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Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Credit reporting agency Equifax will likely pay out a $700 million settlement over the 2017 data breach that exposed the social security numbers of an estimated 147 million people, according to federal officials.

A proposed settlement would involve the company providing up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers and a civil money penalty of $100 million, along with other amounts of relief, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission announced in a joint press release on Monday. The settlement still needs to be approved by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, according to the statement.

The company has also agreed to pay $175 million to 48 states as well as the district of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the FTC tweeted.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons accused Equifax of failing to take "basic steps" to prevent the breach, of "deceiving consumers" about the strength of its data security program and of "engaging in acts and practices that caused additional harm or risk to consumers, the release states. The settlement would require Equifax to take steps to improve its data security going forward.

"The incident at Equifax underscores the evolving cyber security threats confronting both private and government computer systems and actions they must take to shield the personal information of consumers," said CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger. "Too much is at stake for the financial security of the American people to make these protections anything less than a top priority."

Here's what you need to know about the data breach and settlement:

Sensitive personal information was exposed

The Atlanta-based agency announced in September 2017 that the personal information of about 147 million consumers, including names, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth, were exposed in a data breach.

The information also included consumers' financial profiles, which had information such as how much they owe on their homes and whether they had court judgments against them.

The company announced at the time that "criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files."

Consumers can claim up to $20,000 each for relief

A $425 million consumer fund will be used to provide reimbursements to affected consumers for time and money they spent related to the breach.

Consumers will be able to claim up to $20,000 each, according to the release.

This will include $25 an hour for up to 20 hours for time spent protecting personal information or addressing identity theft after the breach.

Consumers can also be reimbursed for up to 25% of the amount paid to Equifax for credit or identity monitoring subscription products between Sept. 7, 2016 and Sept. 7 2017.

Any unreimbursed costs, expenses, losses or charges incurred as a result of identity theft and miscellaneous expenses associated with the breach, such as notary, fax, postage, mileage and telephone charges can also be claimed.

In addition, all affected consumers are eligible to receive at least 10 years of free credit-monitoring and at least seven years of free identity-restoration services.

Starting Dec. 31, and extending seven years, all U.S. consumers may request up to six free copies of their Equifax credit report during any 12-month period as well. The free copies will be provided to requesting consumers in addition to any free reports to which they are entitled under federal law.

Consumers who decide not to enroll in the free credit monitoring available through the settlement may seek up to $125 as a reimbursement for the cost of a credit-monitoring product of their choice.

How to file a claim

A settlement administrator will manage the claims process.

Consumers must submit a claim to receive the free credit monitoring or cash reimbursements online or by mail after the court approves the settlement.

Deadlines for filing the claims will also be included on the website.

Additional information about the settlement and how to find out whether you are eligible for relief can be found here.

How to know if you're affected

After the breach was announced, Equifax mailed notices to people whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal identifying information were impacted.

At the time, consumers were also able to enter their personal information into a database to determine whether they were affected, but that function appears to have since been disabled.

The agency also recommended that people closely monitor their financial accounts and credit scores for unauthorized activity.

Equifax taking steps to fix the issues

In a statement, Equifax CEO Mark Begor described the settlement as a "positive step" for both U.S. consumers and the company as it moves forward from the breach. Equifax plans to "focus" on its investments in technology and security, Begor said.

"The consumer fund of up to $425 million that we are announcing today reinforces our commitment to putting consumers first and safeguarding their data -- and reflects the seriousness with which we take this matter," Begor said. "We have been committed to resolving this issue for consumers and have the financial capacity to manage the settlement while continuing our $1.25 billion EFX2020 technology and security investment program. We are focused on the future of Equifax and returning to market leadership and growth."

Equifax has denied any wrongdoing, and no judgement or finding of wrongdoing has been made, according to a statement on the settlement website.

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yesfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Think of it as Rent the Runway, but for luxury hotel stays.

Inspirato has just launched what's being billed as the world's first luxury travel subscription service. For $2,500 per month, members of Inspirato Pass get access to more than 60,000 worldwide luxury vacation homes, hotels, resorts and experiences including cruises, safaris and sporting events, with no nightly rates, taxes, or fees.

To book, passholders visit the Inspirato Pass website and browse available trips in more than 150 locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Reserve any available trip and book the next reservation upon check out. The list of available trips refreshes daily, with a continual supply of new choices, the company said.

A check by "Good Morning America" showed 72,000 trips available with no filters applied to destination or check-in date. We checked a peak travel week -- Christmas 2019 week -- and found more than 1,400 trips, some in popular destinations like New York City and Paris as well as warm-weather destinations like Miami and Mexico. With peak travel dates commanding the highest prices of the year, the subscription service could potentially benefit a traveler even if they don't use the pass each month.

The properties offered are true four-and-five star hotels. Even with the peak travel dates set as filters, there were plenty of options ranging from two to seven nights over the holiday week. But the service is brand new, and it's unclear how many people will be allowed to join. If it takes off, it's possible it will be harder to secure accommodations in the most desirable destinations over popular travel times.

