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Janet Weinstein / ABC News(GEORGETOWN, Maine) -- Every morning for the past 15 years, it’s been the same routine for Mitchell Thorp and Patty Sullivan: Wake up at dawn, brew a pot of coffee, eat breakfast, and make a list of things to do for the rest of the day.

Recently, their mornings have been different.

Long gone are the sounds of neighborhood kids squealing as they ride their bikes to school or the ringing of phones in their home office. Now, only the music of chattering seagulls and the soft, pulsing harmony of waves seeps through to their small dining room table.

“We’re not lacking anything here but it’s just a much slower pace,” said Thorp.

“It’s nice to pull back into the cove and …” Sullivan said, exhaling. “Peace.”

Thorp and Sullivan are this summer’s caretakers for Seguin Island: a small, 64-acre dot off the coast of Maine where the state’s tallest and second oldest lighthouse resides.

The massive tower is still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, but local nonprofit, Friends of Seguin Island Light Station, is in charge of maintaining everything else. For six months, the organization supports volunteers living on the island as they look after the land, give up modern conveniences and learn to embrace seclusion.

Thorp and Sullivan have been together for 15 years and used to own an accounting software consultant business in North Carolina. After selling their company in 2012, they chose to spend their retirement as professional caretakers. “Sitting at a desk looking at a computer all day was not hard to walk away from,” said Thorp with a laugh. “At all.”

They say they jumped at the opportunity to come to Seguin Island when they spotted an ad for the caretaker position in a small-town Maine newspaper. “We’ve been doing some caretaking for private residents, small resorts, guest houses … but we’ve never taken care of a lighthouse before,” said Sullivan.

Seguin Island is a 30-minute boat ride from Popham Beach, Maine, with one local man primarily making the daily journey back and forth for seasonal tourists.

Every Wednesday morning, Thorp and Sullivan make a quick trip back to land to throw away trash, pick up weekly essentials from the grocery store and do laundry at the laundromat. “The first Wednesday we went in, we bought two weeks worth of freezer stuff so that way if we do get stuck here, we have food,” said Sullivan. “One prior caretaker told me about eating peanut butter for four days because the only thing they had was peanut butter left and they had encountered some bad weather.”

Thorp says other than a fully stocked fridge, a healthy relationship with your partner and a strong sense of independence make surviving island life easy.

“You have to know you’re not going to kill each other…. You are alone most of the time and you can’t call somebody to come and help you, or deliver you pizza,” said Thorp. “You have to be self-sufficient and you have to like that.”

The house’s toilets are all composting, so they have to clean it almost daily. There’s no Wi-Fi aside from an unreliable and temperamental hotspot. The water isn’t drinkable, so they have to fill up huge jugs of mainland tap water each week, store it in a shed at the bottom of the island’s hill, and bring it up the hill to the house using smaller gallon jugs every day. “It is something you definitely have to adapt to,” said Thorp.

Then there’s the rumors of a paranormal presence on the island. Legend has it that former caretakers have heard ghostly piano music or the giggling of a little girl running around late at night. Sullivan shakes her head when asked about this and smiles.

“There’s stories that it’s haunted, but we’ve seen no evidence of that,” she said.

“There’s only good vibes here,” added Thorp.

Even with all of these little quirks, Thorp and Sullivan say their experience has been pleasant. Thorp says the daily stream of tourists has kept the loneliness largely at bay, and island mentality has definitely taught him a thing or two about life.

“You have to push the Type-A away because in the business world, you need to be that way, but in the real world, outside of business, it’s not healthy to be that way all the time,” he said.

“But, there’s definitely an element of our friends and family who think we’re crazy,” he added with a smile.

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Twitter/Stephanie(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday in Pensacola, Florida, due to a "mechanical issue."

A spokesperson from the airline confirmed to ABC News that the plane, SW Flight 3472, suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine."

The pilot radioed to air traffic control that the plane had experienced an engine failure, and the flight was diverted, according to the airline, which noted that none of the 99 passengers or five crew members on board were injured.

According to a statement from Southwest, an "operational event" of this nature can sometimes trigger an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to establish what went wrong.

Photographs of the plane from social media show one of the engines partially destroyed.

@lexydray @10TV pic.twitter.com/kEqfaqDSL3

— Stephanie (@smillerddd3) August 27, 2016

The aircraft is out of service, the airline noted, and the passengers will be taken to Orlando as soon as possible.

