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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices nationwide are up 5 cents from last week and are 52 cents higher than a year ago.

Regular gasoline in the U.S. on May 21 cost an average of 2.923 cents per gallon, compared with 2.873 cents per gallon on May 14, according to the Energy Information Administration.

At a service station in Manhattan, on 11th Avenue and 51st Street, the price for regular gas was about $5 on Monday, according to ABC New York station WABC.

Average per-gallon prices in New York City this week for regular fuel are about $3, and throughout California they're $3.618, according to the EIA.

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KSAT-TV(SAN ANTONIO) -- A rhesus macaque monkey gave handlers the slip at San Antonio Airport, officials confirmed to ABC News.

The crafty primate, named Dawkins, managed to extricate itself from a crate on Monday after arriving at the Texas airport aboard American Airlines Flight No. 1014 from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, airport spokesman Rich Stinson said.

Staff members from Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary in Cotulla, Texas, were at the airport to meet Dawkins but he broke free, leading to a pursuit to bring him to safety.

"We had folks from our sanctuary there to meet him," Prashant Khetan, CEO of Born Free USA, a 50-year-old conservation nonprofit, told ABC News. "They always had eyes on Dawkins the entire time."

The airport's employed wildlife biologist, Animal Care Services personnel and a veterinarian from the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation all helped the Born Free members bring the primate back to its cargo cage.

"He is completely under control and should be at our sanctuary soon," Khetan said.

Khetan confirmed that Dawkins will hopefully "live there for the rest of his life" at Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary, which boasts 186 acres of roaming land to give wildlife "a safe, permanent home."

"The focus of animal care at the sanctuary is to provide conditions in which the captive populations of macaques, baboons, and vervets are allowed to live out the remainder of their lives with extensive freedom of movement, choice of food, and choice of companions, in accordance with their social nature," the site reads.

He will be joining some 600 macaques, vervets, and baboons, confirmed Khetan.

The primate's original itinerary traced him back to Boston's Logan International Airport, where he'd been sent from Brown University.

In a statement, the Brown confirmed that they sent a rhesus macaque to a Texas sanctuary as part of the university's attempt to "seek homes for non-human primates who are retired from research protocols."

"The macaque that was en route to Texas when its enclosure became open was being transported from Brown to an animal sanctuary as part of the university’s commitment to animal well-being," the statement reads.

American Airlines acknowledged that the primate "inadvertently became free of his cage."

Before he was brought back into his cage, the airline assured Dawkins was safely contained.

"He is currently in an isolated area where it is safe, away from all of our team members and customers," according to the statement. “We are working closely with the San Antonio Aviation Department and officials from the San Antonio Zoo. Officials from the zoo are now on site to ensure his safety and wellbeing as he continues his journey to his new home at the primate sanctuary.”

Khetan said that Dawkins was experiencing a great deal of anxiety.

"There was a ton of stress on Dawkins," he said. "He reacted to the stress."

Khetan said that an investigation is underway to determine "when Dawkins got out."

Dawkins' escape illustrates the need to help animals remain in the wild, Khetan said.

"There is so much unpredictability and that's what we're seeing here," he said. "That's why we fight to prevent keeping animals in captivity."

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have inked a multiyear deal with Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday.

According to a tweet from Netflix, the Obamas will produce films and series for Netflix, which could include scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.

Netflix did not elaborate on the terms of the agreement.

"One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," former President Obama said in a statement obtained by The Chicago Tribune. "That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix -- we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."

Added his wife, Michelle Obama: "Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others," said Michelle Obama. "Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership."

This is not the first deal the Obamas have signed since they left the White House in early 2017. That February, Penguin Random House announced that the company would publish books by both Barack and Michelle Obama. Though Penguin Random House did not provide details of their contract with the Obamas, it has been reported that the rights were reportedly purchased for $60 million.

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USPS(WASHINGTON) -- Scratch-and-sniff stamps are coming to a post office near you, the United States Postal Service announced on Monday.

With the warm summer weather moving in, Americans love to cool off with a refreshing ice pop on a hot day, bringing inspiration to the latest Forever stamp from the USPS. The colorful stamps feature different designs, shapes and flavors of ice cream pops.