Like a Rent the Runway subscription, it's best not to go in with a particular dress -- or in this case, hotel -- in mind, but rather shop by style. On Inspirato, there are four "styles" to choose from: Beach, Mountain, Lifestyle, Metropolitan.

Only one person in the traveling party needs to be a pass holder and can have as many people the property indicates it can accommodate.

Pass holders need to check out of one property before reserving another and for that reason, it would be difficult to plan back-to-back trips. Even if a traveler planned to stay in the same destination, there's no guarantee a property nearby would be available. If airfare is required to get to the next destination, some degree of a planning period, a presumably downtime, would be required.

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studioEAST/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Airways' abrupt decision to suspend flights to Cairo for seven days is not related to security concerns at the Cairo airport, an official at the airline told ABC News on Sunday.

"We have no concerns over security at Cairo Airport. The decision is purely related to the airlines," said Sherif Barsoum, British Airways' regional director. "The British team that inspected the airport last week found nothing alarming; it was a positive visit."

The British government issued a travel warning for Egypt on Saturday citing a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation." British Airways and German carrier Lufthansa suspended flights to Cairo as a security "precaution." British Airways flights were suspended for seven days, while Lufthansa flights were scheduled to resume on Sunday.

"There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation," the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in a statement on Saturday. "Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports."

During a meeting with British Ambassador to Cairo Geoffrey Adams on Sunday, Egyptian aviation minister Younes El Masry said he was "dismayed by the unilateral decision to suspend flights," insisting that Egypt should have been informed beforehand.

"The British Ambassador apologized to the Minister of Aviation for not informing Egyptian authorities before the decision was issued, stressing that the decision is not related to security measures at Egyptian airports," a ministry statement read.

The British Foreign Office also warned on Friday against "all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai, due to continuing criminal activity and terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths."

The Governorate of North Sinai is located in the eastern part of Egypt.

In addition, officials advised Britons against "all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai, except the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq," by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh, and "to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh."

In 2015, a Russian plane bound for St. Petersburg departing from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport crashed in a mountainous region of Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. Following the crash, two airlines -- Lufthansa and Air France -- announced they were avoiding the airspace over the Sinai Peninsula.

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said that approximately 415,000 Britons visited Egypt in 2018, and noted that most visits are trouble-free.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- When Americans first walked on the moon 50 years ago, the idea of space travel crystallized into a graspable future. Bolstered by a geeky shift in pop culture that launched and relaunched franchises such as Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, Americans saw intergalactic storylines that never touched Earth. Life in space seemed so close.

Yet the last time Americans went to the moon was in 1972, and with the closure of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s space shuttle program in 2011, the U.S. government currently doesn't have the ability to fly astronauts anywhere.

"There's a couple young people who watched the lunar lander 50 years ago and thought: 'By 1980 we'll have bases on the moon and by 2000 we’ll be on Mars,'" Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) President Eric Stallmer told ABC News. "And there's a bunch of entrepreneurs who are thinking, 'Why can’t we do that?'"

It's exactly that frustration -- that we've not further explored space -- that could lead to the closest we'll get to space tourism yet, possibly by the end of this year.

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin plan to take passengers to suborbital space -- where the Earth's atmosphere meets outer space -- which is 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level.

Impatient with the government, space exploration has shifted into the hands of private companies in the last five decades, founded by an elite trio of titans in other industries, the geek fantasy Billionaire Boys Club of Branson, Bezos and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

"There is a frustration among space barons and the space industry in general that there isn't a base on the moon, that we haven't been to Mars, we haven't done any of the great things after Apollo," Christian Davenport, author of "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos," told ABC News.

The closest the average person (with means) is to becoming an astronaut would be to fly to the edge of space with Virgin Galactic, which expects to start these trips in as soon as a few months.

Branson's company completed two manned flights to the space this past year. The trip goes to what's considered suborbital space or the edge of space to experience about four minutes of weightlessness and look down at earth from the edge of its atmosphere.

Despite the $250,000 price tag for the flights, Virgin Galactic's wait list is real: the company said that 600 future astronauts have paid $80 million in deposits.

Bezos' Blue Origin is next on track to get flights into suborbital space. He plans on sending humans into space in 2019 on New Shepard — a suborbital vehicle designed for space tourism — which uses liquid hydrogen."

"We’re going to be flying humans in New Shepherd this year," Bezos said in May.

Bezos openly talks about his admiration for Gerard K. O'Neill, a space activist who was a big booster for space colonies.

"In the short term, what he's trying to do in his lifetime is to make space more affordable, more accessible, to fly much more frequently," Davenport said. "Richard wants to do the same thing at Virgin Galactic and Elon wants to do the same thing at SpaceX and that's the connective tissue that binds all of them together. They want more people going to space, they want more vehicles going to space with more regularity."

"In a good year you might fly rockets a couple times a month as opposed to multiple times a week and that's what they're aiming for," Davenport said. As space trips become more frequent and commonplace, "you get better, your operations become more efficient, your costs go down, and that's what they're ultimately trying to do."

