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Bose(NEW YORK) — Could your headphones be spying on you? A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against Bose Corporation charges that the company tracks the audio content customers listen to through an app connected to their wireless headphones and sells that information without permission.

Kyle Zak, who filed the lawsuit in Chicago, is seeking millions in damages for buyers of at least six different Bose wireless headphones and speakers and wants data collection to stop.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims climbed higher last week, increasing by 10,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending April 15, the number of people filing for benefits jumped from an unrevised level of 234,000 the previous week to 244,000.

The four-week moving average, however, decreased by 4,250 to 243,000.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom said Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News on Wednesday “is a very important first step,” but added “there’s a lot more to be done” at the cable network.

Bloom, who represented some of O’Reilly’s accusers, told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Thursday that the network needed “to clean house and show us that they really do respect women.”

The attorney said that her phone “has been ringing off the hook” since yesterday and she expected more allegations to come out against O’Reilly and the network.

On Wednesday, 21st Century Fox announced that O’Reilly – who was vacationing in Italy – would not be returning to his anchor chair on Monday.

The announcement marked a remarkable downfall for cable news’ biggest star, who had been dogged by harassment and sexual misconduct allegations since an April 1 investigation in The New York Times.

ABC News has not been able to independently verify these claims.

An internal 21st Century Fox memo obtained by ABC News on Wednesday said that the “decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.” The memo was signed by Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, the company’s top executives.

The Murdochs did praise O’Reilly, saying, “By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable.”

“We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect,” the memo concluded.

Earlier in April, 21st Century Fox enlisted the prominent law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to probe at least one complaint against O’Reilly.

“21st Century Fox investigates all complaints, and we have asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” a 21st Century Fox spokesman said at the time.

O’Reilly issued a statement on Wednesday after the news broke, saying, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

Unfounded or not, the appearance of impropriety created a public relations nightmare and dozens of advertisers pulled spots from his show.

The nightmare subsided for a few days after O’Reilly disappeared from the air after his April 11 broadcast, vowing to return on April 24 after what he called a long-planned vacation. That broadcast would prove to be his last.

Hours after his ouster, his program was on air under the same name, but with the conspicuous absence of O’Reilly’s name: The Factor.

At the top of the program, guest host Dana Perino addressed O’Reilly’s departure, saying, “Before we get to the other big stories of the day, we want to address the situation many of you may already be aware of. Bill O’Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years is leaving the Fox News Channel. We know that you, his very loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about this.”

She added: “It is the end of an era here at the Fox News Channel … Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news, and for good reason. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raise the bar for interviewers everywhere. He has also held the staff to exacting standards in his quest to put the best possible program on the air and they are great. And you, his audience, responded in record numbers making The Factor the number one cable news show for more than 16 years. You have also been loyal and we can’t tell you how much that means to everyone on The Factor.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Federal Trade Commission is warning social media influencers — celebrities, athletes and other brand marketers with large online followings — to properly disclose relationships with brands when endorsing or promoting products on Instagram.

In a Wednesday press release, the regulatory body announced that it had sent over 90 letters “reminding influencers and marketers” about the FTC’s guidelines on “influencer advertising” in response to petitions launched by consumer rights advocacy groups like Public Citizen.

“Our goal is to influence influencers to comply with those established principles in their Instagram posts,” the FTC wrote in an accompanying blog post.

In the FTC guide for commercial practices concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials, it states that the material connection between an endorser and the seller of the advertised product must be fully disclosed.

“A material connection could be a business or family relationship, monetary payment, or the gift of a free product,” the FTC press release said.

But the FTC said that a number of influencer Instagram posts it reviewed left that connection ambiguous, and the disclosures were sometimes insufficient. It noted that hashtags used in some posts to denote that relationship — including “Thanks [Brand],” or “#partner” — were not always obvious.

While not an official warning, the FTC’s letters are meant to act as a reminder to influencers to stick within the proper standards for endorsing or promoting products.

Legally, it is up to both the brand and influencer to clearly disclose their marketing relationship, but the FTC said celebrities and influencers should directly make people aware of their connection and marketers should educate clients about their posts and monitor their adherence to FTC guidelines.

In its blog post, the FTC recommended three steps that influencers should take to ensure the effectiveness of disclosures on Instagram:

Keep your disclosures unambiguous.

Make your disclosures hard to miss.

