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Apple(NEW YORK) -- A pair of U.S. cybersecurity firms have announced the discovery of three vulnerabilities in the Apple iPhone operating system, a spokeswoman for Lookout, a mobile cybersecurity firm, said Thursday.

Lookout said that it and another firm, Citizen Lab, discovered the trio of vulnerabilities, and are calling them "Trident."

The companies have notified Apple of the vulnerabilities, the Lookout spokeswoman said.

Apple released a software update for affected devices Thursday afternoon. The Lookout spokeswoman said the update was related to the vulnerabilities.

Apple did not immediately respond to calls and emails from ABC News seeking comment.

A page detailing the update on the Apple website reads: "For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available."

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) -- Approximately 20,000 baby strollers have been voluntarily recalled after many were found to have a defect that caused small children to fall out of their seat.

The Safety 1st brand's Step and Go Travel Systems strollers have a defect that allows the tray folding mechanism to disengage while it is supporting the infant car seat that can be attached to the stroller, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Units with the model number TR314, 01451CCYA, 01451CDGI and 01451CDGJ are affected.

The CPSC said there have been 30 reports of the front stroller tray disengaging on one side. Another eight incidents were reported in Canada, according to the Canadian government. In both countries, no injuries were reported.

Dorel Juvenile, which owns Safety 1st, released a statement on its website regarding the recall.

"Dorel Juvenile is committed to manufacturing products with the highest standards for our users. Any recall is unfortunate particularly those affecting children’s products,” the company said. "We sincerely regret any inconvenience this recall may have caused you."

Around 20,000 of the affected systems were sold in the U.S. and another 5,787 were sold in Canada between May 2015 and June 2016. They were sold at Babies R Us as well as several online retailers, the CPSC said.

The strollers were made in China, and sold in the U.S. for between $250 and $300.

Consumers who believe they may own one of these models are being encouraged to contact Safety 1st to receive a repair kit.

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Rob Stothard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Volkswagen has reached a "deal in principle" to compensate 652 VW brand dealers affected by its diesel emissions scandal, the company announced on Thursday.

The settlement amount has not yet been disclosed, but will involve cash payments to "resolve alleged past, current, and future claims of losses in franchise value," the automaker said in a statement.

Volkswagen -- which has admitted to installing "defeat devices" designed to circumvent Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards in nearly 500,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. -- earlier this year agreed to a nearly $15 billion deal to resolve claims it misled regulators.

That deal included over $10 billion to buy back or repair affected vehicles and compensate consumers, $2.7 billion for environmental remediation and $2 billion to promote zero-emissions products.

At the time, dealers complained their woes were not addressed in that settlement. Thursday’s settlement involves a separate class action.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- He was one of the first investors in Skype, Hotmail and Tesla. Forbes has him on its Midas List, and Harvard calls him one of its most influential graduates.

So where does legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper see the biggest opportunities for investors now?

ABC News Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis spoke to DFJ founding partner and the creator of Draper University on "Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis" to get his advice:

1. How do you spot an entrepreneur worth investing in?


"I usually ask them, 'Why are you doing this?' because if their reaction is, 'Oh, I don’t know, somebody told me it was a good idea, dadadadadada' They’re out,” said Draper.

Instead, Draper says he looks for entrepreneurs like Tesla’s Elon Musk, who are willing to dedicate everything to their ideas, even if the rest of the world thinks they’re nuts.

"Elon goes, 'We’re going to Mars.' And then 95 percent of the population goes, 'He’s crazy,’” said Draper. “And the other 5 percent of the people go, 'How would we get to Mars?’”

2. Where are you looking for your next big idea?

"I look back at all the companies that have been very successful for me,” said Draper, "[and] all took on industries where customers were getting really bad service at really bad prices."

Draper believes the industries today with high costs and bad service are: medicine, cable, finance, even his own business, venture capital. Plus, he said, "The one that’s the real big opportunity that I’m looking at now is government. That’s where we get the worst service for the highest cost."

3. Are we in a technology bubble?

No, according to Draper.

