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Jameela Jamil shuts down body shaming Avon ad, gets company to take it down
Todd Williamson/NBC via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- It may be a new year, but actress Jameela Jamil is continuing where she left off in 2018, promoting body confidence and shutting down anyone or any organization doing otherwise.Case in point, Avon released an ad that said "dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs)," and Jamil pounced."And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at @Avon_UK certainly do. Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to 'fix' them,...
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Google slapped with more than $56 million in fines under new European privacy rules
JHVEPhoto/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Google has been fined more than $56 million over its advertising in Europe.France's data privacy watchdog CNIL announced in a statement Monday that it was imposing a record sanction of 50 million euros on the U.S. tech giant due to "lack of transparency, unsatisfactory information and lack of valid consent for the personalization of advertisement."An investigation into complaints filed against Google last year revealed that users were "not sufficiently informed" about its data consent policies, CNIL said.It's the largest fine to be issued under the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which took...
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PepsiCo in legal battle with moonshine distillery over 'Mountain Dew' trademark
NoDerog/iStock (NEW YORK) -- PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest food companies, is in a legal battle with a Tennessee distillery, Ole Smoky Moonshine, over the distillery’s trademark application for the term “Mountain Dew.”PepsiCo filed a Notice of Opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in 2016 opposing Ole Smoky’s trademark for “Ole Smoky Mountain Dew Moonshine.” PepsiCo said that its products “are sold in almost every supermarket in the United States,” and that it has “built up a very high level of consumer and trade recognition symbolized by [PepsiCo’s] marks.”PepsiCo went on to say that Ole Smoky's use...
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Jon Bon Jovi's restaurant to provide free meals to furloughed government workers
Theo Wargo/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RED BANK, N.J.) -- Furloughed federal workers who've been without pay since the government shutdown will get a helping hand on Monday, thanks to rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and others.The rocker's JBJ Soul Kitchen, a Red Bank, New Jersey, community restaurant that allows people to either make a donation or volunteer there in exchange for food, is offering free meals for furloughed government workers and their families on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.In partnership with the Murphy Family Foundation, run by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his...
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Oxfam: Billionaire fortunes grew 12% in 2018 as world's poorest got 11% poorer
SARINYAPINNGAM/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In 2018, billionaire fortunes grew by 12 percent -- about $2.5 billion every day -- as the world's 3.8 billion poorest people lost about 11 percent of their wealth, according to a report by Oxfam launched to coincide with this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis a decade ago, according to the report, with a millionaire becoming a billionaire roughly every other day."The last ten years clearly shows that we have learned nothing," Paul O'Brien, Oxfam America's vice president for policy and campaigns, said in a...
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Elon Musk warns 'the road ahead is very difficult' as Tesla lays off 7 percent of workforce
Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Tesla announced on Friday that it will cut 7 percent of its workforce, marking the second round of job cuts in just over six months, as it faces the pressure of building and delivering its long-promised, lower-priced Model 3s at scale while keeping costs down. The news comes just one week after CEO Elon Musk announced layoffs of 10 percent at his other company, SpaceX, in an all-hands meeting, which was first reported by The Los Angeles Times. "We, unfortunately, have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7 percent (we...
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Companies disproportionately target black, Latino youth in TV ads for unhealthy foods
Robert Alexander/Getty Images BY: DR. ROBIN ORTIZ (NEW YORK) -- Extreme weight gain in children is a dangerous mental and physical health epidemic in the United States, and public health officials have implored children and their parents to lay off the sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food and unhealthy snacks. But according to a report released this week by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, the fight against obesity may not only be with the unhealthy food itself, but with the companies that advertise their unhealthy products to susceptible communities. The authors defined “targeted” ads...
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11-year-old girl starts her own business while her mom is furloughed
Jessica Berrellez (NEW YORK) -- An 11-year-old girl whose mom has spent almost a month out of work as a furloughed federal employee created her own business to help her family and others. Bella Berrellez, a fifth-grader in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has sold more than 500 of her handmade sugar body scrubs since the federal government's partial shutdown began last month. She started making the $7 creations when her mom, Jessica Berrellez, a longtime employee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was furloughed. "I just came up with the idea because when I found out my mom was furloughed...
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'I shouldn't even be here': zTrip driver survives being shot 21 times in robbery attempt
KMBC-TV (KANSAS CITY) -- It's been six weeks since Teresa Meitl was shot 21 times within close range and, although she's still recovering in the hospital, she feels grateful to be alive. "It's like a miracle," Meitl, of Kansas City, Missouri, told ABC local station KMBC-TV in a recent interview. "Really, I shouldn’t even be here, being shot as many times as I [was]." The shooting happened on the night of Dec. 4. Meitl, a 53-year-old driver for ride-hailing company zTrip, drove a passenger to his destination in Kansas City and was waiting for someone to bring out the cab...
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Tesla to cut 7% of its workforce as it focuses on more affordable vehicles
Sjo/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In an effort to cut costs as it gears up to produce more affordable Model 3 sedans, Tesla announced on Friday it will be cutting approximately 7 percent of its full-time staff.Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the decision to employees in an email.While noting quarterly figures, Musk said the profits made during the last two quarters were mostly due to selling more expensive versions of the Model 3."However, starting around May, we will need to deliver at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford...
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Peeps debuting limited-edition marshmallow-flavored cereal
Kellogg’s (NEW YORK) -- Kellogg’s has created a limited-edition Peeps marshmallow-flavored cereal that will be rolling onto shelves nationwide before Easter.The cereal is inspired by the popular chick and bunny-shaped Easter treat.The sweet whole grain cereal will mimic Peep’s traditional springtime colors, while marshmallows that look like mini-versions of Peeps themselves will be sprinkled throughout.The cereal will only be offered until supplies last. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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How Russia used Facebook to expand the Kremlin's messaging
CASEZY/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook removed more than 250 pages on Thursday for “coordinated inauthentic behavior" masquerading as special interest groups when they were actually meant to expand the reach of the Kremlin’s media agency, Rossiya Segodnya, according to the digital investigators that led a parallel investigation.The campaign focused on amplifying Rossiya Segodnya's online outlet Sputnik, and to a lesser extent, its video service, Tok. The pulled pages were investigated through their open-source code by the Digital Forensics Lab (DFR Lab), which is part of The Atlantic Council, an American think tank. DFR Lab has a partnership with Facebook.Although the...
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