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GiorgioMorara/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A splinter pilots' union is threatening to strike against Virgin Atlantic right before Christmas, demanding the airline recognize it at the negotiating table.

The Professional Pilots Union is threatening to walk out days before the holiday rush if the United Kingdom airline doesn't negotiate with the group and include it in a staff benefits review, a spokesman for the union told ABC News Saturday.

After 72 percent of its 400 members voted in favor of striking against the company, the union said it could strike as early as Dec. 22, it said in a statement. The strike could last into early January, the statement continued.

“All our members ... will be expected to abide by the vote and take strike action,” a spokesman of PPU told ABC News.

More than 300 of the pilots are active and currently flying planes, the spokesman said.

“It’s the last straw; Virgin Atlantic [has] consistently refused to [recognize] the PPU as a legitimate and independent union, essentially disenfranchising our members,” Steve Johnson, a spokesman for the union and a former Virgin and Red Arrows pilot, said in a statement. “Despite the rhetoric that consultations are inclusive of all staff and unions, in practice, this doesn’t happen."

The union formed in 2011 after hundreds of pilots were unsatisfied with how a larger union, the British Airline Pilots Association, represented them, the PPU said. Those members broke from the larger group and started representing themselves.

As for the threatened strike, Johnson added that the union hopes "Virgin acknowledge the mandate our members have given us, and help avoid strike action by [recognizing] the PPU and halt the benefits review that is so damaging to our [members'] long-term security.”

But Virgin Atlantic said its flight schedule during Christmastime won't be affected.

The airline said the number of pilots who voted in favor of striking amounts to 16 percent of its more than 900 pilots.

“A small group of pilots ... have voted to strike," a spokeswoman, Louise Gallagher, said in a statement. "However, all of our customers will be able to complete their journeys this Christmas as planned. This is our absolute priority.”

Virgin Atlantic added that PPU isn’t recognized by the Trade Union Congress, a federation of trade unions in England and Wales.

Meanwhile, PPU said it welcomes negotiations and solutions to so that it won't have to strike.

“Our door is -- and has always been -- open to Virgin to take the necessary steps to prevent any disruption for Christmas travelers,” Johnson said in the statement.

The British Airline Pilots Association told ABC News that it is aware of the threatened strike, but it has nothing to do with it.

“We know that the breakaway PPU is seeking recognition but that is their dispute, not ours," Balpa said in a statement.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Credit: Federal Communications Commission)(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into whether major mobile carriers submitted incorrect coverage maps to the agency, falsely representing the locations where their high-speed Internet was accessible.

The FCC's Mobility Fund Phase II program asked mobile providers to submit data "current, standardized coverage data" to determine where to allocate $4.53 billion over the next ten years to advance internet access in rural areas not currently served. Following more than 20 million speed tests, the FCC says those tests "suggested significant violations of the Commissions rules."

"My top priority is bridging the digital divide and ensuring the Americans have access to digital opportunity regardless of where they live," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "In order to reach [rural areas currently without sufficient Internet access], it's critical that we know where access is and where it is not."

The FCC did not cite specific carriers, but said it was looking into whether one or more had handed over inaccurate data.

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and heir apparent to Chinese tech giant Huawei, will at least be spending the weekend in a Vancouver jail after a bail hearing on Friday.

Court was adjourned at about 4 p.m. local time with no decision made on bail, so the daughter of Huawei's founder will remain in custody. The hearing will resume at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The Crown prosecutor, who made the case that Meng be denied bail, argued that she is a “flight risk” with significant resources and no ties to Vancouver, per CTV.

Meng's lawyer argued the opposite, saying she actually owns two homes in Vancouver -- though she spends only a few weeks in the city each year -- and that if she did flee it would bring dishonor to the company and her father.

"You can trust her," he argued.

