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Colt will stop manufacturing AR-15 assault rifle for consumer market

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass shootings in which suspects used the weapon. “At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change,” Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt, said in a statement. “Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world.” The company did not mention mass shootings in its statement about stopping production and instead blamed the indefinite pause in making the weapon on a “significant excess manufacturing capacity.” “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future,” Veilleux said. Colt will continue to make weapons, including rifles, for the military and law enforcement. It will also continue to produce its signature 1911s and revolvers. The AR-15, and AR-15-style

FDA using criminal investigators to probe vaping crisis as number sick soars to 530

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Marccophoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Drug Administration has been using their criminal investigators to look into the rash of illnesses surrounding the use of vaping products, Mitch Zeller, the director of the Center for Tobacco Products for the FDA, said in a press conference on Thursday. The investigators will not be pursuing any individuals or companies and are not focused on prosecuting anyone at this time, Zeller said. The agency also released demographic information about the vaping victims. Of 530 confirmed and probable lung injuries so far, three-quarters of the victims were male and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 34. Despite rampant fears among parents about youth vaping, only 16% of vaping victims are younger than 18 years old, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seven individuals have died in the ongoing outbreak. As of Thursday, investigators were still unable to determine whether the vaping outbreak is linked to one illness or a series of illnesses. In light of the recent illnesses, Michigan and New York have

Amazon vows to meet the Paris climate agreement requirements 10 years early

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jetcityimage/iStock(SEATTLE) — Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s sweeping new efforts to combat climate change and revealed a new corporate pledge to meet the international Paris Agreement 10 years early — committing to net zero carbon emissions by the year 2040. Bezos and the advocacy group Global Optimism revealed the “Climate Pledge” at an event Thursday in the nation’s capital, with Bezos saying that Amazon is the first to sign the wide-ranging pledge that calls on corporations to bring their carbon emissions to net zero by 2040. This is ten years ahead of the international Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050. The Amazon founder said that if they can meet the Paris Agreement early, any company can. “We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue — we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” Bezos said in a statement. “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon — which delivers more than 10 billion items a year — can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.”

Instagram announces new policies for promoting diet products, cosmetic procedures

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bombuscreative/iStock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — Instagram announced new policies for promoting certain weight loss products and cosmetic procedures on its platform and in some cases the problematic content will be removed entirely. The Facebook-owned social media giant and the influencers who use it to do business have caused controversy for how diet or detox teas and other “miraculous” weight-loss products have been promoted. Kim Kardashian West has even come under fire for promoting so-called appetite suppressant lollipops to her more than 100 million followers on Instagram, as have a number of other high profile Instagram users. Under the new policies, people can report certain weight loss products or cosmetic procedures and if the post includes a price or incentive to buy it, Instagram said they will restrict people they know to be under 18 from seeing the post. Moreover, if the post contains a “miraculous” claim about a diet or weight loss product and is linked to a commercial offer, it will be removed from Instagram, the company said on Wednesday. “We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone

Mark Zuckerberg in DC Thursday to discuss 'future internet regulation'

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alexsl/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Capitol Hill today for a series of closed-door meetings about “future internet regulation.” “Mark is in Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation,” Facebook told ABC News in a statement Thursday. “There are no public events planned.” The tech executive’s visit to the capital comes just a day after chiefs from his own company, Facebook, as well as Google and Twitter faced a Senate committee to testify about “digital responsibility” in the spread of extremism online. Earlier this week Facebook also announced changes to its policies for combating hate and extremism on its namesake platform and Instagram, including updating its definition of terrorist organizations and revamping detection efforts. As part of those changes, Facebook said it is working with law enforcement in the U.S. and U.K. to obtain their footage from firearms training programs to train their machine learning systems about how to spot first-person footage of violent events, such as the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 dead and was

Video shows Delta pilot charged with trying to fly while intoxicated before arrest