Musk's goal in founding SpaceX was to go to Mars and "borne out of the frustration that NASA hadn't been there at the time Elon was founding SpaceX. He wanted to speed that up," Davenport said. SpaceX has been successfully launching reusable rockets for years, and taking cargo to the International Space Station.

Still the Apollo 11 anniversary has highlighted the lofty goals of all potential players pushing into space travel.

"This year, and going into next year, will be the most exciting time in the space industry since the Apollo era," Stallmer said. "They’re really close to getting the general public and private astronauts."

But that horizon may be further out than the industry wants.

Since 2011, American astronauts travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on Russian rockets, at a cost of about $87 million per seat, in effect funding the Russian space program, said CSF's Stallmer.

Boeing and SpaceX are currently in a race to start flying NASA astronauts to the ISS by year's end, a goal both companies will mostly likely have to delay. Both have suffered setbacks. In April a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule exploded. Boeing's Starliner experienced an engine failure in June 2018, causing delays for the aerospace giant.

“I don’t think it’s impossible but it’s getting increasingly difficult” for a SpaceX flight with astronauts this year," SpaceX vice president Hans Koenigsmann, told reporters on Monday.

Even the White House has weighed in, in a quest to get two astronauts -- a man and a woman -- on the moon by 2028. The Trump Administration has moved up that goal to 2024.

But as even billionaires and presidents have found out over the past 20 years, space is hard.

"Space is not an easy thing," Stallmer said. "It’s exciting, it attracts the imagination. It’s this frontier that we just long to be a part of."

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KGTV(SAN DIEGO) -- Two employees have quit a consignment shop near San Diego after their manager allegedly used racist language while dealing with a Hispanic customer at the store last week.

Celia Miranda, one of those employees who resigned in protest, told San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV that her manager got into an argument with a customer over a contract she had signed and told the customer, "I think that people who do not speak English have no business consigning here."

Miranda said she tried to defend the woman and her young daughter, who wanted to buy back a pair of shoes she'd left at the Encinitas, California, store, called My Sister's Closet, but was forced by her boss to leave.

"They humiliated me in a terrible way, and I’m frustrated I didn’t help her more," Miranda told KGTV. "I wanted to help her more, but they made me leave."

The owner of My Sister's Closet, Ann Siner, apologized to the customer and promised to better deal with Spanish-speaking customers in the future.

"We apologize for the experience a Latina customer had at our Encinitas store earlier last week," Siner told KGTV in a statement. "At My Sister’s Closet, we want all of our customers to feel welcomed at all our stores and treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Always. We value inclusion and diversity. Always. We are a woman-owned business with 64 percent of our workforce at our Encinitas store being Latina."

Miranda said part of the reason for quitting was due to her own Mexican heritage, and empathy for the woman. She came to Southern California and is now a U.S. citizen.

"I have never seen a human being treated like that," Miranda said. "It broke my heart."

Jordan Daniels, who was also working that night and quit, told KGTV, "I wanted to take pride in where I worked, and I no longer felt that way working there."

Siner said the store will hire a "dedicated Spanish-speaking coordinator" for the Encinitas store and implement new "customer service and inclusion training."

"We are part of the communities we serve," Siner said. "We apologize to the customer for this unfortunate incident and pledge to make sure it never happens again, and we are an example in San Diego for inclusion and valuing our diverse community."

She did not say whether the manager who used the language would be fired.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- An Uber glitch moving the decimal point over two spaces caused several riders to be charged eye-popping fares this week, or 100 times the original amount.

After users took to social media earlier this week, Uber copped to the problem and said it would work with banks and credit card issuers to resolve the payment problems.

Tech worker Aaron Himelman tweeted at the company on Wednesday, saying his wife was charged almost $10,000 for a fare.

"Hey @uber, you charged my wife $9672 for a ride that was listed as $96.72, and there’s no way to get in touch with you," Himelman wrote.

Himelman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his wife's Uber experience or whether the account had been refunded.

The company admitted it had experienced a service interruption that resulted in a higher amounts held on the cards connected to Uber accounts, but that it had been fixed. It also said that riders would only be charged for the correct amount and that the company would work directly with banks to rectify the situation for Uber customers.

Uber did not immediately respond to questions from ABC News about how long the glitch was in effect or how many people it impacted, or what in particular went wrong.

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Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Entrepreneur Ty Haney, the founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, is pregnant with a baby girl!

Haney, 30, is expecting her first child with her fiance Mark Wystrach, and is due this November.

"As a young female founder and CEO it's so cool to show that you don't have to choose career or family," she told Good Morning America. "And that you don't have to pick one path, that you can parallel path those things."

"As a female-founded company my hope is to make strides as to understanding what the needs are for parents in the workplace, and to really take action," she added.

In only four years, the 30-year-old CEO has made an impression in the fashion industry, raising more than $56 million from investors like Google Ventures and attracting former J.Crew CEO and venture capitalist Mickey Drexler as chairman of the board.

Haney added that they currently have a policy that welcomes dogs in the office, but they're looking to expand that to help working parents.

Haney said her fiance was "a little shocked at first" about having a girl, but is now "beyond excited."