The watercolor illustrations of the treats are the work of Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, California, while art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamps with Leslie Badani, both of Alexandria, Virginia. Each stamp is designed with two different ice cream pops on it, with 10 different designs in the booklet.

The Frozen Treats Forever stamps will be introduced in Austin, Texas, at the Thinkery Children’s Museum on June 20 at 6 p.m. CDT in a special dedication ceremony.

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George Rose/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for two separate instances of sexual assault allegations, one of which was reported in a “60 Minutes” segment on Sunday.

The second allegation was brought to the NYPD late last year, police sources told ABC News. A woman claims she lost consciousness at a New York City restaurant in 2004 and found the chef on top of her when she woke up.

The unidentified woman featured in the "60 Minutes" piece alleges the 57-year-old chef and former TV star drugged and assaulted her in New York City in 2005.

After drinking wine with Batali at a popular Manhattan restaurant, the woman told "60 Minutes" that things got "completely foggy."

"I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like, he was kissing me," she said. "And then I remember throwing up in a toilet. And that is all. I woke up by myself on the floor. The first thing I think is I've been drugged."

Another thought that crossed her mind: "I've been assaulted," she said. The woman added that she spoke to police after the alleged incident but did not file a report.

Batali responded to the allegations today in a statement to ABC News: "I vehemently deny any allegations of sexual assault. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback. My only focus is finding a personal path forward where I can continue in my charitable endeavors - helping the underprivileged and those in need."

Last December four women came forward and told the website Eater that Batali had sexually harassed them.

"I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family," Batali said in a statement late last year.

After the Eater piece, Batali was asked to leave ABC's "The Chew" and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurant group. Batali's former organization, the Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group, told "60 Minutes" that it finds the allegations "deeply disturbing" and that "our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending. We have been actively negotiating with Mr. Batali to buy his interests in the restaurants."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can force employees to resolve disputes outside the court system, blocking potential class-action lawsuits in a victory for business interests.

The case challenged provisions in employee contracts called arbitration agreements in which employees agree that if there is a dispute between them and an employer they will resolve it without filing a lawsuit.

The court voted 5-4 that those agreements are legal, with the more liberal justices signing on to the dissent, saying that the decision will likely lead to less enforcement of minimum wage or anti-discrimination laws.

ABC News Supreme Court contributor Kate Shaw said that at issue in this case were claims about overtime pay that were often too small to be worth pursuing alone but are more likely to be successful if they're brought as class action cases. The employers, on the other hand, sought to enforce provisions of employee contracts that require individual arbitration and bar workers from filing class-action lawsuits.

"In essence, there are two main statutes here: the Federal Arbitration Act, or FAA, and the National Labor Relations Act, or NLRA," Shaw said. "The Court had to decide how they worked together - the FAA is designed to protect arbitration as an alternative to litigation, and the NLRA is designed to protect workers. Here the five-justice conservative majority essentially decided that the FAA controlled – that it allowed employers to include in their employment agreements language that required individual arbitration and prohibited collective action, regardless of the NLRA."

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the decision that the law as written says that arbitration agreements are legal and must be enforced.

"The policy may be debatable but the law is clear: Congress has instructed that arbitration agreements like those before us must be enforced as written."

Gorsuch wrote that the employees challenging arbitration agreements did not prove that the agreements violated federal law.

"They object to their agreements precisely because they require individualized arbitration proceedings instead of class or collective ones," they said in the decision.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote in dissent that the court's decision was "egregiously wrong," writing that extreme imbalance was once prevalent in the workplace and that federal law like the National Labor Relations Act was meant to place employers and employees on a more equal footing.

"The inevitable result of today's decision will be the underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of vulnerable workers, Ginsberg said.

She wrote that the decision that employees who want to dispute their wages with their employer have to use arbitration does not come from federal law but is the result "take-it-or-leave-it" labor contracts similar to those that block employees from joining a union and that suppress the right of workers to take legal action.

Shaw said it's unclear how the decision would affect disputes related to issues like sexual harassment, which have garnered more attention since the #MeToo movement.

