interview with Rebecca Jarvis will be released in January 2017 on Jarvis’s new ABC News podcast.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A real estate listing for Santa Claus’s home at the North pole has appeared on Zillow, the online real estate database.

The listing features pictures and a video tour of the single family house built in 1822, which is said to feature three beds, two baths and 2,500 square feet of living space on a 25-acre lot. The listing indicates the home was last remodeled in 2013 and features a gourmet kitchen, a toy workshop, reindeer stables, a floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace and a sleigh parking garage.

The house is currently off-market but has an estimated value of $656,957.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group has tracked the cost of the gifts mentioned in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" for the last 33 years as a way to keep a whimsical eye on inflation.

The cost of two turtle doves jumped from $290 to $375 this year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol stayed the same price -- or became cheaper.

You'll still pay a pretty penny, however: more than $34,000 for ever item on the seasonal list. PNC says the cost of this year's gifts increased $233 to $34,363, up 0.7 percent from last year.

Eleven pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming were also slightly more expensive this year.

At slightly more than $5,500, nine lords a-leaping are a downright bargain, considering the prices Hamilton tickets are fetching.

In case you still need to do some Christmas shopping, here’s the full list, as PNC found from brick-and-mortar businesses -- not online:

- Partridge, $20; last year: $25
- Pear tree, $190; last year: same
- Two turtle doves, $375; last year: $290
- Three French hens, $182; last year: same
- Four calling birds (canaries), $600; last year: same
- Five gold rings, $750; last year: same
- Six geese-a-laying, $360; last year: same
- Seven swans a-swimming, $13,125; last year: same
- Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same
- Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $7,553; last year: same
- 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $5,509; last year: same  
- 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,708; last year: $2,635
- 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,934; last year: $2,855

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Ian Gavan/Getty Images(PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.) -- Dolly Parton is going a step further to help the victims of wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee where the singer grew up.

The country music star is planning a telethon to support the many who have lost their homes in the devastating blazes.

Parton announced last week that she would donate $1,000 per month to each family that lost their homes to the wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres and burned hundreds of homes and other buildings. She set up the My People Fund for her donations.

Now, a rep for the singer confirmed to ABC News that Parton is planning a telethon on Dec. 13 in Nashville.

All of the proceeds from the telethon will go toward the My People Fund, set up by the singer's Dollywood companies and the Dollywood Foundation.

"More details coming soon," the rep added.

Although Parton, 70, has been in Los Angeles filming The Voice, her thoughts have been back in Tennessee. The singer's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge was barely saved from the wildfires.

Dean Fleener, a spokesperson with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, told ABC News last week that the flames were "right on the doorstep" of Dollywood, but crews were able to keep the fires away from the park.

"I’ve always believed charity begins at home, and my home is someplace special," Parton said when she announced the fund. "We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help get them back on their feet."

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ABC News/ State of Indiana(NEW YORK) -- Vice President-elect Mike Pence says the incoming Trump administration will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to reach out to companies that are considering moving jobs out of the country, as the president-elect did with Carrier.

"The president-elect will make those decisions on a day-by-day basis in the course of the transition and in the course of the administration," Pence told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos today on This Week.

Asked about Trump's decision to negotiate with Carrier but not with other companies planning to move jobs out of the country, Pence said, "I don't think it's picking winners and losers at all."

"What the president-elect did with Carrier was simply reach out, one American to another, and just ask them to reconsider," he said.

Carrier will receive about $7 million in state tax breaks to keep about 800 jobs in Indiana under the deal it worked out with Trump, although the company will still move hundreds of other jobs from its Indianapolis plant to Mexico.

"[Trump] asked them to reconsider, and they did," Pence said. "I think that the message that that sends across the American economy to businesses that may be considering leaving our country is that things are really changing."

Some conservatives came out against Trump's intervening with Carrier, saying that it goes against the principles of a free market. Former vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin called the deal "crony capitalism" in an op-ed earlier this week.

But Indiana Gov. Pence said Trump is living up to his campaign promises.

"We're going to make the American economy more competitive," Pence said. "We're going to get tougher and smarter on trade deals."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many people feel that traveling to Europe is financially out-of-reach, but that isn't necessarily the case.

Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News and gave 4 reasons why people don't book a trip to Europe and why those reasons aren't always valid.

Here's what he had to say:

Back in 2009, the New York Times reported "shockingly" low fares to Europe.