As for Haney, she said she's thrilled to raise a girl.

"I'm excited to bring a girl into the world, especially in this day and age when we’re really standing on a point of strength, and there are so many examples of strong women doing great things," she said.

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jfmdesign/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Neutrogena has recalled its popular Light Therapy Acne Mask citing a “theoretical risk of eye injury”

"For a small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions, as well as for users taking medications which could enhance ocular photosensitivity, there is a theoretical risk of eye injury," the brand wrote in a statement.

The mask, which is designed to fight breakouts, uses blue light therapy to target acne-causing bacteria and red light therapy to reduce inflammation.

It became a popular selfie mask that beauty enthusiasts on Instagram, as well as celebrities, have raved about.

Neutrogena said that it had announced the recall out of an abundance of caution, and the brand said it believes the product to be safe when used once per day as directed.

"Reports of visual effects associated with the use of the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask are rare, generally mild and transient," the brand wrote in a statement.

"For a small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions, as well as for users taking medications which could enhance ocular photosensitivity, there is a theoretical risk of eye injury."

Neutrogena has also advised on their website to stop using and contact a healthcare professional if any visual discomfort is experienced. Users can call their Consumer Care line regarding a refund if you already have the mask.

ABC News reached out to Neutrogena, but the company said it had no comment beyond its statement.

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Chevrolet(NEW YORK) -- After decades of speculation and rumors, Corvette, the 66-year-old American sports car, has joined its European competitors by going mid-engine.

Corvette engineers, designers, top General Motors executives like CEO Mary Barra and dealers from around the country packed the Tustin Hangars in Southern California Thursday evening for the reveal. Chevrolet had teased the new design for months, carefully releasing images of a camouflaged eighth-generation Corvette on social media.

The mid-engine styling did not disappoint the crowd. The new car, however, does not resemble what Corvette fans have grown to love all these years. The decision to dramatically alter the look and platform of the Corvette reflects management's desire to change direction for the storied marque, a move that may not be welcomed by all at first.

"The Corvette is an emotional car," Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager for Corvette, told ABC News leading up to the reveal. "Some people will love it immediately. For others it may take more time. And that's OK."

Bennion called the new 2020 Stingray "the most impactful evolution" for the Corvette.

"We really leveraged our Corvette heritage in the design," he noted.

Bennion and the other designers were told to develop a new architecture that was compelling and aggressive but also retain certain Corvette design cues. The 2020 Stingray still keeps the classic Corvette Coke bottle shape, muscular fenders, tapered upper fastback profile and high water line.

But Corvette devotees will also immediately notice the bold, exotic proportions, large rear hatch window and lean athletic shape.

Carlos Lago of Edmunds said the automotive industry will be closely watching to see if the new Corvette can deliver performance at a relatively affordable price like the previous models.

"The Corvette is unique among high-performance cars in that it's aspirational, but also obtainable to many Americans," he said. "Unlike some German, Italian, and Japanese sports cars, you could realistically envision having a poster of a Corvette on your wall as a kid and in your garage as an adult. What's better, Corvette has consistently delivered performance that matches, if not bests, sports cars and exotics that cost up to three times as much. That's something owners and fans take great pride in."

There were several obstacles Bennion and his team encountered with the new Corvette: how to make its styling stand out from other mid-engine supercars and be aerodynamically efficient.

"There were challenges with engine cooling and low drag ... this new car takes in air at all four corners," he said. "But it was important that the C8 still look like a Corvette."

The 2020 Stingray still packs the power and performance that Corvette has consistently delivered over the decades. The 6.2L small block naturally aspirated V8 LT2 engine produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-feet of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust -- the most horsepower and torque for any entry-level Corvette, according to Chevrolet.

The engine is paired with a eight speed dual-clutch transmission; a manual option will not be available at launch. The steering ratio was improved to 15.7:1 from 16.25:1, meaning the new Corvette will have much faster steering inputs. The car also sprints from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, the fastest time of any entry level Corvette. The starting price? Under $60,000.

According to Ed Piatek, Corvette chief engineer, the driving experience of the new model is totally different from the current generation.

"It's super responsive," he told ABC News. "The steering feels more direct. You can feel the road. The paddle shifters are lightning fast -- the car holds the gears. It has great downward vision ... the visibility is better than the C7."

There was one factor that was sacrificed by going mid-engine, according to Piatek.

"We will no longer be class leading in cargo space," he said. But the dual trunks still offer space for two sets of golf clubs.

The signature Corvette growl hasn't changed that much, even with the exposed engine now positioned between the driver and rear axle.

"It still sounds like a Chevy small block engine," Piatek said. "Twelve to 15 people worked on the sound. We've broken away from the center mounted exhausts but it still has that Corvette sound."

Piatek underscored that the mid-engine design would not stop the Corvette from being a daily driver for some owners.

"The racetrack lap time has improved as has the handling and stopping distance," he said. "This car still enables all the touring people love in a Corvette."

Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Cox Automotive, said the mid-engine design was intended for one key audience: younger buyers.

