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Aston Martin(LONDON) -- It’s what every James Bond fan has dreamed of owning: an Aston Martin DB5 that contains the very devices agent 007 deployed to elude his malevolent enemies in the classic 1964 film “Goldfinger.”

Aston Martin, the 106-year-old British automaker, heard the rallying cries and decided to create 25 collector Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars that feature the gadgets seen in the movie: a rear smoke screen, revolving license plate, bullet resistant rear shield, replica machine guns, simulated oil slick delivery system, hidden weapons tray and telephone in the driver’s door.

There’s just one catch: these special edition cars are not road legal.

They will, however, come as close as possible to the one made famous by Sean Connery. Built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell – the so-called spiritual home of the company and original factory where the DB5 sports car was manufactured between 1963 and 1965 – the $3.5 million (2.75 million pounds) Goldfinger DB5 edition car is painted in Silver Birch, the original car’s color.

“There has been significant global interest in this car,” according to an Aston Martin spokeswoman.

To get the cars just right, Aston Martin teamed up with Chris Corbould, the Oscar-winning special effects supervisor with EON Productions, the company that shares the rights to the Bond films with MGM Studios.

The majority of the 25 DB5 continuation cars have already been sold and customer deliveries begin in 2020. Aston Martin, leveraging its long-standing association with the Bond franchise, announced May 22 that it would celebrate the 50th anniversary of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” the sixth Bond film starring George Lazenby as the fictional spy, with 50 limited edition DBS Superleggeras.

Lazenby drives an Olive Green DBS in the 1969 action flick and the special edition Superleggeras will be an authentic reproduction of the movie car.

A grayish Alcantra fabric lines the interior of the special edition DBS Superleggera, exactly like the original. The cockpit has red accents, a nod to the red-trimmed glovebox in the DBS, which safeguarded Bond’s telescopic-sight rifle.

The first Bond-inspired Aston Martin was the DB9 GT, which marked the release of 2015’s “Spectre.” Only 150 were produced and each limited-edition DB9 featured 007 badging and bespoke themed accessories.

“The continuation cars are so close to the original, you can close your eyes and believe it is,” Mike Duff, European editor of Car and Driver, told ABC News.

The risk could be that someone foists a continuation car as authentic. Original DB5s are incredibly rare and sell for millions of dollars. Duff expects some owners may even take the Goldfinger DB5 on local roads.

If caught by authorities ... well, owners can try their best James Bond impersonation.

Even as Aston Martin struggles to sell new models like the Vantage, the continuation cars will help the luxury automaker return to its roots and inject enthusiasm into the storied marque, he noted.

“They believe the James Bond connection is very important,” Duff said. “Aston Martin may not have survived without the DB5 in ‘Goldfinger.’”

The excitement may even inspire other automakers to produce their own continuation cars.

“This could be a phenomenon,” Duff said.

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CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There’s a familiar face in town and it’s covering America’s seventh president’s face on a number of $20 bills: Harriet Tubman.

New York artist Dano Wall said he has decided to take matters into his own hands with an unofficial revision of the bill since the Trump administration has indicated they are in no rush to put the noted abolitionist and Union spy onto currency. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel this week that the administration is looking at 2028 as a possible date.

“We’ll see about that,” Wall tweeted shortly after news broke of the secretary’s decision.

We’ll see about that https://t.co/Scg8TZtmih

— tubmanstamp (@tubmanstamp) May 22, 2019

Wall's recrafted bills have sold out.

The U.S. Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing, states that "any mutilation, cuts, disfigurements or perforation is defamation of currency — a prohibition of law."

Advocates have long sought to have Tubman — a woman born into slavery on a plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland and would later escape to guide over 300 other slaves to freedom – replace Andrew Jackson’s on the $20 bill by 2020. The Obama administration proposed placing Tubman’s face on the $20 bill in 2020 as part of an effort to have women on U.S. currency.

At a 2016 town hall on NBC's "The Today Show," Trump called the move to redesign the bill with Tubman's face "pure political correctness" and suggested putting Tubman on the $2 bill.

Wall has been manufacturing stamps with Tubman’s face since 2017, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.

