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Men arrested at Starbucks were there for business meeting hoping to change ‘our lives’

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing said they were there for a business meeting that they hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News’ Good Morning America to publicly share their story for the first time.

The entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood when they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager.

“I was thinking, ‘They can’t be here for us,'” Robinson said in the interview with GMA Co-Anchor Robin Roberts.

The pair didn’t think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

“It was just, ‘Get out. You have to leave. You’re not buying anything, so you shouldn’t be here,'” Nelson told GMA.

They calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person they were waiting for. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

“This is a real estate meeting. We’ve been working on this for months,” Nelson said. “We’re days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can’t do that? You’re not doing that.”

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. An onlooker captured the incident on video, which went viral and prompted Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to release a statement saying the “reprehensible outcome” should have never happened.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

“There was no reasoning,” he said. “They had nothing. They just kept using ‘defiant trespassing’ as their excuse for putting us behind bars.”

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Men arrested at Starbucks were there for business meeting hoping to change ‘our lives’

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing said they were there for a business meeting that they hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News’ Good Morning America to publicly share their story for the first time.

The entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood when they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager.

“I was thinking, ‘They can’t be here for us,'” Robinson said in the interview with GMA Co-Anchor Robin Roberts.

The pair didn’t think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

“It was just, ‘Get out. You have to leave. You’re not buying anything, so you shouldn’t be here,'” Nelson told GMA.

They calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person they were waiting for. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

“This is a real estate meeting. We’ve been working on this for months,” Nelson said. “We’re days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can’t do that? You’re not doing that.”

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. An onlooker captured the incident on video, which went viral and prompted Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to release a statement saying the “reprehensible outcome” should have never happened.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

“There was no reasoning,” he said. “They had nothing. They just kept using ‘defiant trespassing’ as their excuse for putting us behind bars.”

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Girls Make Beats trains girls in music production to help close the gender gap

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC(NEW YORK) — When recording artist and audio engineer Tiffany Miranda walks into a studio, she’s used to standing out.

“As a woman, some of the challenges I faced were just people walking in the door and asking where the engineer is while I was sitting right behind the mixing console,” said Miranda, whose work has appeared on American Idol and X-Factor. She has collaborated with many artists and producers, including Rick Ross and DJ Khaled.

“A lot of guys weren’t really used to seeing girls behind the boards,” she said.

But Miranda didn’t want to accept that as the status quo. Instead, she decided to work toward correcting the gender disparity in music production by founding Girls Make Beats, an organization dedicated to helping young girls interested in becoming music producers.

The group hosts educational seminars, summer camps and networking events — all with the goal of helping girls further their careers in music.

“Girls Make Beats came about because of my own personal story and struggles in the music industry,” Miranda said. “I found out very early on that it was tough for girls to break into music technology fields, and there’s actually never been a woman to win a Grammy for their music production — ever.”

The numbers back up Miranda’s experience. Female songwriters and producers are outnumbered by men, according to a University of South Carolina Annenberg report conducted between 2012 to 2017. Female songwriters and producers made up only 12.3 percent of songwriters for the top 600 songs of the last six years. Also among the findings: Two percent of producers across 300 songs were female, translating into a major gender ratio of 49 males to every female.

“When I was growing up, there were literally no women that I could look up to and aspire to be — the next big audio engineer, that next big music producer,” she said. “So with Girls Make Beats, we’re out there — we’re bringing the program to these girls and their schools. We’re introducing them to these really cool and fun fields like DJing, music production and audio engineering, and getting them excited about it from an early age.”

The organization started in Miami, but recently opened a chapter in Los Angeles and is organizing programs in several major cities across the United States.

The program aims to help young girls such as 11-year-old Bella Villa, whose nickname is DJ Bella.

“I knew there wasn’t a lot of female DJs, and I wanted to finally become one,” she said. “My favorite part was learning how to mix songs together.”

Working alongside other young girls with the same goals has helped 16-year-old Jerica Hatcher, also known as DJ Blessed, gain confidence in her skills.

“My favorite part of the program is just being here with the girls, coming together to make music that people will want to hear,” she said.

Miranda believes that the benefits of the programs extend beyond music production. Regardless of what career the girls pursue, she said she hopes they will carry the sense of accomplishment from Girl Makes Beats with them.

“It’s really about the confidence that they build and knowing that they can tackle anything that they put their minds to,” she said.

Miranda’s advice to young girls is to be persistent and don’t take “no” for an answer.

“Never wait for your opportunities, but create them,” she said. “When you hear ‘no,’ that’s OK. That means ‘not now.’ That means go work on your craft. Make another beat. Go do something that’s going to be proactive in getting you to the next step.”

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Starbucks manager told 911 of 2 men ‘refusing to make a purchase or leave’ before their arrests

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The former Starbucks manager whose telephone call initiated the controversial arrest of two African-American men at her downtown Philadelphia store told 911, “I have two gentlemen at my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” according to the taped audio of the call released by police Tuesday.

Responding to the 4:37 p.m. call last Thursday, the operator said she would send police to the location at 18th and Spruce Streets and, about three minutes later, a radio dispatcher can be heard in the audio saying, “1801 Spruce at Starbucks a group of males” was “refusing to leave.”

After police arrived, they requested an additional officer and supervisor, according to the audio.

Police then radioed at 5 p.m. that they would be transporting the two arrested men to police headquarters.

The incident has prompted widespread condemnation, protests, an apology from Starbucks’ CEO and a plan to close all the U.S. company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias education. The manager is no longer employed there.

Melissa DePino, whose video of the arrest went viral on social media, told ABC News the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

Starbucks released a statement Tuesday saying all 8,000 of its nationwide company-owned stores will shut down for a few hours May 29 for racial-bias education for about 175,000 employees.

In a supplemental video with the statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who has zeroed in on “unconscious bias,” said the move comes as they are “committed to being part of the solution,” and that this training “is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

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Dick’s Sporting Goods announces it will destroy all unsold assault-style weapons

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Almost two months after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they will no longer be selling assault-style weapons, the company announced it is destroying the unsold stock.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our Feb. 28 policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.

In late February, two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that they would no longer sell assault-style rifles or high capacity magazines. The company also said it would no longer sell firearms or ammunition of anyone under the age of 21 years old.

“Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been,” the company said in February.

Dick’s Sporting Goods had already removed all assault-style rifles from all Dick’s stores after the Sandy Hook shooting but removed them from sale at all 35 Field and Stream stores following the shooting in Parkland.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said, “We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”

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How to recreate royal wedding looks for less

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just weeks away, all eyes are speculating on what dress Markle will wear on her big day.