The Crown said Meng’s arrest stems from a warrant issued in New York on Aug. 22 for alleged fraud offenses dealing with Skycom Tech and Huawei regarding dealings with Iran. She was arrested while traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico via Canada on Saturday. She faces extradition to the United States.

It was alleged in court documents that between 2009 and 2014 Huawei used an unofficial subsidiary, called Skycom, to transact business in Iran, in violation of U.S. and EU sanctions. During part of that time, Meng was on Skycom’s board and other Huawei executives were as well. Furthermore, as CFO, Meng misrepresented that Skycom and Hawei were the same company, and “deceived” U.S. banks into doing business that would violate U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to court documents filed Nov. 30.

The filing came one day before Meng's arrest in Vancouver.

The affidavit justifying the request said charges against Meng in the U.S. are "on serious charges of fraud involving millions of dollars. If convicted, she would likely face a sentence of substantial jail time."

In court, the Crown also referenced a 2013 Reuters report, which cites corporate records as showing Skycom attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator, and that the company had closer ties to Huawei than previously known. The Crown says in 2013 Meng misrepresented Huawei’s connection to Skycom to banking institutions.

Immediately following the report, Meng and others delivered a PowerPoint presentation which stated that "Huawei operates in Iran in strict compliance with applicable laws, regulations and sanctions." The court documents allege that was a lie.

Meng served on Skycom’s board between February 2008 and April 2009 and despite claims Skycom was "sold" in 2009, it was actually controlled by Huawei until at least 2014, according to the affidavit.

The court filing also alleges Meng was likely aware of the U.S.'s criminal investigation and didn't travel to the country intentionally to avoid arrest.

"US authorities believe that after in or about April 2017, Huawei became aware of a US criminal investigation into Huawei when Huawei US subsidiaries were served with a grand jury subpoena commanding production of, among other materials, all of Huawei's Iran-based business," the filing stated.

The filing continues, "As a result, Huawei executives began altering their travel patterns, to avoid any travel to or through the United States."

Meng herself had not visited the U.S. since March 2017, the month before they allegedly became aware of the investigation.

Stock markets plunged on Friday partly due to the arrest of Meng. The Dow Jones dropped 558.72 points on Friday, while Nasdaq, which is filled with tech companies, dropped 3 percent for the week. The Shanghai SE Composite Index was down almost 2 percent on Thursday, after news of Meng's arrest broke, but rallied slightly to close the week.

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Yarygin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Altria Group, Inc., the owner of tobacco brand Marlboro, announced a $1.8 billion investment in cannabis company Cronos.

The deal would give Altria a 45 percent stake in Cronos, with the ability to increase ownership to 55 percent in the next four years. Altria will also have the right to nominate four members to Cronos Group's Board of Directors. That board will increase from five members to seven.

"Investing in Cronos Group as our exclusive partner in the emerging global cannabis category represents an exciting new growth opportunity for Altria," Chairman and CEO Howard Willard said in a press release.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

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Kameleon007/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, the Labor Department reported Friday morning, falling short of economists’ expectations.

Economists had anticipated seeing around 200,000 jobs added last month.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said most of the job gains were in health care (32,000), manufacturing (27,000), and transportation and warehousing (25,000).

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, remained unchanged for the third straight month, holding steady at 3.7 percent -- a 49-year low.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kathleen Kraninger was narrowly confirmed by the Senate to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday, putting an end to an ongoing debate about the leadership of the agency.

Kraninger, who served as the director for general government programs at the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed by a 50-49 vote down party lines. Her critics fear her confirmation will lead to further unraveling of the bureau's power that began under current acting director Mick Mulvaney.

"Unfortunately Kathy Kraninger has no consumer protection or financial regulation experience so we are expecting her to simply follow Mick Mulvaney’s playbook," said Mike Litt, the consumer campaign director of US PIRG, a consumer financial watchdog group. "He has tried to defang and defund the bureau so future directors can't carry out its mission."

