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Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coca-Cola is pledging to recycle a used can or bottle for each one sold by 2030.

This approach is part of what the company called a "global goal" to reduce waste. Coca-Cola said it plans to guide consumers through the recycling process with educational outreach, according to a statement. The company said it also aims to make bottles with an average of 50 percent recycled content by 2030.

“The world has a packaging problem -- and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it,” said James Quincey, president and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., which sells 500 brands of soda, juice and water.

“Bottles and cans shouldn’t harm our planet, and a litter-free world is possible,” Quincey said. “Companies like ours must be leaders. Consumers around the world care about our planet, and they want and expect companies to take action. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and we invite others to join us on this critical journey.”

This comes after mounting pressure from consumers and other entities to reduce waste. Earlier this week, the European Union announced a strategy to make sure that all packaging is recyclable by 2030 and to curb single-use items such as bottles, according to Bloomberg.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before boarding a Delta Air Lines flight with a furry friend, passengers will now need documentation that support animals are healthy and well-behaved.

In the past, the airline has required a doctor's note from passengers who wish to bring an emotional support animal on board the aircraft with them.

But after a series of bizarre, and sometimes dangerous, incidents with animals in the cabin, passengers with an emotional support animal will need to bring proof of the animal's health and a signed document assuring the airline the animal is trained and aggressive.

"Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more," Delta said in a statement posted on its website. "Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs."

The move comes less than a year after a man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger's emotional support dog just prior to takeoff.

“The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, Delta’s Senior Vice President — Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance.

The airline requires a veterinary health form to be submitted for trained service animals, which assist people with disabilities.

In addition to Friday's announcement on additional documentation, the Atlanta-based airline has created a dedicated Service Animal Support Desk to assist customers traveling with service and support animals.

Delta has seen an 84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including urination, defecation and biting, according to a press release.

The Association of Flight Attendants also came out in support of Delta's action.

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ferlistockphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Meet Amena Khan.

She's the hijab-wearing Muslim woman turning heads in L’Oréal Paris' new hair campaign, Elvive.

And although she didn't begin wearing a hijab, or scarf, on her head until she was in her 20s, according to British Vogue, Khan said she's thrilled to part of the multimedia campaign.

Khan called it "a game changing new campaign!!!"

"So... lately I’ve had a complex relationship with my hair feeling lacklustre," she continued in a post on Instagram. "When I take off my scarf, I want my hair to be more radiant - don’t we all?"

Khan added that she's "so excited and incredibly proud to" be part of the campaign.

Khan said in an interview with British Vogue that she's not only excited to be part of the campaign, but is thrilled L’Oréal Paris thought to be more representative in their advertisements.

"I didn’t start wearing a headscarf until I was in my 20s, but even prior to that I didn’t see anyone I could relate to in the media," she said in the magazine.

The beauty and lifestyle influencer added, "I think seeing a campaign like this would have given me more of a sense of belonging. I trusted L’Oréal that they would communicate the message well. If the message is authentic and the voice behind it is authentic, you can’t deny what’s being said."

ABC News reached out to Khan and L’Oréal Paris for comment, but didn't immediately hear back.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA) --  In South Korea, more than 200,000 people have now signed a presidential petition imploring the government to reconsider a proposal to crack down on cryptocurrency -– an extraordinary public outcry and a clear sign that in South Korea, the failure of a virtual economy would have very real consequences.

South Koreans have good reason to fear any crack in the collective belief that keeps cryptocurrency values so high. In 2017, as cryptocurrencies started to take off, everyday Koreans jumped in with joyful abandon -- so much so that an estimated 20 percent of the world’s cryptocurrency transactions are now conducted in South Korea alone.

According to one study one-third of salaried Koreans had purchased virtual money and 80 percent profited from the investments with the average investor owning more than $5,000 in crypto. That’s a remarkable mass adoption of a new and untested investment vehicle, especially since cryptocurrency costs about 30 percent more on South Korean exchanges than on those used in the West.

Vicky Redwood of Capital Economics, a global economic research firm, says that cryptocurrencies are only popular because the prices keep climbing. “Cryptocurrencies are just a vehicle for speculation,” said Redwood. “They are not able to handle very large amounts of transactions, making them impractical as a widespread means of exchange. Most people are buying bitcoin simply because they expect it to go up in value further.”

In 2017, the year of skyrocketing values, many young South Koreans became obsessed. They were called bitcoin zombies -- too mesmerized by the tickers, charts and promises of digital wealth to take care of real world stuff -- like sleep. To government officials responsible for protecting people swept up in the crypto craze, South Korea’s “beautiful dream” started to feel like a looming nightmare. There were raids on cryptocurrency exchanges, and then last week Justice Minister Park Sang-ki threatened to ban trading altogether. Cryptocurrency markets are notoriously volatile, but because South Korean investors are so influential, Park’s buzzkill comments contributed to a global sell-off.