“There has understandably been a sudden flood of interest in Harriet Tubman stamps since Steven Mnuchin’s announcement this week – I immediately sold out of everything I had in stock,” Wall said in a Facebook post. “I am working on increasing production to meet demand and will get more in stock in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Etsy shop.”

Tubman fled from Maryland and found freedom after traveling about 90 miles utilizing the Underground Railroad – a diverse network of escaped slaves, free blacks and abolitionists who provided safe housing and secret transportation routes to the North.

After getting a taste of freedom, Tubman decided to help hundreds of others experience the same. She became widely known as the “Moses of her people.”

“Putting Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill would have constituted a monumental symbolic change, disrupting the pattern of white men who appear on our bills," Wall told the Washington Post, "and, by putting her on the most popular note currently in circulation, indicates exactly what kind of a life we choose to celebrate; what values we, as a country, most hope to emulate. Harriet Tubman’s unparalleled grit, intelligence, and bravery over the course of her long life certainly make her worthy of such an honor.”

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iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(NEW YORK) -- Hedge fund star Paul Touradji bilked a pair of employees, including a fundraiser for the Trump campaign, out of nearly $50 million, a Manhattan jury decided late Thursday.

Touradji had refused to pay Robert Vollero and Gentry Beach for three years’ worth of work and the jury awarded them a combined $45.7 million following a three-week trial.

Beach is a Dallas-based investor and college friend of Donald Trump Jr. who helped raise money for the Trump presidential campaign. He and Vollero were portfolio managers at Touradji Capital Management.

The jury found Touradji in breach of contract for an oral compensation agreement.

“This has been an 11 year battle for Vollero and Beach against what was once the largest commodities hedge fund in the world,” said Mike Stolper of Stolper Group, who represented the two men along with David Greenberger of Bailey Duquette.

“The jury’s verdict is justice for our clients,” Greenberger said. “It has now been proven that Touradji Capital failed to honor its compensation agreements with Gentry and Rob, and that they engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever.”

Touradji Capital did not immediately respond to a request for comment but in closing arguments defense attorney Sean O’Brien said Vollero and Beach were entitled to nothing.

“A central question is whether these two men, Gentry Beach and Robert Vollero have proven to you that they entered into more than one binding agreement independently, which they were contractually entitled to be paid fixed percentages of profits and certain investment costs, while not having to worry or take into account any of the losses," O'Brien said. "The answer to that question is no.”

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iStock/South_agency(NEW YORK) -- CrossFit, the popular fitness and lifestyle program with a cult-like following, broke up with Facebook and Instagram on Friday, citing security and privacy concerns.

CrossFit, Inc., which boasts 15,000 affiliates and millions of followers, said it was investigating alleged security problems and opposed what it called Facebook's overwhelming influence on"the marketplace of public thought," the fitness company said in a statement.

"All activity on CrossFit, Inc.'s Facebook and Instagram accounts was suspended as of May 22, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook's deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community," CrossFit said in a statement.

The breakup story began when Facebook, which owns Instagram, deleted "without warning or explanation" the Banting7DayMealPlan group, CrossFit claimed.

The group had 1.65 million users who post testimonials and shared information supporting low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets, the fitness company said.

Even though the group has since been reinstated on the platform, "Facebook's action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion," CrossFit said.

The fitness company said these actions are in line with its "tireless defense of its community against overreaching governments, malicious competitors, and corrupt academic organizations."

In addition, CrossFit, which is vocal about extolling the virtues of the brand and its contrarian identity, said it was investigating other allegations regarding the social media behemoth, including how the company "collects and aggregates user information and shares it with state and federal authorities, as well as security organizations from other countries," and how the company "collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs."

Lastly, CrossFit claimed that Facebook is "acting in the service of food and beverage industry interests by deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease," going so far as to write, "Facebook is thus complicit in the global chronic disease crisis."

Facebook declined to comment for this story.

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iStock/Hydromet(NEW YORK) -- Almost 40% of American adults wouldn’t be able to cover a $400 emergency with cash, savings or a credit-card charge that they could quickly pay off, a Federal Reserve survey finds.

