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‘America’s Newsroom’ says goodbye to Bill Hemmer: ‘This is a show you built’

Bill Hemmer signed off of “America’s Newsroom” on Friday, after 12 years co-hosting the morning show on Fox News Channel.

Hemmer, who joined Fox News in 2005, will anchor “Bill Hemmer Reports” weekdays starting Monday at 3 p.m. EST. Hemmer will be replaced by Ed Henry, who will co-anchor “America’s Newsroom” alongside Sandra Smith.

The veteran journalist will lead all breaking news coverage in addition to hosting the straight-news program from the network’s Fox News Deck.

“I want to say this,” Hemmer told “America’s Newsroom” viewers, also addressing co-host Sandra Smith. “I think what people on the outside of Fox don’t understand about the people who work at Fox is that I consider you a friend, also.”

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“And, Ben, I consider you a friend,” he said, gesturing to his stage manager. “And, everyone else around here on staff. And, that brings a certain unity to the process that we do every day and I think that’s really special and I consider it really important — a really important part about what we do.”

“We’re in it together in a significant way every day,” Hemmer continued. “So, [I’m] not going far.”

“Can I just add to that?” asked Smith. “There is not a person in this building – inside or out – that you mention Bill Hemmer’s name and they don’t say, ‘That’s a great guy.’ Because he is. And, he’s a great journalist.”

“Well, we’re going to get on the breaking news of the day, just like we do every day. We will get newsmakers, too, to bring that in,” Hemmer said of his next step.

“And, I know you have a great guy coming in here, too. Ed Henry has been trying to take me out at the knees for five years,” he joked. “So, now he gets his shot.”

“Thank you for the handoff, Bill. We look forward on building on the success of a show you built,” Smith replied.

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July 20, 2016: Fox News anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum on set at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Fox News)

Most recently, Hemmer conducted an exclusive interview with Attorney General William Barr from El Salvador, reported live from the U.S. summit with North Korea in Vietnam and was on the ground for President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin from Helsinki, Finland.

He has interviewed everyone from Mother Teresa to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, playing a key role in FNC’s political coverage in the process.

Hemmer has contributed to all of the network’s special election coverage since 2008, often covering conventions and reporting live from the campaign trail. Hemmer’s signature “Bill-Board” helps viewers understand election night results.

Additionally, the Cincinnati native has covered major news events, including the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

“On to greater things. On to another chapter. And, it’s just that — it’s another chapter,” Hemmer concluded. “So please come along for the ride.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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The Cost Of Free: Casper Pays A Price For Generous Mattress Returns

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Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night “risk-free” trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public. Yana Paskova/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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There’s no free lunch, economists will say. So when a company says, sleep on a mattress for a few months and return it for free — that actually costs money.

Just how much?

That question is now in the spotlight as online mattress seller Casper plans to go public. The decision forced Casper to disclose eye-popping losses: more than $92 million in 2018.

This has become a familiar story of a startup. Casper is a dominant online brand that’s growing faster than its peers, according to Rakuten Intelligence. And it’s investing heavily in marketing and opening physical stores.

But another big cost at Casper is “refunds, returns and discounts,” worth almost $81 million in 2018.

“This was long suspected that Casper is losing money,” said David Perry, executive editor and mattress writer at Furniture Today. “The number I really would like to see is what is the return percentage [of Casper’s mattresses]. Spoiler alert: I’m still looking.”

The company did not disclose how many of its mattresses get returned. It also did not respond to NPR’s inquiry.

“My educated guess is that Casper’s return rate would put it somewhere in the 12% to 14% rate,” said Michael Magnuson of GoodBed.com, who’s done detailed analysis of industry costs.

That would mean roughly 1 out of 8 Casper mattresses might be sent back. That’s pretty average for an online purchase — with one major difference.

“Unlike those shoes that you send back,” Magnuson said, “this mattress that you’re not going to keep — will never be resold.”

Casper wasn’t the first company to sell mattresses on the Internet. And it wasn’t the first to squish giant bedding into a box for cheaper shipping. Casper’s success story was about changing how people think about shopping for a mattress, persuading them to buy an item they’d sleep on for years sight unseen.

The free trial of “100 nights risk-free” and a generous returns policy were two of Casper’s most revolutionary moves.

“Essentially, mattresses are layers of foam, or they’re layers of foam and springs. And they’re a blind purchase; you can’t look inside the mattress,” Perry said. “One of the key differentiators in the online space is the marketing.”

And Casper founders spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing — all with their stated goal of becoming “the Nike of sleep.”

They drew in celebrity investors like rapper Nas and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. They flooded podcasts, websites and the New York subway with quirky, punny ads. They launched mediation audio streaming, “nap mobiles” and $25 45-minute naps at “The Dreamery” in New York, a magnet for YouTubers and Instagrammers — whose posts create free social promotion.

