• Mark Brake/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk has deleted his Facebook page as well as the Facebook pages of the companies he founded -- Tesla and SpaceX -- in response to the #DeleteFacebook boycott.
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  • United Airlines(DULLES, Va.) -- A United Airlines passenger bumped from a flight walking away with a travel voucher isn't terribly surprising -- except that hers was worth $10,000.For Allison Preiss, a communications director from Washington who began tweeting Thursday morning from Dulles International Airport after she was asked to deboard, her travel experience ended much better than it began."Well," she later told ABC News, "I can say it was the best flight delay ever."United oversold the flight and asked Preiss, the lowest-fair passenger, to deboard. Thus began her tweetstorm:"United is offering $1K in travel credit for an oversold flight. If nobody bites, they will kick off the lowest fare passenger by pulling them out of the boarding line. For a flight that THEY oversold. Unreal.""I AM THE LOWEST FARE PASSENGER.""They are kicking me off this flight.""They can’t board me on this plane because there is a broken seat."“.@united IS THE WORST.”"United tried to get me to sign a document that says I volunteered my seat on this plane when I was involuntarily denied boarding. Sketchy af.""On the upside, I wasn't physically dragged off the plane and my dog wasn't killed on board, so I’ve got that going for me ... which is nice.”"They really do not want to give me cash. They just offered me $10,000 in travel credit. TEN THOUSAND."Preiss posted a photo of the voucher on Twitter with the comment, "This is how badly United didn't want to give me cash."She added, "I also got two $10 meal vouchers. I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut."United raised its payment cap to $10,000 last year after a passenger was literally dragged off a flight.In a statement obtained by ABC News, United confirmed Preiss' account and that the flight was oversold."Yes," the airline said, "we issued this voucher per our policy."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK CITY) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 700 points today amid Wall Street fears of a potential trade war with China sparked by punishing tariffs announced by President Donald Trump. At the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow finished the day down 724 points to 23,957. The other major indexes also tanked. The S&P 500 fell 68 points to 2,643, while the Nasdaq plunged 178 to 7,168. The market tumble came shortly after Trump announced his plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion annually in Chinese imports. The move by the White House was designed as retaliation for Beijing’s violation of U.S. intellectual property outlined in an administration report.Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative to publish a proposed list of products in 15 days along with an intended tariff increase, after which the list will be opened up for public comment.The president said he’s spoken to China's President Xi Jinping about the actions and that he continues to have “tremendous respect” for him.On Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a warning to the White House to "act rationally" to avoid disrupting trade over steel and technology."No one will emerge a winner from a trade war," Li said at an annual news conference held during the meeting of China's ceremonial legislature.Earlier this month, Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said in a statement that China will "resolutely defend" its interests.The very U.S. companies that are supposed to benefit from the possible tariffs were some of the worst hit today.Boeing's stock plummeted 5.3 percent while Caterpillar stock dove 5.7 percent. Trump has announced that he is slapping 25 percent tariffs on up to $60 billion on Chinese tech imports, including machinery, aerospace and information technology.The White House downplayed the nosedive in the U.S. market.Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, said on Fox News that the “fundamentals of our economy remain strong” despite the rough day on Wall Street. “You have unemployment at a 17-year low," Short said. "You have the Fed announcing just yesterday when they raised expectations of continued increased unemployment, boosting the GDP [gross domestic product] forecast. So the fundamentals of our economy remain strong.”Short advised investors to focus on the "long-term trend" instead of "a one-day reaction to the markets.""I would certainly expect as we continue to roll back the regulatory front, as we continue make sure that this administration is working with businesses in America and trying to protect intellectual properties, I think the markets will respond affirmatively," Short said. The market slump also came a day after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates based on the positive growth in the economy. The Federal Reserve's policy-making committee boosted the federal funds rate -- what banks charge each other for overnight loans -- by a quarter percentage point.“The economy is healthier than it's been since before the [2008] financial crisis," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference on Wednesday.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK CITY) -- Global bank Citi is starting a new commercial firearms policy within the U.S. "to do our part as a company to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands," the company said today. The new policy requires its new retail sector clients and partners to follow several practices: not sell guns to someone who didn't pass a background check; not sell bump stocks and high-capacity magazines; and not sell guns to people under 21 years old. Ed Skyler, Citi's head of global public affairs, said Citi has a few relationships with companies that manufacture guns, and for those relationships, "We will be initiating due diligence conversations on the subject to better understand what products they make, what markets and retailers they sell to and what sales practices those retailers follow to ensure adherence to the best practices." Citi's decision comes a month after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff. The massacre shocked the country and jump-started a renewed push for gun control.Over the years, "We have waited for our grief to turn into action and see our nation adopt commonsense measures that would help prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands," Skyler said in today's news release. "That action has sadly never come and as the weeks pass after the most recent mass shooting, it appears we are stuck in the same cycle of tragedy and inaction. "We know our clients also care about these issues and we have begun to engage with them in the hope that they will adopt these best practices over the coming months," Skyler said. "If they opt not to, we will respect their decision and work with them to transition their business away from Citi."The new rules won't affect Citi customers' ability to use their cards at businesses of their choice, Skyler added.