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Obama Vetoes Resolution on Union Elections

Pete Souza / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a Congressional resolution aimed at overturning union voting rules.

The new rules would make it easier for workers to unionize by streamlining the voting process.

“Part of what we want to do is to make sure that we give workers the capacity to have their voices heard,” the president said before signing the veto.

He added, “One of the freedoms of folks here in the United States is that if they choose to join a union, they should be able to do so.”

Tuesday’s veto marks Obama’s second one of the year and the fourth of his presidency.

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Which Live Streaming App Is Right for You?

Twitter, Inc.(NEW YORK) — With the advent of live video streaming apps, it’s now easier than ever to life-cast to your social media followers or even build a legion of fans online.

While having the technology at your fingertips is enticing, not everyone wants to be a reality star.

Here’s a look at three of the biggest live video apps and what they have to offer — including which one will pay you for just being yourself:

Periscope

It’s easy to gain a global audience on Periscope, the app that Twitter released last week.

Broadcasts from around the world are featured on the home screen of the app showing off everything from a Friday night party to a dog doing tricks to a walk down the street in Vienna.

Users have the option of choosing to push a link to their Twitter followers, allowing them to tune into the live stream.

Periscope differentiates itself by offering broadcasters the chance to let viewers replay their stream when it is complete.

Audience love is also a huge aspect of the Periscope app, which allows viewers to tap the screen and send hearts to the broadcaster, letting them know they appreciate what they’re doing.

It’s already gained a large celebrity following, including actor Aaron Paul, astronaut Chris Hadfield and magician David Blaine, who are now able to go live to their fans whenever they want.

Meerkat

The darling of South by Southwest 2015 is only around a month old but has been overshadowed in the past week with the launch of Twitter’s Periscope.

What differentiates Meerkat from the other services is its ephemeral nature — think of it as Snapchat but for live video.

When you’re done broadcasting, no one can ever watch your video again, making it ideal for people who don’t want a large video footprint to live on online.

(The broadcaster does get the option to save the video to their private camera roll.)

YouNow

The lively community includes broadcasters who do everything from sleeping on camera to singing, to hosting their own show while they’re at their day job.

Tayser Abuhamdeh, from Brooklyn, New York, who goes by the name Mr. Cashier, has gained a loyal following and a paycheck from his show on YouNow. He chats with his fans on the live broadcast in between serving customers.

YouNow CEO Adi Sideman told ABC News that top broadcasters can earn $500 and $15,000 per month, allowing some of them to even make it their full-time job.

The pay is determined by viewers, the level of audience interaction and digital “gifts” that are sent from fans to performers.

Aside from the partner program that allows designated broadcasters to earn money from their shows, YouNow also offers user engagement tools that let broadcasters poll their audience about what they want to see next.

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Told Airline He Had ‘Previous Episode of Severe Depression’

Flight Aware / ABC News(COLOGNE, Germany) — Lufthansa issued a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that the co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane had informed them of his medical history during his training.

The airline said they handed those files over to investigators.

In the statement, Lufthansa confirmed that Andreas Lubitz had taken a break “for several months” during his training and when he returned in 2009, he submitted forms “about a ‘previous episode of severe depression.'”

In spite of that admission, he went on to receive “the medical certificate confirming his fitness to fly” and he went on to complete his training and earn a spot as a co-pilot for Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

Lubitz’s medical history is one of the main areas of inquiry for investigators after he allegedly locked his captain out of the cockpit and proceeded to crash a plane into the French Alps.

All 150 on board, including Lubitz, died.

Lufthansa also said that the medical and training documents have been submitted to the Dusseldorf Public Prosecutor.

The extent of Lubitz’s psychological issues has not been fully revealed, though Dusseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said on Monday that Lubitz had been treated by a psychotherapist prior to the completion of his flight training for suicidal tendencies.

