ABC - Business News

Nike(NEW YORK) -- Nike's latest sneaker drop pays homage to hardworking medical workers who deserve it.

Officially releasing on Dec. 7, the new Nike Air Zoom Pulse shoe gives nurses, doctors and home health providers a way to trade in their rubber clogs for something that can really trek through long 12-hour shifts, the company said in a press release.

These sneakers are laceless and easy to slip on. They also have an elastic strap for flexibility and comfort, a rubber outsole for easy cleaning and Nike's Asterix logo that's symbolic of the company's belief that "If you have a body, you are an athlete."

Nike's Air Zoom Pulse sneakers were carefully crafted through insights taken from medical workers at Portland-based OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the company said.

Through product testing and research sessions, the brand found that nurses walk approximately four to five miles and sit for less than an hour during their long shifts.

There are seven styles available, and six were designed by patients. One hundred percent of proceeds from each of those six versions will be donated back to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the company said.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Motorola(NEW YORK) -- Motorola is bringing back its iconic Razr flip phone in 2020, but with a price tag of $1,500.

The phone that was the envy of every teen in the early 2000s will still possess the satisfying flip feature, but this time with a 6.2'' touch screen that can close itself in half.

The revamped phone will also feature two displays: meaning you can view and respond to notifications, take pictures and more while the phone is folded closed. You can also flip it open to access the full display for reading articles or watching movies.

The Android phone boasts a 16-megapixel camera with "built-in artificial intelligence" and includes a portrait mode feature to help you take better photos.

The Razr will only be available on Verizon to start and pre-orders begin Dec. 26. The phones will hit stores nationwide on Jan. 9, 2020. It's priced at $1,499.99.

While the Razr's shape and design may be nostalgic, foldable and touch-screen smartphones have popped up recently such as Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Lokibaho/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Keys, wallet, cellphone -- check. But what about your charger?

As people prepare to travel during the busy holiday season it could be more important than ever to double check that devices are fully charged or at least ensure you have a power adapter base and chord before leaving the house.

‘Juice Jacking’ Criminals Use Public USB Chargers to Steal Data - learn more: https://t.co/OCJW39UVpt
#FraudFriday #fraud #fraudalert #crime #scams #scamalert pic.twitter.com/RMG94vhEfC

— Los Angeles County District Attorney (@LADAOffice) November 8, 2019

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office issued a new warning against those popular public charging stations for a new concern called "juice jacking."

The D.A. urged people to avoid using public USB charging stations at airports and other public locations because it could be susceptible to tampering.

Criminals can load malware onto the convenient charging stations or through the cables left at the kiosk and once a device is plugged in, it becomes infected.

#ICYMI: Avoid using public USB charging stations at airports and other locations. Deputy District Attorney Luke Sisak explains how the “juice jacking” scam works#FraudFriday #fraud #fraudalert #crime #scams #scamalert pic.twitter.com/0UcEp1J9wB

— Los Angeles County District Attorney (@LADAOffice) November 12, 2019

The malware could send a full backup of the phone plugged into the affected kiosk directly to the criminal.

Cyber experts and D.A. officials shared a few tips to keep devices and data safe.

  •     Use an AC power outlet, not a USB charging station
  •     Take AC and car chargers for devices when traveling
  •     Consider buying portable chargers for emergencies

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Nikada/iStock(SAN DIEGO) -- Federal authorities unsealed an indictment Wednesday alleging that 14 members of an international criminal organization have been ripping off Apple to the tune of $6 million.

The organization, led by three brothers, is accused of importing over 10,000 counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China and then going to Apple stores in states across the country and Canada in order to exchange them for the real thing. They would then ship the real Apple products back to China and other foreign countries to sell them at a premium, according to the indictment.

Apple believes it was duped out of about $6 million in iPhones and iPads.

