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Taylor Dunn(NEW YORK) — Growing up in Arizona, Kara Goldin had no idea she would one day be working to revolutionize the American beverage industry.

“I’ve always had this mindset that you just have to keep learning along the way and trying to figure it out. I also have a lot of trust of what happens day after day without thinking through exactly what’s going to happen next week,” Goldin told ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis on an episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis.

Goldin had an early introduction to the world of healthy ingredients from her father, who worked in the Healthy Choice division of Conagra. When Goldin was born and her mom went back to work, her father was determined to make healthier, easier meals for Goldin and her four older siblings, she said.

“My dad decided that he didn’t like TV dinners that were the typical, mystery meat TV dinners that were available in the frozen food section so he decided, ‘What if I develop a better-tasting … TV dinner, which was Healthy Choice.”

Goldin later went on to study communications in college and minored in finance at Arizona State. She originally set out to become a journalist, but instead found herself in the tech world, working her way up the ladder at AOL, where she became VP of shopping and e-commerce partnerships and grew AOL’s shopping startup to over $1 billion in under seven years.

Goldin’s shift from Silicon Valley executive to beverage CEO came gradually. After her third child was born, Goldin “really started to look at everything not only that I was doing from an exercise perspective, but also from an eating perspective and drinking perspective.”

Her final challenge: giving up Diet Coke, of which she says she consumed 12 cans of every day!

“I had a love affair with my Diet Coke,” Goldin said. She quit cold turkey.

Her replacement? “I was never a water drinker. And so I started slicing up fruit and throwing it in water to get myself to drink more water.”

When she looked for a similar product in the grocery store, she couldn’t find it. So she set to work in her own kitchen, brewing up water with no sweeteners and a hint of natural fruit flavoring.

The same day Goldin gave birth to her fourth child, Hint Water made its debut at Whole Foods. As Hint Water began growing, Golden says she reached out to an executive at a large beverage company for advice. What he told her changed everything. He said: “This company will never work because Americans love sweets.”

That’s when she says she realized, “We could actually change health in America by helping people really eliminate their need for sweet.”

Now Hint is sold in stores like Whole Foods, Target and Wal-Mart, and is the main brand of water at tech companies including Google and Facebook. Goldin attributes Hint’s success to her tech background, but also to the healthy choices her father made.

“I never really realized the impact that had on me. I didn’t go into food right away,” she said.

“I think just being able to look at something and say, ‘I can do better than this.’ I mean, that’s what great entrepreneurs do right,” she added.

To hear more of Kara Goldin’s story and how she created Hint Water, listen to “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on member nations of the U.N. Security Council on Friday to step up their diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea after recent provocations from the rogue regime.

“We have said this before and it bears repeating; the policy of strategic patience is over,” Tillerson said during an open session on North Korea, adding it was time to “adopt a new approach.”

He proposed three actions for the 15 member nations to embrace: fully implement commitments regarding North Korea, including existing Security Council resolutions; suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea; and increase North Korea’s financial isolation.

Regarding financial pressures, Tillerson, using an acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, called for “new sanctions on DPRK entities and individuals supporting its weapons and missile programs” and to “tighten those that are already in place.”

“The United States also would much prefer countries and people in question to own up to their lapses and correct their behavior themselves, but we will not hesitate to sanction third-country entities and individuals supporting the DPRK’s illegal activities,” Tillerson said.

He specifically highlighted the importance of China’s efforts, saying it alone has economic leverage over Pyongyang. China accounts for 90 percent of all trade conducted by North Korea.

“The U.S. and China have held very productive exchanges on this issue, and we look forward to further actions that build on what China has already done,” Tillerson said.

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Tillerson said China had warned the North Korean government about conducting another nuclear test, saying it would take “sanctions actions of their own.”

While a negotiated solution is clearly the Trump administration’s preference, military action is still on the table. The United States is committed to defending itself and its allies from North Korean aggression, Tillerson said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by President Trump, who, in an interview with Reuters Thursday, warned of a possible “major conflict” with North Korea.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said.

