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Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Indian auto and tractor maker Mahindra & Mahindra launched Automobili Pininifarina in April 2018, executives were charged with developing a line of extreme performance cars that would establish the nascent carmaker as the world’s newest, sustainable luxury brand.

A year later, the marque's first vehicle -- the $2.2 million all-electric Battista GT hypercar -- is already on track to shatter industry records before production begins in late 2020.

"The instructions were clear," Luca Borgogno, design director of Automobili Pininfarina, told ABC News. "The car needed to be a jump into the future without losing the values of every Pininfarina design -- a mixture of innovation, purity, sensual lines and clarity of execution."

Borgogno and a small team worked for nearly two years on the car's seductive design.

"It's beautiful, pure, rare," he said. "I cannot count how many sketches were done for the Battista, but I can guarantee that when we found the right one, it was clear to everyone that this is what the car would look like."

Automobili Pininfarina may be the latest entrant in the rarefied supercar realm, but the name Pininfarina is legendary in the automotive world. Started in May 1930 by Battista "Pinin" Farina in Turin, Italy, the company built and designed special car bodies for individual clients, which included Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, BMW and Cadillac. Some of the most sought-after cars -- Ferrari Enzo, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4, Ferrari FF, 1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport and Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 -- have Pininfarina DNA in their metal bodies.

The Battista is no exception. When it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, auto enthusiasts immediately drew comparisons with Ferrari.

"It’s tough to have a really original design,” Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelly Blue Book and AutoTrader, told ABC News. For blistering fast mid-engine supercars, "the wind dictates the design ... and you get a lot of the same shapes," he said.

But that's where the similarities ended. The Battista's 120 kilowatt-hour battery pack delivers 1900 horsepower -- that’s 475 HP per electric motor (one at each wheel). It sprints from zero to 62 mph in under 2 seconds. 280 miles on a single charge. Top speed is at least 217 mph, according to executives. It’s reportedly faster than any current Formula 1 race car. Production of the hand-made Battista will be limited to only 150 units.

"This is further proof that there is insatiable hunger and demand for limited, high-production vehicles," Brauer said.

The company turned to Croatian EV maker Rimac for the battery technology and drivetrain.

"The most important thing for us was to try to maintain, as much as possible, the proportions of a real hypercar, even if the mechanical layout with batteries and motors is very different from an [internal-combustion engine] car,” Borgogno said. “The great thing about electric cars is that, in general, there is less need of cooling and this gave us a chance to design a car without big openings and relate it as much as possible to the purity of the design."

Now company executives have a new challenge to conquer: finding buyers. Of the 150 units that will be produced, 50 are allocated for North America, 50 will go to Asia and the Middle East and the remaining 50 are slated for Europe.

Dan Connell, Automobili Pininfarina’s chief brand officer, has been traveling the globe since March, meeting with prospective buyers who can afford the seven-figure hypercar.

"We are pleased with how things are going so far," he told ABC News. "We are helping people understand the business and share with them our design credentials."

Battista is just the beginning. Connell said Automobili Pininfarina will launch five to six additional luxury electric cars in the near future, though at lower price points.

"We believe in our pure electric philosophy," he said. "[Electric cars] have proven to be successful. … Look at the Tesla Model 3. We want to be ahead of the curve."

The next generation of auto enthusiasts will only grow up with electric cars, according to Angus Mackenzie, international bureau chief of Motor Trend.

“Electrification of the automobile is inevitable,” he told ABC News. “The fastest performance cars are hybrids of some sort: the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, Ferrari Le Ferrari. Electric cars offer a lot of torque at low speeds -- you accelerate faster.”

Even though he was "super impressed" with the Battista in March, Mackenzie pointed out that name recognition alone won’t be enough to sell every model.

"There will be early adopters who buy the car right away," he said. "But right now it’s all on paper. The company has to prove itself. If the cars live up to the performance, word will spread."

He continued, "The key is to keep it exclusive. Customers are paying for exclusivity."

Brauer said he’s not surprised Automobili Pininfarina executives are still on a road show to drum up sales.

"They really have to seek these customers out," he noted. "Even before production begins, they’ll know if they can sell them."

MacKenzie said the massive accumulation of wealth in Asia and the Middle East has led to an influx of "ultra, ultra-expensive cars."

"$2 million to $3 million sounds like a lot for a car, but not when someone is earning a million-dollar salary," MacKenzie said. "There is a market, surprisingly, for vehicles in this range."

Even though the Battista may be one of the fastest -- if not the fastest -- cars on the market today, it won’t be a regular sight on the streets. Like many ultra-rare cars, the Battista will be ensconced in wealthy owners' personal collections.

"Maybe one or two of these cars will be driven," Brauer said. "You won’t see it in the wild. It’s an 'inside baseball' vehicle."

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iStock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A black employee at Boeing who says that he has found a noose hanging near his desk, signs near his workspace saying "n-----" and urine covering his desk on separate occasions says his work life remains "degrading" even after he complained to management, he told ABC News.

Curtis Anthony, a quality inspector since 2011 at the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina, plant, is suing the company for an alleged "racially hostile" work environment and for alleged retaliation after he complained about the alleged harassment.