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LETG Jail(MINNEAPOLIS) — New surveillance video appears to show the “suspicious” movements of a pilot, who is now accused of trying to fly a plane while intoxicated, moments before he made his way onto a Delta Airlines aircraft preparing for takeoff. The edited video from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was obtained by ABC News on Wednesday. The footage was taken on July 30 and shows the pilot, identified in court documents as Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, of Rosemount, Minnesota, walking up to a screening area with his luggage, leaving and heading into a restroom and then returning to the screening area to have his bag checked. Officials told ABC News in July that he’d turned around and removed himself from the security line when he noticed Transportation Security Administration agents were conducting additional screenings for crew members. According to court documents, when Schroeder reached the screening area around 10:30 a.m. for the first time on July 30, he “appeared surprised,” airport authorities said. When TSA workers approached him and asked him to put his bag on the table for screening,

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging plane had ISIS video: Prosecutors

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spyderskidoo/iStock(MIAMI) — The American Airlines mechanic authorities say sabotaged a jetliner by tampering with a plane’s navigation system just before takeoff was denied bail Wednesday after prosecutors said he had an ISIS propaganda video showing graphic murders on his cellphone. Authorities in Miami have charged Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani with one count of willfully damaging, destroying and disabling an aircraft earlier this month, and he initially told investigators he did it because he was frustrated with a union dispute and wanted more overtime. The government said in court Wednesday, according to ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV, that investigators found an ISIS propaganda video he had downloaded on his cellphone showing the graphic murders and then shared it with another person along with a message that said something similar to “Allah, we ask you to use all your might and power against the Kafir.” Kafir is another word for “infidel” or non-believer — prosecutors at this time, however are not charging Alani with any terrorism-related crime. According to WPLG, prosecutors in court said another American Airlines employee came forward to say that

Ralph Lauren launches "Friends" capsule collection for show's 25th anniversary

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Ralph Lauren(NEW YORK) — Ralph Lauren is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit television series Friends with an epic new capsule collection. The luxury retailer announced on Wednesday the curated Wear-to-Work line as a nod to one of the main characters, Rachel Green, who worked at Ralph Lauren for several seasons of the show. Pieces from the line are from Polo as well as Lauren by Ralph Lauren and include a mix of suits, turtlenecks, trousers, blazers and accessories in addition to classic wool, suede and velvet textures. “Just as Friends has proved to be a perennial favorite series for viewers over the last 25 years, this collection reflects Ralph Lauren’s timeless styles and archetypes that have remained a go-to for the modern working woman,” the retailer shared in a statement. To further bring to life the spirit of this exciting collection, Ralph Lauren has also teamed up with Bloomingdale’s to bring some of the show’s most nostalgic locations to select stores. Beginning Sept. 22, the Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City will feature a replica of Central

Health care, tech industries dominate Glassdoor's ranking of highest-paying jobs

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Tech and health care industries dominated Glassdoor’s annual breakdown of the highest-paying jobs and companies in the U.S. in 2019. The top four highest-paying jobs on the list are all related to health care. While health care professionals earn the most according to the career website’s top 25 highest-paying jobs, a majority of those high salaries were in the tech field. The top five paying jobs based on median base salary according to Glassdoor’s data are: Physician, pharmacy manager, dentist, pharmacist and enterprise architect. Next on the list are corporate counsel, software engineering manager, physician assistant, corporate controller and software development manager. Those annual salaries ranged from $193,415 to $122,585. “Tech and health care roles continue to dominate, which isn’t a huge surprise, it’s something we’ve seen in the past, but it is really intriguing to see that the four top paying roles are all in health care,” Amanda Stansell, a senior economic research analyst at Glassdoor who led the study told ABC News. “All of these roles require advanced education, so it’s showing that these high-paying

The US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, here's what that means for you

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traveler1116/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday, which will directly affect people’s mortgages, car payments and the economy in general. “If you think about what the Fed does, it basically set the level of interest rates in the economy, when it lowers interest rates they hope that that makes it easier for people to borrow and makes it easier for people to spend money,” David Wessel, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institute and the director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, told ABC News Wednesday prior to the fed’s afternoon announcement. “Right now the economy seems to be in pretty good shape, but most of the Fed officials seem to be worried that it is slowing down too much, partly because of all the noise Trump is making about trade,” he added. “So they want to give the economy a little more gas.” “One thing to watch [Wednesday] is, yes, they are going to cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage