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Self-styled 'weed nuns' put faith in the healing powers, and profits, of cannabis
ABC News (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Sisters of the Valley, a group of self-styled "weed nuns," are putting their faith in the healing power of cannabis.Despite their moniker, this nonreligious sorority of radical feminists resides in Northern California farm country. The women grow cannabis on the sun-drenched property, tucked among vineyards and apple orchards. They use a strain of marijuana that eliminates THC, but still contains CBD (cannabidiol), which is touted for its healing properties."It's considered hemp because it won't get anybody high, but it's really marijuana," said “Sister Kate," whose real name is Christine Meeusen. "It's medical marijuana, but...
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Do Facebook ads discriminate against women? ACLU files complaint saying 'yes'
Facebook (NEW YORK) -- Facebook allows employers to discriminate against women by targeting job listings toward men only — specifically in traditionally male-dominated fields, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.The ACLU, along with employment law firm Outten & Golden and the Communications Workers of America, filed charges on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 companies, claiming that they discriminated based gender.But how does that work?“We discovered Facebook was allowing advertisers to select the gender of the user it wants to reach and that violates federal law,” ACLU lawyer Galen Sherwin told ABC News on...
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United's new boarding method is designed to slash your time in line
United Airlines (NEW YORK) -- Airline passengers crowding around the gate, waiting for their group to be called, has plagued the flight boarding process for a long time. But United Airlines believes its new, simplified approach to boarding will help alleviate the problem.The idea began about a year ago when an increasing number of customers complained about time spent standing in line and congested boarding areas, United's Maria Walter, managing director of global operations strategy, told ABC News."We didn't want people to feel stress or anxiety before they board," Walter said, adding that customers getting off the previous flight and...
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Tesla confirms federal probe over Musk tweets, sending shares lower
ABC News (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Tesla shares tumbled on Tuesday amid reports of a potential criminal probe over its chief executive officer's statements about taking the company private. The electric carmaker said it agreed to hand over documents to the Department of Justice in connection with CEO Elon Musk's tweets about taking the publicly traded company private last month, according to a company statement.Tesla said it was cooperating with the government, but noted that it had not received a subpoena, a request for testimony or any other formal process. “Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and...
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New birthday cake-flavored Oreos celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Mickey Mouse is turning 90 this year! For his big birthday, the chief mouse doesn't just get a basic birthday cake. He gets his very own custom Oreos, of course!Disney teamed up with milk's favorite cookie, Oreo, to mark the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with limited-edition birthday cake-flavored Oreos.There are three different Mickey Mouse-themed designs on top of the wafers: a party horn, a big 90 in honor of this major milestone and Mickey Mouse himself, of course.The release of the Mickey Mouse Oreo is just one of the ways in which Disney is...
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Former 'Sesame Street' writer says Bert and Ernie are gay, but the show says otherwise
Peter Timm\ullstein bild via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Following an interview given by a former "Sesame Street" writer who said he wrote the beloved characters Bert and Ernie as if they were gay, the show has said otherwise."Sesame Street" on Tuesday tweeted, "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves."Focusing specifically on their orientation, the statement continued, "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics ... they remain puppets,...
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'My flight doesn't exist': Discount airline leaves customers stranded
Level Airlines (NEW YORK) -- When Erin Levi booked a $179 one-way flight to Paris on Level airlines for a friend's wedding a few weeks ago, she joked that it was too good to be true. It was.When the travel writer arrived at Newark Airport on Sept. 9, she couldn't find her gate -- it was as if her flight didn’t exist.Levi, 35, had entered her information into the airline's website to check in hours earlier. She had run into an error message while trying to choose a seat but otherwise hadn't noticed anything unusual. Unbeknownst to her, Level's launch...
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First SpaceX passenger: 'I choose to go to the moon!'
DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images (HAWTHORNE, Calif.) -- SpaceX announced on Monday night that its first moonshot passenger will be Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire estimated by Forbes to be the 18th-richest person in Japan.He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket -- if the launch happens."I choose to go to the moon!" said the 42-year-old Maezawa, who founded Japan's largest online fashion mall and is worth almost $3 billion.The announcement was made at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The launch is scheduled to happen in 2023."I love the moon," Maezawa told...
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk sued by diver who helped with Thai cave rescue
Mark Brake/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk was sued on Monday for defamation by a British diver he accused of being a "pedo."Diver Vernon Unsworth filed a lawsuit against the SpaceX and Tesla founder, over tweets Musk sent during the rescue of a Thai boys soccer team in June and July."Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes," his lawyer, Lin Wood, wrote in a statement emailed to ABC News. "Musk’s influence and wealth cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law."The lawsuit, which...
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Brit and Co. founder Brit Morin shares the worst advice she never took
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Brit Morin is the force behind the popular digital media and e-commerce company Brit + Co., a go-to destination for millennial women looking for DIY tips and other information on health, beauty, food, fashion, relationships and more.Recently named by Inc. as one of the most creative entrepreneurs of 2018, Morin created Brit and Co. to build a community and help people tap into their own creativity.She founded the company in 2011 after leaving a job at Google, where she worked under Marissa Mayer. She was only 25 at the time and although she knew she...
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Amazon probes report workers sold confidential info, deleted bad reviews
Amazon (SEATTLE) -- Amazon is investigating reports that employees have offered to disclose private sales data and delete negative consumer reviews in exchange for cash.An Amazon spokesperson told ABC News on Monday that the company launched an internal probe in light of a report in The Wall Street Journal that claimed employees may have sold data and accepted bribes from independent merchants.Such practices are in violation of the company’s policy and employees and merchants could face criminal and/or legal penalties if caught, according to the spokesperson.“We are conducting a thorough investigation of these claims,” Amazon said. “We hold our employees...
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JPMorgan Chase CEO says he understands why there is still 'a lot of anger' over financial crisis
Scott Olson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Ten years after the financial crisis caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, houses or both, the head of the nation's largest bank said he knows many people remain angry at banks.JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis that some in the public see it as unfair that banks, which helped to spark the crash through high-risk lending, got a federal bailout while many ordinary people suffered.Dimon said some banks caused the problem. "And I understand that the American public looks at it and it's unfair, and it was,” Dimon...
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