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    Former NFL Cheerleaders Accuse Buffalo Bills of Demeaning Treatment, Unfair Pay

    Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, are accusing their team of demeaning treatment and unfair pay.

    “Our dream as being a Buffalo Jills cheerleader was taken advantage of,” former cheerleader identified only as Maria P. told ABC affiliate WKBW.

    The suit, filed by five former Buffalo Jills, says the team controlled everything from how much bread to eat at formal dinners to how to properly eat soup. The cheerleaders say the team even regulated what color nail polish they could wear.

    At an annual golf tournament, the cheerleaders say they were required to wear bikinis and were subjected to degrading sexual comments and touched inappropriately.

    And every week, they say they had the “jiggle test” and those who failed, in some cases, “were penalized, suspended or dismissed.”

    “Everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and have us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling,” former Buffalo Jill Alyssa told ABC affiliate WKBW.

    According to the suit, one Bills cheerleader says she was paid just $105 for the entire season.

    “We are aware of this lawsuit, and it is our organizational policy not to comment on pending litigation,” Scott Berchtold, the Bills’ senior vice president of communications, told The Buffalo News.

    The NFL isn’t commenting.

    Buffalo follows suits by cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, some of whom claim they were paid less than $5 an hour.

    The Jills suit says while they earned less than minimum wage, the highest-paid player on the team raked in an average of $16 million a season.

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    Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars

    Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law, and depending on how you see it, it’s either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

    Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”

    The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.

    Georgia’s governor, up for re-election, signed the law Wednesday.

    “As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

    There are many supporters in Georgia from all walks of life.

    “It’s something that’s long overdue,” Samuel Hayes of Atlanta said. “It’s a tremendous victory for law-abiding citizens.”

    “You should still have the right to be able to protect yourself,” another man said.

    Across the country, however, gun control advocates are sounding the alarm.

    “To do it in the name of safety? It’s beyond preposterous. It’s tragic,” said Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “You know, guns and alcohol don’t mix and yea, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of this.”

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    Father of Teen Stowaway: 'Allah Had Saved Him'

    Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The father of the 15-year-old who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane for five hours said his son was saved by God.

    The teen survived through chilling temperatures and high altitudes in the unpressurized area of the jetliner. In an interview with the Voice of America, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi said his son is recovering in a Hawaii hospital.

    "I heard that he survived, God saved him, I was extremely happy, but, it was something unexpected, it is something that crosses anyone’s mind," Abdi told VOA on Wednesday.

    The father identified the teen as Yahya Abdi, who was spotted by airport workers on the tarmac in Maui after crawling out of the wheel well. He explained that his son had a "tough time with his schoolwork," which may have attributed to his decision to make the trip in the Boeing 767. The teen also frequently spoke about going back to Africa where his grandparents are, his father said.

    "He didn’t study while in Africa, starting high school in here, was difficult, that could also be the cause, excessive absent, and learning became difficult for him," Abdi said.

    An airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the teen told ABC News he said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and dad.

    Airport surveillance video captured him exiting the wheel well at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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    Reddit User Posts About Missing Mom, Other Redditor Finds Her

    Wavebreak Media / 36 / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing this week in New York City was located and reconnected to her family by the work of Reddit users.

    According to a post on the social sharing site Reddit, a user named Josh Goldberg posted Tuesday that his 59-year-old mother, May Goldberg, had wandered out of her apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was missing.

    Goldberg described his mother as having “severe dementia” and posted several photos and a description of her to the site. He said he first reported the incident to police, who distributed her photo in hopes of finding her.

    Just seven hours later, another user of the site found May Goldberg wandering New York City. That user, “geryorama,” posted around midnight that he saw someone on the street who looked like the woman in the photos. He double-checked the Reddit post on his, stopped the women, and called for help, he wrote.

    “I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar,” he wrote.

     

    I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

    Other Reddit users dubbed him the “Where’s Waldo” champion of the world for spotting a woman in a city of eight million.

    “I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family,” he wrote.

    Josh Goldberg updated the thread to say his mother is safe and being checked out at a hospital as a precaution.

    “A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities,” Goldberg wrote. “The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.”

    The Goldbergs could not be immediately reached for comment.