About 27% of those surveyed would need to borrow the money or sell something to come up with the $400 and an additional 12% would not be able to cover it at all, according to the Federal Reserve's 2018 report on the economic well-being of U.S. households released on Thursday.

In addition, 12% of adults said they wouldn't be able to pay their current monthly bills if faced with the unexpected $400 expense, the survey found.

The 2018 results are very similar to those from the Federal Reserve's 2017 survey.

Overall, the number of people who said they are able to handle unexpected expenses is on the rise since the Federal Reserve began the survey in 2013.

However, 17% of adults in the U.S. said they are not able to fully pay off all of their current month’s bills.

Meanwhile, medical costs yielded other hurdles.

One in five adults had major, unexpected medical bills to pay last year, and one in four skipped necessary medical care in 2018 because they couldn't afford it, the survey revealed

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DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his former studio have come to a tentative agreement in bankruptcy court to resolve lawsuits filed by several women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. The deal would be worth $44 million, sources told ABC News.

"We now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG’s office, the defendants and all the insurers," Adam Harris, an attorney for Weinstein, told a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware on Thursday.

The agreement has not been finalized.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.

The agreement, when finalized, would provide about $30 million to the plaintiffs, which includes not only those who have sued over sexual misconduct, but also former employees of the now-defunct Weinstein Company. The company filed for bankruptcy in March 2018. The company was purchased by Lantern Capital in May 2018 and renamed Lantern Entertainment.

The other $14 million would be for legal fees accrued by Weinstein's associates also named in lawsuits.

The money would come from the studio's insurance, not Weinstein personally.

Weinstein and his representatives declined to comment on the deal.

The producer of award-winning films such as The King's Speech, Silver Linings Playbook and Shakespeare in Love has admitted to wrongdoing and sought professional help, but has categorically denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

He is still facing a criminal trial in New York with two women accusing him of rape and sexual assault. The case is set to begin on Sept. 9, and will last about a month, according to attorneys.

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opening at Universal Orlando on June 13. (Credit: Universal Orlando)(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The most anticipated roller coaster of the summer is being billed as a "story coaster."

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opening at Universal Orlando on June 13, takes guests into one of the "most mysterious places in the Wizarding World – the Forbidden Forest," Universal Orlando said.

With 7 total launches, it has the most of any roller coaster in the world. It is the first US-coaster to feature a free-fall vertical drop, which totals 17 feet. Guests will be catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle and then immediately drop backward in one movement. It will be the longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring 5,053 feet or nearly a mile in length.

The park released new photos and video this week that show what the coaster will be like from the perspective of the person riding.

"Aboard magical motorbikes, guests will actually feel the freedom of flight as they journey to the edge of the forest – regardless of if they’re on the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar. They’ll ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures," it said.

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jaboo2foto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- There's good news for some Americans hitting the road to catch rays at the beach and fire up the grill with distant family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.

Get pumped! Gas prices are dropping, according to AAA.

"For the 37.6 million motorists hitting the road for Memorial Day, they can expect gas prices to be cheaper than last year with the exception of a few states in the West Coast and Rockies region," said AAA on Thursday.

The national gas average fell to $2.845 per gallon for unleaded regular gas this week.

Around the same time last year leading up to Memorial Day weekend, regular gasoline in the U.S. on May 21 cost an average of 2.923 cents per gallon, compared with 2.873 cents per gallon on May 14, according to the Energy Information Administration.

These are the cheapest and most expensive states to get regular unleaded gas as of Thursday, according to AAA.

Cheapest
1. Alabama: $2.454
2. Louisiana: $2.456
3. Mississippi: $2.459
4. South Carolina: $2.480
5. Arkansas: $2.502
6. Tennessee: $2.542
7. Missouri: $2.544
8. Texas: $2.562
9. Oklahoma: $2.570
10. Virginia: $2.582

Most expensive
1. California: $4.025
2. Hawaii: $3.649
3. Washington state: $3.546
4. Nevada: $3.484
5. Alaska: $3.470
6. Oregon: $3.433
7. Idaho: $3.203
8. Utah: $3.191
9. Arizona: $3.147
10. Pennsylvania: $3.007

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David Tran/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Facebook took down more than three billion fake accounts between September 2018 and March 2019, the company said on Thursday.