Mulvaney was serving simultaneously as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and as the director of Office of Management and Budget since he was tapped for the position in a controversial move by President Donald Trump last year. Mulvaney had previously been a vocal opponent of the bureau's work.

While at the bureau's helm, Mulvaney has rolled back much of the bureau's power. He has dismissed a 25-person advisory board designed to monitor the agency, dropped several ongoing cases that were being brought by the enforcement arm under the former director and has suggested changes to the leadership and funding structures of the agency.

Litt said his group expects Kraninger will only continue to further deregulate the agency.

Trump tapped Kraninger to lead the bureau in June. The administration and Republicans who backed the nomination have said she is qualified for the job, pointing to her management experience at Management and Budget, where she was helping to oversee the Homeland Security and Justice departments' budgets.

"Given her depth and diversity of public service experience, I have the utmost confidence that she is well prepared to lead the bureau in enforcing the federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace," said Sen. Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate Banking committee where Kraninger testified in July.

But at that hearing, Democrats criticized her for her management experience there, alleging she had been a part of helping to execute a policy by Trump that had separated children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kraninger said repeatedly that she had no role in setting the zero-tolerance policy. But when questioned further, she said she could not speak about what advice she had given to agencies on implementing the policy.

"I asked over and over under oath and all I got was dodgeball," Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- who helped to create the bureau -- told reporters after the July hearing. "For every Republican who spoke out against the policy of separating mothers and their babies at the border, they should be willing to vote 'no' to give a giant promotion to the woman who oversaw that policy."

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by Congress in 2011 as the consumer watchdog arm of the Dodd-Frank Act in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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LPETTET/iStock(NEW YORK) -- With the end of the year fast approaching, you have a few weeks left to make moves to help boost next year's tax refund or at least minimize how much you're going to have to pay to Uncle Sam.

ABC News' Good Morning America spoke to Nathan Rigney from the Tax Institute at H&R Block to guide us through all the major changes, help explain it in an easy way and see how your side hustle will be affected with all the tax law changes that were enacted last year.

“For many of us, we are going to have a considerably different tax outcome than we had last year,” he said.

The Side Hustle

Taxes will change dramatically for Uber drivers, tutors, photographers, freelance journalists or anyone freelancing on the side.

Rigney said there is a new benefit called the "qualified business income deduction."

"If you freelance, you can deduct up to 20 percent of that profit," he said. "So if you make $60,000 in income from a side business, you could get up to $12,000 deduction. And that's after all your business expenses are deducted."

Those expenses can include travel, depreciation of your car if you use it for your business, products you use for work and more.

Full-time Employees Might Suffer

Major changes went down for people employed full-time. So much so that Rigney warned that people looking to move from full-time to freelance work to take part in tax breaks better watch out, because the IRS is watching closely to make sure everything is above board.

Here's what full-time employees have to worry about:

The standard deduction for a single person almost doubled from $6,350 to $12,000 ($24,000 for a married couple), so if all your itemized deductions (that haven't been cut) plus state and federal taxes withheld don't add up to $12,000, you're better off going the standard route.

Charitable contributions like donating clothes and out of pocket medical expenses are still fair game to deduct, but full-time employees lost out-of-pocket business expenses, which is big.

Meals and flights you used your own money for and thought about deducting instead of charging to your corporate card are no longer an option. So, check with your company and see if you can still be reimbursed somehow.

You can still also deduct things like state and local income tax and property taxes but the limit is $10,000. This is also a change, as in the past, there was no limit.

Last Second Changes

With a few weeks left, there are still some things you can do to reduce your tax bill. And if not, these are good to know for next year:

  • Notice a nice little bump in your weekly pay? Well, that's because withholdings changed. This means a lower refund at the end of the year or more you have to pay, so check with your company and start withholding more if you'd like to.
  • Elect to contribute more to your 401(k) through your company. You can increase the pre-tax money you contribute to your retirement account, and this will lower your paycheck, but also lowers the amount on which the government can tax you.
  • If you have investments like bitcoin or stocks that are worth less then when you bought them, you can sell at a loss, and that will lower your tax for the year. Don't go giving your investments away, but it's an option.

