A Norwegian Airline Claims to Have Set a New Record for New York to London Flights

Norway’s budget air carrier says it has set a new transatlantic record.

Norwegian Airlines flight DY7014 from New York JFK landed in London’s Gatwick airport just 5 hours and 13 minutes after take-off on January 15. It was the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial aircraft, according to a statement released by the airline.

The 284 passengers on board arrived 53 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Favorable weather conditions helped push the flight to its early landing and gave it just enough of a boost to capture a three-minute victory over the previous record-holder. (A British Airways flight in 2015 had set the previous standard for the transatlantic route at 5 hours and 16 minutes, the Telegraph reports.)

Flight 7014 “benefitted from strong tailwinds over the Atlantic Ocean that reached a maximum of 176 knots (202mph). The tailwinds pushed the aircraft to a top speed of 776mph during the flight,” said the Scandinavian carrier.

Some girl power inspiration might have also helped. Norwegian planes feature iconic figures on its tails. The record-breaking aircraft was graced by an image of Amy Johnson, a pioneering British pilot and the first female to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930.

Captain Harold van Dam said in the statement that his flight could have been even speedier had minor turbulence not slowed things down.

It’s a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft,” he said.

Tide Is Telling People to Call Poison Control After Doing the Tide Pod Challenge

As the Tide Pod Challenge continues to sweep the internet, the detergent brand’s social media team is taking matters into its own hands.

Figures from the American Association of Poison Control Centers suggest that the Tide Pod Challenge — a viral phenomenon that’s leading teenagers to eat, or at least pretend to eat, the colorful detergent packets as a joke — is growing more common, though it may not be as widespread as the online madness would suggest.

Still, Tide has repeatedly discouraged the challenge, even producing a public service announcement with New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. But that hasn’t stopped numerous people from tweeting at the company after apparently ingesting the pods.

Over the past couple days, Tide has been responding to these messages in real time on Twitter, directing those who say they swallowed the pods or put them in their mouth to first call poison control, then update Tide about their health.

If you or someone you know ingests a laundry pod, or any potentially toxic substance, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your phone.

Apple Will Add 20,000 New Jobs With the Money It’s Bringing Back to U.S. Because of Tax Law

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy.

The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress last month.

Besides dramatically lowering the standard corporate tax rate, the reforms offer a one-time break on cash being held overseas.

Apple plans to take advantage of that provision to bring back more than $250 billion in offshore cash, generating a tax bill of roughly $38 billion.

The Cupertino, California, company says it will announce the location of a second campus devoted to customer support later this year.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Just Gave $33 Million to a Scholarship Fund for ‘Dreamers’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have donated $33 million to a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — the biggest grant in the organization’s history.

TheDream.US is the largest scholarship program in the country for participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA), who are often called Dreamers. The scholarship helps Dreamers who might otherwise be unable to afford college. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal grants or loans, and they are precluded from state aid and in-state tuition rates in many states.

Bezos — whose net worth is $108 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index — is now the world’s richest person. His donation will fund college scholarships for 1,000 DACA recipients, TheDream.US said Friday.

“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Jeff Bezos said in a statement Friday. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”

The donation comes as Congress tries to negotiate a bipartisan solution for DACA recipients after the Trump Administration ended the program last year. The White House said Thursday that no deal has been reached yet.

Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US, called Bezos’ donation a “magnificent gift.”

“It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all,” she said in a statement. “We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students.”

The deadlines to apply for the two types of scholarships offered by TheDream.US are Jan. 23 and March 1.

Peter Thiel Made an Offer to Buy Gawker, the Website He Helped Close

(NEW YORK) – Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders for the online news site the billionaire helped shutter by funding litigation against it, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Gawker, which has been inactive for more than a year, is conducting an auction of its remaining assets, including its domain names and nearly 200,000 archived articles. Most of its assets, including its sister pages Deadspin, a sports site, and Jezebel, a feminist blog, were bought in 2016 for $135 million by media company Univision Holdings Inc.

Thiel has not said why he wants Gawker, though the potential acquisition would let him take down stories regarding his personal life that are still available on the website, and remove the scope for further litigation between him and Gawker. Thiel, who is Facebook Inc’s first major investor and a co-founder of payment service PayPal Inc, did not respond to a request for comment.

