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BackyardProduction/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The nation’s Social Security program is running out of money with benefits on track to be reduced by around 2035 unless Congress steps in, according to a report released Monday by the Trump administration.

The prediction is somewhat better than last year’s annual assessment delivered to Congress, when the government predicted a reduction of benefits a year earlier in 2034.

The government also concluded Monday that Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund will run out of money in 2026. That’s on par with last year’s assessment.

"Lawmakers have many policy options that would reduce or eliminate the long-term financing shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare," according to an administration statement. "Lawmakers should address these financial challenges as soon as possible."

The viability of America’s 84-year-old Social Security program has become an urgent question for politicians looking to court voters in next year’s election.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed not to touch the popular program or Medicare, the health insurance program for seniors. But his 2020 budget proposed spending less on both programs over the next 10 years, including some $26 billion on Social Security programs and hundreds of billions trimmed from Medicare. Administration officials insisted that the cuts wouldn't impact benefits and the cost savings would be found by rooting out fraud and changing how the Medicare pays providers like hospitals.

House Democrats have vowed to block the budget proposal from being enacted.

"Americans pay into these essential programs throughout their working lives, and they expect to receive the benefits they’ve earned," said Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Options to fix the program could include increasing the payroll tax, raising the retirement age or modifying the formula that determines how people receive their benefits. Some 94% of workers participate in Social Security.

One House bill would expand benefits for individuals, implement a payroll tax to earnings that are more than $400,000, and lower taxes for some recipients, among other things.

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., who serves as the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Social Security and is a co-sponsor of that bill, said the report “underscores why it is so important that Congress take action now to prevent cuts from occurring in 2035.”

"With 10,000 Baby Boomers becoming eligible for Social Security every day, and with people facing a retirement crisis after still not fully recovering wealth lost during the Great Recession, the time to act is now," Larson said in a statement.

Nancy Berryhill, acting Social Security commissioner, said the program was able to buy more time before it depletes its reserves because of a decline in people receiving money for disability. Since last year’s estimate, the trust funds supporting Social Security increased by $3 billion in 2018 to a total of $2.895 trillion in reserves.

"Disability applications have been declining since 2010, and the number of disabled-worker beneficiaries receiving payments has been falling since 2014," she said in a statement.

But even with that extra cash on hand and plenty of political support, the cost of the program has struggled to keep pace with the cost of paying out benefits for some 174 million Americans and their 63 million beneficiaries.

"Social Security’s total cost is projected to exceed its total income (including interest) in 2020 for the first time since 1982, and to remain higher throughout the remainder of the projection period," the report found.

The assessment was completed by Berryhill, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.

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James Beard Foundation(NEW YORK) -- Attention foodies, home cooks and eaters: Chefs have long practiced incredibly smart ways to fight food waste, and you can implement their top tips, recipes and other ways to practice a sustainable relationship with food in your own kitchen.

For Earth Day ABC News' Good Morning America spoke to leaders in the food community who shared insights from full-use cooking methods to best practices as diners and how everything we do has an impact on the links in the food chain.

If you've ever thrown out wilted greens that you forgot about in your crisper drawer, tossed out the tops and stems of veggies without a second thought, or only buy boneless poultry, then you are missing out on some seriously delicious flavor and future star ingredients.

What is food sustainability?

Katherine Miller, the vice president of impact at the James Beard Foundation, knows a thing or two about food sustainability policy and advocacy.

"Sustainability for us at the James Beard Foundation is about three principles: good for people, good for the planet and the community," she said. "We focus on these pillars in our practices related to food waste reduction."

Miller developed the foundation's signature training program, Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, where professional chefs cook and learn skills to practice sustainability in their kitchens and at the community level.

Along with the Foundation's "Waste Not" cookbook that shows readers how to get the most from their food, Miller said JBF also has a chef-to-chef curriculum to create a full-use, no-waste kitchen.

Sara Brito, president and co-founder of Good Food 100, which measures chefs and restaurants' commitment to and impact on a sustainable food system, said everything that eaters, chefs and restaurants do has an impact.

"How they spend their money has an impact on every link in the food chain: the environment, animals, farmers, ranchers and fishermen, farm workers and food service workers," Brito explained. "People should vote with their food dollars to support food that is as good as possible for every link in the food chain."

Did you know?

Food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent in the U.S.

"This estimate, based on estimates from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service of 31% food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010," according to a USDA report.

Meet the chefs practicing what they preach

Michael Anthony, executive chef Gramercy Tavern, New York City

Anthony said that the restaurant is set up by design to share top-quality ingredients across multiple menus offered in the tavern and main dining room.

"This interconnectivity, which highlights different price points and different aesthetic style of dishes, creates a perfect setting to eliminate waste," he said.

"Every dish at Gramercy Tavern is conceived to express a combination of thrift and ingenuity," he said, adding that there is an organizational obligation at Gramercy Tavern to transform every ingredient into "delicious, profitable dishes."

"We respect the effort that goes into producing these great ingredients," he added. "We train our staff to handle them reverentially, and we work with organizations like Rethink Food that are heroically entering our kitchen at the end of service and happy to capture preparations that will not be able to be served the following day."