The new Stingray will "disappoint some longstanding Corvette fans," he told ABC News. "The transition will be painful. But Chevrolet is smart for going after a younger audience."

Bennion said he's anxious to show off the new Corvette, a project he's been working on for years.

"People will be drawn to it," he said. "The reaction will be 'I want to be in that car' or 'I want to own that car.'"

Added Piatek, "A mid-engine was always part of the Corvette destiny."

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wutwhanfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The value of Netflix shares dropped 10% on Thursday, one day after the streaming service reported its first drop in global growth.

Shares of the company closed at $325.21, one day after Netflix reported its second quarter earnings, revealing the company grew subscriptions by only about half of what it had forecast.

Netflix registered 2.7 million new paid memberships globally in the second quarter of 2019, compared to 5.5 million new subscriptions in the second quarter of 2018, the company said. The company had originally forecast 5 million new subscriptions in the second quarter.

"Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases," the company said in a letter to investors. "We don’t believe competition was a factor since there wasn’t a material change in the competitive landscape during Q2."

The company said that the first quarter registered such a large bump in subscriptions -- 9.6 million -- that it ate into second quarter numbers and "there may have been more pull-forward effect than we realized," the letter read. "In prior quarters with over-forecasts, we’ve found that the underlying long-term growth was not affected and staying focused on the fundamentals of our business served us well."

Media research firm MoffettNathanson kept a neutral rating on the company, noting that the company showed its first sequential decline in U.S. subscribers since 2011.

"The acknowledgement that the price increase hurt subscriber growth in the quarter also brings into question Netflix’s ultimate pricing power," according to MoffettNathanson's research note. "As more studios pull content from Netflix, the platform moves from being a digital video store in the cloud with unlimited versions of all your favorite shows to a premium cable network on steroids."

The slowed growth comes ahead of the launch of several other streaming services later this year that look to challenge Netflix's dominance in the cultural conversation. Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, and Apple are all gearing up to launch their own streaming services.

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tomeng/iStock(NEW YORK) -- You might not have to grow up just yet.

Toys "R" Us, the beloved toy chain that liquidated its U.S. stores in 2018 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017, will have two new stores opening in the U.S. for the holiday season, according to a news release.

The chain's parent company, Tru Kids Brands, said it was partnering with experiential retailer b8ta to open the stores in The Galleria in Houston, Texas, and in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.

"We have an incredible opportunity to entirely reimagine the Toys 'R' Us brand in the U.S. and are thrilled to partner with b8ta and key toy vendors to create a new, highly-engaging retail experience designed for kids, families and to better fit within today’s retail environment," Tru Kids Brands CEO Richard Barry said in the release.

The release said the new stores would display products "in an interactive, playground-like environment" and would feature "new events and activities every day," including opportunities to test toys outside of the box, visit different "brand stations," and meet Geoffrey the Giraffe.

A spokeswoman for the new Toys "R" Us joint venture told ABC News the stores would open around November and would be approximately 6,500 square feet.

"As the retail landscape changes, so do consumer shopping habits. But what hasn’t changed is that kids want to touch everything and simply play," b8ta President and Co-founder Phillip Raub said in the release. "In partnership with Richard and his team, we are excited to bring back Toys 'R' Us in an immersive way, focused on creating a fun and engaging experience for kids — and adults, too."

Toys "R" Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2017 and announced in March 2018 that it would be liquidating inventory in all of its stores in the United States as part of "an orderly wind-down" of business in the U.S., the company said at the time.

Tru Kids Brands became the parent company of Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us and Geoffrey the Giraffe in January, according to a February news release. Barry was the former global chief merchandising officer for Toys "R" Us.

Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us continued to operate in more than 25 countries around the world and generated more than $3 billion in global retail sales in 2018, Tru Kids Brands said in February.

After the two new U.S. stores open, the companies said they plan to open more Toys "R" Us locations in "prime, high-traffic retail markets" in the United States throughout 2020, according to the release. More details on the new locations, including specific brand partners and experiences, will be announced in coming weeks.

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NASA(NEW YORK) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the NASA space mission that led to the first men walking on the moon.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made the historic journey in 1969, with Armstrong becoming the first to set foot on the moon and speaking the now-famous words, "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind."

But it wasn't just men who were important to the history-making mission.

Thanks to Judy Sullivan, the first female engineer in NASA's Spacecraft Operations, it was also a big leap for womankind.

'Goodbye, Judy'

Sullivan was a biomedical engineer in 1969, and one of her most memorable experiences was working with Neil Armstrong in preparation for the historic Apollo 11 mission as lead engineer for the biomedical system.

She studied their breathing rates and depths through sensors that were placed on their sides.

"I would monitor the equipment as a surgeon tested the astronauts to make sure they were healthy enough to go into space," Sullivan said.

"I'm monitoring [Armstrong's] heart rate and breathing rate, but all of a sudden there was a disturbance when he put his gloves on. I had to write that," she shared.

Before he left, he said goodbye to the room of technicians, and then he said, "Goodbye, Judy."

"Then he left for the moon. Hard to believe," she said.

