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New software issues could delay return of Boeing's 737 Max

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sanfel/iStock(NEW YORK) — Boeing potentially faces more delays for the return of its 737 Max jets after another software issue surfaced during an audit meeting with regulators last weekend, sources tell ABC News. The 737 Max has been grounded for almost 10 months after it was connected to two crashes that killed a total of 346 people. Boeing decided to not just rewrite the software for the MCAS flight control system, which is believed to have contributed to both MAX crashes, but the entire flight computer software. The new software intends to have the 737 Max’s two separate flight computers communicate with each other for the first time. In the past, one of the 737’s flight computers would operate independently and switch to the other during the next flight. During the audit last weekend, they found that the two flight computers were not talking to each other at start-up. This is the second time regulators have asked Boeing for additional work to be completed before approving the audit. The Federal Aviation Administration must complete the software audit before a certification

A fee for rideshares to the airport may be unconstitutional, Arizona AG says

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Anatoliy Sizov/iStock(PHOENIX) — A $4 fee for hailing an Uber or Lyft to or from the airport in Phoenix has garnered a firestorm of reaction from residents and ride-share companies, and now Arizona’s attorney general says he believes it’s likely unconstitutional. The fee tacked onto any ride to or from the Sky Harbor airport has led Uber and Lyft to threaten to discontinue operating at the international hub, and faced backlash from local politicians. Moreover, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday he believes the city of Phoenix violated the state’s constitution with it, citing an article that prohibits a city from increasing or imposing a new tax on a person or business for providing a service in Arizona. “The Phoenix City Council is placing its policy preferences above the rights of the people to whom the government must always answer,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We will now take this matter to the Arizona Supreme Court and seek an expedited ruling,” he added. “This is the most definitive way to provide clarity on the law, protect Arizona taxpayers, and

Apple could be forced to abandon its lightning cable by EU regulators

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Wachiwit/iStock(NEW YORK) — European lawmakers are pushing for a universal cellphone charger, arguing it is more environmentally friendly and more convenient for consumers, a move that could bring an end to Apple’s exclusive lightning cable. Members of the European Parliament are calling for “binding measures for chargers to fit all mobile phones and other portable devices,” according to a statement issued on Monday after a debate. The common charger could be used for “all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices,” the statement added. The policymakers argued the move will reduce electronic waste “and make consumers’ life easier,” and that old device chargers generate more than 51,000 metric tons of electronic waste every year. Apple argued in a public feedback form that the proposal would impede innovation and be disruptive for the more than one billion consumers using Apple devices with a lightning cable. “Regulations that would drive conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones freeze innovation rather than encourage it,” the company argued. “Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for

Housing starts rise 16.9% in December, marking 13-year high

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grandriver/iStock(WASHINGTON) — More Americans broke ground on new homes last month, pushing housing starts to a 13-year high. The Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that new home construction rose in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,608,000. That’s up 16.9% from November’s estimate, which was revised to 1,375,000. December’s rate is also up 40.8% from the same time period in 2018. Overall, the government reported that an estimated 1,289,800 housing units were started last year, up 3.2 percent from 2018. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Deaf man sues PornHub over lack of closed captions

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domnicky/iStock(NEW YORK) — A deaf man has sued PornHub and other pornographic websites because he said he “cannot enjoy video content” without closed captioning. Yaroslav Suris, a New York resident, tried to watch videos on PornHub entitled “Hot Step Aunt Babysits Disobedient Nephew,” “Sexy Cop Gets Witness To Talk” and others in October 2019 and January 2020, but was unable to due to the website’s lack of closed captioning, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in the Eastern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that PornHub, RedTube and YouPorn are in violation of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of the ADA’s goal is to provide “full and equal enjoyment” of a public accommodation’s goods, services, facilities and privileges, according to the lawsuit. “Websites that prevent accessibility to deaf and hard of hearing individuals is a discriminatory act,” the lawsuit reads. The ADA cites that its purpose is “to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.” PornHub’s Vice President Corey Price disputed the claim that the website doesn’t offer closed