"I'm not really sure who I'm walking up to. I approach people and it affects my whole overall being there," said Anthony, who is still employed by the aerospace giant. Even at home, the 57-year old said, "it affects me in a negative way."

In an emailed statement, a Boeing spokesperson wrote that while Anthony "is a valued Boeing South Carolina teammate, there is no validity to his allegations."

In his lawsuit, Anthony claims that starting in 2017 he was "subjected to racial harassment" at his Boeing workplace, including having white coworkers "urinate" in his "seat and on his work desk."

"It was demeaning. I really didn't want to work, so they had to move my desk, they had to move my chair. I really couldn't perform the duties I am paid to do," Anthony said. "I had to wait till they cleaned the area, brought me a new chair, a new desk."

Instead of focusing on work, Anthony said, "I was thinking about, 'Who could do this? And why would they do this?' To anyone, no matter what hue or race they are. It was just degrading and it was demeaning. I don't know what their motive was, but I tell you right now, it still affects me to this day."

"They did that and they used the n-word several times. You just hear people say that like it's 1817," Anthony said.

He claims in a lawsuit filed on June 7 that he complained to management and subsequently faced retaliation by being moved to a building with no air conditioning.

The company disputes that Anthony reported the alleged harassment incidents.

The experience compelled Anthony to take medical leave and seek treatment for his stress under the Family and Medical Leave Act and a relapse in his sobriety, he asserts in court papers. He also enrolled in the company's Employee Assistance Program. The lawsuit claims Anthony was retaliated against after returning from his leave and passed over for promotions in favor of "lesser qualified Caucasian workers."

Then, after working in New Orleans in January and February 2019, Anthony said he returned to work in the South Carolina plant in March to find a noose above his desk.

"The significance and historical symbolism of hanging a noose over an African-American's head is telling them you're going to lynch them. It's not only a symbol. It's a direct threat of violence," Anthony's lawyer, Donald Gist, told ABC News.

The Boeing spokesperson asserted that Anthony's requests for leave were "consistently and repeatedly approved by the company."

Moreover, the spokesperson said "most of Mr. Anthony's allegations were never brought to the attention of management, giving the company no opportunity to investigate these claims. The single issue he did raise was dealt with promptly and in a fair manner."

After receiving notice that a noose had been found near Anthony's desk, the company investigated and fired the person responsible, the spokesperson said.

A company statement at the time lamented the discovery of the "racially charged symbol" on the site and said "there is absolutely no place for racism and these cowardly acts in society and especially in our company."

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iStock/spyarm(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts man whose real identity is not known was convicted Wednesday of using another person’s identity for more than 40 years, according to federal prosecutors in Massachusetts.

The suspect, referred to only as John Doe, is suspected to be a Dominican national, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney‘s Office. The person was convicted by a federal jury in Boston, Massachusetts, according to the release.

Doe was able to use the identity of the victim, identified by the U.S. Attorney's Office as a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico who died in 2012, to “work in Boston, obtain and travel on a U.S. passport, apply for unemployment benefits, and obtain public housing benefits for himself and his family,” according to the release.

Doe began using the identity after obtaining the citizen's birth certificate some time before 1975, the release said. Doe did not have the victim’s social security number at the time, but he “created or obtained a counterfeit Social Security card bearing the U.S. citizen’s name with a non-matching Social Security number that was assigned to a different person from Puerto Rico,” which he was able to use from 1975 through 1994, according to the release. The fake card allowed Doe to find work in New York and Boston in that time, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The release said Doe was informed by a letter from the IRS in 1994 that the name and Social Security number on his card did not match, and that he would need to resolve the issue at a Social Security Administration office.

When Doe went to an SSA office in Roxbury, Massachusetts, he “deceived an SSA employee into believing that he was the person whose identity he had stolen and that he had forgotten his true Social Security number,” according to the release. Doe gave biographical information from the citizen’s birth certificate to the employee, who then entered the information into a computer and found the citizen’s actual social security number. Doe was then able to obtain and use a social security card with the U.S. citizen’s real name and Social Security number.

Doe was able to use the new card until the victim died, after which the Social Security Administration "learned that someone in Massachusetts was using a deceased person’s Social Security number and began a fraud investigation,” according to the release.

John Doe was convicted of aggravated identity theft, using a passport obtained through false statements, stealing public funds, and misuse of a social security number, according to the release.

The charges of using a passport obtained through false statements and stealing public funds each carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison, and a charge of misuse of a Social Security number carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, according to the release.

Doe is set to be sentenced on Sept. 18.

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iStock/jetcityimage(NEW YORK) -- A 34-year-old registered sex offender is facing charges that he befriended a 13-year-old girl on social media and then arranged for her to make the 200-mile journey to his home in Nebraska using the a ride-share app.

Nicholas Avery was transported and booked at the Sarpy County Jail for first-degree sexual assault of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating whether or not the driver, who works for Lyft, should face charges, according to ABC Omaha affiliate KETV.

A Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News that it would cooperate with the investigation.

"Safety is fundamental to Lyft and as soon as we learned about what happened we disabled the passenger account used to request the ride," the statement said. "Unaccompanied minors are not permitted on the platform and we have reached out to the driver to reiterate this policy."