Zhiwei Liao, 31, owned two cellphone repair businesses in San Diego, and headed up the illegal operation with his brothers, Zhimin Liao, 33, and Zhiting Liao, 30, according to the indictment. Also among the alleged co-conspirators were Dao Trieu La, Zhiwei's wife; Mengmeng Zhang, Zhiting's wife; and Tam Thi Minh Nguyen, Zhimin's wife.

A seventh family member, Xiaomin Zhong, was married to the three brothers' sister and lived in China, according to the indictment.

All three brothers are naturalized U.S. citizens who were born in China.

"While a significant amount of money in any circumstance, this prosecution is about more than monetary losses," U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said in a statement. "The manufacture of counterfeit goods -- and their use to defraud U.S. companies -- seeks to fundamentally undermine the marketplace and harms innocent people whose identities were stolen in furtherance of these activities. The United States Attorney’s Office is fully committed to bringing to justice those who seek to damage American markets and consumers through the peddling of bogus products."

The brothers have been charged with, among other things, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud; conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods; aggravated identity theft; and conspiracy to launder money. Each of the five stiffest charges against the men carries a 20-year maximum sentence.

One co-conspirator, Charley Hsu, even allegedly sent a text message to Zhiwei on Sept. 12, 2015 saying the counterfeit phones "look so fake."

The crime ring began as far back as 2014, according to the indictment.

The alleged ringleaders were arrested by the FBI on Wednesday morning, while other defendants are from China, Vietnam and Russia.

Agents seized $250,000 in cash and about 90 iPhones in raids on Wednesday. So far, 11 of the 14 defendants are in federal custody, officials said.

If convicted, the brothers will have to surrender all proceeds, and even five different buildings owned by the family in San Diego.

The FBI identified the three fugitives as Hyo Weon Yang, aka Will Yang; Chia Ming Hsu, aka Charley Hsu; and Xiaomin Zhong, aka Ming Zhong.

A pair of Oregon college students were charged with a similar scheme in April, with authorities saying they cleared $900,000 by importing the counterfeit iPhones from China and then returning them for cash.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



BrianAJackson/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the year winds to a close, a growing trend might make the tradition of Dry January more popular than ever: the rise of low- and no-alcohol beverages.

The global nonalcoholic beverage market is expected to reach a record value of $1,650.28 billion by 2024, according to a recent report from Zion Market Research, while the consumption of alcohol around the world fell 1.6 percent in 2018, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Terms like "sober curious" are becoming more prevalent, and last month, Whole Foods declared that zero-proof drinks are one of the top-10 food trends for 2020.

Influencing the rise of this trend is a cultural shift toward wellness.

"As health and wellness are on the mind of the consumer, more and more things that are attached to it, such as low-alcohol and no-alcohol products and consumption, tend to rise with it," Devon Bergman, CEO of Social Standards, a consumer analytics company, told ABC News.

Even conversations on social media are shifting. Over the last two years, there has been an 85 percent increase in online discussions about low‑ and no‑alcohol drinking and a significant decrease in conversations about casual and heavy drinking occasions, according to Social Standards Consumer Analytics. Bergman said the consistent rise in consumer interest around low‑ and no‑alcohol beverages suggests the idea of moderation isn’t just a fad; it’s a trend.

And big beverage companies are catching on.

Laurent Grandet, lead analyst for food and beverages at Guggenheim Securities, said that significant players in the alcohol industry are expanding their low- and no-alcohol options as the light beer business is declining.

This year, Heineken and Hoegaarden released nonalcoholic versions of their beer to the U.S., and this summer, Anheuser-Busch’s O’Doul’s brand refreshed its look, enlisting the help of three artists in LA, Chicago and New York City to design limited-edition cans that Fast Company called "pure Instagram bait."

Anheuser-Busch, who is the leader in the low- and no-alcohol beverage space, has even set a goal that at least 20% of their global beer volume will come from the products by 2025.