Before Casper, few mattress companies did free returns. “They came up with the innovation that said we’re going to donate it — we’re going to eat the costs entirely,” Magnuson said.

Casper co-founder Neil Parikh told Inc. in a 2016 interview that the company tries to donate returned mattresses to local charities, “which is more cost-effective than taking them back halfway across the country to refurbish and resell.”

In its filing to go public, Casper addressed the issue of returns, saying:

“As a young company, we are still learning about the factors affecting customer returns and believe we have the opportunity to reduce customer return rates. We have identified several opportunities that span policy change, process improvement and consumer education to reduce return rates and increase overall customer satisfaction.”

Companies aren’t allowed to sell used mattresses as new. And, of course, donations offer a bit of a tax write-off. But these days, there are 175 online mattress brands in Casper’s wake, according to Perry. Many have replicated Casper’s generous returns policy.

“Given all the mattresses that are being sold online, the donation ecosystem is feeling pretty full, I think, at the moment,” Magnuson said.

He says he has been concerned lately as more and more people write to him, for example: “I’ve tried these three mattresses, and none of them have worked.”

“That could literally mean,” Magnuson says, “that essentially four mattresses got made — three of which theoretically could have ended up in a landfill — just to get that one household the mattress that they want.”

As Casper prepares its initial public stock offering, it’s likely to continue facing the question of whether this problem keeps its executives up at night.

Editor’s note: Casper is one of NPR’s financial supporters.

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Trump Meets With LSU Championship Team, Makes It About Impeachment

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President Donald Trump welcomed the Louisiana State University football team, the 2019 college national champions, to the White House Friday with several wisecracks about his impeachment trial.

During the ceremony, Trump invited the team to the Oval Office to see the Resolute desk, where he said “a lot of presidents, some good, some not so good” have worked.

“But you’ve got a good one now, even though they are trying to impeach the son of a bitch,” Trump said to laughs from his audience, which included several members of Congress.

He went on to tout the economy and the military.

“We took out those terrorists like, like your football team would’ve taken out those terrorists, right?” Trump said.

The ceremony was not without praise for the team and its leaders. Trump predicted quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, widely expected to be the first pick in the NFL’s April draft, is “going to be so rich.” And he praised head coach Ed Orgeron.

“If I was casting a movie, I told them today, that’s my football coach,” Trump said of the Orgeron, noted for his deep, gravelly voice. “There’s nobody that can play the role better.”

The LSU Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers on Monday in New Orleans, giving the school its fourth football national title. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, attended the game.

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Court Tosses Landmark Youth Climate Lawsuit

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a landmark climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 children and young adults from around the country due to lack of legal standing.

“The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the court wrote

The complaint, filed by the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, asserted that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting fossil fuel production and failing to take action on climate change.

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Unions Are Leveraging The Democratic Debates At The Bargaining Table

CNN settled a long and ugly dispute at the National Labor Relations Board last week, agreeing to pay $76 million to hundreds of unionized broadcast technicians who lost their jobs in 2003. In a country where legal remedies for breaking labor law tend to be weak, the surprisingly large pile of backpay made headlines.

But it was no coincidence that a 15-year legal battle happened to end right before CNN was slated to host the seventh debate of the 2020 Democratic primary season. If CNN didn’t resolve the case, officials at the workers’ union ― the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) ― informed the Democratic National Committee that members would picket the event and they asked the presidential candidates to refuse to participate in the debate. Any candidate who did take part would essentially be a scab.

Four days before the Jan. 14 debate, CNN’s check was finally in the mail. 

“Without the political dynamics I am absolutely convinced we would be back in litigation,” said NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico. “CNN did everything they could to delay and postpone. They pulled every trick out of the bag. Without the political pressure of last week and this week, who knows how long this would have gone on.”

In an email, a CNN spokesperson said the network was “pleased to have resolved a longstanding legal matter,” but didn’t address the accusation that it intentionally stalled the case for years. 

The CNN settlement is one example of how unions are taking advantage of the Democrats’ crowded, progressive field and leveraging the presidential primaries to deliver for their members. In a contest where every candidate is jockeying aggressively for labor endorsements, the threat of a picket line has proved persuasive. It has given labor groups a pressure point to squeeze employers they feel have not been bargaining in good faith.

In December, the hospitality workers’ union Unite Here effectively wielded the threat of a picket at a debate site to secure a new contract for cafeteria employees at California’s Loyola Marymount University. Months earlier, the union had hit a wall bargaining with the school’s contractor, the food service giant Sodexo. Shortly after the picket threat, the union and Sodexo reached a deal.