Of course, for detailed ways to prepare or help your taxes out, consult your personal accountant or other places you get your taxes done.

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J2R/iStock(LONDON) -- Fashion retailer Ted Baker has launched an investigation into widespread allegations of workplace harassment, after claims surfaced that employees had been subjected to “forced hugs” by the company’s CEO and founder Ray Kelvin.

The company has enlisted the services of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills to lead an independent external investigation. The law firm’s findings and recommendations will then be considered by a non-executive committee of board members. The committee will be chaired by Sharon Bayley, 50, a non-executive director who joined the company in June this year.

The firm Herbert Smith Freehills, which Ted Baker officials said has had no previous dealings with the company, confirmed to ABC News that they were involved in the proceedings, but declined to comment further on the ongoing investigation.

The allegations were collated by workplace campaigners Organise, a group which claims that there is a “culture of harassment.”

The group says it has now sent more than 100 anonymous reports of harassment to Ted Baker’s board, which include allegations of “forced hugging.”

Organise filed a petition with the board of directors at Ted Baker to launch an investigation into the reports titled “Scrap the forced 'hugs' and end harassment at Ted Baker”.

“Put an end to forced 'hugging' by the CEO,” the petition said, referring to Kelvin. “It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged.”

Organise alleges that the company “has done nothing with the reports of harassment to date,” adding that “harassment at Ted Baker is well documented but wilfully ignored by those in charge.”

At the center of the controversy is the 62-year-old founder of Ted Baker, Ray Kelvin. He has been CEO of the brand since its launch in 1988.

Kelvin has a reputation in London for eccentricity.

Before an interview with business magazine Marketing Week in 2016, Kelvin reportedly hugged the male interviewer for over a minute, and then joked “don’t report me for sexual harassment.”

The company has taken a hit in the stock market as a result of the allegations, which were published in the Observer on Sunday.

On Monday, shares fell by 15 percent. Shares then fell a further 10 percent the next day, before a 3 percent rise when the independent investigation was announced on Wednesday, according to the Financial Times.

Ted Baker officials said they were taking the allegations “very seriously” in a statement.

“We have always placed great importance on our culture," the statement said. "It is critically important to us that every member of our staff feels valued and respected at work.”

“We do not believe these reports are reflective of the organization we have all worked hard to develop over the last 30 years," it continued. "The Non-Executive Committee will carefully consider the content and recommendations of their report.”

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Caroline Purser/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended flat Thursday, paring intraday losses of nearly 800 points that were stoked by fears of a sidelined trade deal after a Chinese telecom executive was arrested in Canada on behalf of the U.S., adding to concern about trade tensions with China.

The Dow recovered on hopes that the Federal Reserve would slow rate hikes, traders said.

The index closed 0.3 percent lower at 24,948 points.

"Investors initially took the arrest of Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s chief financial officer as a negative signal on U.S.-China trade relations only to erase most of those losses by the close on hopes the Fed will slow its interest rate hikes to boost the economy," Alec Young, managing director of Global Markets Research, FTSE Russell told ABC News.

The tech heavy Nasdaq ended half a percent lower at 7,188 points, and the S&P 500 also closed the day basically flat, down 0.2 percent at 2,696.

The market is still down for the week on nagging concerns that a trade deal with China would not be reached. Fears of an upcoming recession also persisted.

Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the U.S. over the weekend. Huawei is the world's largest telecommunication equipment company and second largest smartphone maker behind Samsung. Wanzhou is the founder's daughter and heir apparent.

Huawei is also an example of what the Trump administration is targeting in its trade dispute with China. It receives preferential treatment and is heavily subsidized by the Chinese government while purchasing technology from U.S. companies like Qualcomm.