“As long as you guys are still asking me if there’s a bubble, there’s no bubble,” he said.

Draper believes technology still has “a long way to go” before the bubble bursts.

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Geri Lavrov/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While it seems that the new features available in cars today can make your head spin -- from in-car WiFi to driver-less braking and parking options -- automaker Ford continually gets inundated with ideas from its customers for what they'd like to see. And if you've got what you think's a cool idea, chances are Ford's heard it before.

In fact, the automaker gets hit with the same ideas so often, it's posted an online list so customers can quit asking for them.

As Ford puts it: "If your idea is within the [list] -- we ask that you not submit. We do appreciate your submissions; for some of those [shown] we are already pursuing similar ideas, and with others we have decided not to pursue them. Reviewing these repeat ideas tends to slow our responses."

Here's Ford's list of the most commonly asked-for consumer innovations:

  • Dual fuel filler doors (one on each side of the vehicle), or in a specific location on all models (such as the rear of the vehicle).
  • Built in car jack assemblies for easier changing of tires, or working beneath the vehicle.
  • Infrastructure ideas requiring electrified roadways (will need government-sponsored effort).
  • Cars that do not use gasoline/diesel. Cars that use air/water to extend range (HHO, Brown's Gas, electrolysis, windmills, turbines, magnets on wheels/driveshaft, and solar).
  • Exterior indicator lights to notify others that occupants are not wearing their seat belts.
  • Disable cell phones and texting while driving.
  • Transition windshields/window screens for sun and/or element barrier.
  • Brake light changes to alert other drivers (intensity, flashing, location, color); these are regulated by law.
  • Occupant detection systems -- children/pets left alone in the vehicle.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- So, you managed to finish college and now, after a summer of relaxation, it’s off to your first job.

Sure, it may mean giving up access to your mom and dad’s Netflix account, but the trade-off will bring financial independence.

As you commence your new life as a working professional, here are three common money mistakes to avoid:

Getting scammed on an apartment and losing your stuff.


Dylan Young, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, said he made a smooth transition to his first job in Salt Lake City, in part because he started searching for affordable apartments a couple of months in advance and shopped around until he found the best fit.

“I started looking on apartment listing websites and called a bunch of different places. Some wanted ridiculous deposits,” he said. “Then I found a one bed, one bath unit in a brand-new building, and only needed one month of rent for a deposit.”

Young was lucky. Rental scams abound, including hijacked listings that are copied from real landlords. The classic red flag of an apartment rental scam: A “landlord” who needs you to wire money to secure a hot apartment before it disappears.

How to avoid it? Reach out to your school’s alumni network. There may be email listservs or social media groups that can help with good housing deals.

Once you find your dream apartment, you’ll need renter’s insurance, and, depending on where you’ll be living, flood insurance. Contrary to what some may think, your landlord’s insurance policy for the building will not replace your personal possessions or cover your living expenses in the event of a catastrophe.

There are two main types of renter’s insurance: Actual cash value and replacement cost. The former pays to replace your possessions minus depreciation. The latter pays the actual cost of replacing your possessions with no deduction for depreciation.

The Insurance Information Institute recommends getting at least three price quotes. You can save money by agreeing to a higher deductible of $500 to $1,000; doing that can save you as much as 25 percent on your monthly premium. Another way you can save money is by bundling your renter’s policy with your car insurance.

Getting caught in alumni bank account limbo.

Many recent grads had college bank accounts with perks like no ATM fees, no checking account fees and no monthly minimum balance requirements. After graduation, all those goodies might end.

Be sure to find out how and when your bank account policies will change. Some accounts automatically convert to standard checking accounts and may introduce various fees or penalties if your balance dips too low. You might be able to avoid this by choosing to direct deposit your paychecks, so ask your bank about this.

With the growth of personal finance websites and apps such as Mint, Level Money and Goodbudget, there’s no shortage of resources to help millennials budget responsibly. Young says that’s been the key to living on his own.

“Financial budgeting is the biggest thing,” he says. “You’re very financially tied to your family in school, but in the real world, it’s your paycheck. It goes into your account, and if you want to blow that all at once, no one’s going to stop you.”

