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Prince William And Prince Harry Slam ‘Offensive,’ ‘False’ Story In Rare Joint Rebuke

Princes Harry and William have briefly joined forces to speak out against a story “speculating” about their relationship amid the chaos surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to “step back” as senior royals.

The brothers released a rare joint statement on Monday in response to an unnamed story that they viewed as “potentially harmful.” 

“Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge,” according to their statement, released on Monday and shared with HuffPost.

“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful,” the statement said.

It’s extremely rare for the royals to publicly issue a personal rebuke on an individual story, especially in a joint statement. The royal family rarely comments on the veracity of reports written about them.

While the brothers didn’t name the story in particular, multiple outlets have reported that the story in question seems to be a report from the U.K.’s Times that says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on the receiving end of a “bullying” attitude from the Duke of Cambridge. 

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POOL New / Reuters William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for an Armistice Service at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 11, 2018.

A re​port released over the weekend claimed that William told a friend he’s “sad” he and Harry are now “separate entities.”

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities,” William reportedly said, per The Sunday Times. “I’m sad about that.” 

“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team,” the Duke of Cambridge added.

Harry addressed rumors of a rift with his brother back in October in the ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”

“We are brothers. We will always be brothers,” the prince said. “We are certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”

“The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing,” he added. “But as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.” 

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Mark Cuthbert via Getty Images William and Harry attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on Nov. 10, 2019 in London. 

On Saturday, it was announced that William, Harry and Prince Charles are expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth on Monday for an emergency family meeting. Meghan Markle, who flew back to Canada to be with the couple’s son, Archie, will reportedly dial in to the talks.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that as they step back from their roles as royals, they will be working toward financial independence, reexamining their relationship with the media and splitting time between the U.K. and North America.

Only Buckingham Palace has publicly commented on the move, saying Wednesday that talks with Meghan and Harry are still “at an early stage.”

“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the palace added. 

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Elizabeth Warren claims she ‘objected’ to Sondland confirmation – she didn’t

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts vows that if she’s elected president, she’ll stop the practice of appointing “big donors to be ambassadors.”

And, in a new TV commercial, the Democratic presidential candidate specifically calls out Gordon Sondland, a big donor to Donald Trump nominated by the president as U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Warren now says she “objected” to Sondland’s nomination – but a review of the record shows the senator did not, in fact, oppose his confirmation on the floor.

WARREN SAYS TRUMP RISKED WAR FOR POLITICS WITH SOLEIMANI STRIKE

The ad, which started running Friday in Iowa, focuses on Sondland, who two months ago became a household name as he was a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry into the president.

“At the center of Donald Trump’s crimes and chaos is the millionaire donor he made an ambassador,” Warren says in the spot over pictures of Sondland.

“Republicans and Democrats have been rewarding big donors with cushy ambassadorships like this for years,” she says. “It’s Washington corruption at its worst.”

“When I’m president that stops. I’m the only candidate running who has made this promise. I’ll never give ambassadorships to unqualified donors just because they wrote me fat checks,” she concludes.

Warren has pledged repeatedly – both on the campaign trail and on the debate stage – to end the practice of giving wealthy donors ambassadorships.

“Donald Trump has made it clear that he has taken a process that has been far too cozy in Washington for far too long and that is just sell the ambassadorships, one after another after another. And that’s why I have called on my fellow Democrats in this primary to say no. No more of this,” Warren said Friday in an interview ahead of a town hall in Dover, N.H.

“We are not going to appoint big donors to be ambassadors. We’re going to appoint people who are actually qualified to be ambassadors, who have some history, some experience in this,” she added.

IN RARE REBUKE, WARREN FIRES BACK AT SANDERS CAMPAIGN

Asked if she opposed Sondland’s confirmation, Warren said: “When he came through – I think most of these guys came through on consent – I objected to all of them.”

But asked if she specifically took action, Warren answered, “I would have to go back and look at the individual ones. There have been a lot of ambassadors that have come through.”

