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Uber's new rules on arbitration for sex-related claims face 1st test
Uber (NEW YORK) -- A former employee is suing Uber less than a week after the company announced it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers, drivers or employees who come forward with claims of sexual harassment or assault.The lawsuit, filed by software engineer Ingrid Avendaño, alleges years of discrimination based on her gender and race, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, retaliation for taking a medical leave and pay inequality, among other allegations. The suit will be the first test of the company’s new policy.According to the lawsuit, Avendaño, who worked for the company...
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Grocery omits Latin word due to its similarity to profanity
Cara Koscinski (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A South Carolina family is moving on after an unexpected omission on a cake had them laughing during their son's graduation party.Jacob Koscinski graduated Saturday from his Christian-based home-schooling program in a suburb of Charleston.His family was extremely proud of him not only graduating, but also graduating with highest honors, widely-known in Latin as "Summa Cum Laude."Summa Cum Laude translates as “with the highest distinction.” To honor this achievement, his family went online and ordered a sheet cake from the nearby grocery store, Publix, for his graduation party.His mom, Cara Koscinski, entered the phrase she...
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Meet the first woman to lead the NYSE in 226 years
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tory Burch Foundation (NEW YORK) -- Stacey Cunningham will take the reins of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, shattering the glass ceiling to become the first female president in the Big Board's 226-year history.Cunningham is currently the NYSE's chief operating officer and will take over from Thomas Farley who has served as president since May 2014."Since the moment I stepped onto the trading floor, the NYSE has always held a special place in my heart," she wrote on Twitter. "I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization."Here are...
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Instagram introduces mute feature to quiet down your feed without unfollowing friends
Instagram (NEW YORK) -- Are your former colleague's workout selfies bringing you down?Or your college roommate's constant pictures of their newborn adorable but just too much at times?Instagram's got your back.The social media platform rolled out a new feature Tuesday where users will be able to mute any account they follow. By doing so, users will stop seeing posts from those individuals without having to unfollow them, the company said in a post on its blog Tuesday. Instagram The muted individuals won't be notified that you have muted them, and you'll still be able to check out their profile page...
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to meet with European lawmakers
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (BRUSSELS) -- Mark Zuckerberg was expected to be in Brussels today to answer some tough questions.The Facebook founder is schedule to meet with members of the European Parliament about his company's use of personal data, privacy limits and the social network's potential influence on elections.Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said on Twitter Monday the meeting would be live streamed.Zuckerberg was grilled by American politicians last month over similar issues, as well as the company's alleged role in the 2016 U.S. president election.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Gas prices up 5 cents this week, 52 cents from 2017
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices nationwide are up 5 cents from last week and are 52 cents higher than a year ago.Regular gasoline in the U.S. on May 21 cost an average of 2.923 cents per gallon, compared with 2.873 cents per gallon on May 14, according to the Energy Information Administration.At a service station in Manhattan, on 11th Avenue and 51st Street, the price for regular gas was about $5 on Monday, according to ABC New York station WABC.Average per-gallon prices in New York City this week for regular fuel are about...
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Primate bound for sanctuary breaks out of cage at Texas airport
KSAT-TV (SAN ANTONIO) -- A rhesus macaque monkey gave handlers the slip at San Antonio Airport, officials confirmed to ABC News.The crafty primate, named Dawkins, managed to extricate itself from a crate on Monday after arriving at the Texas airport aboard American Airlines Flight No. 1014 from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, airport spokesman Rich Stinson said.Staff members from Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary in Cotulla, Texas, were at the airport to meet Dawkins but he broke free, leading to a pursuit to bring him to safety."We had folks from our sanctuary there to meet him," Prashant Khetan, CEO of Born Free...
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Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix
Netflix (NEW YORK) -- Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have inked a multiyear deal with Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday.According to a tweet from Netflix, the Obamas will produce films and series for Netflix, which could include scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.Netflix did not elaborate on the terms of the agreement."One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," former President Obama said in a statement obtained by...
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Scratch-and-sniff stamps are coming to a post office near you
USPS (WASHINGTON) -- Scratch-and-sniff stamps are coming to a post office near you, the United States Postal Service announced on Monday.With the warm summer weather moving in, Americans love to cool off with a refreshing ice pop on a hot day, bringing inspiration to the latest Forever stamp from the USPS. The colorful stamps feature different designs, shapes and flavors of ice cream pops.The watercolor illustrations of the treats are the work of Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, California, while art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamps with Leslie Badani, both of Alexandria, Virginia. Each stamp is designed with two...
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Second sex probe confirmed, chef Mario Batali said no comeback planned
George Rose/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Disgraced chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for two separate instances of sexual assault allegations, one of which was reported in a “60 Minutes” segment on Sunday.The second allegation was brought to the NYPD late last year, police sources told ABC News. A woman claims she lost consciousness at a New York City restaurant in 2004 and found the chef on top of her when she woke up.The unidentified woman featured in the "60 Minutes" piece alleges the 57-year-old chef and former TV star drugged and assaulted her...
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Supreme Court rules employers can block class action lawsuits in win for businesses
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can force employees to resolve disputes outside the court system, blocking potential class-action lawsuits in a victory for business interests.The case challenged provisions in employee contracts called arbitration agreements in which employees agree that if there is a dispute between them and an employer they will resolve it without filing a lawsuit.The court voted 5-4 that those agreements are legal, with the more liberal justices signing on to the dissent, saying that the decision will likely lead to less enforcement of minimum wage or anti-discrimination laws.ABC News Supreme Court contributor...
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A woman in the driver's seat: Aston Martin's 1st female president has a message for young girls
Robert Hradil/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Aston Martin’s Laura Schwab has a lot to talk about these days: the British luxury carmaker’s Second Century Plan. The company's return to Formula One racing. Her 1-year-old daughter, Marie.Schwab, head of Aston Martin the Americas, is the company's first female president in its 105-year history. She and Mary Barra, the 56-year-old CEO of General Motors, are the only two women to hold senior leadership positions in the male-dominated industry.A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Schwab travels every week to visit one of Aston Martin’s 43 dealerships in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and South America....
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