Good Housekeeping’s style director Lori Bergamotto appeared live on “Good Morning America” to break down some of the most popular royal wedding looks in the past, and share ways to recreate them on a budget.

Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen dress

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a custom-made, Victorian-inspired satin and lace gown designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen, during her wedding to Prince William in 2011. The gown featured a nearly 9-foot train and is estimated to have cost more than $400,000.

She paired it with a Cartier halo tiara she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth, and wore a mid-length silk tulle veil with lace trim.

The royal steal

Bergamotto showed how you can recreate this look using a dress from H&M’s new bridal collection that many believe is heavily inspired by Middleton’s dress, and a tiara and veil from David’s Bridal.

Dress: H&M Long Lace dress, available on their website for $299.

Tiara: David’s Bridal mid-height tiara with pearls and crystals, available on their website for $149.95.

Veil: David’s Bridal lace edge fingertip veil, available on their website for $149.95.

Meghan Markle’s Suits Anne Barge wedding dress

Markle’s character on Suits donned an Anne Barge tulle gown with a plunging V-neck, beading and a sheer back that cost more than $6,800. Markle has said that her character’s style is similar to her own, as speculation mounts over what dress she will wear on her big day.

The royal steal, option 1

You can recreate this look for less than $100 by putting together a bodysuit from Asos and a skirt from Amazon, according to Bergamotto. She added that her big takeaway tip is that you can mimic a dress you love for less by thinking about it as separates, and you can also get more bang for your buck this way because you can re-wear the pieces individually.

Bodysuit: Asos Blair bodysuit, available on their website for $45.

Skirt: Amazon’s Tutu Tulle skirt, available on their website for $39.

The royal steal, option 2

Top: Jenny Yoo Sylvie top, available on BHLDN’s website for $180.

Skirt: Jenny Yoo Louise tulle skirt, available on BHLDN’s website for $220.

Princess Diana’s David and Elizabeth Emmanuel Dress

Diana’s iconic David and Elizabeth Emmanuel dress featured a dramatic silk taffeta gown with a 25-foot train and a veil that employed 153 yards of tulle. The dress cost approximately $16,000. Bergamotto said she found a replica of Diana’s dress from designer Rachel Zoe’s debut bridal collection that features the same feminine, romantic vibe with a modern twist.

The royal steal

Dress: Rachel Zoe Collection violet gown, available on Rachel Zoe’s website for $695.

Tiara: David’s Bridal regal tier tiara, available on their website for $149.95.

Veil: David’s Bridal single-tier raw edge 165-inch cathedral veil, available on their website for $149.95.

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Starbucks 911 arrest audio released

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The former Starbucks manager whose telephone call initiated the controversial arrest of two African-American men at her downtown Philadelphia store told 911, “I have two gentlemen at my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” according to the taped audio of the call released by police on Tuesday.

Responding to the 4:37 p.m. call last Thursday, the operator said she would send police to the location at 18th and Spruce streets and, about three minutes later, a radio dispatcher can be heard in the audio saying, “1801 Spruce at Starbucks, a group of males” was “refusing to leave.”

After police arrived, they requested an additional officer and supervisor, according to the audio.

Police then radioed at 5 p.m. that they would be transporting the two arrested men to police headquarters.

The incident has prompted widespread condemnation, protests, an apology from Starbucks’ CEO and a plan to close all the U.S. company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias education. The manager is no longer employed there.

Melissa DePino, whose video of the arrest went viral on social media, told ABC News the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

Starbucks released a statement Tuesday saying all 8,000 of its nationwide company-owned stores will shut down for a few hours on May 29 for racial-bias education for about 175,000 employees.

In a supplemental video with the statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the move comes as they are “committed to being part of the solution,” and that this training “is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

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Starbucks 911 arrest audio released

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The former Starbucks manager whose telephone call initiated the controversial arrest of two African-American men at her downtown Philadelphia store told 911, “I have two gentlemen at my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” according to the taped audio of the call released by police on Tuesday.

Responding to the 4:37 p.m. call last Thursday, the operator said she would send police to the location at 18th and Spruce streets and, about three minutes later, a radio dispatcher can be heard in the audio saying, “1801 Spruce at Starbucks, a group of males” was “refusing to leave.”

After police arrived, they requested an additional officer and supervisor, according to the audio.

Police then radioed at 5 p.m. that they would be transporting the two arrested men to police headquarters.

The incident has prompted widespread condemnation, protests, an apology from Starbucks’ CEO and a plan to close all the U.S. company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias education. The manager is no longer employed there.

Melissa DePino, whose video of the arrest went viral on social media, told ABC News the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

Starbucks released a statement Tuesday saying all 8,000 of its nationwide company-owned stores will shut down for a few hours on May 29 for racial-bias education for about 175,000 employees.

In a supplemental video with the statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the move comes as they are “committed to being part of the solution,” and that this training “is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

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Starbucks to close 8,000 stores to give staff ‘racial-bias’ training

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Starbucks said Tuesday it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for one afternoon to train its staff on how to avoid “racial bias” after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia shops, an incident the coffee giant’s CEO called “reprehensible.”

The training is scheduled for the afternoon of May 29 and will be geared toward “preventing discrimination in our stores,” Starbucks said.

Nearly 170,000 Starbucks employees are expected to go through the training, which will become part of the onboarding process for new workers, the company said in a statement.

The announcement came shortly before a lawyer for the two men arrested at the Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia on Thursday addressed the media for the first time.

Stewart Cohen confirmed that his clients, whom he declined to identify, met face to face with Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ chief executive officer, and “engaged in constructive discussions about this issue as well as what’s happening in communities across the country.”

Starbucks CEO apologizes

“Mr. Johnson apologized on behalf of Starbucks,” Cohen said. “The conversation continues today about how this painful incident can become a vehicle for positive and social change. You have a situation and people at the center of this have come together in civility, common sense and a willingness to listen to one another and work towards a solution. Together we ask that the community respect this process.”

Johnson released a statement saying he and his leadership team have been in Philadelphia for the past two days “listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it.”

He added: “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

Howard Schultz, the executive chairman of Starbucks, said in his first public comments about the controversy that his company is working to buttress its “founding values of humanity and inclusion.”

“We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer,” Schultz said in a statement.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP League Defense and Education Fund, are among a group of leaders providing guidance to Starbucks in developing its curriculum for the training, the company said.

