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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 rifles, have been used in a number of mass shootings in recent years. While it's not clear if Colt was the specific manufacturer in the cases, the shooter in the Poway synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh killed 11 people with an AR-15.

Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018, used an AR-15-style gun.

Twenty-six people were killed with the same type of rifle in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in February 2017.

Dozens of rifles, including AR-15s, were found in the hotel room where Stephen Paddock allegedly killed the most people in a shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October 2017.

Colt's Manufacturing Company opened in 1836 in Hartford, Connecticut, and is legendary for its Civil War-era revolvers, such as the Colt Walker, the Peacemaker and M1911.

The suspension of production already caught the eye of 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who recently called for a buy-back of all assault-style weapons and said weapons of war had no place in the hands of civilians. O'Rourke mocked a photo posted on Twitter by the NRA saying he was increasing sales of AR-15s with a link to a story about Colt stopping production.

Several stores have stopped selling assault rifles in recent years in the wake of shootings, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart.

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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 enacted laws banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes. Tobacco- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes are still allowed to be sold in those states.

Investigators still haven't identified one cause of the rash of vaping illnesses, Schuchat explained at the presser, adding that most patients with lung injuries reported having used THC vaping devices.

The FDA has collected 150 vape samples from a variety of states to test for chemicals, nicotine, THC, toxins, pesticides and other cutting agents and additives. While lab analysis previously found vitamin E acetate in some tested samples, no one ingredient is showing up in every sample.

As for the law enforcement arm of the probe, Zeller stressed that given the complexity of the investigation, it's premature to talk about the actions or regulations that the agency make take in the future.

Zeller emphasized that it would be impossible at this point to use enforcement authorities when there are still so many outstanding questions.

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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."

Bezos also committed to switching to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a $100 million investment in reforestation projects around the world.

As part of the announcement, Amazon also announced that it had ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles which will all hit the roads by 2030 -- a step it said will save 4 million metric tons of carbon per year and constitutes the largest order of electric vehicles ever.

The Climate Pledge shows a response from corporations to the growing threat of climate change, even though the U.S. government has withdrawn from the international climate agreement, the Paris Agreement, under the Trump Administration.

Bezos added in a statement that he has been "talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge."

Signing the climate pledge "will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments."

Christiana Figueres, the UN’s former climate change chief and founding partner of Global Optimism, called on "bold steps by big companies" to drive change in support of a low carbon economy.

"With this step, Amazon also helps many other companies to accelerate their own decarbonization," she said in a statement. "If Amazon can set ambitious goals like this and make significant changes at their scale, we think many more companies should be able to do the same and will accept the challenge. We are excited to have others join."

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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 that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media," Emma Collins, Instagram's public policy manager, said in a statement.

Collins added that they have sought guidance from outside experts to "make sure any steps to restrict and remove this content will have a positive impact on our community of over 1 billion people around the world -- whilst ensuring Instagram remains a platform for expression and discussion."

Good Place actress and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil, who has been outspokenly calling out social media companies for allegedly promoting unhealthy habits in young women, responded to the news in a statement released by Instagram.

"This is a huge win for our ongoing fight against the diet/detox industry. Facebook and Instagram taking a stand to protect the physical and mental health of people online, sends an important message out to the world," she said. "I’m thrilled to have been able to work towards this with them, alongside a host of other experts who shed light on the danger of these products."

Jamil, who is also the founder of the "I Weigh" advocacy group, said she had protested and petitioned Instagram in the past and lauded the platform for moving "so efficiently" to enact change.

"As someone who struggled with an eating disorder for most of my youth, I’ve personally known and suffered the perils of the devious side of the diet/detox industry," she added, calling the policy changes a "day of hope for our generation, who deserve respect and protection from the celebrities and influencers that they follow."

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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 livestreamed online.

It is also the first time Zuckerberg has returned to Capitol Hill since he was called to testify before Congress over the company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

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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, he told the officers "that he was not ready to be screened and left the area." Officers then reported his "suspicious activity" to TSA police because they feared that he may have a prohibited item in his bag.

