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Uncle Ben’s will now be known as Ben's Original

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The bright orange boxed rice brand officially has a new name: Ben's Original.After several weeks of listening to consumers, employees and stakeholders, Mars Inc., the parent company of Ben's Original, said in a press release that it understands "the inequities that were associated…... Read More

Beekeepers and bartenders in big cities create sweet, sustainable cocktail supply chain

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- What sweeter way to celebrate National Honey Month than with a refreshing, herbal cocktail that both tastes delicious and promotes sustainable systems to improve the health of bee colonies.Beekeepers based in big cities like New York and nearby bartenders who handcraft cocktails…... Read More

'We're ready' to open Disneyland, park officials say

By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Disneyland awaits."We are ready to reopen," Patrick Finnegan, vice president of Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District, said in a conference call Tuesday. "We are hoping for guidance [from the governor of California] soon."Downtown Disney opened on July 9…... Read More

Adidas and Pixar debut

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Calling all Toy Story fans!It's been 25 years since the film's release and there's a new collection launching to help everyone celebrate in style.Slated to release Oct. 1, Adidas and Pixar have joined forces to create a Toy Story Friendship collection…... Read More

Tesla announces plans for low cost batteries, $25,000 car

BY: MICHAEL DOBUSKI and LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS (FREEMONT, Calif.) -- Tesla has announced new, internally-produced batteries for its electric cars, signaling a major shift from the automaker that, if successful, could significantly reduce the cost of electric vehicles.  "I think it's the way all electric cars in the future will…... Read More

Airlines push for coronavirus testing before international flights

By MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. aviation industry is urging the government to establish COVID-19 testing protocols before international flights as way to safely reopen travel routes that have been cut amid the pandemic.Industry stakeholders want the U.S. to reach an agreement on pre-flight COVID-19…... Read More

Stakeholder capitalism commitments mostly for show amid COVID-19, report finds

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a pre-pandemic world, the idea of stakeholder capitalism -- prioritizing employees, communities and other stakeholders as much as shareholders -- appeared to be gaining traction among some of the world’s largest companies.Late last year, 181 CEOs of major corporations in the U.S.,…... Read More

Cruise companies to require COVID testing for all passengers, crew prior to US departures

By AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Planning to cruise in the future? Companies say they will mandate COVID tests for all passengers and crew prior to boarding once U.S. departures resume.The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), a lobbying group that represents major cruise companies, said its members will adopt…... Read More

Estee Lauder to pay NASA $17,500 an hour for pictures of its new night serum onboard International Space Station

BY: GINA SUNSERI, SAM SWEENEY AND GIO BENITEZ, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — Estée Lauder may call its famous night serum "revolutionary," but now with the help of NASA, there's more to that catchphrase than meets the eye. The serum is set to orbit the Earth every 93 minutes when…... Read More

US airline employees report lower rate of COVID-19 infection than public, CEOs say

BY: MINA KAJI, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As people debate whether air travel is safe amid the pandemic, major U.S. airline CEOs are presenting new infection information about their employees."At United, but also at our large competitors, our flight attendants have lower COVID infection rates than the general population, which is…... Read More

Wanna be a V.I.P. (Virtually Impactful Person)? Try these Zoom tips from a pro

By ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Ever been on a Zoom meeting and been distracted by what's behind the person you're talking to -- or you can't see them because they're sitting in the dark?  In today's COVID-19 world, we all need help presenting ourselves better on camera...and…... Read More

These dads are building desks for students who need them during virtual learning

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Dozens of students in Maryland learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic are able to study at their own personal desks thanks to a group of local dads."I really appreciate them because without them I wouldn't have a desk right now," Brandon Sanchez,…... Read More

Ex-workers sue Kroger, claiming they were fired for refusing to wear rainbow symbol

By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(CONWAY, Ark.) -- A federal employment watchdog filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Kroger on behalf of two Arkansas employees who claim they were terminated because they refused to wear an apron that included a rainbow symbol.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in charge of…... Read More

TikTok, WeChat to be banned from US app stores starting Sunday

By WILLIAM MANSELL and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Starting Sunday, downloads of the massively popular video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat will be banned in the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday morning.The department said in a statement that the move was…... Read More