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” he added.

This week, the U.S. military is showing its full force in the region. The U.S. Navy conducted bilateral maritime exercises with South Korea and Japan.

On Tuesday, the USS Michigan, one of the Navy’s Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarines, arrived in the South Korean port of Busan — intended to send a message to North Korea, according to a U.S. defense official. The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group will also arrive off the Korean Peninsula at the end of the month.

North Korea has launched five missile tests this year alone. The latest launch in mid-April, though assessed as a failure, came hours after North Korea rolled out intercontinental ballistic missiles and other military hardware at a big parade to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder, Kim Il Sung, a grandfather of Kim Jong Un.

The festivities took place amid concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a significant rocket launch, such as its first test flight of an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — North Korea has engaged in a missile launch, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The missile, fired from an area known as Pukchang in central North Korea, traveled 21 miles before breaking up in mid-air, a U.S. official told ABC News. Early indications are this was a single stage liquid fueled mobile-launched missile the U.S. is calling the KN-17, the official said.

The KN-17 missile is a new type of missile that has been test-fired twice before. On April 17, one exploded shortly after launch from Sinpo, North Korea. The other missile fired on April 4 flew about 34 miles before spinning out of control into the Sea of Japan.

A spokesman for United States Pacific Command said that it was “aware of the event” but provided no further comment.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — North Korea has engaged in a missile launch, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The missile, fired from an area known as Pukchang in central North Korea, traveled about roughly 12 to 18 miles into the Sea of Japan, a U.S. official told ABC News. Early indications are this was a single stage liquid fueled mobile-launched missile the U.S. is calling the KN-17, the official said.

The KN-17 missile is a new type of missile that has been test-fired twice before. On April 17, one exploded shortly after launch from Sinpo, North Korea. The other missile fired on April 4 flew about 34 miles before spinning out of control into the Sea of Japan.

A spokesman for United States Pacific Command said that it was “aware of the event” but provided no further comment.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks closed slightly lower Friday as investors weighed weaker-than-expected GDP data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 40.82 (-0.19 percent) to finish at 20,940.51.

The Nasdaq gave up 1.33 (-0.02 percent) to close at 6,047.61 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,384.20, down 4.57 (-0.19 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were little changed at about $49 per barrel.

GDP: A day before President Trump marked his 100th day in office, the Commerce Department said the gross domestic product grew by just 0.7 percent in the first three months of his presidency. The fourth quarter saw a 2.1 percent gain for GDP.

Winners and Losers: Time Inc. announced Friday the company is no longer looking to sell itself, causing the mass media company’s stock to plummet 17 percent.

Shares of Build-A-Bear Worshop jumped nearly 9 percent after earnings beat investors’ expectations.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Nearly a month after a United Airlines passenger was recorded on video being dragged off a plane to make room for airline employees, the company’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, is set to testify on Capitol Hill, according to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

On Tuesday morning, Munoz, along with leadership from other domestic carriers, will face questions about the incident and what can be done to improve the relationship between airlines and passengers.

“Next week’s oversight hearing will give committee members an opportunity to get much-needed answers about airline customer service policies and what is being done to improve service for the flying public,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.).

The passenger, Dr. David Dao, lost teeth and suffered cuts and other injuries from the April 9 incident on board United Express Flight 3411, requiring surgery, according to his attorney.

United Airlines and Dao’s attorney on Thursday announced a settlement had been reached. The airline repeatedly apologized to Dao for the incident. The settlement includes a provision that the amount remain confidential, according to Thomas Demetrio, Dao’s attorney.

Demetrio and Munoz both described the settlement as “amicable.”

“Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has,” Demetrio said in a statement. In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened in Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.”