Detectives were unable to find Schroeder, according to court documents, but were later told by other TSA authorities that he had been in a restroom. When officers entered the restroom, they "located an unopened 1.75-liter bottle of Philips Vodka in the lone trash container," court documents said.

Detectives found Schroeder in the cockpit of Airbus A321 at Gate G-3. He was seated in the first officer's chair and operating the console of the aircraft while talking to the captain of the aircraft. The plane was scheduled to fly to San Diego, according to an airport spokesperson.

"Detectives observed that the plane already had two passengers on board. Detectives asked Defendant if they could speak with him in the rear of the aircraft. ... When asked, Defendant stated that he had last consumed alcohol three days prior," court documents said.

One of the airport detectives reported that there was a light odor of a consumed alcoholic beverage on Schoeder's breath.

When the detectives asked him questions, he also allegedly told them that he had not entered a restroom and that he only went to the Delta crew room.

"When questioned further, Defendant stated that he might have gone to the restroom, but denied discarding a bottle of alcohol in the trash," court documents said.

Schroeder was given several sobriety tests including a Breathalyzer, which provided a reading of .065 BAC, according to authorities. He was arrested. He was removed by police 20 minutes before takeoff, according to an airport spokesperson.

"Once we got to the plane, they said 'Hold up! Hold up!" passenger John Wybest told ABC News affiliate in San Diego in July. "For a pilot, he looked a little disheveled. He had ... dire need of ironing, sloppy look. The other pilot looked like he walked out of GQ."

After he was arrested, Schroeber also gave a blood sample. He allegedly admitted to owning the vodka bottle in the restroom trash and leaving the screening area to dispose of it. He also allegedly admitted to drinking a can of beer as well as three vodka drinks at his house the previous night.

"The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – Forensic Science Laboratory examined Defendant’s blood sample and determined that Defendant had an ethyl alcohol concentration of .027 in his system at 1:10 p.m. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also performed a retrograde extrapolation and determined that at the time the Defendant was in the cockpit, he had an ethanol concentration between .04 and .08," court documents said.

Pilots face a strict blood alcohol level restrictions, with .04 being considered illegal. The maximum sentence for both is 0-1 year imprisonment and/or 0-$3000 fine.

A Delta spokesperson told ABC News in July that Delta had hired another pilot to complete the trip and passengers arrived in San Diego with a one-hour delay.

"Delta's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation," Delta Airlines said previously. "Delta is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation."

ABC News could not reach Schroeder for comment.

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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 Alani also had taken a trip to Baghdad and Mosul to visit his brother, who allegedly is in ISIS.

Alani’s roommate said that trip was because Alani’s brother had been kidnapped, but photos from the trip on his phone show him smiling and posing with family members, and he does not appear to be in distress, prosecutors say.

Judge Chris McAliley, said “What you did was at minimum highly reckless, it was unconscionable," and she said the evidence before her suggest he may be at least sympathetic toward terrorists.

WPLG reports that prosecutors say he said “out of my evil side” he wanted to figure out if he could delay a plane and he picked that one to sabotage.

According to the criminal complaint, Alani allegedly drove an airline pickup truck to an aircraft slated to take off in just a few minutes to the Bahamas on the morning of July 17 at Miami International Airport. The plane had 150 passengers and crew on board, court documents say.

While still on the runway, the pilots were alerted something was wrong with the plane, aborted takeoff and returned back to the gate. It was then, court documents say, other American Airlines mechanics found the parts were disconnected and "appeared to have been deliberately obstructed with what appeared to be a dark Styrofoam-type material."

American Airlines security notified the FBI after reviewing security camera footage from the day, court documents say. Authorities say the footage shows Alani allegedly accessing the part of the aircraft where the tampered parts are located for seven minutes, and the complaint notes that there was no report of a previous mechanical issue or work order of the aircraft.

Court documents say that Alani's work isn't usually related to aircraft on the tarmac, but is usually limited to aircraft in hangers.

Three other people who were seen on the surveillance footage getting into the truck with Alani were interviewed by law enforcement and identified Alani, documents say.

