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Christmas 2016: These are the hottest toys right now

Dozens of new toys are available for upcoming holiday season, but not all will be high on children's letters to Santa.

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Here are some of the hottest kid's toys for Christmas this year:

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Photos: Target's hot toys for Christmas 2016

Target hiring 70,000 workers for the holiday season

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Looking for a seasonal job? Look no further than your neighborhood Target store. 

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The company said Monday that it plans to hire at least 70,000 seasonal workers during the busy fall and winter months.

"The Target team is famous for serving up exceptional shopping experiences," said Janna Potts, chief stores officer of Target. "We can't wait to welcome new seasonal team members on board to help us make the holidays extra bright for our guests. And new this year, all of our 1,800 stores will host dedicated hiring events in October, meeting with thousands of prospective candidates in just 48 hours."

Fortune pointed out that the retailer opened the same number of positions last year during the same time. The stagnant number reflects a slowdown in the retailer's business, the magazine noted.

But Target can report an increase in the starting wage for many workers, which is a positive improvement to the company's employment benefits.

Target also plans to hire an additional 7,500 people for distribution facilities, which ship online orders and send products to stores.

"Our distribution teams will be major players in that game, helping us get all those products to guests in time to host holiday events, give gifts and celebrate all season long," said Carson Landsgard, senior vice president of distribution at Target.

The discount chain said it will hold hiring events at all of its 1,800 stores on Oct. 14 and 15. Candidates can also apply online.

The company also said existing employees will get "first dibs" on any extra holiday hours they want.

Photos: Toys R Us hot toys 2016

Snag free Krispy Kreme doughnuts Monday for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, there's an International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And the best way to celebrate it is to dress up like a marauder and get free food.

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 For all who "speak ye pirate," Krispy Kreme is offering a free original glazed doughnut. Those who dress like a pirate will receive a dozen free glazed doughnuts.

According to the doughnut chain, customers must include at least three of the following elements: 

  • Eye patch
  • Pirate hat
  • Pirate flag
  • Bandana
  • Peg leg
  • Parrot on shoulder
  • Pirate shirt or loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

SnapChat users can also use a custom Krispy Kreme Snapchat pirate filter to "dress up," according to the event page. Customers who present a photo with the pirate filter can also qualify for a dozen original glazed doughnuts.  

In addition to the chance to score freebies, Krispy Kreme is offering the Pirate Doughnut, a filled doughnut decorated with a pirate face. Another doughnut, the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut, is topped with chocolate icing and finished with white icing and a skull candy piece.

The deal is valid at all chain locations in the U.S. and Canada only on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19.

Long John Silver's is offering a similar deal. Customers who talk like a pirate will receive a free fish tender or a piece of chicken, and those who dress like a pirate will receive a free two-piece fish or chicken basket.

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Olive Garden serves first responders free food on Labor Day

Firefighters and paramedics across the country didn't have to worry about who would cook lunch on Labor Day.

Representatives from Olive Garden restaurants prepared and delivered complete pasta and salad lunches to first responders Monday, continuing a tradition the national chain started 15 years ago.

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More than 800 Olive Garden restaurants nationwide served their local first responders a special "thank you" lunch for their ongoing, dedicated service to the community. Restaurant chain officials said they have served more than 10,000 free meals since the program started in 2002.

For first-responders at the Fairfield Fire Department in Ohio, the efforts of the restaurant and its employees were greatly appreciated.

"We as a department definitely appreciate it, especially on holidays like this when we get busy" firefighter and paramedic Briana Molfetta told the Journal-News. 

Several pans of spaghetti, fettuccine Alfredo, meatballs, sausage and chicken were set up by Olive Garden employees at the Fairfield Fire Station No. 2, where Molfetta works. They also prepared bowls of salad and bags of bread sticks. Thirty minutes after the food arrived, 15 firefighters and medics, plus one Fairfield police officer, had eaten most of the food.

Molfetta said she was one of the last to eat because her lunch break was delayed because she was on a medic run. 

"We get busy, especially on holidays. It helps us out. It was nice to come back from a run to a hot meal," she said.

Lt. Jamie Ruhl called the prepared lunch "a nice break" for the firefighters, especially on a holiday.

Jessica Adamson, a cook at Olive Garden, said she was "very proud and honored" to serve the firefighters. She applauded her company for supporting the first responders.

"It's a very good cause -- giving back to them because they do it every day for us," Adamson said.

'Capitol Fourth' wasn't totally live

An Independence Day tradition that millions tune in to see every year may have left some a little disappointed. 

That's because if you watched "A Capitol Fourth" from the comfort of your own living room, you weren't watching a fully live showing of the annual fireworks display.

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The Washington, D.C., area was under rain clouds during most of the nation’s birthday, so to help fill out the show, PBS added video from previous years' fireworks displays for its live stream, WRC reported.

THE FIREWORKS HAVE BEGUN OVER WASHINGTON, DC!!!! #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Viewers went to Twitter and Facebook to point out that the fireworks couldn't have been live because the sky was clear in the video, while the capital was overcast and foggy Monday.

PBS admitted that the show was a "combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years."

We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Quiz: Which Fourth of July firework are you?

Ever wonder which Fourth of July firework you're the most like? Take our quiz to find out!

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How do fireworks — work?

Firecrackers are easy: Light the fuse and run. But most firework explosions are a bit more complex.

A Roman candle, for example, burns top-down through several layers of pyrotechnic charges called stars.

The colors in fireworks come from metallic powders. Aluminum burns white. Copper gives fireworks a blue color. Lithium or strontium powder turns them red.

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Mortar shells — the quintessential aerial fireworks you see in the big displays — require careful assembly beforehand.

The arrangement of stars determines what they look like when they burst in midair. A circle-shaped pattern yields a circular firework. Star-shaped patterns give up star-shaped fireworks, and so on.

The timing of what explodes when and with what force can be controlled with precise fuses and thicker wrappings. 

Even the noise fireworks make depend on what they're made of. Certain fuels, for example, can make flying fireworks sound like they're whistling.

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