The ordeal began late on the night of Tuesday, June 4, when Avery arranged for a Lyft driver to pick up the girl and transport her to his home so that he could molest her, prosecutors said.

The girl was reported missing the following day. When police identified the address the victim was believed to be at, they learned that Avery was a registered sex offender.

“Through further investigation, we believe she was sexually assaulted multiple times," Lt. Andy Jashinske of the Bellevue, Nebraska, police department, told ABC News.

Avery was put him into handcuffs without incident, and the victim was rescued safely.

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Airbnb(NEW YORK) -- If you've ever dreamed about traveling around the world but figured you'd never have the time or money, your moment has come.

Airbnb has announced the ultimate adventure: Around the world in 80 days for about $5,000.

The site is celebrating the launch of Airbnb Adventures, previously known as Airbnb Experiences.

"Just like the famous French novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days, this travel tale starts and ends in London," Airbnb's website says. "But unlike the book’s protagonist, the only thing you have to wager is missing out on the trip of a lifetime. All you have to do is make sure you have enough empty pages in your passport, buy a round trip ticket to and from London, and get on that first flight."

The trip departs on Sept. 1 and returns on Nov. 19. Interested travelers should be poised to book on June 20; Airbnb only said the experience would be open to "a limited number of travelers."

During the trip, accommodations, transportation (with the exception of that round-trip flight to and from London) and some meals are included.

"Circumnavigate the globe during this 12 week trip, where you’ll explore the culture and traditions of medieval Europe, the former Soviet Union, eastern Africa, the Middle East, northern and southern Asia, the South Pacific, the Americas, and a Nordic island," the site states.

The entire cost of the experience goes to the Malala Fund. Co-founded by student and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin, Malala Fund works to give every girl 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

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designer491/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that may complicate retirement planning options for Americans.

The House passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 on May 23. If enacted into law, it could be tricky for Americans who are not financially savvy investors.

Some of the changes could benefit consumers: The law encourages more small employers to offer 401(k) plans and raises the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts to 72 from 70.5, a nod to longer life expectancies and later retirements.

However, there are some changes that consumers should be wary of, experts say.

For example, one change in the law would shorten the amount of time that someone who inherits an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can hold onto the funds, potentially causing them to lose money.

"If you inherited my IRA — before I'd be able to stretch the distribution over your lifetime, which is more time for dollars to grow tax deferred. Now you have to drain that inherited IRA over 10 years, which gives you less time to grow the money on a tax-deferred basis," Dave O’Brien, chair elect of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), told ABC News.

Another change that American workers should be wary of, according to consumer advocates, is adding annuities -- complex financial tools offered by insurance companies -- to 401(k) plans.

Annuities have seen a boom in sales since last June, when the Trump Administration rolled back Obama-era regulations that required financial advisers to put their customers' interests ahead of their own.

“There will come a time where we will point back to this as the start of a trend toward high-cost annuities being offered in 401(k) plans to the detriment of retirement savers,” Barbara Roper, the director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America, told The New York Times.

The new law would let employers off the hook for the outcomes of the annuities, which guarantee some future income but usually charge high fees.

"Putting an annuity in your 401(k) plan adds complexity and cost that small employers and employees do not need. Employees can still buy an annuity when they retire. You don't need an act to allow people to buy something you're allowed to buy outside of your retirement plan," O'Brien said.

Annuities are complex financial tools to which workers can contribute over years, and then get regular payouts in retirement. However, experts say that except for the most sophisticated investors, they are hard to understand.

Annuities are often pitched as similar to a pension because of the regular payouts. But O'Brien calls that a false equivalency.

"People may claim it's like a pension, it really isn't. A pension is the employer's money going in for you. This is the employee's money going in for expenses," O'Brien said. "A pension is a highly regulated, retirement benefit that the employer funds. An annuity is a really complicated, expensive insurance product that the employee would buy."

Annuities are often marketed as tax-deferred savings vehicles.

But, O'Brien said, "your 401(k) is already a tax-deferred vehicle. It kills me when we see an annuity in a tax-deferred IRA because you doubled up."

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Days after an artist uploaded a digitally manipulated video online appearing to show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reciting a sinister monologue about “control[ling] the future,” a real-life panel of experts sat before lawmakers on Thursday with a stark message: This is only the beginning of the problem of “deepfakes,” and there are no easy answers.

“There are a few phenomena that come together that make deepfakes particularly troubling when they’re provocative and destructive,” Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland who has written about the dangers of deepfakes, told the House Intelligence Committee. “The first is that we know that as human beings, video and audio is so visceral, we tend to believe what our eyes and ears are telling us.”

The term deepfake refers to video or audio that has been altered with the aid of deep learning technology in which, usually, a person is shown to be doing something they never did or saying something they never said.

One way is by digitally stitching someone’s face on another person’s body, as ABC News’ correspondent Kyra Phillips experienced firsthand in a recent “Nightline” report. Though media has been artificially manipulated for decades, faster computers and easy-to-use, publicly available technology makes convincing fakes increasingly easy to produce and proliferate online, experts say.

