(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Verizon employees could walk out on Sunday after what the company is calling "challenging negotiations" on new contracts.
The company says it made a "comprehensive initial offer" in June, including a wage increase, but that union leaders "countered with a series of proposals that did virtually nothing to advance the process of negotiations." Verizon has been negotiating with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for nearly seven weeks.
A statement from the CWA says that the union offered up a new proposal on Saturday and claims that Verizon "hasn't moved off its initial June 22nd proposal that made outrageous demands of Verizon workers."
"It's time for management to get serious, and back off its insistence on slashing the living standards of our members," says Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District One -- covering workers from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Tatsianama/iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Salt Lake City man is crediting his surveillance camera and an app on his iPhone with helping catch a burglar at his home.
Brian Ways, 25, has a surveillance app on his phone called Nest Cam, he told ABC News. The app, which detects motion and sound, records footage through a camera he set up inside his house.
Ways said he was pulling into his driveway Thursday night when he was surprised to see all the lights on in his condo. So he stayed outside, he said, and pulled up the footage from his camera, which is pointed towards the door.
"I saw some woman poking her head in my door saying, 'Hello, hello?'" Ways said of the video, which he provided to ABC News. The video also caught the suspect grabbing a letter by the front door on her way in, and then yelling out Ways' name.
Ways called his roommate, who is out of town, and then called the cops. He said police arrived within 5 to 6 minutes.
When police responded, the suspect was about to leave with property from the home, Lt. Mike Ross of the Salt Lake City Police Department told ABC News. The home video also documented a police officer standing outside and identifying himself as the suspect went to the door to surrender.
Ways said the suspect had grabbed a strange collection of items: a few receipts, his roommate's Red Sox tickets and matches that were inside Ways' suit jacket in his closet. But nothing in the condo seemed out of order, Ways said.
The suspect, Kista Dennett, 38, was arrested and charged with burglary, police said.
Ways said Dennett is a stranger.
"It still gives me goosebumps," he said.
Ross said he'd never been involved in a case like this before.
"We've caught burglars before, but it's unique with the new technology out there," Ross said. "I think we're going to see much more of it."
According to Ways, an app like this is a steep investment -- he said you need to buy the specific camera that goes along with the app as well as cloud storage for the footage.
But to Ways, the price is worth it. He said he's now going to install a second camera outside his home, too.
NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kraft Heinz is recalling some of its cheese products due to a choking risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
Select batches of he company's Kraft Singles -- in three and four pound packages -- are being recalled due to the risk of a small part of the packaging film sticking to the cheese slice after the rest of the wrapper has been removed. The film could cause consumers to choke, the FDA notes.
The specific cheeses affected include American and White American cheeses with a "Best When Used By Date" between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016.
A list of product codes used to identify affected packages can be found on the FDA website.
Kraft Heinz has received at least 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, and three reports of customers choking.
tarabird/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks moved lower, to end the month, as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings.
The Dow closed down 55 points, the NASDAQ fell a fraction and the S&P gave up 5 points.
Energy stocks were among the biggest losers. Exxon and Chevron dragged the Dow down more than 50 points.
Healthcare stocks, however, were among the biggest gainers.
Companies may be hiring, but they're not necessarily paying the workers they already had, more money. The government says wages and benefits grew just two-tenths of a percent this past spring, the slowest pace in 27 years.
Some real life heroes rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange - New York City firefighters to mark the department's 150th anniversary.
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a dad.
The Facebook CEO, 31, announced the happy news on his Facebook wall that he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are expecting a daughter.
In the post, Zuckerberg opened up about the couple's struggles with starting a family and the "lonely experience" of having suffered three miscarriages.
"You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone," he wrote. "Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you -- as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own."
Zuckerberg didn't share the baby's due date but said the pregnancy is "now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful."
He even received a happy sign from his daughter in an ultrasound when it appeared she was giving the "thumbs up," -- just like the Facebook like button.
"I'm already convinced she takes after me," Zuckerberg wrote. "We're looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she's ready to come out and meet everyone!"
Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue Airlines has responded to the online controversy that erupted after a family says it was kicked off a flight Monday because their 2-year-old son was sitting in his mom’s lap instead of his own seat.
The airline told ABC News in a statement that, “If a customer is unable to follow federally-mandated safety regulations, it is our crew’s responsibility to put safety first and may accommodate those customers on a future flight.”
Mona Doshi, of Arlington, Virginia, says she and her family of four were on a flight from Boston to Baltimore Monday when she put her son, Milin, in her lap because he was fussy. After one flight attendant told her Milin needed to be in his own seat, according to flight rules, Doshi says a second flight attendant came up to her and repeated the same message.