Losing money on a car.

A first job in a new city may mean getting some wheels. And for many millennials, that means buying a used car.

Before you buy, do your homework. Consumer complaints about automobile purchases consistently rank at the top of the national list because buying a car is such a big financial investment.

Used cars account for three out of every four cars sold, according to Jack Gillis, spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America and co-author of the annual new-vehicle guide, The Car Book. Gillis says there are a few ways millennials can avoid making mistakes when buying their first used car.

“The key is finding out as much about the history of the car as you can,” Gillis says. “That’s why buying from somebody you know can be a great way to get a good vehicle, and if you’re moving to a new town, putting the word out among professional colleagues and friends that you’re in the market for a used car is a great first step.”

But even if you buy a used car in a private sale from a friend, Gillis says you should always invest the extra $50 to $75 to have it inspected by trusted mechanic before you sign.

“There are certain things that a mechanic can uncover, such as flood damage or rolled-back odometers,” he says. “Those are good reasons to stay away.”

Worn brakes or old tires aren’t a deal-killer, but they could give you information to negotiate a better price. And be sure the vehicle you’re considering hasn’t been involved in any recalls by entering the VIN on safercar.gov to check the recall history.

The last piece of advice is more psychological than practical.

“The hardest thing for most folks to do is to not fall in love with any particular car,” Gillis says. “A lot of people fall in love with a particular car and end up making a bad choice either because the car doesn’t meet their needs or because it’s mechanically problematic. If you fall in love, you lose the psychological ability to walk away from a bad deal.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It may not be 623 E. 68th Street, but for a cool $1.75 million one lucky fan can call Lucille Ball's actual Hollywood home their own.

The 1,874-square-foot property boasts two beds, two baths, two decks, a fireplace, patio, and avocado and lemon trees, according to Zillow.

The home's address is located at 1344 N. Ogden Drive in West Hollywood, California, and is listed by Rhona Kohn of Keller Williams Realty.

The queen of comedy purchased the dwelling right around the time she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures. Soon after, she appeared in the 1933 musical comedy Roman Scandals and later met and fell in love with her young, Cuban co-star Desi Arnaz on the set of Too Many Girls in 1940.

The iconic couple would marry and go on to film I Love Lucy before moving into their Beverly Hills estate.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims slumped slightly last week, decreasing by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 20, the number of people filing for benefits fell from a unrevised level of 262,000 the previous week to 261,000, marking the 77th consecutive week initial jobless claims came in below 300,000. It’s the longest streak since 1970, the Labor Department says.

The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.

The four-week moving average decreased by 1,250 to 264,000.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) — A new cologne that claims to smell like a can of tennis balls is being produced in time for the U.S. Open.

Demeter Fragrance Library of Great Neck, New York, has just announced the launch of a limited-edition scent that they claim smells like brand-new tennis balls.  

The company says the smell is “indescribable,” but “incredibly attractive” and resembles a smell akin to opening a can of tennis balls. The cologne is being produced to coincide with the celebrated tennis event.

“This fragrance commemorates that special time in New York when the greatest tennis players in the world are playing in the US Open. Courtside or not, celebrate your love for tennis, and feel a little closer to the action when you spray on our new Fuzzy Ball cologne!”

A bottle of one-ounce cologne spray retails for $18.

The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 in Flushing, Queens.

The company does not indicate if the smell will convince dogs to constantly chase you.

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Courtesy Operation Photo Rescue(NEW YORK) --  Wedding albums, baby portraits, photos of family gatherings and beloved pets -- these are some of the memories that can be lost when floods decimate communities and destroy homes.

But thanks to Operation Photo Rescue, some of these natural disaster victims are able to find a way to salvage the pictures they thought were gone forever.

"Some people come to us with one or two photos. That’s all they have left," said Margie Hayes, president of the organization. "We try to help them get back their memories."

 Photojournalists Dave Ellis and Becky Sell launched Operation Photo Rescue in 2006 after they witnessed Hurricane Katrina victims throwing out treasured mementos that had been destroyed.