The move by the U.S. is related to concerns that Beijing could be using Huawei's technology to spy on Americans. The Justice Department also believes Huawei is violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The political moved rattled investors.

"Traders are reducing the odds of a trade deal with China since the arrest of Huawei’s CFO," Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S. Global Investors, told ABC News. "Also, talk about the probability of recession has been gaining traction due to the yield curve getting close to inverting."

The spread on the yield curve is the difference in the yields between the two-year government note minus the 10-year government bond.

"When interest rates for shorter-term securities is greater than the longer-term securities, borrowing becomes more expensive, so consumers tend to slow purchases and businesses have less expansion. In time, this causes a slowdown in the economy and possibly a recession. Investors seem to be worried that the possibility of a recession might be looming," Matousek added.

President Trump had tweeted over the weekend that a deal had been reached. But his administration could not provide any details, stoking market concerns about the overall economy.

Doubts over a trade deal with China contributed to the Dow's drop of 800 points on Tuesday.

Markets were closed Wednesday for a federal holiday in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush.

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Milkos/iStock(ATLANTA) -- Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just shared some good news for some lucky shoppers in Georgia.

The 49-year-old actor and filmmaker paid for layaway items at two Walmarts in the state — the store’s East Point and Douglasville locations.

In a video posted to Twitter, Perry told his 5.6 million Twitter followers that if you had an outstanding layaway item at either location before 9:30 Thursday morning, it is now paid.

"I was trying to do this anonymously, but due to some circumstances — y’all know nothing stays secret these days," he said in the video.

Walmart confirmed to ABC News that Tyler Perry wrote checks totaling approximately $430,000 between the two stores.

In order for the shoppers to receive the items Perry paid for, they must pay one penny.

"You gotta go into the Walmart, get your layaway and pay a penny, one penny, and you get your layaway," Perry said in the video post. "I know it’s hard times. A lot of people are struggling and I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this."

"So, God bless you, go get your stuff and Merry Christmas," Perry added.

The company was quick to express its gratitude for his act of kindness.

"Talk about a Merry Christmas! Tyler Perry just reminded everyone of the true meaning of the season. THANK YOU! #SparkKindness," a representative for Walmart tweeted.

Perry was inspired to join in the spirit of giving this holiday season after seeing “Good Morning America’s” story on New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Benson, 71, recently paid for nearly $100,000 worth of layaway items at a Walmart in New Orleans.

Benson is the sole owner of the Saints. Her husband and the team’s former owner, Tom Benson, passed away in March.

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RomanBabakin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the Chinese tech firm Huawei has been detained in Canada at the request of the U.S. government, the company said Wednesday.

Huawei said its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was "provisionally detained" in Vancouver and is sought for extradition by the U.S. government, the telecommunications giant said in a statement.

It said it was not aware of any wrongdoing by Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's 74-year-old founder, Ren Zhengfei. Huawei also noted that it hadn't violated any U.S. sanction laws.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng," the statement said. "Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the U.N., U.S. and E.U."

The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. authorities arrested Meng as part of an investigation into whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

"U.S. and Canada have not given any reason or clarification for the detention of this individual," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at its daily briefing Thursday.

Wanzhou was arrested while transferring flights in Canada, according to the company.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada said Wanzhou has not violated U.S. or Canadian law and urged for her to be immediately released.

"At the request of the US side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law," the embassy said. "The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim."

"The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou," it added.

Huawei became the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world in 2017 -- knocking Ericcson out of the top spot, according to a congressional report issued in November called the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review.

The same report discusses security risks posed by Huawei, including a 2012 investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that concluded "the risks associated with Huawei’s and ZTE’s provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national-security interests."

Because of alleged security risks to the U.S., Verizon and AT&T stopped selling Huawei smartphones in January, while Best Buy stopped selling Huawei laptops, cellphones and smartwatches in March.

The Chinese company has always denied any claims of using its technology for spying.