From interest to career path

Sullivan always liked science but didn't realize it would play a bigger role in her life -- and in history, as with her encounter with Armstrong -- until she learned about the first launch space launch in 1957.

"[It became apparent that this could be an] adventure that I'd like to be part of someday," Sullivan said.

She decided to major in biology at Jacksonville State College in Alabama when she heard President John F. Kennedy's speech encouraging students to study science, math and engineering.

Sullivan was one of only two women in her chemistry classes.

"Girls in that period of time usually became one of three things: nurses, teachers or secretaries, and nobody thought beyond that mindset," she said.

Reaching for the sky at NASA

After a few years of working as a teacher after graduation, Sullivan applied for a summer job at NASA at Cape Canaveral, Florida, when she was 26.

She had no idea it would become a bigger part of her future.

Her interviewer -- a woman -- told her, "They'll give you every reason in the world why they can't have a woman over there. They'll even tell you there [are] no female bathrooms.”

But NASA took a chance and hired Sullivan because of her high test results. She qualified as an aerospace technologist when she applied for the job.

"A lot of women became homemakers [at the time], which is also positive," Sullivan told ABC News' Good Morning America. "But I think I have a strong sense of adventure and I wanted to do something more."

"I was very fortunate," she said. "Fate, God's plan for me -- I was in the right place at the right time."

She started doing checks of engines for NASA by testing them to make sure they were safe, but she wanted to land a permanent position at NASA.

She joined the biomedical group for Gemini 12 and became the first woman hired in Spacecraft Operations.

While she worked on a team of all men who supported her, her experience at NASA didn't come without its challenges.

"I heard a section chief say [to someone], 'What do they expect of me? I've got a woman,'" she shared. "When you're in a position like that, it made me more determined to be good, to do a good job and fit in. That's how you get accepted."

Encouraging young women to pursue science

Now 76, Sullivan feels "blessed" to be part of history. She is also passionate about encouraging young women today to pursue careers in the math and science industries.

"Be adventurous, don't let anyone convince you, you can't make your goals," she said. "Talk to your guidance counselors and get to know your science teachers because they're gonna make you believe in yourself."

She also encouraged girls who have interests in these fields to travel to the Space Coast in Florida where they can see a rocket launch and learn about the history of NASA.

"Realize that a lot of jobs are down there and they're not just for guys," she said.

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udra/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here's the scoop: July is National Ice Cream Month and July 21 is National Ice Cream Day, which means you have even more reason to cool down with two scoops of your favorite flavor.

Square just released data about America's iconic dessert, and there's nothing too vanilla about this year's trendiest ice cream flavors.

According to the report, the five flavors that saw the most year-over-year growth in sales between 2018 and 2019 were horchata, "unicorn," sesame, salted caramel and whiskey.

Horchata, which includes rice milk infused and hints of sweet cinnamon, a popular drink in Latin America, has evolved into a popular flavor in the U.S. It's seen 257% sales growth over the past year, becoming the number one trending flavor, according to Square. The growth seems to be tied to the awareness and how the Mexican culture has been embraced in the U.S.

"I think it's because of increased awareness of it and it's a favorite amongst Mexicans, so it makes sense that now more people are aware and exposed embrace it," said Fany Gerson, owner and founder of the popular New York City ice cream shop La Newyorkina. Plus, "It's delicious."

Unicorn-flavored ice cream -- which often includes heavy whipped cream, condensed milk, gel food coloring colors and vanilla extract -- has grown since Starbucks announced back in 2017 it was bringing a Unicorn Frappuccino to the menu. And Bronies -- superfans of My Little Pony -- could also be influencing the 100% growth in the U.S. for unicorn ice cream.

In the state of Nevada, per the report, unicorn has become the favorite flavor. Creamberry, a popular Las Vegas ice cream shop, has become an Instagram sensation with people from all across the world trying its unicorn/cotton candy-inspired ice cream. Creamberry has more than 60,000 followers on Instagram and has become one of those ice cream destinations that goes outside the ordinary.

"The cotton candy has become our most popular flavor. Customers like the cotton candy because of the presentation and looks over the taste of the ice cream from what we've noticed and heard," said Minira, who identified herself as an owner of Creamberry.

Among the other trending flavors, sesame saw 86% increase over the past year, while salted caramel saw a 77% increase and a 58% jump for whiskey, according to the report.

On the flip side, a few flavors are getting a colder reception: hazelnut, bacon and honey are all trending downward, according to the report.

When buying flavors besides the ordinary "classics" such as vanilla and chocolate, customers tend to shy away from the condiments. The cone has come back to life as well, as more people tend to pick the cone over the cup when eating ice cream.

Vegan ice cream has become a trendy pick over the past couple of years with the increase in health awareness. The sales have increased over 220% from 2015 to 2018 and look to continue to grow, according to the Square report. The vegan category includes options such as ice cream made of coconut milk, almond milk and soy milk, as well as sorbet.

And it's not just treats for humans seeing an uptick. Our four-legged friends are also partaking in more frozen treats, with the report noting dog ice cream steadily climbing from 2017-2018 with 55% more purchases.