Suzanne Cupps, executive chef Untitled by Union Square Hospitality Group, New York City

Cupps said sustainability is "at the heart" of her cooking and hailed practices passed down from chef Mike Anthony who helped her "understand what it is to be a mindful chef" and be aware of waste.

"Sustainability for me means supporting the folks around me, being the best steward of the ingredients that I can be and really being mindful of what our guests are eating and what's leftover after," she said.

Her restaurant focuses on "sourcing local, delicious food that is sustainable" from the Union Square Greenmarket, from which they buy 90 percent of their produce.

Karen Akunowicz, executive chef and owner Fox and the Knife, Boston

The James Beard-nominated chef believes in using "as much as we can of our ingredients -- root to stem if you will."

"Broccoli stems are delicious," the chef said. "In our grilled broccoli Caesar salad we cut the stems off half way down and grill plank sections with stem attached," she said of one example. "Then we peel the remainder of the stems, and slice the stems thin, into half moons to add back to the salad raw for lots of crunch."

Top tips and best practices

These are some of the simple things you can do every day to help create a sustainable food chain:

Love your freezer

"Freeze everything." This was the resounding message from every chef and food leader we heard from, so it's no wonder this was Miller's No. 1 tip.

"You may realize, 'Oh, I bought that ground beef and decided not to use it tonight,' or you have a whole bunch of vegetables from the farmers market and you have all these ends you're not going to eat right away -- put it in the freezer," Miller said.

Freeze leftover vegetables and even rotisserie chicken bones to be used for soup stock.

Plan your menu so you don't over-prepare

"Especially for home cooks, another tip is to plan your menu," Miller said. "Plan for your guests and don't over-prepare. You want people walking away happy, not stuffed."

She also said that despite the idea for a host to have an abundance, it's better to "leave 'em wanting more."

Encourage leftovers and elevate it with an egg

"In the same way we do at the [James Beard] House, encourage people to take leftovers home with them," Miller said. "You will waste far less food."

The Good Food 100 co-founder also said people can incorporate this practice when dining out at restaurants.

"Don't be afraid to ask (or let others make you feel cheap for asking) for all of the leftovers to take home," Brito said. "Almost all leftovers taste good the next day for breakfast or lunch with an egg on it."

"Even the extra bread in the bread basket makes for delicious toast the next day or breadcrumbs to freezer for later use," Brito said.

Chef Kwame Williams, a private chef from New Jersey who also attended a JBF boot camp, suggested another great use of leftovers: "Stir fry!"

"A traditional stir fry is made with day-old rice -- combine that with any leftover meat that might be in your refrigerator, along with fresh or frozen vegetables," Williams added.

Scraps into stars

Miller suggested to "juice the stems and turn it into a lovely cocktail" and to "save the bones from a chicken and turn it into a soup. Use all the peels and ends of your onions, carrots and other vegetables to make into a lovely broth on a rainy day."

Brito added that purees are another perfect way to preserve and capitalize on using an ingredient.

"Puree any leftover vegetable to make a quick and delicious vegetable soup," she suggested.

Cupps, who loves Asian cooking techniques, said pickling -- and particularly fermenting -- is a great way to reinvigorate produce and give it new life.

"In a lot of Japanese and Korean cookbooks," Cupps added, "they suggest things like Kimchi, which is just a way to ferment with a little chili. It's just a little funkier but it adds some spice, some kick to your food and it does preserve the product for weeks."

In addition to pickling or making pesto, Williams also offered an additional option: "Jams can definitely be used when you have an ingredient in excess."

Eat ugly

That's right, you don't have to pick the most Instagram-able fruits and vegetables. In fact, food advocates like Miller think you shouldn't.

Consumers can help reduce waste by supporting the movement to eat misshapen foods. Some companies, like Imperfect Produce, will even deliver the delicious fruits and veggies that don't make it off the farm to grocery stores for nearly 30 percent less than supermarket prices.

It's even become popular on social media accounts that show off carrots that look like they're hugging or other produce shaped like a heart.


First In, First Out: When you put your groceries into the fridge or pantry, move the older products to the front and put new products in the back. You'll be more inclined to use the older stuff in front before it expires.

Keep a list of what you have

With an inventory of all the items at your finger tips, you may be less likely to purchase more of the same without using what you have on hand.

Save cooking and braising liquid

Another great practice in Akunowicz's kitchen is to save cooking or braising liquids to add back more flavor. With a filled pasta dish at Fox and the Knife, she uses simmering liquid and the peels from the parsnips to steep the pasta.

"It adds more parsnip flavor and body to the sauce!" she noted.

They also braise vegetables in the duck fat and stock from duck confit.

“The braising liquid is used as the base of the pasta sauce and we save the duck fat to confit our crispy potatoes," Akunowicz said.

Learn how to properly store ingredients

There are an array of online resources to show tips for proper food storage such as storing fresh herbs in a jar with water or putting mushrooms in a paper bag and removing the tops of root vegetables to keep them fresh.