Sondland was confirmed by unanimous consent in June 2018. Warren and the rest of the senators consented to a “voice vote” for Sondland’s confirmation to occur at a session in which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the only lawmaker in the chamber.

Any member of the Senate could have raised an objection to the nomination – but none did.

Warren also did not object to the confirmation of 11 other Trump ambassador nominations.

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Philippines Taal volcano generates lightning: Here’s what causes those stunning displays

A volcanic eruption in the Philippines that’s caused tens of thousands of people to evacuate is also creating a stunning display in the sky.

The Taal Volcano, located about 37 miles south of Manila, began erupting Sunday, forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport until ashfall eased by Monday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory that 144 volcanic earthquakes have been reported since the initial eruption, with 44 quakes strong enough to be felt in nearby communities.

“Such intense seismic activity probably signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity,” the institute’s advisory read.

PHILIPPINE VOLCANO ERUPTION SHUTS DOWN MANILA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The volcanology institute also said that steam-laden plumes over a mile tall were still being generated by the erupting volcano, bringing heavy ashfall. Images and videos from the scene showed a massive column of smoke and ash rising into the sky.

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Taal volcano spews ash in a view from Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerrard Carreon)

As night fell around 6 p.m. on Sunday, an impressive display of rare volcanic lightning was also seen. So what is volcanic lighting?

How a volcano creates lighting

When sparks fly during a volcanic eruption, it has everything to do with physics above as opposed to the tectonic activity down below.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bogie Calupitan)

Lightning, one the oldest observed natural phenomenon on earth, is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air or the ground. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, lightning can occur between opposite charges within a thunderstorm cloud or between opposite charges a the cloud and on the ground.

In order to get lightning during a volcanic eruption, there needs to be a thick plume of volcanic ash that allows a large charge separation between two masses.

“If the charge separation becomes big enough it is then able to overpower the air resistance, create a path of ionized air, and conduct electricity in the form of lightning,” according to geologists at Oregon State University. “The ash that is to be erupted begins as electrostatically neutral rock or rock fragments.”

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In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, lightning strikes beside the ash cloud as Taal Volcano erupts in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Heat and movement within a volcano is the first source of particle charging, but ash particles usually acquire a charge by friction from the violent movements of being blasted out during a volcanic eruption.

PHILIPPINES VOLCANO BRING THREAT OF ‘VOLCANIC TSUNAMI’ AFTER ERUPTION NEAR MANILA HALTS FLIGHTS, THOUSANDS FLEE

“Think of skidding your socked feet rapidly across the carpet or rubbing a balloon quickly against your head. The same type of charge is accumulating within the ash cloud, only on a much larger scale,” researchers at Oregon State note.

Volcanos that typically lack a thick volcanic plume, like those in Hawaii that have more lava than ash, rarely have volcanic lightning, according to National Geographic.

Volcanic lightning tied to ‘explosive’ eruptions

When a volcanic eruption is underway, location is directly related to where any lightning bolts may be spotted.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

According to the United States Geological Survey, lightning discharges are commonly associated with the formation of ash plumes during a volcanic eruption, particularly those that are “explosive.”

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As the ash plume rises into the sky, there are three regions of the plume where lighting discharges are likely to take place. Those areas include immediately above the vent of the volcano, in the column of ash that may extend several miles into the sky, and in the downwind plume of ash from the eruption as the column spreads out sideways.

“Lightning is the primary cause of unscheduled interruptions for most overhead power transmission lines and is a major cause of faults on typical overhead distribution lines,” according to the USGS. “Increased lightning discharge activity during volcanic eruptions, therefore, poses a heightened lightning hazard to power generation sites, substations, and transmission and distribution lines.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Discussion Thread: 2020 Primaries and Caucuses Calendar and Registration Information

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Hello r/politics!