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    James Holmes' Lawyers Fight Order for Second Mental Exam

    Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- James Holmes' attorneys are fighting an order to have the accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter undergo a second mental evaluation.

    Holmes' first evaluation was ruled inadequate.

    A county judge in Colorado has ordered a new exam, but Holmes' lawyers are appealing the ruling to the Colorado Supreme Court.

    Holmes, 26, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

    While his attorneys appeal the order for a second exam, all hearings in the case have been put on hold.

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    Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to 329K

    iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims shot up during the third week of April, climbing to 329,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday morning.

    For the week ending April 19, the number of people filing for benefits rose by 24,000. The previous week, claims stood at 305,000 -- an upward revision of 1,000.

    The four-week average also went up, increasing by 4,750 to 316,750.

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    FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes

    iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday morning plans to regulate electronic cigarettes.

    The proposed regulations will require that the manufacturers disclose to the FDA what is in their products and will require that the devices come with a warning label. Although e-cigarette sales to minors will be prohibited, there are currently no advertising restrictions.

    The regulation has been long-anticipated as millions of Americans have started using e-cigarettes. The devices are battery-operated nicotine inhalers.

    Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News's chief health and medical editor, said public health officials are concerned that e-cigarettes could be a gateway to further tobacco use.

    “Data show use of e-cigarettes by high school and junior high school students is on the rise," Besser said. "Once addicted to nicotine, will users move on to using tobacco with all the inherent health risks?”

    “Countering the view are those who view e-cigarettes as an important step towards risk reduction for current cigarette smokers," he added. "They do not deliver the carcinogens that are the cause of so many health problems.”

    There are more than 250 brands of e-cigarettes and an estimated 4 million Americans use them, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. However, whether the small devices are “safer” than traditional cigarettes remains unproven. Without FDA regulation it’s unclear how much nicotine or other chemicals each brand of e-cigarette holds.

    A widely publicized study into the safety of e-cigarettes was done when researchers analyzed only two leading brands and concluded the devices did contain trace elements of hazardous compounds, including a chemical that is the main ingredient found in antifreeze.

    Despite the announcement, it will be months to years before concrete regulation is implemented. First there will be a six-month review process after the 75-day comment period. It will be another two years before current products need to be approved by the FDA and 25 months before they need to display warning labels.


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    Which TV Streaming Service Is Right for You?

    iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been a busy week in the world of streaming media services.

    First, Netflix announced that it's planning a price increase of between $1 and $2, depending on the country, to help fund new content for your viewing pleasure.

    Then, Amazon Prime announced members will have access to HBO classics like The Wire and The Sopranos.

    Now, Dish says it's considering launching the first Internet-only pay-TV service this summer, potentially becoming first U.S. provider to offer such a standalone service.

    To see a comparison of four streaming services that offer film and TV shows, their prices and potential drawbacks, click here.

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    Facebook Buys Activity Diary App 'Moves'

    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook now has a stake in your "moves."

    The company jumped into the fitness tracking market Thursday with the acquisition of Finnish company ProtoGeo Oy, which produces the popular activity diary app, Moves.

    "The Moves team has built an incredible tool for the millions of people who want to better understand their daily fitness activity, and we’re looking forward to the app continuing to gain momentum," a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Facebook said the app will continue to run as a "separate, stand-alone application."

    As users go about their daily activities, Moves operates quietly by gathering data from a smartphone's accelerometer.

    The app is able to discern if a person is walking, running, biking or riding public transportation. It then displays a person's activity results for the day using colored circles that include metrics such as the number of steps walked and miles ran.

    Facebook said key members of the Moves team will join their offices in Menlo Park, Calif.

    On Wednesday, Facebook smashed analysts' expectations by posting a 72 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter.

    The site also continues to grow -- with 802 million daily active users last month, an increase of 21 percent year-over-year, according to Facebook.

    "We've made some long term bets on the future while staying focused on executing and improving our core products and business," Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. "We're in great position to continue making progress towards our mission."

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    Blowout Earnings for Apple and Facebook

    Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two tech giants announced first-quarter results and both surprised Wall Street with stronger-than-expected earnings.

    Apple shares overnight gained more than 8 percent after the company said it plans to buy back $30 billion in stock and raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent. Apple also announced a 7-for-1 stock split.