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thredUp(NEW YORK) -- We live in a world where "fast fashion" is supreme and retailers are creating clothing at the drop of a dime. But is it time to slow down?

Multiple reports suggest that in addition to oil, fashion is the next largest industry to pollute the world. However, that might change as awareness of the issue increases.

How can you help? You may already have the answer.

"I think finding affordable, sustainable fashion always starts with your own closet," said Dominique Drakeford, the chief curator of MelaninASS (Melanin and Sustainable Style), a space to celebrate sustainable fashion, natural beauty, wellness and land justice from the lens of communities of color. "Look at your wardrobe and see what you can mend and repurpose or upcycle before throwing an item away."

If you are already inspired to start shopping for more environment-friendly fashion finds, understanding some of the key terms and symbols placed on clothing can put you on the right track.

A few tell-tale words that are usually associated with sustainable fashion include:

Recycled: This may be the most obvious term, but one of the most important. Pieces that include a recycled stamp have been produced from previously used materials.

Certified organic: When an item has the certified organic stamp, this means the clothing was created through an organic farming process and under strict regulations.

Naturally dyed: This simply means the garments were dyed using only plants, vegetables and minerals, and without the use of animals.

Fair trade: If you notice this verbiage, it's safe to say your clothing was fairly traded between companies in developed countries and that those who produced the clothing were paid fair prices.

How to make sustainable fashion more affordable

Sustainable fashion isn't a completely new idea, but it is one that has notoriously been associated with a wealthier class-type.

Devonne Jackson is an upcycle style and earth advocate. She's also the founder of Positive Obsession, Inc. which is a platform that sparks sustainable lifestyle conversations through events, education and experiences. She said that the most affordable and ethical way to be sustainable is to simply check out everything you've already bought in your closet.

"So, clean out that closet and fall in love again," she said.

Jackson also made clear the value in saving for sustainable goods.

"We save up for good kitchen pots, a first car or a much-needed crew vacation," she said. "Save for the memories that will last."

Sustainable stylist Lauren Engelke has become a master at styling herself and her clients consciously without compromising style.

"I help my clients figure out what occasions they dress for during the week, and then we brainstorm a handful of outfit options for each," said Engelke. "Usually, we'll realize that they don't need a whole new spring wardrobe, but one pair of spring booties and one new blazer will make everything they have feel fresh again. Then, we shop for just those two things."

Engelke also suggested slimming down your wardrobe so that you can identify your own authentic style.

"By being able to identify the silhouettes and colors that you love, you can lean into and play around with your personal style without buying mountains of new clothing," she said.

Yes, sustainable fashion has made lots of progress, but like anything else, it doesn't come without challenges and a dark past.

"The sustainable market still isn't doing a very good job of dressing plus-size people. I have a bigger body myself," Aja Barber, a London-based stylist and writer, who more recently vowed to dress more sustainably, told ABC News' Good Morning America. "But, I do believe more and more designers are waking up every day and pledging to do better in that category."

"I find it unacceptable to call yourself ethical but exclude plus-size people from the narrative," said Barber. "Buying from Etsy is wonderful because you can get things tailored to your size no matter what size you are! And that's a beautiful thing!"

Drakeford also chimed in, explaining how overcoming systemic oppression ties into the challenge of more sustainable fashion.

"The infrastructure of the industry was built on slave labor and thrives by way of exploitation, while the environmental crisis disproportionately affects black and brown communities," Drakeford said. "Dismantling a system that's doing exactly what it was intended to do is a constant battle and fashion plays a huge role in all of this. It not just about wearing cute clothes, it's much deeper."

With the highs and the lows of sustainable fashion, overall, there is forward movement in the right direction. In addition to advocates and stylists pushing for more of it, there are brands that are doing the necessary work to help consumers shop more consciously.

Five sustainable fashion collections leading the charge for 2019

Rent The Runway

Rent The Runway is becoming the Uber of sustainable fashion and shopping. You can sign up for a subscription to rent rather than buy outfits for everything from formal events to office attire. The popular subscription service is disrupting how people traditionally shop by allowing consumers to keep up with the latest styles and returning when they are done -- with zero waste.

Amour Vert

Amour Vert means "green love" in French, and the brand is at the forefront of fashion sustainability in everything from their FEC-certified forest fibers to environmental partnerships that help plant trees around North America.

This year for Earth Month, there is an initiative where shoppers can add trees to their cart and one tree will be planted for each dollar spent. You can also share the tree with a loved one or have one planted in their honor. This initiative has allowed the retailer to plant 220,000 trees to date.


ThreUp is one of the world's largest fashion resale websites and actress Olivia Wilde recently teamed up with the brand to launch a secondhand capsule collection to raise awareness for how "choosing used" can end textile waste. The line features more than 4,000 unique items and it is size inclusive, with sizes ranging from XS to 3X.


On April 25, the brand is launching a sustainable pair of unisex sneakers under the name "Tread by Everlane." The new footwear line is 94.2 percent plastic-free and comes with a mission to "make the world's lowest-impact sneakers."

Ralph Lauren

The luxury retailer debuted the Earth Polo shirt on April 18. It is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles and dyed with a waterless process. Ralph Lauren has also committed to removing 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025.

