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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York has passed a law that will make it hard for Airbnb to do business in one of the rental company’s largest markets.

It is now illegal in New York to advertise property rentals on sites like Airbnb, expanding on an existing law that prohibits tenants and landlords from renting out their units for less than 30 days.

Anyone found violating the law could face a $7,500 fine from the local government.

“This is an issue that was given careful, deliberate consideration, but ultimately these activities are already expressly prohibited by law,” a spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “They also compromise efforts to maintain and promote affordable housing by allowing those units to be used as unregulated hotels, and deny communities significant revenue from uncollected taxes, the cost of which is ultimately borne by local taxpayers.”

Airbnb said it would file a lawsuit immediately in response.

“In typical fashion, Albany back-room dealing rewarded a special interest — the price-gouging hotel industry — and ignored the voices of tens of thousands of New Yorkers,” Josh Meltzer, head of Airbnb’s public policy, said in a statement. “A majority of New Yorkers have embraced home sharing, and we will continue to fight for a smart policy solution that works for the people, not the powerful. We are filing a lawsuit in New York this afternoon.”

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Don Riddle(ORLANDO, Fla.) — It’s on Walt Disney World Resort property, but in many ways feels like its own world. For fans of the Four Seasons and Disney — two superstars in the world of travel — this partnership that was more than a decade in the making may certainly feel like dreams really do come true.

With views of the fireworks, a shuttle to the main Disney parks and character breakfasts just for them, guests of the Four Seasons enjoy many, but not all, of the same perks as guests who stay at one of the Disney properties. The main difference is the absence of extra magic hours in the parks.

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But there’s plenty of perks: a complimentary kids’ club that runs eight hours a day, free dining for kids 5 and under, an on-site coordinator for Disney tickets and experiences, a five-acre water park for guests and a spa.

Guest room rates start at $379 per night and run all the way up to $14,000 per night for the Royal Suite — the hotel suite of the week — which has up to nine bedrooms, a 1,000 square-foot terrace. pantry kitchen, media center and more.

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — London City Airport was evacuated Friday after a suspected “chemical incident.”

The east London airport said it was “believed to be a CS gas spray” that caused about 500 people to be evacuated. The airport said officials were “investigating whether it was the result of an accidental discharge.”

At least 26 patients were treated for difficulty breathing at the scene and two people were taken to the hospital, according to a statement from the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

London City Airport has since been declared safe and reopened after a security sweep. LFB said there were no elevated readings found and the building was ventilated.

“We apologise to passengers for inconvenience caused today,” the airport said Friday.

Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as “terrorist related.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks closed mostly flat Friday while some individual stocks posted gains from good earnings reports.

The Dow fell 16.64 (-0.09 percent) to finish at 18,145.71.

The Nasdaq jumped 15.57 (+0.30 percent) to close at 5,257.40, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,141.16, down 6.18 (-0.01 percent) from its open.

Crude oil gained less than 1 percent with prices hitting over $50 a barrel.

Time Warner: After news that AT&T was reportedly “in advanced talks” to buy Time Warner, the media conglomerate’s shares soared nearly 8 percent. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, a deal could happen as early as this weekend and the new cable giant would rival Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBCUniversal in 2011.

McDonald’s: All-day breakfast helped McDonald’s beat investors’ expectations in the third-quarter with global comparable sales increasing 3.5 percent. In the quarter three report, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said the burger chain was “evolving the McDonald’s experience to provide more high quality, affordable food and beverage options and convenient solutions for customers on the go.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Patients with serious wounds and diseases that can’t be treated in the besieged part of Aleppo, Syria, were not able to leave the city Friday as planned.

Medical evacuations were supposed to begin Friday after Russia said it extended a “humanitarian pause” to allow patients, other civilians and rebels to leave the besieged city through corridors. Russian and Syrian officials have suggested that after the cease-fire, the Russian and Syrian armies will launch a new offensive on Aleppo to clear the area of the rebels fighting the Syrian government, which is besieging the eastern part of Aleppo. But the United Nations and medical sources in Aleppo said that the evacuations could not be carried out Friday because of lack of security assurances.

“We are in desperate need to evacuate injured and sick children, women and elderly, but there is no guarantee for their safety,” Mohamed Abu Rajab, a radiologist in the besieged part of Aleppo, told ABC News. “We don’t trust the Syrian government. How can people who are killing us guarantee our safety? We don’t want to cooperate with them. We want to cooperate with the world community and humanitarian organizations, but how can we cooperate with our killers?”