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Montypeter/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – General Motors is issuing a recall for thousands of vehicles to fix a potential problem with the windshield wipers.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models are effected. In all, nearly 368,000 vehicles are being recalled. The company says the cars may have been made with ball joints that can corrode and leave the windshield wipers inoperable.

Regulators say the problem was noticed by a GM managed in Canada last September, and an investigation was launched.

Chevrolet Equinox owners can call 1-800-222-1020 and GMC Terrain drivers can call 1-800-462-8782 for more information.

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lzf/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When noted human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor recently began receiving mysterious text messages promising to detail abuses inside prisons in the United Arab Emirates, it wasn't a topic completely out of the ordinary, considering his line of work.

However, his suspicions were raised by the text messages, he told ABC News in a Skype interview from the UAE, because he had been the victim of several other hacking attacks in recent years. Mansoor, who last year was the Martin Ennals Award Laureate, a top recognition in the field of human rights campaigning, was arrested in 2011 and spent eight months in prison in what he said was a politically motivated effort to discredit him.

Little did he know, however, that the text messages that first arrived on Aug. 10 and then through Aug. 11 would lead to the discovery of what experts called unprecedented vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS operating system.

He took screenshots of the message and sent them to his friend on the other side of the world, Bill Marczak, a senior research fellow with Citizen Lab, which conducts cybersecurity research.

The 28-year-old Berkeley, California, resident had been working on the computer late into the evening, and decided to take a quick look at his phone before hitting the sack at about 1:30 a.m.

“Immediately, when I saw those messages [from Mansoor] it clicked in my brain and I thought, 'I’ve seen those websites before!'" Marczak told ABC News.

Marczak said that he and his colleagues have been compiling a list of websites that are associated with clients of the Israeli software firm NSO Group, which Citizen Lab and cybersecurity firm Lookout say have developed a spyware package called Pegasus.

An NSO Group official told ABC News that the firm developed software “that helps them combat terror and crime,” and that it sells the software "only to authorized governmental agencies.”

The spokesman, Zamir Dahbash, said that NSO Group “has no knowledge of and cannot confirm” the security firms’ allegations. However, he noted in an email that “the company does NOT operate any of its systems.”

Marczak said believes he has a list of around 200 sites that are deployments of NSO Group’s clients. The sites, he explained, were used to dupe hacking victims into downloading malicious software onto their phones, allowing hackers to take control.

While Marczak said he had long suspected the sites hosted the malware, he did not, until receiving Mansoor’s messages, have a specific link to prove it.

Working through the night, Marczak recalled, he and his colleague John Scott-Railton downloaded the spyware onto a dummy iPhone, from which they monitored all the data that was sent and received.

“We basically set up a test phone. We connected it to the internet through another computer that was logging everything sent and received by the phone,” he said.

Transcribing from Mansoor’s screenshot, they typed the link into the dummy iPhone's Safari browser.

“For about 10 seconds, Safari was just blank, and then after 10 seconds the Safari app closed -- it just exited. We saw nothing further on the phone screen, but meanwhile the phone, according to our logging, was sending and receiving a lot of information. It appeared to be downloading and installing software from the internet,” Marczak recalled.

The malware was about 2.5 megabytes in size when pulled down from the internet, and about 5 megabytes when uncompressed, he said.

“To see it in action was really, really incredible and fascinating, and just seeing the fact that once we clicked on this link once in this text message, that was enough,” he said.

In fact, what he found was unprecedented and has never been seen before.

“This was the most serious vulnerability for iPhone that we’ve seen in the wild,” Marczak said. “What made this vulnerability especially serious was the fact that it was triggered by a single click -- or a single tap -- on a link that could infect your phone. That’s not something we’ve seen before for iPhones.”

Other experts agreed.

“This is the only public disclosure of a one-click remote jailbreak of a modern Apple device. And it's the first time we've ever seen this type of exploit used against real targets to steal actual information,” Lookout’s Vice President for Security Research Mike Murray told ABC News in an email. “Pegasus is amazingly complex and sophisticated ... everything you have on your phone is compromised once this spyware takes hold.”

The researchers notified Apple of the vulnerabilities on Aug. 15, and the tech giant released a software update to address the issues on Thursday.

Marczak said that the researchers aren’t sure who was attempting to compromise Mansoor’s phone.