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Courtesy Josh and Blakeley Drake(MANCHESTER, Tenn.) -- A couple hoping for a second child are playing Easter Bunny this year to fundraise an adoption.

Josh and Blakeley Drake of Manchester, Tennessee, are offering to plant Easter eggs in the backyards of local families. In return, they're accepting donations from people in their neighborhood.

"Adopting another child, it's everything," Blakeley Drake, 27, told "Good Morning America." "We never thought we were going to be able to have children and to be chosen by someone to parent their child is the biggest blessing that I think that you can have."

Josh and Blakeley Drake were married in 2011. Shortly after, Blakeley Drake was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

The couple underwent fertility treatments but Blakeley Drake had two miscarriages. The Drakes ultimately decided to adopt, welcoming daughter Delaney, who is now 2.

The Drakes were self-matched with Delaney's birth parents, who were acquaintances of the couple. Because of the connection, the Drakes were able to forgo any adoption agency fees, Blakeley Drake said.

"We were hoping to do that again but if we're not, we have a little bit better of what the cost is going to be--we are looking at $25,000 to $35,000," Blakeley Drake said.

Now, the Drakes are hoping for a second child but instead of crowdsourcing, they decided to give back to their community in exchange for those donations.

The Drakes posted a flyer on Facebook advertising their adoption fundraiser which is titled, "Egg My Yard."

For two nights before Easter, they'll hide candy-filled eggs in the yards of families who have signed up for an "egging." The cost ranges from $30 to $70 depending on the amount of eggs and parents can customize the hunt based on allergies and level of difficulty in an online survey, Blakeley Drake said.

Each egg hunt will include a note left on one's door from the Easter bunny. So far, the Drakes have had 25 families sign up.

Ashlyn Allen is one parent who has signed up for the Drakes' egg hunt.

"I love that they're providing an actual service in order to raise money for the adoption," Allen told "GMA." "I'm happy to play a small role in this adoption process."

Blakeley Drake said she's excited to plant the eggs with her husband and toddler.

"We'll make it magical for kids and take a little pressure off the parents too," she said. "Our daughter is the light of our lives. We know she's going to be a great big sister."

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Orgis Energy via Walt Disney World(ORLANDO) -- Disney just got a whole lot greener!

Walt Disney World has unveiled its newest and largest solar farm. At 270 acres, the site is almost twice the size of the entire Magic Kingdom.

"Here at Disney, every day is Earth Day," Angie Renner, Environmental Integration Director of Disney Parks told "

The new facility is Disney's largest solar endeavor to date and is expected to generate enough energy to power two of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World.

The 50 megawatt solar farm features 500,000 panels, which "is equal to about removing 10,000 cars from the road," said Renner.

This is the second solar plant at Walt Disney World — the company announced a 22-acre Mickey Mouse-shaped facility in 2016 near EPCOT.

These facilities are all part of Disney's goal to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020.

"[These projects] tag onto a long legacy of environmental stewardship that started with Walt [Disney]," Renner noted.

The new site was built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy.

"A lot of companies are understanding their carbon footprint and their impacts across the globe," said Orgis Energy's Scott Shivley when asked about the rising corporate trend of using solar energy.

"It's been a lot easier [for companies] to be cost effective as well as to meet the goals of renewable energy," added Reedy Creek director John Giddens.

Along with the solar energy harnessed by the panels, Disney also worked with environmental and horticulture experts to ensure the new plant is a nurturing habitat for wildlife, like bees and butterflies.

Two-thirds of the facility is pollinator-friendly and it also features an experimental test garden to improve research on the area.

"We have a really important opportunity here to make this site as pollinator-friendly as possible," said Rachel Smith, a Conservation Programs Manager from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team.

"We know they give back to us so much so we're trying to create that habitat for them," Smith added.

 The company's longstanding commitment to environmental conservation could offer a whole new world of Disney magic to visitors coming to its parks.

"I hope everyone is as excited as we are to harness the power of the sun and about this new renewable facility that’s helping bring magic and clean energy to the Disney Resort," said Renner.

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

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Courtesy Patty Keneally(NANTUCKET, Mass.) -- Mary Walsh has been working on Nantucket for 40 years, so she’s used to the seasonal nature of the Massachusetts island’s business patterns. But it’s different now.

The island that prides itself on being 30 miles out to sea, off the coast of Cape Cod, now finds itself stuck in a bit of a culinary pinch as the island’s two major grocery stores, both Stop & Shops, are caught in the midst of a company-wide workers strike.

“We’re hoping and praying for everyone that this gets settled,” said Walsh, the owner of Nantucket Wine and Spirits, which is located next to one of the Stop & Shops.

While the island’s seasonal population swells in the summer months, it’s estimated to be home to 10,590 people year-round, according to a 2017 Census Bureau estimate. The Stop & Shop locations on the island are two of the estimated 240 locations that the chain runs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The strike started on April 11, after the company proposed changes to wages, pensions and health care plans. While some of the workers on the mainland have gotten support from high-profile Democrats, like former Vice President Joe Biden and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, Nantucket workers are getting their support from the locals.