"We know a growing number of consumers are taking interest in non- and low-alcohol products from brewers," Adam Warrington, VP of corporate social responsibility at Anheuser-Busch, told ABC News, adding, "We are committed to meeting this growing demand."

Anheuser-Busch has also been investing more heavily in a message of moderation. Last year it launched a "Drink Wiser" campaign, encouraging consumers to be mindful drinkers and "Hydrate Between Buds."

They’ve put even more star power behind this year's campaign with Lakers guard Danny Green, a two-time NBA champion, and Anthony Anderson, the Emmy-nominated actor and executive producer of ABC's Black-ish.

Anderson told ABC News that he wanted to be involved with the campaign because of the message.

"My beliefs and the things that I feel we should be doing as far as the public ... this 'Drink Wiser' campaign checked off all of the boxes, and I was just happy to be a part of it," Anderson said.

But the trend isn’t just changing how companies are targeting their consumers, it’s also shifting how consumers are socializing and it's inspiring alcohol-free bars. The number of businesses selling mocktails or nonalcoholic cocktails in the U.S. has increased by 130 percent from October 2018 to October 2019, according to Square and the amount of money spent on Mocktails has increased 600 percent.

"I think a lot of people want to drink less. ... The concept was, what if we had that social aspect without alcohol?" Sam Thonis, co-owner of the alcohol-free bar Getaway, told ABC News.

Thonis opened Getaway in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past April to bring a new type of experience to the neighborhood. The menu, which changes frequently, offers a variety of complex, mixed drinks all sans alcohol.

"We've hit a tipping point where there are enough people who are reexamining this stuff, and now there's some language around it, like 'sober curious,' but I think what's really happening more than anything is that companies and alcohol brands have started trying to cater to that market," Thonis said.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



luchezar/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The number of government requests for user data have climbed to a new record, Facebook said in its biannual transparency report.

Those requests rose 16% during the first half of 2019 to 128,617, Chris Sonderby, the vice president and deputy general counsel for Facebook, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

It's more than a fivefold increase from the 25,607 government requests in 2013, the first year Facebook published that data.

The U.S. has submitted the most requests so far in 2019, at 50,714, according to Facebook. Those requests asked for data from 82,461 total users/accounts.

Of those requests from the U.S. government, two-thirds included a "non-disclosure order prohibiting Facebook from notifying the user," Sonderby wrote.

Facebook said it produced data for 88% of U.S. government requests, and that a majority of them, 47,457, were under the "legal process" category that includes search warrants, subpoenas and court orders. In 2013, Facebook complied with about 80% of requests.

"As we have said in prior reports, we always scrutinize every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid," Sonderby wrote. "This is true no matter which government makes the request. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary.

"We do not provide governments with 'back doors' to people’s information," he added.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



ermingut/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Fast-food giant McDonald's was hit with a lawsuit this week alleging a "toxic work culture" and "pervasive sexual harassment" of female employees.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, former employee Jenna Ries, 32, shared her story of rampant workplace sexual harassment and threats of retaliation or being fired when she fought back at a McDonald's franchise near Lansing, Michigan.

"I lived in constant fear of losing my job because I didn’t want to be treated like trash, and because I didn’t give in to my harasser’s disgusting behavior," Ries said in a statement. "It drove me to tears and ultimately left me no choice but to take action. I’m speaking out now to make sure what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else at McDonald's."

Ries said a swing manager she worked with at the McDonald's franchise would routinely call her a "b****" or "whore" and more, "in front of multiple other co-workers, including the General Manager," according to the complaint.

Moreover, Ries "endured routine physical assaults by the swing manager," the court documents allege. "He frequently grabbed her body parts, including her crotch, breasts and buttocks. He pulled her hair and pushed her into other workers."

On one occasion, the swing manager put his penis in Ries' hand while they were both working in the kitchen, the complaint further alleges.

