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Thursday July 26th, 2018 night edition

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The Walt Disney Company is set to eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all its owned and operated locations across the globe by mid-2019, the company announced Thursday.

Add Disney as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Disney news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

That elimination amounts to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually, the company said.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products.

In addition to the Walt Disney Company and Starbucks, McDonald's announced in June that it would scrap plastic straws from restaurant locations in the U.K. and Ireland and replace them with paper straws, starting in September.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News. »

Amazon’s facial recognition matched 28 members of Congress to criminal mugshots

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To test the system’s accuracy, the ACLU scanned the faces of all 535 members of congress against 25,000 public mugshots, using Amazon’s open Rekognition API.

“Congress must take these threats seriously, hit the brakes, and enact a moratorium on law enforcement use of face recognition.”.

That finding echoes disparities found by NIST’s Facial Recognition Vendor Test, which has shown consistently higher error rates for facial recognition tests on women and African-Americans. »

Colombian sniffer dog moved after threats by drug gang

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Intelligence sources said the Urabeños drugs gang had put a 200m-peso ($70,000; £53,000) price on the German shepherd's head after she found almost 10 tonnes of the gang's cocaine.

Image copyright Colombian police Image caption Sombra has taken part in more than 300 operations with the counter-narcotics police.

Sombra has been with the counter-narcotics police force since she was a puppy and is credited with sniffing out drugs leading to the arrest of 245 suspects. »

Nat Geo hires Jeff Goldblum to walk around, being professionally fascinated by things

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Today we’ve got Pokémon shake-ups, new Wonder Woman buddies, and Jeff Goldblum just kind of walking around, being interested in stuff, so let’s not waste any time:.

First up: The aforementioned Jeff Goldblum show—working title: The Curiosity Of Jeff Goldblum—which has just been green-lit at Nat Geo.

THR reports that Legenday is now partnering with Warner Bros. for U.S. distribution on its upcoming live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. »

CVS fires pharmacist who denied hormone prescription to transgender woman

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Hilde Hall, a transgender woman, says a CVS pharmacist refused to fill her hormone medication and loudly questioned her in front of other customers.

CVS has fired a pharmacist who refused to fill the prescription of a transgender woman seeking hormone medication and has apologized for the incident.

More: Transgender woman: A CVS pharmacist in Fountain Hills denied my hormone prescription. »