The report showed prices from a few sites (including my own) such as New York to Paris for $392 round-trip.

There was no catch beyond the fact that back then the U.S. was in the depths of a great recession.

Well here’s another shock: We’ve climbed out of that recession and times are good, but you can still go to Paris for just $392. In fact, I just found a round-trip on Icelandair for $391! It must be noted that this fare and other cheap flights to Europe are largely good in the winter months, but these are still remarkable, even shockingly good deals.

Yet some don’t want to go to Europe. Here are four bad reasons that shouldn't hold you back:

1. You’re Cheap

You love to boast about how much you save, so a Boston to Brussels deal for $382 round-trip might be right up your alley.

Tip: Those of you who do like to brag about spending too much can take the same Boston-Brussels flights on the same days, same airline (Air Canada) but fly business class; then it’ll cost you $5,798.

2. You Like to Fly Favorite Airlines

While it’s true that many of the current best deals to Europe are offered by discount carriers like Icelandair, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Wow Air, there are nearly as many good deals on airlines you’re more familiar with and here are some examples (again, prices were found last week):

- Boston to Copenhagen: $355 round-trip on United
- Boston to Barcelona: $397 round-trip, British Airways
- Denver to Amsterdam: $489 round-trip on United
- Boston to Paris: $572 round-trip on Air Canada
- Chicago to London: $597 round-trip on British Airways

Tip: Always compare fares on an airfare comparison site (there are many, including my own) because you never know which airline will have the cheapest fares.

3. You Don't Like Crowds

Travel in winter and enjoy the significantly shorter lines outside the Uffizi Gallery or the Louvre.

According to British tourism statistics, the number of visitors to the U.K. in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March) was about 7.5 million. From April to June, the figure jumped to just a hair under 10 million and although the complete summer figures aren’t yet available, you know they’re staggering.

Luckily, prices in winter aren't. Here’s an example for a round-trip flight from Hartford to Dublin on Aer Lingus:

- Fly in February: $513
- Fly in July: $783

Tip: If you’re flying as a family of four on a trip in the example above, flying during summer will cost you more than $1,000 more than winter travel.

4. You've Already Been to Europe

Maybe you’ve been to London, Paris and Rome, but that doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all. There are more fabulous places like Barcelona, Glasgow and Venice. Or how about Oslo or Copenhagen, Santorini, Greece, or Split, Croatia? The point is the list is endless and so are the deals, at least for now.

So what if you can’t speak the language? Learn a few words, meet some people, get off the beaten path; my experience is that most people like people who take the trouble to come and see their native treasures.

Tip: You’ll never regret exploring a new city or country; you will regret not taking advantage of what may be once-in-a-lifetime deals to Europe.

Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world. Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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Courtesy of Biltmore House(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- Each Christmas season, the Biltmore Estate -- the nation's largest privately owned home -- welcomes 300,000 guests through its doors.

That's a lot of pressure for even the most experienced decorator.

A trip by George Vanderbilt to Asheville, North Carolina, in 1888 led to construction of the family "country home" the next year. It was open to the public in 1930 and in 2001, an inn was opened on the vast grounds. Today, it remains one of the most beloved travel destinations in the Southeast and is still family-owned.

For 2016, the Christmas at Biltmore theme is Hearth and Home, which "brings to mind celebrations around the fireplace, caroling from house to house, and certainly the warmth and hospitality that began with George Vanderbilt welcoming family and friends to his new home on Christmas Eve 1895," according to the estate.

The estate is home to 62 Christmas trees, the largest of which is the 35-foot-tall Christmas tree that spends the holidays in the seven-story-high Banquet Hall of the house. It's no small feat to bring the tree in safely, requiring 40 employees.

New in holiday decor this year is an 18.5-foot-long replica of Biltmore Village that sits on the dining room table in the Banquet Hall. Four generations of a Biltmore family helped build it: Designed by floral design team member April Partain, she and her mom (retired from Biltmore after 20 years); her brother (currently on the engineering services team at Biltmore); along with her father, grandfather and nephew, collaborated to create the village from dollhouses sourced from their family, a Biltmore marketing team employee and the staff from a Biltmore shop.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may be coming to Broadway's Lyric Theatre.

The 1,900-seat theater, Broadway’s largest, is currently home to Cirque du Soleil’s $25 million "Broadway Paramour," which is slated to relocate after its final performance on April 16, 2017.

