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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

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Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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This investor sold its equity stake in Twitter during Musk takeover saga

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A Securities and Exchange filing has showed active investor Elliott Management has sold its equity stake, as well as cutting its exposure, to Twitter

The company previously held 10 million stocks in the social media giant, and was one of its major shareholders.

Twitter’s stock price dramatically rose in April, on the back of Elon Musk wanting to buy the company for approximately $44billion.

The after-effects of the takeover saga are still ongoing, with the billionaire and Twitter embroiled in a legal battle.

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Why a Bitcoin mining company is going against a major merger

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Bitcoin mining company PrimeBlock has ended plans to go public via a specialpurpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with 10X Capital.

The firms terminated the agreement via mutual consent, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Plans for the merger were confirmed in April, with expectations that it would be completed in the second half of 2022, carrying an enterprise value of $1.25billion.

No official reason has been given for the decision, but it is believed the volatility of both the crypto and mainstream markets in recent months may be a factor.

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American Airlines is getting into supersonic travel with major Boom order

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What was once a pipe dream – to fly as they did on the Concorde – American Airlines is bringing back supersonic travel.

The US airline has agreed to purchase 20 supersonic Overture planes from Boom Supersonic.

The deal is the second firm order in the last two years for Boom, which is still years from building its first commercial airplane. 

“Passengers want flights that are faster, more convenient, more sustainable and that’s what Overture delivers,” Boom CEO Blake Scholl told CNBC.

“Flight times can be as little as half as what we have today, and that works great in networks like American where we can fly Miami to London in less than five hours.”

Last year United Airlines made a commitment to buy 15 Overture jets.

Boom says the Overture jet will dramatically cutting trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flight times. 

“Supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” American’s chief financial officer, Derek Kerr, said in a statement announcing the order.

American has the option to purchase another 40 Overtures in the future.

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