“In this case we weren’t able to trace it back to the operator. Whoever was operating it, they were using servers in the cloud. These were servers that they had rented in the United States,” Marczak said. “Presumably these servers were just proxying data back to whoever was trying to spy on Mansoor.”

He later told ABC News that the rented U.S. servers belonged to Amazon, which sells server use for legitimate individual, business and research use around the world.

In a statement, an Amazon Web Services spokesperson said: "AWS’s terms are very clear about the misuse of our services, and we employ a variety of measures to detect and address misuse. When we find misuse, we take action quickly and shut it down. The activity being reported is not currently happening on AWS."

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted today that the U.S. economy might be strong enough for an interest rate hike.

Speaking to a conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen cited employment gains and increased consumer spending in saying that the Federal Open Market Committee expects moderate growth in the national GDP, additional strengthening in the labor market, and inflation reaching two percent in the coming years.

As such, Yellen said she believes "the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months." She did not, however, specify when the rate hike might come.

A rate hike would mean higher costs for new mortgages, car loans and credit cards. However, rates are currently at historically low levels, and the Federal Reserve has repeatedly signalled that it would allow rates to rise gradually instead of offering agressive hikes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed mixed Friday as investors weighed comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on a possible interest rate hike.

The Dow slid 53.01 (-0.29 percent) to finish at 18,395.40.

The Nasdaq gained 6.71 ( 0.13 percent) to close at 5,218.92, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,169.04, down 3.43 (-0.16 percent) from its open.

Crude oil remained flat with prices hitting above $47 a barrel.

Federal Reserve: In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen told a conference of central bankers that the U.S. economy might be strong enough for an interest rate hike. Though she did not cite when a rate hike might come, she believes "the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months."

In an interview later Friday with CNBC, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said two rate increases before the end of the year were possible and suggested one could happen as soon as September.

Winners and Losers: ITT Educational Services, Inc. tumbled 61 percent amid a for-profit college crackdown where new ITT students will no longer be allowed to enroll with federal aid.

A report from the Wall Street Journal that said billionaire investor Carl Icahn was exploring selling his Herbalife Lt. stake, sent shares in the nutritional products company down 2 percent.

Stock in software company Autodesk, Inc. soared 8 percent Friday after beating investors' expectations in its quarter two earnings and Autodesk raised its outlook.

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WFAA-TV(DALLAS) -- The Texas utility worker who went viral thanks to a photograph showing him submerged in muddy water while fixing a broken pipe is now getting attention from the TV star who earned the nickname “the dirtiest man on TV.”

Somebody’s Gotta Do It host Mike Rowe, who became famous for traveling the country exploring different, dirty jobs, has offered to buy the utility worker, Jimmie Cox, a beer or two.

"I'm serious about the offer for a beer or two,” Rowe said in a taped message that aired Friday on Good Morning America. “Please tell me that was a water line … because if it was a sewer line, I'd have to get you a whole case.”

Cox fortunately was repairing just a water line when he went beyond the call of duty and submerged the upper half of his body in the murky water. The Hood County, Texas, homeowner whose burst, one-inch pipe Cox was trying to fix, took a photo of Cox that has since gone viral.

Cox, 23, told local ABC station WFAA-TV the hole he submerged himself in was about five-and-a-half feet deep. He said he saw water spewing everywhere when he arrived at the home so just dove in to try to plug the leak.

"In this line of work, people do it a lot," he said. "I wasn't even able to get the clampers, so we had to cut it and put a valve on there when it was underwater.”

Rowe first tweeted about the photo on Thursday.

https://t.co/0w11yxMQqf
I don't know who this guy is, if you recognize him tell him the first beer is on me
… https://t.co/6pMJHi1smu

— The Real Mike Rowe (@mikeroweworks) August 25, 2016

Wrangler Jeans, which Cox was wearing in the photo, also tweeted that the company will be providing Cox with new jeans.

This guy is an #EverydayHero! ???? on @MikeRoweWorks, ????on us. Wrangler is for #DirtyJobs. https://t.co/GLXqUcbwJ4

— Wrangler Jeans (@Wrangler) August 25, 2016

Now this is an #EverydayHero. Keep up the good work, buddy, & expect to see some #WranglerJeans coming your way. https://t.co/PagjxJo4d2

— Wrangler Jeans (@Wrangler) August 25, 2016

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katsgraphics808/iStock/Thinkstock(HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.) -- Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a horrendous DMV experience. Well, the customers at the Holly Springs DMV in North Carolina certainly can’t relate.