Doshi, who declined to comment to ABC News, told WUSA-TV she put Milin in his own seat but then noticed the plane turning around and taxiing back to the gate, where she, Milin, her husband, Prashant, and their 3-year-old daughter, were escorted off the plane.
The incident caused a firestorm on social media, starting with tweets from passengers on the Doshi family’s same flight.
The family was able to return home on another flight later Monday without incident but told WUSA they are still awaiting a response from JetBlue.
File photo. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- This is one extreme way to lose -- and later find -- your iPhone.
Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, said he was riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Houston to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday when a change in pressure caused a door latch to open a few inches.
While Wilson noticed a newspaper fly out of the plane, he told the Wichita Falls Time Record News he didn't notice his smartphone was missing until the plane landed.
Wilson said he assumed he may have left it in a rental car until he opened the "Find My iPhone" app and discovered his device was still operational and appeared to be just outside of Joplin, Texas.
With the help of his co-worker, a satellite image and a map, Wilson said he set off to find his iPhone. Traveling down a ranch road, he said a donkey followed the two men as they searched for the device, which they finally located on the side of the road under a mesquite tree.
What makes the reported reunion even more miraculous is the iPhone's condition. The device, which was kept in a Mophie charger case, was found in one piece, Wilson said.
"It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners but it still worked," he told the newspaper.
Wilson got what he was looking for and as a reward he said he also took care of the curious donkey, feeding it ginger snaps.
Mark Zucerkberg/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is ready to take to the sky.
Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social network has completed production on Aquila, its first solar-powered drone that could one day help beam the Internet into some of the world's most remote areas.
The months ahead will involve plenty of testing for the unmanned, solar powered drone.
The aircraft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but is lighter than a car.
Running completely on solar power, Zuckerberg said it's expected the plane could fly for months at a time. Once Aquila is airborne, it will use a new laser capable of transmitting data at 10 gigabits per second, Zuckerberg said, making it 10 times faster than any previous system.
The system is so precise, according to Zuckerberg, that it can connect with a dime-sized object from more than 10 miles away.
"Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. "Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality."
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for SoulCycle(NEW YORK) -- SoulCycle is planning an initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.
The company, which began as an indoor cycling studio in New York City, now has 300,000 unique riders in 38 U.S. studios, the documents indicate. In 2012, the company says it conducted 25,000 classes involving 969,000 riders. Those figures increased to 81,000 and 2.9 million in 2014.
SoulCycle made $112 million in 2014.
Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merill Lynch, and Citigroup are among the underwriters on the IPO, along with William Blair & Company, Cowen and Company and RBC Capital Markets.
JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as unemployment claims jumped higher last week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 5.41 to a close of 17745.98.
The Nasdaq ended the session at 5128.78, gaining 17.05 from its open, while the S&P 500 close up 0.06 to 2108.63.
SoulCycle is preparing to file for its initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Unemployment claims jumped by 12,000 in the last week, though the four-week moving average is down 3,700, which analysts say indicates a healthy economy. The government also said that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent from April to June.
Taser International(NEW YORK) — The type of body camera worn by the Cincinnati police officer accused of murder is seeing robust sales, according to the company, which released its earnings report Thursday.
Officer Ray Tensing was arraigned today for the murder of Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing's body camera video shows the encounter with DuBose, who was pulled over for missing a front license plate. Tensing claimed that he was dragged by DuBose's car, but footage from the officer's camera and another officer do not seem to corroborate his story. DuBose was shot once in the head, police said.
The University of Cincinnati police purchased about 80 cameras last August from Taser International, which reported Thursday it had a 154 percent increase in unit sales compared to the previous 12-month period. Those sales were primarily in the U.S., though London made a purchase in April, the company noted.
"That was our camera," Steve Tuttle, spokesman for Taser International told ABC News Thursday, referring to the body cam used by Tensing and his fellow officers. "In high-risk situations, they reduce doubt and uncertainty. As in the case yesterday, the truth is the truth."
As of June 30, more than 3,500 law enforcement agencies are using more than 52,700 of Taser's Axon body-worn cameras, the company said Thursday as part of its second-quarter earnings report. Now, 26 major cities have Taser's Axon cameras, including Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco.
Taser International, based in Phoenix, Arizona, entered the market indirectly by putting cameras on some of its Taser weapons in 2005. Then in 2009, it released its first body-worn camera. Today, it faces competition from smaller startups, such as Digital Ally, which is based in Lenexa, Kansas.