The news came as the company released its annual "Community Standards Enforcement Report" on Thursday, an accounting of its efforts to police problematic content, including violence, hate speech and child pornography.

"The amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time," Facebook's vice president of integrity Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. "We disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4 2018 and 2.19 billion in Q1 2019."

"We estimated that 5% of monthly active accounts are fake," Rosen wrote. That's one in every 20 accounts.

The report follows several recent measures to fight problems that have continued to plague the platform, including fake accounts meant to influence elections in Europe, Africa and Asia. It has also recently announced an increased effort to fight white supremacy after fielding criticism on that front, especially after the terror attack in New Zealand that killed 51 people and was livestreamed on Facebook.

Facebook also broke down the community standards violations into nine categories: adult nudity and sexual activity, bullying and harassment, child nudity and sexual exploitation of children, fake accounts, hate speech, regulated goods, spam, global terrorist propaganda and violence and graphic content.

Violent content appeared much more frequently than sexually inappropriate activity, according to the company.

"We estimated for every 10,000 times people viewed content on Facebook, 11 to 14 views contained content that violated our adult nudity and sexual activity policy," Rosen wrote. "We estimated for every 10,000 times people viewed content on Facebook, 25 views contained content that violated our violence and graphic content policy."

There were no metrics available yet for the prevalence or views of content in the other categories.

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Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Striking workers for fast food giant McDonald's joined a handful of Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday in their push to expand union rights and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The strike coincides with McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas. McDonald’s cooks and cashiers are striking in major cities around the country including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa.

Former Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Sen. Bernie Sanders are joining and hosting various events around the country to support McDonald's employees and cast themselves as the true defender of workers' rights amidst a crowded Democratic primary field. More broadly, 2020 Democrats are courting organized labor as the unions bide their time on endorsements – which will be crucial to clinching the Democratic nomination.

Sanders, who had to remain in Washington, D.C. in order to vote for an upcoming disaster relief bill, joined striking workers via a live town hall and touted legislation that he would prioritize as President to raise the minimum wage and protect workers.

Last year, Sanders wrote a letter to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook urging him to raise the minimum wage and respect the right of his workers to form a union.

“Today, we live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But tens of millions of workers don't know that, because they're working longer hours for low wages,” Sanders said during the town hall. “Does anybody think that that is moral, or that is right?”

Asked by a Fight for $15 advocate how he would make sure McDonald’s workers have a seat at the table when negotiating with the company, Sanders praised companies that are partially owned by its workers. He added that America “has a lot to learn from countries like Germany” where in some cases 40 percent of the boards that control companies are composed of workers.

“Let me tell you, if 40 percent of McDonald's board was composed not of CEOs of other large corporations, but of working people trust me, you would be making today at least $15 an hour. There would be vigorous efforts to protect workers from sexual harassment and violence because workers would be reflecting the needs not just of stockholders who want stock buybacks, but representing the needs of workers who want decent wages and decent working conditions,” he said.

McDonald's says that most of its restaurants pay more than $10 an hour.

“McDonald’s Corporation does not control the wages franchisees pay in their own restaurants. The average starting wage at corporate-owned restaurants exceeds $10 per hour, and we believe the average starting wage offered by those independent business owners is likely similar," Lauren Altmin, a spokesperson for McDonald's told ABC News in a statement. "Separately, McDonald’s recognizes the rights under the law of individual employees to choose to join – or choose not to join – labor organizations.”

Castro, whose campaign, along with Sanders, is unionized, joined striking workers in Durham, N.C. to decry companies like McDonald's for not paying their workers a living wage.

 

I’m proud to march alongside @McDonalds workers in Durham, NC this morning striking for fairer wages, better conditions, and the right to unionize. I'm going to join workers anywhere they're fighting for a living wage and safe working conditions. pic.twitter.com/Lox3bhq7dt

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 23, 2019

 

“Companies across the United States are making more and more profit without passing that down to the people who made that profit for them," Castro said. "We’re here today to tell McDonald’s that it’s not acceptable to pay your workers a wage you can’t live on.”

