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Elon Musk warns 'the road ahead is very difficult' as Tesla lays off 7 percent of workforce
Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Tesla announced on Friday that it will cut 7 percent of its workforce, marking the second round of job cuts in just over six months, as it faces the pressure of building and delivering its long-promised, lower-priced Model 3s at scale while keeping costs down. The news comes just one week after CEO Elon Musk announced layoffs of 10 percent at his other company, SpaceX, in an all-hands meeting, which was first reported by The Los Angeles Times. "We, unfortunately, have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7 percent (we...
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Companies disproportionately target black, Latino youth in TV ads for unhealthy foods
Robert Alexander/Getty Images BY: DR. ROBIN ORTIZ (NEW YORK) -- Extreme weight gain in children is a dangerous mental and physical health epidemic in the United States, and public health officials have implored children and their parents to lay off the sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food and unhealthy snacks. But according to a report released this week by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, the fight against obesity may not only be with the unhealthy food itself, but with the companies that advertise their unhealthy products to susceptible communities. The authors defined “targeted” ads...
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11-year-old girl starts her own business while her mom is furloughed
Jessica Berrellez (NEW YORK) -- An 11-year-old girl whose mom has spent almost a month out of work as a furloughed federal employee created her own business to help her family and others. Bella Berrellez, a fifth-grader in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has sold more than 500 of her handmade sugar body scrubs since the federal government's partial shutdown began last month. She started making the $7 creations when her mom, Jessica Berrellez, a longtime employee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was furloughed. "I just came up with the idea because when I found out my mom was furloughed...
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'I shouldn't even be here': zTrip driver survives being shot 21 times in robbery attempt
KMBC-TV (KANSAS CITY) -- It's been six weeks since Teresa Meitl was shot 21 times within close range and, although she's still recovering in the hospital, she feels grateful to be alive. "It's like a miracle," Meitl, of Kansas City, Missouri, told ABC local station KMBC-TV in a recent interview. "Really, I shouldn’t even be here, being shot as many times as I [was]." The shooting happened on the night of Dec. 4. Meitl, a 53-year-old driver for ride-hailing company zTrip, drove a passenger to his destination in Kansas City and was waiting for someone to bring out the cab...
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Tesla to cut 7% of its workforce as it focuses on more affordable vehicles
Sjo/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In an effort to cut costs as it gears up to produce more affordable Model 3 sedans, Tesla announced on Friday it will be cutting approximately 7 percent of its full-time staff.Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the decision to employees in an email.While noting quarterly figures, Musk said the profits made during the last two quarters were mostly due to selling more expensive versions of the Model 3."However, starting around May, we will need to deliver at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford...
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Peeps debuting limited-edition marshmallow-flavored cereal
Kellogg’s (NEW YORK) -- Kellogg’s has created a limited-edition Peeps marshmallow-flavored cereal that will be rolling onto shelves nationwide before Easter.The cereal is inspired by the popular chick and bunny-shaped Easter treat.The sweet whole grain cereal will mimic Peep’s traditional springtime colors, while marshmallows that look like mini-versions of Peeps themselves will be sprinkled throughout.The cereal will only be offered until supplies last. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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How Russia used Facebook to expand the Kremlin's messaging
CASEZY/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook removed more than 250 pages on Thursday for “coordinated inauthentic behavior" masquerading as special interest groups when they were actually meant to expand the reach of the Kremlin’s media agency, Rossiya Segodnya, according to the digital investigators that led a parallel investigation.The campaign focused on amplifying Rossiya Segodnya's online outlet Sputnik, and to a lesser extent, its video service, Tok. The pulled pages were investigated through their open-source code by the Digital Forensics Lab (DFR Lab), which is part of The Atlantic Council, an American think tank. DFR Lab has a partnership with Facebook.Although the...
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Amazon for Teens has arrived, but parents will still be picking up the tab
jetcityimage/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Amazon launched "Amazon for Teens" on Thursday, a program that gives teens their own profiles — even if the tab is picked up by their parents.Teens will be able to "search, browse, read recommendations and place orders on their own," according to the company's announcement on its website. The program is for minors ages 13 to 17.After a teenager places an order, parents receive the order details by text or email and can type "Y" to approve. Orders can also be declined.Parents then receive all the order details by text or email.If a blank check is...
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Bhad Bhabie turns viral status and 15.7 million followers into $900,000 beauty deal
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- After her unforgettable Dr. Phil appearance and the birth of her famous line, "Cash me outside," Danielle Bregoli — who is better known as Bhad Bhabie — has kicked off 2019 with a major beauty deal.Copycatbeauty.com, an online cosmetics store for beauty obsessives on a budget, officially announced Bregoli as the new face of the company this week.“CopyCatBeauty.com is excited to be working with Bhad Bhabie," the brand wrote in an official statement. "We chose Danielle for our brand because she speaks to an entire generation, and doesn’t believe in hype and overpaying. Danielle...
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Tens of thousands more federal employees called back to work
wildpixel/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As the longest-ever government shutdown reached Day 27 Thursday, the number of federal employees working without pay is up to 450,000 and could top half a million in the coming days, as the Trump administration continues to recall tens of thousands of workers after almost four weeks of shuttered doors at vital agencies. The negative impact on the U.S. economy, which the White House now says will be double its original projections, is already affecting places like Colorado, where craft breweries are awaiting government approval on beers. Private contractors, some of whom are now without work since...
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Facebook removes more accounts linked to 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' in Russia
Facebook (NEW YORK) -- Facebook has unfriended more fraudulent accounts tied to Russia.The social media giant, in a blog post credited to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, said Thursday that it's removed "multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram."The two operations discovered by Facebook originated in Russia. One was active in multiple countries, the other was specific to Ukraine and "we didn't find any links between these operations, but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing," Facebook...
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For unpaid Coast Guard families, some financial options emerge
shaunl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, for the first time in U.S. history, active duty military members did not get paid.That distinction falls to the 41,000 active duty Coast Guard who are currently working without pay while the federal government remains partially shut down, and President Donald Trump squares off against Democrats demanding funding for a border wall. The Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, and not the Department of Defense, which is not impacted by the shutdown.Coast Guard members usually get paid on or around the first and the 15th of every month. The government...
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