Ries said that she would respond to the harassment by begging the manager to stop, including telling him to "leave me alone,” and “do not touch me,” according to the complaint. "He responded by yelling at her and threatening to get her fired."

The lawsuit is seeking class-action status and alleges that McDonald's "creates and permits a toxic work culture from the very top," referencing former CEO Steve Easterbrook's firing after engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee. Easterbrook received 26 weeks of severance pay when he was terminated earlier this month.

Even though the alleged conduct took place at a McDonald's franchise restaurant, the lawsuit claims that McDonald's Corporation “maintain national franchise standards to which all of their franchisees are expected and required to adhere, and that affect almost every aspect of the restaurants’ functioning, including practices and policies affecting crew members’ labor conditions.”

The restaurant where the alleged abuse against Ries took place is owned by MLMLM Corporation which could not be reached in repeated attempts by ABC News for comment on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleges that the "franchise agreement" that McDonald's has with the franchise owner, however, "give the McDonald’s Corporate Defendants unlimited and unrestricted authority to inspect restaurants to monitor workplace conditions, including labor conditions, and to ensure compliance with the standards and policies of the McDonald’s Corporate Defendants."

More than 90% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent franchisees, according to McDonald's corporate website.

In May 2018, McDonalds workers in nine cities filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging rampant sexual misconduct.

Jamelia Fairley, a McDonald's employee at a corporate-owned store in Florida and a leader in the minimum wage driven Fight for $15 and a union movement within the company, also filed a sexual harassment complaint against the company in May 2019.

Fairley called on the company's new CEO to "sit down with worker-survivors and hear our stories."

“McDonald’s needs to let survivors and our advocates drive the solution," she said in a statement Tuesday. "Nothing is going to change for us, without us.”

Asked to comment on Ries’s lawsuit, McDonald's told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that, "There is a deeply important conversation around safe and respectful workplaces in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world, and McDonald’s is demonstrating its continued commitment to this issue through the implementation of Safe and Respectful Workplace Training in 100% of our corporate-owned restaurants."

"We are encouraged by the partnership and commitment from the National Franchisee Leadership Association and the Women Operators Network that represent franchisees across the U.S. to work with franchisees to implement this important Safe and Respectful workplace training program," the statement added.

In August, the company jointly announced with the National Franchisee Leadership Alliance, a body representing more than 2,000 McDonald's U.S. franchisees, that they were rolling out a slew of new workplace trainings aimed at creating a safe and respectful workplace and said it opened up a free intake hotline for any employment concerns.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



martince2/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Almost 27 million travelers are expected to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints over the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4% increase from 2018, the agency said.

From Nov. 22 through Dec. 2, the projected 26.8 million flyers will include 2.7 million on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, and 2.8 million on Dec. 1, the following Sunday.

The TSA typically screens about 2.1 million passengers on weekdays.

The record-high number of travelers comes on the heels of "our busiest summer ever," TSA acting Deputy Administrator Patrica Cogswell said in a statement. "To plan for the season, partnerships with industry and stakeholders are critical to keep travelers moving safely and securely to holiday destinations. We want to ensure travelers are as best prepared as they can."



Earlier this year, TSA officers called out in record numbers as the government shutdown entered its fifth week, creating long screening lines at airports across the country.

Travelers also can expect to encounter new TSA technology this holiday season that aims to trim wait times. Computed tomography art scanners will give TSA officers a closer look at what's in a passenger's bags, though they will still have to pull out laptops and cellphones.

But by deploying this new technology, Cogswell added, the TSA is setting the stage "for more items to be able to be left in the bag, and for more people to leave laptops in."

TSA officers in the coming weeks also are expecting to be equipped with new credential-authentication technology that lets them to quickly identify travelers without having to verify passengers by looking at a photo ID under lights or lamps.

"You'll start seeing those show up at our airports in the coming weeks," Cogswell added.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



jetcityimage/iStock(BERLIN) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the location of the company's fourth new Gigafactory: Berlin, Germany.