The training will address implicit bias and how to prevent discrimination, the company said.

Philadelphia probes new compaints

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia has launched an investigation into additional “informal complaints” at the downtown Starbucks shop where witnesses said the two black men were arrested for doing nothing more than sitting at a table.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that the city’s Commission on Human Relations will look into other reported instances at the Centre City-area shop.

“The PCHR has received informal complaints about the specific Starbucks location since the matter arose,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday. “Any information regarding these complaints are part of our current investigation, and thus are deemed confidential.”

Johnson met on Monday with the two men who were removed from the Starbucks after a manager called the cops to report they were trespassing and refusing requests to leave the establishment.

Starbucks told ABC News on Monday that the manager, who has not been identified, no longer works for the company.

In an interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Monday morning, Johnson said he wanted to meet the men and apologize for the “reprehensible” ordeal they went through. He said it “was completely inappropriate to engage the police” in the incident.

The two men at the center of the controversy have yet speak publicly about what happened to them at the Starbucks, where protesters have staged demonstrations the last two days including sit-ins inside the shop.

Mayor Kenney said the city Commission on Human Relations “will be working to better understand the circumstances that led to this incident and additional reports that have come to their attention about this specific location.”

Neither Kenney or a spokeswoman for the Commission on Human Relations would offer details of the other incidents at the Starbucks shop in question.

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed millions of times.

DePino said the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

“It was humiliating for those guys,” DePino said. “They were completely minding their own business.”

But Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said officers responded to a 911 call of the men trespassing and refusing the requests from employees to leave after being told they couldn’t use the restroom without buying something.

Ross said the men were arrested when they refused to budge after police “politely” asked them several times to leave.

“So the police get there and they are confronted by the same type of attitude and repeatedly are told that they are not leaving. In fact, there is some alleged rhetoric about ‘You don’t know what you’re doing, you’re a $45,000-a-year employee’ or something to that regard,” Ross said in a video statement Saturday.

The men were later released after Starbucks officials refused to press charges.

The Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday said it did not have a new comment beyond Ross’ video statement.

Kenney, meanwhile, released an earlier statement saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

The mayor said he met with Johnson and Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks’s chief operating officer, on Monday to discuss the controversy.

“I believe Starbucks will cooperate fully with our probes of the matter, particularly the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ review of Starbucks’ policies,” Kenney said in his statement. “All parties agree that the outcome of this incident was extremely unfortunate and that’s why we are reviewing the incident seriously.

“This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue. People can react differently to others based on skin color, and that is wrong. We have work to do, and we need to do so productively.”

He said the Commission on Human Relations will also review Starbucks’ “policies, guidelines and procedures” and collect information on the demographics of the company’s workforce and management.

Another controversial Starbucks video

Another video surfaced Monday in which an African-American man named Brandon Ward says he was refused the code to a restroom at Southern California Starbucks because he hadn’t made a purchase while a white non-paying customer was given restroom code. Ward recorded himself confronting the manager of the Starbucks in Torrance, California, and being escorted out of the business by a security guard.

Ward posted the video on Facebook.

“If you have a policy, you should abide by those guidelines for everyone,” Ward told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. “You can’t sit here and segregate things, so you might as well put on the store with your policy, ‘Whites Only,’ at the end.”

In response to this incident, Starbucks said: “Please know that we take this video and the commentary around it very seriously, and are working closely with the team to learn from our mistakes. As you may have read in the letter from our CEO, we are fully investigating our store practices and guidelines across the company. In addition to our own review we will work with outside experts and community leaders understand and adopt best practices, including unconscious bias training.”

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Starbucks shop where 2 black men were arrested draws more scrutiny as officials investigate additional complaints

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The city of Philadelphia has launched an investigation into additional “informal complaints” at a downtown Starbucks shop where witnesses said two black men were arrested for doing nothing more than sitting at a table.

Philadephia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that the city’s Commission on Human Relations will look into other reported instances at the Centre City area shop.

“The PCHR has received informal complaints about the specific Starbucks location since the matter arose,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday. “Any information regarding these complaints are part of our current investigation, and thus are deemed confidential.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Johnson, the coffee giant’s chief executive officer, met on Monday with the two men who were removed from the Starbucks after a manager called the cops on Thursday to report they were trespassing and refusing requests to leave the establishment.

Starbucks told ABC News on Monday that the manager, who has not been identified, no longer works for the company.

In an interview with ABC New’s “Good Morning America” on Monday morning, Johnson said he wanted to meet the men and apologize for the “reprehensible” ordeal they went through. He said it “was completely inappropriate to engage the police” in the incident.

The two men at the center of the controversy have yet to be identified or speak publicly about what happened to them at the Starbucks, where protesters have staged demonstrations the last two days that included sit-ins inside the shop.

Mayor Kenney said the city Commission on Human Relations “will be working to better understand the circumstances that led to this incident and additional reports that have come to their attention about this specific location.”

Neither Kenny or a spokeswoman for the Commission on Human Relations would offer details of the other incidents at the Starbucks shop in question.

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed millions of times.

DePino said the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

“It was humiliating for those guys,” DePino said. “They were completely minding their own business.”

But Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said officers responded to a 911 call of the men trespassing and refusing the requests from employees to leave after being told they couldn’t use the restroom without buying something.

Ross said the men were arrested when they refused to budge after police “politely” asked them several times to leave.

“So the police get there and they are confronted by the same type of attitude and repeatedly are told that they are not leaving. In fact, there is some alleged rhetoric about ‘you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re a $45,000-a-year employee’ or something to that regard,” Ross said in a video statement Saturday.

The men were later released after Starbucks officials refused to press charges.

The Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday said it did not have a new comment beyond Ross’ video statement.

Kenney, meanwhile, released an earlier statement saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

The mayor said he met with Johnson and Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks’s chief operating officer, on Monday to discuss the controversy.

“I believe Starbucks will cooperate fully with our probes of the matter, particularly the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ review of Starbucks’ policies,” Kenny said in his statement. “All parties agree that the outcome of this incident was extremely unfortunate and that’s why we are reviewing the incident seriously.

“This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue. People can react differently to others based on skin color, and that is wrong. We have work to do, and we need to do so productively.”

He said the Commission on Human Relations will also review Starbucks’ “policies, guidelines and procedures” and collect information on the demographics of the company’s workforce and management.

