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Monday
Jun122017

Former attorney general Eric Holder's review of Uber now complete

Uber(LOS ANGELES) -- An independent report by former Attorney General Eric Holder and associates is now complete into needed changes at Uber following a series of issues inside the company.

Details of the report will be known fully on Tuesday, when it will be released to employees and reporters.

On Sunday, Uber's board learned of its findings during a meeting in Los Angeles. The ride-sharing company says the board has agreed to adopt all of the recommendations laid out in the report. The recommendations are meant to stabilize Uber, which has been rocked by claims of sexual harassment and other corporate problems.

It's unclear what the report will mean for Uber's embattled CEO, who has been blamed for problems at the company.

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Monday
Jun122017

The buzz about cold brew and how to make it at home

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cold brew, a cold coffee drink that’s not to be confused with iced coffee, has exploded in popularity from coast to coast. But what’s all the buzz about?

ABC News' Abbie Boudreau found out why and shared the story Monday on Good Morning America.

Cold brew, also known as cold-press coffee, is the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time, resulting in a coffee concentrate that must be diluted with water. The results boast smoother, sweeter and less acidic coffee.

Southern California-based roastery and retailer Groundwork Coffee has been a leader in organic homegrown coffee and tea for more than 25 years but, most recently, the roasters have mastered the art of cold brew.

"The popularity of cold brew has been growing exponentially for us," the shop's Venice location owner Eddy Cola said.

But some serious coffee lovers have not totally embraced the trend.

"Die-hard coffee drinkers who are like, 'No, it's not coffee.' They're standing behind that acidity or bitterness like, 'We need that,'" Cola explained.

But the popular drink continues to sell across the country for astonishing markups. Prices for the specialty coffee beverage range from $3.19 at Dunkin’ Donuts to $3.45 at Starbucks.

One solution: Consumers could try to get more bang for their buck by making it at home.

Grind 3/4 cup of whole coffee beans, add one liter of filtered water, cover with a towel or lid and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. After it has steeped, filter out the coffee grounds first with a strainer and a second time with a damp paper towel.

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Monday
Jun122017

Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney tells you what to pack in your carry-on bag

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Travel restrictions can be confusing, especially when packing your carry-on bag. Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to give his tips on what to pack and what to skip when traveling.

Here's what he had to say:

You’ve probably heard about weird things people have tried to get through airline security over the years.

I’ve mentioned some in this column, like the fellow who tried to go through a Miami checkpoint with live snakes in his pants or the guy in upstate New York with the gassed-up chainsaw in his carry-on. Both were stopped by the TSA.

Most of us will never worry about stuff like that, but we do have questions about medications and other items.

Here are some answers with a reminder that security rules are ever changing. Find the latest updates on the TSA website.

1. EpiPens, needles, medical devices

If you use an epinephrine auto-injector (like the EpiPen brand), you can bring it in a carry-on or checked bag. The same is true for blood sugar testing kits, insulin and syringes, pills and pill cutters plus a whole lot more. In some cases, you are asked to inform the TSA agent about these items before going through the checkpoint but you might want to do this preemptively for anything you’re not 100 percent sure about.

2. Deodorant

Solid-type deodorant can be packed in carry-ons or checked-bags, but liquid deodorant (including sprays) is only allowed in carry-ons in travel-size containers of 3.4 ounces or less. Any size is OK for a checked bag.

3. Electronic toothbrush


These are good to go in either carry-ons or checked bags. Suggestion: The TSA doesn’t say this, but I’d remove the battery in case the toothbrush gets switched on by accident. The noise might make some people nervous.

4. Sharp, pointy stuff

You’d be amazed at what’s allowed in a carry-on. Examples include: Knitting needles and regular sewing needles; bottle openers and corkscrews (without blades); nail clippers and scissors (with 4 inch blades); electric razors; and tools including screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers as long as they are under 7 inches long.

5. Alcohol

This may come as a surprise to some but you can bring your own liquor on to a plane a long as it’s in containers that hold 3.4 ounces or less (so those 50 ml mini bottles are fine). Just be sure to place the bottle (or bottles) in a quart-size zip bag.