The committee hearing dealt with potential solutions to combat deepfakes, from technological tools to automatically detect digital forgeries to legal measures to punish the creators to potential regulations for social media companies, but it also grappled with a more nuanced problem: when manipulated or “synthetic” videos run headlong into questions about the free speech in the First Amendment –- questions with which social media companies are currently grappling.

For instance, most of the expert witnesses agreed that Facebook was correct when it decided not to remove the fake Zuckerberg video.

“I think that’s a perfect example where given the context that’s satire and parody that is really healthy for conversation,” Citron said.

The UK artists who posted the video, Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, also posted to Instagram other obviously doctored videos of President Donald Trump, and celebrities Morgan Freeman and Kim Kardashian, where the figures attributed their success to a fictional organization called SPECTRE.

“In response to the recent global scandals concerning data, democracy, privacy and digital surveillance, we wanted to tear open the ‘black box’ of the digital influence industry and reveal to others what it is really like,” Posters said in a statement.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined to remove the fake videos, saying that the company would treat them the same way it handles all misinformation on Instagram. “If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages”, a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News.

Citron said the fake video also helped to spark a conversation about another manipulated video recently in the news -- that one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi which had been subtly altered in a way that made her appear impaired, an example of what experts called a "cheapfake."

The Pelosi case exposed a split among the major digital platforms: YouTube took the video down, while Facebook left it up but downranked it to slow its social spread. Twitter also left the video online, suggesting it did not violate its policies.

Citron suggested it was right to take action against such a video.

“For something like a video where its clearly a doctored and impersonation, not satire, not parody, they are wonderful uses for deepfakes that are art, historical, sort of rejuvenating for people to create them about themselves…” she said.

Fellow witness Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, said that the comparison between the Zuckerberg and Pelosi videos was instructive in that it showed how much context mattered when making those kinds of calls.

“No one really believes Mark Zuckerberg can control the future,” Watts said. Watts commended Facebook for sticking to its policies as they stand but said he believes the company is looking to the political leadership for input on how those policies may need to evolve.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said that as much as he’s concerned about deepfakes, he’s also concerned about the methods of policing them.

“I do want to have this conversation because as awful as I think we all thought that Pelosi video was, there’s got to be a difference if the Russians put that up, which is one thing, versus if Mad Magazine does that as a satire,” he said. “Some of the language you’ve used here today makes me worry about First Amendment equities, free expression, centuries-long tradition of satirizing people like us who richly deserve being satirized …”

The expert panel suggested a number of methods to help counter the proliferation of deepfake videos. Citron suggested a legal amendment that would make social media platforms more responsible for the content they host. Currently these companies are immune from liability for posts or videos hosted on the platforms because they don’t generate or co-create the content. Citron suggested that this immunity should be conditioned on what she called “reasonable content moderation practices”, putting the onus on the platforms to put rigorous vetting processes in place.

Twitter claims that this immunity, cited by Citron, which is provided by article 230 of the Communications Decency Act, is vital to protect speech on the platform. “Promoting and advancing healthy public conversations is our singular objective as a company. CDA 230 protects this mission — it also strengthens our policy enforcement and moderation capabilities."

David Doermann, former project manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) advocated for a delay to be implemented so that some initial verification can be done before videos are published to social media. “There’s no reason why these things have to be instantaneous”, he told the committee. “We’ve done it for child pornography, we’ve done it for human trafficking. They’re serious about those things. This is another area a little bit more in the middle, but I think they can make the same effort in these areas to do that type of triage.”

According to Twitter, triaging each Tweet posted is neither scalable nor realistic. Twitter says that it will remove any content, including misinformation and deepfakes, that is in not in business of decided what is true online. Therefore many manipulated videos won’t fall foul of Twitter rules.

All of the experts expressed an urgent need to work on the problem as the technology used to create these deepfakes is now widely available. Doermann suggested that even a High School student with a good computer can download software openly over the internet and could create a deepfake video overnight. “It’s not something that you have to be an A.I. expert to run, a novice can run these type of things”, he said.

Facebook says in a statement that is has invested heavily and is working closely with experts in the field to help combat deepfakes and misinformation: “We continue to look at how we can improve our approach and the systems we've built. Part of that includes getting outside feedback from academics, experts and policymakers.”

Citron arguably summed up the suggested of the panel best when she said it required a multi-pronged approach to tackle the problem of deepfakes. “There’s no silver bullet. We need a combination of law, markets and really societal resistance.”

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Paul Kane/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, husband of Serena Williams and father of their daughter, Olympia, is on a mission to get dads the mandated right to take paid paternity leave.

He and Dove Men Care are asking men and women to sign The Pledge for Paternity Leave. Ohanian plans to bring the pledge to lawmakers on Capitol Hill this fall in a push to pass federal paid family leave legislation.

"I hope to be meeting with many senators, representatives, plenty of dads, on both sides of the aisle, in both houses of the Legislature, who want this to be the law of the land," Ohanian told ABC News' Good Morning America. "What we are looking for is some minimum number of weeks of leave."

"I use 16 [weeks] as the example that we use in our office and that’s really, that is the bare minimum when you look across the world," he said. "If there is a new child entering your life, you should be able to spend time with them."

Ohanian was very public about the fact that he took 16 weeks of paternity leave when Olympia was born in 2017. The leave became "perception altering," according to Ohanian, when Williams suffered life-threatening complications following the birth of Olympia.