We’re less than a month away from the official beginning of the 2020 Primaries and Caucuses! 50 states, 5 territories, the District of Colombia, and voters living abroad will be participating in caucuses and elections between early February and early June as part of the lead up to November in order to determine which candidate will represent the Republican and Democratic parties.

Democratic contests will be held in all 56 locations (as well as abroad), but Republican contests have been cancelled in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Registration deadlines, voting/caucus procedures and dates vary from place to place, so we have put together this table to help you find out more information about how, where, and when you can participate. Follow the links for location-specific details and note the information regarding party-switching deadlines and caucus types at the bottom of the table.

And as always, please be mindful of following the rules of /r/politics when participating in discussion threads.

State/Territory Type D Primary R Primary Deadline* Registration
Alabama Open Primary 03/03 03/03 02/15 SOS guide
Alaska Semi-Closed Primary 04/04 N/A 02/19 SOS guide
American Samoa Caucus 03/03 N/A 02/02 SOS guide
Arizona Semi-Closed Primary 03/17 04/25 02/18D, 04/25R SOS guide
Arkansas Open Primary 03/03 03/03 02/04 SOS guide
California Semi-Closed Primary 03/03 03/03 02/17 SOS guide
Colorado Semi-Closed Primary 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
Connecticut Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 04/231 SOS guide
Delaware Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 04/04 SOS guide
Democrats Abroad Primary 03/03-03/10 N/A SD SOS guide
District of Columbia Closed Primary 06/02 N/A SD SOS guide
Florida Closed Primary 03/17 03/17 02/18 SOS guide
Georgia Open Primary 03/24 03/24 02/24 SOS guide
Guam Caucus 05/02 N/A 04/22 SOS guide
Hawaii Closed Primary (D), Caucus (R) 04/04 03/10 03/05 SOS guide
Idaho Closed Primary 03/10 03/10 SD SOS guide
Illinois Open Primary 03/17 03/17 SD SOS guide
Indiana Open Primary 05/05 05/05 04/06 SOS guide
Iowa Semi-Closed Caucus 02/03 02/03 SD SOS guide
Kansas Semi-Closed Primary 05/02 N/A 04/11 SOS guide
Kentucky Closed Primary 05/19 05/19 04/20 SOS guide
Louisiana Semi-Closed Primary 04/04 04/04 03/15 SOS guide
Maine Closed Primary 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
Maryland Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 04/23 SOS guide
Massachusetts Semi-Closed Primary 03/03 03/03 02/12 SOS guide
Michigan Open Primary 03/10 03/10 SD SOS guide
Minnesota Open Primary 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
Mississippi Open Primary 03/10 03/10 02/09 SOS guide
Missouri Open Primary 03/10 03/10 02/12 SOS guide
Montana Open Primary 06/02 06/02 SD SOS guide
Nebraska Semi-Closed Primary 05/12 05/12 04/24 SOS guide
Nevada Closed Caucus 02/22 02/25 02/03 SOS guide
New Hampshire Semi-Closed Primary 02/11 02/11 SD SOS guide
New Jersey Semi-Closed Primary 06/02 06/02 05/123 SOS guide
New Mexico Closed Primary 06/02 06/02 05/05 SOS guide
New York Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 04/034 SOS guide
North Carolina Semi-Open Primary 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
North Dakota Open Primary 03/10 03/10 SD SOS guide***
Northern Mariana Semi-Open Caucus 03/14 N/A 01/14 SOS guide
Ohio Semi-Open Primary 03/17 03/17 02/16 SOS guide
Oklahoma Semi-Closed Primary** 03/03 03/03 02/07 SOS guide
Oregon Semi-Closed Primary 05/19 05/19 04/28 SOS guide
Pennsylvania Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 04/13 SOS guide
Puerto Rico Primary 06/07 03/08 02/08 SOS guide
Rhode Island Semi-Closed Primary 04/28 04/28 03/29 SOS guide
South Carolina Open Primary 02/29 N/A 01/26 SOS guide
South Dakota Semi-Closed Primary** 06/02 06/02 05/18 SOS guide
Tennessee Open Primary 03/03 03/03 02/02 SOS guide
Texas Open Primary 03/03 03/03 02/02 SOS guide
Utah Semi-Closed Primary** 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
Vermont Open Primary 03/03 03/03 SD SOS guide
Virginia Open Primary 03/03 N/A 02/10 SOS guide
Virgin Islands Caucus 06/06 N/A 05/07 SOS guide
Washington Open Primary 03/10 03/10 SD SOS guide
West Virginia Semi-Closed Primary 05/12 05/12 04/21 SOS guide
Wisconsin Open Primary 04/07 04/07 SD SOS guide
Wyoming Closed Caucus 04/04 N/A SD SOS guide