The U.S. defense bill, signed by President Donald Trump in August, prohibits the federal government from procuring or obtaining, as well as entering into, extending or renewing a contract with an entity that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei.

Trump has also been locked in an escalating tariff war with China in recent months, though the U.S. put a pause on a Jan. 1 tariff increase as they try to work out a new trade deal.

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John Paul Van Wert/Delta(ATLANTA) -- Next time you're catching a flight, think about how many times you're asked to prove you are who you say you are. At the ticket counter, at security and again at the gate -- sifting through your wallet, phone or bag for those verifying documents.

It's a time consuming process for any passenger, especially those flying internationally, but necessary for security on the ground and in the air.

But for some passengers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest, there's a few less steps. Just look up and smile for the camera.

Delta Air Lines says their international passengers in Terminal F are the first in the country to have access to biometric technology "from curb to gate," designed to streamline a faster, safer journey onto their flight.

"As a flyer you'll save nine minutes of boarding time a flight flying internationally. So that's nine less minutes you've got to wait in line to get on the aircraft," Delta's Chief Operating Officer Gil West told ABC News. "Rather than having somebody in front of you fumble for their passport and wait for them to do it, wait for somebody to read it."

So how does it work?

First, book an international flight on Delta out of Atlanta (there's plans to expand the program to their smaller hub in Detroit soon). Make sure you enter your passport information during on-line check in. If you don't, no big deal, you can just do it at the airport.

After arriving at the airport, find one of the kiosks in the lobby. You will have more traditional check-in options or you can select "Look."

The camera will perform a facial scan and, if you are who you say you are, match that scan against your passport or visa photo on file with Customs and Border Protection.

If you need to check a bag, the camera will scan your face again at the counter, functioning as your ID and your boarding pass.

You will repeat this process at security and at the gate when you board. A grand total of four times you'd normally scan multiple documents, but instead just look up. Smiling is not required if you are not in the mood.

But please, don't forget to bring the passport. You'll need it when you arrive at your destination.

Delta says they do not store the images of passengers. And, if customers do not want to participate, they just proceed normally, as they’ve always done, through the airport.

"Nearly all 25,000 customers who travel through ATL Terminal F each week are choosing this optional process, with less than 2 percent opting out," Delta said in a press release.

The airline will make Detroit the next home of the "biometric terminal," available to internationally traveling Delta passengers in 2019.

The technology isn't just good news for passengers, but checking images on file with the Department of Homeland Security against the image of the passenger who showed up, provides a clearer picture of who is on each flight, according to CBP's Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner.

"We run a series of national security checks, law enforcement checks against that information with the biometrics," Wagner told ABC News. "It allows us to make sure that it belongs to the person."

CBP has been using biometric technology at ports of entry into the country for months and has caught at least 36 people lying about their identity using it.

"Through our inspection, we determined they were not U.S. citizens," the agency said.

In the future, the technology is expected to grow to other airlines. But for now is only in use in Atlanta's international terminal.

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GRANT HINDSLEY/AFP/Getty Images(ROBBINSVILLE, N.J.) -- Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said.

The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals, Robbinsville Township communications and public information officer John Nalbone told ABC News. One remains in critical condition and 30 additional workers were treated at the scene.

The official investigation revealed "an automated machine accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can, releasing concentrated Capsaican," Nalbone said. Capsaican is the major ingredient in pepper spray.

The fulfillment center was given the all clear by Wednesday evening.

“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility. The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated onsite. As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment,” an Amazon spokeswoman told ABC News in a statement.

The company said safety of employees is always their top priority.

"All of the impacted employees have been or are expected to be released from hospital within the next 24 hours. The safety of our employees is always our top priority and a full investigation is already underway. We’d like to thank all of the first responders who helped with today’s incident,” Amazon said in a statement Wednesday night.