"Even with all the financial advantages we have, even with everything else we have going for us, seeing my wife, I mean literally with a hole still in her abdomen, and then my newborn daughter, seeing our family in that situation, that was the only priority I had in my life for those weeks," he said. "Had I not had the peace of mind of knowing that I had a job that I could go back to, it would have been so traumatizing."

Fighting for paid leave in Congress and in the courts

Passing federal legislation on paid family leave is a "question of when, not a question of if," according to Ohanian.

The FAMILY (Family And Medical Insurance Leave) Act is the leading proposal for paid leave in the U.S. House and Senate, according to Katie Bethell, founder and executive director of PL US (Paid Leave for the United States), a national campaign to win paid family leave by 2022.

The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, would establish an Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration and would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partially-paid leave. Gillibrand has introduced the FAMILY Act in each congressional session since 2013 but it is expected to be brought to the floor this session in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, according to Bethell.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have another bill, the Economic Security for New Parents Act, that would allow parents to apply their future Social Security benefits to paid leave.

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee also announced last month the formation of a bipartisan Finance Committee working group to take on the issue of federal paid family leave policy.

"This is a strong showing that Congress is taking paid family leave seriously," said Andrea Zuniga, vice president of legislative affairs for PL US. "It shows the groundswell of support that has been building."

In the U.S., only 16 percent of civilian workers have access to paid family leave and 88 percent have access to unpaid family leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized nation without a guarantee of paid leave for new parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The median length of paternity leave for dads in the U.S. is one week, according to Pew Research Center data.

For dads who do have access to paternity leave, Ohanian, a member of the Advocates for Paternity Facebook group, wants them to send a message by taking the time off.

"Use me as air cover. I took my full 16 weeks," he said. "I wanted people to see that you could care deeply about your industry, have a tremendous passion for the work that you do but also still be able to say that you care deeply about your family and want to take this time."

Fighting the stigma of paternity leave

The messages sent by Ohanian's public paternity leave and other dads taking time off are shifting the needle, fellow dads say.

"When I was a younger lawyer at my first big law job, I didn't even consider taking paternity leave," said Michael Kasdan, director of special projects for The Good Men Project, a website aimed at changing the cultural conversation about manhood. "The partner I was working with called me into the office on the Sunday after the Friday when my wife had our second child.”

"Having had that experience, I would never do that to a young lawyer," said Kasdan, now a partner at a different New York law firm.

David Milender was working for a mortgage insurance company in Denver when his son was born three years ago. His son was born on a Monday and he went back to work the next Monday, after using all five days of his paid leave.

"I felt distracted and it was really depressing," he said. "I wanted to be at home helping out with the baby and my wife too, who was still recovering from childbirth."

When Milender discovered he could also take unpaid leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) he asked his boss and still remembers her resistance.

"My supervisor told me, ‘Well that’s for new moms. You’re a new dad,'" Milender recalled. "This is someone who supervised over 100 employees."

Milender pressed on and was ultimately able to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave, exhausting his family's savings and dipped into their 401(K) funds to make it work.

"Those 12 weeks made me more comfortable and I think it made George more comfortable too," he said. "It really just changed the dynamic at home because I felt like I was an equal parent with my wife."

Ohanian, now the head of Initialized Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, makes an effort to try to normalize being a dad in every situation, including always asking men about their kids in small talk before business meetings.

"I have some of the best conversations about being a dad in my gym with a bunch of other dudes who, we’re either talking about games or protein or dad life," he said. "That has been so normalized and I don’t think those things have to be mutually exclusive at all."

How paternity leave helps women too

Advocates of paternity leave like Ohanian are fighting not just for time off for men, but for paid family leave, a term that reflects moms, dads, adopted parents and people who may need to take leave at different times in their lives.

"I hope this has a huge impact on maternity leave," Ohanian said of his push for dads. "If more and more dads are taking the time off, if it becomes so normalized that any time any employee, man or woman, is going to have a child, then it destigmatizes women in the workforce who historically have suffered because of the specter of having a child and taking time off and maybe never coming back into the workforce."

Experts say dads taking paternity leave does help working moms by leveling the playing field and helping to lessen the so-called "motherhood penalty" that costs women as much as $16,000 per year in lost wages, data shows.

Joanne Lipman, who wrote about closing the gender gap in That’s What She Said, has found men don't take paternity leave even when it's offered out of a fear it will hurt their career. Women, on the other hand, know that they will be penalized and still take the leave.

Ohanian's wife, Williams, was penalized when she returned to pro tennis after maternity leave and had to fight to be seeded at the Grand Slams.

Women in the workforce face similar discrimination when they are placed on the so-called "mommy track." That is when they start to earn less -- a 4 percent reduction in pay per child, according to a 2014 study -- and face more discrimination when it comes to assignments and promotions, research shows.

And that is if women get to take maternity leave at all. An analysis of government data in 2015 found that one in four working mothers in the U.S. return to work within two weeks of giving birth.

Research, and real-life examples, show that dads who take paternity leave are more assertive as parents, help more at home and have stronger relationships with their partner and their child.