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Robert Hradil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Aston Martin’s Laura Schwab has a lot to talk about these days: the British luxury carmaker’s Second Century Plan. The company's return to Formula One racing. Her 1-year-old daughter, Marie.

Schwab, head of Aston Martin the Americas, is the company's first female president in its 105-year history. She and Mary Barra, the 56-year-old CEO of General Motors, are the only two women to hold senior leadership positions in the male-dominated industry.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Schwab travels every week to visit one of Aston Martin’s 43 dealerships in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and South America. When she’s not in a foreign city, she’s waking up before dawn to speak to her boss, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, in England.

Aston Martin has 2,500 employees around the globe but only a small percentage are women. Schwab, 44, said she is on a mission to change that and regularly participates in leadership conferences that focus on female empowerment.

“I am desperate for more women to apply for jobs in automotive,” she told ABC News last month. “For some women it’s scary … they might not think they know that much about cars, or that much about technology. I am a very firm advocate of more women applying for these roles.”

'I wasn't into cars'

Schwab knew little about cars when she entered the business. She attended Notre Dame on a tennis scholarship, a sport she had been playing since the 5th grade.

“From a really young age I was competitive and loved sports. I wasn’t into cars,” she said.

She decided to enroll in law school after graduating from Notre Dame but soon hated every minute of it. Her father convinced her to keep at it, and she graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

“I have never quit anything in my life,” she explained. “If I got the first year down, there was no way I was going to drop out. I think it taught me a lot too. It knocked me down a little bit. I realized I could persevere through it.”

Even with her degree Schwab had other ideas. She quit her contract law position and started applying to “any job possible” in California. She was eventually offered a position at a small dot-com called Auto Fusion, a reverse auction place for car buyers.

“It was a great company with some brilliant ideas for how to transform the automotive buying experience that I think was really ahead of its time,” she said. “I would sit with the developers and they’d show me how to code. This was new technology that had never really existed before.”

Schwab was the 11th employee at the company and worked an average of 18 hours a day. The firm grew exponentially in the halcyon days of the late 1990s and Schwab was convinced she’d become a multimillionaire.

Then she was recruited for a job that would change her life. She left California for a short-term contract position in Maryland to build a car configurator for Land Rover’s website.

A mentor at Land Rover later recommended she abandon her focus on the internet, learn the company's business and apply for a field position in Boston.

'These jobs are primarily men'

“I thought, 'Maybe I need to learn the car business if the internet was not going to take off.' And I did take the job in the field. Those jobs are primarily men, that’s pretty standard,” she said.

She was hired as a retail operation manager for Land Rover, acting as a liaison between the dealers and the manufacturer.

“I knew configurators and websites. I didn’t really understand the operational aspects of the car business,” she said. “It took me almost two years to get the hang of it.”

Schwab turned to another woman, Sheree Kaplan, president of the Kaplan Auto Group, for help.

“Sheree took a chance on me,” Schwab recalled. “I probably owe her a lot. She was one of the few females who owned a dealer group. She taught me everything.”

Kaplan told ABC News that her father brought her into the car business in the 1980s. When he died at age 91 he left her with “an opportunity and a big mortgage.” Nearly 35 years later she oversees six franchises and has a son who works in the family business.

“I need to do a better job myself of recruiting women,” she said in an email. “We clearly need more women in the automotive business.”

She added, “Laura’s a prime example of someone who worked her way to the top of the automotive industry and manages to balance her career and family life. She’s a big inspiration to me.”

Schwab's surprise pregnancy

Schwab spent 15 years at Jaguar Land Rover, moving around the country and ultimately to England, where she was promoted to marketing director. Aston Martin poached her from Jaguar Land Rover in October 2015 to helm its Americas operations.

Schwab said she couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work for this “amazing brand” so she packed her bags and moved to Irvine, California. Five weeks after accepting the president position she found out she was pregnant.

“My first thought was, ‘What am I going to say to Andy Palmer?’ He hired me. I was nervous about what it would mean for my position, how am I going to balance everything. My husband was still living in England. We didn’t have a house yet. I was living in an Airbnb.”

Schwab said she and her husband were apart throughout the entire pregnancy.