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What Tesla Has the Technology to Produce — Other than Cars

Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The announcement that Tesla Motors will unveil a new game-changing product category next month that isn’t a car has sent imaginations running wild.

CEO Elon Musk teased the April 30 announcement in a tweet on Monday, only offering the clue that he would not be showing off a new car.

He added that both the press and Tesla owners would be invited to the unveiling — sparking the possibility that the new product could perhaps work with existing Tesla vehicles.

Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, told ABC News that Tesla’s multi-billion dollar Gigafactory in Nevada to build lithium ion batteries could be a key clue to the company’s plans.

“We need the ability to store energy when it’s bountiful and use it when it isn’t bountiful,” Brauer said. “If somebody can come up with a system to time shift energy storage, that would have a lot of potential and go far beyond the automotive industry.”

He said he believes Tesla’s new product will likely be a battery for the home or something that could be retrofitted to existing Tesla vehicles, allowing them to get an even greater range.

Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told ABC News that a battery to power the home is a possibility — especially since Tesla has previously said it has been working on a stationary battery.

Like Tesla’s premium cars, Moorhead said he believes the hypothetical home charging system wouldn’t be affordable to the masses, at least until 2020 when the company revs up production at its gigafactory.

“I think with the scarcity of battery technology, I don’t think it will be very affordable,” he said. “Once they get their factory up and running I am expecting to see more mainstream pricing on anything they produce.”

It’s also worth noting Musk is chairman of SolarCity, a company that provides solar power to homes, schools and businesses.

A Tesla motorcycle is another idea that has been discussed.

Brauer said “anything is possible” but he thinks Musk “would probably not want to spend a lot of time and resources on a niche product.”

“He’s going to start chasing more higher volume solutions,” Brauer said.

After Musk’s tweet on Monday, the news subsequently caused Tesla’s stock to jump 3 percent in the afternoon. The CEO fired back at critics earlier this month who said he used Twitter to move Tesla’s stock price, writing that the short term spike “obviously does no good for Tesla or me.”

He added: “Neither I nor the company are selling shares. Even if we were, I wouldn’t do this. It would be wrong. Our long term results are what matter.”

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Pac-Man Invades Google Maps

Google Maps(NEW YORK) — Pac-Man has invaded Google Maps just in time for April Fool’s Day.

The classic arcade character will traverse the streets in some of the world’s most iconic places, moving away from the dastardly ghosts with every key stroke.

Players can access the game on desktop and mobile devices by pulling up an area of Google Maps with a lot of roads. From there, they can click the Pac-Man icon and start playing.

After five lives have been used, it’s game over and players can choose to share their score and play again.

It’s not the first time Google has built an “Easter egg” into Google Maps. Last year, the search engine giant gave everyone the chance to catch 151 hidden Pokemon for the chance to become Google’s “Pokemon Master.”

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Inside the Facebook Warehouse Where Everyone Works in One Room

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — Apple has its space ship-like campus. Google has its dream of constructing movable buildings. And Facebook — well it has a warehouse.

The social network’s team moved into its new Menlo Park, California, headquarters this week.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared an aerial photo of his team’s new digs and explained why he chose a no-frills office space.

“The building itself is pretty simple and isn’t fancy. That’s on purpose,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

“We want our space to feel like a work in progress,” he said. “When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world.”

Facebook’s employees will work in a large room that Zuckerberg called “the largest open floor plan in the world,” fitting thousands of workers into the space.

The open room makes it easy for groups to collaborate — and provides some quiet nooks for meetings. While one meeting room was turned into a ball pit on opening day, it appeared to just be a short-lived prank, according to Instagram accounts of several Facebook employees.

A photo posted by Sara Stalla (@sarastalla) on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:03pm PDT

Employees who want to take a meeting outdoors can visit the roof, which includes a nine acre park, trails and various outdoor working spaces.

“Our goal was to create the perfect engineering space for our teams to work together,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We wanted our space to create the same sense of community and connection among our teams that we try to enable with our services across the world.”