"We’ve decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area," Musk said on stage at the Auto Bild’s Golden Steering Wheel Awards in Berlin after accepting an award for his Tesla Model 3.

"Berlin rocks," the CEO added. "I love Berlin!"

🖤♥️💛 GIGA BERLIN 💛♥️🖤

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2019

Musk confirmed on Twitter Tuesday that the new Gigafactory in Europe would make batteries, powertrains and even electric vehicles, "starting with the Model Y."

The new Gigafactory will be built near the Berlin airport.

"Our European Gigafactory is expected to produce both Model 3 and Model Y," Tesla said in a memo to investors late last month prior to the announcement, adding that production is expected to begin in 2021.

Shortly after making the announcement, Musk told auto industry publication Auto Express that he chose not to put the new production factory in the U.K. because of uncertainty over Brexit.

"Brexit ... made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," Musk said.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after the automaker announced $143 million in Quarter 3 profits and that its new Gigafactory in Shanghai had been completed ahead of schedule, in just 10 months, and is "ready for production" pending final governmental approvals.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



slobo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Costco is perfect for buying bulk items at wholesale prices, but some customers were sad to see an even steeper discount that made the rounds on social media ended up being a "SCAM."

The retailer wrote on its official Facebook account that their members should not trust the "recurring hoax" that boasted $75 in savings.

The initial online coupon scam appeared on Facebook as a Costco voucher that promised users $75 for the company's anniversary and led to links that were not affiliated with Costco. The scam spread due to the option to share and comment with others on their own pages, according to fact-checking site Snopes that first called out the false instructions.

Some savvy members chimed in saying that they knew the offer was too good to be true.

"LOL when you have to jump through hoops to get something you know it's not true," one member wrote in the comments of the Costco Facebook post.

Another person even called out the fake coupon for its misuse of basic grammar rules.

"I knew it was a scam, as Costco would not say to celebrate 'it's' anniversary," the customer commented. "Don't they know it's mean it is?!?!"

Another said that giving so many shoppers such a large discount would simply be a poor business strategy.

"Why does anyone beleive [sic] this stuff? Costco is great, but really, giving $75 coupon to all that shares a post would be difficult for any business," Lisa Reick wrote.

Although this deal turned out to be a scam, members do receive exclusive coupon books with additional weekly savings and promotions.

A representative for the warehouse store said, "Costco never sends coupon offers on social media."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Nomatic(NEW YORK) -- Ever have the wheel of your luggage fall off at the airport or the zipper on your suitcase break while on vacation?

It happens to a lot of us, and it is not a great feeling.

Travel and everyday carry company Nomatic is trying to get rid of that feeling with its "lifetime durability" rolling luggage.

But does it hold up?

ABC News went to The Break Bar in New York City to test just how durable Nomatic's rolling luggage is.

After putting on some safety gear, an ABC producer hit the luggage multiple times with a bat and sledgehammer. She also threw it against the wall and dropped it onto its wheels.

After 30 minutes of testing, the bag was still in one piece, with just a few minor scratches and the only mishap being a small click when the handle is pushed down.

Considering the amount of force the producer exerted onto the bag, it seems like it should hold up when it comes to the beating bags take while traveling.

The journey to making a durable bag

Cousins Jon Richards and Jacob Durham started their company, Nomatic, in 2014 when they launched on Kickstarter with a wallet.

Since then, they have raised more than $10 million on eight different projects, the latest being the rolling luggage.

The two sought to create luggage that would hold up against the perils bags can face when traveling.

They tested more than 25 prototypes to get the final product and, according to their company’s website, “each of the luggage pieces are built for lifetime durability with a 100% Makrolon Polycarbonate shell.”

"We designed luggage to solve the pain points as travel because luggage should be strong, packing should be easy and travel should be seamless," Richards and Durham said.

