• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of some major tech company earnings on Thursday, the NASDAQ closed at an all-time high of 6,048 up 23.71 (+0.39 percent).The rest of the markets closed flat for the day.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 20,981 (+0.03 percent). The S&P closed up 1.32 to finish the session at 2,388 (+0.06 percent).Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Ingram Publishing/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Dr. David Dao, the United passenger who was filmed being dragged off a flight in Chicago, has reached a settlement with the airline, his attorney said in a press release.A condition of the settlement includes a provision that the amount remain confidential, Dao's attorney, Thomas A. Demetrio, said in a press release.Demetrio described the settlement as "amicable" and praised United CEO Oscar Munoz."Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has," Demetrio said in a statement. In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened in Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the City of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded."The settlement was reached on the same day that the airline announced changes to improve the customer experience.Dao's attorney said that as a result of the doctor's ordeal, Dao became the "unintended champion for the adoption of changes, which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers."Demetrio said he hopes other airlines "follow United's lead in helping to improve the passenger flying experience with an emphasis on patience, respect and dignity."United also described the settlement as "amicable.""We are pleased to report that United and Dr. Dao have reached an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident that occurred aboard Flight 3411," United said. "We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the center of everything we do."On April 9, fellow passengers took cellphone video of a bloody Dao being dragged off a flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. United later apologized for the incident and vowed that the company will conduct a “thorough review” of the “truly horrific event.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New video has emerged of a Wisconsin man who said he was forced off a Milwaukee-bound Delta Air Lines flight after he used the bathroom while the plane was delayed on the tarmac.Video posted to Youtube showed the man, later identified as Kima Hamilton of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as he argued with a Delta crew member who asked him to exit the plane on April 18.Fellow passenger Krista Rosolino, who recorded the video, described the incident in an open letter published to a blog.Rosolino said that Hamilton got out of his seat to quickly use the bathroom as the plane sat on the runway.She said he was told that he couldn't use the bathroom the first time he asked to go. After waiting 30 minutes, Hamilton said it was an emergency and went to the restroom, according to Rosolino.When he returned to his seat, however, a Delta employee told him to exit the plane."I need more information, sir," Hamilton is heard saying in the video. "I haven't done anything. I paid for this ticket and ... I have to be home.""I tried to hold it the first time and you said I absolutely couldn't and I'm being kicked off the plane?” Hamilton said, before the employee responded, "I need to talk to you outside."Hamilton said later the plane was delayed in taking off, and he could no longer wait to use the bathroom, that is why he got up."Sometime later, we were still taxied [and] the plane hadn't moved...and it's at an emergency stage now," Hamilton told ABC affiliate WISN-TV on Wednesday.Describing Hamilton as a "nice gentleman" who played hide and seek with her infant as they waited to take off, Rosolino called the incident "the most outrageous treatment of a paying customer that I have seen."She said the flight crew made everyone get off the plane and then re-board after the incident."Not only did your staff truly harm and humiliate one person who was forced to pay hundreds of dollars for a new same-day flight, but you forced the rest of us passengers to endure a 2 hour saga of watching a man being targeted for having a bathroom emergency," she said.Hamilton said he eventually complied and exited the plane. He told WISN that he was greeted by FBI agents, who he said came to arrest him, but ultimately decided not to.He said that he was forced to buy a ticket on another airline at three times the price to get back to Milwaukee.Over email, a Delta spokesperson said that Hamilton was removed from the plane because he did not comply with instructions.In an accompanying statement sent by the same spokesperson, Delta said it was important for passengers to comply with crew members' instructions."Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers," the statement read. "It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing."
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday declined to guarantee that middle-class families wouldn't pay more under President Trump's sweeping tax overhaul plan."I can't make any guarantees until this thing is done and it’s on the president's desk. But I can tell you, that’s our number one objective in this," Mnuchin said on ABC News' Good Morning America.The blueprint, which the White House unveiled Wednesday, calls for dramatically cutting federal taxes for businesses and simplifying rules for individuals. The plan would slash corporate taxes to 15 percent for large and small businesses, as well as consolidate categories for individual taxes, lowering the top bracket from nearly 40 percent to 35 percent.But the Trump administration left key questions about the tax plan unanswered, such as how it will affect the middle class and the wealthy. Mnuchin avoided sharing further details of the plan in the interview with GMA Thursday morning."The details of taxes are very complicated and we're committed to working quickly and getting this done," the treasury secretary said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines will cut back on overbooking and develop an automated system to gauge customers' interest in voluntary, compensated bumping at check-in, the airline announced Thursday in a review of the April 9 incident that saw a passenger dragged off an aircraft.
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  • Reebok.com(NEW YORK) -- Reebok has taken a cue from a pair of $425 men's jeans with a fake mud coating that lit up the Twittersphere Tuesday because of their lack of authenticity.The heavily-distressed, straight-leg blue denim jeans have "seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to Nordstrom's website.Reebok entered the fray on Wednesday by adding the "Reebok Authentic Sweat Shirt" -- complete with fake sweat stains -- on its website, among its legitimate offerings. The faux soiled shirt's price? $425, of course."Created by the hard working Reebok employees who always find time to sweat it out during the day," reads the shirt's description. "We're putting in the hard work for you and giving you a pre-sweated tee for that post-workout look and smell."As for its features, Reebok writes, "Authentic sweat for those who don't have time to put in the real work ... Actual stains that will last forever (do not wash) ... Accurate placement of stains created by sweaty employees after workout for maximum visibility."As of early Thursday morning, the website says the shirt is "sold out."Again, the Reebok shirt is fake. The jeans are legit -- to the dismay of TV host Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, who kicked off the controversy."I offer further proof that our country's war on work continues to rage in all corners of polite society," he wrote on Facebook. "Behold the latest assault from Nordstrom's ... Finally - a pair of jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job…made for people who don't."Nordstrom did not respond to ABC News' request on Wednesday for comment.
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