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Starbucks shop where 2 black men were arrested draws more scrutiny as officials investigate additional complaints

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The city of Philadelphia has launched an investigation into additional “informal complaints” at a downtown Starbucks shop where witnesses said two black men were arrested for doing nothing more than sitting at a table.

Philadephia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that the city’s Commission on Human Relations will look into other reported instances at the Centre City area shop.

“The PCHR has received informal complaints about the specific Starbucks location since the matter arose,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday. “Any information regarding these complaints are part of our current investigation, and thus are deemed confidential.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Johnson, the coffee giant’s chief executive officer, met on Monday with the two men who were removed from the Starbucks after a manager called the cops on Thursday to report they were trespassing and refusing requests to leave the establishment.

Starbucks told ABC News on Monday that the manager, who has not been identified, no longer works for the company.

In an interview with ABC New’s “Good Morning America” on Monday morning, Johnson said he wanted to meet the men and apologize for the “reprehensible” ordeal they went through. He said it “was completely inappropriate to engage the police” in the incident.

The two men at the center of the controversy have yet to be identified or speak publicly about what happened to them at the Starbucks, where protesters have staged demonstrations the last two days that included sit-ins inside the shop.

Mayor Kenney said the city Commission on Human Relations “will be working to better understand the circumstances that led to this incident and additional reports that have come to their attention about this specific location.”

Neither Kenny or a spokeswoman for the Commission on Human Relations would offer details of the other incidents at the Starbucks shop in question.

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed millions of times.

DePino said the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

“It was humiliating for those guys,” DePino said. “They were completely minding their own business.”

But Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said officers responded to a 911 call of the men trespassing and refusing the requests from employees to leave after being told they couldn’t use the restroom without buying something.

Ross said the men were arrested when they refused to budge after police “politely” asked them several times to leave.

“So the police get there and they are confronted by the same type of attitude and repeatedly are told that they are not leaving. In fact, there is some alleged rhetoric about ‘you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re a $45,000-a-year employee’ or something to that regard,” Ross said in a video statement Saturday.

The men were later released after Starbucks officials refused to press charges.

The Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday said it did not have a new comment beyond Ross’ video statement.

Kenney, meanwhile, released an earlier statement saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

The mayor said he met with Johnson and Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks’s chief operating officer, on Monday to discuss the controversy.

“I believe Starbucks will cooperate fully with our probes of the matter, particularly the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ review of Starbucks’ policies,” Kenny said in his statement. “All parties agree that the outcome of this incident was extremely unfortunate and that’s why we are reviewing the incident seriously.

“This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue. People can react differently to others based on skin color, and that is wrong. We have work to do, and we need to do so productively.”

He said the Commission on Human Relations will also review Starbucks’ “policies, guidelines and procedures” and collect information on the demographics of the company’s workforce and management.

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Domino’s offering new flexible delivery option for customers

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –Domino’s is looking to increase its sales opportunities by expanding delivery options for customers.

Consumers in certain areas no longer have to be at their house or office to pick up a couple of pies. The company is adding over 150,000 delivery “hotspots” to online ordering in the U.S, so that pizza can be delivered to more remote spots such as parks and beaches.

Customers can pre-pay their orders and select a location to get the pizza delivered, while also having the option of giving instructions to the driver if the destination is more remote. Domino’s will replay with texts updating their order status and arrival times.

The company is trying to shake up their delivery options to primarily compete with popular third party food delivery apps such as GrubHub and UberEats.

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Domino’s offering new flexible delivery option for customers

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –Domino’s is looking to increase its sales opportunities by expanding delivery options for customers.

Consumers in certain areas no longer have to be at their house or office to pick up a couple of pies. The company is adding over 150,000 delivery “hotspots” to online ordering in the U.S, so that pizza can be delivered to more remote spots such as parks and beaches.

Customers can pre-pay their orders and select a location to get the pizza delivered, while also having the option of giving instructions to the driver if the destination is more remote. Domino’s will replay with texts updating their order status and arrival times.

The company is trying to shake up their delivery options to primarily compete with popular third party food delivery apps such as GrubHub and UberEats.

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Allegiant Airlines fires back at ’60 Minutes’ report on its safety culture

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Allegiant Airlines is firing back after a CBS News “60 Minutes” report aired on Sunday night alleging a poor safety culture at the low-cost airline.

In a statement sent to reporters Sunday, Eric Gust, vice president of operations at Allegiant, called the story “outdated” and said it “bears no resemblance to Allegiant’s operations today.” One pilot at the airline, Steven Allen, called the report “slanderous” and “irresponsible to both our passengers and our employees,” according to a letter Allegiant provided to ABC News.

A CBS News analysis of FAA data concluded that Allegiant aircraft have been “three and a half times more likely to have serious in-flight mechanical failures than other U.S. airlines.” The report claimed Allegiant’s aging fleet of McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s, a gas guzzling aircraft often utilized by airlines for short-haul flights, made up the majority of those incidents. The FAA could not confirm those details to ABC News on Sunday night.

The Las Vegas-based airline is phasing out those aircraft and replacing them with younger Airbus A320s. “60 Minutes” added that as the MD-80s have been phased out, the rate of incidents has declined.

Allegiant’s statement went on to call the accusations of a culture that discourages pilots from reporting mechanical issues “offensive and defamatory.”

The FAA said on Monday the agency has “zero tolerance for intentional, reckless behavior, flagrant violations, or refusal to cooperate in corrective action by air carriers.” The airline is considered in good standing with federal safety regulators and its rate of incidents has declined year over year since 2015, according to a letter the FAA sent to CBS News producers prior to the broadcast.

A representative for CBS’s “60 Minutes” did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Allegiant is vigorously defending its safety record, citing an audit completed by the FAA in 2016 that found any safety issues at the airline “minor” and “non-systematic.”

ABC News has reported on past issues at Allegiant, including two separate incidents in 2015.

In June of that year, Allegiant Airlines Capt. Jason Kinzer decided to evacuate 141 passengers from his aircraft when an engine on his MD-80 began smoking following an emergency landing in Florida. He was later fired from the air carrier and Allegiant called the evacuation of Flight 864 “entirely unwarranted” and stated that Kinzer had failed in his duty to “operat[e] each aircraft safely, smoothly and efficiently and striv[e] to preserve the company’s assets.”

About a month later, Allegiant sent a flight full of passengers to a closed airport in North Dakota and the aircraft didn’t have the mandatory amount of fuel to divert to another airfield. The flight eventually landed at the closed airport when it declared an emergency.