6. Lighters

Per the TSA: "Disposable and Zippo lighters without fuel are allowed in checked bags. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked bags, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.” As for electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, these are allowed in carry-ons, but you are not allowed to use these items on the plane.

7. Toys


Finally, for those who like to be up on all the latest trends, some good news: You may pack as many fidget spinners as you like.

Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world. Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.


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Monday
Jun122017

Father's Day gifts for different types of dads

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Father's Day is less than a week away, and if you're still scrambling for a gift for dear old dad, here are three ideas:

For the foodie dad:

Check out Goldbely, an online, one-stop shop for food delivered to your door from the most famous restaurants in the country. Cheesesteaks from Philly, wings from Buffalo, bagels and lox from New York, deep dish from Chicago -- you get the idea. There’s even a monthly bacon subscription for Father’s Day. You can order as a one-time event or sign up for a monthly subscription. You can get the food to your door in as little as 24 hours. Order by Friday for weekend delivery.

For the busy dad:

If dad’s so busy he’s been letting himself go, help him get his mojo back this father’s day. A company called Shortcut -- available in New York, Los Angeles and Miami -- will bring the barber shop to dad wherever he is, whether at work, at home or on the ball field with the kids. Just download the app, book a haircut and a barber will come to you between 8 a.m. and midnight every day.

For the fashion dad:

So when we think of matching outfits, moms and daughters mostly come to mind. But why should they have all the fun? Several companies are making matching dad/boy swimsuits just in time for summer. One such company is Tom & Teddy. They make suits that look great on everyone from the tiniest toddlers to the most massive of men. Free shipping for Father’s Day through Monday.

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Monday
Jun122017

DC, Maryland AGs to file suit against President Trump over business dealings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, ABC News confirmed Sunday.

In an advisory sent out on Sunday, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, both Democrats, said they planned to "announce a major lawsuit against President Trump" in a press conference at noon on Monday.

The lawsuit, first reported by the Washington Post late Sunday, hinges on Trump's decision to maintain ownership of his company after becoming president, the D.C. Attorneys General's office confirmed to ABC News Sunday night.

In January, Trump announced that he would hand his business over to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump and to Alan Weisselberg -- a longtime Trump business executive -- through a financial trust, in an effort to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

But Racine and Frosh told the Post on Sunday that Trump had broken promises to separate himself from his business interests, the Post said, noting that the president receives regular updates on his company’s finances.

"The emoluments clauses command that ... the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first," Frosh told the Post on Sunday, referring to the part of the Constitution that prohibits the president from accepting foreign gifts or payments without consent from Congress.

Another suit, filed earlier this year by D.C. watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Inc., and two individuals, alleged that Trump had been in violation of the clause since he took office.

The Justice Department sought to have that suit dismissed on Friday, arguing that none of the plaintiffs had suffered an injury that would give them standing to sue, according to papers filed in Manhattan federal court.

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Sunday
Jun112017

Former Twitter CEO compares meeting with Trump to waterboarding

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo apparently isn't a fan of President Trump -- or his meetings.

In fact, Costolo equates attending one of the president's meetings to physical torture.

In response to a tweet Friday night about an unconfirmed, planned White House meeting with tech leaders -- similar to the one the president hosted in December -- Costolo wrote, "If you don't get invited to this meeting and want to know what it was like, just drink a bottle of gin and then waterboard yourself."

The current CEO of San Francisco-based fitness start-up Chorus, Costolo has taken to Twitter before to express his disdain for the president.  

Following James Comey's testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he tweeted, "Comey testifies Trump lied on multiple occasions & the White House calls testimony a victory. Tells you all you need to know about Trump."

And in March, Costolo tweeted, "Trump is such a wimp. He cowers from any fight, points fingers in a loss but takes credit for any win. A coward, a loser, a two-bit punk."

In December, several tech industry leaders -- including Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla's Elon Musk -- met with Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan to improve relations between the industry and the then-incoming president.

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Sunday
Jun112017

For over 50 years, the biggest names in music have called this piano man

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ken Williams is one of the best piano tuners in the business. He's also blind.

For over 50 years, some of the biggest names in the music industry have called on Williams to tune their pianos.

Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and Alicia Keys are just a few of his clients. Williams told ABC affiliate WSYR-TV in Syracuse, New York, that he'll always remember one particular session with James Taylor.

"He said I don't like that note so I detuned it and brought it back up to tune," according to Williams. "He said I still don't like this note and I said OK, let me tell you something, this string is almost cut in two by the hammer and I said I hope you're out of town before you break it."

Williams attended the School for the Blind in Batvia, New York. He began tuning pianos after a teacher told him he didn’t have the skills to play.

"But I wanted to stay close to the piano so ... I learn[ed] to tune," Williams told WSYR-TV.

This year, Williams is tuning pianos for The Mavericks and Asleep at the Wheel at the 35th Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest.

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Sunday
Jun112017

Winning ticket sold in California for $448M Powerball jackpot

Sean Gladwell/Thinkstock(SUN CITY, California) -- There is at least one winning ticket for Saturday's $447.8 million Powerball jackpot, and California Lottery has confirmed that it was purchased in Southern California.

The ticket was sold in Sun City in Riverside County, according to the lottery. It is unclear if there are winning tickets in other states.

The numbers drawn were 32, 26, 20, 38 and 58. The Powerball was 3.

"We will not know who California’s latest Powerball winner is until at least Monday morning at 8 a.m. That's the soonest they’ll be able to claim their prize," California Lottery said in a statement. "Whoever the winner turns out to be will now have the option of taking the entire $447.8 million spread out over 30 years, or they can elect to take the lump sum amount of $279.1 million."

Marietta Liquor & Deli, where the ticket was sold, will receive $1 million retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket, the statement read. The bonus comes from a separate fund and is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.

Saturday's jackpot is the seventh largest jackpot in Powerball history, according to California Lottery.

The odds of winning are only one in 292.2 million.

The jackpot has been steadily rising since April 1, the last time someone matched all the numbers.

Powerball is played in 44 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Saturday
Jun102017

London-bound EasyJet flight makes unplanned landing over 'suspicious conversation'

EasyJet(LONDON) -- An EasyJet flight headed to London Standsted Airport made an unplanned landing on Saturday after the pilot became aware of a "suspicious conversation" on board.

Flight EZY3246 from Ljubljana, Slovenia, was diverted to the Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany where, according to the airport, 151 passengers left via emergency slides and were taken to a transit gate to undergo a security check.

German media reports said police destroyed baggage that was not claimed by any passenger.

EasyJet said in a statement the captain decided to make the unscheduled landing "as a precaution to enable the aircraft to go through additional security checks in Cologne where the aircraft was met by the police."

Passengers were provided with hotel accommodations and refreshments and the airline said it planned to operate the flight on Sunday morning.

"We thank passengers for their understanding," EasyJet said. "The safety of EasyJet's passengers and crew is our highest priority."

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Saturday
Jun102017

Goldman Sachs CEO appears to troll Trump on Twitter over 'Infrastructure Week'

Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein appears to have trolled President Trump on Twitter.

"Just landed from China, trying to catch up .... How did 'infrastructure week' go?" Blankfein tweeted at 5:17 p.m. Friday.

The White House's "Infrastructure Week" was somewhat overshadowed this week by James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Blankfein's tweet -- his fourth-ever --- follows an infrastructure-related tweet he wrote on Tuesday: "Arrived in China, as always impressed by condition of airport, roads, cell service, etc," he tweeted. "US needs to invest in infrastructure to keep up!"

While Blankfein has had a Twitter account since June 2011, he only started to tweet on June 1.

So far, his tweets have largely been fairly critical of the Trump administration.

"Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement," he tweeted on June 1.

The following day, he tweeted, "Leadership helps [the U.S.] Our language is dominant; $ global; talent comes. Bad if lost. Consider w/ making policy on enviro, trade, defense, etc."

ABC News has reached out to Goldman Sachs for comment.

Trump did take to Twitter Friday night, posting about Infrastructure Week.

"It is time to rebuild OUR country, to bring back OUR jobs, to restore OUR dreams, & yes, to put #AmericaFirst! TY Ohio! #InfrastructureWeek," Trump tweeted, along with a video of his visit to Cleveland, about an hour-and-a-half after Blankfein's tweet.


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