One of the locations at the center of the island is open during the strike, staffed by non-union workers, while many of the union members can be found picketing in the parking lot.

Out of respect for the striking workers, many residents are doing their best to avoid the store, but it’s difficult for some who need items like diapers and baby food, which are not normally stocked elsewhere on island – or if they are available, are more expensive.

Jason Bridges, a town selectman who is also the owner of the Handlebar Cafe and Nantucket Bike Tours, said that "it's serious, and it's real, but it's the nicest strike I've ever seen. People are bringing [the picketers] out coffee, people are waving."

"It's the most respectful strike I've seen because I think both sides know we're going to see everybody tomorrow. They know all their customers and they know the people that work there," Bridges said.

"Everybody thinks Nantucket is this magical place, and it is, however there is also what I've always called 'the hidden Nantucket,' it's the poor, it's the homeless, it's the elders who are lonely and don't have a lot of contact with people. Those are the people I worry about if this strike goes on two or three more weeks," he said.

On the union front, Erikka Knuti, the spokesperson for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, told ABC News that "we understand the sacrifices that all of the customers supporting us are making."

"We understand the importance of our store in providing food to the community, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to minimize disruptions for our Nantucket customers and to continue to service the island community," a Stop & Shop spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.

Stop & Shop competitors on island are trying to be supportive.

Sean Ready, the owner of gourmet food store Nantucket Meat and Fish, said that they’re offering a 10% discount “across the board for all grocery items” during the strike.

“The island is a unique community. It’s one of the communities where when something happens like this, they come together and figure it out," Ready told ABC News.

Ready said that while they are more of a specialty store, they’ve been buying more "regular items like milk, bread, flour, amid the strike."

The store manager at Bartlett's Farm, a working farm with a grocery store and prepared foods section, said that they've been fielding requests on social media for special items like quart sizes of sour cream and larger sizes of soy milk. Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies have also been popular items among parents who normally turned to Stop and Shop.

Another request that took store manager Maryjane Mojer by surprise was the request for white eggs, rather than natural brown eggs, so that they could be dyed ahead of Easter.

Mojer told ABC News that while they do normally stock one or two sizes of diapers, she changed her order to six new sizes "just to try and make sure we had what people are looking for."

Mojer said that her young staff has been working “the past seven days and 12-plus hours a day. They’re really cranking."

“We would love to bring in more staff but this time of year, there just isn’t staff to hire,” she said.

Like Stop & Shop’s other competitors, Mojer expressed sympathy for the striking workers.

“They're community members. They're people I either taught in school or went to school with,” said Mojer, who used to teach culinary skills and special needs at the local high school.

“I was born and raised here, these are people that we've always known,” she said of the striking workers.

Sean Dew, a partner at local store Town Pool, said that the strike has been "a big topic" locally, but he and his family had good timing.

"Luckily we had done a big shop the day before, so we were pretty well-stocked prior to the strike," Dew told ABC News.

Walsh is another longtime resident who’s trying to help out. Her wine shop will be donating 10% of their profits over Easter weekend to the striking workers.

 “They're our neighbors so we just thought that we wanted to do something, some sort of gesture, to show our support,” Walsh said, adding that she also supports the non-union managers who are working through the strike.

“I know for a fact that all the striking workers understand” if people need to break the picket line, “that they are not taking note of who goes in and who goes out,” she said.

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(NEW YORK) --  DNA testing service Ancestry is pulling an ad after an online backlash accusing it of whitewashing history and rape.

The ad, which is called, "Inseparable," shows an enslaved woman named Abigail running hand-in-hand with what would appear to be her white love interest.

"Abigail," the man says as he pulls her toward him and pulls out a ring. "We can escape to the North. There's a place we can be together, across the border. Will you leave with me?"

After the scene fades to black, text on the screen appears, saying: "Only you can keep the story going." A voiceover then says, "Uncover the lost chapters of your family history with Ancestry."

A company spokesperson confirmed it was pulling the ad in an email to ABC News.

"Ancestry is committed to telling important stories from history," the spokesperson said. "This ad was intended to represent one of those stories. We very much appreciate the feedback we have received and apologize for any offense that the ad may have caused. We are in the process of pulling the ad from television and have removed it from YouTube."

Ancestry did not answer questions about how the ad was conceived and executed, or how many people reviewed it or would have had to sign off on it.

Critics say the ad glosses over slavery, an era in which female slaves wouldn't have been able to consent to sex with their owners.

"What the hell is this @Ancestry? Why do white people insist on romanticizing my Black female ancestors experiences with white men during slavery?" tweeted Bishop Talbert Swan. "They were raped, abused, treated like animals, beaten, and murdered by white men. Stop with the revisions."

What the hell is this @Ancestry?
Why do white people insist on romanticizing my Black female ancestors experiences with white men during slavery?

They were raped, abused, treated like animals, beaten, and murdered by white men. Stop with the

— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 18, 2019

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Lawrey/iStock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of scandals surrounded by President Donald Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the National Enquirer has been sold off by American Media Inc.

