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Cancer Blogger Belle Gibson Now Says She Was Never Sick

Cancer Blogger Belle Gibson Now Says She Was Never SickiStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Australian wellness guru Belle Gibson reportedly built her career around claims she survived several different kinds of cancer with alternative medicine, but this week, she confessed that it was all a lie."No. None of it's true," she reportedly told The Australian Women's Weekly magazine in an issue on stands Thursday.Gibson, 23, claimed to have had blood, brain, liver, spleen and uterus cancers, according to Mashable, which published a skeptical piece about the embattled entrepreneur last month. The Whole Pantry writer said she cured herself by shirking traditional medicine, eating whole foods and using alternative therapies instead, according to Australian Women's Weekly."I don't want forgiveness," the Australian Women's Weekly reported her saying. "I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'OK, she's human.'"ABC News reached out to Gibson through The Whole Pantry App but did not receive a response.In addition to blogging, Gibson founded The Whole Pantry app, published a recipe book and had hundreds of thousands of social media followers. She appears to have deleted her Instagram posts.Earlier on Thursday, Gibson allegedly tweeted from the Whole Pantry App account, "For the record, I haven't retreated to the United States. and didn't. Media, continue to 'humiliate and condemn' - Belle."Unfounded claims of having cancer aren't new, but this is different because Gibson was offering unproven advice to a wide audience for profit, NYU Langone bioethicist Arthur Caplan told ABC News. He said the case should serve "as a reminder that there are people out there willing to prey on the desperate and the vulnerable.""It is beyond despicable that you would give advice to people with terminal diseases like cancer and have them forgo the only therapies that might offer some hope," Caplan said. "I admit that the therapies often are poor, but that's all there is. To talk about alternatives that don't work, claiming that they did work on you is to not only step over the ethical line, it is to throw yourself into ethics hell." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney GeneralBill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general Thursday, 166 days after she was first nominated for the post.The Senate approved Lynch’s nomination with a vote of 56 to 43.The Senate took over five months to confirm Lynch after her nomination was mired in political fights.  President Obama nominated Lynch shortly after Republicans won control of the Senate in the mid-term elections in November, and in an gesture of goodwill, Democrats offered to wait to consider Lynch’s nomination until Republicans took control in January.But Lynch quickly became embroiled in political fights between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate over issues like the president’s immigration executive actions and an anti-human trafficking bill.Republicans insisted the human trafficking bill be passed before a vote on Lynch’s nomination. On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed the measure to help victims of human trafficking with a vote of 99 to 0 after Democrats and Republicans struck a deal on a controversial abortion funding restriction included in the measure.Lynch, who currently serves as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will be the first African American woman to serve as attorney general. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam Pearlman

Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam PearlmanAFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gadahn, the al Qaeda spokesman killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation, was an American-born suburbanite named Adam Pearlman who went from listening to heavy metal to Islamic radical.On the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, the State Department had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of 36-year-old Adam Yahiye Gadahn, who had identified himself as "Azzam the American" and had aliases like Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki. He was indicted in 2006 for treason by a federal grand jury, the first American to have been charged since the 1950s.A former resident of Orange County, California, he started appearing in a series of videotaped segments broadcast in October 2004, the FBI said. In a 2004 video, he said, “The streets of America shall run red with blood.”At age 17, Gadahn posted a statement online about his conversion to Islam called "Becoming Muslim," rejecting evangelical Christianity and what he called his obsession with demonic heavy metal music."I discovered the beliefs and practices of this religion fit my personal theology and intellect as well as basic human logic," he wrote at the time. "Islam presents God not as an anthropomorphic being but as an entity beyond human comprehension, transcendent of man, independent and undivided."The son of musician Phil Pearlman, Gadahn was raised in Orange County on a goat farm. He was home-schooled until the age of 15, at which point he moved in with his grandparents in Santa Ana, California, ABC News reported in 2004.His aunt, Nancy Pearlman, told ABC News in 2004 that Gadahn was a typical teenager with shifting interests."Adam was a very loving, caring, intelligent young man," she said. "He was listening to hard rock music. He gave that up when he got religious."Gadahn was recruited by Egyptian Hisham Diab, who ran one of the first al Qaeda support cells out of his apartment complex in Orange County. They met at a local mosque. Gadahn eventually left California for Karachi, Pakistan, where his parents last heard from him in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.Diab’s ex-wife told ABC News' Brian Ross in 2004 that Gadahn was "fresh meat.”Gadahn was "someone they could control," Saraah Olson, Diab’s ex-wife said. "Not only that, he's very unassuming-looking, he can do a lot of their tasks.”The first piece of evidence that Gadahn was tied to al Qaeda was his name on a tax form for Charity Without Borders, a sham 501(c)3 in Garden Grove, California, that funneled money back to extremists in the Middle East. The group's listed officers included Diab and Khalil al-Deek, also known as “Joseph Adams,” who was implicated in the Millennium plot to attack western hotels in Amman, Jordan. Gadahn was also listed as an officer of Charity Without Borders, though his importance didn’t become apparent until he appeared in a 2004 al Qaeda video as a masked American promising blood would flow on the streets of U.S. cities.The "prominent member" of the terrorist organization was killed in January, the White House said on Thursday, "likely in a separate U.S. Government counterterrorism operation," from that which killed American hostage Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto. The White House said Gadahn wasn't specifically targeted.Gadahn once tore up his U.S. passport on camera and regularly produced videos in English and Arabic."America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn said in a 2011 al Qaeda video urging individual violent jihad. "So what are you waiting for?"In October 2012, Gadahn urged al Qaeda’s followers to attack the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.Gadahn was one of a handful Americans the U.S. had offered millions of dollars in rewards to help capture because they served under Osama bin Laden or his henchmen.A family member declined to comment to ABC News. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

‘Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind Girl

‘Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind GirlCourtesy Martin Springall(NEW YORK) -- A photo of a 4-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back.A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind herThe photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a friend of the girl's father, is making the rounds on the Internet. Many are speculating the photo shows a Samurai ghost because the beach the girl and her dad were on was across a samurai graveyard."My daughter thinks the whole thing is just so funny," Martin Springall, who took the photo, told ABC News Thursday. "She thinks it's a ghost, but not a scary ghost -- a nice one."Springall said the photo was taken on July 6, 2014 during a weekend trip to the beach. He added that his family now lives in Toronto, but had been living in Tokyo at the time."I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos," he said. "I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots."Springall said he freaked out, and he later showed the photo to his friend Brian Publicover during a camping trip in Japan in August.Publicover put it up on Reddit's "Ghosts" subreddit, and theories poured in."Some thought it could be the ghost of a World War II sailor," Springall said.He added the photo is "completely legitimate" and not retouched in any way."My daughter is really shy, and she wouldn't have taken a picture if there was someone standing behind her, which I would have definitely noticed," Springall said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Audi Car Trunks Doubling as Mailboxes with Help from Amazon, DHL

Audi Car Trunks Doubling as Mailboxes with Help from Amazon, DHLAudi(NEW YORK) -- Audi is teaming up with Amazon and DHL to test a new delivery program that would turn the trunk of an Audi car into a place where the driver can receive quick package deliveries.Almost everyone has had the experience of not being home for a package delivery and having it be returned to the warehouse only for drivers to try again the next day.The pilot program is aiming to take out that pain point of home delivery by coming to recipients wherever they are during the day.While it will be limited to a small test group -- Audi owners in Munich who are members of Amazon Prime -- the companies behind it hope the pilot will yield lessons about how deliveries can be made more efficiently.Beginning in May, people who meet the criteria for the program can enter their Audi cars as the shipping address when placing an order on Amazon.The driver will have to specify a general area they expect to be in around the time of delivery. They will also have to consent to allowing their car to be tracked during a certain time frame leading up to the delivery.Once delivery drivers locate the car, they'll use a temporary access code to open the trunk and drop off the package. The code will expire shortly thereafter, according to Audi.The pilot program is just the latest for Amazon's push to innovate deliveries. The company has been testing drones that it hopes will one day delivery packages to customers. Amazon also runs "Amazon Prime Now," a one-hour delivery service, in select metropolitan areas.Germany based DHL launched its parcelcopter delivery program last year, using a small quadcopter to bring medicine and other necessities to Juist, a small island in the North Sea populated by 2,000 people. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get Makeover