After a U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire collapsed on Sept. 19, the Syrian government launched an offensive on east Aleppo, which has killed at least 500 people and injured 2,000, with more than a quarter of all deaths being children, according to the U.N. Humanitarian organizations have criticized Russia and the Syrian government for using cluster bombs, chemical weapons and bunker-buster bombs, targeting civilians sheltering underground in the past month.

Among the patients who are in need of urgent evacuation out of east Aleppo are people who suffer from nerve injuries, renal fractures, eye wounds and heart diseases, as well as people in comas and malnourished children, said Abu Rajab. The besieged part of Aleppo has not received any aid since early July, according to the U.N., which means that the estimated 275,000 people who live there are in need of food, clean water, gas and health care.

“Unfortunately, medical evacuations were not able to commence in eastern Aleppo this morning as planned because the conditions to ensure a safe, secure and voluntary evacuation of those in need and their families were not in place. All parties to the conflict and those with influence over them need to ensure that all conditions are in place so we can proceed with this urgently needed medical evacuation as soon as possible,” David Swanson, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told ABC News.

Swanson and the U.N.’s spokesperson for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria declined to comment on what security assurances it is waiting for before evacuations can take place, but they said that the U.N. and its partners are present and ready in west Aleppo to carry out a detailed operational plan as soon as conditions allow. If evacuations take place, the U.N. would start with evacuating a small number of urgent cases and their families from east Aleppo to either west Aleppo or to the Bab al-Hawa hospital in Idlib on Day 1. “That will allow us to test the safety and effectiveness of the operation,” said Swanson.

According to Physicians for Human Rights, 95 percent of medical personnel who were in Aleppo before the war have fled, been detained or were killed. Several health facilities have been bombed leaving only around five hospitals left functioning to service thousands of people, according to the U.N., which estimates that about 30 doctors are left in Aleppo.

Abu Rajab used to be the manager at one of the largest hospitals in Aleppo, which is now out of service after being bombed multiple times. At the hospital, Abu Rajab helped treat Omran Daqneesh, the boy whose photo of him sitting in an ambulance was seen by millions of people. A video showing Omran touching his wounded head and wiping away the blood without shedding a tear has come to symbolize the humanitarian suffering in Aleppo. In a recent interview with Swiss TV SRF1, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called the image of Omran fake. To Abu Rajab that is an example of why he doesn’t trust that the Syrian government will guarantee the safety of civilians leaving through the corridors, as Syria claims.

“You saw a Swiss journalist with the head of the government,” Abu Rajab said. “When he saw the photo of Omran what did he say? He lied. Omran was at our hospital. We treated him. And he says ‘this is fabricated.’ How can we trust him when he doesn’t tell the truth?”

Thursday, medical sources in Aleppo said they treated 12 civilians who were wounded by gunfire as they tried to leave Aleppo through one of the corridors. Aleppo residents said that they heard the sound of clashes near a corridor in the Bustan al-Qasr area.

During an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva today, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief said that Aleppo has become a “slaughterhouse.”

“The ancient city of Aleppo, a place of millennial civility and beauty, is today a slaughterhouse — a gruesome locus of pain and fear, where the lifeless bodies of small children are trapped under streets of rubble and pregnant women deliberately bombed,” the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a speech to the council.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Defense Department has identified the service member killed by a roadside bomb north of Mosul on Thursday as Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, California. Finan, who belonged to an explosive-ordnance disposal unit, was serving alongside Iraqi troops as an adviser.

According to a defense official, Finan was killed Thursday when the armored vehicle he was traveling in struck an improvised explosive device and the vehicle rolled over.

Finan was traveling at the time with members of Iraq’s elite counterterrorism unit northeast of Mosul. He was flown to the Kurdish capital of Erbil for treatment where he died of his injuries.

Finan was assigned to Navy explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit based in Coronado, California.

“The entire Navy expeditionary combat command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the sailor we lost,” said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the expeditionary force.

Finan was the first American military fatality in Iraq since the start of the Mosul operation earlier this week. He is the fourth U.S. service member to die in combat in the fight against ISIS.

According to U.S. defense officials, more than 100 American military advisers are accompanying Iraq’s elite counterterrorism force and Kurdish peshmerga fighters pressing toward Mosul. The advisers help the Iraqi and Kurdish forces with planning and battlefield assistance.