Both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the National Enquirer, known for its often-salacious tabloid fare, as well as the Globe and National Examiner, were purchased by Hudson Media for $100 million on Thursday.

"Year after year, the Enquirer has continued to be one of the best-selling and most profitable newsstand titles," said James Cohen, owner and CEO of Hudson Media, in a release announcing the sale. "But this transaction is about more than a weekly publication, it's about a brand with extraordinary potential across multiple platforms."

Hudson Media owns over 1,000 shops in airports, commuter terminals and various transportation stations, according to the company.

The Enquirer was put up for sale just last week in the wake of scandals involving two of the most powerful men in the world -- Trump and Bezos -- and current AMI owner David Pecker. Pecker has been a friend of Trump for years.

Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal signed a $150,000 deal with AMI in August 2016, just months before Trump was elected president, giving the publisher the exclusive rights to her first-hand account of an alleged affair with Trump 10 years earlier. The deal worked as a so-called "catch-and-kill" agreement in which AMI bought the rights with the specific intention not to publish the details.

Michael Cohen, at that time Trump's lawyer and fixer, told Congress in February that Dylan Howard, the executive editor of the Enquirer, coordinated "catch-and-kill" payments with McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels, who said they had affairs with Trump. Trump has always denied those affairs took place.

AMI was granted immunity from the U.S. Attorney's Office by the Southern District of New York last December as part of a federal investigation into Cohen.

More recently, the Enquirer has been mired in an alleged extortion scandal with Bezos. The world's richest man accused the tabloid of demanding a mea culpa not to publish intimate photos as part of a cover story on his alleged affair with former TV host Lauren Sanchez.

Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, finalized their divorce earlier this month.

The deal between Hudson Media and AMI includes a "multi-year service contract" for American Media to continue publishing and distributing the tabloids.

AMI continues to work toward paying off substantial debt. The deal would lower what the company owes to $355 million, according to the press release.

The sale is still contingent on regulatory approval.

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Facebook(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook admitted on Thursday that it had uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent, in the latest revelation about user data compromised by the social media giant.

The company also admitted that it stored the passwords of millions of Instagram users in unencrypted plain text that could be viewed by employees -- the company had previously said only tens of thousands of users were impacted.

"Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network," Business Insider first reported on Wednesday.

Facebook confirmed Business Insider’s reporting in a written statement.

“Earlier this month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” a spokesperson for the company wrote. “When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people's email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account."

"We estimate that up to 1.5 million people's email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we're deleting them. We've fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported," the statement said.

Facebook had been criticized for years for how the company stores and shares user data. This latest revelation drew more outcry.

"Collecting username and passwords for other services from users under the pretext of security, then using that information to login, download, and use users’ contacts for the purpose of advertising is a clearcut deceptive practice,” Ashkan Soltani, a privacy and security expert who served as a chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission, told ABC News. “The dialogues under which the users' information is collected makes no mention that the users' information will be downloaded (it only says for security) -- and there is no way to stop/delete the uploaded contacts."

Soltani added that the company is already being investigated by regulators for deceptive practices. Facebook is facing multiple investigations for data privacy and security in Europe.

Separately, the company has quietly updated a previous post on its blog from March 21, announcing that the number of users who had their passwords stored in plain text without encryption was much higher than previously reported.

In the original March post, Pedro Canahuati, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, security and privacy wrote that the unencrypted password storage affected "hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users."

On Thursday, the company updated the post to say "we now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others."

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After reports from tech reviewers that screens on the new Samsung Galaxy Fold phones quickly became damaged, the company responded by saying it "thoroughly inspect" the units.

Reviewers for Bloomberg, The Verge and CNBC reported several different problems with the groundbreaking "foldable" screens on the new Samsung phone .

The model is still scheduled to ship to the public on April 26, the company said Thursday.

"A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter," a Samsung spokesperson wrote to ABC News in a statement.

On Wednesday, The Verge's Dieter Bohn wrote that he found a small bulge on the crease of the phone which was "just enough to slightly distort the screen."

"My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen," Bohn wrote. "It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit."

The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded as a phone and 7.3-inch display when unfolded as a tablet. Prices start at $1,980, depending on region and carrier, and will come in an LTE or 5G option.

If these screen problems prove to be widespread, troubles for the Galaxy Fold would come at a pivotal time for the mobile phone industry. Sales of smart phones have slowed globally as phones become more and more expensive and the market has become saturated. The new Galaxy Fold was touted as the first foldable phone, though it is really two screens that are connected with a hinge.

Foldable phones were expected to jump start the market, and several companies unveiled foldable models at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in February, days after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy fold. Several brands have planned launches for later this year.

Research company Gartner predicts that foldable phones will make up 5 percent of high-end phones sales by 2023, around 30 million units.

Bohn isn't the only reviewer who had a problem. CNBC's Todd Haselton wrote: "A review unit given to CNBC by Samsung is also completely unusable after just two days of use." Bloomberg's Mark Gurman tweeted: "The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not."

Gurman did say he accidentally removed a protective film on the screen, but notes that most customers would probably do the same.