During the yearly sales peak in July, chances are Vermont -- the home of Ben & Jerry's -- will enjoy the most ice cream, as it ranks the highest for when adjusted for consumption by population. Behind the Green Mountain State are Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and then Washington, D.C.

And the most popular times to indulge in ice cream? According to the report, lines form the longest during the weekends, and at 2 and 7 p.m. during the day.

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DNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) -- "Go back to Africa."

That was the insult that Ebrima Jallow said he heard repeatedly from his supervisor and fellow co-workers while working at the Walmart in Landover Hills, Maryland.

Despite his recent promotion to the position of Asset Protection Coordinator, overseeing security and theft prevention efforts at the facility, Jallow said the attacks he faced were relentless, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf by the federal government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2013.

Jallow, a Muslim who was born in Gambia, accused his store manager and fellow co-workers of repeated instances of harassment and intimidation based on his national origin and religion.

In meetings and day-to-day interactions with fellow employees, Jallow said he was mocked for his accent and told that "all Muslims do is blow up buildings and people."

Employees also allegedly told him he should "go back to Africa."

After reporting the harassment, Jallow alleged he was retaliated against and put on a one-year "coaching period" where other employees were told not to work with him.

Following a nearly two-year court battle, Jallow was paid $75,000 in damages from Walmart, and in a settlement the company committed to providing anti-discrimination and harassment training to employees.

Some Republican leaders have rushed to President Donald Trump's defense following his use of an age-old racist trope to attack four minority Congresswomen -- saying they should "go back" to their countries of origin. And in interviews with several of Trump's supporters planning to attend his campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, many said they took no issue with the president's comments.

"I've been saying it for years," Michael Audette, a resident from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, told ABC News.

But the insult has been referred to in numerous court cases brought by the government over the past decade as a textbook definition of illegal harassment in the workplace.

Eric Bachman, a former Department of Justice Civil Rights Division prosecutor who specializes in anti-discrimination cases, told ABC News that the president's tweets would be "as close to a slam-dunk discriminatory claim as you can get" if he had uttered them as the head of a private company rather than as chief executive of the United States.

"Frankly, if there was a board of directors, they would be taking action to fire him if he were the president of a company," Bachman said. "This would almost certainty violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a host of other civil rights-related laws."

"Just his statements alone, would be really strong evidence of a hostile work environment that he treats employees who are not white differently than he would treat white employees," Bachman added.

In the days since the president's tweet, civil rights groups have pointed out the sordid history of the "go back to where you came from" racial epithet and its expansion as an insult beyond immigrant groups to anyone who may be a person of color.

"National origin discrimination involves treating people (applicants or employees) unfavorably because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not)," EEOC spokesperson Kimberly Smith-Brown said in a statement, emailed to ABC News on Wednesday.

The EEOC, which declined to comment directly on the president's tweets, is the federal entity tasked with carrying out enforcement of the nation’s workplace anti-discrimination laws.

Below are just a few examples of cases that the EEOC has pursued in the last 15 years in which alleged harassment from employees mirrored the language from the president's tweets. Except where identified, the cases primarily resulted in settlements where the companies were not compelled to admit to any wrongdoing.

1) California hospital settled lawsuit in 2012 for nearly $1 million after Filipino-Americans said they were told to go back to the Philippines, among other instances of harassment

The EEOC brought a lawsuit on behalf of nearly 70 Filipino-American hospital workers at California's Delano Regional Medical Center who reported that they were subject to harassment and discrimination based on their national origin. The workers alleged that fellow staffers "constantly made fun of their accents," and some "were told to go back to the Philippines."

The EEOC argued that the employees' conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the hospital settled the case for $975,000, distributed between the approximately 70 employees, while committing to develop stronger anti-harassment rules in the hospital.

2) Nevada U-Haul company sued in 2006 after Hispanic workers were told "go back to Mexico"

In 2006, the EEOC brought a lawsuit against a U-Haul company in Nevada where it charged that Hispanic and Asian/Filipino employees were being subject to bigoted harassment based on their race and/or national origin. The Hispanic employees reported that they were told by some of their fellow employees to "go back to Mexico."

The Nevada U-Haul company settled the case for $153,000 and agreed to provide discrimination prevention training to its employees.

3) Car dealership sued in 2004 by a Muslim immigrant from India who said he was told by his coworkers that he should "just go back where [he] came from"

The Houston office of the EEOC brought a lawsuit in 2004 against a car dealership, accused by a former Muslim immigrant employee of subjecting him to a hostile work environment. The man, Mohammad Rafiq, said he was fired for complaining about his supervisors and fellow employees' behavior, alleging that they had told him, "This is not your Islamic state or your India, where you came from," and that a separate colleague had specifically asked him, "Why don't you go back to where you came from since you believe what you believe?"

The company eventually settled the lawsuit as it started to move its way up through the appeals process. They signed a consent decree that required them to make annual compliance reports, apologize and pay $13,500 in damages to Rafiq and provide training to employees.