The pair's rolling luggage exceeded their expectations and will be available on Nov. 14.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Taylor Dunn/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Meet Emma Grede, Khloe Kardashian's business partner and co-founder of Good American, a brand that creates new sizes and fits and had the most successful denim launch in history, earning over $1 million in sales on their launch date.

Good American is recognized for using multiple sized e-commerce models for their photo shoots and creating the size 15 to accommodate more body types. They have expanded from solely selling denim to include dresses, activewear and tops, and will launch their sleepwear line Nov. 14.

"Khloe and I right from the get go said we're going to have a company that's based on a set of principles because we don't want to negotiate every step of the way. You have to do it our way or it's a no go," Grede told ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis on an episode of "No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis" podcast. "It completely cleared out anyone just wanting to be in this for a stamp of body positivity approval."

While Grede continues to break down barriers and make history within the fashion industry, it wasn't until she was in her late teens that she realized she wanted to pursue a career in fashion.

"Fashion has always been something that I had a passion for, I was really drawn to that world but I never saw myself as a creative like in the strictest sense. I thought design and creativity was for someone else," Grede said.

Grede took a job at a fashion show event production company and said she found herself brokering contracts between artists, fashion designers and brands, eventually coming to the realization that not only creatives were needed to work in a creative industry.

"I understood how contracts worked and I was very good at getting stuff off of people and I kind of finally felt like oh I've hit my stride," Grede said. "Even though I wasn't a creative I was very good at working with very creative people and bringing their ideas to life."

She took those talents and started her own entertainment marketing agency, ITB, at a time when brands were beginning to put more of their money into reality TV stars and influencers instead of focusing it all on A-list actors. Grede grew up in East London with no Hollywood connections.

"I think everything I didn't know led me to a place where I had that naiveté," Grede said. "I didn't know what could go wrong and so in a way I just got on with things that right now just would seem scary or stupid."

Her confident and courageous mentality led her into business with Kris Jenner, which is how Grede was connected to Kardashian, and years later after deciding that she was ready to move on from ITB, took her idea to Jenner to explain why she wanted to create Good American and why she wanted Kardashian to be her business partner.

"I decided denim because I really wanted to take a pain product, something that I know women struggle with, and for me it was like what do you really struggle with denim and swimwear," Grede explained.

After meeting with Jenner and being told she needed to talk to Kardashian, Grede recalled not being nervous to pitch the idea because she "thought it was genius."

"I know at the end of day what happened is that Khloe got it," Grede said. "I pitched her that idea and a light bulb went off in her head and she literally finished my sentences and what I understood in that meeting I was like she is the girl. She has felt like this she has experienced it firsthand and I knew in that moment that Khloe was the person that I wanted to work with."

When it comes to co-founding a company, Grede describes the different day to day roles of she and Kardashian, Grede focusing on logistics and warehousing and Kardashian focusing on media and marketing strategies.

"We know what we do and we have the utmost respect for one another and both bring entirely different things to the party so I think that we start from a place of real respect for what each other bring," Grede said.

As the company continues to create a more inclusive experience for consumers, Grede discussed just how far the industry at large still has to go.

"Fashion is still largely dictated to women by men based on their size and that's just ludicrous," Grede said. "There's some real shaking up of the industry that has to be done and plus size women have been on their own having to fight that fight which is ludicrous because sometimes you know you need the outsiders to come in and make everybody realize what's happening."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



svengine/iStock(NEW YORK) -- While you're gearing up for Thanksgiving's excesses, you might not consider catastrophic fire as one of them -- but that's exactly what's at risk, say the experts with the National Fire Protection Association.

The agency notes that an estimated 2,000 residential fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, causing an average of five deaths, 25 injuries and $21 million in property damage.

In fact, Turkey Day is, statistically, the number-one day for kitchen fires and cooking-related insurance claims, report the experts at InsuranceQuotes.com.

