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Missy Park makes $1M contribution to support USWNT and its fight for equal pay

Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Missy Park, CEO and founder of athletic brand Title Nine, is supporting the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in a big way. This week, Park announced that the women's adventure and outdoor apparel retailer will contribute $1 million to USWNT players to support their fight for equal pay. In addition, Title Nine established the "Kick In For Equal Pay" initiative, where the company will match any donations up to $250,000. "My hope with this contribution is that we all are conscious of the small and large things that we can do," Park told "Good Morning America." Park, a former athlete at Yale University and an beneficiary of Title IX, a federal civil rights law   ... Read More

Trevor Milton, founder of electric truck startup Nikola, hit with securities fraud charges

Bloomberg/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Trevor Milton, the billionaire founder of electric truck manufacturer Nikola, was hit with securities fraud charges from federal prosecutors in New York City on Thursday. In a nearly 50-page indictment, prosecutors accused Milton of preying on vulnerable retail investors who had turned to trading after losing income due to the pandemic. In some cases, these victims lost their retirement savings, authorities said, as they outlined his web of false promises related to an electric truck that was never operable. "Milton's scheme targeted individual, non-professional investors -- so-called retail investors -- by making false and misleading statements," the indictment said. Milton pleaded not guilty on Thursday after being taken into custody and was released on a   ... Read More

Retail trading app Robinhood makes its Wall Street debut on the Nasdaq

guvendemir/iStock(NEW YORK) — Investing platform Robinhood officially became a publicly-listed company Thursday, making its Wall Street debut on the Nasdaq under the trading ticker $HOOD. Robinhood co-founders Vlad Tenev (the current chief executive officer) and Baiju Bhatt (the chief creative officer) rang the Nasdaq's opening bell in Times Square on Thursday morning, surrounded by colleagues and family members. Tenev carried his young daughter on his hip as his company made its initial public offering. Trading opened to the public at $38 per share, giving it a valuation of some $32 billion. By mid-day the stock fell slightly, trading at around $35 per share. Robinhood exploded in popularity amid the COVID-19 pandemic as swaths of retail investors turned to its commission-free   ... Read More

Biden’s federal workforce vaccine mandate could inspire companies to follow suit

Prostock-Studio/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers could set the groundwork for more private sector organizations to follow along. But it also is likely to trigger an avalanche of lawsuits from those who say required vaccinations infringe on the civil liberties of Americans. President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Thursday a plan requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated or comply with "stringent COVID-19 protocols like mandatory mask wearing -- even in communities not with high or substantial spread -- and regular testing.” The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that employers can require their employees to be vaccinated with exceptions being granted for religious and medical reasons. Federal law does not bar organizations from   ... Read More

Rocket Lab launches US Space Force experimental satellite

Rocket Lab(NEW YORK) -- Rocket Lab successfully launched an experimental satellite for the United States Space Force on Thursday morning. The California-based aerospace company returned its Electron rocket to flight from its space launch facility on New Zealand's Mahia peninsula. About an hour after a successful liftoff at 2 a.m. ET, the rocket deployed a small research and development satellite, called Monolith, into a 600-kilometer low-Earth orbit. Monolith, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, will "explore and demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor's mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft, changing the spacecraft’s dynamic properties and testing ability to maintain spacecraft attitude control," according to Rocket Lab. "Analysis from   ... Read More

Walt Disney World, Disneyland requiring masks indoors again for guests

Manakin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Disney Parks has updated its mask policy for all visitors regardless of vaccine status after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its mask guidance following the surge in COVID infections. The high-traffic theme parks in Florida and California announced late Wednesday that beginning Friday, July 30, all guests are required to keep masks on while indoors, including when entering all attractions and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner. "We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort," Disney Parks said   ... Read More

‘Made in America’ company creates fashionable bags out of recycled sails

MCCAIG/iStock(PORTLAND, Maine) -- One company is taking used sails from sailboats and creating something totally brand new: summer tote bags. Sea Bags, founded in Portland, Maine, makes unique tote bags out of locally recycled materials. Since 1999, the company says it has saved over 700 tons of material from going into landfills. “Our materials come from Maine first; New England, second; and [the] U.S.A, third,” it says on the company's website. Located right on the water on Custom House Wharf in Portland, Sea Bags employs 200 workers. Employee Dillon Leary, who has been working for Sea Bags since high school, said he’s proud of his role in producing the bags. “We get to see the process from the very beginning,”   ... Read More

Google, Disney join growing list of employers mandating COVID-19 vaccines

JHVEPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As coronavirus cases in the U.S. begin a concerning climb upward and virus variants threaten a return to normalcy, a handful of businesses have announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates as they prepare to welcome workers back to the office. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission said employers can legally require COVID-19 vaccinations to re-enter a physical workplace, as long as they follow requirements to find alternative arrangements for employees unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons or because they have religious objections. Still, the requirements have proven a hot button issue as business leaders mull over office reopening plans, in some cases sparking legal challenges and immense pushback from workers who refuse the shot. President Joe Biden said Tuesday   ... Read More

