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Want to be able to edit your Tweets? Convince 'everyone' to wear a mask
DKart/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twitter teased it will allow one of its most sought-after updates -- letting people edit Tweets -- on the condition that "everyone wears a mask."The company's announcement from its verified page has already garnered more than 2 million likes on the platform.Twitter declined ABC News' request for further comment, directing only to their message on Twitter that read, "everyone means EVERYONE."Nick Pacilio, a communications manager at Twitter, however, re-shared the original message saying, "this is not a joke." since multiple reporters are asking, this is not a joke https://t.co/rtmoP3O9Eo — Nick Pacilio...
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Unclaimed Baggage store for lost luggage goes online
Unclaimed Baggage By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- It's the store famous the world over for selling lost luggage items. And now, after 50 years, Unclaimed Baggage has gone online.The trip to the 50,000-square-foot Scottsboro, Alabama, store is no longer necessary. In June, the e-commerce site was launched, selling everything from designer sunglasses and headphones to iPads and heirloom watches. The company promises to maintain its "well-below" retail pricing. The items sold are an assortment of lost treasures that airlines and other travel businesses have been unable to reunite with their former owners.In addition to the expected...
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Spas are reopening amid COVID-19: Here are the rules
Massage Envy By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With America still on the road to recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic, nonessential businesses, including spas, are beginning to reopen. But many are wondering, "Is it safe?"When most people think of a visit to a spa, feelings of relaxation immediately come to mind. However, the fears induced by the reality of COVID-19 have forced many spas to pivot or upgrade their offerings under new guidelines. Will deep tissue massages, skin-enhancing facials and body treatments still be a thing? The short answer is yes, but staff and clients alike are...
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Mom alleges in lawsuit she was fired for kids' noise while working from home
DNY59 / iStock By Nicole Pelletiere via GMA(SAN DIEGO) -- A California mother who was working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic said she was let go from her job over her kids being noisy while she was on work calls.Drisana Rios, an insurance account executive, is now suing her former employer for gender discrimination and wrongful termination."He said, 'The kids could be heard on business calls with clients. It's unprofessional,'" Rios of San Diego, told "Good Morning America."In the complaint, Rios, mom to a 4-year-old and an infant, alleges coronavirus closures left her with no child care options. She...
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Trump claims new jobs numbers show economy is 'roaring back' from coronavirus
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks By BEN GITTLESON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump came to the White House briefing room Thursday morning to tout new employment numbers showing that 4.8 million jobs were added in June, calling it "spectacular news.""Today's announcement proves that our economy is roaring back" from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said.Economic experts have said the numbers could be deceiving, showing only a temporary comeback.Indirectly acknowledging the nationwide record surge in new cases, he said in "some places where we're putting out the flames, the fires."The president said his administration was working...
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Wondering what space smells like? There's a perfume for that
buradaki/iStock By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fun fact: Space has a specific smell and now there's a perfume that will allow your senses to get a whiff of it.Eau de Space is the new fragrance that has garnered a lot of attention after being posted on Kickstarter as a crowdfunding campaign.The scent was originally created by chemist Steve Pearce who was contracted by NASA in 2008 to develop a scent that mimicked the smell of outer space.This scent was initially made to help train astronauts and eliminate any surprises they may experience while launching into orbit.Several astronauts...
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Unemployment rate at 11.1% in June, another 1.4M workers filed jobless claims last week
courtneyk/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell slightly to 11.1% in June, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Meanwhile, another 1.4 million workers filed for unemployment insurance in the last week. Both reports highlight the ongoing anguish of the labor market some three months into the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. While the June jobs report shows some gains -- employment rose by 4.8 million last month -- some economists expressed worries it might not accurately represent the current employment climate. Seth Harris, the former acting secretary of...
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Are hotels and rentals safe this summer?
DragonImages/iStock By GIO BENITEZ and MINA KAJI, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- As more Americans hit the road for what experts are calling the "summer of the road trip," hotel chains and Airbnb hosts are stepping up their cleaning game and using new technologies in an effort to convince guests they are safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Hotel giant Marriott International is using electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant -- a tool U.S. airlines have also begun using -- to sanitize surfaces throughout the hotel.The sprayers can be used to clean guest rooms, lobbies, gyms and other public areas, according to Marriott."A...
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New York, New Jersey restaurateurs respond to indoor dining delays
HAKINMHAN/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The light at the end of the tunnel got a little dimmer for restaurants in New York City and New Jersey. Restauranteurs were finally prepared to welcome diners back inside after months of being closed and reorganizing venues to work at limited capacity service due to the coronavirus pandemic."I woke up this morning and it was the first thing I checked -- whether or not we were able to open indoor dining," restaurant owner Emanuele Nigro told ABC News.Nigro and hundreds of others restaurant owners will have to wait. Mayor Bill de...
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Congress extends Paycheck Protection Program; billions remain available
Kameleon007/iStock By SARA KOLINOVSKY and CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Congress has extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for approximately $134 billion in Paycheck Protection Program funds until Aug. 8.The House of Representatives approved the extension by unanimous consent Wednesday evening. In an unexpected move, the Senate kicked off the process, also voting unanimously for the extension Tuesday evening. Now, the extension bill will head to President Donald Trump's desk. The president has not yet indicated whether he will sign it, although his administration has been vocally supportive of the program.The effort comes as the PPP funding is...
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Realtor groups drop 'master' bedroom, bathroom terms from listings
Pixsooz / iStock By Katie Kindelan via GMA(HOUSTON) -- At least two realtor groups are now no longer using the word "master" to describe bedrooms and bathrooms in their listings.The Houston Association of Realtors replaced the phrases "master bedroom" and "master bathroom" with "primary bedroom" and "primary bathroom" on its property listing database."We changed the terms Master Bedroom and Master Bath to Primary Bedroom and Primary Bath in our internal MLS entry platform after a diverse group of members expressed concern that some consumers might perceive the terms to be sexist or racist," a spokesperson for HAR told ABC News....
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Elon Musk poses a 'serious risk of reputational harm' to Tesla, advisory firm warn
wellesenterprises/istock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major advisory firm is urging Tesla shareholders to vote to remove CEO Elon Musk from the company's board, citing "a number of concerns" ranging from his erratic Twitter use, his rush to reopen amid COVID-19 and his "excessive" compensation package.Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a London-based shareholder advisory and consulting firm, noted in a report on Tuesday to shareholders that Musk "presents a serious risk of reputational harm to the company and its shareholders, particularly through the use of his Twitter account."The report referenced the "pedo guy" tweet saga that...
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