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PepsiCo announces plan to reduce emissions more than 40% by 2030

BY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — PepsiCo has announced a new climate plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% by 2030 - a doubling of the company’s previous climate initiative - while also pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.    The food and…... Read More

Jack Dorsey defends banning Trump but admits it sets 'dangerous' precedent

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey stood by the decision to ban President Donald Trump from the platform in a wide-ranging thread, but admitted that the action sets a "dangerous" precedent."I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from…... Read More

Taco Bell introduces new plant-based menu items, plus a special message about the return of potatoes

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Plant-based foods are rolling right along into 2021 and Taco Bell has teamed up with one of the leaders in the non-meat category, crafted a new, customizable menu of vegetarian options, and is bringing back a widely requested fan favorite ingredient.Taco Bell announced…... Read More

Sephora to scale back security guards to combat racial bias

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- "Shopping while black" is a phrase used to refer to biased treatment Black shoppers often face in retail stores like falsely being accused of theft or being shadowed by secuity guards. Now, makeup brand Sephora is using its platform to counter…... Read More

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