    It’s really benefiting from an alliance with China Mobile, selling 44 million iPhones worldwide, many in China.

    Facebook now has more than a billion and a quarter users with two-thirds of them logging in every day. First-quarter earnings and sales surged with advertising revenue rising 82 percent.


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    Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show"

    Scott Gries/PictureGroup/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- With his new gig set to take over for David Letterman on the Late Show, it was time for Stephen Colbert to say goodbye to Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

    Colbert stopped by the set on Wednesday night to bid farewell to the friend who launched his career.

    "Jon, I have some terrible news. You better sit down," he said. "Jon, this is going to come as something of a shock to you."

    Then Stewart interrupted to say, "You're ending your show."

    In true Colbert fashion, he responded, "I have to Jon. Don't beg me to stay. There's no mountain left for me to climb. It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television.”

    Colbert, in character, even joked that the guy taking over for Letterman in 2015 was "some fat guy" -- referring to his true self.

    Colbert told ABC News that he will ditch his current alter ego for his new role.

    "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

    The Colbert Report is set to end this fall.

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    Beyoncé Tops "Time" Magazine’s 2014 '100 Most Influential People’ List

    Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Since hitting the world stage as a member of Destiny’s Child, music superstar Beyoncé  Knowles has shattered album records, won Grammys, secretly recorded and released a surprise album on iTunes, married a fellow music superstar -- Jay Z -- and become a mother, to Blue Ivy.

    All of that and more has landed the 32-year-old singer atop the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    The tribute to Beyonce inside the magazine is written by Sheryl Sandberg, a female force herself in the tech industry whose book Lean In encourages woman to take charge of their careers and lives.

    “Beyoncé has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,’” Sandberg writes.

    Beyoncé topped other entertainment stars like Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington in reaching Time cover status, as well as influential political, business and cultural leaders like Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

    Beyoncé even topped Pope Francis, who is featured inside the magazine in a piece written by President Barack Obama.

    Clinton stands out for both making the Time 100 list as well as writing about another honoree on the list, Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Other Time 100 honorees, and the luminaries writing about them, include:

    • Miley Cyrus by Dolly Parton
    • Rand Paul by Mitch McConnell
    • Serena Williams by Dwayne Wade
    • Vladimir Putin by Madeleine Albright
    • Robert Redford by Harvey Weinstein
    • Eric Holder by John Lewis
    • Alice Waters by Ruth Reichl
    • Charlie Rose by Michael Bloomberg

    The issue of Time hits newsstands Friday.

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    Joan Rivers Doubles Down on Cleveland House of Horrors Humor

    Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- One day after making a joke on NBC's Today show regarding the victims who were held captive in that "house of horrors" in Cleveland, Joan Rivers refused to back down Wednesday.

    The 80-year-old comedienne was talking to the Today show co-hosts Tuesday about her living arrangements in a guestroom at her daughter Melissa's home when she declared, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

    Lawyers for two of the women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, called the "unfortunate comparison" both "shocking and disappointing" and demanded an apology.

    According to TMZ, Rivers refused and said of the women, "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."

    Rivers said of the women, which also included Michele Knight, "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."

    Furthermore, the comic said her comedic colleagues often make fun of tragedies like the sinking of the Titanic and the Holocaust.

    "The TV the guy [captor Ariel Castro] gave them must not have had SNL," Rivers said.

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    Meg Ryan Cast in "How I Met Your Mother" Spin-Off

    Venturelli/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan will be the voice of "future Sally" in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off, Entertainment Weekly reports.

    If you recall, HIMYM tapped Bog Saget to voice future Ted in the original.

    How I Met Your Dad will star Greta Gerwig and comes from the same creators -- Craig Thomas and Carter Bays -- that brought you HIMYM.

    Gerwig spoke to Vulture earlier this month about the role.

    "It's going to be different than the original," she told Vulture. "When the premise of the show is that it's a young man looking for his true love, it's a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. But I'm so nervous about it that I have trouble talking about it."

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    Rihanna and Drake's Relationship Is Getting Serious, Friends Say

    Eric McCandless/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- While Drake and Rihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings toward one another.

    "They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.

    Rihanna and Drake have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.

    "Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."

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