November 19, 2018

Airbnb to no longer allow listings in Israeli settlements in West Bank

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Airbnb said Monday that it would no longer allow listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The short-term home rental company said in a press release that it had previously allowed the listings – around 200 – as U.S. law permitted Airbnb to operate in the disputed territory, but that it had "wrestled with this issue and we have struggled to come up with the right approach." After consulting experts, Airbnb said, it came up with a framework for its policy i..
November 19, 2018

‘Rake America Great Again’: Finns troll President Trump over forest raking comment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The rakes are out for President Donald Trump. Twitter erupted this weekend with mockery of the president after he claimed, during a visit to a scorched California town, that the leader of Finland had told him the Northern European country prevented wildfires in part by raking their forests. "You gotta take care of the floors," Trump said Saturday while touring Paradise, California, a town devastated by the Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state's history..
November 19, 2018

British school bans pricey Canada Goose coats in hopes of preventing ‘poverty shaming’

Noam Galai/WireImage(WIRRAL, England) -- With the coldest months of winter fast approaching, a school in the U.K. has banned luxury coats in order to help “poverty proof” its educational environment. The head teacher at Woodchurch High School in Wirral, England, moved to ban coats made by expensive brands after consulting with both parents and pupils. Students will no longer be allowed to sport jackets from Canada Goose, Moncler or Pyrenex, in order to reduce the stress on low-income families to..
November 19, 2018

Groom describes difficulty of losing friends during Costa Rica rafting accident

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Members of a bachelor party, which turned tragic after a whitewater-rafting accident in Costa Rica killed several attendees, described to ABC News how difficult it was to inform their families. Luis Beltran, the groom, and 13 of his friends and family were on a rafting tour on Oct. 20 when all three rafts they were occupying capsized, killing Beltran's brother, Sergio Lorenzo, and Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso and Andres Denis. Kevin Thompson Reid, 45, a Costa Ri..