Two women who work in the advertising department at The New York Times have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, its chief executive and chief revenue officer.
The Times reported that in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, account managers Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker claim the workplace is "rife with discrimination based on age, race and gender."
"Unbeknownst to the world at large, not only does The Times have an ideal customer (young, white, wealthy), but also an ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family) to draw that purported ideal customer," the lawsuit said.
Both women are black and in their 60s. Grant has been with the paper for 16 years and Walker for eight years, the Times said.
The U.S. Supreme Court approved a measure on Thursday that would allow judges to issue warrants for computer searches in any jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups say it unnecessarily expands the FBI's hacking capability, while the Justice Department says it is a minor change necessary to modernize the criminal code.
Judges are normally only able to issue warrants within their own jurisdictions, which are typically small and limited to a few counties. A Justice Department spokesperson said the change is necessary due to the "anonymizing" capabilities that criminals use to conceal their identity and location, and that remote searches are the only way to track the suspects down.
Google and civil liberties groups said that the change is an attack on American's privacy and is counter to the U.S. Constitution's protections against illegal searches and seizures.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.
Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look for Zika virus in a patient's blood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing pregnant women with Zika symptoms, those who have traveled to areas where Zika is spreading while they are pregnant and women who have had sex with someone who has Zika.
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A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.
The official says that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz personally told NBC News he had not met John Boehner, when he addressed comments made about him by the former House Speaker.
But the two men do have a past: Ted Cruz was once Boehner’s lawyer, when Boehner sued Washington state Democrat Jim McDermott over a leaked recording. Boehner filed the lawsuit in 1998 involving the illegal interception of an embarrassing phone call in which Boehner discussed House leadership business. He said his personal privacy was violated.
Boehner won the case — part of which was handled by Ted Cruz. Sources close to Boehner told NBC News the two met during the lawsuit, but likely never had contact after Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill in 2013.
For Boehner, Cruz led the political charge against him, when he was effectively a “player coach” in the move to oust the former speaker last year.
Through the government shutdown in 2013, Cruz helped influence House members in the dissent that made the former speaker choose to step aside in 2015.
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A 41-year-old woman who responded to a singles ad was held captive for several weeks by a man and his ex-wife — and later died at a hospital of injuries sustained while in captivity, NBC News reported.
The woman, from Lower Saxony, Germany, contacted a man "who was looking for a steady parternship" and later moved in to her assailant's house.
Once there, she was physically abused by the man and his live-in ex-wife. The suspects attempted to take their "severely battered" victim back to her apartment, but when their car broke down, they called an ambulance. She died about two hours later of "blunt force trauma to the head", German officials said.
German paper Bild reported that the victim had been kept in a cellar and labeled the incident "The Horror House of Hoexter."
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Two separate planes made emergency landings at Philadelphia International Airport on Friday morning, forcing a brief ground stop as crews worked to clear the scene.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Piedmont Air Flight 4801 — operating for American Eagle — made an emergency landing at PHL around 8:18 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration told NBC News.
The Embraer ERJ-145 had taken off from Richmond, Virginia, and landed at the airport after smoke turned up in the cockpit, according to the FAA.
"Passengers were not given many details on what happened, but the cabin filled with smoke, oxygen masks deployed and we were instructed on the emergency landing procedure," said passenger Damon Dossett. "After an abrupt landing, we climbed out off the wings and were greeted by firefighters and emergency personnel."
A teenager with just four fingers gained so much attention online for his talent on the piano that he was invited by a renowned international pianist to play at Manhattan's iconic Carnegie Hall.
Darrius Simmons, a 15-year-old from Warren, Ohio, was born with three fingers on his right hand and one finger on his left, and no bones below both knees.
He taught himself to play the piano at 10 years old when his grandfather introduced him to the instrument, he told NBC 4 New York, and learned to make his prosthetic legs press the right pedal.
Recently, Simmons began posting videos of himself playing onto Facebook, and they got the attention of Korean pianist Yiruma, who was about to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 22 as part of his first North American tour, the boy said.
"He saw it and invited me to play with him," Simmons told NBC 4 New York.
Two British men have been accused of giving money to a key suspect in the Brussels and Paris bombings.
Prosecutors said in court Friday that Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both 26, allegedly gave more than 3,000 pounds ($4,400) to suspect Mohamed Abrini in Birmingham in July.
Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion of engaging in spying and stealing state secrets. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor after a brief trial in Pyongyang. North Korea's Supreme Court found Kim guilty of crimes and espionage and subversion of under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code. When he was paraded before the media in Pyongyang last month, Kim said he had collaborated with and spied for South Korean intelligence authorities in a plot to bring down the North's leadership and had tried to spread religion among North Koreans before his arrest in the city of Rason last October.
Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock.
Once the deal closes, the combined business will use the TiVo name. TiVo is a digital video recording company.
Les Waas, the advertising legend behind the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks for more than half a century, has died. He was 94.
Waas died April 19 at Abington Hospice in Warminster, according to Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks funeral home.
The Mister Softee song, originally written in 1960 for the company started in his Philadelphia hometown just a few years earlier, played in the company's ice cream trucks as a way to signal their approach. Soon, the song became ubiquitous with ice cream, summer and fun as the opening notes became instantly recognizable to anyone within earshot — sparking a craving they didn't realize existed.
Both loved and loathed, the jingle remains a lasting part of the collective American childhood.
Belgium will soon begin distributing iodine pills to its 11 million residents as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan triggered, NBC News reported
The move, which has yet to be finalized by officials, was triggered by a review of emergency plans initiated in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan
It also comes months after it was discovered that ISIS-linked bombers spied on a top scientist at a Belgian center which produces a significant portion of the world's supply of radioisotopes and hoped to build a "dirty bomb."
Iodine helps to limit the effects of radiation on the body.
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A Brooklyn man who was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who said it was “because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf” received a message of sympathy and an offer of soup from the actor, according to reports.
Mario Licato said that he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked.
“I didn’t even see the guy,” he told Gothamist. “I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'”
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
Until recently, Merle had never set a paw on solid ground, never felt the kind stroke of a human hand and never tasted a dog treat.
The mild-mannered mastiff mix was bred to become a South Korean dinner entree.
But he was spared that fate by the Humane Society International, which recently rescued Merle and more than 250 other canines from a dog-meat farm in Wonju. Merle was among the first to arrive at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.