"If a dad can’t find it in himself to take paternal leave or to split childcare duties in the early days, weeks and months of the child’s life, it forces the mother to not only take parental leave but it exacerbates the mother as the primary caregiver," said Joshua David Stein, editor-at-large at Fatherly, an online community for dads.

He describes dads choosing to take paternity leave as a "moment to set precedent" that will have long-lasting implications.

"It’s kind of like if you start your day and the first thing you do is check your phone, you can do that, but that’s setting the tone for your day," he said. "When you have a kid and the first thing you do is go back to work, you’re setting the tone for how you see work-life integration."

Ohanian believes his 16 weeks of leave with Olympia gave him confidence and a lifelong bond with his daughter.

"There was a sense of true confidence in my ability to be a dad," he said. "I still don’t know what I’m doing 99% of the time but that time helped me understand her in a way that I know I’ll carry for the rest of my life."

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Nastasic/iStock(DENVER) -- Colorado has generated more than $1 billion by selling marijuana.

The state legalized weed in 2014. Since then, total sales have exceeded $6.56 billion, according to the state's department of revenue.

"Today's report continues to show that Colorado's cannabis industry is thriving, but we can't rest on our laurels," Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement on Wednesday. "We can and we must do better in the face of increased national competition. We want Colorado to be the best state for investment, innovation and development for this growing economic sector."

The marijuana industry is creating jobs in the state, with 2,917 licensed businesses and 41,076 individuals licensed to do such work, according to the department of revenue.

"We are committed to facilitating responsible innovation within this dynamic industry through continued engagement with our diverse group of stakeholders," Jim Burack, director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, said in a statement. "Colorado will continue to be known for its regulatory leadership."

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Courtesy Shantell Barbour(NEW YORK) -- Forget Superman, it was Delta Airlines to the rescue for a group of students and their chaperones who recently found themselves stranded in an airport before the first leg of a long-awaited summer trip to Virginia and Washington D.C.

On June 2, fifth graders, parents and teachers from Centennial, Washington Irving and James L. Dennis elementary schools arrived to Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport at 3 a.m. for a 5 a.m. American Airlines flight to Richmond, Virginia.

Shantell Barbour, a teacher at Centennial, said the group was aware that the flight had been canceled prior to arriving at the airport. When they arrived, however, American Airlines said it would rent a bus and drive the group to Dallas, Texas, so they could catch a connecting flight to Richmond, according to Barbour.

But, two hours later, she said, the airlines told them, "There's nothing we can do."

Barbour told ABC News on Wednesday that the group had been preparing for trip for a year, and planned to visit Williamsburg, Virginia, Yorktown and other sites before driving to Washington, D.C.

"I basically told them that, that wasn't an option," she said. "These kids had been expecting and were prepared for a lot of the history of our United States and why we have the freedoms and liberties that we have today," she said.

After American Airlines gave her a customer service number, Barbour said she then checked with Delta agents about their options. She said Delta agents were able to find seats on different flights out of Oklahoma City, but the group would be separated.

One of the supervising agents called Delta corporate to see whether the airlines could upgrade one particular flight to a larger plane to accommodate the entire group. Within 10 minutes, according to Barbour, corporate had called back with news that a plane and a crew was on its way from Atlanta to get them to Richmond, Virginia.

"Being able to get all three groups on the same plane to start our trip was prayers answered," said Centennial teacher Natalie Tracy of Edmond, Oklahoma. "After being in the airport for six to eight hours, trying to find a way for us to get out of [Oklahoma City], it was so nice to sit back and rest."

"Nobody else was on there except us," Barbour told ABC News. "The kids were absolutely amazed...I also have to say that for fifth graders, that eight hours of waiting in the ticket departure portion of the airport, they were amazing. Not a single one complained...They were ecstatic they got a private plane...They finally got to eat."

American Airlines said in a statement that the original cancellation was due to weather on June 1 and June 2, and that the airlines had canceled more than 300 flights that weekend.

"We do apologize for the cancellation, which was the result of inclement weather that was out of our control," American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein told ABC News on Wednesday.

Delta said in a blog post on its website that its decision to send a jet to Oklahoma City for the group was based on its philosophy to "do what's right, no matter the specifics at hand."

"When we see people in a bind, we don't see customers of one airline or another -- we see people," said Jeff Trainer, a duty director who approved the aircraft reassignment. "We're here to help everyone we can. That's what makes moments like these possible."

Barbour said Wednesday that the students had a wonderful time visiting Virginia and the nation's capital, despite the travel hiccup.

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- WARNING: "AVENGERS: ENDGAME" SPOILERS AHEAD.

What better way to say goodbye to Tony Stark than in the very place his superpowered friends did?

Eagle-eyed fans on Reddit thought there was something familiar about a rustic lakeside cabin in Georgia that was listed on Airbnb, and they were right.

The cabin, located in Fulton County -- home to the Bouckaert Farm and the Chattahoochee Hills Eventing horse show -- is the picturesque spot where Tony Stark and Pepper Potts raised their daughter Morgan in "Avengers: Endgame," in the years after the horror of Thanos' genocidal snap.

