December 3rd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

'Archie' Boss Says White Men Not in 'Protected Class'

The CEO of Archie Comics is in a controversial lawsuit.  

Nancy Silberkleit, who took over the company when her husband died in 2008, has been accused of sexual harassment by five employees but she says they do not have a case because they are white men who are not part of a “protected class."

Legal Analyst and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos says, “All of us are members of a protected class, that's why I'm a little confused by this court filing. The bottom line is this, you can hire and fire people for any reason in the world, unless, and it’s a big unless, it’s based on your membership in a protected class. But white males are members of a class, just like any other race, any other gender and any other religion. It's not that you have to be a historically disadvantaged member of the class, but that you are treated differently because of your membership in a particular class."

Silberkleit has allegedly been referring to her male employees by their anatomical structure. Although that seems like the main reason in the lawsuit, there has been a history with Silberkleit and the employees of this company.

“This whole story, if you do a little bit of digging, and it doesn’t take much, it’s a hot mess," says "New Day's" Michaela Pereira.


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December 3rd, 2013
10:43 AM ET

What You Should Know About Paul Walker's Car

Actor Paul Walker was riding in a Porsche Carrera GT when he died.

Both Walker and his driving team partner, who was behind the wheel, died after the 2005 car they were in slammed into a pole and burst into flames.

Los Angeles County authorities say speed was a factor in the crash and are investigating how fast the exotic car was going, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Drag Racing Online Magazine Editor Jeff Burk weighed in on the death and to give some background on the vehicle on "New Day" Tuesday.

Burk said of the Porsche:  "It's not designed to drive on the street.  It's designed to drive at speed, in a controlled climate on a race track. So this would be a handful for anybody to drive on the street."


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December 3rd, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Tuberculosis Scare Aboard Phoenix Bound Flight

Passengers aboard US Airways Flight 2846 were waiting on the tarmac at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport when their pilot came on the intercom.

"We've been notified about a health emergency aboard the aircraft," passenger Dean Davidson heard.

A few minutes later, Davidson saw a flight attendant walk toward another passenger sitting a few rows ahead of him. The flight attendant handed the slender middle-aged man a medical mask.

Emergency personnel boarded the plane a short time later and removed the man, Davidson said. A firefighter then came on the intercom and announced that the passenger had active tuberculosis and was contagious and that other passengers on the flight had been exposed. He advised them to contact their physicians immediately, Davidson said.

“By the time that passenger's doctor notified authorities that he might have TB and by the time those health authorities notified the TSA, the passenger was already on an airplane,” reports CNN’s Casey Wian.

Arizona health officials are not recommending passengers on the plane seek medical care because their risk of being infected with tuberculosis is "very, very low," said Dr. Rebecca Sunshine, disease control director for Maricopa County Public Health.

"To put this in perspective... We're much more concerned that the passengers on this flight contracted influenza than that they contracted TB," she said.

The US Airways flight took off from Austin, Texas, on Friday, according to airline spokesman Bill McGlashen. It landed in Phoenix approximately two hours later on a layover before it was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles. There was no warning or flag on the passenger's record when he was going through security or when he boarded the plane, McGlashen said.

After the plane took off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the Transportation Security Administration of a possible risk. The TSA then notified US Airways, McGlashen said.

The passenger in question has not been confirmed to have an infectious disease, CDC spokeswoman Karen Hunter said Sunday. "And even if a passenger had infectious TB, the duration of the flight was so short that there would likely be no risk of exposure to other passengers."

Another spokesperson for the CDC said Monday the government organization is still waiting on test results for the passenger, a U.S. citizen who was traveling internationally.

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December 3rd, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Applebee's to Replace Waiters with Tablets?

Applebee's, the nation's largest casual dining chain, is announcing plans this morning to place tablets in all of their restaurants by the end of 2014.

Diners can use the tablets to order appetizers, drinks, desserts, and even play video games.

So - are waiters being replaced by technology?

The host of Techbytes, Brett Larson, doesn’t think so.

“I don’t think it’ll do away with waiters because we still need people to bring the food from the kitchen to the table,” Larson says.

Already popping up in airports, Larson says tablets can make the dining experience quicker and more convenient.

“It reduces the need for people. It reduces errors,” he says.  “So I see something like this being good in terms of speeding things up.”

He says test marketing the tablets in more than 1,000 Applebee's locations have resulted in an increase in orders of appetizers and deserts.

“I think that’s because of the picture menu, Larson says. “And the tablet doesn’t judge you.  It's not like it raises its eyebrows when you’re like, ‘I would like the 2,500 calorie chocolate lava cake.’”

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