Since the nonprofit organization started, about 12,000 photos have been restored thanks to more than 2,000 volunteers around the world. The photos are preserved for survivors of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

Here’s how it works.

The restoration project doesn’t start until the sites are safe -- often a few weeks after a natural disaster occurs. The organization's volunteers then go to a local library or a place where they can set up a collection site where people bring in damaged photos to see if they can be saved. The photos are digitally copied and volunteers try to restore the photos with software programs like Photoshop. The last step is to print the photos and return them to the victims at their home.

The technical work of helping to save treasured mementos often becomes personal for the volunteers.

"It’s almost like you get to know the families when we come in to help," Hayes said.

 Hayes sets up electronic fundraisers ahead of her trips to disaster sites, allowing the group to help the victims free of charge.

"I basically go out with a tin cup saying we could use your help, and I send out a newsletter requesting funds. We get $5 or $10 or $25, anything helps," she said of the projects she spearheads.

"No matter how small the donation, they are all very much appreciated," she added.

A retired technical writer by trade, Hayes started volunteering with the organization in 2007 after finding inspiration in a graphic design class. She is heading to Charleston, West Virginia, this weekend with a few volunteers to work on saving photos there following a recent flood. The group hopes to head to Baton Rouge at some point this year to aid the victims there as well, Hayes said.

While her organization works hard to preserve as many memories as possible, some photos will be lost forever.

"Sometimes there is nothing we can do -- we’ve had people come to us in tears," Hayes said. "But we’ve heard more than once that it just meant something we tried."

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Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  As upper Manhattan faces rapid gentrification, a local nonprofit in Harlem is hoping to preserve an especially important brownstone -- the former home of Langston Hughes.

Through an IndieGoGo campaign, the I, Too, Arts Collective is hoping to raise $150,000 in order to lease the home from its current owner and renovate the space. To date, the campaign has raised an impressive $59,907 in donations and generated buzz in the literary community.

The organization's mission is two-fold, its leader, Renée Watson, explained to ABC News.

"I wanted to create a space for young people to learn about Langston and his legacy, but also to add on to it," she said.

The goal is to preserve the home and restore its natural state, but also to create a cultural space for the community. Watson plans on organizing programs such as open mic nights, readings, workshops and intensives. She will also open doors to artists and authors who wish to showcase their work.

 An author of children's literature, Watson decided to take action after returning from her recent book tour, during which she was promoting a children's book that dealt with ideas of gentrification.

"The urgency came more recently after having so many conversations with young people about what it means to lose these sacred places," she told ABC News. She also couldn't help but notice how much her neighborhood had changed during the short time she was away.

Though Watson is leading the efforts, she describes the campaign as an "organic movement" that the community has long talked about and is now embracing wholeheartedly.

Watson said she believes the overwhelming success of the campaign thus far speaks to both Langston Hughes' legacy as well as the effects of current events, noting that many ideas from the Black Lives Matter movement emerged as themes in Hughes's work decades ago.

If all goes as planned, I, Too, Arts Collective will transform a home currently marked by a mere plaque into a portal to the past with the power to shape the future.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocked ended Wednesday at a two week low dragged down by a sell-off healthcare stocks which was sparked by outrage over the pricing of lifesaving drug Mylan.

The Dow dropped 65.82 (-0.35 percent) to finish at 18,481.48.

The Nasdaq lost 42.38 (-0.81 percent) to close at 5,217.69, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,175.44, down 11.46 (-0.52 percent) from its open.

Crude oil slid almost 3 percent with prices hitting under $47 a barrel.

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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has become the latest former Fox staff member to allege sexual misconduct at the top-rated cable news channel.

In a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday, Tantaros claimed that that the network “operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny,” which saw her subject to alleged sexual harassment by former Fox News boss Roger Ailes as well as by former Sen. Scott Brown.

The conduct, she alleges, was condoned by top brass at the network, some of whom were promoted in the wake of Ailes' widely publicized departure in July.

With the suit, she is seeking $49 million in damages.