SD – same day registration available for participants.

*Date given is the latest possible registration date for any form of registration – online, in-person, mail. Please consult the following list for deadlines of each form of registration, where applicable:https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-register-to-vote-when-to-register-deadlines

**The Democratic Primary is open to unaffiliated voters whereas the Republican Primary is not.

***North Dakota does not track party or voter registration.

1 – Connecticut’s deadline toswitch partiesis January 28.

2 – Delaware’s deadline toswitch partiesis February 28.

3 – New Jersey’s deadline toswitch partiesis April 8.

4 – New York’s deadline toswitch partiesis February 14.

Primary/Caucus Type Meaning
Open Voters can vote in either party’s primary irrespective of voter affiliation (which in many cases the state might not even keep track of party registration at all).
Semi-Open Voters only declare which party primary they participate in at the voting booth.
Closed Voters must vote in the party that they are registered with.
Semi-Closed Registered voters may only vote in the party they are registered with, but unaffiliated voters may participate in either party’s primary.

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Ken Jeong, Caleb McLaughlin team up with NFL, American Cancer Society for Crucial Catch Super Bowl campaign

Actor and “The Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong and “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin are teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign in a concentrated effort to combat cancer.

Through its partnership with the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative, the ACS, along with Jeong and McLaughlin, will present a one-of-a-kind experience to a lucky NFL fan at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The lucky recipient will have the opportunity to take in the big game with McLaughlin and a special meet-and-greet with the venerable Jeong prior to kickoff.

For Jeong, 50, providing the experience of a lifetime for one lucky fan is something that carries significance for the actor, who is a former medical doctor and his wife, Tran, is a breast cancer survivor.

DELTA EMPLOYEES RAISE OVER $500G FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

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The Vince Lombardi Trophy is lifted into the air after the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Florida, February 7, 2010.  (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the NFL and American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer at Super Bowl LIV. This is a cause near and dear to my heart as my wife is a breast cancer survivor herself,” said the funnyman. “The NFL and ACS will be able to provide cancer screenings and treatment to so many people in need.”

Additionally, the ACS and the NFL will offer the Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner and a guest round-trip airfare to Miami, lodging, pre-game sideline passes, access to the hottest parties in Miami and other exclusive perks.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, SHAKIRA CONFIRMED AS SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW PERFORMERS

Of the all-encompassing VIP experience, McLaughlin, 18, said he couldn’t jump at the opportunity to support the ACS’ commitment to increasing overall access to care in underserved communities fast enough.

“There is no discrimination when it comes to cancer. It affects everyone, especially those in the underprivileged communities that can’t afford to get the screenings they need,” McLaughlin explained. “For this reason, I am truly happy to be partnering with the NFL and the American Cancer Society for the 2020 Super Bowl. One hundred percent of the funds raised will help benefit the many people who are in desperate need of lifesaving screenings [and] treatments.”

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Actor and “The Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong, left, and “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin are teaming up with the American Cancer Society and the National Football League’s Crucial Catch Campaign in a concentrated effort to combat cancer. (AP/Getty)

The ACS is in just its second year partnering with the NFL to grant lucky fans access to a star-studded affair. Last year, lifelong New England Patriots fans’ dreams came true when actress Vanessa Hudgens enjoyed the game with them while they watched their team win it all in Atlanta.