Bouckaert Farm and Chattahoochee Hills Eventing

It's also the place where the Avengers and their friends and family members gathered en masse to pay tribute to Stark at the movie's end, after he sacrificed himself to reverse Thanos' terrible deed and save all the living things in the universe that the Mad Titan had vanished.

In reality, renting the cabin means you'll get a chance to visit ground trod upon by everyone from Robert Downey Jr. and Chrises Evans, Pratt and Hemsworth, to Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rocket Raccoon.

OK, Rocket was computer generated -- but all the rest of the stars were real, and all gathered on the site for a scene that was disguised, even to them, as "The Wedding," right up until shooting day.

The property, which is listed on Airbnb for $800 a night, is part of a breathtaking 8,000-acre farm on the Chattahoochee River. Its owners tell ABC News they've had it listed on the website for three years and previously only rented it occasionally to officials linked to the farm's premier horse-eventing facilities.

While the listing initially made no reference to the blockbuster film, it now does, noting, "Do you want to stay in Tony Stark's cabin? This is the iconic cabin in the movie!"

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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UrosPoteko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Even as 11 states, plus Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational cannabis, lawmakers have struggled to find consensus on the question of whether employers could reject an applicant over their pot use. Now Nevada has become the first to push through that protection.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 making it illegal for employers to rebuff job applicants based on the results of a marijuana test. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

The law, however, will not apply to people up for jobs as firefighters and public safety positions, including emergency medical technicians, according to the legislation.

When the Nevada Trucking Association objected to the proposal, the legislation was rewritten to allow pre-hiring testing for operators of motor vehicles or other positions that “in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect the safety of others," according to the law.

"As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans. That’s why I was proud to sign AB 132 into law, which contains common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals," Sisolak, a Democrat elected governor in November 2018, said in a statement.

Sisolak signed the legislation on June 5.

Nevadans voted in 2016 to make adult recreational use of cannabis legal in the state. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Nevada Assemblywoman Nina Neal, D-Las Vegas, said that despite the popularity of legal weed in the state, there had been no policy in place until now to prevent employers from discriminating against legal pot users.

Neal said she opposed the ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada, but once it passed she said it quickly became clear that a new policy had to be developed for employers.

"I was driving around my district and I realized that the [legal weed] dispensaries were like nightclubs and I was worried, and I was just like, 'This is going to have a negative effect,'" Neal told ABC News on Wednesday.

She said that when she proposed the legislation in February, tax revenue from the first year of legal marijuana sales topped $42 million.

"I felt like we needed to have a policy to deal with it because we had a significant amount of people using on the weekends," Neal said.

Because pre-employment urine tests can detect marijuana in a user's system for several weeks after consuming weed, Neal said she was concerned that her constituents would miss out on employment opportunities.

"I hope that employers actually try to not discriminate against recreational users because once we made it lawful through the ballot, the ballot question said it needed to be treated the same as alcohol," Neal said.

Other states where marijuana is legal have struggled to forge similar policy for pre-employment testing for weed.

In Maine, where voters approved legal recreational cannabis in 2016, employers are prohibited from discriminating against people who have used pot, but there is still no specific policy to regulate drug testing.

While New York is among the states that have yet to legalized marijuana, the New York York City Council approved a city law last month to prohibit employers from pre-hiring weed testing.

“It’s clear that we cannot wait until legalization on the state level before moving to reduce the impact that marijuana prohibition has had on individuals and communities,” New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said in a statement.

“Testing isn’t a deterrent to using marijuana, it’s an impediment to opportunity that dates back to the Reagan era -- a war on drugs measure that’s now a war on workers," Williams added. "We need to be creating more access points for employment, not less -- and if prospective employers aren’t testing for past alcohol usage, marijuana should be no different.”

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Darwin Brandis/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Add New York University's medical center to the list of educational and cultural institutions that says it will no longer take money from the Sacklers, the family that owns OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

Purdue Pharma faces thousands of lawsuits for its role in the opioid crisis, which the Centers for Disease Control says claims 130 American lives a day. Dozens of the cases also include the Sackler family members who served as executives and board members.

NYU Langone Health now says it is no longer taking money from the family -- and says it is "evaluating" whether its Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences will hold on to its name.

"We have not taken a donation from the Sackler family since 2010, and we will not be accepting new donations from the Sackler family or any Sackler-related entities," a spokeswoman for NYU Langone told ABC News in a statement.

"In light of the recent discoveries about the Sackler family and opioid crisis, we are continuing to evaluate the situation,” a spokeswoman said when asked about the name of the graduate institute, which was established in 1980 with a gift from the Sackler family.

The Sackler Trust is a major benefactor to the world's most vaunted cultural icons, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, some of which are now reviewing or refusing Sackler donations in light of the civil cases against Purdue Pharma.

Earlier this year, the Sackler Trust and Britain’s National Portrait Gallery said they would not go forward with a $1.3 million pledge. In addition the Tate museums in London and New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim also said they would no longer accept donations from their Sackler benefactors.

In March, the family's philanthropic arm, the Sackler Trust, said it was suspending all donations as leading museums around the world turned down donations because of the family's association with the opioid epidemic.

The same month, Purdue Pharma settled its first significant lawsuit related to its aggressive marketing of OxyContin.

