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  • Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has resigned from the company effective immediately, 21st Century Fox announced in a statement.His resignation comes after former anchor Gretchen Carlson, a mainstay of the network for 11 years, left Fox News on June 23 and shortly afterward filed a lawsuit against her former boss. In it, she alleges that Ailes had “sabotaged” her career after she “refused his sexual advances,” and that her job was terminated in retaliation for rebuffing him and complaining to him about sexual harassment.Fox News and Ailes have denied Carlson's allegations."Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit.”According to the 21st Century Fox statement, Rupert Murdoch will take over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
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  • JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The roller coaster on Wall Street continued Thursday, as the markets followed Wednesday gains by giving most of them back.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 77.80 to a close of 18517.23.The Nasdaq ended the session at 5073.90, down 16.03 from its open, while the S&P 500 lost 7.85, closing at 2165.17.That despite a drop in jobless claims Thursday morning. The Labor Department's weekly report showed just 253,000 Americans claimed unemployment benefits for the first time. The figure marked the 72nd consecutive week that the figure was below 300,000 -- the longest such streak since 1973.
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  • LDProd/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- "Pokemon Go" players have been taking the catchphrase "Gotta catch 'em all!" to a new level.It's been only two weeks since the game first launched, but dozens of bizarre incidents involving the game have already been reported.Players have found a dead body, kayaked in the middle of the ocean and even apprehended an attempted murder suspect -- all while playing the game.Here are 12 of the most ridiculous things people have reportedly done all in the name of catching 'em all:1. Walk Into a Cemetery and Climb a TreeA player determined to get a "Pokemon stuck in a tree" at a New Jersey cemetery ended up getting stuck themselves, according to the East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue, which used a ladder to help get the person back down."For all those out there playing Pokemon Go, take heed of all of the warnings and be careful not to put yourself into bad situations," fire and rescue officials wrote on the department's Facebook page. "Think about what you are doing and where you are going before you actually do it."That post was later taken down due to "inappropriate comments and foul language used," the department said in a subsequent post.2. Drive Into a Parked Police Car in Front of 3 OfficersEarlier this week, a distracted driver playing "Pokemon Go" in Baltimore was caught on video swerving and then crashing into a parked police car.In the video, which was recorded by an officer's body camera, the driver can be seen stepping out of the car to show the game on his cell phone to police."That's what I get for playing this dumb [a--] game," the driver can be heard saying.3. Jump Out of a Car in the Middle of a StreetDozens of people were recorded jumping out of their cars and running to catch a Vaporeon that had apparently spawned in Central Park this past weekend.4. Ask Girlfriend to Hold a TrainA journalist in New York reportedly witnessed a man tell his girlfriend to "hold the train" so he could finish catching Pokemon. Needless to say, she left without him.5. Quit Your Job to Play Full-TimeA New Zealand man quit his job as a barista bartender at a seaside restaurant to become a full-time Pokemon hunter, according to BBC's Newsbeat, which added he's relying on friends and family to help him out as he travels the country to "catch 'em all."6. Walk Into a Pond
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  • Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a “master product plan” for his company Wednesday night -- based on a document he reportedly completed during a recent “all-nighter.”Tesla, which earlier this week changed its URL from teslamotors.com to the more succinct, and notably more generic, tesla.com, recently offered to acquire SolarCity, a solar energy company run by Musk’s cousin, Lyndon Rive. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Musk promised to include details of the proposed merger in the plan.However, the automaker has faced intense scrutiny over the past few weeks following two collisions involving autopilot, a driver-assist program that uses cameras and radar to automatically change lanes, navigate traffic, and brake to avoid collision.The autopilot program reminds users to keep their hands on the wheel, prepared to take over at any time –- and Musk has said that the ultimate responsibility for driving lies with the driver. Nevertheless, the company faced an outcry after a 40-year-old Tesla enthusiast was killed in Florida in May when his Model S, driving on autopilot, crashed into a tractor-trailer it had failed to detect in its path.Some investors grumbled that Tesla should have disclosed the crash more quickly, but Musk fired back, saying in a statement, “There is no evidence to suggest that Autopilot was not operating as designed and as described to users,” and noting the fatality was the first in more than 130 million miles of autopilot driving. (In comparison, the U.S. average is one fatality per 94 million miles driven.)Less than two months later, however, in early July, a Model X on autopilot swerved off the road and struck a cable rail in Montana. No one was injured, and Tesla says the driver did not have his hand on the wheel despite repeated alerts from the vehicle.
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  • Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Former Attorney General Eric Holder will join Airbnb in their effort to help craft an anti-discrimination policy.The company announced Holder's hiring in a blog post on Wednesday. Pointing to recent shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas, which have sparked protests around the country, Airbnb cofounder Brian Chesky offered an update on his June vow to "review every aspect of the Airbnb platform to help ensure we are doing everything we can to fight bias and discrimination."Chesky says that in addition to Holder, the company has sought assistance from Laura Murphy, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington, D.C. Legislative Office, and leading civil rights attorney John Relman.He says the review is only about half-complete, but promised not to "repeat our prior mistakes and delays," and that Airbnb will "be smart and innovative and...create new tools to prevent discrimination and bias that can be shared across the industry."
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