In response to the allegations, a Fox News spokesperson said that the company would not comment on the pending litigation. An email to Ailes’ attorney, Susan Estrich, was not immediately returned. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 2010 until 2013, called the accusations “false,” according to the Boston Globe.

Tantaros claims in the 37-page lawsuit that Brown “made a number of sexually inappropriate comments to Tantaros on set” during an appearance on Outnumbered, a program she hosted.

Tantaros claims that the former senator said she “would be fun to go to a nightclub with,” and “snuck up behind” her while she was buying lunch and “put his hands on her lower waist.”

In an email to the Boston Globe, Brown said: “Her statement about our limited on air, green room interactions are false.”

“There were never any circumstances of any kind whatsoever in which I had any interaction with her or any other employee at Fox, outside the studio,” he also told the newspaper. He said that all interactions were “always in full view of all staff, personnel and talent.”

He added that any other encounters were “professional and cordial,” according to the paper.

In court documents, Tantaros said that following this alleged encounter with Brown, she approached Bill Shine, who was then senior executive vice president of the company, asking him to bar Brown from appearing on the show in the future.

Shine, who was promoted to co-president after Ailes' departure, as well as Suzanne Scott, who was promoted to the position of executive vice president of programming and development at the same time, allegedly ignored her request, the court documents state.

“Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be ‘business as usual’ at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women,” the documents read.

Tantaros also made claims that she was the victim of a “retaliatory demotion,” when she was removed from hosting The Five at 5 p.m. and made host of Outnumbered at the less lucrative 12 p.m. hour.

She claims that the change came after an Aug. 2014 meeting with Ailes, in which Ailes allegedly “asked Tantaros to turn around ‘so I can get a good look at you,’” the court documents state. During this meeting, he also apparently asked about the sexual orientations and relationships of several Fox News staff members, while disparaging others, according to the documents.

The court documents detail what Tantaros claims were repeated attempts to raise concerns with Fox News senior staff, who in turn “engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation.”

Tantaros claims she was told by Shine specifically that “Ailes was a ‘very powerful man’ and that Tantaros ‘needed to let this one go,’” the court documents state.

Tantaros went public with this allegation earlier this month, in a story published in New York magazine. In response to that piece, a Fox News spokesperson relayed this response from Shine: “Andrea never made any complaints to me about Roger Ailes sexually harassing her.”

Tantaros also alleges sexual harassment by prime-time presenter Bill O’Reilly in the suit, saying that in February of this year, he invited her to “come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be ‘very private,’” and also allegedly told her that “he could ‘see [her] as a wild girl,’” who had “a ‘wild side.’”

Finally, Tantaros alleges she was taken off the air this spring, “based upon the outrageously false and pretextual claim that Tantaros’s still unpublished book had been written in violation of Fox News’s rules for books authored by Fox News employees.”

At the time, a Fox News spokesperson said: “Issues have arisen regarding Andrea’s contract, and Fox News Channel has determined it best that she take some time off. She is still under contract with the network.”

In making the allegations, Tantaros joins a handful of other prominent female former Fox News staff members who have made similar allegations.

Former morning and daytime host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit earlier this summer after 11 years at the company, claiming that Ailes had “sabotaged” her career after she “refused his sexual advances,” and that her job was terminated in retaliation for rebuffing him and complaining to him about sexual harassment.

Fox News and Ailes have denied Carlson's allegations in the past, calling it a "retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract" because of "disappointingly low ratings."

Shortly before Ailes' resignation, New York magazine published a story citing unnamed sources who claimed that another Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, had “told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her about [10] years ago.”

After that story's publication, Estrich, Ailes' lawyer, told ABC News that her client “never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wanda Witter, who up until last week was homeless and living on Washington, D.C.'s streets, has received $99,999 in Social Security retirement benefits, but she could be just one of many people owed cash due to a "tangled mess" at the Social Security Administration, according to the social worker who helped her.

“Wanda’s story has been told. But there are a lot of other people in Wanda’s position,” said Julie Turner, who works for the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, a nonprofit group that helps D.C.’s poor, low-income and homeless communities.