Inslee joined striking workers in Chicago Thursday afternoon, while de Blasio, the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 race, attended an event later Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Today, I'm proud to be on the strike line with McDonald's workers in Chicago as they demand the right to a union, safe working conditions, and fair pay. Because that's what every one of us deserves. #FightFor15," Inslee tweeted from the picket lines.

"I think it's so critically important at a moment like this, when presidential politics is heating up and all of us have an opportunity to stand for workers, that we support the workers who are coming together to fight for a union and a fair wage," Buttigieg said in a video posted on Twitter.

"Today, I stand in solidarity with McDonald's workers and all Americans who work day in and day out to provide a better life for their families," Gillibrand wrote in an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News. "Thank you to the union organizers supporting these workers. Thank you to the workers who were brave enough to tell their stories. I see you, I hear you, and I'm ready to fight with you."

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Ron and Patty Thomas/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration unveiled a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the ongoing trade war with China, the second such deal intended to help limit the losses from Chinese tariffs on American goods.

The assistance is designed to offset the estimated impact to American farmers from Chinese tariffs on American goods levied in retaliation for tariffs against Chinese products.

Similar to the aid package announced last year, farmers can apply for direct payments for crops impacted by the tariffs and USDA will buy surplus products like milk and meat to distribute to food banks around the country. USDA says it will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments calculated based on the estimated impact to each country, as well as spend $1.4 billion to purchase goods and $100 million to develop other markets for U.S. goods.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the money will come from tariffs against Chinese goods that go into the Treasury and then back into programs to distribute the money to farmers.

"China is going to pay for these this 16 billion dollars through tariffs coming in a transfer coming in, and we are doing again through the (Civilian Conservation Corps) program which was authorized as we used last year," Perdue said on Fox Business on Thursday morning. "But actually the tariff money that we are receiving the revenue we are receiving is what the president has intended to fund, the farmers who are being hurt by retaliatory tariffs."

But countries don't directly pay tariffs, economists say it's more complicated and that the additional cost is more likely to be paid by American companies or consumers.

The funds will ultimately come from the taxpayers because it is federal money that is being used for the bailouts, said Bill Reinsch, the Scholl Chair and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"The reality becomes very very complicated, do the Chinese pay some of the tariff? Yes, probably in specific cases. Do they pay most of it? No, the consumer pays most of it ultimately," Reinsch said.

Perdue said the leadership in China is trying to make the trade dispute hurt Trump's base the most and that they're trying to outlast the Trump administration to get a better deal.

"We feel like farmers have been hurt disproportionately, that China knows they've gone right at President Trump's base politically to make farmers feel pain and he's not letting them bear the brunt of that," Perdue said.

Reinsch said that's normal in a trade war where each country wants to hurt the other politically as well as economically.

"Trump has a bigger problem than most because a lot of their suffering right now is directly and clearly related to his policies, so it's kind of on him to deal with that," Reinsch told ABC News.

Groups that represent farmers like the American Farm Bureau and the National Farmers' Union said that while they appreciate the assistance for farmers, it's a short-term solution and they would rather have a long-term trade deal with China.

President Trump said on Monday he wanted an aid package that would help farmers do well and "make the same kind of money," though USDA said the aid is intended more to help with additional costs such as storing excess product rather than make up for lost revenue.

“We're going to take the highest year, the biggest purchase that China has ever made with our farmers, which is about $15 billion, and do something reciprocal to our farmers so our farmers can do well. They'll be planting. They'll be able to sell for less, and they'll make the same kind of money until such time as it's all straightened out,” Trump said Monday.

This would be the second time the Trump administration has provided aid to mitigate the impact to farmers losing money because of the escalating trade war with China.

In 2018, the administration announced it would provide up to $12 billion in aid for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs from China through direct payments and purchasing billions of dollars of goods.

On Thursday afternoon, President Trump spoke to reporters at the White House. "We will ensure our farmers get the relief they need and very, very quickly," he said. "Good time to be a farmer, going to make sure of that."

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AGCreativeLab/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Universal Standard is on a mission to become the world's most inclusive fashion platform, and with the launch of their 00 - 40 size range, they are well on their way.