When he was interviewed by law enforcement, court documents say, he admitted that he was driving the truck and allegedly tried to sabotage the aircraft, but said he didn't mean to cause any harm to those on board.

"He further admitted that he inserted a piece of foam into the ADM's (aircraft's) inlet where the connects and that he applied [Super Glue] to the foam so as to prevent the foam from coming off," court documents say.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Monday revoking the mechanic certificate for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, according to a FAA spokesperson. The revocation was effective immediately and generally lasts for one year.

"Alani’s alleged action posed a risk to safety in air commerce and air transportation and violated several Federal Aviation Regulations," a FAA spokesperson said.

Alani also made mistakes when he worked for Alaska Airlines, according to a lawsuit Alani filed against the airline after his firing. The complaint mentioned Alani's certificate was suspended by the FAA for a month in March 2009 after Alani was accused of erroneously installing an unserviceable battery in an aircraft.

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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 Perk in their Studio 59 space. There is also a social media-friendly recreation of Rachel's office that will be on the store's third floor.

Every two weeks, the iconic installations also will be available to enjoy at other select Bloomingdale's locations.

In addition to Bloomingdale's, the collection is available to shop in select Ralph Lauren retail stores and on the brand's website.

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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 roles continue to be tied to higher skills and higher education," Stansell said.

While this ranking of the highest-paying jobs may not come as a big surprise too many, there were some unexpected contenders on the list of highest-paying companies for 2019.

Tech giants including Twitter, Google, Facebook and Microsoft were included as some of the highest-paying companies last year, proving the tech industry shows no signs of slowing down.

Some interesting trends this year included higher emphasis on and compensation for cybersecurity, according to Stansell, who noted that "information security engineer" is a title that "wasn't on our list last year."

"We’ve been hearing about companies having very high profile breaches and attacks," said Stansell. "Companies are definitely taking notice and willing to pay competitive salaries to get these people on board and help them protect their company's data," Stansell said.

Palo Alto Networks, a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Santa Clara, California, quietly topped this year's list of highest-paying companies with a median total salary of $170,929.

"Palo Alto Network is a security company that helps thousands of organizations prevent cyber breaches," Stansell said. "I think one of the reasons that they rose to the top of the list this year is that they need to offer very competitive salaries to hire the best talent possible," she said.

"While they aren't a name you hear every day on the news cycle like Google and Facebook, they have thousands of employees worldwide," she added.

Outside of the tech and health care spheres, a few consulting companies made appearances on the list as well as a few "biotech" companies, according to Stansell.

Going forward, Stansell said she doesn't predict health care and tech to be dethroned anytime soon.

"We continue, again and again, to see tech and health care roles rise to the top when we look at highest-paying jobs," she said. "For highest-paying companies we continue to see tech rise to the top."

Another pattern that emerged from this year's list was that a majority of the highest-paying companies were headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, but Stansell said most of them have offices and jobs all over the U.S. and they looked at base salaries nationally.

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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 point, but unless you are a zillionaire that's not going to make a big difference," Wessel said.

The impact this move will have, however, on everyday people is that "it means that it tends to get cheaper if you have a home equity loan, it tends to be cheaper to get a car loan."

It affects the bond market, according to Wessel, which means that mortgage rates come down.

However, it also means savers will likely see "less money on their market money funds."

"In short, lower rates help people and businesses who borrow and tend to hurt people who save," Wessel explained.

"The feds calculation here is that they want to help the borrowers a little more so borrowers will spend," he added. "So the economy will keep growing."

Infighting in the Fed

Another thing economists are keeping an eye on Wednesday is what Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will say during his afternoon news conference.

"There is actually quite a bit of disagreement in the Fed, there are some people who look over the horizon and say look manufacturing has been weak, business investment has been weaker than we thought, China is slowing down," Wessel said. "So as we look ahead we have to worry that some of our biggest customers are going to be buying less, so we have to offset that by cutting interest rates here."

"The other camp says, 'You guys are crazy, the economy is doing fine, and interests rates are low by historical standards,'" Wessel said. "So this is not the time to give the economy more gas, this is the time to sit and wait and see what happens."

