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Former Juul user sues company after being hospitalized, placed in coma
Josie_Desmarais/iStock (NEW YORK) -- When 21-year-old Connor Evans was admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital for two and a half weeks in May for lung-related issues, he was shocked."My lungs were filled up to -- 80% of the capacity was filled with fluid," he told ABC News' Good Morning America. "So I would cough and -- you could tell stuff was coming up. Like, it wasn’t -- it wasn’t a healthy cough, for sure." Evans said he was 19 when he started vaping and that he never smoked cigarettes or any other products. So says he was surprised when he started...
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Macy's bans fur sales in move celebrated by animal rights activists
AlexandreFagundes/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Macy’s has formally announced that it will stop selling fur by the end of the 2020 fiscal year in a move that comes less than two weeks after California became the first state to ban the sale of new fur products.The retail giant said that fur will no longer be sold across Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s private brands or from brand partners, according to a press release published on Monday. “Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our...
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Federal employees on public lands see anti-government threats as 'part of the job'
kellyvandellen/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Federal employees have faced hundreds of threats in recent years, especially in agencies that manage federal lands, forests and national wildlife refuges around the country.A new report found that employees from the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service faced at least 360 threats from 2013 to 2017 ranging from verbal threats toward employees to attempted murder. The report from the Government Accountability Office, published Monday, also says that the FBI has opened "under 100" domestic terrorism investigations into incidents targeting federal agencies from individuals that expressed anti-government views...
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Opioid companies reach tentative $260M settlement just before landmark trial in Ohio
BCFC/iStock (CLEVELAND) -- Hours before a landmark opioid trial was set to start in an Ohio courthouse, major drug distributors and a manufacturer agreed to a tentative settlement, according to lawyers representing the thousands of communities involved in the case.The settlement deal totals $260 million, according to a source familiar with the matter.The settlement agreement between opioid drug distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson and Amerisource Bergen, as well as manufacturer Teva, "will make significant progress to abate the epidemic by providing resources for and applying funds directly to necessary opioid-recovery programs," attorneys Paul J. Hanly Jr., Paul T. Farrell Jr. and...
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Halloween spending expected to reach $8.8 billion in 2019
mediaphotos/iStock (NEW YORK) -- This Halloween, beware of how the holiday will hit your wallet.Halloween spending is projected to reach $8.8 billion this year, with each shopper spending an average of $86.27 on the holiday, according to a report from the National Retail Federation. Still, that's down from 2018, when Halloween spending was projected to be $9 billion.About 172 million Americans plan to celebrate the spooky holiday this year, which is also down from last year's 175 million.How do consumers plan to spend those billions? In a few different ways.About $3.2 billion will be spent on costumes, while $2.6 billion...
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As panic buttons become more common, some hotel workers say they are still waiting
monkeybusinessimages/iStock (BOSTON) -- Fatoumata Bah has worked in the hotel industry since 2001, when she immigrated to the country from Senegal. But she has not received a paycheck since early September when she and 75 colleagues walked off their jobs at a hotel in Boston and began a month-long strike.Top on the list of their demands: panic buttons.“One time a guy who was there with his wife grabbed my hand while she stepped out of the room and offered me $5 to fool around and dance,” said Bah.“I just told him that it’s not allowed, that I was just there...
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Boeing pilots messaged about 737 Max issues years before 2 crashes killed 346
Robert Michaud/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Internal messages between two Boeing pilots appear to show the company knew about problems with an automated system in the 737 Max aircraft in 2016, two years before two separate crashes involving the Max killed 346 people. In a document obtained by ABC News, Boeing's chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, told a colleague that the plane's MCAS system was "running rampant in the sim on me." Forkner said in the messages that in the simulation the MCAS was "trimming itself craxy," likely meaning "crazy," and that it was "egregious." News of the internal messages was...
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Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62
wellesenterprises/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Mark Hurd, a tech industry tycoon and the co-CEO of Oracle, died on Friday, according to co-founder Larry Ellison. Hurd was 62."It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that I tell everyone here at Oracle that Mark Hurd passed away early this morning," Ellison wrote in a statement posted to Hurd's website. "Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague."The company "has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle," the statement added. Ellison noted that while some...
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Johnson & Johnson recalls some baby powder after asbestos found
Wachiwit/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder after traces of asbestos were found, the company announced Friday.The contamination was found in a single bottle of Johnson's baby powder purchased from an online retailer, prompting the lot, or around 33,000 bottles, to be recalled, the company said.The amount of asbestos found was considered a "sub-trace level" (no greater than 0.00002 percent), but the company issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."Johnson & Johnson says it is working with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate how the bottle became contaminated.Two...
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Qantas flight from NY to Sydney will mark world's longest nonstop flight
Kristian1108/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The world's longest nonstop flight will take to the skies Friday night.The flight, operated by Qantas, is scheduled to leave from New York at 9 p.m. on Friday and arrive in Sydney, Australia shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, making the trip a total of 20 hours. The Australian carrier has dubbed the test flight "Project Sunrise," and plans to gather information from the marathon journey. Qantas says researchers will be both on board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and on the ground examining how passengers and crew members handle the long flight. Copyright © 2019, ABC...
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Retiring pilot, on his last flight, gives his wings to toddler
Sarah Tamar Klitenick (NEW YORK) -- It was a milestone day for both: a pilot on his last flight of an almost 35-year career -- and a 2-year-old on his first international flight.It ended with them both in the cockpit where retiring American Airlines Captain Joe Weis gave his pilot's wings pin to 2-year-old Ki Klitenick during Weis' final flight from Madrid to Miami. In a video, Weis pins on Ki the "real wings" -- the ones he earned over the last 34 years.An airline pilot's final flight can be emotional. There's usually a water salute -- an honoring ceremony...
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The FCC approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Now what?
TennesseePhotographer/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to approve a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, and the Justice Department also appears on board, but the telecommunication leviathans still must persuade a coalition of state attorneys general.The FCC voted along party lines, 3-2, on Wednesday to approve a merger between two of the nation's largest wireless carriers, the agency confirmed to ABC News, just months after they got clearance from the Department of Justice. The DOJ approved the merger with conditions, including that the companies divest from Sprint's prepaid businesses such as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.Last month,...
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