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965,000 workers filed jobless claims last week

By ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- A total of 965,000 workers filed jobless claims last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday, an increase of 181,000 from the prior week.The Labor Department also said that more than 18 million people were still receiving some form of unemployment benefits through all government programs for…... Read More

Hospitals, businesses are offering incentives to those hesitant about getting COVID-19 vaccines

By ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- While millions have eagerly awaited the arrival of coronavirus vaccines, hoping they'll help restore a sense of normalcy, many others, including some health care workers, still appear concerned with their efficacy.Less than a month after vaccines by Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19…... Read More

Amazon reveals violent content, death threats that led to Parler's suspension

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Amazon Web Services has responded to Parler's lawsuit against it with a series of screenshots of hateful content -- loaded with threats of violence and racial slurs -- that allegedly spread on the platform, in new court filings.Parler, the self-proclaimed "free speech"…... Read More

New York City cancels all contracts with Trump Organization

By AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New York City is severing its contracts with President Donald Trump's eponymous company, a move that could cost the outgoing president millions of dollars in response to his role in inciting the Capitol insurrection.The city will be notifying the Trump Organization that it…... Read More

Starbucks invests $100M to support BIPOC small business

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Starbucks started a new community resilience fund to help support underserved communities in 12 major cities.The Seattle-based coffee company announced the launch of the Starbucks Community Resilience Fund on Wednesday, which will invest $100 million by 2025 to help advance racial equity and environmental…... Read More

TikTok introduces new protections for teen users

By KELLY MCCARTHY and BECKY WORLEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- TikTok has unveiled new privacy protections for teens on the popular social media platform. The app which has been behind some of the biggest video, dance and other viral trends during the pandemic has announced new privacy settings for users…... Read More

Trump Twitter ban raises concerns over ‘unchecked’ power of big tech

By DEENA ZARU, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is arguably the Twitter president -- having relied on his digital megaphone as a candidate and while in office to communicate unfettered (or fact-checked) with millions of supporters, unlike any past commander-in-chief.His frequent communications on the channels, sometimes dozens a…... Read More

Experts say vaccine rollout, cheap fares may lead to more rapid air travel rebound

By MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The coronavirus pandemic ravaged the airline industry -- plummeting demand to historic lows which resulted in the loss of billions in revenue and thousands of jobs. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has estimated that air travel won't return to pre-pandemic…... Read More

US airlines ban more passengers in wake of Capitol riot

By MINA KAJI, GIO BENITEZ, SAM SWEENEY and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 2,000 people have been placed on U.S. airlines' internal no-fly lists since carriers stepped up enforcement of their mandatory mask requirements in June.United Airlines told ABC News it has banned 60 people in the…... Read More

Pet food recalled after at least 70 dogs die, 80 sickened: FDA

By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Several pet food products have been recalled after the death of at least 70 dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.Three brands of Sportmix products for dogs and cats made by Midwestern Pet Foods may contain potentially fatal levels of the toxin…... Read More

US economy lost 140K net jobs in December, and they were all women's

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The United States economy lost a net 140,000 jobs in December, and all of them were women's jobs, U.S. employment figures show.While women lost 156,000 jobs last month, men gained 16,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).The job losses for…... Read More

Social media companies restricting Trump accounts cite risk for violence

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After President Donald Trump's online and rally rhetoric was linked to violence as a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week, many social media giants took the unprecedented step of restricting or banning the president's accounts.Some experts lamented that…... Read More

Ben & Jerry's introduces first-ever line of frozen dog treats

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Soon dog parents will have a sweet new treat to get their pets' tail wagging with excitement.Ben & Jerry's announced its first-ever line of frozen dog treats to make "flavor fantasies" come true for people's pooches. ???? NEW! ???? Introducing Doggie Desserts —…... Read More

CES 2021: What to watch for at all-digital event

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The annual Consumer Electronics Show -- better known as CES -- kicks off Monday in an all-digital venue for the first time in its history as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The mega tech industry trade show, which usually takes over Las…... Read More