"How are people not going to peel this off?" Gurman tweeted.

"A few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen," Samsung said in a statement. "The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers."

However, CNBC's Haselton noted that his phone stopped working despite keeping the protective film intact.

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aylinstock/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Does anyone deserve a vacation more than a teacher?

We think not. And agrees.

The site is giving away free flights to Mexico to 50 teachers and their guests.

Simply sign up at Beach4Teach Club by May 9. On the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 10, members of the site will receive an email to register for free flights to Mexico.

The Beach4Teach Club is CheapCaribbean's membership program offering year-round, exclusive beach deals, upgrades and packages for teachers. The membership is free to join and 3,000 new teacher members have singed up since the free flight promotion began, according to

Members must select dates for a 6 -night trip to a Zoetry, Breathless Secrets, Reflect, Now or Sunscape resort in Mexico; and travel July 10 to Dec. 31, 2019, with select blackout dates.

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ABC News(BOSTON) -- Speaking to hundreds of striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden said he is "sick" of how their employer is making billions of dollars while treating employees like they don't matter.

Standing on the back of a flatbed truck in the parking lot of a Stop & Shop supermarket in the Dorchester neighborhood, Biden told the picketing workers, "Don't give up."

"What's happening here is that workers are not being treated across the board with dignity. They're not being treated like they matter," said Biden, standing in front of a sign reading "One job should be enough."

"And let me get something straight with you all, Wall Street bankers and CEOs did not build America. You built America. We built America. Ordinary middle-class people built America and, guys, that's not hyperbole. That's just a simple fact," he continued.

Workers at about 240 Stop & Shop stores -- most of which are in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island -- walked off their jobs on April 11 after the company proposed changes to wages and pension and health care plans. About 31,000 workers, represented by United Food & Commercial Workers International, have been walking picket lines ever since.

The workers' labor contract expired on Feb. 23.

The union says the company's latest offer would take away premium pay for union employees who work on national holidays and Sundays, eliminate pay raises and reduce the company's contributions to pensions and health care costs.

The company, however, says that under its proposal, workers' wages would rise and remain above the industry average. Stop & Shop, owned by Dutch supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize, would cover at least 92 percent of health care premiums for family coverage and 88 percent for individual coverage, according to the proposal.

The company says workers would see the health care premiums they pay rise from $2 to $4 a week.

"There is nothing we want more than having our associates back in the stores, taking care of customers and our communities," Jennifer Brogan, communications director for Stop & Shop, said in a statement to ABC News following Biden's speech. "We have offered fair and responsible contracts and remain in active negotiations to reach new agreements as quickly as possible that keep our associates among the highest paid grocery retail workers in New England, while also providing excellent health care and increased contributions to a defined benefit pension plan."

Biden, a possible presidential contender, noted that Stop & Shop's parent company made $4 billion in the last two years and received a huge tax cut in 2017 under President Donald Trump's tax reform policy, which he called "a scam."

"And what do they do?" Biden said of Ahold Delhaize. "They bought back $3 billion of their own stock. You know why? Because that increased the value of the stock that's left. That means the CEO gets paid a hell of a lot more, the wealthy get paid a lot more and the stock carriers get paid a lot more."

In January, Ahold Delhaize reported that in the fourth quarter of 2018 its sales increased by about 3 percent, or $18.76 billion.

"In the U.S., we continued to see good momentum in the financial performance across the brands. We are excited about the program to refresh the look and feel of our Stop & Shop brand and the rapid expansion of our Click and Collect options for our customers," Frans Muller, president and CEO of Ahold Delhaize, said in the report.

Biden said that instead of sharing profits with its workers, Ahold Delhaize seems more intent on continuing to boost its bottom line.

"It used to be a basic bargain that if you contributed to the benefit of the outfit you work with, you got to share in the benefits," Biden added. "But that doesn't happen anymore. Wages have gone up very little, productivity has gone up exponentially and where are you sitting? The same place you've been before. This is wrong. This is morally wrong what's going on around the country and I've had enough of it. I'm sick of it and so are you."

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Roberto Galan/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Twenty-one people face charges after dozens of vehicles were stolen from car-sharing company car2go's fleet in Chicago.

The company on Wednesday found a total of 100 cars unaccounted for, 50 of which were Mercedes-Benz vehicles, officials with the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. The cars may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through car2go's mobile app, police said.

All cars have now been located, Chicago Police officer Jessica Rocco told ABC News on Friday.

Twenty-one people have been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles and one of those individuals was also charged with felony financial identity theft, said Chicago police spokeswoman Sally Bown.

Car2go -- which now goes by the name SHARE NOW -- tweeted Wednesday afternoon that service had been temporarily paused while the company was working with law enforcement to "neutralize a fraud issue." Users' information was not compromised, the company said.

The company tweeted Thursday, "SHARE NOW will continue to assist police while we recover and then methodically inspect our Chicago fleet over the next several days. Once we have more information about the reinstatement of our service, we will provide an update."

Car2go allows users to rent cars "on demand" in urban cities, according to its website. A Smart car costs 24 cents per minute, while Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles cost 29 cents per minute. The service is available in 25 cities around the world, seven of which are in the U.S.