When they walk in to their local DMV, rather than being told to take a number and forced to wait for hours in a dimly lit depressing lobby only to find out you don’t have the proper paperwork needed, they’re instead greeted with freshly baked cupcakes, made-to-order fruit smoothies, a self check-in iPad, adorable cottage-style furniture, a kids' play area, smiling employees and rays of sunshine opening up from the heavens.

“We’ve actually had customers who’ve walked in and walked back out to read the sign again because they’re not sure they’re in the right place,” Arely Lopez, the branch manager at the Holly Springs DMV, told ABC News.

The DMV is privately owned, which allows it more freedom to be personalized, and the customers can’t get enough. They’re living in the lap of luxury as they await their new car title or personalized license plate.

“Everyone dreads going to the DMV but we worked really closely with the mayor and governor and county commissioners and we want to do it different,” Lopez said. “We have customers that will just come in to read a book and buy a cupcake.”

You read that correctly. Cupcakes, lots of them, in all sorts of delicious flavors, hand-delivered each morning from a local bakery named CupCakeBite located right up the road.

“In the evenings they’ll text me their list of flavors for the next day. I’ll either deliver to them or they’ll come pick them up,” Gina Pettaris, the bakery’s owner, explained.

The magical location is more like a quaint internet café rather than the dark pits of hell that is normally associated with a DMV. The only stipulation is that since they are privately owned, “we cannot do anything with driver’s licenses or issue state IDs,” Lopez said.

Anything else vehicle-related is on the table, though.

“The branch we fall under is Driver and Vehicle Services,” she explained. “Titling, registering, renewing, coming in from out of state to register your car for the first time, handicap placards that are issued, notary services, anything else, we do.”

The business principal for the chic and cozy DMV is the brainchild of owner Chad Price.

“I got the contract from the state and I put the whole thing together because I want to prove you can have good service,” he said. “It’s a mindset. I built it and designed it to completely break the mold."

“Typical DMVs have cinderblock walls so I put it in a nice little shopping center,” he added. “DMVs have nasty little carpets and I went with stained concrete floors. I looked at everything they were doing and went the opposite.”

Price added a playful kids' corner so parents can get their errands done while not having to worry about their children. He added top-of-the-line technology where customers can text the DMV to get a number and only show up once it’s time for their appointment. He went out of his way to petition to be able to add the state flag to DMV signage, just so it’s more appealing to the eye.

“The key thing we wanted to prove to everyone is that even though we’re a contractor for the state, you can truly provide phenomenal customer service,” Price said. “It’s not hard. You have to be committed. The government has to realize they’re there to serve the people. If you remember that, you will always go above and beyond.”

It’s safe to say he’s accomplished that and more. Did we mention they have cupcakes and fresh fruit smoothies?

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Peter Aaron/Otto(NEW YORK) — When it came to his home, architect and artist Adam Kalkin wasn't thinking of a white picket fence. Instead, he thought outside the box — way outside the box.

Kalkin's one-of-a-kind home is essentially two in one, consisting of a small cottage from the late 1800s nested within a 1900s-inspired airplane hangar.

The dynamic home is far from traditional, with a wide variety of high and low ceilings, dark and light rooms, and small and large spaces. There's even a rope for climbing in the center of the home, which he sometimes refers to as a "playhouse."

"It always creates interesting perspectives in there that you don't get from other traditional houses," Kalkin told ABC News of the unusual layout.

For his business, Industrial Zombie, Kalkin frequently works with unique building designs. After leaving New York City for the suburbs, he was certain he didn't want just another suburban home.

Kalkin bought a cottage in Somerset County, New Jersey, but, knowing it was too small for his family, he began thinking of creative ways to expand it. He soon added the Butler Warehouse around it.

"I was interested in creating a conversation between these different pieces," he said.

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A decade after its construction, Kalkin's hope is that the look of his dynamic home continues to stay fresh, "like a Ferrari from the '50s," he said. "It’s a little bit of a Frankensteinian thing."

"I think it’s pretty great, and I think it’s inspired a lot of people from what I hear," the architect said of his work. "I think it opens possibilities in any person that comes and sees it."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump’s campaign app may be putting “America First,” but experts say it's not necessarily prioritizing users’ privacy.