Representatives of the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler families did not comment for this story. Arthur Sackler died in 1987, and his heirs sold his share of the company to his brothers. The company presently known as Purdue Pharma was incorporated in 1991.

"My late husband, Arthur M. Sackler, was never involved in Purdue Pharma, a company owned by his brothers Mortimer and Raymond and their families," Arthur's widow, Jillian Sackler, told ABC News in a statement.

"He had nothing to do with OxyContin, which came onto the market nearly a decade after Arthur’s death in 1987. He never profited from it, nor is his estate named in any of the lawsuits. Not a penny of his philanthropy derived from the sale of OxyContin," she said. "Arthur would be horrified to see how this drug has been misused and would be working to find solutions."

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fredrocko/iStock(DETROIT) -- Ford Motor Company has issued safety recalls for more than a million cars.

The model most affected by the series of recalls are Ford Explorer SUVs that were made between 2011 and 2017 due to an issue with suspension toe link fractures, which can diminish steering control, the company announced Wednesday. The toe link issue led to one customer hitting a curb when it broke, Ford said.

The recall will affect more than 1.2 million vehicles.

Customers can bring their vehicles to a dealership, where mechanics will replace the left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with new, forged ones, and align the rear suspension.

The reference number for the recall of Ford Explorers is 19S17.

About 123,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks have also been recalled. Select 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gasoline engines that had the powertrain control module software reprogrammed as part of the 19S07 recall are affected.

The software used to service the recall was incomplete and did not have the updates necessary to prevent a potential unintended downshift into first gear or the updates necessary to ensure illumination of the malfunction indicator, Ford said.

Vehicles that did not undergo the 19S07 reprogramming are not affected by the current recall and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program, Ford said.

Affected vehicles were built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from May 7, 2012 to Oct. 27, 2013, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, April 18, 2012 to Nov. 18, 2013.

The reference number for the Ford F-150 recall is 19S19.

Ford also recalled about 4,300 Ford Econoline vehicles built between 2009 and 2016 with 5.4-liter engines for an issue related to the loss of motive power.

In Canada, Ford has recalled more vehicles due to the toe link suspension issue, including select Ford Tuarus models from 2010 to 2017, Ford Flex models from 2009 to 2017, Lincoln MKS models from 2009 to 2015 and Lincoln MKT models from 2010 to 2017.

For more information on the recalls, check the Ford website.

Last month, Ford recalled 1.3 million Ford Focus sedans over a risk of stalling due to a faulty part.

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Heather Stouffer/Mom Made Foods(NEW YORK) -- A Virginia mother has created a clever solution for time-crunched parents who want to send their kids to school with a healthy lunch.

Heather Stouffer, founder of Mom Made Foods, has created the Lunchwich -- an already-made, frozen sandwich that thaws just in time to eat.

"It can be in a school lunchbox, [or] mom throws it in her purse when she takes the kids to the pool," Stouffer told ABC News' Good Morning America. "We are not saying making sandwiches is difficult. There are many moments as a parent when you need something really quick and so to have these in the freezer makes life easier, whatever that moment is."

Stouffer wasn't always in the business of creating kid-healthy foods. The mom of two, Emory, 14 and Audrey, 9, worked previously in the technology industry.

"It wasn't until I was working and had my first child and realized, gosh, this is really hard, making mealtime healthy -- three meals, 365 days," Stouffer said. "I was coming home to a child who wanted dinner immediately, and since I hadn't seen him all day, the last thing I wanted to do was cook in the kitchen and not be with him."

"Just because I'm busy doesn't mean my child shouldn't have really healthy foods available," she remembers thinking at the time.

In 2006, Stouffer founded Mom Made Foods in Alexandria, Virginia, and began putting out healthy and organic meals. The brand currently has a line of frozen entrees that can be heated in the microwave, or oven and meatballs that can be microwaved or heated via stove top.

Stouffer said the ingredients in all her company's foods are clean. The Lunchwich in particular has no artificial additives, artificial colors, bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives or monoglycerides and diglycerides -- often found in processed foods.

The Lunchwich is Mom Made's latest creation. A Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise $10,000 to get the product into grocery store freezers. Backers who pledge $50 will receive first the shipments to stock their freezer.

The crustless, frozen sandwiches are bagged and ready to go in four, kid-tested and approved flavors: peanut butter-grape, cheddar, cheddar-mozzarella and cheddar-turkey.

Allyson Trail, Stouffer's former neighbor, said her three boys have eaten Mom Made Organic Cheesy Mac with peas, the meatballs, burrito pockets and the Lunchwich.

Trail's kids do bring the sandwiches for lunch, but Trail especially loves them as an after-school snack, she said.

"It's really convenient and it's tasty," Trail told GMA. "My older son is more finicky so if he likes it, that's a pretty good indication that everyone will like."

The Lunchwich will be available to purchase in some stores and online August 2019, just in time for back-to-school season.

Stouffer hopes her meals appeal to parents wanting quicker, healthier options -- not only to encourage healthy habits, but to preserve time for family togetherness.

As for outside corporations, Kellogg's Special K creates freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches as does Tyson Foods with their brand, Jimmy Dean. These companies do not market health-conscious ingredients in these particular products.

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