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Amazon responds to story that couple's private conversation was sent to random contact
Amazon/ABC News (PORTLAND) -- Amazon said that it was "evaluating options" after recent and shocking news that its Echo device had not only recorded a couple's conversation inside their home, but also had sent it to a random contact.A Portland, Oregon couple got a phone call from a family friend in Seattle a few weeks ago, saying that he'd been sent audio recordings of them talking inside of their home, according to CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. "At first, my husband was like, 'No, you didn't,' and he's like, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors,'" a woman who identified herself to...
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Fiat Chrysler issues urgent cruise control warning for 4.8 million U.S. vehicles
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As millions of Americans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, Fiat Chrysler and federal regulators are urgently warning drivers of 4.8 million American sedans, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks to avoid using the cruise control until their vehicle is fixed.The automaker has discovered at least one instance of a driver unable to disengage the cruise control, a spokesperson told ABC News. A recall has been issued for all 4.8 million affected vehicles and FCA will update the software free of charge.Forcefully applying the brakes will overpower any acceleration and bring the vehicle to a stop,...
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What the best sales are for Memorial Day weekend
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The temperatures are rising, but summer weather isn’t the only thing heating up. Memorial Day also means hot deals online and in stores. We teamed up with RetailMeNot who let us know what to buy this holiday weekend, and what not to buy to avoid getting burned.If you’re looking to treat yourself this Memorial Day, here’s what you should buy:Outdoor entertaining items:The season for outdoor entertaining has finally arrived and as the grills start to sizzle -- so do the deals. If you’re in the market for a new grill, consider buying closer to Memorial Day...
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Auto groups slam Trump administration's imports investigation, possible tariffs
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Two Washington D.C.-based automaker groups are slamming President Donald Trump's decision to launch an investigation into auto imports, which could lead to tariffs on foreign-made vehicles."To our knowledge, no one is asking for this protection. If these tariffs are imposed, consumers are going to take a big hit," said John Bozella, President of Global Automakers, a trade group representing foreign manufacturers doing business in the U.S. "This course of action will undermine the health and competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry."The legal mechanism for the investigation "has rarely been used and traditionally has not focused on finished...
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Facebook and Twitter launch new rules for political ads to counter misinformation
Twitter (NEW YORK) -- Facebook and Twitter will now only allow verified advertisers to post political ads, and users will be able to see who paid for and how much was spent on the ads.The new rules are the latest efforts from the social media platforms to be more transparent ahead of the U.S. midterm elections after the FBI found that Russians used Facebook ads in their attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.Facebook’s new regulations went into effect Thursday and Twitter says they’ll start enforcing the new rules later this summer. Facebook’s restrictions cover all political ads as well...
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Harvey Weinstein to turn himself in to face criminal charges
Jacopo Raule/GC Images (NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will turn himself into New York City police Friday to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sources familiar with the case told ABC News.Weinstein has been under criminal investigation in connection with the allegations of two women, Lucia Evans and actress Paz de la Huerta.It’s not clear what charges Weinstein will face but Evans told The New Yorker Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 while de la Huerta told Vanity Fair he raped her in 2010.Both accusations are within the...
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Women's pay still not adding up to what men earn
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that women are still earning less than their male counterparts in most occupations. The widest wage disparities are found in sales and finance positions even though women tend to comprise 45-55 percent of that workforce.Equal Pay Day is a public awareness event dating back to 1996 that represents the extra amount of time women would have to work in order to earn what her male counterparts earned in the previous year. This year’s Equal Pay Day was April 10.But for black and Latina women, Equal Pay Day...
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Airline industry preparing for record 246 million summer travelers
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Airports across the country are expected to serve a record number of summer travelers this year, but if all goes to plan for airline and security officials, you may not even notice.Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing many of the largest domestic airlines, projected on Wednesday that 246.1 million people will board U.S. commercial flights between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. That increase would be up 3.7 percent from last year’s record 237.3 million passengers.The announcement follows the Transportation Security Administration's own historic projection of 243 million passengers and crew to pass through...
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Federal prosecutors investigating allegations of sex abuse against Weinstein
WABC-TV (NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are now investigating allegations of sexual abuse against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, a source familiar with the probe confirmed to ABC News.The New York Police Department, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles Police Department and U.K. authorities have previously acknowledged investigations of allegations by dozens of women, which Weinstein denies.Federal prosecutors rarely investigate individual sex assault allegations but, in general, there are federal statutes that cover sex trafficking, child exploitation or use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity. If Weinstein was found to have lured...
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg heads to Paris to meet French president after fending off EU lawmakers
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (PARIS) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris today, after fielding tough questions Tuesday from European Union lawmakers in Brussels.Zuckerberg has been invited today -- along with dozens of other tech bosses including Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi and IBM's Ginni Rometty -- to participate in a summit called “Tech for Good” at the official residence of the French president.The objective of the summit is “to discuss possible contribution from technology toward public and common good” the Elysee Palace said in a statement.The summit comes...
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Uber's new rules on arbitration for sex-related claims face 1st test
Uber (NEW YORK) -- A former employee is suing Uber less than a week after the company announced it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers, drivers or employees who come forward with claims of sexual harassment or assault.The lawsuit, filed by software engineer Ingrid Avendaño, alleges years of discrimination based on her gender and race, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, retaliation for taking a medical leave and pay inequality, among other allegations. The suit will be the first test of the company’s new policy.According to the lawsuit, Avendaño, who worked for the company...
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Grocery omits Latin word due to its similarity to profanity
Cara Koscinski (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A South Carolina family is moving on after an unexpected omission on a cake had them laughing during their son's graduation party.Jacob Koscinski graduated Saturday from his Christian-based home-schooling program in a suburb of Charleston.His family was extremely proud of him not only graduating, but also graduating with highest honors, widely-known in Latin as "Summa Cum Laude."Summa Cum Laude translates as “with the highest distinction.” To honor this achievement, his family went online and ordered a sheet cake from the nearby grocery store, Publix, for his graduation party.His mom, Cara Koscinski, entered the phrase she...
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