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This company recycles event flowers and donates them to people in need
Rachel Scott/ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Weddings and events often have the most beautiful floral arrangements, but after the event is over, the arrangements can end up in the trash.Former event planner Jennifer Grove is working to end that with her company Repeat Roses, which gives event and wedding flowers a second chance by donating them to local nonprofits."We get handwritten cards from all of our organizations across the country that say, 'You know what, we were taking flowers to someone who was getting ready for their cancer treatment. We brought flowers to a gentleman who hasn't had a visitor...
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After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?
Chesnot/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media for its data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and pages than any set of human eyes could ever check. Their methods of serving ads against this sea of content may come under the microscope next. Advertising and privacy experts say a backlash is inevitable against a "Wild West" internet that has escaped scrutiny before. There continues to...
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FAA orders emergency inspections of 352 engines following deadly Southwest incident
WPVI-TV (NEW YORK) -- The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order on Friday for airlines to inspect engines like the one involved in Tuesday's fatal incident involving Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, according to an FAA spokesperson.Engines with more 30,000 total takeoffs and landings must be inspected within 20 days.CFM International, the maker of the engines subject to the order, estimated 352 engines in the U.S. are affected and 681 worldwide.The inspections will focus on the fan blades, the FAA said. The National Transportation Safety Board said an engine fan blade on Flight 1380 suffered metal fatigue before breaking.The woman...
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Harvey Weinstein wants his email back to 'exonerate himself': Court documents
Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TWC (NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein asked a federal bankruptcy court Friday to force The Weinstein Company to give him access to his email accounts and personal files.Without them, Weinstein said in court documents obtained by ABC News, he cannot “exonerate himself.”Weinstein made “multiple requests” for these emails and for his personal files but TWC either refused or imposed “incredulous conditions,” according to court documents.“[TWC’s] continued refusal to permit Mr. Weinstein to access these emails has significantly impinged his ability to effectively defend himself,” his attorney Scott Cousins wrote.Weinstein conceded in court documents he is under...
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Meet the top megadonors spending millions this election cycle
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Some of the nation's wealthiest donors are writing multimillion-dollar checks to support candidates during this midterm season in high stakes contests across the country.While it's not unusual for uber-wealthy donors to gild the coffers of preferred candidates, the roster of rich donors often offers a glimpse of who is playing the role of kingmaker in elections and, sometimes, who might be interested in ensuring that their political interests are heard. By the end of 2014, just five donors poured nearly $135 million into federal elections, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the...
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US stocks close lower as Apple slumps
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the red on Friday as technology stocks suffered from Apple's sliding shares.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 201.95 (-0.82 percent) to finish the session at 24,462.94.The Nasdaq sunk 91.93 (-1.27 percent) to close at 7,146.13, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,670.14, down 22.99 (-0.85 percent) for the day.Crude oil prices remained flat at over $68 per barrel.Winners and Losers: Shares of Apple tumbled 4.10 percent, dragging the tech-heavy Nasdaq lower. Morgan Stanley lowered the stock's price target, predicting weaker iPhone sales this summer.General Electric's quarterly earnings topped investors' expectations and...
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New York's Central Park will be car-free this summer
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- One of the nation’s most iconic urban spaces is kicking out cars.For a trial period that starts in June, vehicles will no longer be allowed to drive through New York’s Central Park, save for cross-town transverses at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets.“This park was not built for automobiles. It was built before there were automobiles,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.Cars have been allowed on a loop drive shared with pedestrians and cyclists south of 72nd Street during certain hours. Loop drives above 72nd Street were closed to vehicular traffic permanently in...
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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $1 billion to settle customer abuse claims
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $1 billion to settle with two U.S. regulators who accused the nation’s third largest bank of abusing its customers.The settlement comes two years after Wells Fargo was found to have opened millions of accounts in customers’ names that they did not know about or want.The amount of the settlement is the largest imposed on a bank under the Trump administration. It will be split between the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.“It’s a serious matter and I think the amount of...
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Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, shares advice for entrepreneurs and overcoming setbacks
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Anne Wojcicki isn’t a typical CEO.The 44-year-old mother of two who runs the consumer genetics and research company 23andMe, reportedly valued at over $1 billion, prefers a uniform of Lululemon shorts, bikes to work every day -- unless it’s raining -- and didn’t exactly set out on the executive path.“I was in college. I didn't know that there were real jobs. I think about how naive I was on the job development process,” Wojcicki says on an episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis” podcast.Wojcicki says she grew up in an “academic environment.” Her...
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Gender equality in the sciences is improving, but more work is needed
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Female representation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has improved somewhat, but a new study looked at the authors of millions of articles and found there is still more work to be done in promoting women in academia."Of the gender-biased disciplines, almost all are moving towards parity, though some are predicted to take decades or even centuries to reach it," Dr. Cindy Hauser, senior research fellow in mathematics at the University of Melbourne and one of the authors on the study, said in a statement.Women were significantly underrepresented as senior authors on studies, according...
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This California restaurant uses a color-coded system to help their staff combat sexual harassment
Homeroom Restaurant (OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Chrissel Orcino had a "code red" at one of her tables.When Orcino, a server at the Oakland, California, restaurant Homeroom, went to pick up the check for her table of three -- two men and one woman -- something alarming happened.A man was eager to pay for the tab of the entire table, Orcino said and reached into her apron pocket with his credit card.“I could, like, feel his, like, hand move all the way down to the bottom of the pocket with his card,” Orcino, 28, recalled.Orcino was in total shock.“He could’ve just handed...
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Furniture-building robot assembles IKEA chair in less than nine minutes
iStock/Thinkstock (JURONG WEST, Singapore) -- Taking hours to set up IKEA furniture or fearing losing all the screws and fixtures could be a thing of the past, sometime in the near future.Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Singapore said they have created a robot designed to do the job -- and it's already built an IKEA chair.In just over eight minutes, the robot set up IKEA’s Stefan chair, the research team at NTU said in a statement.“For a robot, putting together an IKEA chair with such precision is more complex than it looks,”...
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