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Starbucks manager who made call resulting in black men’s arrests no longer works for company

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The manager who called police on two black men who had refused to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks no longer works there, a company spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

The news follows Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s comments on Monday morning that he will order managers of the coffee giant’s stores to undergo training on how to spot “unconscious bias” after witnesses said the men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

“I’ll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible,” Johnson said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Monday. “They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store.”

A Starbucks spokesman told The Inquirer and Daily News of Philadelphia that the manager left the downtown store at 18th and Spruce Streets in what the company called a “mutual” decision.

Johnson, the chief executive officer, was in Philadelphia this morning, a day after protesters rallied Sunday at a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks, where the two black men, who have yet to be identified, were led out in handcuffs Thursday by police and accused of trespassing.

The demonstrators had demanded Starbucks fire the manager of the store for calling the police.

As Johnson was being interviewed on “GMA” this morning, about two dozen protesters were at the downtown Philadelphia Starbucks chanting, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”

The protesters later held a sit-in inside the Starbucks shop.

In response, the company’s CEO said this morning, Starbucks will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and he hopes to ask the two men who were arrested to “join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue.”

Protesters rally at Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were handcuffed and arrested for ‘trespassing’

Johnson said he has yet to speak to the men, who have retained an attorney.

“Clearly, there’s an opportunity for us to provide clarity and in addition to that I’d say there’s training, more training that we’re going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias,” Johnson said.

The 28,000 Starbucks store across the nation may have slightly different regional guidelines on how to handle situations that warrant police intervention, he added.

“Now, there are some scenarios where the police should be called. If there’s threats or disturbance, those may be appropriate times,” Johnson said. “In this case, none of that occurred. It was completely inappropriate to engage the police.”

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed more than 9 million times.

“It was humiliating for those guys,” DePino said. “They were completely minding their own business.”

Both men were later released and the charges they were facing — trespassing and disturbance — were dropped Thursday night.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner also refused to prosecute after Starbucks asked to not press charges.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released by the police department Saturday that his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

“I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do,” he said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney slammed Starbucks for the incident, saying it “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, also condemned the incident, saying in a statement Monday that “it shows that black people can’t even ‘wait while black.'”

“Starbucks failed these men and all of its customers by treating them in this unfair and demeaning way,” Shuford said. “Based on all eyewitness accounts, there was no need for police intervention. These men were terribly disrespected by Starbucks employees.”

Shuford also faulted the police for arresting the men, adding Ross needs to change his department’s policies and procedures.

“Starbucks may be able to decide who sits in its store, but only the police could decide to arrest these men,” Shuford said.

Johnson, the CEO, said Starbucks accepts full responsibility for what occurred.

“Starbucks was built as a company that creates a warm, welcoming environment for all customers,” he told “GMA.”

“That didn’t happen in this case. That, I know. And so it’s my responsibility to ensure that we review everything. We review the actions of the store manager, we review the guidelines that were provided and we review and invest in the training necessary to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

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What to do if you miss the tax filing deadline

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — We are a nation of procrastinators, at least when it comes to taxes. Nearly a quarter of Americans wait until the last two weeks before the deadline to prepare their taxes, according to the IRS, whereas some miss Tax Day altogether.

For anyone who is a last-minute filer or missed the April 17 deadline, here’s what to do:

File for an extension

If the deadline is fast approaching and it looks like it won’t be possible to file those taxes in time, ask for an extension.

If the request is received before Tax Day, it pushes the deadline back another six months and buys time to get everything in order.

This year’s Tax Day is April 17, 2018, so anyone who files an extension then will push the filing deadline to October 15, 2018.

Filing for an extension, before missing the deadline, can be done by submitting Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on IRS.gov.

Filing a late return when expecting a refund

For those who miss the tax filing deadline and are expecting to receive a refund from the IRS, the situation at hand isn’t so dire. Just get those late returns in as soon as possible.

According to tax prep software company TurboTax, three out of four taxpayers receive a refund from the IRS, and last year’s average refund was $2,782. TurboTax adds that, for taxpayers expecting a refund, “there is no penalty for failing to file your tax return by the deadline, even if you don’t ask for an extension.”

To file a return after the deadline, either submit the return online through the IRS.gov or other tax programs or send it in by mail before November. After then, the IRS no longer accepts returns filed online, they must be submitted by mail.

Filing a late return when tax payments are owed

Although filing a late return seems easy for anyone expecting a refund, those who owe the IRS money from unpaid taxes are also expected to pay a late payment penalty — plus interest accrued on the amount that was due on Tax Day.

This is why anyone who owes the IRS additional taxes should file a late return as soon as possible, even if they can’t pay immediately. After filing, payment plans can be set up to pay off the amount due.

Establishing a payment plan

Around 2.5 million taxpayers are currently paying off their tax bills through a payment plan, according to TurboTax.

Anyone in a situation where they owe more than they can pay should file taxes anyway, which will prevent added penalties that increase over time.

To establish a payment plan, apply online with the IRS Online Payment Agreement or attach Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, to a mailed return.

Plan for the upcoming year

Whatever happened with filing taxes this year, on-time or late, thinking ahead to next year’s taxes will help avoid the last minute push.

Staying on top of your expenses throughout the year or setting up regular meetings with an accountant can help ensure an easier time on next year’s Tax Day.
 
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What to do if you miss the tax filing deadline

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — We are a nation of procrastinators, at least when it comes to taxes. Nearly a quarter of Americans wait until the last two weeks before the deadline to prepare their taxes, according to the IRS, whereas some miss Tax Day altogether.

For anyone who is a last-minute filer or missed the April 17 deadline, here’s what to do:

File for an extension

If the deadline is fast approaching and it looks like it won’t be possible to file those taxes in time, ask for an extension.

If the request is received before Tax Day, it pushes the deadline back another six months and buys time to get everything in order.

This year’s Tax Day is April 17, 2018, so anyone who files an extension then will push the filing deadline to October 15, 2018.

Filing for an extension, before missing the deadline, can be done by submitting Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on IRS.gov.

Filing a late return when expecting a refund

For those who miss the tax filing deadline and are expecting to receive a refund from the IRS, the situation at hand isn’t so dire. Just get those late returns in as soon as possible.

According to tax prep software company TurboTax, three out of four taxpayers receive a refund from the IRS, and last year’s average refund was $2,782. TurboTax adds that, for taxpayers expecting a refund, “there is no penalty for failing to file your tax return by the deadline, even if you don’t ask for an extension.”