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which owns the Lyric, has announced a multimillion-dollar renovation to reconfigure the theater to create a more intimate -- but still impressive -- 1,500 seat venue in order to feature the U.K. smash hit, which finds Harry as an adult father of three, with his son Albus struggling with his family's magical legacy.

 In a joint statement announcing the plans, author J.K. Rowling noted, "I’m delighted we are one step closer in bringing 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway' and very excited by the proposed plans."

According to, the two-part, six-hour "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is sold out in the U.K. for most of the next two years; advanced sales have logged upward of a record $50 million.

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Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Sarah Palin, who is being considered for a cabinet position in the Trump administration -- is raising alarm over president-elect's recently announced deal with Carrier, suggesting in an op-ed it could amount to "crony capitalism."

"When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent," Palin wrote in a 'Young Conservatives' op-ed. "Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence traveled to the Carrier plant in Indianapolis Thursday to tout the company agreeing to keep 1,100 jobs in the city instead of shipping hundreds to Mexico.

Carrier said in a statement the agreement was due in part to the incoming administration's lobbying as well as state tax incentives. Trump's transition team has refused to publicly disclose the full details of the deal, but company officials said in a statement Thursday that the state of Indiana, where Pence is governor, offered the company a $7 million package over multiple years, contingent on factors including employment, job retention and capital investment.

Trump, in comments at a rally, put other American companies on notice that they would not be free to relocate their companies outside of the U.S. "without consequences."

Palin, who ABC News reported Wednesday is under consideration to be Trump's secretary of veterans affairs, took issue with that principle in her op-ed.

"Foundational to our exceptional nation’s sacred private property rights, a business must have freedom to locate where it wishes," Palin said. "In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives made), threatening to move elsewhere claiming efficiency’s sake, then the market’s invisible hand punishes."

Palin goes so far to point out that such government intervention sets an "illogical precedent" of a corporate welfare system she labels as "a hallmark of corruption. And socialism."

"However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses," she added.

"Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this."

The Trump transition team has defended itself from similar criticisms by conservatives of the deal, with Pence telling the New York Times in an interview Thursday, "The free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing."

Palin was a stern defender of Trump throughout the GOP primary and his campaign, but in her op-ed she joins the chorus of skeptics calling for Trump and his team to make full details of the Carrier deal public.

"I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public," Palin writes.

The Trump team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Monument, one of Washington, D.C.’s most recognizable landmarks and the centerpiece of the National Mall, will remain closed for at least two years as workers modernize the structure’s elevator and construct a permanent screening facility, the National Park Service announced Friday.

The monument has been shuttered since August following three separate closures, including one after a cable broke loose from the bottom of its elevator. Efforts to evaluate necessary repairs occurred at the end of the summer and initially estimated a nine-month time frame to overhaul the elevator. That projection was revised Friday to include additional work, pushing back the reopening of the monument until 2019.

“We’ve added a second component of the project which is [the screening facility,]” said National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst. “That was already on the agenda, but rather than one after the other, we’re hoping to do it concurrently.”

Completed in 1888, the 555-foot-tall obelisk has undergone a series of repairs in recent decades. A major restoration shrouded the structure in scaffolding from 1998 to 2001 as it underwent a cleaning and added new exhibits. Then, following an earthquake in August 2011, almost two years of work went into repairing cracks and broken stone in the monument.

Renovations to the elevator are expected to cost $2-3 million and will be funded with a donation from businessman David Rubenstein, who is noted for his philanthropy pertaining to historic American landmarks. Since 2012, Rubenstein has pledged almost $50 million to various National Park Service projects, including the earthquake-induced repairs to the Washington Monument and an ongoing restoration of the Lincoln Memorial.

“The monument has become a symbol of our country, and reminds everyone of the towering strengths of our first president. I am honored to help make this symbol safely accessible again to all Americans as soon as practicable,” said Rubenstein in a statement provided by the National Park Service.

Construction on the Washington Monument’s elevator will feature a replacement of the computerized control system and the addition of a “diagnostic system” which will make it easier for NPS employees to recognize and rectify future issues, should they occur. Other upgrades include new doors, ropes, cables and rollers and the installation of landings in the elevator shaft.

