NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An Argentinian airline has fired two pilots after they were pictured taking selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit mid-flight, the airline said.

Model Viky Xipolitakis posted photos to her Twitter account showing her posing between two smiling pilots with the cockpit controls behind them.

In video obtained by Argentinian news program Telenoche and shared with ABC News, one of the pilots is seen explaining how various controls work to the model, who appears to be the one taking the video.

She has since apologized via social media but that has not helped save either pilot’s job.

Patricio Zocchi Molina and Federico Matias Soaje were fired by Aerolineas Argentinas on June 25, three days after the flight in question, though that may not be the end of their punishment.

“Also criminal proceedings against the above-named and against the passenger involved will be initiated under Article 190 of the penal code for putting the flight’s safety at risk,” the Argentinean airline said in a statement.

For her part, Xipolitakis has not taken down the pictures from her Twitter post on the evening of June 24, but has added several statements in Spanish relating to the incident.

“I sincerely and wholeheartedly did not imagine I could cause this much damage,” she wrote in one of the posts.

“With respect to the extraordinary flight, being there was an unforgettable and beautiful experience, I never thought there would be this much fuss,” she wrote in Spanish.

The airline, which referred to her only as “the passenger,” stated that she will be banned from both Aerolineas and Austral flights for the next five years.

The Federal Aviation Administration has no jurisdiction in this matter, since the airline in question is an Argentinian company that handles domestic flights in Argentina, but the agency does have specific rules when it comes to pilots using handheld devices.

Commercial pilots are not allowed to use personal wireless devices “while at their duty station” and it is only allowed if “directly related to operation of the aircraft, or for emergency, safety-related, or employment-related communications,” according to the FAA regulations. That said, these rules do not apply to anyone occupying the jumpseat.

“The FAA is unaware of incidents of pilots violating the regulation,” a FAA spokesman said in a statement to ABC News, referring to carriers over which the agency has jurisdiction.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(ATHENS) — Greece officially defaulted on its debt on Tuesday night after it was unable to pay back about 1.6 billion Euros to the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF said that Greece “is now in arrears and can only receive IMF financing once the arrears are cleared.” The deadline for Greece to pay back their debt expired at 6pm ET Tuesday.

The IMF confirmed that they had received a request from Greek authorities Tuesday to extend the deadline to repay debt. That request will be sent to the IMF Executive Board.

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Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Fashion designer Donna Karan has made a personal decision to step down as chief designer for Donna Karen New York (DKYN), the New York-based international fashion house announced Tuesday.

Karan, who spent the last three decades revolutionizing “the working woman’s wardrobe” for DKNY, will now be taking on an advisory role to focus on her Urban Zen Company and foundation, which she founded in 2007, DKNY announced on social media.

Urban Zen, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the healing and treatment experience for patients and families, was founded after Karan said she was disappointed by the health care her husband received while undergoing treatment for lung cancer, she said in a previous interview with Stand Up to Cancer.

“Over the past three decades, Donna Karan has inspired women around the world to embrace their power and sensuality,” DKNY said. “Donna Karan is an icon, visionary designer and a passionate philanthropist. She believes in dressing and addressing women. Her impact on American fashion has been extraordinary and she will continue to influence and inspire for years to come.”

“We honor Donna today and always,” DKNY added. “We look forward to celebrating her past, present and future in her memoir, which is due out in October 2015.”

Karan, 66, co-founded the company with her late husband, Stephen Weiss, and Takiyho Inc. in 1984. It went public in 1996, and in 2001, LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton invested and helped grow DKNY into Donna Karan International.

It was not immediately clear who would be replacing Karan as chief designer for DKNY.

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Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nike Chairman Phil Knight announced that he will step down from that role, perhaps as soon as next year.

Knight and the company also announced a succession plan, including Knight’s recommendation that Nike President and CEO Mark Parker succeed him. “For me, Nike has always been more than just a company,” Knight said in a statement, “it has been my life’s passion.”

Knight, 77, said that the plan announced Tuesday “will continue to promote Nike’s long-term growth.”

“I have long felt a great responsibility to provide clarity and certainty for the long-term governance and leadership of Nike and for my ultimate transition as Chairman,” Knight said Tuesday.