To file a return after the deadline, either submit the return online through the IRS.gov or other tax programs or send it in by mail before November. After then, the IRS no longer accepts returns filed online, they must be submitted by mail.

Filing a late return when tax payments are owed

Although filing a late return seems easy for anyone expecting a refund, those who owe the IRS money from unpaid taxes are also expected to pay a late payment penalty — plus interest accrued on the amount that was due on Tax Day.

This is why anyone who owes the IRS additional taxes should file a late return as soon as possible, even if they can’t pay immediately. After filing, payment plans can be set up to pay off the amount due.

Establishing a payment plan

Around 2.5 million taxpayers are currently paying off their tax bills through a payment plan, according to TurboTax.

Anyone in a situation where they owe more than they can pay should file taxes anyway, which will prevent added penalties that increase over time.

To establish a payment plan, apply online with the IRS Online Payment Agreement or attach Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, to a mailed return.

Plan for the upcoming year

Whatever happened with filing taxes this year, on-time or late, thinking ahead to next year’s taxes will help avoid the last minute push.

Staying on top of your expenses throughout the year or setting up regular meetings with an accountant can help ensure an easier time on next year’s Tax Day.
 
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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson orders ‘unconscious bias’ training after ‘reprehensible’ arrest of 2 black men at coffee shop

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The chief executive officer of Starbucks says he will order managers of the coffee giant’s stores to undergo training on how to spot “unconscious bias” after witnesses said two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

“I’ll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible,” Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday.

“So, clearly, there’s an opportunity for us to provide clarity and in addition to that I’d say there’s training, more training that we’re going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias,” Johnson said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
 
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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson orders ‘unconscious bias’ training after ‘reprehensible’ arrest of 2 black men at coffee shop

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Makela/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The chief executive officer of Starbucks says he will order managers of the coffee giant’s stores to undergo training on how to spot “unconscious bias” after witnesses said two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

“I’ll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible,” Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday.

“So, clearly, there’s an opportunity for us to provide clarity and in addition to that I’d say there’s training, more training that we’re going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias,” Johnson said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
 
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Survey says 60% of parents say they spy on their kids’ digital devices

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to a study of 2,000 American parents commissioned by the tech company ParentWise, 6 in 10 parents say their kids have no right to privacy in their digital lives.

The study notes that of that 60%, 84% say they have the rights to snoop over their kids’ online activity — as well as their smartphones, computers, tablets, and other devices — in an effort to ensure their safety in a connected world.

The survey revealed that while nearly all parents polled say they’re concerned about what their kids are exposed to online, 64% were focused on talking to strangers online.

But just 39% apparently were uneasy at their kids posting videos and pictures online.

Two-thirds of those polled say their child’s cellphone has a negative impact on them, and an overwhelming majority — some 63% — say their kid’s cellphone “actively hinders” their ability to raise their child properly.

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Survey says 60% of parents say they spy on their kids’ digital devices

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to a study of 2,000 American parents commissioned by the tech company ParentWise, 6 in 10 parents say their kids have no right to privacy in their digital lives.

The study notes that of that 60%, 84% say they have the rights to snoop over their kids’ online activity — as well as their smartphones, computers, tablets, and other devices — in an effort to ensure their safety in a connected world.

The survey revealed that while nearly all parents polled say they’re concerned about what their kids are exposed to online, 64% were focused on talking to strangers online.

But just 39% apparently were uneasy at their kids posting videos and pictures online.

Two-thirds of those polled say their child’s cellphone has a negative impact on them, and an overwhelming majority — some 63% — say their kid’s cellphone “actively hinders” their ability to raise their child properly.

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Over 200 million eggs recalled for salmonella concerns; sold at Walmart, Food Lion stores

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Walmart(NEW YORK) —  More than 200 million eggs, some sold at Walmart and Food Lion stores, have been recalled due to salmonella concerns.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 22 people have been sickened by the eggs. The problems were traced back to Rose Acre Farms’ production facility in Hyde County, North Carolina.

The company is voluntarily recalling 206 million eggs “through an abundance of caution,” the FDA release says. They were sold under the brand names Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview and Great Value. Great Value is Walmart’s store brand. Some of the eggs were also sold at Food Lion supermarkets.

 A number of the eggs were also sold to restaurants, including Waffle House.

The eggs were distributed to nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in otherwise healthy people and more serious, even fatal, infections in children or the elderly.

Over 3 million egg-laying hens reside at Rose Acre’s North Carolina farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs per day.

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Over 200 million eggs recalled for salmonella concerns; sold at Walmart, Food Lion stores

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Walmart(NEW YORK) —  More than 200 million eggs, some sold at Walmart and Food Lion stores, have been recalled due to salmonella concerns.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 22 people have been sickened by the eggs. The problems were traced back to Rose Acre Farms’ production facility in Hyde County, North Carolina.

The company is voluntarily recalling 206 million eggs “through an abundance of caution,” the FDA release says. They were sold under the brand names Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview and Great Value. Great Value is Walmart’s store brand. Some of the eggs were also sold at Food Lion supermarkets.

 A number of the eggs were also sold to restaurants, including Waffle House.

The eggs were distributed to nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in otherwise healthy people and more serious, even fatal, infections in children or the elderly.

Over 3 million egg-laying hens reside at Rose Acre’s North Carolina farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs per day.

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Titanic disaster still influences shipping lanes more than 100 years later

Posted on: April 14th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was supposed to be unsinkable.

The RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that attracted some of the richest people in the world to sail on it. On its maiden voyage, the ship left Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, with more than 2,200 people aboard on its way to New York City. Just four days later, it struck an iceberg just south of Newfoundland and sank. The tragic disaster influences Atlantic shipping lanes more than 100 years later.

The Titanic had been called unsinkable for many reasons, but one was that it had 16 watertight compartments to help keep it afloat. According to ship engineers, the Titanic could afford to flood four of those compartments and still sail. However, the iceberg flooded at least five of those compartments — ultimately dooming the ship.

While the flooding was taking place, many passengers were evacuated in lifeboats. Most of those evacuated were women and children, as it was tradition to prioritize them. There also were not enough lifeboats on the ship to accommodate all the people were on board.

Less than three hours after the Titanic struck the iceberg, the ship broke apart. More than 1,000 people were still on board at that time. It sank in the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15.

More than 1,500 people lost their lives in the sinking of the Titanic. Only one in five of those victims’ bodies have been recovered. A little over 700 survived.