Gawker‘s bankruptcy plan administrator Will Holden, of consulting firm Dacarba LLC, and the website’s bankruptcy attorney Gregg Galardi, of law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, have tried to block Thiel’s bid, according to court papers.

Galardi in late November asked a U.S. bankruptcy court judge to deny Thiel’s request to bid, according to court papers. He also argued Thiel is “not a ‘proper’ purchaser” because he could end up as the target of litigation, according to court papers.

Thiel funded former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker after the site published a sex tape featuring Hogan. The former wrestler, whose real name is Terry Bollea, won a $140 million judgment against the site, and later settled for $31 million.

Gawker in 2007 published a story about Thiel’s homosexuality.

Multiple bidders have submitted offers for the site, Holden said in a phone interview on Thursday. Holden will choose a winner as soon as this month, and then request approval for the deal from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge, the sources said. If Holden excludes Thiel’s bid, Thiel could ask the judge to consider it if it is higher than rival offers.

The value of Thiel’s bid could not be learned, though the sources said Gawker is only now worth a few million dollars.

Kevin Lee, the co-founder and executive chairman of Didit, a marketing firm, said he also submitted a bid, without disclosing its value. If successful, Lee said, he plans to use the site to raise money for readers’ preferred charities.

The terms of the Univision sale restrict new articles from being published on Gawker until March 9.

A group of former Gawker employees this week abandoned their effort to bid, one of the sources said. They had launched a campaign seeking $500,000 in donations through fundraising site Kickstarter, but failed to reach their goal and have returned the approximately $90,000 they did collect.

Walmart Is Raising Its Minimum Wage to $11 an Hour and Giving Employees a $1,000 Bonus

Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.

The retailer said Thursday changes that to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S., with the wage increase effective next month.

The company is also creating a new benefit to assist employees with adoption expenses.

Ice Cream Bars Recalled at Safeway, Kroger and Other Supermarkets Over Listeria Concerns

An ice cream manufacturer has issued a widespread recall of its orange cream and chocolate-coated vanilla bars due to possible listeria exposure.

The recalled products were made at Fieldbrook Foods Corporation’s Dunkirk, N.Y., plant and may have been sold at a variety of retailers — including Aldi, BJ’s, Kroger, Giant, Meijer, Price Chopper, Safeway, Shaw’s and more — under numerous name and store brands, according to an announcement from the FDA. All of the recalled bars were produced in 2017, and most have best-by dates in 2018.

While no illnesses have been reported, Fieldbrook initiated the recall due to possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, a strain of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal issues, and — in more serious cases — headache, muscle aches, fever, confusion, stiffness and convulsions, according to the CDC. It can be especially dangerous to pregnant women.

Customers who believe they have purchased products included in the recall can learn more in the FDA’s announcement, and return the ice cream bars for a full refund.

Toyota and Honda Are Recalling Another Million Cars to Fix Faulty Takata Airbags

DETROIT — Toyota and Honda are recalling more than 1 million additional vehicles in the U.S. to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

The new recalls come after Takata revealed that another 3.3 million inflators are defective. The latest recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, with 19 automakers having to recall up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection.

Takata’s inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle. At least 20 people have died worldwide and more than 280 have been hurt.

Toyota says it’s recalling an additional 601,000 vehicles in the U.S. Owners will be notified by March and dealers will replace front passenger inflators or air bag assemblies.

The recall covers:

— Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350 and Lexus IS-F from the 2009, 2010 and 2013 model years.

— Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C and Lexus GX 460 from the 2010 and 2013 model years.

— Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350 from the 2009 and 2010 model years.

— Toyota Sienna from the 2013 model year.

Honda says it’s recalling an additional 465,000 vehicles and 960 Gold Wing motorcycles in the U.S. Honda plans to notify owners by late February. Owners can get replacement passenger front air bags starting immediately.

The recall covers:

— Acura RL and Honda Accord from the 2009-2012 model years.

— Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot from the 2009-2013 model years.

— Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element from the 2009-2011 model years.

— Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight and Acura ZDX from the 2010-2013 model years.

— Acura TSX from the 2011-2013 model years.

— Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV from the 2013 model year.

— Gold Wing motorcycles with optional air bags from the 2009-2016 model years. Honda noted that there have been no air bag ruptures reported on any Honda motorcycles globally.