Parker noted in a statement that Knight’s “vision and inspiration continues to drive [the company’s] success today around the world.”

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The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy. ABC News(WASHINGTON) — United States and Cuban government officials will announce that the two countries have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other’s capitals, a senior administration official told ABC News.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to make the news public Wednesday.

Sources also tell ABC News the opening could come as early as the end of July.

Preparations have been underway for weeks for the Cuban Interest Section in Washington D.C. to become an embassy. Earlier this month a new flag pole was raised outside the building for the very first time. The last time a flag flew on the property in D.C. was 1961, when diplomatic ties were broken.

Last month, the U.S. removed Cuba from the list of countries supporting terrorism, where it was listed in 1982.

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A new internal CIA report has concluded that the agency has not done a good job of promoting minorities to its senior leadership ranks. Concerned by the report’s findings CIA Director John Brennan vowed to implement the report’s recommendations noting that a lack of diversity at the agency’s highest levels has not allowed it to optimize its capabilities at a crucial time in its history.

“Without diversity we’re not going to be able to do our job,” said Brennan.

“The record clearly suggests that the senior leadership of the agency is not committed to diversity,” said the yearlong study led by Vernon Jordan, a prominent African-American attorney. Commissioned by Brennan in January 2014, the Diversity in Leadership Study team also included former senior CIA officials and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The study included data from 28 focus groups, 200 interviews with senior leaders and a survey where 41.5 % of the CIA workforce responded to questions about overcoming barriers to advancement.

“The fact is there has been little progress over the past several decades in diversifying the leadership cadre and pipeline and in sustaining the hiring of diverse officers,” said the study.

The report found that minorities make up 23.9% of the agency’s entire workforce, but those percentages decreased in management positions with minorities making up only 10.8% of the agency’s Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) – the CIA’s highest ranking officials.

Speaking to reporters at the CIA’s headquarters Brennan said he was “frustrated” by the low percentage of minorities within the SIS. He supported the study’s recommendation that the number of minorities in senior leadership positions be increased to at least 30 percent.

The study also found what Brennan labeled a “surprising” and “significant” decline in minority recruitment numbers since 2008. He speculated that an improving economy and strong competition from the private sector might be playing a role in the decreasing recruitment of minorities into the CIA’s ranks.

“I’m determined to see those numbers improve,” said Brennan.

In strong language the report said “the agency does not recognize the value of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, nor consistently promote an inclusive, ‘speak-up’ culture where all opinions are heard, valued, and taken into account.”

Brennan stressed that diversity is important to avoid “group think” among the CIA’s analysts and operators and that a lack of diversity in the top ranks “has not allowed us to optimize the capabilities we have.”

The study was critical of the agency’s current leaders, managers, and supervisors that it said “do not prioritize diversity in leadership.” It said that was exemplified by the CIA’s most senior positions which “with few notable exceptions – are consistently occupied by white male career officers.”

“This is not just another study,” said Brennan, who promised action to remove the impediments the report said prevented minority officers from rising through the ranks. “We need to fix that.”

That includes the establishment of a newly established “Training Center for Excellence” which he said would work to improve recruitment numbers and help promote officials to higher ranks.

Brennan said another impetus for change is the recent integration of the CIA’s operations and analysis divisions into mission centers. He said the sweeping reorganization he announced earlier this year would help eliminate the stove-piping that may prevented minority advancement in the past. He said the changes have already led to the creation of new management positions, some of which have been filled by minority candidates.

The CIA director said meeting the report’s recommendations would not be like tuning on “a light switch.” Instead, he described a multi-year effort working towards short-term and long-term goals that “shows we’re not kidding, this is real this time.”

Despite the presence of few role models in senior agency leadership positions, the survey found that minority officers are more likely to aspire to senior leadership positions than non-minority CIA employees.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street posted slight gains on Tuesday, bouncing back from an ugly session on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 22.82, climbing back to 17619.17.

The Nasdaq jumped 28.4 to a close of 4986.87, while the S&P 500 ended the day at 2063.10, up 5.46 from its open.