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get MakeoveriStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- With the second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William on the way, what this means for the royal line of succession is the new baby will be fourth in line to the throne -- behind Prince Charles, William and Prince George.The top 10 are pretty well known, with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward -- and their families -- close to the top.But as you scroll down the royal line, there's still family connected to King George V, but down in the late 40's or early 50's -- namely Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and her family.Alexandra, 78, who is the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was 44 to 48 in the royal line -- different lists have her in different spots -- before the new baby. She and the rest of her family will all move down one spot after the new addition for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Behind Alexandra is her son James Ogilvy, who is joined down the list by his two children Alexander Ogilvy and Flora Ogilvy. When James, 51, was born in 1964, he was 13th on the list and is the godson of Queen Elizabeth II.Even though James is close to 50th on the list as of the royal birth, he's a successful publisher, launching Luxury Briefing magazine in the late 1990s. His magazine "charts luxury news from around the world, features key people and tackles issues relating to the industry. Our informed commentators and curators of content, such as Faith Hope Consolo, Georgia Fendley and Keith Wilson, give their unique perspectives in monthly columns, providing thought leadership on topics of interest," according to the magazine's website.There's more to know about Alexandra too. Before she married Sir Angus Ogilvy, she was Princess Alexandra of Kent.Alexandra "is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Ken," according to the official website of the British Monarchy."Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire," it adds. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More Children

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More ChildrenABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock is already mom to a 5-year-old son Louis, whom she adopted in early 2010. Now, she's denying rumors that she has plans to adopt more kids."I've always said that I could have a house full of kids," she tells People magazine, which just named her the World's Most Beautiful. "But at this time the only kids in my house, other than Louis, are the ones whose parents want them back at the end of the play date. But if these drum-beaters know something that I don't, I'd appreciate a heads-up on the details so I can pick up some supplies. I'm wickedly unprepared if Louis is getting a sibling this week." Bullock continued that family "are people you choose to have in your life. There are so many variations of families out there that are perfect. My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would. It's better than I ever imagined." The Oscar-winning actress said she's especially grateful to her "tribe" made up of family and girlfriends."If you are struggling, the women in my life descend like paratroopers en masse and will not leave your side until they know you are standing on your own two feet again," she tells People. "No judgment, just support." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in Flight

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in FlightiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators have yet to announce what caused three SkyWest Airlines passengers to become ill and lose consciousness mid-flight, but some experts seem to agree on one thing: cabin pressure most likely played a role.Dr. Michael Anderson, chief medical officer at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said people can respond differently to reduced oxygen and, even in a correctly pressurized plane, they might end up fainting."Although oxygen levels are normal ... a slight change in oxygen could cause a person to faint," he said.SkyWest Airlines confirmed Thursday that three people suffered a "loss of consciousness," but said there were "no indications of a pressurization problem or other issues with the aircraft." All three passengers recovered Wednesday after the plane made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York.But the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air.Anderson said when a passenger faints, the goal is to improve the person’s circulation either by giving oxygen or elevating the legs so the brain can get enough oxygen.He said it’s also wise to check whether the person had underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. A worst-case scenario would be if a patient was in the middle of a cardiac arrest that would necessitate a defibrillator to try and save him or her.But because multiple people became ill in this case, Anderson said there could have been a combination of things that led to their losing consciousness."I think the word that comes to mind is multifactorial ... are multiple things adding to this situation?" he said. "Some people really stress out about flying [or they] haven’t eaten."Anderson said in these circumstances there's also a possibility that "crowd mentality" played a role. Passengers who see a person pass out, if they are in a slightly less pressurized cabin, could end up having similar symptoms.Mary Cunningham, a registered nurse and fellow passenger, assisted the sick patients on the plane and said she also started to feel sick after helping them get oxygen."She was gray, her color looked awful, as soon as she got the oxygen she was alert," Cunningham told reporters of the first passenger who fainted.The pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.John Nance, ABC News’ aviation expert, said continued depressurization in a plane, even slightly, could result in passengers’ feeling ill or sick before cockpit alarms go off, whether alarm bells go off and overhead oxygen masks fall.Also, with less oxygen, some passengers who exert themselves will feel the effects more strongly.“The tell-tale thing is when the nurse gets up,” he said, “and gets to feel woozy.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trans Teen to Get Apology from SC DMV for Forcing Her to Remove Makeup