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Disney Cruise Line(NEW YORK) -- Aye, aye, Captain Minnie Mouse!

Disney Cruise Line announced Thursday the debut of Captain Minnie Mouse. The cruise line aims to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry.

In addition to the first ever pants-wearing Captain Minnie, DCL's new youth programs and the funding of scholarships are designed to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry.

"Captain Minnie Mouse, in her crisp new uniform with smart white trousers or skirt and a bold red jacket emblazoned with captain’s insignia, will make the rounds on all Disney ships starting in April," Disney Cruise Line said.

In 2019, Disney Cruise Line will sponsor four scholarships at the LJM Maritime Academy in the Bahamas for female cadets who aspire to be ship captains and shipboard leaders. The scholarships, one for each of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will include tuition to the three-year program. The scholarships will include two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.

Later this year, Captain Minnie will appear in an all-new youth activity where young captain hopefuls practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun maritime-themed activity in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.

She'll also visit kids in local communities. Captain Minnie Mouse will visit children in some of Disney Cruise Line’s home ports and ports of call. As part of these local community visits, Captain Minnie Mouse will be accompanied by a female Disney Cruise Line officer or crew member to showcase their roles in the maritime industry and raise awareness about career choices for women aboard a cruise ship.

And of course, there's merchandise.

Items in the nautical-themed collection of apparel and gifts tout the tagline, “You Can Call Me Captain.” A brand-new Captain Minnie Mouse plush will be introduced this summer. On board in DCL's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, girls will soon be able to choose a Captain Minnie makeover. A new PANDORA Jewelry charm will also be available for purchase exclusively on board.

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Feverpitched/iStock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to home buying, millennials rule the game.

Millennials as a whole accounted for 37 percent of all buyers last year, making them the most active generation of buyers for the sixth consecutive year, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study.

Many millennials are first-time home buyers, learning to navigate the world of loans, mortgages and interest rates. Millennials also bring to the real estate table considerations that generations before them have not faced in such depth, like student debt.

With their specific needs, millennials need specific advice. ABC News' Good Morning America asked realtors across the country for their top tips for millennial buyers.

Here is their advice in their own words:

Tip #1: Get your finances in order before you shop

I often tell clients that the easiest part is finding the property, the biggest (and in my opinion the first) piece of the puzzle is one’s finances and determining which type of financing they should take advantage of so that they are in the best position to go out and "shop." This goes for a buyer of any age, but especially a younger buyer who might not have a significant financial history and therefore need to explore unique lending opportunities.

Talk to your realtor and ask them for a lender (or two) they’d recommend you chat with. Another thing to keep in mind, is that going in to the bank that you use is not often the best option. Larger banks have more restrictive guidelines that might not allow a buyer to find the best financing option as well as be competitive in the market.

It’s never too early to talk to a lender especially if you think you have some financial messiness you need to fix. They can help you get a game plan together.

- Danai Mattison Sky, sales manager, Long and Foster Realty, Washington D.C.

Tip #2: Don't settle

The first home you look at may be "The One", or it may be the 10th home. If you don't have a good feeling before buying a house, that feeling will still be there after you buy the house, so trust your instincts and don't settle!

- Ashley Christie, realtor and broker associate, GRI, Tampa, Florida

Tip #3: Think long-term

A hip condo downtown may seem like a great place to establish your first permanent residence, but consider how that investment looks in five years. Where will your career take you? What appreciation does the area have?

If a single-family home is too daunting, consider an attached duplex or town home with a smaller lot size. You will have a broader pool of buyers in the future and the equity gain often exceeds that of a high-rise building.

- Heather Heuer, Denver Metro Association of REALTORS Chair-Elect, Denver, Colorado

Tip #4: Don't assume that you cannot buy

The sooner you buy a home the closer you are to financial freedom. Once you buy property you stop paying someone else’s mortgage and you start paying your own.

However, make sure that you first get pre-approved and talk to a good local lender to understand how much you can buy and what the costs will be to buy. Talking to a lender may show you that you need to improve you’re credit a bit or pay off a few more student loans but the sooner you know the sooner you can be ready to get into a home.

- Bill Head, MetroTex Association of REALTORS, Dallas, Texas

Tip #5: Determine your 'must haves'

Buyers in their early 30s tend to be more established in life. I encourage these buyers to give me a list of what is a must have vs a want in their future home. We reference this list often throughout the buying process and will even sometimes make changes to the initial list after we have seen a house or two.

This list is imperative especially if a husband and wife have different wants or needs. Lastly, this also gives them peace of mind that they really have found the "perfect" house when making an offer because the house will typically check off all the boxes on their wish list.

- Marie A. Gregorio, realtor, Century 21, Tampa, Florida

Tip #6: Ask a lot of questions

Ask a lot of questions of your realtor. There really should be no question to big or small to ask, whether its strategizing about a putting together a competitive offer or identifying an inspector or lender or anything else. Consulting them is a good complement to your own research.

- Thomas P. Daley, realtor and broker, Washington, D.C.

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