The markets fell on Monday in part due to concerns about the Greek debt situation. Greece has until midnight Wednesday morning to come up with 1.6 billion euros it owes.

President Obama said Tuesday that the Greek debt will not have a serious impact on the U.S. financial system.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the Greek debt crisis will not have a “major shock” to the U.S. financial system but noted his administration is closely monitoring the situation developing in Greece.

“In layman’s terms, for the American people, this is not something that we believe will have a major shock to the system, but obviously it’s very painful for the Greek people and it can have a significant effect on growth rates in Europe,” the president said in a press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday. “If Europe’s not growing the way it needs to grow, that has an impact on us; it has an impact on Brazil. Those are major export markets and that can have a dampening effect on the entire world economy.”

“It’s something that we take seriously but it’s not something that I think should prompt overreactions,” he added. “And so far I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved.”

The president has discussed the Greek debt crisis with his European counterparts German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande this week, “encouraging them to find a path towards resolution.”

“It is also important for us to make sure that we plan for any contingency and that we work with the European Central Bank and other international and — institutions to make sure that some of the bumps that may occur in the financial markets and that have already occurred are smoothed out,” the president said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the Greek debt crisis will not have a “major shock” to the U.S. financial system but noted his administration is closely monitoring the situation developing in Greece.

“In layman’s terms, for the American people, this is not something that we believe will have a major shock to the system, but obviously it’s very painful for the Greek people and it can have a significant effect on growth rates in Europe,” the president said in a press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday. “If Europe’s not growing the way it needs to grow, that has an impact on us; it has an impact on Brazil. Those are major export markets and that can have a dampening effect on the entire world economy.”

“It’s something that we take seriously but it’s not something that I think should prompt overreactions,” he added. “And so far I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved.”

The president has discussed the Greek debt crisis with his European counterparts German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande this week, “encouraging them to find a path towards resolution.”

“It is also important for us to make sure that we plan for any contingency and that we work with the European Central Bank and other international and — institutions to make sure that some of the bumps that may occur in the financial markets and that have already occurred are smoothed out,” the president said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Trampoline parks are increasingly popular, with scores of them springing up across the country in recent years, but the industry’s rise has been met with concerns from safety advocates.

Trampoline parks — venues featuring fixtures that allow you to jump and bounce — initially appeared during the 1960s, a fad that re-emerged in recent years as the economy improved and people pursued alternative sporting options. While only a handful of parks existed in 2009, at least 345 were in operation at the close of last year, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks, or IATP.

Nearly 100,000 trampoline-related injuries occur each year: 83,665 in 2013 and 94,900 in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Additionally, 22 trampoline-related deaths occurred between 2000 and 2009, according to the CPSC.

Courtney Cleveland, who was injured at a trampoline park, fractured part of her spine and was told it could have been much worse.

“You’re very lucky,” the Virginia mom said the doctor told her. “If you fractured C-7 [vertebrae], you could be paralyzed in the foam pit.”

Most jump parks require visitors to sign liability waivers acknowledging the risks, including serious injury and death. But there are no federal regulations for trampoline parks, and only two states, Arizona and Michigan, have specific safety laws on the books.

Tom Paper, president of the trampoline safety advocacy group Think Before You Bounce, wants to see more regulation of the parks.

“There is a dangerous situation out there for consumers,” Paper said. “We’ve proven it with data, and yet nothing is happening.”

The indoor jump park industry argues that there is risk involved in every sport and physical activity.

For now, the industry is regulating itself, with many parks following voluntary safety guidelines, said Jeff Platt, chairman of the International Association of Trampoline Parks.

“The indoor trampoline park industry is really proactive in working together in a collective group to write a set of standards, as well as being proactive with legislators,” Platt said.

Think Before You Bounce suggests that people who visit trampoline parks follow these guidelines:

  • No more than one person on a trampoline at the same time
  • Keep small and large jumpers on different trampoline courts
  • Never allow children age 6 or younger on a trampoline

Many trampoline-related injuries are caused by collisions involving multiple people being on a trampoline at the same time, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Authorities also note somersaults and stunts as a risk, because people can be injured or paralyzed if they land improperly on their head or neck.

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