Trans Teen to Get Apology from SC DMV for Forcing Her to Remove MakeupTransgender Legal Defense and Education Fund(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Chase Culpepper, a transgender girl, is now getting an apology from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles after she was forced to remove her makeup when trying to take a photo for her first driver's license in March of last year.DMV employees told Culpepper, 17, she needed to "look male" in her license photo and refused to provide her with her driver's license until she removed the makeup she was wearing, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) told ABC News Thursday in a statement. The TLDEF was the legal group that filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV on Chase's behalf.A settlement was made Monday, according to court documents, which said the South Carolina DMV agreed to change its photo policy, implement training on the treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, allow Culpepper to return to the DMV and get her license photograph taken wearing makeup, and apologize to Culpepper for how she was treated. “I am thrilled with the outcome of my lawsuit,” Culpepper said. “My clothing and makeup reflect who I am. From day one, all I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me. Now I will be able to do that. It was hurtful to be singled out for being transgender and made to feel that somehow I wasn’t good enough. With this settlement, the DMV can no longer force transgender people to look like someone they’re not."Culpepper, who was assigned male sex at birth, originally identified as gender nonconforming last year, but has since begun identifying as a girl, the TLEDF said.DMV officials asked Culpepper to remove her makeup after passing her driving test last year because of a policy banning license photos when "someone is purposefully altering his or her appearance," according to court documents.Culpepper's mom, Teresa Culpepper, said she was proud of her daughter for "having the courage to stand up to the discrimination she faced at the DMV" and that her "victory will make the DMV experience much better for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the future."TLDEF Staff Attorney Ethan Rice added that the settlement sends a strong message about equal rights."Transgender and gender nonconforming people are entitled to be themselves without interference from the DMV," he said. "It is not the role of the DMV or its employees to decide how men and women should look. People should be able to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sex discrimination. The policy changes and training that the DMV will implement in response to Chase’s lawsuit will help all transgender and gender nonconforming South Carolina residents in the future."The South Carolina DMV's lead attorneys did not immediately respond to ABC News' emails requesting additional comment. Additionally, the South Carolina DMV's website was down Thursday afternoon. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ben Affleck Reveals Name of Slave-Owning Ancestor in “Finding Your Roots” Controversy

Ben Affleck Reveals Name of Slave-Owning Ancestor in “Finding Your Roots” ControversyPeter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck admitted earlier this week that he was embarrassed to learn that one of his ancestors owned slaves. Now, he's revealing the name of that person."Lots of people have been asking who the guy was," the actor tweeted on Wednesday. "His name was Benjamin Cole -- lived in Georgia on my mom's side about six generations back."Affleck, 42, came under fire after an email exchange posted on Wikileaks revealed that he had asked the team behind the PBS program Finding Your Roots not to include Cole in an episode about his family tree. In the emails, Henry Louis Gates, the host of the program, expressed hesitation to comply with Affleck's wishes, though, ultimately, Cole was not mentioned in the October episode that featured Affleck.Meanwhile, the actor pointed out that Finding Your Roots is not a news program, but, rather, "a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family."We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery," Affleck said. "It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks, Illuminating Night Sky

