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Artist places Harriet Tubman on $20 bills, despite Trump's ambivalence
CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- There’s a familiar face in town and it’s covering America’s seventh president’s face on a number of $20 bills: Harriet Tubman. New York artist Dano Wall said he has decided to take matters into his own hands with an unofficial revision of the bill since the Trump administration has indicated they are in no rush to put the noted abolitionist and Union spy onto currency. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel this week that the administration is looking at 2028 as a possible date. “We’ll see about that,” Wall tweeted shortly after...
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Hedge fund manager owes college friend of Trump Jr. millions of dollars, jury finds
iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew (NEW YORK) -- Hedge fund star Paul Touradji bilked a pair of employees, including a fundraiser for the Trump campaign, out of nearly $50 million, a Manhattan jury decided late Thursday. Touradji had refused to pay Robert Vollero and Gentry Beach for three years’ worth of work and the jury awarded them a combined $45.7 million following a three-week trial. Beach is a Dallas-based investor and college friend of Donald Trump Jr. who helped raise money for the Trump presidential campaign. He and Vollero were portfolio managers at Touradji Capital Management. The jury found Touradji in breach of...
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CrossFit quits Facebook and Instagram, citing privacy concerns
iStock/South_agency (NEW YORK) -- CrossFit, the popular fitness and lifestyle program with a cult-like following, broke up with Facebook and Instagram on Friday, citing security and privacy concerns. CrossFit, Inc., which boasts 15,000 affiliates and millions of followers, said it was investigating alleged security problems and opposed what it called Facebook's overwhelming influence on"the marketplace of public thought," the fitness company said in a statement. "All activity on CrossFit, Inc.'s Facebook and Instagram accounts was suspended as of May 22, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook's deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the...
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40% of Americans don’t have $400 in the bank for emergency expenses: Federal Reserve
iStock/Hydromet (NEW YORK) -- Almost 40% of American adults wouldn’t be able to cover a $400 emergency with cash, savings or a credit-card charge that they could quickly pay off, a Federal Reserve survey finds. About 27% of those surveyed would need to borrow the money or sell something to come up with the $400 and an additional 12% would not be able to cover it at all, according to the Federal Reserve's 2018 report on the economic well-being of U.S. households released on Thursday. In addition, 12% of adults said they wouldn't be able to pay their current monthly...
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Harvey Weinstein comes to tentative $44 million settlement agreement with sexual misconduct accusers
DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his former studio have come to a tentative agreement in bankruptcy court to resolve lawsuits filed by several women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. The deal would be worth $44 million, sources told ABC News."We now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG’s office, the defendants and all the insurers," Adam Harris, an attorney for Weinstein, told a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware on Thursday.The agreement has not been finalized.The Wall Street Journal was first to report the...
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Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter ride to feature a free-fall vertical drop
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opening at Universal Orlando on June 13. (Credit: Universal Orlando) (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The most anticipated roller coaster of the summer is being billed as a "story coaster."Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opening at Universal Orlando on June 13, takes guests into one of the "most mysterious places in the Wizarding World – the Forbidden Forest," Universal Orlando said. With 7 total launches, it has the most of any roller coaster in the world. It is the first US-coaster to feature a free-fall vertical drop, which totals 17 feet. Guests will be catapulted 65 feet...
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Gas prices dropping as Americans head into Memorial Day weekend
jaboo2foto/iStock (NEW YORK) -- There's good news for some Americans hitting the road to catch rays at the beach and fire up the grill with distant family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.Get pumped! Gas prices are dropping, according to AAA."For the 37.6 million motorists hitting the road for Memorial Day, they can expect gas prices to be cheaper than last year with the exception of a few states in the West Coast and Rockies region," said AAA on Thursday.The national gas average fell to $2.845 per gallon for unleaded regular gas this week.Around the same time last year leading...
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Facebook takes down more than 3 billion fake accounts in 6 months
David Tran/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook took down more than three billion fake accounts between September 2018 and March 2019, the company said on Thursday.The news came as the company released its annual "Community Standards Enforcement Report" on Thursday, an accounting of its efforts to police problematic content, including violence, hate speech and child pornography."The amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time," Facebook's vice president of integrity Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. "We disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4...
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2020 Democrats join McDonald's workers on strike to push for union rights, minimum wage hike
Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Striking workers for fast food giant McDonald's joined a handful of Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday in their push to expand union rights and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.The strike coincides with McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas. McDonald’s cooks and cashiers are striking in major cities around the country including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa.Former Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Sen. Bernie...
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Trump administration announces $16 billion bailout for farmers hit by trade war with China
Ron and Patty Thomas/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration unveiled a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the ongoing trade war with China, the second such deal intended to help limit the losses from Chinese tariffs on American goods.The assistance is designed to offset the estimated impact to American farmers from Chinese tariffs on American goods levied in retaliation for tariffs against Chinese products.Similar to the aid package announced last year, farmers can apply for direct payments for crops impacted by the tariffs and USDA will buy surplus products like milk and meat to distribute to food banks...
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Universal Standard launches sizes 00-40 across entire brand
AGCreativeLab/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Universal Standard is on a mission to become the world's most inclusive fashion platform, and with the launch of their 00 - 40 size range, they are well on their way.On Tuesday, the brand announced its expansion along with new pieces including overalls, hi-low button-down shirts, cropped boyfriend denim and more across the entire brand.On Instagram, Universal Standard posted a text graphic that reads, "Today, we're committing to create the change we want to see in the world, so that access for all doesn't end with US.""We will work to empower the industry to embrace inclusion....
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Weekly jobless claims drop to 211,000
glegorly/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims took a slight dip last week, falling by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. For the week ending May 18, the number of people filing for benefits dropped from an unrevised level of 212,000 the previous week to 211,000. The four-week average also went down, decreasing by 4,750 to 220,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 225,000. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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