The wreckage of the Titanic was not discovered until the summer of 1985. It led to multiple films about it, including the 1997 award-winning film by James Cameron.

Historians debate what is to blame for the Titanic sinking. From Edwardian hubris to the captain not heeding ice warnings to the actual construction and planning of the ship itself, the sinking of the Titanic remains one of the most famous sea disasters in history.

The Titanic’s tragedy still affects ships to this day. Hundreds of icebergs drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes in early April. This is unusual so early in the year, and the icebergs have forced shipping vessels to detour or slow their speed significantly to avoid impact.

As of March 29, 2017, there were 455 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, which is a significant increase from the 37 icebergs recorded just two days prior, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol in New London, Connecticut. Statistically speaking, that amount of icebergs is typically not reported until late May or early June. These icebergs have been reported very close to where the Titanic sank.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, who leads the ice patrol, said she has never seen such a drastic increase in a two-day period in the decade she’s been working with the patrol. She blamed the recent significant increase on a low-pressure storm system that produced hurricane-force winds in the area, causing more icebergs to calve off.

The International Ice Patrol was formed after the sinking of the Titanic to monitor iceberg danger in the North Atlantic and warn ships. It conducts reconnaissance flights, which are then used to produce charts.

The international community “didn’t want such a disaster to happen again, so they looked into what kind of measures they could put in place to prevent it,” McGrath told ABC News.

Climate scientists are attributing the increase in icebergs to uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, as well as global warming, which is accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away.

In 104 years, no ship that has heeded the warnings has struck an iceberg, according to the ice patrol.

“For vessels heeding our warnings, there has not been a collision since,” McGrath told ABC News.
 He said there was a collision in 2010, but “they were inside our warning area.”

The icebergs the patrol typically finds in the shipping lanes measure anywhere from 16 to 131 yards long. McGrath said that, in the 1950s and 1960s, the patrol experimented with trying to destroy the icebergs, even using bombs to blown them up.

“It’s almost the opposite of what you want because you’re just turning a bigger iceberg into a lot of smaller ones,” McGrath told ABC News. “Even the smaller ones can cause an even bigger problem. After those tests, we determined it wasn’t a great idea.”

McGrath told ABC News that the ice patrol now just tracks the icebergs, forecasting their movement through the water and sending out a warning to vessels in the area.

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Titanic disaster still influences shipping lanes more than 100 years later

Posted on: April 14th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was supposed to be unsinkable.

The RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that attracted some of the richest people in the world to sail on it. On its maiden voyage, the ship left Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, with more than 2,200 people aboard on its way to New York City. Just four days later, it struck an iceberg just south of Newfoundland and sank. The tragic disaster influences Atlantic shipping lanes more than 100 years later.

The Titanic had been called unsinkable for many reasons, but one was that it had 16 watertight compartments to help keep it afloat. According to ship engineers, the Titanic could afford to flood four of those compartments and still sail. However, the iceberg flooded at least five of those compartments — ultimately dooming the ship.

While the flooding was taking place, many passengers were evacuated in lifeboats. Most of those evacuated were women and children, as it was tradition to prioritize them. There also were not enough lifeboats on the ship to accommodate all the people were on board.

Less than three hours after the Titanic struck the iceberg, the ship broke apart. More than 1,000 people were still on board at that time. It sank in the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15.

More than 1,500 people lost their lives in the sinking of the Titanic. Only one in five of those victims’ bodies have been recovered. A little over 700 survived.

The wreckage of the Titanic was not discovered until the summer of 1985. It led to multiple films about it, including the 1997 award-winning film by James Cameron.

Historians debate what is to blame for the Titanic sinking. From Edwardian hubris to the captain not heeding ice warnings to the actual construction and planning of the ship itself, the sinking of the Titanic remains one of the most famous sea disasters in history.

The Titanic’s tragedy still affects ships to this day. Hundreds of icebergs drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes in early April. This is unusual so early in the year, and the icebergs have forced shipping vessels to detour or slow their speed significantly to avoid impact.

As of March 29, 2017, there were 455 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, which is a significant increase from the 37 icebergs recorded just two days prior, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol in New London, Connecticut. Statistically speaking, that amount of icebergs is typically not reported until late May or early June. These icebergs have been reported very close to where the Titanic sank.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, who leads the ice patrol, said she has never seen such a drastic increase in a two-day period in the decade she’s been working with the patrol. She blamed the recent significant increase on a low-pressure storm system that produced hurricane-force winds in the area, causing more icebergs to calve off.

The International Ice Patrol was formed after the sinking of the Titanic to monitor iceberg danger in the North Atlantic and warn ships. It conducts reconnaissance flights, which are then used to produce charts.

The international community “didn’t want such a disaster to happen again, so they looked into what kind of measures they could put in place to prevent it,” McGrath told ABC News.

Climate scientists are attributing the increase in icebergs to uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, as well as global warming, which is accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away.

In 104 years, no ship that has heeded the warnings has struck an iceberg, according to the ice patrol.

“For vessels heeding our warnings, there has not been a collision since,” McGrath told ABC News.
 He said there was a collision in 2010, but “they were inside our warning area.”

The icebergs the patrol typically finds in the shipping lanes measure anywhere from 16 to 131 yards long. McGrath said that, in the 1950s and 1960s, the patrol experimented with trying to destroy the icebergs, even using bombs to blown them up.

“It’s almost the opposite of what you want because you’re just turning a bigger iceberg into a lot of smaller ones,” McGrath told ABC News. “Even the smaller ones can cause an even bigger problem. After those tests, we determined it wasn’t a great idea.”

McGrath told ABC News that the ice patrol now just tracks the icebergs, forecasting their movement through the water and sending out a warning to vessels in the area.

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US stocks close lower as bank stocks slip

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street finished Friday in the red as bank stocks took a hit.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 122.91 (-0.50 percent) to finish the session at 24,360.14.

The Nasdaq dipped 33.60 (-0.47 percent) to close at 7,106.65, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,656.30, down 7.69 (-0.29 percent) for the day.

Crude oil prices were slightly higher at about $67 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: First-quarter earnings for several banks topped expectations, but it wasn’t enough for investors. Shares of JPMorgan Chase (-2.67 percent), Wells Fargo (-3.10 percent) and PNC (-4.14 percent) struggled at the close.

Shares of General Electric were up 2.47 percent ahead of its earnings next week.