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The Funniest Moments from Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central Roast

Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Bieber’s singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the main targets during the much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired Monday.

The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at Bieber, including comedians Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress, Undateable star Chris D’Elia, Saturday Night Live standout Pete Davidson, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, rappers Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and host, actor/comedian Kevin Hart.

Here are some of the special’s highlights:

D’Elia, whom Bieber calls his “favorite comedian,” kidded the singer about his blue suit and his hairstyle.

“For a guy worth $200 million, why are you dressed like Sharon Stone in the 90s,” D’Elia joked.

The actor and stand-up comic said of Bieber, “You have it all…except for respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy.”

Hart joked that “Ebola patients hear about ‘Bieber fever’ and say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and ride this one out.’”

Ross joked that he “never roasted somebody with a bedtime before.” He also joked about Bieber’s on-again-off-again romance with Gomez, noting she “wanted to be here, but she’s dating men now.”

After telling the singer, “You have such a huge career behind you,” Ross closed by saying, “You know what Biebs, you’re right. You’re young, talented, you’re famous and that can be a lot of pressure, but you’re a smart man with a good heart and I know you’ll never end up like Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse — respected.”

O’Neal joked, “Justin, as a father of six, you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth-most-hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.”

Stewart told the singer, “Justin, I’m sure it’s great to have 60 million followers on Twitter, but the only place people will be following you in jail is into the shower.”

Will Ferrell, appearing as his Ron Burgundy character from Anchorman, defended Bieber’s numerous brushes with the law, declaring the pop star is “doing it right.” He then ran down all the incidents, noting, “This kid has spunk, moxie and probably a few other STDs.”

Near the end of the special, Bieber fired back at the roasters.

“I turned a lot of people off the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything around,” he said. “You have my word I will not end up broken, pathetic, bitter or sitting on the dais of somebody else’s roast.”

The singer then got serious. He said he was “thrown into this at 12 years old” and that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He then apologized for his past behavior, declaring, “I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people, and through it all, I lost some of my best qualities.”

He added that he’s “looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of.”

The special was taped on March 14.

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Massive Blackout Plunges Turkey into Darkness

Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — A massive nationwide power-outage has struck Turkey, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity.

The blackout — the worst in Turkey for over a decade — has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.

Engen Bas, an Istanbul-based journalist working for ABC News, said that most major public facilities were running on backup generators and that internet coverage was also down in some places.

The reason for the blackout is so far unexplained. With officials only able to speculate, rumors of cyber-attacks and terror threats quickly appeared. Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that the most likely cause was problems with transmission lines but said he could not rule out terrorism.

“This is not an incident we see frequently,” said energy minister, Yaner Yildiz, currently on an official visit to Slovakia.

“Whether or not terrorism is a high possibility or a low I can’t say at this stage. I can’t say either whether it’s a cyber-attack,” he told Turkish TV.

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Van Buren Students Create Prosthetic Hand For Findlay Toddler

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3/31/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Van Buren High School students are using new technology to help a little girl. The Courier reports the students in a design class have used a 3D printer to make 20-month-old Addy Johnson a prosthetic hand. Johnson was born with a rare congenital condition that affected the development of her right hand.

Addy’s mother, Tiffany, is a 2005 graduate of Van Buren. She tells the newspaper while she was nervous at first, the students have been great with her daughter.

The hand clenches when Addy flexes her elbow. The current hand is a little oversized and has been used to see if Addy would like the prosthetic. The design students are now working on a smaller version in Addy’s favorite color, pink.

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Two Findlay Residents Arrested During Burglary

3/31/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were arrested during a Monday afternoon burglary attempt. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 316 George Street just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Heather Beltz and 25-year-old Eric Betzold allegedly forced their way into the home. The pair is accused of demanding money and threatening a resident. They also disabled the victim’s cell phone.

The pair has been charged with burglary and a count of disrupting a public service.

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