On Monday, the government issued a statement clarifying Park’s positions, saying "the proposed shutdown of exchanges that the justice minister recently mentioned is one of the measures suggested by the justice ministry to curb speculation,” reported Yonhap News, adding that “a government-wide decision will be made in the future after sufficient consultation and coordination of opinions.”

On Tuesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in cautioned his cabinet against voicing their personal views before the government has reached a position on cryptocurrency, but the damage was done.

At one point on Wednesday the price of a bitcoin had dropped to $9,833 on the Coinbase exchange, almost half its peak value in December.

On Thursday, the head of South Korea’s financial regulatory body said that the government “is considering both shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges or just the ones who have been violating the law,” according to Reuters.

The government’s more measured position appears to have re-assured the markets -– by mid-morning Thursday prices of bitcoin and other crypto currencies were back on the upswing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office raided on Thursday the New York City offices of Newsweek Media Group, the parent company of Newsweek and International Business Times.

Newsweek said in a statement that a search of the company's computer servers was conducted "to obtain technical information about the servers. The company provided the DA's representatives with access to the computer servers on location to allow for a technical inspection within the law."

The media company said "no information regarding the company's content, stories, personnel, or sources was given and Newsweek Media Group has been assured by the DA's office that the investigation is not about content-related issues."

The media company said it will continue to cooperate with the DA's office "to the fullest extent," pursuant to its "expressed policy regarding law enforcement."

It is unclear what the DA's office is seeking in its investigation. The DA's office has not publicly commented on the search.

Newsweek Media Group is the new name of IBT Media, which rebranded last year under the magazine's name.

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bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Krispy Kreme is asking America to decide the flavor of its newest glazed doughnut that will be offered at participating shops around the country later this year.

Customers can vote for one of four choices -- blueberry, caramel, lemon and maple -- until the end of the vote on January 22. The doughnut chain will then "craft, taste and perfect" the winning flavor, releasing it for a full week this spring.

Krispy Kreme's Chief Marketing Officer Jackie Woodward pointed to fan reaction to a number of limited edition offerings from the past year -- green donuts for Saint Patrick's Day, chocolate glazed for the total eclipse, and warm gingerbread molasses glaze for the holidays.

Voting will take place at www.voteforglaze.com. Fans can vote once, and then promote the voting via social media. The winning flavor will be announced on January 25.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One day after a record close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Wall Street's major indices retreated slightly on Thursday.

The Dow dropped 97.94, losing about one-third of a percent and closing at 26,017.81.

The Nasdaq dipped 2.23 to a close of 7,296.05, while the S&P 500 ended the day at 2,798.03, 4.53 lower than its open.

Wells Fargo says it has corrected an issue that caused some customers to see their bank balance drop without warning. The bank says that an internal processing error caused some items to double post. Any fees caused by the error will be waived.

Amazon announced the 20 cities still in the running for its second headquarters. The list includes big cities like New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Larger than expected misses on revenue and profit sent aluminum producer Alcoa's stock falling. Shares of the company finished the day trading down seven percent.

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Amazon(SEATTLE) -- Amazon announced the twenty candidates still in the running for the company's second headquarters on Thursday, eliminating 218 proposals as it moves on to the next phase of the selection process.

Some of the country's biggest cities made the cut, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But also included were Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Newark, New Jersey; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

"All the proposals showed enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy in a statement. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."

See the list of remaining cities below:

Atlanta, Ga.
Austin, Texas
Boston, Mass.
Chicago, Ill.
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colo.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Miami, Fla.
Montgomery County, Md.
Nashville, Tenn.
Newark, N.J.
New York City, N.Y.
Northern Virginia, Va.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Raleigh, N.C.
Toronto, Canada
Washington, D.C.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why many U.S. companies, including Apple, have parked billions of dollars in profits overseas for years.

The high corporate tax rate in the U.S. encouraged companies to keep that money deployed elsewhere and "we thought this was never good for the United States because it motivates people to invest elsewhere instead of in the country," he said.

When asked whether Apple could potentially save tens of billions of dollars on taxes in the future, Cook was hesitant.

"No it's not tens of billions, we don't we don't make that much in the United States," he said. "But we will be paying less. And you know that's one reason why we can make these ongoing investments and invest over $350 billion in the United States."

Cook also said Wednesday the company will bring back the “vast majority” of the $250 billion Apple currently has in overseas holdings and invest the money in more U.S. facilities.

He told ABC News he has been advocating to repatriate the tech giant's overseas profits.

“We’ve always felt very comfortable with paying a lot in taxes. Just not a huge amount. And we like the repatriation agreement on the corporate tax side, and we’re going to bring the vast majority of it here,” he said.