The site explains: "A turkey takes forever in the oven. Numerous dishes are being created at once. All four burners and the oven are working overtime. Throw in...a 25-pound bird with searing hot gravy...Combine a large group of people of all ages cooking and eating in a confined space and mix in some wine, and what could go wrong?"

And while frying your Thanksgiving turkey is a delicious way to prepare the bird, if you do it wrong, you could find yourself homeless -- or worse. State Farm Insurance says frying turkeys remains a major cause of Thanksgiving Day fires.

If you insist on deep frying your bird, InsuranceQuotes.com offers the following safety tips:

1) Fully thaw the turkey. Even a partially frozen bird can create a fire or even an explosion. Before putting it in the fryer, pat the turkey down with paper towel to cut down on splatter.

2) Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make everyone involved aware that you cannot extinguish a grease fire with water. Keep children and pets away.

3) Position your fryer on a level surface at least 15 feet from structures and keep anything flammable out of the immediate frying area.

4) Before lowering in your turkey, turn the burner or flame to the "off" position to prevent igniting the oil. Once it's fully submerged, you can turn the flame back on.

5) Never leave the fryer unattended.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



SKIMS(NEW YORK) -- Since initially launching SKIMS in June, Kim Kardashian West's line of shapewear has continued to gain the attention of many. Now, she is adding two more items to the collection that many people are already gearing up to purchase.

On Monday, it was announced on Instagram that tonal Body Tape and Pasties would be the next addition to the styling solutions label.

Officially launching on Nov. 14, the new items will be available in three different colors to blend with a variety of different skin tones. Each piece is "engineered with stretch to move with you and keep you concealed and supported for up to 12 hours," according to a press release from the brand.

The new body tape roll is waterproof as well as sweat-proof and will retail for $36 per roll. Each roll is 45 feet in length.

The pasties come in a teardrop shape to add lift to the breasts while also concealing. These will sell for $12 per pack of 10 which includes five pairs.

In another Instagram post, the brand posted a video of how to apply the Tonal Body Tape with two steps.

You begin by applying approximately a 16-inch strip of body tape from below the breast to above shoulders on each side. Then, you smooth just beyond the armpits on either side.

Fans of the brand are already anticipating these new launches, and some questioned if these items will cater to women with larger breasts.

"Can we see models with larger bra sizes try this tape? That would be really helpful," @iamjess_elle wrote in a comment.

Another concerned Instagrammer chimed in asking, "are there different widths?"

Many others expressed their excitement for the new pieces.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



naturalboxnaturalbox/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Dean Foods, America's largest milk producer and home to multiple well-known brands, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

The Dallas-based company announced it initiated Chapter 11 proceedings "to enable us to continue serving our customers and operating as normal as we work toward the sale of our business," Eric Beringause, who recently joined the Dean Foods as president and CEO, said in a statement.

Dean Foods products include Dairy Pure, TruMoo, Land O'Lakes, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms and Oak Farms.

Its bankruptcy filing comes amid a sour year for the milk industry.

Last year, total sales dropped $1.1 billion, according to the Dairy Farmers of America. The net sales for 2018 were $13.6 billion, compared to $14.7 billion in 2017.

However, sales of dairy alternative products have been soaring.

Over a 52-week period that ended in June 2018, oat milk and non-dairy milk blends saw the highest growth, with dollar sales up 23% and 51%, respectively.

Dean Foods announced that it had received around $850 million in debtor-in-possession financing, a type of financing for companies that are financially distressed and in bankruptcy, from some existing lenders.

A potential sale of "substantially all assets" to Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. has been discussed, according to Dean Foods. If both parties reach an agreement, the sale would allow for higher or otherwise better offers in the bankruptcy.

Dean Foods will operate normally amid the reorganization efforts.

The company has approximately 15,000 employees across the country.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Listener Poll
THANKSGIVING TIME! TWO CHOICES, WHICH ONE GOES!?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.

Find Us On Facebook