“We saw each other twice and moved a week before the baby was born. I was very lucky the company was super supportive,” she said. “We don’t know a lot of people in California – my family is in Kentucky, my husband’s family in England. It was a lot to balance and a big adjustment after living in England for five years.”

Schwab conceded that she gets asked “how do you do it” a lot.

Her response is always: “When was the last time you asked a man that question?”

“Sometimes I think I balance it really well and sometimes I don’t,” she acknowledged. “I am obsessed with my daughter and my husband and I have a huge responsibility to this incredibly gorgeous, iconic brand and I take it all very seriously.”

'An unconscious bias toward women'
Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said she looks forward to the day when powerful women like Schwab and GM’s Barra are not anomalies in the auto industry.

“This can be a very difficult industry to be in. Historically it’s male dominated,” she told ABC News. “Family obligations can disrupt a woman’s career, and travel can be incredibly challenging to any kind of relationship. There’s an unconscious bias toward women when we think of them in this role.”

One of the biggest misconceptions in the industry is that only men are interested in cars, Lindland said.

“Women have a lot of influence when it comes to car buying,” she said. “From an industry standpoint we need to do a better job showing women what type of jobs and opportunities exist and that they will be treated fairly. In an ideal world it’s not a big deal for a woman to be in an executive position.”

Barra, who was named CEO of GM in January 2014 and is the first woman to run an American auto company, touched on the gender gap in a March 2017 LinkedIn post.

“In the automotive industry, we’re making progress to close the gender gap – at General Motors alone, we have women leading core areas such as global manufacturing, electrification, car-sharing, tax and audit, marketing and communications. I’m also working with our most senior GM women to further build our bench-strength. And, I look forward to the day when women CEOs are the norm, not the exception. That will be real progress,” she wrote.

Audi of America has also implemented aggressive strategies to increase the number of women in its U.S. workforce, including through an employee resource group that provides information on coaching, career paths, work-life balance and mentoring for women, a company spokeswoman said.

A 'pivotal moment' for women

Schwab said she’s willing to spend her weekends and nights away from her toddler daughter to convince young women that a career in the automotive industry can be gratifying and highly rewarding.

“It’s a very pivotal moment in time for women, not just in the automotive space, but in the world,” she said. “A lot of barriers, or perceived barriers, have started to be removed. I think in automotive, specifically, we’ve still got a job to do. I never thought of myself as a role model but now that I am in this role, women are looking to me and saying, ‘I can do it.’ And if I can play a small part in encouraging women that automotive is a wonderful place to work, and an inspiring and exciting place, then I’ll take on that role for sure.”

Resilience, hard work and perseverance are traits that Schwab wants to instill in her own daughter.

“My mom raised me to be a strong, independent, self-sufficient woman so I hope I made my mom proud,” she said. “Hopefully I am setting the stage for my daughter to do the same. I want her to be exactly what she wants to be. I want to give her those opportunities.”

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Subscribe To This Feed -- President Trump’s top economic adviser said Trump 'may feel that there's some unfairness going on' in regard to Amazon but said he couldn't comment in detail on the president's concerns about the giant online retailer because he hasn't been deeply involved in those discussions.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, was responding to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos'asking about a new Washington Post report that the president has personally pressed the U.S. Postmaster General to double the rate of postal charges on the giant online retailer whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post.

"The president has tweeted about Amazon a lot," Stephanopoulos said. "Is it appropriate for the president to be singling out companies like this?"

Kudlow responded, "Well, look. I'm not -- that not in my lane, OK. I can't really comment specifically. I haven't looked at that."

Stephanopoulos pressed, "Well, it comes under the National Economic Council, doesn't it?"

Kudlow said, "Well, I suppose so, but again I haven't been involved in that discussion. Look, the president is a man of many opinions. I think you know that. I think we all know that. It's up to him. He may be carrying this ball. I can't comment directly on it."

Stephanopoulos asked about previous claims by Trump that the U.S. Postal Service is losing billions of dollars to Amazon.

"That simply isn't true," Stephanopoulos said to Kudlow. "Isn't it your responsibility to advise him of the facts?"