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Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/ABCNews.com(BUTLER COUNTY, Pa.) -- A recently married gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit against printing company Vistaprint after allegedly receiving discriminatory flyers instead of their wedding programs.

According to the lawsuit, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg of Australia discovered the flyers when they went to open a package they had received from Vistaprint the night before their wedding in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Instead of the colorful blue and yellow programs they had ordered, there were about 80 flyers entitled “Understanding Temptation: Fight the good fight of the faith.”

Printed on the flyers were a number of statements the couple alleges were purposefully meant to threaten them as a direct result of their sexual orientation, including, “The supreme tempter is Satan who uses our weaknesses to lead us into sin. You must understand where temptations come from if you desire to change the way you live.”

Borg and Heasley say agents or employees of the Middlesex, Massachusetts, company intended to discriminate against them by choosing not to provide them with the same services as a straight couple.

Beyond the emotional damages, the couple says they paid Vistaprint $79.49 for 100 copies of their programs, and were forced to print their own programs just before their wedding, at an extra cost to them. Since they had already paid Vistaprint, they allege the company was in breach of contract.

In a letter to customers, the CEOs of Vistaprint and Cimpress -- Vistaprint's founder and owner -- Trynka Shineman and Robert Keane wrote, "On January 16th, we learned that a same sex couple who were married in Pennsylvania in September of last year ordered 100 custom wedding programs from Vistaprint and instead, received pamphlets that they felt were hurtful. To know that any customer could feel treated in such a way, especially during a time that should be filled with joy, is extremely disheartening."

"We have never been more disappointed to let a customer down,” they added.

According to the letter, a third party which fills Vistaprint orders sent Borg and Heasley an order meant for a different customer, though their investigation is ongoing.

Shineman and Keane also claim they have reached out to the couple to "express [their] sadness."

In a statement obtained by Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, Borg and Heasley said, "Our goal is to hold Vistaprint accountable for the harm they have caused, to give a voice to others who may have been similarly victimized, to help prevent this from happening to someone else and to send a message that there will be consequences for acts of hate perpetrated against others."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as a result of economic, mental and emotional distress.

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Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off the success of Nintendo's Switch console, the company announced Wednesday a new line of buildable toys that can be used in tandem with its Switch system.

Nintendo's Labo is a brand new line of do-it-yourself toys that play into the experience of playing some new or existing Nintendo games. Tech site Wired.com suggests a steering wheel, like for the Nintendo Wii's Mario Kart, or the gun used in the classic game Duck Hunt, as the type of accessories that could exist under the Labo line.

All of the Labo accessories, Nintendo says, will be made of cardboard.

Nintendo's website hints at the possibility of creating a cardboard piano, fishing pole or motorbike.

Each Labo item will be customizable, and Nintendo says, each customer can "dream up new ways to use your Toy-Con creations...and bring them to life."

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Patiwit/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INFINITI Motor Company announced Tuesday that it will transition to nearly all-electric powered vehicles by 2021.

Speakng at the Automotive News World Congress Tuesday, INFINITI CEO Hiroto Saikawa said the company plans to offer a mix of pure electric vehicles and vehicles powered by its proprietary e-Power technology within three years. The e-Power system is described as featuring "a small gasoline engine that charges a high-output battery."

That system, INFINITI says, eliminates "the need for an external charging source" and provides "the convenience of refueling with gasoline while offering the same driving experience as a pure EV."

INFINITI says it anticipates more than half of its global sales to be comprised of electric-powered vehicles by 2025.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another new record on Wall Street as the Dow closed above 26,000 for the first time in history.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly surpassed the 26,000 milestone on Tuesday, but retreated later in the session. On Wednesday, the Dow closed the session at 26,115.65, up more than one percent.

The Nasdaq jumped more than one percent as well, finishing the day at 7,298.28, while the S&P 500 posted its own gain of 26.14 to a close of 2,802.56.

New tax legislation is helping to fuel corporate earnings. That, in turn, has propelled the stock market's rise. The Dow closed above 25,000 for the first time just eight sessions ago.

The price of crude oil increased Wednesday, by about a quarter of a percent. The cost of a barrel finished the day at $63.90.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up to ABC News after the company announced earlier Wednesday that it will be investing $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, creating more than 20,000 jobs.

In a news release, the company also said it would make a $38 billion tax payment to the U.S. as required by recent changes to the tax law. Apple said this would be the largest tax payment of its kind.

While Cook would not "take a position" on how the new tax plan is affecting individuals' taxes, he said $38 billion tax payment would not have been paid under the old system.

"I hope -- I have that faith -- that it will be used for great purpose for the country, whether that's infrastructure or education, or what have you, that will further supply jobs in the U.S." in the short term, Cook told ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis Wednesday.

He also said that Apple “never thought” the old system was “good for the United States” because it kept money overseas and motivated “people to invest elsewhere instead of within the country.”