SHAKIRA DISHES ON JAY-Z ASKING HER TO PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

Since 2009, the NFL and American Cancer Society have partnered in the commitment to the fight against cancer. Crucial Catch helps more people catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat, and focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, particularly in high-risk communities.

“We’re so thankful for Ken and Caleb’s commitment to the fight against cancer,” said Sharon Byers, chief development, marketing and communications officer of the American Cancer Society. “What better way to enjoy the NFL’s biggest game than raising funds for the fight and mingling with some of today’s biggest stars.”

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NFL fans can enter the sweepstakes at CrucialCatch.NFL.com by donating a minimum of $10 to the American Cancer Society.

Super Bowl LIV airs Feb. 2 on FOX.

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Prince William, Prince Harry Issue Rare Joint Statement To Slam ‘Offensive’ Story

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Princes Harry and William have briefly joined forces to speak out against a story “speculating” about their relationship. 

The brothers released a rare joint statement on Monday in response to an unnamed story that they viewed as “potentially harmful.” 

POOL New / Reuters William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for an Armistice Service at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 11, 2018.

A Sunday Times re​port released over the weekend claimed that William told a friend he’s “sad” he and Harry are now “separate entities.” Harry and Meghan Markle announced Wednesday in a groundbreaking statement that they are planning to step back as “senior” members of the royal family.

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities,” William reportedly said, per The Sunday Times. “I’m sad about that.” 

“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team,” the Duke of Cambridge added.

The report comes just after it was announced on Saturday that William, Harry and Prince Charles are expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth on Monday for an emergency family meeting. Meghan, who flew back to Canada to be with the couple’s son, Archie, will reportedly dial in to the talks.

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Away C.E.O. Is Back, Just Weeks After Stepping Down

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She apologized for her management style and stepped down as chief executive. Now, she says it was a mistake to fall on her sword and is taking her job back.

Former employees of Away luggage, one of the fastest-growing retail start-ups in recent years, accused the company’s chief executive, Steph Korey, of creating a toxic culture within the company in an article published by the technology website The Verge that went viral last month.

The article included text messages that a Verge editor described on Twitter as showing Ms. Korey using the workplace messaging application Slack “as a tool to stalk and bully junior and minority employees.”

In the article, former employees — who were identified by pseudonyms — contended that Ms. Korey pushed them too hard. In one message quoted in the article, which was sent at 3 a.m., she told employees on the customer service team that they could not work from home or submit vacation requests until customer service problems she had identified were resolved. In others, she came across as passive-aggressive.

Within hours of its publication, the article had created a social media firestorm around the company, which is worth more than $1 billion in the private market with plans to go public. For a company focused on a millennial audience and a brand that seeks to evoke a sense of community, the story was viewed internally as existential.

Within 24 hours, Ms. Korey had issued a lengthy apology. “I am sincerely sorry for what I said and how I said it. It was wrong, plain and simple,” she said. “I can imagine how people felt reading those messages from the past, because I was appalled to read them myself,” she wrote. Days later, the company said that it was hiring a new chief executive and that Ms. Korey would become executive chairwoman.

The episode, the latest example of a fast-growing company run by young founders that has found itself in a crisis, was viewed within the insular world of start-ups as a swift fall for Ms. Korey, Away’s 31-year-old co-founder.

The new chief executive, Stuart Haselden, plans to start his job on Monday, having been recruited from Lululemon Athletica, the company famous for its leggings.

But there is one new, significant wrinkle: His title won’t be chief executive — he will be co-chief executive with Ms. Korey. She isn’t going anywhere. The company plans to announce the move on Monday morning.

“Frankly, we let some inaccurate reporting influence the timeline of a transition plan that we had,” Ms. Korey said in an interview last week. With some time and perspective, she said, the company’s board members decided to reverse themselves. “All of us said, ‘It’s not right.’”