The December debate had been moved to Loyola Marymount because of another labor dispute at the University of California, Los Angeles, where the debate’s sponsors, “PBS NewsHour” and Politico, had originally scheduled the event. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents workers in the public university system, had been boycotting UCLA over an outsourcing dispute, and the union asked candidates not to appear there.

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Patrick Fallon / Reuters Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to McDonald’s cooks and cashiers on a picket line in December. 

Of course, this tactic only works if prominent Democrats feel compelled to honor the picket line ― which, in turn, can quash an event and embarrass both the employer and the DNC. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been walking picket lines for decades, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been a close ally of labor during her years in Washington. But just about everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to entrepreneur Andrew Yang has seemed willing and even eager to abide by the union requests. It may be one indicator of labor’s renewed political clout in the Democratic Party.

“I think Democrats finally, overall, are realizing that labor is very valuable and not an afterthought,” said Unite Here President D. Taylor. “When they actually do real, tangible things [like this], it is helpful. It’s not determinative, but it’s helpful.”

Rachel Sulkes, spokesperson for Unite Here Local 11, said the planned picket at Loyola Marymount grew into a far bigger deal than the union foresaw. The contract with Sodexo, covering about 150 workers, had expired in April last year, and the union had made little progress at the bargaining table. Sulkes said that once Sodexo canceled bargaining sessions and tried to push negotiations into 2020, the union decided to get more aggressive. 

The week before the debate, the union began reaching out to campaigns. Warren and Sanders quickly agreed they would not cross a picket line. 

“Then it just snowballed,” Sulkes said. 

At one point, she said, she was in a meeting with union leadership and had to keep interrupting to let them know that additional candidates had announced they were bailing on the debate. Union staffers were thrilled.

Sulkes said DNC Chair Tom Perez, who’s no stranger to mediating labor disputes, contacted them to find out why his debate was falling apart. Not long after it became clear the event was in jeopardy, the union and Sodexo reached a tentative agreement that will raise workers’ compensation by 25% over three years. Sulkes attributes the breakthrough to the pressure felt by Sodexo and the university. Even though Loyola Marymount wasn’t party to the workers’ contract, it risked public embarrassment as the contract holder with Sodexo.

“I think we took everybody by surprise, including ourselves,” Sulkes said of the picket threat’s success. “I’m glad to hear these candidates, that we’re putting them to work. They have to show they support workers. This is how the greater public learns. Most people didn’t even know the university had a union.”

The resolution at CNN was much longer in the making. 

Back in 2003, the network terminated its contract with Team Video Services, the company employing the unionized broadcast technicians, to bring the work in-house. Some of those technicians were hired directly by CNN as non-union workers, but many were not. Their union, NABET-CWA, argued that CNN was obligated to hire and negotiate with the fired workers, and that refusing to do so amounted to union-busting. An administrative law judge and the NLRB ruled in the workers’ favor.

Without the political pressure of last week and this week, who knows how long this would have gone on. Charlie Braico, president of NABET-CWA

But CNN managed to tie up the case for a decade and a half through appeals and mediation ― a long journey even by the standards of the NLRB and one that likely cost the network millions of dollars. Braico said the case dragged on for so long that roughly half a dozen of the workers have died. Many endured long spells of unemployment after being dropped by CNN. Some never returned to the broadcast industry, he said.

When CNN aired a Democratic presidential debate in Detroit last July, the union did not call for a boycott because it was in mediation with the network at the NLRB; to do so would have been considered bad faith. But once mediation ended without a resolution, the union was free to stir up trouble for the network’s next big debate.

“We had pretty much had it,” Braico said. “We looked at the fact that they were a broadcast sponsor and said, ‘Hey, if we put up a picket line, there’s probably a good chance the candidates will respect [it].’ As we got deeper into it, it started to come together.”

Responses from the candidates’ campaigns suggested the picket would torpedo the debate. 

“Suddenly, the settlement talks started to move,” Braico said.

The NLRB called the CNN settlement “the largest monetary remedy” in the agency’s 84-year history. The money will be divided up among more than 300 families, with the amounts varying from one to the next, mitigated by each workers’ earnings since CNN let them go. In the case of workers who’ve died, the money will go to their estates. Braico said the settlement will be “life-changing” for some.

It probably will be for Kathy McLaughlin, who’d worked at CNN as a camera technician for eight years before the Team Video Services contract was dropped. She then interviewed directly for a job with CNN but wasn’t hired, leading to years of erratic freelancing and a significant drop in income. McLaughlin, who’s still working in the industry today, said she always viewed the move by CNN as an effort to rid itself of the union and its contract. 