"If he asked me directly, it would be," Kudlow responded. "A lot of people looked at these numbers, and there are many different opinions about the validity of many different numbers, George."

The economic council director continued, "I have not been deeply involved in Amazon. The president may feel, look, he may feel that there's some unfairness going on here."

Stephanopoulos said many people are concerned that Trump may be targeting Amazon because of Bezos' owning The Washington Post.

"That is what a lot of people are concerned about here ... Amazon has not cost the postal service any money. And in fact, the president is targeting them because Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post even though that has nothing to do with Amazon. That's what they say is inappropriate."

Kudlow said, "To be honest with you, I have seen numbers. You can probably do this on both sides. A lot of the numbers, by the way, have not been made available. We'll see."

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British Airways(LONDON) -- To honor Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, British Airways marked their wedding day with a tribute flight.

The airline celebrated the wedding by staffing Saturday's Flight BA93 from London to Toronto with a crew made up entirely of Meghans and Harrys. The 10-person crew featured two Harrys, seven Megans and one Meghan.

Megan Horsley, a British Airways customer service manager who led the "Royal Crew," had never flown with so many other Megans before.

"I've flown with another Megan once or twice before, but never seven -- so we might have to all call each other by our surnames during this very special flight," she said in a press release before the flight.

The airline said the flight to Toronto was selected because it's the city where the relationship between Harry and Markle took off. Toronto is also the city where the couple made their first official public appearance.

"Harry and Meghan's relationship started across the Atlantic, so it seemed fitting for all of us to take off to Toronto on their special day," Horsley added in a press release.

The flight departed at 1:10 p.m., just an hour after the couple said "I do" at Windsor Castle, just 7 miles from Heathrow Airport.

At the airport, British Airways gave a special treat to any passenger named Harry, Meghan or Megan and their travel companions departing from Terminal 5. They were allowed to use the airline's first-class lounge.

The airline also handed out lemon and elderflower Victoria sponge cake -- the same flavor as Harry and Meghan's wedding cake -- to customers departing from Heathrow.

The airline also added extra champagne onto Flight BA93 to celebrate the wedding, and gave every passenger on board "a personal bottle of Castelnau Blanc de Blanc to enjoy alongside their individual celebratory wedding cake," the airline said.

Passengers were able to watch the royal wedding on the flight. British Airways passengers on long-haul flights throughout the month of May can watch episodes of the Toronto-shot TV series Suits, starring Markle, and enjoy documentaries and podcasts about how Harry and Markle met and the history of Windsor Castle.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California added 39,000 jobs in April and the state's unemployment fell to a record low 4.2%, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Growth seemed to stall in March, with the state actually losing jobs when the numbers were first reported. Revised data showed the state added 5,400 jobs, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The data revealed 10 of 11 industry sectors experienced growth and the economy is expected to continue to expand into next year.

There were some negative numbers in the report, however, as manufacturing lost jobs from March and wage growth was moderate. Unemployment also fell due to labor force dropouts, The Los Angeles Times adds.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- The FBI is determining whether to press charges after a man allegedly punched a pregnant deaf woman and her service dog on a Frontier Airlines plane in Orlando on Thursday.

As the flight from Colorado was descending for landing at Orlando International Airport, Timothy and Petrini Manley took issue with fellow passengers' service dog, according to Orlando police. Petrini Manley allegedly complained she was allergic to dogs, and Timothy Manley complained the dog, a Great Dane, was taking up too much space.

Timothy then punched the service dog with a closed fist, according to police.

The owners of the service dog -- Mathew Silvay and Hazel Ramirez, who are both deaf -- began arguing with the Manleys "as best they could," police said, though both communicate using sign language.

"Timothy reacted by getting in Matthew's face," according to the police report. "At some point, Hazel was punched in the stomach by Timothy, and [Ramirez and Silvay's] two children were touched by Timothy."

Ramirez is 20 weeks pregnant.

"That's when my fianceé just became furious, because he put his hands on me and the kid and the dog," Ramirez told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV on Friday evening through a sign language interpreter.

The argument continued as the two couples departed the plane, and Silvay tackled Timothy Manley, according to police. Silvay admitted in the police report to tackling Timothy, saying he did so in order to detain him until police arrived.