The members of Away’s board say they feel as if they fell victim to management by Twitter mob.

The company now says it disputes The Verge’s reporting and has hired Elizabeth M. Locke, the lawyer who successfully brought a defamation case against Rolling Stone magazine for a story about a supposed gang rape at the University of Virginia. It is unclear whether Away plans to bring a lawsuit.

In a statement, The Verge said, “Steph Korey responding to our reporting by saying her behavior and comments were ‘wrong, plain and simple’ and then choosing to step down as C.E.O. speaks for itself.”

Sitting in a windowless conference room at the company’s SoHo headquarters, Ms. Korey, at one point nearly breaking down in tears, said that the month since the article was published had been a tough lesson about management — and herself. She was bombarded by criticism on Twitter and other social media platforms that she thought would put the company’s future in jeopardy.

“It’s very upsetting if suddenly total strangers tell you that you should get an abortion,” said Ms. Korey, who is pregnant. One user on Twitter wrote: “Imagine how she’ll treat that baby.”

In the moment, she said, she chose to take herself out of the chief executive role and make herself executive chairwoman. “I said, ‘I don’t know if the company needs a C.E.O. under fire right now,’” she said. “‘Why don’t we just accelerate our transition plan?’”

In a separate interview, Ludwig Ensthaler, a partner at the venture capital firm Global Founders Capital and the only independent director on Away’s four-member board, confirmed that it had been Ms. Korey’s decision to step down and that there was no pressure from outside investors. He added that he should not have accepted the restructuring plan she proposed in the first place.

Ms. Korey had already recruited Mr. Haselden to the company to become its president, with the promise that, after a transition period, he would be elevated to chief executive to help take the company public. When the plan changed after the Verge article was published, she said she would become executive chairwoman and Mr. Haselden the chief executive. But behind the scenes, she said, she expected both of them to operate pretty much in their original roles, just with different titles. Ms. Korey’s co-founder, Jen Rubio, will remain president and chief brand officer.

“I honestly thought that people didn’t care that much about the inner workings of Away,” she said, “Who is C.E.O. and who is executive chairman — that wasn’t something that, at a private company that’s less than four years old that sells travel products, I just didn’t think would be news and people would care.”

But, she said, it quickly became clear that her plan to remain at Away — effectively in the same role but with a new title — was not understood inside or outside the company.

“The way it became perceived it was like I stepped down and like I left the company,” she said. “I have a very external-facing role working with new vendors, working with new partners, recruiting new candidates. And without a change, it looks like they have a board director reaching out to them who doesn’t work at the company.”

Mr. Haselden said in a telephone interview that the article didn’t paint Ms. Korey as the person he knew and said her original decision to step aside “was very selfless in trying to defuse the firestorm of social media.”

“But it just created a misconception that she was exiting the business, which was never the intent,” he added. Making them both co-chief executive, he said, “will clarify how we intended to operate from the beginning.” Ms. Korey said she still planned to eventually step aside after a transition period and Mr. Haselden will become the sole chief executive.

Whether the article reflected an accurate picture of the company — The Verge has since published several updates, clarifications and corrections — it is hard to judge if Ms. Korey herself has changed.

The company provided a trove of emails from employees that suggested they loved working for her. Yet even after the Verge article appeared, employees continued to leak screenshots of Away’s Slack channels to the site, suggesting that whatever changes had been made, some people inside the company remained unhappy.

Ms. Korey said she has done a lot of soul-searching since the article was published. While she maintained that it misrepresented her behavior, she said she recognized that she had made mistakes and could improve.

“When I think back on ways I’ve phrased feedback, there have been times where the word choice isn’t as thoughtful as it should have been, or the way it was framed actually wasn’t as constructive as it could have been,” she said. “Those are not, in the eyes of our leadership and the eyes of our board, terminal, unsolvable problems.”