Target, Staples, Barnes & Noble And More Offer Back-To-School Discounts For Teachers

Iryna Veklich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the end of summer approaches, teachers are already preparing for the school year ahead, which is happening again this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To help teachers, select retailers are offering special back-to-school deals and discounts. Here are some of the retailers offering special deals now for teachers. Target Target is offering teachers a one-time, 15% discount on select classroom supplies and essentials now through July 31. Teachers need to sign up for Target Circle and verify their teacher status to be eligible. All K-12 teachers, homeschool teachers, teachers working at daycare centers and early childhood learning centers, university or college professors and vocational/trade/technical school teachers are eligible, according to Target. Staples At Staples   ... Read More

Spelman College is latest HBCU to cancel tuition balances

Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Spelman College announced it will use federal funding to clear outstanding tuition balances for the past academic year of to address the financial hardships of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The historically Black college based in Atlanta, Georgia, will also offer a one-time 14% discount on tuition for the 2021-2022 academic school year and rollback mandatory fees to the 2017-2018 rate. "This reset to the lower tuition rates of four years ago will have a long-term impact on affordability," said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman, in a statement Tuesday. The Spelman College financial relief comes after Clark Atlanta University, a neighboring HBCU in Atlanta, announced it would cancel outstanding tuition balances for   ... Read More

Walmart announces plan to pay 100% of college tuition for employees

jetcityimage/iStock(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- America's largest private employer announced on Tuesday that it will pay for college tuition and books for associates, in full. In a press release, Walmart says it will also eliminate the $1 per day fee from its Live Better U education program, which provides workers with access to training or a degree. The company says with these changes, "approximately 1.5 million part-time and full-time Walmart and Sam's Club associates in the U.S. can earn college degrees or learn trade skills without the burden of education debt." Lorraine Stomski, the company's senior vice president of learning and leadership, said the move would create "a path of opportunity for our associates to grow their careers at Walmart, so they   ... Read More

Ben Crump files lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of Black women

Chinnapong/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the pharmaceutical giant marketed talcum-based baby powder specifically to Black women despite links to ovarian cancers. Johnson & Johnson has denied the allegations, saying its marketing campaigns are "multicultural and inclusive." The company also denies that its products cause cancer, despite a Missouri appellate court last year ruling in favor of ovarian cancer victims suing the company as part of a separate lawsuit, claiming their condition was caused by asbestos in its baby powder and other talc products. Crump, perhaps best known for representing the family of George Floyd after his murder by Derek Chauvin, filed the suit Tuesday in New Jersey   ... Read More

‘Made in America’ companies create new products from recycled material

iStock/Nastco(NEW YORK) -- Companies across the country are not letting American-made material go to waste. The Ford auto plant in Dearborn, Michigan, is donating more than $100,000 worth of leather scraps discarded from car seats and giving them to local small businesses in Detroit. Detroit non-profit Mend On The Move, which employs women survivors of abuse, is the recipient of some recycled leather and founder Joanne Ewald said it makes all the difference. “Having this leather donated to us ... it’s so huge,” Ewald said. “It is opening opportunities for us to create pieces that we have never done before.” Mend On The Move empowers survivors of abuse to create and sell things like earrings, ornaments and more, all made   ... Read More

How to navigate rental car shortages, rising gas prices on your next trip

Alexander_Photo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The rapid rebound in leisure travel is fueling a nationwide rental car shortage and price hikes at the pump. If you're planning on hitting the road this summer, here's what experts say you can do to avoid any potential speed bumps: Don't wait to rent a car At the height of the pandemic, rental car companies sold off half of their fleets, and when demand came roaring back they had trouble getting their hands on new cars due to the semiconductor shortage. "We are in the heart of the car rental apocalypse right now," Jonathan Weinberg, founder and CEO of AutoSlash.com, said. "And I'd love to say that we're going to see it get better sometime soon,   ... Read More

How this single mom got out of debt and retired at 41

Courtesy Lakisha Simmons(NEW YORK) -- Lakisha L. Simmons, Ph.D., was a 36-year-old working mom of two young sons when she got divorced in 2017. "I stayed in the family home with the boys and all of the bills were suddenly mine, all alone," Simmons told Good Morning America. "That brought back rushing all of the feelings [of financial insecurity] from when I was a girl, that I was alone and in this world trying to figure it out by myself again." Simmons said she decided to "get serious" about her finances, a decision that changed the course of her life. Now 41, Simmons, of Nashville, Tennessee, retired this year from her job as a college analytics professor. A self-taught investor,   ... Read More

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