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Boeing dedicates $50 million of pledged $100 million to the families of the victims of Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes
nycshooter/iStock (CHICAGO) -- Boeing on Wednesday announced that is will dedicate $50 million of pledged $100 million for relief to the families of the 346 people that were killed in the Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes."The tragic loss of life in both accidents continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we have the utmost sympathy for the loved ones of those on board," Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing CEO said in a statement. "Through our partnership with Feinberg and Biros, we hope affected families receive needed assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible."This announcement came minutes before a...
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LA home where Manson followers brutally killed the LaBiancas is now for sale
SondraP/iStock (LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles home where Charles Manson's followers brutally killed a married couple is now for sale.Grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary LaBianca were ambushed at their house on August 10, 1969. They were stabbed multiple times and the word "war" was carved on Leno LaBianca's stomach.The killers also used their blood to scrawl on the couple's walls the words "Rise," "Death to Pigs" and "Helter Skelter" -- a reference to The Beatles' song and the phrase Manson wanted to use to ignite a race war.The property listing on Redfin for the LaBianca's former home...
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Hot dog fans can relish a stay in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile with Airbnb
joshuaraineyphotography/iStock (CHICAGO) -- A hot dog may not be considered a sandwich, but now it can be a home.Oscar Mayer is opening the doors of its infamous Wienermobile for the first time ever to give hot dog lovers a chance to book an overnight stay in the 27-foot hot dog on wheels through Airbnb.This summer guests can call the Wienermobile home for the ultimate camp-out from Aug. 1 to 4 in the Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago.According to the listing, which went live for bookings on National Hot Dog Day, the camper/RV has one bed, one bath and can sleep...
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FaceApp goes viral with old-age filter, but spurs privacy concerns
damircudic/iStock (NEW YORK) -- FaceApp is the latest viral trend that has everyone doing a double-take over how they might look 50 years in the future -- but users might want to take a closer look at the privacy policy first. The popular free mobile app that instantly alters the appearance of a person's face -- adding wrinkles, sun damage and grey hair -- has blown up on social media, shared by hundreds including a long list of celebrities. FaceApp uses a type of artificial intelligence to "transform your face" according to the iTunes app store. But while social media...
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EU launches investigation into Amazon's use of 'sensitive data'
Amazon (LONDON) -- The executive body of the European Union has opened a formal investigation into whether Amazon's handling of data from independent sellers breaks anti-competition laws. The European Commission will investigate Amazon's dual role as a retailer selling products and as a marketplace where independent sellers deal directly with customers.The investigation will build on the commission's preliminary fact-finding mission, which found that "Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information - about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace."These practices could breach European antitrust and competition laws on anti-competitive policies. "European consumers are increasingly shopping online," Commissioner Margrethe...
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Ford builds a pickup truck emoji
fredrocko/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Henry Ford rolled out the first factory-built half-ton pickup truck in 1925. Fast forward 94 years and his company wants to break new ground on your smartphone screen by introducing a truck emoji."When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we had to help make it happen," Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of automotive, said in a statement. So last year, Ford submitted a proposal to the organization that reviews and approves new emojis. The Unicode Consortium short-listed the pickup truck emoji. If it's chosen, it'll be out in early 2020 on all platforms. The automaker...
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Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit on display for first time in more than a decade
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Exactly 50 years since the launch of Apollo 11, the spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his 'giant leap for mankind' went on display Tuesday morning for the first time in over a decade. The suit, with lunar dust still embedded in the fabric, was revealed alongside Vice President Mike Pence and members of Armstrong's family at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. "It is the single most human factor of the Apollo 11 mission," said Lisa Young, objects conservator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "It's like a small, tiny...
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Girl Scouts launches 42 new badges to mobilize girls to change the world
Girl Scouts of the USA (NEW YORK) -- The Girl Scouts have added more new badges and programs to help girls learn to make choices about how they want to experience and influence the world. The 42 new badges were created exclusively for girls in grades K-12, the Girl Scouts of the USA said in a press release. "The badges enhance the organization’s existing girl-led programming, offering girls everything from adventuring in the snow or mountains to learning how to use coding to solve problems they care about," the organization said in a press release. "Girl Scout programming has long...
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Amazon Prime Day, Target's Deal Days kick off Monday
kasinv/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Amazon Prime Day is here. On July 15, get ready to shop one of the biggest sales of the summer on everything from electronics to your favorite fashion finds, all at deeply discounted prices. This year, there are more than one million deals that will last for 48 hours. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, don’t worry. You can still score some good deals at Target. The retailer's special two-day "Deal Days" event kicks off on Monday. Deals up to 50% off on kitchenware, appliances, furniture, fashions, back to school offers and more are available...
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Marriott, Choice hotels say they would not serve as detention centers after ICE raids
Scott Olson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- As U.S. cities brace for President Donald Trump's promised immigration raids this weekend, two popular hotel chains said they would not serve as detention centers for immigrants in the event of a housing shortage.Trump on Friday confirmed plans for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major U.S. cities this weekend, marking the second time in as many months that he has called for the deportation of "millions" of undocumented immigrants.Trump tweeted last month that "millions" would be deported.While administration officials have called that estimate an exaggeration, they confirmed that there are 2,000 people...
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Google workers can listen to your Google Assistant recordings, company acknowledges
David Paul Morris/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A Dutch language expert working for Google to train its speech technology leaked private information in a breach of the company's security policies, company officials said. The disclosure came after Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS reported that its reporters listened to more than 1,000 conversations recorded by the search giant's virtual assistant, including some that revealed identifiable information about the users."As part of our work to develop speech technology for more languages, we partner with language experts around the world who understand the nuances and accents of a specific language," Google executive David Monsees...
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Sotheby's to auction off rare Nike sneakers, starting bids reach $80,000
code6d/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Sneaker enthusiasts can now get their hands on some of the rarest kicks ever made -- for a hefty price -- as Sotheby’s launches its “Ultimate Sneaker Collection” auction.The art dealer has partnered with shoe store Stadium Goods to auction off 100 of “the most exclusive and coveted sneakers ever produced by Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, Yeezy, and more,” Sotheby’s announced Thursday.Of the sneakers available, the 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoe” was called “the auction’s crown jewel.”Designed by Nike co-founder and Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman, the shoe was created for the 1972...
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