An added complication to these disagreements is "all the pressure from President Trump to cut interest rates."

Today, "a lot of focus is going on what Fed Chair Jerome Powell says they are going to do for the rest of the year," and more specifically, "what they are going to do in the coming months and why."

"If you're not in the stock market and you're not in the bond market, you might not care about this stuff, but what happens in the bond market affects mortgage rates and what happens in the stock market affects how business heads feel and that can make them less likely to hire, less likely to invest," Wessel said.

"You know that everyone in the markets will be watching the body language carefully and listening to what led them to cut interest rates [Wednesday] and what they expect him to do in the future," Wessel said.

As for the current state of the economy, "we've never gone this long before without a recession," according to Wessel. "The economy has been growing every quarter since 2009."

The Fed's job today is to "turn the dials on the economy, the ones that they can control, in order to keep that going."

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wellesenterprises/iStock(DETROIT) -- General Motors is no longer paying the health care costs for the tens of thousands of auto workers who went on strike on Monday, shifting the costs instead to a union fund.

More than 49,000 union workers walked off their jobs on Sunday night, starting a nationwide strike at General Motors. As negotiations enter their third day on Wednesday, the health coverage for striking workers will no longer be covered by GM.

Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union which represents more than 2 million members slammed the news in a statement, calling it "heartless and unconscionable."

“GM's decision to yank healthcare coverage away from their dedicated employees, in the dead of night, with no warning, is heartless and unconscionable. GM's actions could put people's lives at risk, from the factory worker who needs treatment for their asthma to the child who relies on their parents' insurance for chemotherapy," she said. "Thankfully these men and women have their union, which is making sure working people and their families can continue to get care."

In a statement to ABC News, GM expressed sympathy that "strikes can be difficult and disruptive to families."

"While on strike, some benefits shift to being funded by the union's strike fund, and in this case hourly employees are eligible for union-paid COBRA so their health care benefits can continue," the statement added.

Union leaders have argued that GM workers deserved a bigger slice of the company's record profits, which they say have totaled $35 billion in North America over the last three years. Union members are calling for higher wages, retention of a health insurance plan in which workers pay about 4 percent of the costs, an improved pension plan and assurances that GM -- the makers of Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet -- will not close four plants in Maryland, Ohio and Michigan.

As negotiations remain at a stalemate, some on the front lines say they hope for a swift resolution.

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malerapaso/iStock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- New Mexico is hoping to make college tuition free for all state residents looking to attend its public institutions in the first plan of its kind in the U.S., the governor announced Wednesday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the program would apply to all 29 of the state’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities and all New Mexico families, regardless of their income, for the fall 2020 semester.

"This program is an absolute game-changer for New Mexico," Grisham said in a statement. "Higher education in this state, a victim of the recession, has been starved in recent years."

Grisham said the plan is intended to increase access to higher education to underserved populations in the state.

"New Mexicans of every income, of every background, of every age, we are putting students first. We are creating meaningful opportunity for all," she said.

The plan, called the Opportunity Scholarship, which was first reported in the New York Times, still needs to go through legislative approval but Grisham said she is confident lawmakers will be on board. The funds for the program would come from the state budget, as New Mexico has seen a recent boost in revenue from oil production, the governor's office said.

It would cover the fees not paid for by federal grants or the state’s Lottery Scholarship, which typically leaves between 25 percent and 40 percent of college still to be paid for, according to the governor’s office. The scholarship does not cover room and board.

The program in New Mexico would also allow for adults returning to a two-year community college to attend free of tuition and fees.

A similar program exists in New York, but only covers middle-class families making up to $125,000 per year for free tuition at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in the state.

The state’s higher education secretary, Kate O’Neill, said the day of the announcement was "the most exciting day in my 25-year career."

"That’s because students are the beneficiaries of this incredible proposal," O’Neill said.

The average cost of tuition in the U.S. has been on the rise for the last decade.

Today I’m thrilled to announce a huge development for New Mexico higher education – we’re going to make college tuition-free for New Mexico students. #NewMexicoOpportunity

— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) September 18, 2019

Between 2008-2009 and 2018-2019, the price of education rose by $7,390 at private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities, by $2,670 at public four-year institutions and $930 at public two-year colleges, according to data from the nonprofit organization College Board.