"Robbinsville Fire Dept on scene at Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way investigating 'fumes' that have several employees complaining of illness. Fire Dept is attempting to isolate the source. EMTs are triaging multiple patients. 7 ambulances and a medic currently assigned," the Robbinsville Fire Department tweeted at 6:05 a.m. on Wednesday.

There is no threat to residents in the area and the fumes were confined to the fulfillment center's third floor south wing, Nalbone said earlier. The warehouse is approximately 1.3 million-square-feet and was ventilated.

Amazon employees are not unionized, but the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union issued a statement about the danger that robots pose to human workers.

"Amazon's automated robots put humans in life-threatening danger today, the effects of which could be catastrophic and the long-term effects for 80 plus workers are unknown," union president Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement. "The richest company in the world cannot continue to be let off the hook for putting hard working people's lives at risk. Our union will not back down until Amazon is held accountable for these and so many more dangerous labor practices."

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SrdjanPav/iStock(LONDON) -- A movie theater in London will now charge up to $51 for a single movie ticket after undergoing an 11-month, multimillion-dollar renovation.

The Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, which is in the heart of London, is reopening on Dec. 20. It will have the United Kingdom’s first Dolby Cinema room, with 800 seats.

For moviegoers, it is a "truly immersive and unforgettable cinematic experience, no matter where they are in the 800-seat auditorium," a spokesperson for ODEON said in a statement to ABC News.

The cheapest option available at the theater is the Luxe Classic, with prices ranging from $13 to $29 for a reclinable seat.

The most expensive option — in the Royal Box — can cost anywhere from $26 to $51.

"In the heart of the auditorium, our best ever seats offer a full recline, masses of legroom and extra width and personal tables,” the statement said.

Prices vary depending on the time of day, the location of the seat in the auditorium and date of the movie showing.

After the announcement, people took to Twitter to express both their support and outrage at the prices in the new movie theater.

A Twitter user saying that there are plenty of other options in London, adding that “the ODEON must think we are all stupid or can’t do arithmetic.”

Others said they would be willing to pay for the experience, calling it “cutting edge.”

The theater will also have a selection of food and drinks for sale at its Oscar’s Bar and Cafe, including afternoon tea and champagne, but it has not yet released the price list for its menu.

The Odeon Luxe Leicester Square will reopen later on this month, with showings for Mary Poppins Returns in the Dolby Cinema theater. As it prepares to reopen, the company emphasized that prices will vary in the future.

“The first week of the biggest film of the year during the festive season is obviously peak,” the statement said. “Guests can expect prices will flex throughout the year.”

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of his attendance at former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express optimism about the state of trade negotiations with China following Tuesday's stock market plunge.

"Very strong signals being sent by China once they returned home from their long trip, including stops, from Argentina," Trump said, speaking of China's attendance at the G-20 summit last weekend. "Not to sound naive or anything, but I believe President Xi meant every word of what he said at our long and hopefully historic meeting. ALL subjects discussed!"

The president's optimism comes just after a day since he publicly declared himself a "Tariff Man," and stood by his protectionist trade policies even after stocks fell nearly 800 points amid confusion over the result of Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While at the conclusion of Saturday's working dinner, both the U.S. and Chinese delegations said that what amounted to a trade war "truce" between the leaders had been reached, the messaging from the White House that followed seemed to only muddy the waters.

The White House on Monday had to correct a statement by economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who incorrectly told reporters in a conference call that the 90-day negotiating period between the U.S. and China would begin on Jan. 1 instead of Dec. 1.

But the president clarified the next morning in a tweet that the 90-day period began from the time of his sit-down with Xi.

Furthermore, Kudlow seemed to downplay Trump's assertion following the meeting that China agreed to reduce or eliminate its tariffs on American automobiles, telling reporters that there was no "specific" agreement reached.

But Trump again sought to paint the talks in a more positive light, highlighting a report from Bloomberg that "Chinese officials have begun preparing to restart imports of U.S. Soybeans & Liquified Natural Gas" that were put on hold as a result of the president's initial tariffs.

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