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks, Illuminating Night SkyiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak overnight with as many as 20 meteors per hour darting through the night sky.The meteors are pieces of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have made an appearance every April for at least the past 2,600 years as Earth runs into a stream of debris from the comet.Peak meteor action began Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. local time in the Northern Hemisphere, while people in the Southern Hemisphere were able to catch a glimpse after midnight local time.The most breathtaking views were in areas with an unobstructed view of the sky away from artificial lights. While the Lyrid has peaked, the annual meteor shower is expected to continue to a lesser extent into the weekend.The annual show is known for its unpredictability. In the past, as many as 90 meteors per hour have streaked across the sky, providing a spectacular view. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alanis Morissette Featured in New Film Trailer Touting Breast-Feeding

Alanis Morissette Featured in New Film Trailer Touting Breast-FeedingImeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Singer Alanis Morissette and health experts speak out in a trailer for an upcoming film that advocates for more moms to breast-feed their babies."This is a huge movement that needs to happen right now in America," a lactation consultant says in the trailer for The Milky Way Movie that was released first to ABC News exclusively.More celebrities set to make appearances in the full feature are actress Minnie Driver, model Justine Pasek and more, according to the group behind the film, The Milky Way Foundation, an advocacy group whose mission is to get more women to breast-feed.“We’re trying to come at solving the world’s problems from the symptomatic stuff back,” Morissette says in the new clip. “I think it would be so much easier to start from the beginning and work up.”A national breastfeeding report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 77 percent of infants begin breast-feeding at birth. That number drops to 49 percent by six months and 27 percent by 12 months."I like to be sensitive to women who don’t breast-feed for whatever reason," said Dr. Jen Ashton, ABC News' senior medical contributor. "Medical literature shows there are long and short term benefits to breast-feeding but you can only do what you can do.""As a mother, you already have more than enough guilt to go round," she said. "I try to give women a little empathy on that because I know it’s not possible or feasible for every woman to breast-feed her baby. Every woman’s choice should be respected. But medically it’s clear there is a benefit."The Milky Way Movie will make its global debut digitally and on demand on May 5, according to The Milky Way Foundation. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Warren Officially in a Fight with Obama over Trade?

Elizabeth Warren Officially in a Fight with Obama over Trade?US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, came out with a forceful blog post Wednesday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying the administration is hiding the details of the deal from the American people. "The Administration says I'm wrong — that there's nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises — but people like you can't see the actual deal," Warren writes. Warren’s blog post came after President Obama said in an interview with MSNBC that the Massachusetts senator is "wrong" for opposing TPP. Asked about Democratic opposition to the trade deal, the White House Wednesday admitted that "this has been a difficult political issue for Democrats and political allies in the past,” but that doesn't mean "we're going to shy away from this conversation."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Blue Bell Creameries Can Learn from Past Recalls