Petrini Manley told WFTV the whole incident was a misunderstanding. She said her husband accidentally hit the dog, but couldn't convince Silvay and Ramirez it wasn't on purpose.

No one was arrested in the incident, police said, but the case has been referred to the FBI. The FBI, which is handling the investigation because it took place on a plane, will decide whether to press charges.

"Hazel does wish to prosecute and will testify in court," the police report states.

Frontier released a statement saying, "The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority at Frontier. Upon deplaning Flight 1752 from Colorado Springs to Orlando, there was a confrontation between passengers. Police were immediately notified to aid in de-escalating the situation."

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed finish on Wall Street Friday as banking stocks fell enough to negate gains in other fields.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.11 points to close at 24,715.09.

The Nasdaq dipped 28.13 from its open, finishing the day at 7,354.34, while the S&P 500 dropped 7.16 to end the session at 2,712.97.

Citigroup lost 2.2 percent, and J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo all finished lower as well. Also down Friday were chip makers like Intel, which fell 2.4, and Applied Materials. Those losses outweighed gains by industrial companies. Deere gained 5.7 percent after forecasting strong equipment sales for the current quarter.

The price of oil dipped slightly, with a barrel selling for $71.35 at the close.

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ABC News(LONDON) -- Nestled halfway between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the "leading global institution for plant science and plant research," according to Sandra Botterell, a spokesperson for gardens.

The garden has 2 million visitors a year and is home base for 300 scientists working in over 100 countries. The sprawling park along the River Thames is also home to 19,000 different species of plants.

Its Millennium Seed Bank preserves vegetation from all over the world in case of catastrophe or climate change.

The ties between the garden and the royal family run deep: In the 18th century, the Kew Palace was a summer cottage for plants enthusiast King George, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children.

Modern royals are no stranger to the gardens either.

"I can remember when Diana came and opened the Princess of Wales Conservatory here," Monique Simmonds, a Kew scientist, said. "It was really one of the big events we had. And she was also interested in plants."

Prince Charles is also a frequent royal patron of Kew.

"Prince of Wales has actually been into this laboratory," Simmonds said. "He’s walked around ... talked to the scientists."

The research done by Kew scientists has a wide-reaching impact.

"Our research on amino sugars led to drugs that have developed for cancer, for HIV and for treating diabetes," Simmonds said.

In addition to their research in the medical field, Kew scientists are also incorporating their expertise in developing beauty products rooted in plant science.

"Good Morning America" sponsor Herbal Essences is now the first global hair care brand to be endorsed by Kew.

"There are pure plant extracts in the shampoos and they’ve been authenticated by Kew scientists," Botterell said.

Simmonds added that the work they do is "contributing to the natural ingredients from plants that are in Herbal Essences shampoos."

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ABC News(FLINT, Mich.) -- Two former college students are hoping their glasses idea not only takes off but jump-starts a new vision for the city of Flint, Michigan.

In 2016, Ali Rose VanOverBeke, a Detroit-area native, was back home, volunteering with the Red Cross in Flint, where a water crisis has affected residents for nearly four years.

VanOverBeke told ABC News that while home, she'd noticed bags of empty water bottles, all thrown out and piling up outside of houses.

She said one day she turned to friend and longtime collaborator Jack Burns. The two had been classmates at the New School's Parsons School of Design and had worked on a project together in 2014.

She and Burns came up with an idea to address the excess of single-use, discarded water bottles being dumped in Flint. They decided to turn the plastic into eyeglasses that would be created in Flint.

"They're not just facing a manmade water crisis," VanOverBeke told ABC News recently about the city. "Now, there's like this localized, environmental stress because of the surplus of plastic that they've been forced to use."

About a year ago, she and Burns, a professor at Parsons, came up with Genusee, glasses made from the recycled water bottles in Flint. The name of the company is a play on the name of Flint's county, Genesee.

They designed a style of glasses that, they said, could fit everyone and named them after VanOverBeke's high school, the Roeper School. The glasses come in classic black and crystal fog.