The average cost of tuition in the U.S. for a private nonprofit four-year college was $35,830 in the 2018-2019 academic year, the data showed. With room and board included, the price jumps to $48,510.

At public four-year institutions, for in-state residents, tuition amounts to $10,230 and $21,370 with room and board, according to the data.

New Mexico ranked as third most impoverished state in the country, with a rate of 18.2 percent in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The national average was 12.3 percent.

"Our state stands to benefit more than any other state in the country because of the poverty aspect that we all face with our population every day," Grisham said. "Our students benefit more than any other student in the country with strategies and investments like this."

Grisham said the plan will not only be good for current students, but the future of the state.

"It means better enrollment, better student success [and], in the long rung, it means economic growth," she said.

"If we believe in the potential of New Mexico students," she added, "well, I have a challenge for you, let's put our money where out mouth is."

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the_guitar_mann/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Steve Dickson laid out the Federal Aviation Administration’s next steps in the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX in the first month of his new term as FAA administrator, but now he's heading to Seattle to get in the simulator himself.

Dickson, the former CEO of Delta Airlines and a long-time pilot, will get into the MAX flight simulator later this week at Boeing's headquarters to see for himself if he can handle the automated flight control system misfire that led to the grounding of the aircraft around the world following the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia last October and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March. A combined 346 people were killed in the two accidents.

The FAA chief said it’s premature to point fingers or cast blame, but acknowledged there were some common threads in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents.

"We need to make sure nothing like that ever happens again, they should not have occurred," he said.

The French aviation authority, BEA, which worked with the Ethiopian investigators, said in March that upon inspection, the plane's flight data recorder did show clear similarities to the recording from the Lion Air flight. In April, then-Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged for the first time the flight control system played a role in both crashes.

Dickson said that as the recertification process continues the safety of the 737 MAX is to be determined.

"I'm taking a look at how we got to this point and what parts of the process are working as intended," Dickson said.

In both deadly accidents it appears the angle-of-attack sensors malfunctioned, activating a new anti-stall software on the 737 MAX 8 that controls trim and is believed to have pushed the nose of the planes down. The pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft.

Dickson said he will not recertify the plane until he feels comfortable flying the plane himself, or putting his own family on it: "My job is to make sure the airplane is safe."

The FAA has submitted a request from Boeing to detail how pilots interact with the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios. Dickson called it a complete review of the "system architecture of the aircraft."

Once those submissions are reviewed, the FAA will schedule its certification test flight.

But Dickson wants to also ensure that MAX pilots feel confident about updates to the aircraft's flight control system and that the federal regulators are inclusive in their certification process, saying, "We're including pilots not only from the U.S., but also from international operators around the world."

Dickson believes that the grounding of the 737 MAX might bring about a change in the certification process.

"There's a lot of innovation going on both in commercial aviation and other segments of the industry," Dickson said. "We need to make sure that we're ahead of that change, both from a workforce perspective, from a skills perspective and from a technology perspective."

But he emphasized that it's not just about certifying the machine as a technical piece of equipment, but also looking at how "the human interacts with the system" and how that operator is trained.

When asked when the 737 MAX would fly again, Dickson said the FAA is not working on any timeline, adding that it might be recertified by the end of the year, but that it "could also extend beyond that."

Several airlines, including American and United, have already grounded their MAX jets into December, while Southwest, which has more of the model than any other U.S. carrier, has extended cancellations into January.

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stevanovicigor/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A New York clothing company has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools where nearly 100 students were shot to death, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Virginia Tech.

Bstroy, a self-described “neo-native” post-apocalypse streetwear brand, according to Paper Magazine, has been slammed with comments -- of both support and disgust -- after showcasing their Spring 2020 menswear collection called “Samsara” in a series of posts on Instagram.