A temporary security screening area has existed at the monument since 2001. Funds for the new facility, which are not covered by Rubenstein’s donation, were requested by the National Park Service in its President’s Budget Request for the 2017 fiscal year.

Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who previously criticized the National Park Service over repeated closures of the monument, thanked Rubenstein for his donation and expressed hope that the project would ensure easier access for visitors.

“The much-needed modernization of the monument’s elevator will resolve the chronic problems that have forced repeated shutdowns of the monument, many of which occurred during peak tourist season,” reads a statement from Norton.

However, the continued closure of the monument ensures that it will not be able to receive guests during the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 20. Past inaugurations have drawn over 1 million visitors to Washington, D.C.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed mixed Friday after the November jobs report was released.

The Dow fell 21.51 (-0.11 percent) to finish at 19,170.42.

The Nasdaq gained 4.55 ( 0.09 percent) to close at 5,255.65, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,191.95, up 0.87 ( 0.04 percent) from its open.

Crude oil jumped over 1 percent with prices hitting about $52 a barrel.

Jobs Report: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, 178,000 jobs were added last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent. The solid numbers will likely reinforce the Federal Reserve's case to raise interest rates this month, the second time the country has seen a rate hike since the 2008 recession.

Winners and Losers: Shares in Starbucks Corporation sunk 2 percent after CEO Howard Schultz announced he would be stepping down from the company.

Pandora Media Inc's stock soared 16 percent on a CNBC report that the music streaming company is reportedly looking for a buyer.

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The Ford Motor Company (DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford is recalling close to 650,000 vehicles in North America over a seat belt issue.

The recall affects certain 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans. Ford says the seat belt anchor pretensioners in these vehicles need to be insulated.

"In the affected vehicles, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the seat belt anchor pretensioner could cause pretensioner cables to separate, which may inadequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing risk of injury," the automaker explained in a press release.

So far, Ford has been notified of two accidents and two injuries related to this issue.

Customers who are affected by the recall will be able to go to their local Ford dealer, where a coating will be injected into the seat belt anchor pretensioners at no cost.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Amid growing concerns about how Donald Trump can distance himself from his vast business enterprise, the president-elect tweeted Friday that "legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations." Trump said he will elaborate on his plans at a press conference with his children on Dec. 15.

Ethics experts tell ABC News that merely taking himself out of “operations” — without selling businesses, creating blind trusts and establishing firewalls — would be inadequate to prevent potential ethical conflicts, if not legal ones.

Here are some of Trump’s options for separating from his business interests, from most ethically sound to least, according to experts:

Sell everything and place all proceeds in a blind trust or equivalent.

Trump could sell his entire business empire — that is, his ownership stakes in 564 companies worldwide — and place all proceeds in savings accounts, U.S. treasury bonds, or blind trusts administered by an independent person or group who does not communicate with Trump about business or investments.

Experts say that while this is the most ethical course of action, Trump would likely take a huge financial hit, since he would have to quickly sell off illiquid assets in a “fire sale.” However, some financial pain could be alleviated if the Office of Government Ethics offered him special incentives, like a one-time exemption from paying capital gains tax on those sales.

Keep the company running, but put it in a blind trust.

Alternatively, Trump could place the Trump Organization and all other business interests into a blind trust, which would be managed by an independent party who has no financial ties or business communication with Trump or his family.

Sell some businesses and pass others onto to his children.

A middle ground might be to sell some of his businesses -– perhaps all foreign companies or those located in countries with diplomatic controversies -– to third parties, and then sell or give control of the rest of his company to his children. The money from the sales could go into a blind trust run by an independent person or group.

To separate himself from the business, “he could enact a ‘firewall’ policy that would prohibit him and his White House staff from discussing business matters with anyone running his former businesses and then keep his children out of any formal or informal adviser positions,” said Matthew Sanderson, a Republican lawyer with Caplin & Drysdale.

Also, the Trump Organization should “prohibit all its personnel from making any reference to the Administration in any sales pitches to prevent instances like the meetings that recently occurred at the Trump International Hotel in DC,” added Sanderson.

Pass everything to his children.

In the Jan. 14 Republican primary debate, Trump suggested that his children could run the Trump Organization if he wins. “I would probably have my children run it with my executives and I wouldn't ever be involved because I wouldn't care about anything but our country, anything," he said.