4) In 2011, New York University settled a lawsuit for $210,000 after African employee called "monkey" and told to "go back to the jungle"

The EEOC announced in 2011 that it had settled a lawsuit with New York University over complaints from an employee, who was a native of Ghana, that said he had been called a "monkey," and told to "go back to the jungle" by a mailroom supervisor. The university agreed to pay the employee $210,000 in lost wages and compensation for the moral distress from the harassment, and also committed to initiating "university-wide enhanced policies and compliant procedures" intended to prevent further, similar harassment from taking place.

"Harassment based on national origin and race is still all too common in today’s workplace," Elizabeth Grossman, regional attorney of the EEOC New York District Office said in a statement announcing the settlement. "EEOC will continue to aggressively expose and remedy such conduct, no matter where it occurs. No employer is above the law."

5) California restaurant paid $165,000 to a dining room manager who was told to "go back to your country"

In 2007, the EEOC sued the California restaurant Albion River Inn after an Arab restaurant manager was fired for refusing to apologize to a customer who had told him to "go back to [his] country." The dining manager said in the suit he was sticking up for a waiter from Tunisia who the customer had physically pushed and was berating for his limited English-speaking abilities. When the customer returned to the restaurant the next evening, the manager asked him not to continue his harassment of his employees -- but the customer allegedly responded by attacking the manager's national origin, saying among other insults, "I fought two wars to get rid of people like you!"

After firing the manager for refusing to write an apology note to the customer, the restaurant agreed to pay $165,000 in relief and committed to give employees non-discrimination training.

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Josie_Desmarais/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A year ago, Ally Coll was working as a lawyer when her news feed began to fill up with #metoo posts.

She was surprised both by the volume of the posts and the fact that so many of them reminded her of her own experience when she was an 18-year old intern in the U.S. Senate.

"I was mostly struck by the stories that were being told, that they were speaking so publicly about experiences that I have had, that I know many of us have had, that have really remained in the shadows for so long," Coll told a handful of reporters at a private event on Tuesday in New York City. "I started thinking about my own experiences with sexual misconduct."

Coll would later recount her story of being sexually assaulted by her then boss, a 70-year old senator, to reporters from the Washington Post.

She said she identified with the lack of options for people who suffer workplace harassment right as she found herself close to the epicenter of the #metoo movement. David Boies, the head of her law fim, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, represented Harvey Weinstein, a longtime friend and client of his.

"I found myself in an unexpected #MeToo moment in my workplace. The New Yorker reported that my law firm had retained private investigators who targeted, lied to and secretly recorded conversations with women coming forward with allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein," Coll wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post, on The Purple Campaign's origins.

After working internally to create better workplace policies regarding sexual harassment and assault at the firm, she decided to commit herself full-time to the effort. She left the firm and co-founded The Purple Campaign.

Boies Schiller did not respond to request for comment from ABC News.

Thus, the Purple Campaign was launched a year ago with the ambitious goal of putting an end to "the systemic problem of workplace sexual harassment that exists across every industry in the United States."

On Tuesday, the campaign said it has partnered with Uber, Amazon, Airbnb and Expedia to develop a certification program for corporations to establish a policy regarding workplace harassment.

The companies will provide data, and some funding, to help develop a set of policies on normative behavior, effective employee training, internal reporting systems, fair investigation and adjudication procedures, measuring success and the intersectionality of workplace harassment.

The certification would be a third party check along the same lines as the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index that assesses companies' corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

The Purple Campaign announcement was met with cautious optimism by experts.

"I’ve been in discussions with companies on how to show their bona fides. I think it’s a good effort towards that," civil rights lawyer Debra Katz, who represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the time of her sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told ABC News. "You can have a good policy, but if there’s a concern about retaliation," the policy is not enough.

"One would want to know what the reporting rate it is," Katz said, and "to see if people feel safe reporting."

Labor expert Harley Shaiken of the University of California, Berkeley, called it "an impressive first step," but said the biggest challenge to confronting harassment is to make sure that employees have "a voice and enough power to give that voice meaning."

The partnership with a company like Uber, which has tried to shed what has been described as its frat boy image of a company that runs outside the reach of regulators, also underscores the challenges.

In 2017, after Uber commissioned a workplace culture report by former attorney general Eric Holder, it ousted its co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick per the report's recommendations. The report also recommended an overhaul of the company's diversity and inclusion practices including creating the office of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a role that is currently filled by Bo Young Lee.

Since the time, the company has tried to change its culture and its image as it prepared for an initial public offering earlier this year.

University of Michigan Law School professor and labor expert Kate Andrias told ABC News that sexual harassment policies cannot succeed in a vacuum.

"Any effort to combat sexual harassment in the workplace is a step in the right direction and these sorts of programs have, in other contexts, helped somewhat to improve labor practices and to reduce discrimination," she said.

"But until these companies commit to respecting workers' rights more generally -- for example by ending the use mandatory arbitration agreements altogether; by no longer misclassifying workers as contractors, thereby leaving them unprotected by many employment laws; and by no longer opposing workers' rights to collective bargaining -- problems are likely to persist," she said. "When workers lack basic rights on the job, it is much harder to speak out against sexual harassment and to pursue remedies."

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