“In the back of my mind I always hoped there would be a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said of the case. “I got into debt a decade ago and this is going to help. … I’m very proud of our union and all these years of fighting.” 

Even so, Braico said he and other union staffers haven’t exactly been celebrating. The fact that it took so much litigation and the near derailing of a presidential debate to get backpay for workers shows that the system isn’t working and that labor law is “broken,” he said. 

“For us to have to threaten to take the debate off the air … it happened to work here, but our systems and our laws should be better,” Braico said.

Besides, Democratic presidential debates only come along every four or eight years.

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Yosemite National Park sees 170 people fall ill with gastrointestinal issues ‘consistent with norovirus,’ 2 cases confirmed

Two confirmed cases of norovirus were reported Thursday by officials at Yosemite National Park as at least 170 people have now fallen ill with gastrointestinal issues since visiting the park this month.

Officials issued a statement confirming that two people have contracted the extremely contagious virus after spending time in Yosemite Valley on and around the first week of January.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus can be transmitted through contaminated food, surfaces or objects, or by coming in direct contact with someone who has already been infected. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

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The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, California where two peole reported feeling ill after visiting earlier this month. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Officials said in all, 170 people have reported having gastrointestinal issues and, while only two cases have been confirmed, the “overwhelming majority” are “consistent with norovirus.”

Both park visitors and employees are among the people who have fallen ill.

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“Yosemite National Park officials and medical professionals with the National Park Service Office of Public Health (OPH) are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the illness and are continuing to conduct interviews with affected people,” the statement read.

The source of the contamination was not revealed but a report from the San Francisco Chronicle cited park officials who said an “extensive clean-up and disinfection” operation has begun in the park’s many food establishments, which include restaurants, snack stands and hotels.

This includes the famous Ahwahnee Hotel restaurant which was recently downgraded by AAA from its four-diamond rating to three diamonds.

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Michael Bennett, 69, and his partner, Luke Lowery, 60, told the Chronicle that they stayed at the hotel on Jan. 4 and became “violently ill” on their way home.

“It’s kind of disgusting to think that somebody who didn’t wash their hands may have passed on the virus,” Bennett said.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson breaks silence on ‘barrier breaking’ father’s death: ‘It’s just pain’

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson broke his silence following the death of his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, at age 75.

The 47-year-old “Hobbs and Shaw” actor took to Instagram Friday to share a video of his father in the ring that also captures a young Dwayne sitting ringside looking adoringly at his late dad.

“I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world,” the star began his emotional post. “I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.”

The Rock went on to thank his father for passing down virtues like “intense work” and giving him a roadmap to becoming a good father himself.

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“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning,” the star continued. “Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.”

He concluded the lengthy post writing: “Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high.”

The WWE confirmed the tragic news on Wednesday.

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“WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has passed away at age 75,” the organization said.

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Rocky’s career began in the mid-1960s, leading him to the WWE in 1983 before retiring in 1991. He went on to train his son before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

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China confirms second death in mystery viral outbreak

Chinese health authorities said a second person has died after being diagnosed with a coronavirus that’s been linked to a seafood market in the city of Wuhan. The man, identified as a 69-year-old with the surname Xiong, fell ill on Dec. 31 and died on Wednesday, according to the city’s health officials.

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Once Xiong was admitted to the hospital, doctors recognized in him abnormal renal function, severe impairment in multiple organs, inflammation of the heart muscle and other issues. At least 41 others have been diagnosed with pneumonia tied to the coronavirus, with most exhibiting respiratory issues and fever. The other patient who died, a 61-year-old man, had abdominal tumors and liver disease before contracting the virus.

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Recently, officials said it may be possible that the virus can be transmitted between humans, after a woman whose husband had worked at the Seafood Wholesale Market and fell ill, also contracted the virus despite not visiting the market. However, they also did not rule out that she may have contracted the coronavirus from eating food that the man brought home from the market.

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Japanese health officials also reported the country’s first case of the virus in a Chinese man who had recently returned from China, and had not visited the market but had “close contact” with someone who had been exhibiting pneumonia symptoms.

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The man developed a cough on Jan. 3, while still in Wuhan, but was not hospitalized until he returned to Japan on Jan. 6, when he tested positive for the virus. Two others in Thailand have also been diagnosed, but officials have been quick to shut down rumors of a SARS re-emergence, going so far as to punish several people who spread such information online.

Several countries are advising travelers ahead of the lunar new year to take precautions while visiting China, including avoiding live animals and seeking medical attention if any symptoms develop.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Court Tosses Landmark Youth Climate Lawsuit

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a landmark climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 children and young adults from around the country due to lack of legal standing.

“The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the court wrote

The complaint, filed by the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, asserted that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting fossil fuel production and failing to take action on climate change.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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