"Under what scenario could somebody think this was a good idea? This has me so upset. If any of my followers no [sic] anybody involved with this clothing line, please ask them to stop it immediately,” tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in 2018 by Nikolas Cruz in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

A memorial page for Vicki Soto, one of the teachers killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, responded directly to the Instagram post of the Sandy Hook hoodie saying, “As a Sandy Hook family, what you are doing here is absolutely disgusting, hurtful, wrong and disrespectful. You’ll never know what our family went through after Vicki died protecting her students. Our pain is not to be used for your fashion.”

“This is disgusting,” actress Alyssa Milano simply tweeted.

One of the company’s founders, Brick Owens, responded to the critics by releasing a statement on Instagram.

“Sometimes life can be painfully ironic,” the statement read. "Like the irony of dying violently in a place you consider to be a safe, controlled environment, like school. We are reminded all the time of life’s fragility, shortness, and unpredictability yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential. It is this push and pull that creates the circular motion that is the cycle of life. Nirvana is the goal we hope to reach through meditation and healthy practices that counter our destructive habits. Samsara is the cycle we must transcend to reach Nirvana.”

While the vast majority of responses to the clothing line were negative, there were some who thought the company was doing their best to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence in America.

“I hope all the people in the comments that are upset, are upset enough to talk to their elected officials about serious gun control measures,” said Instagram user @magnetic_poles.

“This SHOULD enrage people. This SHOULD spark conversation. This is what art and fashion are all about. The problem here isn’t the hoodies, it’s the fact that we have enough school shootings to make an entire fashion collection of them. Seeing these hoodies & reactions shows how much pain there still is and how, as a country, we still have done NOTHING to stop these senseless (and all too frequent) shooting,” @jillvaccaro said on Instagram.

"We are making violent statements," the other founder of Bstroy, Dieter “Du” Grams, told The New York Times in a profile that was published last week. "That's for you to know who we are, so we can have a voice in the market. But eventually that voice will say things that everyone can wear."

Bstory has not immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment Wednesday morning.

Owens reportedly told NBC News, however, that Bstroy "wanted to make a comment on gun violence and the type of gun violence that needs preventative attention and what its origins are, while also empowering the survivors of tragedy through storytelling in the clothes."

Whether or not this polarizing strategy is successful for Bstroy, however, is yet to be seen.

Wrote @girlnamedgreen on Instagram: “As a victim of Columbine, I am appalled. This is disgusting. You can draw awareness another way but don’t you dare make money off of our tragedy.”

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Project Beauty Expo(LOS ANGELES) -- Project Beauty Expo, a trade show featuring beauty and wellness products for and created by women of color, held its fourth annual event in Los Angeles this past weekend.

The show featured over 400 small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and beauty enthusiasts of color. All had an opportunity to engage with CEOs from major brands such as Target, Shopify, Hue Noir and more.

"This two-day festival is important because in the billion-dollar beauty industry there is no platform that provides women with the tools to prepare themselves to enter this market while also giving them an opportunity to be discovered," says Project Beauty Expo founder Brittany Brown.

Brown originally created this growing platform as a result of her own experience as a budding beauty entrepreneur. After attempting to launch a skin care brand in 2014 and participating in many trade shows, she quickly realized the lack of events geared toward smaller, independent brands.

"I lost tons of money trying to compete in the mass market of beauty and I didn't want other women and men to go through the same thing," says Brown.

She adds, "There are many disadvantages that people of color face and PBE helps to level the playing field."

Another integral component of Project Beauty Expo is the rich education provided during the event.

During the event there were workshops, panel discussions and private networking mixers for buyers, the press, influencers and brand founders.

Representatives from Target reviewed a roster of beauty brands that were later selected to conduct 15-minute on-site pitches.

"This was so perfect for me because I'm a small business and I feel like no other conference and networking event has spoken to where I'm at right now," said entrepreneur and attendee Ashley Jones. "I don't have the inventory yet to be at an Essence Festival or enough capital to engage influencers, so I need to know how I decipher through the clutter to get to that point."

"I hope attendees leave feeling inspired, empowered, seen, heard and realize they have a platform to look to for advice and business tips on navigating the beauty industry," says Brown.

Brown plans to make Project Beauty Expo bigger and better and expanded to different locations.

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