Kat Von D steps down from her popular makeup brand

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Jun/iStock(NEW YORK) — Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D has officially announced that she is stepping down from her namesake makeup line. “It’s hard to admit this, since I’ve always said, ‘You can do everything and anything.’ But I don’t think admitting one’s limits is a bad thing,” she posted on Instagram Thursday. “With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years,” she continued. “This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” Last year, Von D gave birth to a baby boy in addition to launching a shoe line, and now she is prepping to release an album as well as go on an international tour. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity,”

Microsoft says it will be "carbon negative" by 2030

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Lcva2/iStock(NEW YORK) — Microsoft has announced they will become carbon negative by 2030. In a blog post on the company’s website, Microsoft President Brad Smith said climate change is the reason. “The world’s climate experts agree that the world must take urgent action to bring down emissions,” Smith wrote. “Ultimately, we must reach “net zero” emissions, meaning that humanity must remove as much carbon as it emits each year. “ Microsoft’s goal is to become carbon negative, meaning they will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit each year. By 2050, Smith says the company will remove all the carbon Microsoft has emitted since they were founded in 1975. Smith says Microsoft will fund this goal by increasing their internal carbon fee, which has been in place in 2012, on both their direct emissions and those that come from their supply and value chains.   Microsoft will reach this goal by driving down emissions several ways, including receiving 100 percent of their power from renewable energy by 2025 and electrifying their global car fleet by 2030.  They are

Why SpaceX is blowing up a Falcon 9 rocket for a safety test

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(NEW YORK) — SpaceX is intentionally blowing up one of its Falcon 9 rockets shortly after it launches Saturday, during what it hopes will be the final unmanned test flight before the private aerospace company can send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The in-flight abort test, scheduled for a Saturday morning launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is meant to try out the spacecraft Crew Dragon’s “escape capabilities” or its ability for astronauts to jettison if there were an emergency during launch, according to a statement from NASA. Saturday’s SpaceX launch is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program. It comes just under a month after a separate NASA Commercial Crew launch done in coordination with Boeing did not go as planned and did not make it to its destination at the ISS. As part of Saturday’s test, SpaceX will trigger a launch escape of the Crew Dragon spacecraft from the Falcon 9 rocket at just slightly under two minutes after takeoff, to see if the spacecraft can safely separate from the rocket. The Falcon 9

PepsiCo Announces 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

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PepsiCo(NEW YORK) — PepsiCo has announced they will use 100 percent renewable energy to power their US direct operations. The beverage and snack giant, whose brands include Gatorade, Tropicana and Lay’s, will achieve this using power purchase agreements, virtual power purchase agreements, which finance new renewable energy projects, and renewable energy credits, which are credits that represent proof that electricity was generated by a renewable source. In 2020, PepsiCo will feature more RECs than PPAs and VPPAs, but the company will move to the latter two by 2025.   “We have entered a decade that will be critical for the future of our planet’s health,” said Ramon Laguarta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo. “PepsiCo is pursuing 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. because the severe threat that climate change poses to the world demands faster and bolder action from all of us.” The shift is expected to lower the company’s greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent in 2020, when compared to a 2015 baseline. It is also part of the company’s goal of reducing their global emissions by 20 percent

Lawyer for former Nissan chairman resigns after client flees Japan

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eyewave/iStock(NEW YORK) — After his client jumped bail and fled the country, the lawyer for fugitive former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has resigned. Junichiro Hironaka told reporters that he quit representing Ghosn on Thursday, according to video posted by Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK. Ghosn’s saga has sparked international intrigue in the weeks since he jumped bail and mysteriously fled to Lebanon while awaiting trial for charges of financial misconduct. He reportedly sneaked out of Japan in a case made to transport audio equipment, prompting Japanese music company Yamaha to issue a warning not to enter musical instrument cases. Ghosn is living under a travel ban in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. It’s unclear if he’ll be forced to return. Ghosn’s charges in Japan include underreporting income and a breach of trust involving “having a Nissan subsidiary transfer a massive amount of money to a deposit account in the name of a company effectively owned by him, for his own profit,” according to Minister of Justice Masako Mori. Nissan on Thursday submitted an “improvement measures status report” to