"Our focus is on reducing plastic waste," VanOverBeke said.

They launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for production.

VanOverBeke said the company was a "for Flint, by Flint" effort. VanOverBeke said she and Burns were already setting up a manufacturing facility. In total, 15 water bottles are used for every pair of glasses.

The duo hope to raise enough through Kickstarter to hire 17 new workers.

"Jobs are a key issue in what we're trying to develop here," Burns said.

She and Burns said that they hoped the company would reinvigorate the economy, bring back local manufacturing and create living-wage jobs that Flint residents can be trained to do as well.

The glasses' polish bags are currently being sewn in Flint at a center that provides women with training. And, the glasses case is actually a multi-use canister.

"That we are able to take the water bottles that are just trash, to have them processed into new material, is so amazing to me," said Marty Calhoun, one of the workers who sew the clothes.

"We are working toward really being a part of not just like the immediate solution in Flint but being a part of the long-term solution," VanOverBeke said.

Click here for more information about Genusee.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- An African-American man went to a Hobby Lobby store in Alabama to return some merchandise this week when employees called the police because he vaguely resembled a suspect in a check-cashing scheme, he told ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA-TV.

Brian Spurlock, telling the station he was racially profiled, said he was needlessly embarrassed Tuesday when police confronted him and asked for his identification in front of other customers at the Hobby Lobby store in nearby Trussville.

The Birmingham man was with his girlfriend and her children when the incident occurred at the national arts-and-crafts retailer, he told WBMA-TV.

"These folks look at me like, 'Oh, he stole something. Oh, he did something wrong.' Y'all embarrassed me and [that] hurt,'" Spurlock said of the incident in the interview with WBMA-TV. "That made me feel like I don't need to go in no stores no more because I look like somebody and [police] might arrest me."

ABC News has been unable to reach Spurlock.

Hobby Lobby's corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, did not respond to ABC News’ multiple telephone calls and emails seeking comment.

The Trussville Police Department confirmed in a statement to ABC News that officers were called to the store Tuesday when an employee reported that Spurlock looked like a suspect who "had written bad checks and made fraudulent returns to their store."

"Hobby Lobby did have a picture of the person that was writing bad checks and making fraudulent returns and it looked somewhat like the person in the store but it did not appear to be him," police Lt. Phil Dillon said in the statement.

He said an officer asked to see Spurlock's identification before letting him go.

Spurlock said he had receipts for the items he was returning to the store and showed them to an employee before police arrived.

"She was looking at the receipt that I had and scratching the item off on the receipt. And she said, 'Hey, let me get my manager to see if we [can] return this," Spurlock told WBMA-TV.

When he spoke to a manager, Spurlock said, she told him he couldn't return one of the items because the box was open and that he needed to contact the manufacturer.

"I said, 'Is there somebody else I can talk to that can assist me with this?' She said, 'Yeah, wait,'" Spurlock told WBMA-TV.

The manager asked for his ID and told him they were calling their corporate headquarters, he told the station. As he waited for an answer, a police officer showed up and confronted him.

Spurlock's girlfriend, Ashley Maddox, who witnessed the incident, posted a cellphone video on Facebook of Spurlock’s speaking with the store employee apparently after he was questioned by police.

"I'll be glad to talk to you ... we apologize for the situation," a store employee tells Spurlock in the video. "We were just following directions from our upper management."

In an interview with WBMA-TV, Maddox referred to the outspoken Christian beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby, who successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that it shouldn't be required to supply birth control to employees under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"This is supposed to be a Christian store, so why not support the Christian," Maddox said. "But, unfortunately, they're the wrong kind of Christians."

Spurlock's ordeal is the latest in a string of recent incidents in which businesses have come under fire after employees called police on black patrons in incidents that appeared not to warrant police intervention.

In April, top officials of Starbucks apologized to two black men who were arrested after a manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called police because they occupied a table without making a purchase and refused requests to leave. Trespassing charges against the men were later dropped and the city's police chief also issued an apology for the arrests.

Earlier this month, the president of Nordstrom Rack flew to St. Louis to personally apologize to three African-American teenagers whom employees called the police on and wrongfully accused of shoplifting.

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