Avoid #HardtoRead #BuriedDisclosures #inStringofHashtags #SkippedByReaders.

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SeaWorld(NEW YORK) — SeaWorld on Wednesday announced the birth of the last killer whale that will ever be born at the theme park, just a little over a year after it announced plans to stop breeding orcas there amid falling ticket sales and a wave of animal rights protests.

SeaWorld Entertainment, which operates 12 parks including its flagship location in Orlando, Florida, said the calf was born Wednesday afternoon to Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of its orca pod who was already pregnant when the marine theme park company said it would stop breeding killer whales in March of last year.

“Although this is the last killer whale birth at a SeaWorld park, our work to understand and protect this species will continue for decades to come,” said Hendrik Nollens, vice president of veterinary services for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

The company called the calf’s birth “historic” and said the event would mark “a new era” for SeaWorld Parks.

“This is an exciting and emotional day for us at SeaWorld and we are all so proud to share this new killer whale calf with the world, after a year and a half of planning, and observing and providing all the special care,” said Chris Bellows, vice president of zoological operations at the company’s park in San Antonio, Texas, where the calf was born.

Last year, SeaWorld said “society is changing” and the company is “changing with it” as it announced plans to stop breeding orcas.

The Orlando, Florida-based company reported total revenue of $1.34 billion for 2016, down 2.2 percent from the previous full year.

Total park attendance for 2016 fell by about 2.1 percent for the year as the company’s Florida and northeast park locations hit a major slump, according to the company’s own accounting.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The United States is not seeking to negotiate with North Korea and it is not in direct talks “at this time” with the rogue Asian nation, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN and the Washington Post Wednesday.

“I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years,” Pence told the Washington Post. “We believe that through discussions and negotiations among nations apart from North Korea that we may well be able to bring the kind of economic and diplomatic pressure that would result in North Korea finally abandoning its nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile program.”

In a separate interview with CNN, the vice president said that “the only thing we need to hear from North Korea is that they are ending and ultimately dismantling their nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program.

During last year’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump said he’d be willing to speak with Kim Jong Un, but when asked Wednesday if there would be any direct negotiations Pence said “not at this time.”

Tensions between the two nations have been fraught throughout Trump’s presidency of almost three months. In that time span, North Korea has engaged in at least five missile tests, the most recent of which resulted in failure this past weekend.

Pence made a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea Monday where he declared the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea to be over.

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US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is reviewing the Obama-era nuclear weapons agreement with Iran to determine whether they will stop the deal’s suspension of U.S. sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

Tillerson said administration officials would review the deal despite also announcing that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 agreement reached under President Obama.

“Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods,” Tillerson wrote in a Tuesday night letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The terms of the nuclear agreement require the State Department to update Congress on Iran’s compliance every 90 days. Tillerson’s letter noted that Iran is meeting the deal’s requirements.

Tillerson wrote that Trump has directed an inter-agency review of the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to “evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran … is vital to the national security interests of the United States.”

What’s the Iran deal again?

In 2015, the United States and five other nations — the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany — lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran drastically limiting its nuclear activities.

Around $100 million worth of Iranian oil money and other assets were frozen prior to the agreement. In order to unfreeze that money, Iran agreed to several terms, including:

– Dropping nearly 75 percent of its uranium centrifuges — equipment used to produce nuclear fuel for power plants or weapons.

– Reducing its uranium stockpile by 98 percent for 15 years and keeping its level of uranium enrichment low enough to only fuel nuclear power plants, not weapons.

– Redesigning its existing heavy-water reactor so it can’t make weapons-grade plutonium and pledging not to build more reactors for 15 years.

– Complying with regular monitoring from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the international watchdog for nuclear power.

– Allowing IAEA inspectors access to any site within 24 days of an inspection request.

These sanctions don’t eliminate Iran’s access to nuclear energy, but it does significantly reduce the country’s “breakout time” — the time needed to build a nuclear weapon. According to the Brookings Institution, the deal increased Iran’s breakout time to at least one year.

What does the Trump administration think about it?

Trump has been a vocal critic of the Iran nuclear deal for years, calling it a “disaster” throughout his presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016.

The Iran nuclear deal is a terrible one for the United States and the world. It does nothing but make Iran rich and will lead to catastrophe

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2015

Since he has come into office, he has continued to blast the deal.

Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017

Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017

In July last year, Trump told CNN that the Iranians “are laughing at the stupidity of the deal we’re making on nuclear. We should double up and triple up the sanctions and have them come to us. They are making an amazing deal.”

Trump’s Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, has also criticized the deal and Iran’s actions in the Middle East. At a press conference Wednesday morning, speaking on Iran’s support of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, Mattis said “everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region you find Iran.”

What comes next?

At Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump may believe that Iran is cheating on the deal.

“That’s why he’s asking for this review,” Spicer said. “If he didn’t, if he thought everything was fine, he would have allowed this to move forward. I think he’s doing the prudent thing by asking for a review of the current deal and what’s happening.”

Spicer said the administration will be conducting the review over the next 90 days, and will have more to report at the end of that period.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Tillerson suggested that the current nuclear agreement “fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran and only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.”

“An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it,” Tillerson said. He went on to say that the Iran deal “is another example of buying off a power who has nuclear ambitions, we buy them off for a short period of time and then someone has to deal with it later. We just don’t see that that’s a credible way to be dealing with Iran.”

Earlier this week, a senior White House official told Foreign Policy that the Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance on the deal — implementing the agreements in an “incredibly strict” way — or expanding sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is an Iranian military branch intended to protect the country’s Islamic system.

There is some speculation that the Trump administration may expand sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile testing and it’s funding for terrorist acts. The administration already implemented new sanctions on Iran in early February for testing a missile.

Additional sanctions wouldn’t necessarily violate the terms of the Iran deal, but it is possible that they could push Iran to drop out of the agreement and begin to develop nuclear weapons.

Spicer said sanctions have been “an effective tool,” but added that the administration recognized the possible consequences of increasing sanctions.

“Obviously we’re well aware of any potential negative impacts that an action could have,” Spicer said. “So regardless of whether it’s an economic, political or military action, you always weigh all those kind of options.”

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Fredex8/iStock/Thinkstock(LATAKIA, Syria) — A U.S. official says that Syria has moved all of the aircraft from the airbase that was struck by U.S. missiles two weeks ago to an airbase used by Russia for missions within Syria.

The aircraft, the official says, have been moved to a base in Latakia. That base has been used by Russian fixed-wing aircraft.

The move could be seen as a tactical one, protecting Syrian aircraft by housing them in the same location as Russian aircraft.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the Tomahawk cruise missile strike on April 7 had destroyed about 20 percent of the Syria’s operational aircraft. That number implied that Syria has less than 100 operational military aircraft in its inventory.

After the U.S. strike, Russia said it would suspend its participation in a hotline with the United States military to “deconflict” or minimize the risk of mid-air collisions in Syrian airspace, but U.S. officials said this week that the two militaries continued to communicate.

“We are deconflicting with the Russians … and we will continue to deconflict,” Secretary of Defense Mattis said on Tuesday, kicking off his trip to the Middle East and Africa.

The American strike against the Syrian airstrip two weeks ago came in the wake of a devastating chemical weapons attack from Syrian president Bashar Assad that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The United States launched 59 cruise missiles in a strike intended to damage the infrastructure of the airstrip from which the U.S. believes the chemical weapons attack was launched. It was the first direct U.S. attack on the Syrian government’s facilities.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill O’Reilly has responded to news that he will not be returning to his top-rated Fox News Channel show The O’Reilly Factor, saying “it is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”

“That is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” he said in a statement released late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier on Wednesday, Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced that “after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”

O’Reilly said that over his 20-year career he has “been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television.”

“I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers,” O’Reilly said. “I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”

The host has been dogged by misconduct claims — some sexual in nature — since an April 1 story in The New York Times detailed alleged settlements made between the host and five women who accused him of harassment and sexual misconduct.

ABC News has not been able to independently verify the claims made in the Times story.

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hansslegers/iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — Mexico’s refugee agency, COMAR, reported a significant increase in the number of asylum applications the country has received since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

The report showed that Mexico received 150 percent more asylum applications than the same time period the previous year. According to the agency, it received 2,148 applications between November 2015 and March 2016, compared to 5,421 between November 2016 and March 2017.

It is not clear how much of the jump is related to Trump’s presidency. Actions taken by the Obama administration last year to encourage more screening of refugees in Mexico — an effort to help with the flood of people leaving Central America — could also be a cause of the increase.

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