The Trump campaign’s smartphone offering seeks to collect and store the contents of users’ address books -- potentially vacuuming up large quantities of personal data about individuals who have never used the application and who may be unaware that it’s in the hands of the campaign.

The app, titled "America First," was quietly launched on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store as a free download last week.

In a series of interviews with ABC News, several electronic privacy experts expressed concerns about the scope of the Trump campaign app’s data collection techniques, even though all of the methods appeared legal. The experts warned that users may be unwittingly handing over personal data about themselves and their contacts -- potentially exposing all involved to undesired campaign communications, or, at worst, a host of abuses in the event of a malicious data breach.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

According to the app’s privacy policy -- a common legal document that outlines a software vendor’s intentions for using users’ data -- the campaign “may access, collect, and store personal information about other people that is available to us through your contact list and/or address book.”

The Hillary Clinton campaign launched its app in July. Both campaigns collect data on those who use their apps -- including information about a user’s phone, their mobile network provider, and other uniquely identifiable data, according to the privacy policies available on the apps.

However, Trump’s app goes a step further by collecting information about other individuals through app users’ contact books.

“Trump’s is asking to collect significantly more data, and not just data about you, but data about anyone who might be in your contact list,” Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director at the ACLU of Northern California, told ABC News.

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that Trump is "basically saying he has the right to pull down the contact list of the donors and supporters [using the app], which is something that is really very controversial."

Craig Spiezle of the Online Trust Alliance agreed, saying the policy was “very problematic,” and “not one that privacy or consumer advocates would consider reasonable.”

Collecting data from app users is not unique to the Trump campaign. However, Rotenberg said that the scope of the Republican nominee’s collection “in particular is egregious."

Of particular concern is the personal nature of data contained in modern electronic address books, which is often shared with personal confidants under the assumption that it will be kept private or shared with only the utmost discretion.

Address books on mobile phones don’t just contain phone numbers and email addresses -- which themselves may be private or sensitive. In many cases, they can contain notes about health information, snippets of emails, codes for security systems or garage doors, shared passwords, or even Social Security numbers.

Many people using apps that collect contact data, such as the Trump app, may not realize the extent of the information that they’re handing over, experts said.

The crucial decision is made during the initial registration process when the app is first launched.

Users are presented with a screen featuring the campaign logo superimposed over a photo of Trump. Beneath it they are presented with multiple options for registering an account with the app.

Further down still, in small text at the bottom of the screen, is a link to the app’s privacy policy, which, when clicked, takes users to the legal document on the campaign’s website.

During the registration process, ABC News journalists testing the app were presented with a pop-up screen requesting access to their address book. They denied the request and the app functioned normally during brief usage.

However, experts noted that privacy policies go partially or fully unread, and users often rapidly and impatiently click through pop-ups asking for permission to access the data. Some may not even know what a privacy policy is or that one is available, the experts noted.

A Pew Research study from late 2014 found that less than half of Americans polled correctly identified what a privacy policy is.

So, in many cases, users are unaware of what they’re about to hand over, experts said.

Additionally, some apps are coded so that they will not function if they are not granted access to requested data. Trump’s app appeared to function even though access to the contacts was denied, however, this is not made clear before the prompt.

“I think most people have this perception that if they don’t click yes, they can’t use the apps. It’s misleading at best,” Rotenberg said. “But it’s unfair when we look more closely at the Trump policy in particular, because it says, ‘You’re giving us the right to capture your contact list.’”

Even though it's legal to transfer data about people who may have never downloaded the app, the practice remains controversial.

“Here you have the situation where an individual is wanting to use the app, and they’re making decisions about other people’s privacy,” Ozer said.

“[Neither] the individual nor the app is making sure individuals in those contact lists knows their information is ending up in the hands of the campaign,” she added. “Just because you choose to use an app, doesn’t mean that all the people you come in contact with want information about them shared with that campaign or that company.”

“Your contact list are a treasure trove. They are potentially thousands of people that you know, and personal information about them that they might not share publicly. It can be their private mobile numbers, it can be there home addresses, it can be many other things about them that would be valuable to both companies and political campaigns,” she said.

But not all experts share those concerns about the practice.

“It is perfectly legal to do so,” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School. Gidari noted that he is a Trump supporter.