The camera systems can be pricey for both the hardware and the software. The cameras retail for $399 for a single-unit body camera and $599 for a "flex" camera that can be worn elsewhere on the body. Taser also makes money from its video cloud storage solution Evidence.com. From April to June, 77 percent of Axon camera customers purchased Taser's Evidence.com subscriptions, the company said Thursday. The company offers three tiers of pricing for its cloud storage solution, from $15 a month per police officer to $89 a month per cop for unlimited storage, according to its website.
Andrew Uerkwitz, equity analyst with Oppenheimer and Co., said he wasn't surprised by the body camera sales, pointing to their use by governments and law enforcement agencies. Uerkwitz said Taser has a long history of supporting law enforcement agencies with technology and is "well positioned" to be the primary body camera supplier. Taser is facing competition from startup competitors that target smaller police departments, he said.
"Managing video and other electronic evidence is becoming more critical and over time will be more important than just hardware cameras. The availability to manage evidence has help set Taser apart from competition as it has a strong platform," Uerkwitz said.
Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with its Amazon Dash button.
The push-to-order buttons are now available to Amazon Prime members for $4.99, with 18 different buttons -- each covering a household product. (You may recall they were announced on April 1, leading many to wonder if it was Amazon's idea of an April Fool's joke.)
The buttons are branded with some of the most common household products made by participating brands, letting users easily re-order everything from Huggies diapers to Tide detergent.
Each Dash button comes with adhesive so it can be stuck in a convenient place for when it's time to reorder. The buttons only respond to a single press, meaning that you won't have to worry about any trigger-happy kids accidentally ordering 50 rolls of paper towels.
The battery-powered buttons work by connecting to a home Wi-Fi network. Users then use their Amazon app to set up their buttons and what they want to order (for instance, what size of diapers). From there, all they have to do is press the branded button for the product they want to re-order.
After a Dash alert has been sent, Amazon will send a notice to the buyer's phone, making it easy to cancel if they want to change their order.
If the customer presses the button when they are running low, the goods will then be delivered to them just in time so they never run out of a particular household product.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You used to just send a text message. Not anymore.
Mobile users are flocking to amped-up messaging services like Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime. The options are myriad and Yahoo is jumping into the fray with an innovation of its own: Streaming video plus chat, but no audio at all. It’s typing, reading and watching, all silently.
Called Livetext, it transmits video between users then overlays their typed text messages on the video. The big differentiator is that no sound is transmitted. While silent video seems counterintuitive, the Sunnyvale, California Internet giant says it’s great is for reactions, show and tell, and situations when talking wouldn’t be acceptable.
Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s senior vice president of video, design and emerging products, says the best part of the app is that users can accept a live text “in any context whatsoever.”
“I’ve done it in meetings, on a plane, actually, it worked, or in any kind of public space because without the audio, you’re actually really engaging in a private discussion … what we found was if we remove that audio that actually people were connecting as if they were texting but receiving the expressiveness of the person they were communicating with,” he said.
While video chatting services like Skype, FaceTime and Viber have flourished, there’s an element of formality to video chatting and some complain it’s awkward; that they don’t know where to look or that it seems rude to multitask while talking.
But text messaging is on a tear. According to research from The Economist published in March of this year, mobile messaging is big and getting bigger. They say 20 billion people a day send SMS messages, while WhatsApp is used to send 30 billion messages daily. The Snapchat website says two billion videos are watched daily on its messaging service and that they have 100 million active users. Emoji use is growing and Facebook says its messenger service has 600 million active users.
So Yahoo’s entry into a growing and diversifying messaging environment makes sense, especially as CEO Marissa Mayer pushes to make all of Yahoo’s products and properties “a daily habit.”
Added Cahan: “We definitely find that our early adopters are closer to the millennials and some of the teens in the sense that those tend to be the folks that are the early communicators and frequent communicators … We view live text as really the emotional connection and reaction from video with the simplicity and ease of texting and we combined those two to form a new form of communication.”
The app can be downloaded free from iTunes and the Google Play store starting Thursday.
AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans are keeping their cars vehicles longer than ever before, new data shows.
According to IHS Automotive, the average age of all passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. is now 11.5 years, a slight increase from last year.
This rising age is partly due to the growing reliability of automobiles and the recession.
“As long as we have tracked average age, it has gradually risen over time due to the increasing quality of automobiles,” Mark Seng, the global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive, said in a statement. “For the five to six years following the recession, however, average age increased about five times its traditional rate, which we attribute to the nearly 40 percent drop in new vehicle sales in 2008-2009."
"We’re now seeing average age begin to plateau and return to its traditional rate of increase as consumers have recovered from the great recession and have begun buying new vehicles again,” Seng added.
IHS predicts the average age of vehicles on the road will jump to 11.6 years in 2016, and then stall a bit before hitting 11.7 in 2018.