What Blue Bell Creameries Can Learn from Past RecallsiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Blue Bell Creameries, which voluntarily recalled all of its ice cream this week due to possible listeria contamination, can learn lessons of what to do -- and not to do -- from the biggest recent recalls in the country.In its latest statement, Blue Bell said Monday that it was voluntarily recalling all of its products due to the potential for Listeria contamination. Five patients were treated in Kansas and three in Texas after testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the company said.“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president, in a statement.Kruse added, “At this point, we cannot say with certainty how Listeria was introduced to our facilities and so we have taken this unprecedented step. We continue to work with our team of experts to eliminate this problem.”"Blue Bell can learn from the likes of Toyota and GM that the 'death by 1,000 cuts' approach to recall crisis communications doesn't work," Jonathan Bernstein, president of Bernstein Crisis Management and author of Keeping the Wolves at Bay.Earlier this month, General Motors said it had fixed 70 percent of its faulty ignition switches that have led to the recall of about 2.3 million recalled cars around the world. Lawmakers and the families of victims criticized GM for what they allege was a slow recognition to the problem and repair completion rate. At least 80 deaths and nearly 150 injuries in the U.S. have been linked to the faulty switches.In 2012, Toyota announced that more than seven million cars were recalled due to a faulty power window switch that had the potential to start a fire. Bernstein said it was "downright silly" that many of the vehicles were previously recalled for sticky gas pedals and dangerous floor mats in 2009 and 2010, after Toyota first learned of the switch issue.Bernstein said the same issue that GM and Toyota have experienced, poor communication, arose for the Takata airbag recalls. There may be as many as 17 million cars made by 10 different automakers that have been recalled due to faulty air bags from the parts supplier, according to Consumer Reports. Bernstein points out that Takata failed to offer even a holding statement to major media outlets, contributing to a drop in its share price. At least five deaths have been linked to Takata airbags that have exploded, while the number of injured may be as high as 64.Michelle Greenwald, a marketing professor at Columbia Business School, said Johnson & Johnson's response in 1982 is touted as the best example after a recall. At that time, the deaths of seven people were linked to cyanide contamination in its Tylenol products."They admitted it right away and pulled product off their shelves even though it was a big loss to bottom line. And it wasn’t replaced until safe," she said.Greenwald contrasts that response to that of Toyota and Blue Bell, saying neither company figured out the problem immediately. Greewald said, "Toyota couldn’t figure it out internally and they had to bring in experts."Whether consumers will forgive and forget often depends on how "deadly" a faulty product is, Greenwald said."I think it has to do with the severity of the illness, and it’s good if they catch it sooner, before people die," she said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Here’s How Much Money You Made Facebook Last Quarter

Here’s How Much Money You Made Facebook Last QuarterJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook users are a key part of how the company makes its money -- and the social network can put a price on how much revenue the average user helped generate over the past quarter by interacting with advertisements.The Menlo Park, California-based company reported increased engagement Wednesday in its earnings call, with 1.44 billion active monthly users. While those users don't pay Facebook, they do interact with advertisements, making them a key ingredient to how Facebook makes money.For the first quarter of 2015, the average Facebook user helped bring in $2.50 of revenue to the company, according to investor information posted on Facebook's website.Looking at it geographically, the average user in the United States and Canada contributed significantly more revenue -- $8.32. Last quarter, each user in the U.S. and Canada brought in $9 in revenue.Facebook announced a 42 percent rise in revenues, showing $3.54 billion, just falling short of analysts' expectations of $3.56 billion. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” Car Headed for Auction

Paul Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” Car Headed for AuctionUniversal(INDIANAPOLIS) — A car driven by the late Paul Walker in the original Fast and the Furious film is headed to auction.The orange 1993 Toyota Supra was used as a stunt car in the movie, which was released in 2001. A listing from Mecum Auctions states the vehicle was used during the final race scene between Walker and co-star Vin Diesel's characters.The listing notes, "Walker drives this Supra head to head against Diesel's Dodge Charger in a race to a railroad crossing where both cars jump the tracks just in time to miss an oncoming train and just as the action appears to calm down, Vin Diesel's character collides with a semi; flipping the Charger over the Supra as it cruises ahead."  The Supra will be on the block in Indianapolis from May 12 to 17. It's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000.Furious 7, which pays tribute to Walker, has been the number-one movie at the box office the past three weekends.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mila Kunis Sued for Allegedly Stealing Chicken in the Ukraine

Mila Kunis Sued for Allegedly Stealing Chicken in the UkraineABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Mila Kunis, a chicken thief? That's what a woman is claiming in a lawsuit.According to TMZ, Kristina Karo claims she was best friends with Kunis when they were kids in the Ukraine. One day, she says, Kunis stole a chicken of hers named Doggie. Supposedly, Kunis told her, "Kristina, you can have any other chicken as a pet, you have a whole chicken farm."Karo, who now lives in Los Angeles, claims she's suffered emotional distress as a result of the incident, and is seeking $5,000.Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have mocked the complaint in a video shared via the Meerkat app and posted on TMZ. Kunis sarcastically said she was "devastated," "weeping" and "dumbfounded" when she learned of the lawsuit.Kutcher wondered, "The girl has a music video coming out the same time she is suing you for $5,000...?" Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Study Busts Myth About Yogurt’s Health Benefits