“That you may betray your friends' privacy in doing so is a matter of your ethics, not the site's," Gidari told ABC News. "Do people stop and think about this? Of course not!”

The Trump app’s privacy policy notes that users who originally agree to share their contact data can later revoke this access on their device’s settings. However, the vast majority of privacy experts interviewed by ABC News expressed concern that the policy says nothing about whether data that had already been transmitted to the campaign’s servers would be deleted.

“A real revocation of that permission would require the Trump campaign -- or any organization -- to delete the information,” Rotenberg said.

The collection of this data is concerning, the experts said, in light of recent high-profile hacking attacks.

Recent data breaches at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as a number of other organizations and businesses, highlight how common the public exposure of private data by hackers has become.

“The more data, the longer its retained, the more likely that something can happen to it,” Ozer said. “That it ends up being used in a way that the individual did not intend or could end up being hacked or breached at some point down the line.”

While the Clinton privacy policy states that the campaign “takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction,” no such language exists in the privacy policy for the Trump app.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Claudia Oshry has made a career out of simply being unemployed.

Known as @girlwithnojob, Oshry has a massive following on social media. With over 2.3 million followers on Instagram, she’s turned her lack of employment into a way of making money.

"It’s a loophole because having no job is my job," Oshry, 21, told ABC News’ Nightline.

Oshry’s journey to social media stardom began after she got fired from her first internship as a freshman at New York University.

She now maintains a steady stream of meme content on her Instagram that she refers to as “relatable humor.” Every day, she posts funny pictures with witty captions that illustrate a particular feeling or attitude.

The trick to a perfect post is using analytics, Oshry said.

"Analytics are really important. So I can see the top ten posts that have done the best, and they all have a re-occurring theme," Oshry explained. "They're all usually about watching Netflix on the weekend, not wanting to go out, needing to stay in, very self-deprecating, and I know something along those line the fit in that theme is going to do well."

In the past two years, Oshry said she’s seen a steady growth in followers, which she credits to her posts’ relatability.

"A lot of the things that I post remind people of their friend, or they can relate to it so much that they feel the need to tag their friend and be like, '@Amanda, look at this,'" Oshry said. "And that’s the best thing for me, 'cause that’s how I grow: them tagging their friends who might not follow me."

This level of engagement is highly attractive to big brands aiming to sell their products to young social media users -- and influencers like Oshry are cashing in.

"It doesn’t even matter how many followers you have. So sometimes a brand will be like, 'Oh she has five million followers, let’s work with her.' But she has bad engagement, they don’t realize that. So it might even be better to work with someone who has less followers but a higher engagement rate because you know more people will see it," said Oshry.

Oshry said she has a higher engagement rate compared to some celebrities on Instagram. For example, while Britney Spears has 12 million followers, one of Oshry’s last posts garnered more comments than Spears’ did.

Oshry’s influence helped her get a branding partnership with the liquor company Captain Morgan. She recently hosted a party for the brand in Las Vegas where 4,000 people attended.

"We’ve been partnering with influencers like Claudia. We’re looking for people who are a fit for the brand personality which she obviously is. She emulates fun, the cocktail culture," Melissa Upjohn, Captain Morgan brand manager, told Nightline.

For a gig like this, Oshry stands to net anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, though she wouldn’t say how much money she’s been offered by brands.

"I’m not at liberty to discuss a number," she said.

When she’s not attending meetings or working on content, Oshry spends time with her fiancé Ben, who also has a wildly successful Instagram account called @boywithnojob.

"I was incredibly, incredibly, incredibly bored of Claudia sitting on her phone like this every night," Ben told Nightline. “We decided it was a good idea to try and segment the market."

Ben’s account recently hit one million followers, which he credits to Oshry.

Oshry hopes to expand her expertise even further by breaking in to the DJ game.

"For now it’s really more of a hobby and an added thing to when i go to events. I don’t think I’m in a place from a talent or skill standpoint to become a full time DJ," Oshry said. "Obviously that’s #GOALS, but I’m certainly not there."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday as Federal Reserve officials hinted a rate hike in the near future.

The Dow lost 33.07 (-0.18 percent) to finish at 18,448.41, logging its lowest close in 3 weeks.

The Nasdaq dropped 5.49 (-0.11 percent) to close at 5,212.20, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,172.47, down 2.97 (-0.14 percent) from its open.

Crude oil rose just over 1 percent with prices hitting above $47 a barrel.

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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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