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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been less than two weeks since a video of a bloodied passenger being dragged off a United Airlines aircraft ignited a national discussion about the airline industry’s treatment of passengers, and now, yet another onboard incident captured on video is raising eyebrows -- and it's resulted in the immediate grounding of a flight attendant.A video posted to Facebook Friday by Surain Adyanthaya -- a passenger onboard American Airlines flight 591, from San Franciso to Dallas -- shows an intense confrontation between flight crew and a handful of passengers at the front of the aircraft while it is still on the tarmac in San Francisco.The heated moment began when a flight attendant took away a stroller from a female passenger, Adyanthaya told ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas, which reported that the woman was from Argentina and travelling with her two children.  The nearly three-minute video does not show the flight attendant taking the stroller, but near its start, the woman is seen crying and asking for the stroller back.The incident then escalates with a male passenger coming to her defense, and asking for the male flight attendant's name, saying, "Hey bud, hey bud, you do that to me and I'll knock you flat!"The flight attendant, who is visibly angry, points his finger at the passenger and says, "Hey, you stay out of this!"A pilot appears to attempt to calm down the flight attendant.During the entire video, the female passenger continues to be heard crying.  American Airlines was quick to react -- 20 minutes after the plane landed in Dallas. It apologized for the incident and said the flight attendant had been grounded. The woman and her family were also upgraded to first class."We have seen the video and have already started an investigation to obtain the facts," the Dallas-based airline said in a statement. "What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers. We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident. We are making sure all of her family's needs are being met while she is in our care. After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip."The statement continues, "The actions of our team member captured here do not appear to reflect patience or empathy, two values necessary for customer care. In short, we are disappointed by these actions. The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident." Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Isaac Brekken/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Your shopping mall is losing another store.
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  • ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — President Trump signed a set of executive actions Friday ordering a review of significant 2016 tax regulations along with two separate reviews aimed at rolling back Dodd-Frank financial regulations.The president visited the Treasury Department to sign the actions, saying the administration wants to "help struggling Americans achieve their financial dreams, earn a great paycheck, have a job that they love going to every single day and have real confidence in the future."He also teased that there will be a "big announcement" on tax reform next Wednesday.The first action is an executive order that directs the Treasury Secretary to review “all significant 2016 tax regulations to determine if they impose an undue financial burden on taxpayers, are needlessly complex, create unnecessary requirements, or exceed what’s allowed under law.”Mnuchin will have 150 days to recommend action to the president. The order also calls for the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the regulatory review process for new tax regulations, according to the White House.Trump called the "simplification" of the tax code "such a big thing" during remarks prior to the order's signing, claiming that "people can't do their returns. They have no idea what they are doing. They are too complicated."Asked at an off-camera briefing earlier in the day whether it’s problematic that this review will be underway as the president and Congress look to roll out a tax overhaul package, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said it shouldn’t have a significant effect.The president said that further steps in tax reform would come in the form of reducing rates on individuals, particularly those in the middle class, and lowering taxes on businesses. As he signed the actions, Trump alluded to next week's tax reform announcement but did not offer additional information.Trump also signed two presidential memoranda on the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which former President Obama signed in response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. One will review Dodd-Frank’s Orderly Liquidation Authority to determine whether it “encourages risk-taking, creates moral hazard, or exposes taxpayers to potential liability.”The memorandum orders a report to be compiled within 180 days.The second memorandum will be for a 180-day review of Financial Stability Oversight Council designation procedures, or the process of designating banks and financial firms “too big to fail.”"These regulations enshrine 'too big to fail' and encourage risky behavior," said Trump. "We're taking steps to make our economy more fair and prosperous for all."Republicans have said the designation is not fairly applied in some cases. Asked whether this was the administration’s attempt to get rid of “too big to fail,” Mnuchin said, “President Trump is absolutely committed to make sure that taxpayers are not at risk for government bailouts of entities that are too big to fail.”
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  • ABCNews.com(LAS VEGAS) -- There's no doubt Vegas is a foodie city: celebrity chefs like Pierre Gagnaire, Mario Batali and Nobu Matsuhisa dominate the Strip.But none serve the sheer volume of people -- nor the vast number of dishes -- as the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.Routinely ranked as the top buffet in Las Vegas, and named by at least one publication as the best buffet in America, it's no wonder an average of 3,500 people dine here each day.ABC News took a tour of the buffet with General Manager Brian Mongeon, who dished on the nine kitchens and 500 hundred varieties of food served daily. The numbers are truly staggering: nearly 3 million pieces of dim sum and more than half a million Blue Point oysters and crab leg served each year.The 25,000 square-foot restaurant seats 600 people at a time. There's a two-hour time limit for dining.Mongeon shared tips for navigating the buffet, who's eating the pizza that's served at 7:30 a.m. and his favorite station in the restaurant.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed lower Friday as investors awaited this weekend's French presidential election and President Trump's "big announcement" on tax reform planned for Wednesday.The Dow Jones fell 30.95 (-0.15 percent) to finish at 20,547.76.The Nasdaq slid 6.26 (-0.11 percent) to close at 5,910.52, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,348.69, down 7.15 (-0.30 percent) from its open.Crude oil prices sunk over 2 percent; under $50 a barrel.France: Uncertainty surrounds France's presidential election set for Sunday as there are several front-runners, including Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front and Centrist Emmanuel Macron. If no candidate wins a majority, there will be a run-off on May 7.President Trump: While signing three presidential directives at the U.S. Treasury Department on financial regulation and taxes, President Trump promoted a "big announcement" on tax reform.
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  • David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Treasury Department announced Friday that it will not waive sanctions for ExxonMobil to drill in Russia.The move ends what could have been seen as a controversial conflict of interest for the Trump administration, with the oil giant’s former CEO Rex Tillerson now leading the State Department.“In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.Exxon applied for a waiver from U.S. sanctions against Russia so that it could move ahead with a deal negotiated by Tillerson in 2012 to partner with the Russian state-controlled oil company, Rosneft. The deal would have allowed the two companies to work on projects exploring and drilling for oil and natural gas in the Kara Sea and Black Sea.It is unclear when Exxon applied for this waiver, whether it was before or after Tillerson was sworn in, and for which specific deal they asked sanctions to be waived.The State Department has said that Tillerson will recuse himself from any issue involving Exxon for two years.“He is not involved with any decision made by any government agency involving Exxon during this time period,” a State Department official told ABC News Thursday.Still, critics were quick to point to the waiver application as a potential conflict of interest.“Considering Russia's continued aggression in the Ukraine, its interference in our elections on behalf of the Trump campaign, the Trump Administration's many suspicious ties to Russia and the Kremlin, and the fact that Trump's own Secretary of State led ExxonMobil, alarm bells should be going off for the American public,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee. “I have long said that we need to keep a watchful eye on Rex Tillerson.”The sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration in 2014 in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and incursion into eastern Ukraine. Those sanctions prohibit U.S. businesses from providing goods, services, or technology to five Russian energy companies, including Rosneft, the country’s largest oil company -- freezing the partnership with Exxon.At a ceremony overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tillerson in 2011, Exxon and Rosneft signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement -- a partnership to jointly develop projects in Russia, the U.S. and around the world. The two companies later agreed to more ventures, including the 2012 deal for development in the Kara and Black Seas.The announcement from Treasury comes amid still unanswered questions about ties between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign and transition teams. Two Congressional committees are still investigating the matter, as well as the FBI.
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