Study Busts Myth About Yogurt’s Health BenefitsiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For years, yogurt has been marketed as a health food but perhaps it’s time to rethink that claim based on a study by Spanish researchers who say the tasty dairy product is not all that it's cracked up to be.What’s more, Esther López-García, lead author of the study, goes as far to say that yogurt offers no proven physical or mental benefits to those who enjoy it.López-García isn’t saying that yogurt, which contains calcium, protein and probiotics, is bad for people who regularly consume it.However, based on a three-and-a-half-year analysis of 4,450 Spanish adults, researchers found yogurt lovers weren’t any better off physically than people who didn’t eat it and only showed a slight improvement mentally but nothing that was remarkable.Furthermore, López-García said that the study also ruled out the possibility that poor health choices might hide yogurt’s benefits since there wasn’t any correlation between the food and better health for those who ate a Mediterranean diet and didn’t smoke.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Treating Depression Now as Simple as a Flick of the Wrist

Treating Depression Now as Simple as a Flick of the WristiStock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Treating depression isn’t easy but scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University may have come up with an easy way to at least figure out what medications are appropriate for particular patients.It’s a wristband that records motion over a 24-hour period to determine who is a night owl or a lark, according to W. Vaughn McCall.Typically, night owls -- the people more likely to suffer from major depression -- respond better to SSRIs, which are drugs that often have to be taken over many months in constantly changing doses.On the other hand, if the wristband identifies someone as a “lark,” who has a different sleep pattern, physicians might prescribe drugs other than SSRIs that help these patients readjust their times to slightly later in the day.Either way, McCall says the simple wristband will give therapists a better understanding of the rest-activity patterns of those suffering from depression in order to decide what drugs to give them.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chelsea Clinton Defends Family’s Foundation Against Book Allegations

Chelsea Clinton Defends Family’s Foundation Against Book AllegationsAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chelsea Clinton defended her family’s charity Thursday against allegations that foreign governments received favors in return for donations -- saying that despite all the questions, the Clinton Foundation does “important” work and is “among the most transparent” of foundations.“What the Clinton Foundation has said is that we will be even more transparent, even though Transparency International and others have said we’re among the most transparent of foundations,” the former first daughter and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation said when asked during a panel in New York City Thursday morning about claims made in a new book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich."I very much believe that that is the right policy. That we’ll be even more transparent. That to eliminate any questions while we’re in this time, we won’t take new government funding, but that the work will continue as it is,” Clinton continued, referring to the foundation’s recent policy change to limit donations from foreign governments, like Saudi Arabia.Chelsea Clinton’s comments come the same morning the New York Times and other media outlets reported on the soon-to-be released book by Peter Schweizer, which asserts that foreign entities have received special favors from Bill and Hillary Clinton after donating to the Clinton Foundation, particularly during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State.Many of Hillary Clinton’s likely Republican opponents have used the book as a way to attack the Democratic presidential candidate.The Clinton campaign has brushed off the allegations, saying in a statement released to ABC News that the book is part of the Republicans’ “coordinated attack strategy” against the Clintons.Hillary Clinton also dismissed the book’s claims, telling reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire this week that the allegations are simply a “distraction” from her presidential campaign.Chelsea Clinton made her remarks during a panel on women and girls at the Council on Foreign Relations, moderated by ABC News’ JuJu Chang.During the panel, Clinton also weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential announcement, and hinted that her own role on the campaign trail -- at least for now -- will be more limited than in 2008 due to her responsibilities as a new mom.“My life is very different now than it was in 2008,” Chelsea said. "I’m a mom and my first responsibility is to my daughter, and ensure that she feels the same way I always felt, that I was the most important person in the world to my parents.”Chelsea added that “very much for this year” she will likely limit how much she travels, but that she is still very “committed” to helping her mom win in 2016.“I think certainly all of us try to figure out how to balance roles in our lives,” she remarked. “How I’ll figure that out is an open question. But I’m committed to doing so, and all advice is very appreciated.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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