The agreement was announced the same day that United released a slew of changes in policy, such as limiting involvement of law enforcement on matters outside of safety and security. Customers will also no longer be required to give up their seat involuntarily unless safety or security is at risk. Additionally, compensation for voluntary denied boarding will be increased up to $10,000, along with other changes.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Amazon(NEW YORK) — Continuing with its Echo line of digital home assistants, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Echo Look, a personal stylist device with a built-in camera that is meant to help people choose what outfit to wear. But the idea of a home assistant with a camera has alarmed some privacy advocates, with many reacting skeptically on Twitter to the e-commerce giant’s announcement.

While it currently has no official release date, the Echo Look is said to have a camera that connects with a user’s smartphone to give a real-time rear-view when a person turns his or her back to it. It is also said to allow a user to snap selfies of outfits and catalog them to remember the last time a particular outfit was worn.

It also reportedly uses an algorithm that compares two outfits and decides which looks better.

But as the announcement was made, several privacy advocates on Twitter warned about the potential ramifications of new device.

Amazon just confirmed that the videos and photos recorded by the Echo Look will be stored ‘indefinitely.’ https://t.co/sjpZymsfs3

— Kate Crawford (@katecrawford) April 26, 2017

This how it ends. Not with a bang but with fears about failing the social competition of fashion choice. Lame. https://t.co/LSeXvixJTc

— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) April 27, 2017

The company said the camera would only be active when it is manually turned on, and that a light and audio cues would alert a user when it is on.

But artificial intelligence experts pointed out on Twitter that a full-length picture of someone in the same place every day could give Amazon a lot of information.

These experts said this would allow the company to ascertain a user’s skin color, size, measurements, if a person was pregnant and what clothing brands someone likes.

“All this to sell you more clothes. We are selling out to surveillance capitalism that can quickly evolve into authoritarianism for so cheap,” tweeted Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina.

Amazon described in a statement to ABC News the measures it says were taken to make the new device “secure.”

“Amazon takes customer privacy seriously and we have taken measures to make Echo Look secure,” the statement read. “These include hardware control via the mic/camera off button, disallowing third-party application installation on the device, rigorous security reviews, and encryption of images and communication between Echo Look, the Echo Look app and Amazon servers.”

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William N. Finley IV/@WNFIV(NEW YORK) — A luxury music festival planned for this weekend in the Bahamas has been postponed amid a storm of social media complaints from attendees and a statement by the island nation’s tourism office calling the situation “total disorganization and chaos.”

The official website for the Fyre Festival posted a statement at midday Monday ET that reads, “Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.

Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

The statement — which came hours after attendees posted pictures from the local airport showing people apparently trying to catch flights back to the states — continued, “The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”

It added that the organizers are trying to get attendees still on the island on complimentary charter flights back to Miami, Florida.

Earlier, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement saying, “The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”

Fyre Festival attendee Trevor DeHass told ABC News on Monday morning that the moment he and his friends landed on the island of Exuma on Thursday night for what he thought would be “the most luxurious festival in the world,” they began to worry.

DeHass said the food, for example, was not up to the upscale standards advertised for the all-inclusive weekend. He said he and his friends were served two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad for dinner Thursday. DeHass also said that he has been unable to find Fyre Festival organizers at the site — only local hires who he said aren’t able to answer his questions.

DeHass has been tweeting about his experience.

@FyreFraud Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre pic.twitter.com/NmNXakSFlq

— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

His tweets are one small piece of an explosion of complaints on social media about the festival. Fyre Festival ticket packages cost up to thousands of dollars, with some starting at $4,395 per person. Other guests are also saying that what was advertised as a tropical getaway lacks even the most basic accommodations.

Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity pic.twitter.com/jHPMnJw5gx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

We have been locked indoors with no air NO FOOD and NO water #fyrefestival #fyrefest fyrefraud pic.twitter.com/wg5pZmSvnx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/x4xcFBL8Yg

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

A request for comment from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on the allegation in some posts of attendees being locked indoors did not receive an immediate response.

Since the posts began appearing online, some groups have arrived back in Miami. William Finley posted a video to Twitter showing passengers on a flight cheering as they landed back in the states.