The U.S. advisers serve at the headquarters level and are not supposed to be on the front lines. But given the reality of how the fighting units operate on the battlefield, the American advisers may get closer to a combat environment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Homeland Security is “monitoring” widespread internet disruption Friday that appears to be the result of repeated attacks on a critical internet infrastructure service — attacks that caused hours-long disruptions of major sites like Twitter, Reddit and Spotify for many users in the U.S.

Dyn, Inc., a firm that provides some hosting services for the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), posted online Friday afternoon that its engineers are working to “mitigate” a second detected distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, approximately five hours after the first one.

The DNS, in the simplest terms, works like the phone book for the internet. When a user types an internet address into a browser, the DNS converts the name into a numeric IP address and sends the user on its way. A DDoS attack works by blasting a target in cyberspace with requests for data enough to overwhelm and essentially paralyze it.

The first attack on Dyn appeared at least temporarily to have trickled down to some of the internet’s most popular websites. Within a few hours, Dyn reported service had been restored, but then the next wave appeared. It’s unclear which, if any, major sites have been affected by the follow-on attack.

Last week the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users of a “heightened DDoS threat” as more and more internet-connected devices are being surreptitiously used as part of botnets to flood target systems. The last few weeks have seen record-setting DDoS attacks, DHS said, and source code for one major type of attack was recently released online, meaning anyone with a little know-how might be able to command an army of bots.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations is facing backlash after appointing the fictional superhero Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

A petition started by “concerned” U.N. staff members asks the intergovernmental organization to reconsider the choice, arguing that Wonder Woman’s “current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee high boots -– the epitome of a ‘pin-up’ girl.”

The petition adds that it was “disappointing” that the U.N. “was unable to find a real-life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment.”

Critics also say that they would be more than happy to come up with a list “of incredible extraordinary women that would formidably carry out this role.”

Appointing Wonder Woman as an Honorary Ambassador is part of a U.N. campaign meant to “highlight what we can collectively achieve if women and girls are empowered,” according to a statement on the U.N.’s website on sustainable development goals, which states that Wonder Woman will be used in support of Sustainable Development Goal 5, “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

The petition to reconsider Wonder Woman as the ambassador goes on to say, “at a time when issues such as gender parity in senior roles and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls is at the top of the United Nations’ agenda, including the ‘He for She’ campaign, this appointment is more than surprising.”

Life-size cutouts of the superhero have already appeared at the U.N. headquarters in New York, according to the petition.

The decision felt especially insensitive to some because of the recent U.N. decision to not appoint a female chief to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he steps down at the end of this year. The U.N. has never had a woman as secretary-general.

Anne Marie Goetz, an NYU professor and former U.N. adviser, called the move “disgusting” on Twitter, saying that it substituted a “sexualized fake” for a “real woman leader.”

Disgusting that the UN substitutes sexualized fake for real woman leader. Hope Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth reveals hypocrisy @riotwomennn https://t.co/h1V68jmMNB

— anne marie goetz (@amgoetz) October 15, 2016

Stéphane Dujarric, a U.N. spokesman for the secretary-general, defended the choice at a press briefing on Monday, saying “in order to reach young people, in order to reach audiences outside of this building, we need to be creative and have creative partnerships.”

Dujarric continued: “I think this is a new and creative way for us to reach a different audience with critical messages about women’s empowerment. … The aim of using cartoon characters, whether it’s Angry Birds, whether it’s Wonder Woman, is not to reach people like you and I, or at least not to reach people like me.”

Dujarric added that the vote on the next secretary-general and the launch of the Wonder Woman campaign are “clearly not related,” and said that the aim of the Wonder Woman campaign is to “think of all the wonders” that “we can collectively achieve if women and girls are empowered.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. economy is “stagnant” because it is growing more slowly than the economies in India and China tells half a truth, economists said.

The Republican nominee said at Wednesday night’s debate that India’s economy is “growing at 8 percent, China is growing at 7 percent, and that for them is a catastrophically low number.”

He said of the U.S. economy, “We are growing, our last report came out, and it’s right around the 1 percent level. And I think it’s going down … Our country is stagnant.”

Trump is right that the U.S. economy is expanding at a slower clip than India’s, whose gross domestic product increased by 7.6 percent in 2015, or China’s, which grew by 6.9 percent, according to World Bank figures. The U.S. economy by contrast expanded at a rate of 1.4 percent in the second quarter of this year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Taken at face value, the comparatively low rate of growth in the U.S. compared to that in India and China could shock.