Ethics experts who spoke to ABC News all said that simply passing the business to his children will probably not prevent potential conflicts-of-interest. There is no “blind trust” if his kids tell him anything about his businesses, if he discusses his job with them or gives them any access to his Administration. They could pledge in writing not to communicate about off-limit topics, but “this would be exceedingly difficult to police,” said Paul Rothstein, Georgetown University Law Center.

Do nothing.

While Trump has indicated that he is in the process of distancing himself from his company, he has also said that legally he does not have to.

“The law is totally on my side,” Trump told the New York Times in an interview. “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

“He could legally manage his business while in the White House. I don’t think he can do that politically, but he can do that legally,” said Trevor Potter, an attorney and a former Republican Federal Election Commission chairman.

While Trump is correct that as president he is exempt from a conflict-of-interest law that prohibits other federal officials from working on government matters in which they or their family members have a financial stake, he is still subject to bribery laws, nepotism laws and the Emolument Clause of the Constitution which prohibits him from accepting “gifts” from foreign powers.

Still, every ethics expert who spoke to ABC News said that continuing to run his businesses while president -- even if potentially legal -- would be highly unethical.

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Nike, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- If you've always wanted to own a pair of self-lacing sneakers like Marty McFly in Back to the Future, now's your chance.

Nike has released its Hyperadapt sneakers. The shoes feature buttons on the side that allow you to tighten and loosen the laces. It also has a blue light in the middle of the sole that indicates battery life.

But the high-tech kicks will cost you -- they have a retail price of $720.

You can snag a pair exclusively at two Nike store locations in New York City, and some Nike app users will have the chance to purchase the shoes through the app.

Later this month, Nike says the sneakers will be available to all Nike app users and at select Nike stores across the U.S.

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JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — President-elect Donald Trump touted his job-saving prowess in Indianapolis Thursday at a manufacturing plant, but a portion of the 1,100 jobs he says will now remain stateside may never have been intended to go to Mexico in the first place.

Sources familiar with the deal announced late Wednesday confirmed to ABC News that 800 jobs at the Carrier facility in Indianapolis would remain, but that 600 would still be outsourced to Mexico. The company had announced in February that the factory, which employs 1,400 workers to produce furnaces and furnace parts, would shut down operations over the next three years.

Carrier intends to retain 300 white-collar positions — such as research and headquarters operations — in Indianapolis, but those jobs were never going to Mexico.

Trump and company officials on Thursday celebrated the preservation of 1,100 Carrier jobs in Indiana thanks to the agreement.

"Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences," Trump told workers at the Carrier plant. "These companies aren't going to be leaving anymore. They aren't going to be taking people's hearts out."

Trump added, "I will tell you that United Technologies and Carrier stepped it up and now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people, which is so great."

Also at the Carrier plant event, United Technologies chairman Gregory Hayes, said, "Today we can talk about 1,100 jobs in Indiana going forward. So I'm pleased to announce that we have decided to keep Carrier [in] Indianapolis."

Other nearby factories are still shuttering and sending jobs to Mexico. The United Technologies Electronic Controls factory in Huntington, Indiana, which is owned by the same parent company as Carrier, is sending 700 jobs to Mexico. The Rexnord Corporation ball bearings factory in Indianapolis, one mile away from the Carrier factory, is moving 350 jobs south of the border.

Trump has put other companies considering a move out of the U.S. on notice. During the campaign trail, he threatened to levy a 35 percent tax against Carrier imports if the company moved production to Mexico. At Thursday's rally, Trump said he called the CEO of Carrier after he saw a piece on an evening news broadcast that reported the company was moving jobs out of the country.

"We won't need so much flexibility for other companies because we are going to have a situation where they're going to know, number one we'll treat them well, and number two there will be consequences," Trump said. "Meaning, they'll be taxed very heavily at the border if they want leave, to fire their people, leave, make product in different countries and then think they'll sell that product over the border."

Carrier said the agreement with Trump is due in part to the incoming administration's EFFORTS as well as state tax incentives, which Trump's transition team has refused to disclose the full details of. Carrier company officials said in a statement Thursday that the state of Indiana, where Vice President-elect Pence is governor, offered the company a $7 million package over multiple years, contingent on factors including employment, job retention and capital investment.

"This is a great day for Indiana and it’s a great day for working people all across the United States of America," Pence said at the rally before introducing Trump. He added that the Trump team was "grateful" that Carrier will now be able to "stay and grow right here in America."

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