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Avocados with longer-lasting technology are finally in stores across the country
MarsBars/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Is there anything worse than waiting for an avocado to be perfectly ripe, then cutting into it to find mushy brown streaks throughout? So much for what could have been great guacamole or the perfect toast topping.Well, one food-tech startup has created a product that avocado lovers everywhere might get behind -- and it's about to hit one of the largest regional grocery stores in the U.S.Kroger is partnering with Apeel Sciences to take the food tech's longer-lasting avocados to shelves at more than 1,100 of its stores across the U.S. over the next few months"Apeel's...
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Walmart to no longer sell e-cigarettes
Josie_Desmarais/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Walmart announced Friday it will discontinue selling electronic cigarette products as a mysterious vaping-related illness has sickened hundreds nationwide and been linked to eight deaths."Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations," a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement.The spokesperson added that they will sell through their current inventory.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday confirmed 530 probable cases of people who have experienced lung injuries associated with the...
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A week in, GM strike leads to talk of layoffs by suppliers
JHVEPhoto/iStock (DETROIT) -- As the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors enters its fifth day, its ripple effects are being felt among suppliers and beyond as negotiations continue to stalemate. Nearly 50,000 union workers walked off their jobs on Sunday night, starting a nationwide strike at General Motors.In a statement to ABC News, GM Canada said it had "seen a disruption of our vehicle assembly work at the Oshawa Assembly Plant due to the UAW strike.""We plan to resume these operations as quickly as possible upon resolution of the UAW strike,” the statement added.Back stateside, a local UAW union...
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1,500 Amazon employees vow to walk out in support of Global Climate Strike
jetcityimage/iStock (SEATTLE) -- More than 1,500 Amazon workers are expected to walk out of their jobs Friday in support of the Global Climate Strike, saying in a statement that CEO Jeff Bezos' newly-unveiled climate pledge is "not nearly enough."The youth activist-led Global Climate Strike had long been scheduled for Sept. 20, and Amazon employees have said they planned to participate, calling on Bezos to use his power to do more to tackle climate change.“I’m walking out to make sure that all of the great landscapes that are currently available all over the world are still available for the next generation,”...
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Twitter shuts down thousands of international accounts tied to political spam
RomanOkopny/iStock (SAN FRANSISCO) -- Twitter on Friday said it shut down thousands of fake accounts from around the world, many of them tied to “political” spam.The accounts were operating in five jurisdictions identified by Twitter, including China/Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and more.The company said it identified an additional 4,301 accounts operating in China that were attempting to “sow discord about the protest movements in Hong Kong.” This comes after Twitter cracked down on a network of more than 200,000 fake accounts in August.Twitter said it detected a group of accounts “linked to Saudi Arabia’s state-run media apparatus which were engaged...
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrate with Latinx-owned beauty and fashion brands
Jun/iStock (NEW YORK) -- It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and an amazing way to celebrate is by supporting Latinx-owned brands.From amazing body products to stylish fashion lines, there are a variety of brands that embrace Hispanic culture in a beautiful way.One specific platform, Stitch Lab, is constantly connecting and showcasing emerging Latinx designers worldwide.During September and October, this talent incubator has partnered with Macy's to bring these designer lines to select stores.These brands will be part of The Market @ Macy’s, a full-service marketplace that offers shoppers the chance to discover new products, services and activations each month in a boutique...
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'Black Yacht Week' leader nixes charity trip after alleged false ties to non-profit
MarianVejcik/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The organizer of what some are calling the disastrous "2019 Black Yacht Week" -- a supposed dream trip in the Caribbean that allegedly turned out to be more of a nightmare -- may be in hot water again, this time for allegedly falsely advertising partnerships with charitable organizations for purported mission trips to Haiti and Puerto Rico.Reginald "Reggie" Cummings, the owner of Black Travel Movement (BTM), is already facing questions about "Black Yacht Week" -- billed as the "vacation of a lifetime" for black travelers -- after guests complained of "disgusting" conditions aboard the vessels, hot...
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Colt will stop manufacturing AR-15 assault rifle for consumer market
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass shootings in which suspects used the weapon."At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change," Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt, said in a statement. "Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world."The...
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FDA using criminal investigators to probe vaping crisis as number sick soars to 530
Marccophoto/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Drug Administration has been using their criminal investigators to look into the rash of illnesses surrounding the use of vaping products, Mitch Zeller, the director of the Center for Tobacco Products for the FDA, said in a press conference on Thursday.The investigators will not be pursuing any individuals or companies and are not focused on prosecuting anyone at this time, Zeller said.The agency also released demographic information about the vaping victims. Of 530 confirmed and probable lung injuries so far, three-quarters of the victims were male and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and...
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Amazon vows to meet the Paris climate agreement requirements 10 years early
jetcityimage/iStock (SEATTLE) -- Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company's sweeping new efforts to combat climate change and revealed a new corporate pledge to meet the international Paris Agreement 10 years early -- committing to net zero carbon emissions by the year 2040.Bezos and the advocacy group Global Optimism revealed the "Climate Pledge" at an event Thursday in the nation's capital, with Bezos saying that Amazon is the first to sign the wide-ranging pledge that calls on corporations to bring their carbon emissions to net zero by 2040. This is ten years ahead of the international Paris Agreement's goal of...
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Instagram announces new policies for promoting diet products, cosmetic procedures
bombuscreative/iStock (MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Instagram announced new policies for promoting certain weight loss products and cosmetic procedures on its platform and in some cases the problematic content will be removed entirely.The Facebook-owned social media giant and the influencers who use it to do business have caused controversy for how diet or detox teas and other "miraculous" weight-loss products have been promoted.Kim Kardashian West has even come under fire for promoting so-called appetite suppressant lollipops to her more than 100 million followers on Instagram, as have a number of other high profile Instagram users.Under the new policies, people can report...
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Mark Zuckerberg in DC Thursday to discuss 'future internet regulation'
alexsl/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Capitol Hill today for a series of closed-door meetings about "future internet regulation."“Mark is in Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation," Facebook told ABC News in a statement Thursday. "There are no public events planned.”The tech executive's visit to the capital comes just a day after chiefs from his own company, Facebook, as well as Google and Twitter faced a Senate committee to testify about "digital responsibility" in the spread of extremism online.Earlier this week Facebook also announced changes to its policies...
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