The Republican candidate’s concern about U.S. growth has some legitimacy.

In the first quarter of this year, the economy expanded at an anemic 0.8 percent though the rate increased in the second quarter.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

But several economists told ABC News that comparing an advanced economy like the United States’ to developing economies doesn’t paint a true picture.

“It’s really not a fair comparison,” Matthew Oxenford, a researcher at Chatham House, an independent policy institute in London, told ABC News. “Developing economies such as India generally grow significantly faster than developed countries such as the U.S.”

The reason is that generating growth in advanced economies is relatively difficult.

“Poor countries like India and China have massive catch-up growth to do, what economists call convergence,” William Cline, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, told ABC News.

One economist gave the example of all the work that went into inventing the first airplane in the U.S.

“When America got its first aeroplane, it took real imagination, ingenuity, bravery and risk-taking entrepreneurship, and a lot of failures before the Wright brothers got it right,” said John Nugée, a colleague of Oxenford’s at Chatham House.

In contrast, “when India got its first aeroplane, all it had to do was trot along to a manufacturer and say, ‘We would like one of those, please’.” Nugée said.

“That’s why it is easier for a poor country to catch up and converge than for a rich country to continue to progress, to push the envelope, to grow from being successful to even more successful,” he said.

Oxenford agreed that it’s easier for economies in countries such as India and China to grow quickly.

“Basically, there’s a lot of ‘low-hanging fruit’ in developing economies, such as moving people off farms and into cities, developing institutions of good governance, and adopting technological innovations that have already been adopted in advanced economies,” he said.

In the U.S. about 82 percent of the population already lives in urban areas, compared to just 33 percent in India and 56 percent in China.

A United Nations report in 2014 found that, India and China had the world’s largest rural populations.

But they are moving off the farm and into the city at a rate of 2.38 percent in India and 3.05 percent in China, according to the CIA World Factbook.

The rate of people in the United States leaving rural settings for cities is l.02 percent.

When workers move “from the low-productivity traditional agricultural sector to the ‘modern’ sector in the cities, there is a big jump in productivity” in the economy, Cline said. “That is why India and China can grow for long periods of time at 6 to 8 percent, but advanced economies ‘at the technological frontier’ only grow at about 2 to 3 percent.”

Another key factor in growth is the ability for business to operate in a stable political environment.

The U.S. enjoys less corrupt governance than China or India, placing it in the 89.9 percentile in the World Bank’s “control of corruption” indicator compared to 50 for China and 44.2 for India.

The United States also rates higher on political stability and the absence of violence and terrorism, placing in the 69.5 percentile compared to 27.1 for China and 16.7 for China.

Historical Perspective

Trump also said China and India’s current growth is “catastrophically low” for them, and economic data shows their rates of expansion are a bit down but the situation is far from ‘catastrophic’.

China’s 6.9 percent growth in gross domestic product is down from an average expansion rate of 9.7 percent between 1990 and 2015, according to ABC News calculations of World Bank figures.

India’s growth rate last year of 7.6 percent is lower than the rate of 6.5 percent over the same 15-year period.

The U.S. over the same period had a growth rate of 2.4.

Looking Ahead

The good news is economists at Barclay’s Bank are projecting GDP in the U.S. to increase 2.5 percent in the third quarter, a solid figure for an advanced economy.

We’ll know if the predictions prove true when the new numbers come out Oct. 28.

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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — Apple is warning customers to stay clear of counterfeit products sold on Amazon.

The tech giant says that a company is selling fake Apple products such as chargers and cables on Amazon that could be dangerous because of fire.

Apple conducted its own undercover online sting to figure out the source of the counterfeit cables. The company revealed in a new lawsuit that it bought Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon, but 90 percent of the products shipped turned out to be fakes.

According to that lawsuit, Apple shared its findings with Amazon and the online retailer pinpointed the source as a New Jersey company named Mobile Star which they claim imprinted the Apple logo on products that pose a significant risk of overheating, fire and electrical shock. One customer review says after just a few hours of use on the very first day, the charger caught on fire.

Amazon, which is not named in the lawsuit, told ABC News overnight, the retailer has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site, and work closely with manufacturers and brands and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”

ABC news reached out to that New Jersey company in the lawsuit, but have not heard back.

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