On Tuesday, the brand announced its expansion along with new pieces including overalls, hi-low button-down shirts, cropped boyfriend denim and more across the entire brand.

On Instagram, Universal Standard posted a text graphic that reads, "Today, we're committing to create the change we want to see in the world, so that access for all doesn't end with US."

"We will work to empower the industry to embrace inclusion. We will work to build the future with partners who see it like we do. We will be catalysts that spark the next fashion revolution," the brand said.

Another function on Universal Standard's retail website is the "See It In Your Size" feature. This pull-down menu allows you to see a model in every size listed wearing the garment being shopped for. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of imagining how something will fit on your specific body type.

There is also a "Fit Library" service that encourages women to shop for who they currently see in the mirror without hesitation. With that, the brand allows customers to exchange any piece purchased for up to one year should you go up or down in a size for free.

Aside from modeling true size inclusivity on their own platforms, Universal Standard is also pushing to help other industries do the same.

In April, the brand collaborated with high-end designer Rodarte to launch a capsule collection that includes a variety of beautiful blouses and dresses.

"We believe size should be an irrelevant consideration for women when making fashion choices," said Polina Veksler, Universal Standard co-founder, and CEO previously said in a statement.

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glegorly/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims took a slight dip last week, falling by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending May 18, the number of people filing for benefits dropped from an unrevised level of 212,000 the previous week to 211,000.

The four-week average also went down, decreasing by 4,750 to 220,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 225,000.

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MoreISO/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday declined to block Congressional subpoenas seeking financial information about President Donald Trump and his family from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.

Attorneys for the president, his children and his namesake company argued in court Wednesday that the subpoenas lacked legislative purpose and sought a court order preventing the banks from complying.

Trump's attorney Patrick Strawbridge said that the subpoenas, which ask for financial information dating back to 2010 relating to Trump and his company, children, grandchildren and in-laws, "transgress the limits" of Congress’ power of investigation and violate their privacy rights.

The subpoenas were issued to harass the president and "rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family" to cause him political damage, Trump’s lawyers wrote in court papers.

Arguing on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, which issued the subpoenas, attorney Douglas Letter said that Congress is not just examining Trump, but is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the entire banking industry. This investigation will help Congress potentially write new laws to combat bank fraud, money laundering, foreign influence in the U.S. political process and security risks from foreign powers with financial leverage, House lawyers argued.

"This is a massive, fundamental misunderstanding Mr. Trump has with Congress," said Letter.

One question the House hopes to answer: "why were you [Deutsche Bank] lending to Trump when no other bank would touch him," Letter queried.

The House also wants to know about money coming into the U.S. from Russian oligarchs and if the Russians are influencing our government "at the highest level" because of possible financial leverage, said Letter in court.

Letter defended the broad reach of the subpoenas to Trump’s children, in-laws and grandchildren by noting the practice of criminals, including drug lords, of "hiding assets... in the names of children and grandchildren."

Also, "we’re not talking about Ford Motor Company, we’re talking about a family business," Letter said when referring to Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

While the House cannot prosecute any possible criminal activity found during their investigation, they could potentially turn over evidence to a prosecuting agency, said Letter.

The House could also vote to impeach Trump.

Judge Edgardo Ramos sided with Congressional lawyers and ruled that the subpoenas are "in furtherance of a facially legitimate government purpose," even though they are "undeniably broad."

Trump’s lawyers indicated that they will appeal Wednesday’s ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and ask that court for an immediate stay.

Both Deutsche Bank and Capital One wrote in court filings that they take "no position" on the subpoenas and that the dispute is between Trump and the House.

A representative from Deutsche bank told ABC News on Wednesday: "We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations."

A representative from Capital One declined to comment.

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bhofack2/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Vienna Beef is recalling approximately 2,030 pounds of frankfurters over concerns they could be contaminated with metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The hot dogs in question are "skinless beef frankfurters" that came in 10-pound cases and were produced on May 2, 2019. They were shipped to restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

So far, there haven't been any "confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," according to the USDA.

The agency is concerned that the recalled franks may be in some restaurant refrigerators or freezers and advises they be thrown out or returned to where they were purchased.

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