Apple officials have "always viewed" that the company could only have been started in America and that they feel a responsibility "to give back," Cook said.

"One of the ways to do that is to create jobs," he said.

When asked about the biggest skills missing in job candidates today, Cook said that there is a “huge shortage” of computer and software programmers.

"Demand is far outstripping the supply of workers," he said. "It’s an area where there’s been a disconnect between the workforces being trained in education and the need by companies."

In addition to the stock repayment, Apple will be giving almost all of its employees a $2,500 stock grant, Cook said, calling them the “soul” and “most important” assets of the company for their role in creating its products.

"We’re one of the few -- we’re probably the only company of our size where every person is an owner in the company," Cook said. "… Instead of a onetime kind of bonus, we wanted to do something that lasts a longer period of time."

Apple will also be matching employees’ charitable donations two-to-one, Cook said, adding that he has received lots of emails from "employees who are very happy" since the announcement was made Wednesday morning.

Apple said Wednesday it would focus on three areas: direct employment by Apple; spending and investment with its domestic suppliers and manufacturers; and fueling the fast-growing app economy that it's created with the iPhone and its App Store.

"We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity, and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness. We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible," Cook said in a press release.

Cook said the "educational component" in creating jobs is "huge." Apple has provided a curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grades on using Swift, the programming language developed by the company. It has also invested in community colleges and creating a tutorial for Apple users to learn how to code at its stores.

"It's a place where people go in and hopefully they come out with a little spring in their step," he said. "They know something they didn't know before. ... That's what we aspire to."

Last month, Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty batteries for certain iPhones from $79 to $29 after it was scrutinized for allegedly slowing down processors in older phones.

When asked about the incident, Cook apologized to Apple users who believe that the company deliberately slowed the processors down in older models.

He hypothesized that when Apple released software updates to slow down older devices in older models to keep up with the new features, people may not have been “paying attention” when they explained what it was.

"Maybe we weren’t clear," he said. "We deeply apologize for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation."

Cook the focus was on the “user experience,” and the code was released to prevent the probability of an unexpected restart while using the phone.

In addition to the lowering the price of the batteries for certain phones, Apple will release software to allow people to see how healthy their batteries are, saying “all batteries age over time.”

Cook said it was "rational" to offer the less expensive battery option -- instead of free batteries -- considering that “most people kind of expect to get a [new] battery at some point in time.”

When asked about the possibility of a cheaper iPhone, Cook said that he believes the phone is priced "at a level that is consistent with the value of the phone."

"We put a lot of innovation in these phones, and so we think they’re a reasonable price," he said.

Amid Wednesday's news, the company also broke ground on a new site in Reno, Nevada. The new site is an expansion of a smaller data center that was started in 2012, Cook said.

The total investment on the 1,700-acre Reno property will be about $2.6 billion and includes the cost of solar farms that will allow the data center to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Cook said it has been a "long-felt" desire and objective for Apple to run on 100 percent renewable energy.

"When you look at the beautiful land here [in Nevada], it's incredible," Cook said. "We want to do everything we can do to keep it that way."

The Nevada location is "open for business," Cook said, adding that "it feels great to make that kind of difference" in bringing economic activity to the area. Up to 500 people, including electricians, plumbers, and contractors, were working at the site on Wednesday when Cook allowed ABC News a sneak peek of the new data center.

"You know, there's nothing like jobs to give people a sense of purpose," he said.

The center is where FaceTime calls are initiated and where data stored in iCloud like iMessages and photos are located, Cook said.

"It's here," he said. "And we couldn't provide the service that we could provide without it."

Cook said that he hopes the data center will open in 2019 and that Apple will be hiring more people as it gets "closer to the ribbon-cutting of the new building."

Meanwhile, Apple officials are currently searching for where it will place a third campus, Cook said. Its current campuses are located in California and Texas.

The location of the new campus has been narrowed down to prevent a “sort of auction process,” Cook said.



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iStock/Thinkstock(BETONVILLE, Ark.) -- Walmart is offering a first-of-its kind opioid disposal product for free at all of its pharmacies, according to a company statement.

The product, called DisposeRX, enables patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications by turning them into a useless gel. A DisposeRX packet is used by emptying it into a pill bottle with warm water to create the biodegradable gel, according to a statement from Walmart. The solution solidifies, and can be tossed out, making them inaccessible for illicit use.

"DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home," said Walmart in a statement.

Beginning immediately, patients filling any new Class II opioid prescriptions, such as oxycodone and methadone, at Walmart pharmacies will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure when picking up their prescription.

“About one-third of medications sold go unused. Too often, these dangerous narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access." said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

The product will be available at all 4,700 Walmart pharmacies. The chemicals in DisposeRx are listed as safe by the FDA, according to Walmart.

In 2016, 46 people died every day in the United States from prescription opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
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