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Ex-workers sue Kroger, claiming they were fired for refusing to wear rainbow symbol
Wendelland Caroyln/iStock By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(CONWAY, Ark.) -- A federal employment watchdog filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Kroger on behalf of two Arkansas employees who claim they were terminated because they refused to wear an apron that included a rainbow symbol.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in charge of enforcing anti-workplace discrimination laws, filed the suit this week on behalf of ex-workers workers Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd, who said they were fired when the company implemented a new dress code that included an apron with a rainbow heart on it.The women said the company implemented a...
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TikTok, WeChat to be banned from US app stores starting Sunday
Anatoliy Sizov/iStock By WILLIAM MANSELL and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Starting Sunday, downloads of the massively popular video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat will be banned in the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday morning.The department said in a statement that the move was necessary to "safeguard the national security of the United States."President Donald Trump issued twin executive orders in August, saying the apps would shut down by Sept. 20 if they were not sold to U.S. owners. The admin claimed the Chinese Communist Party was using data collected through these...
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New Converse 'Mi Gente' capsule collection celebrates Latino heritage
Converse By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Converse is celebrating Latin Heritage Month with its latest line of kicks that draw inspiration from Puerto Rican, Dominican and Mexican cultures.The "Mi Gente" capsule collection includes festive versions of the brand's classic Chuck 70 and Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers."Created for and by the community, a series of Chuck Taylor All Star styles aim to honor the stories that represent the diversity, duality and vibrancy of LatinX Heritage, in their home countries, the United States and beyond," the footwear company wrote in a statement further speaking to the launch.Out...
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Disney Villains version of Monopoly now available
Hasbro By ZOE MOORE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Get ready to channel your dark side with Monopoly: Disney Villains Edition.This latest version of Monopoly allows players to channel their inner villain.The game from Hasbro and Disney allows players to become classic Disney Villains like Cruella, Jafar, Scar, Evil Queen, Maleficent and Hook."Imagine classic Disney villains stealing, scheming, and competing to see who is the most evil of all," Hasbro wrote in a press release.Disney is no stranger to the world of Monopoly. It has collaborated with Hasbro on a few other editions of their classic game like, The Lion...
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Airline CEOs plead with White House for more aid as over 30,000 face furloughs
iStock/YacobchukOlena BY: MINA KAJI and JORDYN PHELPS, ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Major U.S. airline CEOs are pleading with White House and Congressional leaders for more federal aid as more than 30,000 U.S. airline employees face furloughs in two weeks following the expiration of relief provided by the CARES Act.On Thursday the CEOs met with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. They are asking for an additional $25 billion in federal assistance that would prevent involuntary furloughs until the end of next March."It's not fair. It's not fair to them, not fair to our country, there's enormous bipartisan support, an extension...
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860,000 Americans filed for jobless claims last week
courtneyk/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Some 860,000 Americans lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.The latest tally shows that new jobless claims have dipped significantly since peaking at 6.9 million in the last week of March. Still, it shatters the pre-pandemic weekly record set in 1982 of 695,000. This week's figure is also the lowest since the pandemic began, yet the numbers are not directly comparable to many of the earlier weeks as the DOL announced earlier this month it was changing its methodology used to seasonally adjust the data....
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Eleven state treasurers call on Gilead to reduce remdesivir pricing
Andrei Stanescu/iStock By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the U.S. approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths, a coalition of 11 state treasurers is calling on drugmaker Gilead Sciences to reduce the price of remdesivir, its promising treatment for some patients of COVID-19.In a letter to the California-based drugmaker on Wednesday, the state treasurers, led by Pennsylvania's Joe Torsella and Ohio's Robert Sprague, asked the company to "responsibly commit to being a part of our nation's recovery from COVID-19, both medically and economically, by repricing this drug more affordably."Remdesivir is an antiviral treatment shown to diminish recovery time in hospitalized coronavirus...
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American Girl releases new '80s-themed doll
American Girl By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- American Girl is giving everyone a chance to channel the spirit of '80s style with the brand's latest doll launch.For the first time in the past three years, the toy company unveiled a new historical doll, "Courtney Moore," on Tuesday.The brand's latest doll grew up in 1986 and her personality and look are inspired by the era's pop culture, hairstyles, bright-colored fashion, music and more.​"The '80s are back, and we're thrilled to celebrate this pop culture-defining decade with girls and their parents through Courtney," said Jamie Cygielman, general manager...
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Kim Kardashian West to 'freeze' Instagram posting for one day to protest hate speech, disinformation
ABC By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian West is among the handful of celebrities participating in an Instagram "freeze" Wednesday in protest of hate speech and disinformation on the platform and its parent company, Facebook.The Stop Hate For Profit coalition, a group backed by the NAACP and other civil rights organizations that spearheaded the Facebook ad boycott in July, announced the freeze Wednesday in a statement, saying West was among the nearly two dozen celebrities participating.Sacha Baron Cohen, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher are some of the other celebrities lending their voices to...
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United will use antimicrobial spraying robots on some aircraft
United Airlines By MINA KAJI, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines is turning to a 100-pound robot in its latest effort to reassure customers that flying during the COVID-19 pandemic is safe.United intends to use the robot, MicroSonic Solution's NovaRover, during some of its aircraft's "deepest cleanings" overnight at 10 U.S. airports.For months, airlines have turned to electrostatic sprayers, but MicroSonic President Nicholas Federico said its machine is easier to operate, faster and removes any human error.Federico demonstrated to ABC News how the NovaRover works -- explaining how it it only takes about 90 seconds to disinfect the most popular...
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House committee final report says Boeing, FAA failures to blame for deadly 737 MAX crashes
Wolterk/iStock By AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Paul Njoroge lost his entire family in March 2019, after Ethiopian Air Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia."I stay up nights thinking of the horror they must have endured," Njoroge told lawmakers in a hearing on the incident last summer.His mother-in-law, wife and three young children were flying on a Boeing 737 MAX and were victims of the second fatal accident involving the aircraft. Just months earlier, Lion Air 610, also a MAX, crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. Both crashes resulted in the...
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Minority homes bear financial strain amid COVID-19
Sergii Zyskо/iStock By SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An unequal burden in America's COVID-19 pandemic has been borne by those most vulnerable to the virus, and most at risk to its economic fallout. Latino, Black and Native American households across the country already weathering the brunt of converging crises -- coronavirus, and systemic racial inequality -- now find the virus' havoc hitting home.New polling reveals the fiscal straits into which coronavirus has plunged these groups. The survey, conducted July 1 - Aug. 3, and released Wednesday from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public...
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