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Arizona sues Google for location-tracking tactics
iStock/DragonImages (PHOENIX) -- BY: CATHERINE THORBECKEArizona's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging the the company improperly collects users' location data and uses it for its advertising business."While Google users are led to believe they can opt-out of location tracking, the company exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy," Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. "It’s nearly impossible to stop Google from tracking your movements without your knowledge or consent," he added. "This is contrary to the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and even the most innovative companies must operate within the law."Brnovich cited reporting from The...
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Walmart steps into rising resale market with thredUP partnership
iStock/Wolterk (NEW YORK) -- BY: JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATESWalmart is stepping into the rising resale market by partnering with leading recommerce platform thredUP.On Wednesday, it was announced that this new partnership will give shoppers the opportunity to browse nearly 75,000 secondhand apparel items, including children's clothing, accessories, footwear and handbags from popular national brands directly on Walmart's website. The items being sold have been carefully evaluated and hand-selected by thredUP's professional buyers.During these unprecedented times, many people are evolving in the ways they choose to shop, and Walmart's new initiative in the resale market aims to grow the company's assortment of...
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As states reopen, a debate emerges: Are gyms 'essential'?
PaulBiryukov/iStock By AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- On the Jersey Shore, gyms, along with tanning and laundry, are a third of the trinity of essential living. However, gyms are not considered essential businesses in New Jersey's coronavirus restrictions.A Bellmawr gym is now suing the state for classifying it as nonessential."Plaintiff's business is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of its members and to the financial viability and health of its owners and employees," the lawsuit said.New Jersey has faced other lawsuits involving coronavirus restrictions from gun stores, churches, a hair salon and a car wash. Three high school...
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Chip and Joanna Gaines outline plan to reopen Magnolia, sister businesses
By ABC News Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images (WACO, Texas) -- Chip and Joanna Gaines have set new safety guidelines at Magnolia Market, their popular Central Texas food destination, ahead of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic."We are ready to welcome you back starting June 1. While you've been gone, our team has been preparing to make your return as safe and enjoyable as possible," the Fixer Upper stars wrote in a statement titled "Together Again" on both their website and social media.Magnolia Market, its restaurant, Magnolia Table, and its next-door neighbor, Silos Baking Co.,...
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2.1M more Americans file jobless claims, bringing coronavirus crisis total to 40M
courtneyk/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Another 2.1 million more Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. This pushes the total number of U.S. workers who have filed jobless claims to 40 million over the last 10 weeks as the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the U.S. economy to a standstill.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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The 'Shecession': Women are disproportionately impacted by unemployment
courtneyk/iStock By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- During the coronavirus pandemic, more than 38 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance -- and for the first time in history, the nation's unemployment claims have a largely female, non-white face to them.While the two previous biggest economic crises in U.S. history -- the Great Depression and the 2008 financial crisis -- affected men's jobs more than women's, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting women in the workforce, data shows.The bleak job numbers for women and the economic uncertainty women now face have put the American economy in a "shecession,"...
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Nightlife workers speak out about living and working through COVID-19
MaximFesenko/iStock By CLARA MCMICHAEL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- On a weekend in mid-March, Marissa Molnar was bartending at Hog Fathers BBQ in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, a small town 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. That night, the mood in the bar was dampened by worries of coronavirus creeping into communities across the country and fears of a national shutdown. The bar's patrons, many of them health care workers from a nearby hospital, told Molnar how crazy their jobs had been lately. She described the mood as panicky. She closed down the bar before midnight and went home to her 1-year-old daughter.The next...
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What to know about Twitter's fact-checking labels
DKart/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twitter's new fact-checking label has been thrust into the spotlight after it was used to mark one of President Donald Trump's tweets as potentially misleading.Here's what to know about how the new labels from the social media giant work to identify false claims:A Twitter spokesperson told ABC News that Trump's two tweets from Tuesday "contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.""This decision is in line with the approach we shared earlier this month," the spokesperson added, linking to a blog post...
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Walt Disney World, SeaWorld propose opening dates
FrozenShutter/iStock By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Walt Disney World has announced a phased re-open approach for its parks.Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Park are targeting July 11, 2020 as an opening date. Epcot and Hollywood Studios are targeting July 15, 2020.The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met May 27 to hear the plans put forth by Walt Disney World and SeaWorld.The plans were approved by the task force. Now they need approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Gov. Ron DeSantis.Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations at Walt Disney World Resort made the virtual...
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How the coronavirus pandemic might change the car business for good
Morsa Images/iStock By MORGAN KORN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Great Recession nearly brought the automotive industry to its knees. A decade later, carmakers are reckoning with a new threat: the novel coronavirus, an unforeseen force that has halted production, disrupted sales and caused financial pain to an industry that was able to bounce back from its nadir in 2008.The majority of automakers are better positioned to withstand the economic headwinds this time around, according to Jeff Schuster, president of LMC Automotive's Americas operations and global vehicle forecasts division. "It's more challenging the smaller you are and the fewer resources...
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Future of fashion: Will COVID-19 change fashion as we know it?
webphotographeer/iStock By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- COVID-19 has disrupted all facets of the economy and the fashion industry is no exception.With over 38 million people currently unemployed, leisure fashion has taken a backseat in favor of necessities.Buying the latest designer shoe or handbag isn’t exactly top of mind in a pandemic, and experts predict this “recession economy mindset” will have major ripple effects on shopping patterns, spending and the success of major brands."Consumers are likely to cut back on fashion-related spending, particularly of the high-end variety," said Paul Sheard, a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School....
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SpaceX and NASA set for 'milestone' launch of astronauts to the International Space Station
SpaceX/NASA BY: CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — In a historic moment for the U.S. space program, NASA and SpaceX are set to launch American astronauts into space on a U.S. spacecraft and from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. "This is a milestone in the history of the U.S. space program. It's only the fifth time that people have been launched on a new U.S. spacecraft," John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and former member of the NASA Advisory Council, told ABC News. The SpaceX Demo-2 test flight...
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