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As thousands plan to attend the rally for gun conrol in Washington D.C. this Saturday, several businesses are backing participants of the "March for Our Lives" movement by offering special deals and promotions.While the student-organized "March for Our Lives" on Capitol Hill will be the main event, hundreds of other marches are planned for cities nationwide. Nearly one month after the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, those same survivors will lead the demonstrations on Saturday.Here is a full list of local and national businesses dedicated to supporting the cause:LyftThe car service is offering free rides to and from the marches for those who RSVP.Lyft made the announcement in a company blog post that it will offer its service to riders in all 50 march locations. Lyft will send a code on Friday, March 23 to all who RSVP ahead of time for the event to be used in the special "promos" tab of the app. The promotion will be applied starting Saturday morning to get riders to and from various rally points.#FoodForOurLivesA variety of restaurant groups, along with Chef Jose Andres and ThinkFoodGroup are offering marchers free food and drinks.The esteemed chef, along with Eatwell DC restaurants, will be offering free bag lunches at several locations to students under 18 years old who are marching in Washington D.C. on Saturday.Other D.C. restaurants including &Pizza, Shake Shack, Sweet Green, Sugar Shack Donuts and Cava, will all offer 50 percent discounts to students under 18 on Saturday.Shake ShackIn addition to the discount for student marchers, one location of Shake Shack is making another offer.Those who participate in making a poster at the Union Station restaurant can enjoy a burger on the house. The location is hosting the poster-making event on Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday's march."Poster-making fuel is on the house. Snag a ShackBurger on us when you check in upstairs," Shake Shack said in the event details.RareSweets BakeryRareSweets bakery will offer free granola bars at their storefront to students under 18 years old with a valid school ID. Younger participants can show a poster they plan to bring to the march for the same freebie.Owner Meredith Tomason told ABC News the store will be donating 10 percent of their profits from Saturday’s sales to the March for Our Lives Foundation.Vida FitnessProceeds from every Sweatbox class will be donated to Everytown for gun safety and participating exercisers will get a free mimosa or coffee with proof of their workout purchase.People who want to take advantage of these offers can check for further information and lists of participating locations on company website and social media networks.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the warm weather, food trucks are springing up all over -- and not just the taco trucks of old.A new generation of gourmet food trucks is bringing ethnic cuisines to young urban dwellers, revitalizing neighborhoods and changing the way America eats. It's the fastest-growing category in the food-service industry, according to an Intuit report, reaching a record $2.7 billion in forecasted revenue in 2017.But it’s not as easy as it looks.“We see these trucks selling fun food from all over the world and think, 'How hard could it be? It’s just two or three guys or gals in a truck,'" Carolyn Cawley, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said. "But it's a lot harder than that. There are regulatory burdens and high costs for these entrepreneurs."Cawley's organization released a new 12-month study called Food Truck Nation, which looks at the 20 cities across the country that have the highest concentration of food trucks, and ranks them according to how easy or hard it is to own a food truck in that city. The results were surprising.“What we heard loud and clear from food truck owners in every city is they are encountering contradictory and often onerous regulations,” Cawley told ABC News. "The regulations that are impacting food trucks also end up hurting the consumer with less choices and higher costs."Five most difficult cities to own a food truckAccording to the study, the five most difficult cities in which to own a food truck are Boston; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Minneapolis; and Seattle.The five friendliest cities are Portland, Oregon, Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.“We found in Washington, D.C., that food truck owners need to make 23 separate trips to local agencies to get a permit,” Cawley said. “In Denver, it’s just an eight-step process, and in parts of Los Angeles, such as West Hollywood, food trucks are required to move to a different street every hour.”In New York City, which ranked ninth in the study, Eden Gebre-Egziabher owns Makina Café, the first Ethiopian-Eritrean food truck in New York City. Gebre-Egziabher, who has an MBA in marketing, cooks up distinctive meals based on recipes passed down over generations -- from specialty chicken to beef sambusas to vegetarian dishes marinated in homemade spices -- but said regulations impede her day-to-day workflow."New York City rules and regulations are definitely not in favor of food trucks,” Gebre-Egziabher told ABC News. “By law, you are not allowed to vend where there’s metered parking. Automatically that eliminates most of the streets in New York City. Whenever food trucks park on the street, we get a ticket -- every day we get a ticket. They are anywhere from $65 and then it goes up. My record was four tickets in one day.”Fifteen-year waitlist for a licenseAnother hurdle: obtaining a license.“They have a 15-year waiting list to get a permit in New York City,” Gebre-Egziabher said. “The people who have licenses in the past lease them out to others who are coming in. It's such a big commodity right now that these permits are going from $25,000 to $30,000 -- not to own, but just to lease. The city could give them out for about $250 each, but they haven’t done that and they haven’t said why."It's a very different story in Philadelphia, which ranked fourth friendliest city in the study. Robin Adema, who runs the popular Foolish Waffles food truck in Philadelphia, said licenses are affordable, ranging from $150 to $350. It's finding a place to park that’s hard.“The biggest issue is where we are allowed to vend,” she told ABC News. “It’s pretty limited in the city center and most of the financial district. Also in areas like University City, where there are lots of students and there’s a waiting list to get into those spots."Fried chicken waffles and
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