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Burt Ward Of ‘Batman’ Says He Took Pills To Shrink Private Parts

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So that’s why they called him the Boy Wonder.

Burt Ward, who played sidekick Robin on TV’s “Batman” in the 1960s, said in an interview with the New York Post’s Page Six that his bulge was stealing scenes to the point where he was asked to visit a doctor for shrinking pills.

Ward told Page Six that the dynamic duo’s tight-fitting costumes drew ire from the Catholic League of Decency.

“They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” Ward said.

He claimed that ABC executives asked him to reduce the protuberance by going to a doctor for medication “to shrink me up.”

Ward did as he was told but quickly had reservations.

“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” he said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”

His superheroic endowment intact, Ward became a household name alongside Adam West, who played Batman.

Last week, Ward, a 74-year-old father of two, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He said he grew up daydreaming every day of being a superhero. “I got it,” he said in the clip above. “And don’t think it was an accident.”

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Princes William, Harry deny ‘offensive’ report that bullying led to Meghan and Harry’s drastic decision

Prince William and Prince Harry formed a united front to deny a report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s behavior played a role in Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to “step back” from their royal duties.

In a statement on behalf of both princes released by the palace, the brothers denied reports from a U.K. newspaper that Harry and Meghan felt pushed out of the royal family by William and Kate Middleton.

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In a statement confirmed by Fox News, the brothers said: “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge. For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”

The rebuke comes in response to a story published by The Times that stated that Harry and Meghan came to their historic decision to step back from their royal duties and become financially independent from the crown after two years of being “bullied” and “told their place” by William, Kate and other senior royals.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is rumored to be behind pressuring Prince Harry to leave the royal family. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A source told the outlet that the Cambridges were “not very friendly” or welcoming to Meghan starting as early as her royal wedding to Harry in May 2018.

Although the brothers disputed claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pushed out of the royal family by Williams’ “bullying attitude,” it’s unclear if their comment extends to a follow-up story from The Times that alleged that Meghan was the driving force behind the decision.

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Markle has been accused of pressuring her husband to leave the royal family with a source saying: “She wants to leave… she thinks: ‘It’s not working for me.”

“Harry is under intense pressure to choose. It is sad. He loves the Queen,” a source told the outlet (via the Daily Mail). “He loves this country. He loves all his military stuff and I think it will genuinely break his heart to leave. I don’t think that’s what he really wants. I think they want some halfway house.”

The royal family was rocked last week when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a statement on social media stating that they were stepping back from their royal duties following two years of intense media scrutiny. The couple said they plan to divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America in a move that surprised other members of the royal family.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is set to hold face-to-face talks Monday with Prince Harry for the first time since the big announcement. Both William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, are expected to attend the family meeting while Markle is expected to phone in from Canada, where she is taking care of baby Archie.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Subaru tells dealers it’s sorry for ‘F—‘ up

Subaru has apologized to its American dealers for a major mess caused by a colleague half a world away.

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The Forester was Subaru’s second-best seller in the U.S. in 2019. (Subaru)

The automaker was caught off guard last week when word of an SUV on display at the Singapore Motorshow called the Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special edition, which can be converted into a vulgar acronym, went viral.

Subaru confirmed to Fox News Autos that the custom car was the work of the local independent distributor and has told its American dealer network that company headquarters had nothing to do with it, a letter leaked to The Drive revealed.

“We apologize for any negative feedback this may have caused. SBR has had the name removed from the car at the Singapore Auto Show. We work very hard to build a strong brand image for this company and the naming of this vehicle in no way reflects the values and standards we hold true. Furthermore, we will always do our best to protect our brand’s integrity,” the letter said.

“It goes without saying that this car will not be available in the United States market,” the letter noted.

Subaru set its 11th straight sales record in the U.S. in 2019 on the back of a safety-focused, pet-friendly outdoorsy marketing strategy that includes the promotion of charitable giving through its Subaru Share the Love Event.

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