“When I first started this job, I actually had clients that died in shelters, without ever receiving their benefits,” Turner said in an interview with ABC News. Turner said she's worked for the Downtown Cluster of Congregations since 1987.

Inaction by the government, she said, is “forcing another can of cat food on elderly people."

“You could write books on this thing," she said.

Turner helped Witter, 80, win a lengthy battle against the Social Security Administration, according to the Washington Post, which first reported Witter’s story.

Witter spent years trying to get someone within the Social Security Administration to listen to her, carting around suitcases with all the paperwork she needed to prove her claims.

“She was owed money, lots of money, and could prove it,” the Post wrote.

But bureaucracy within the agency and her status as a homeless woman kept Witter from the money she was owed, according to the Post, which also noted she was referred to mental health workers and therapists, and went unheard for years.

Problems at the Social Security Administration inevitably impact the country's most vulnerable, Turner said.

“People who are homeless remain homeless, and people remain disabled if they’re disabled,” she said.

Her findings are backed by a recent report by the nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that highlights the strain the agency is under, detailing the effects of rising workloads, funding cuts and disability payment backlogs.

The report states that the core operating budget has shrunk by 10 percent since 2010 and that demands have reached an “all-time high as the baby boomers have aged into their peak years for retirement and disability.”

These budget cuts forced the agency to impose a hiring freeze in 2011, which led to a deterioration in its phone service, according to the report. In 2016, the average caller can expect to spend over 15 minutes on hold, and nearly 10 percent of callers will receive busy signals.

The cuts also affected field offices -- 64 field offices and 533 mobile offices have closed since 2010, and hours for staff have been reduced at the remaining offices, according to the report. Last year, field staff assisted 41 million visitors and field offices received 28 million calls. Before the budget cuts, more than 90 percent of applicants could schedule an appointment within three weeks, but by 2015, fewer than half could, the report states.

The backlog of pending cases, which includes appeals from those who have been denied benefits, has grown by over 50 percent since 2010, topping one million in 2015, according to the report.

“The hearings backlog has a high human cost. Waiting a year and a half for a final decision, as a typical appellant does, causes financial and medical hardship. Some applicants lose their homes or must declare bankruptcy while awaiting a hearing. Their health often worsens; some even die,” the report states.

“Dealing with the Social Security Administration is a very, very difficult system to manipulate. It’s not user friendly,” Turner said, especially for “poor and homeless people who don’t have access to computers.”

She added: “These are systemic obstacles for homeless people trying to get their benefits.”

But the Social Security program is supposed to work. According to the report, it’s one of the nation’s most popular and effective programs, because it provides a foundation of income workers can build upon for their retirement.

Fifty-nine million retirees, disabled workers, survivors and their families receive these benefits each year, a number that has grown by six million in the past five years, according to the report.

But the Social Security Administration's troubles have left some social workers like Turner worried.

“The country is getting ready to change administrations in the next few months, but I don’t hear anyone but Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren talking about Social Security,” Turner said, referring to the senators from Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively.

While she wouldn’t comment on Witter’s case, citing confidentiality, Turner acknowledged Witter’s determination.

“It took a village for this case, but a lot of it was Wanda and her willingness, and tenacity, and her ability to really dig deep. You can’t do any of this without a client that’s willing to work with you,” Turner said.

The Social Security Administration did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has issued an executive order directed at barring companies who have recently violated federal labor laws from receiving government contracts.
 
The rule, first proposed in 2014, is known as the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" order, and is intended to turn federal contracts into an incentive system for companies not to skirt federal labor regulations.
 
Republicans have pushed back against the rule in the past saying it would unfairly prevent firms from securing fed contracts, and will no doubt criticize the order coming so late in Obama’s second term.
 
According to the rule, businesses hoping to earn contracts must disclose whether they violated laws over workplace safety, discrimination, labor organizing rights or minimum wage and overtime over the previous three years.
 
White House officials reportedly said on a conference call with a small group of reporters that they estimate this rule will impact less than 10 percent of contractors.

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