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Russian court bans Telegram after encrypted messaging app didn’t grant government access

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

studioEAST/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Telegram encrypted messaging app must be immediately blocked in Russia, a Moscow court ruled this morning after the cloud-based instant messaging service declined to grant government access to its users’ conversations.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal telecommunications authority, told Telegram in mid-2017 it had to hand over the “keys” to users’ encrypted conversations.

But Telegram, founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov and operating out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, refused to do so.

“As with other modern encryption applications, the keys to Telegram users’ private conversations are held on their own mobile or desktop devices,” Telegram lawyer Damir Gainutdinov told ABC News today. “So Telegram runs the service but does not hold anything it can turn over to authorities.”

Telegram had asked Moscow’s Tagansky court to delay the hearing, Gainutinov said, so no company official showed up today in an effort to not “legitimize an outspoken farce by our presence.”

“The whole hearing lasted only 18 minutes,” he said.

Telegram has a month to appeal the ruling. “Of course, we will appeal and then we will go further and appeal to the European Court for Human Rights,” Gainutdinov said.

Telegram is widely used in the former Soviet Union, Middle East and Iran, and is ranked as the world’s ninth most-popular messaging app, reaching 200 million active users in March 2018.

It is the second social media network, after the LinkedIn Corp., to be blocked in Russia. LinkedIn of Sunnyvale, California, was blocked in 2016 when a court found the global professional network guilty of violating a law that requires companies holding Russian citizens’ data to store it on servers in Russia

As for Telegram, founder Durov urged users in Russia not to delete or reinstall the application if they experience connectivity issues. “The app would find ways to circumvent Russia’s ban by using built-in systems in the service,” Durov wrote online.

“Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel, adding that Telegram enjoys “the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales.”

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Russian court bans Telegram after encrypted messaging app didn’t grant government access

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studioEAST/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Telegram encrypted messaging app must be immediately blocked in Russia, a Moscow court ruled this morning after the cloud-based instant messaging service declined to grant government access to its users’ conversations.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal telecommunications authority, told Telegram in mid-2017 it had to hand over the “keys” to users’ encrypted conversations.

But Telegram, founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov and operating out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, refused to do so.

“As with other modern encryption applications, the keys to Telegram users’ private conversations are held on their own mobile or desktop devices,” Telegram lawyer Damir Gainutdinov told ABC News today. “So Telegram runs the service but does not hold anything it can turn over to authorities.”

Telegram had asked Moscow’s Tagansky court to delay the hearing, Gainutinov said, so no company official showed up today in an effort to not “legitimize an outspoken farce by our presence.”

“The whole hearing lasted only 18 minutes,” he said.

Telegram has a month to appeal the ruling. “Of course, we will appeal and then we will go further and appeal to the European Court for Human Rights,” Gainutdinov said.

Telegram is widely used in the former Soviet Union, Middle East and Iran, and is ranked as the world’s ninth most-popular messaging app, reaching 200 million active users in March 2018.

It is the second social media network, after the LinkedIn Corp., to be blocked in Russia. LinkedIn of Sunnyvale, California, was blocked in 2016 when a court found the global professional network guilty of violating a law that requires companies holding Russian citizens’ data to store it on servers in Russia

As for Telegram, founder Durov urged users in Russia not to delete or reinstall the application if they experience connectivity issues. “The app would find ways to circumvent Russia’s ban by using built-in systems in the service,” Durov wrote online.

“Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel, adding that Telegram enjoys “the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales.”

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Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering

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iStock/Thinkstock(FRISCO, Texas) — The founder and chief executive officer of Backpage.com, a website linked to human trafficking, has pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to facilitate prostitution and money laundering.

Carl Ferrer, 57, of Frisco, Texas, will face a maximum of five years in prison. Part of his plea agreement with federal and state authorities includes forfeiting all corporate assets related to the website and making sure it’s permanently shuttered.

Federal authorities seized control of the website last week so “it can no longer be used by criminals to promote and facilitate human trafficking,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement released by the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“For far too long, Backpage.com existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike,” Sessions said. “But this illegality stops right now.”

Ferrer “has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce and to engage in money laundering,” according to the DOJ statement.

Ferrer’s plea deal also covers Backpage-related charges in California and Texas, according to court documents.

California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra said Ferrer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering. As part of the deal, Ferrer will cooperate in aiding the prosecution of two controlling shareholders of the website. Those cases remain in Sacramento Superior Court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Ferrer pleaded guilty to money laundering and that his company is pleading guilty to human trafficking.

“According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Ferrer admitted that he had long been aware that the great majority of Backpage’s ‘escort’ and ‘adult’ advertisements are, in fact, advertisements for prostitution services, which are not protected by the First Amendment and which are illegal in 49 states and in much of Nevada,” the DOJ statement said. “Ferrer further admitted that he conspired with other Backpage principals to find ways to knowingly facilitate the state-law prostitution crimes being committed by Backpage’s customers.”

Since 2004, according to the DOJ, Backpage “has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from publishing ‘escort’ and ‘adult’ ads.”

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Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering

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iStock/Thinkstock(FRISCO, Texas) — The founder and chief executive officer of Backpage.com, a website linked to human trafficking, has pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to facilitate prostitution and money laundering.

Carl Ferrer, 57, of Frisco, Texas, will face a maximum of five years in prison. Part of his plea agreement with federal and state authorities includes forfeiting all corporate assets related to the website and making sure it’s permanently shuttered.

Federal authorities seized control of the website last week so “it can no longer be used by criminals to promote and facilitate human trafficking,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement released by the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“For far too long, Backpage.com existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike,” Sessions said. “But this illegality stops right now.”

Ferrer “has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce and to engage in money laundering,” according to the DOJ statement.

Ferrer’s plea deal also covers Backpage-related charges in California and Texas, according to court documents.

California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra said Ferrer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering. As part of the deal, Ferrer will cooperate in aiding the prosecution of two controlling shareholders of the website. Those cases remain in Sacramento Superior Court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Ferrer pleaded guilty to money laundering and that his company is pleading guilty to human trafficking.

“According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Ferrer admitted that he had long been aware that the great majority of Backpage’s ‘escort’ and ‘adult’ advertisements are, in fact, advertisements for prostitution services, which are not protected by the First Amendment and which are illegal in 49 states and in much of Nevada,” the DOJ statement said. “Ferrer further admitted that he conspired with other Backpage principals to find ways to knowingly facilitate the state-law prostitution crimes being committed by Backpage’s customers.”

Since 2004, according to the DOJ, Backpage “has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from publishing ‘escort’ and ‘adult’ ads.”

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