We just landed in Miami. We have the conch. Fyre Fest is dead. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/hnnnDJCai4

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

The festival lineup was scheduled to include high-profile acts like Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga. Requests for comment from their respective representatives were not immediately returned to ABC News, but Rule had been posting all week on Instagram and Twitter about the festival, even showing off a “Fyre” airplane in one of his posts.

Blink-182 was also scheduled to headline, but said Thursday that they would not be attending.


— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

In a video published on the Fyre Festival YouTube page in January, the events was billed as the “The best in food, art music and adventure” and featured models and artists playing on the beach and in the water.

Fyre Festival released a statement on Instagram early Friday morning, saying “things got off to an unexpected start.”

Requests for comment from the festival itself have been bounced back have bounced back with an automatic-replay email stating they are dealing with “overwhelming demand” for comment.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military is investigating whether two Army Rangers were killed by friendly fire from Afghan commandos they were accompanying. The deaths came during a raid targeting the top ISIS leader in Afghanistan who is believed may have been among the 35 of the terror group’s fighters killed in an intense firefight.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, both of the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, were killed in the raid Thursday. A third Ranger received a head wound and remained with his unit.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed Friday that their families have been informed that their deaths may have been caused from friendly fire.

According to Davis, the raid targeted a compound housing Abdul Hasib, the ISIS Emir in Afghanistan. It is suspected, though not confirmed, that the ISIS leader was among the 35 ISIS fighters killed in the raid.

The heavily defended compound was located in the same Mohmand Valley where last week the U.S. dropped the massive bomb nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs”. Afghan officials say that bomb may have killed as many as 100 ISIS fighters.

The raid began Wednesday evening at 10:30 p.m. local time as 50 Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandos were inserted by helicopter near the compound.

Almost immediately the U.S. and Afghan forces found taking enemy fire in an intense firefight that lasted three hours.

Airstrikes from fixed-wing aircraft and Apache helicopters were called in to support the American and Afghan troops in the firefight.

ISIS-Khorasan, is the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan. The group consists of existing Pakistan Taliban fighting groups that re-branded themselves as an ISIS affiliate.

The U.S. military’s current estimate is that there are between 600 and 800 ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan, a significant drop from the 3,000 or more estimate from 18 months ago.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British police said they have foiled an active terrorist plot following Thursday night raids in London and southeast England.

Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges during the raids in London and Kent, and one woman was seriously wounded, according to Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

“Due to these arrests that we have made, I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed,” Basu told reporters at a press conference Friday.

During the police swoop in the Willesden area of northwest London, shortly before 7 p.m. local time on Thursday, armed officers fired CS gas into a residence on Harlesden Road that had been under observation as part of a current counter-terrorism investigation. One of the suspects — a woman — was shot by officers, Basu said.

The injured woman was transported to a hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition. She has not yet been arrested due to her condition but is being monitored by police, according to Basu.

When asked by reporters if the raid in Willesden disrupted an active plot, Basu replied “yes” but did not elaborate.

Basu said searches are ongoing at three addresses in London, including Harlesden Road, as part of the investigation.

Police carried out the counter-terrorism raids just hours after a man armed with large knives was arrested in London near the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. The 27-year-old man, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.

There are two ongoing searches at addresses in London as part of the investigation. The arrest of the knife-wielding man and Thursday night’s raids are “two separate, unconnected and ongoing counter-terrorism investigations,” Basu said.

Police activity in London has increased since March 22 when an attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four and injuring others. The suspect, identified as U.K. native Khalid Masood, fatally stabbed a police officer at the gate of Parliament before he was shot and killed by authorities.

Basu said the attack is still “fresh in people’s minds.”

“I would like to reassure everyone that across the country officers are working round the clock to identify those people who intend to commit acts of terror,” the deputy assistant commissioner told reporters. “After that attack, we increased the number of officers on duty patrolling at key locations — and that continues as we police against the backdrop of a severe terrorist threat.”

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