Amazon has removed a number of Christmas ornaments featuring images of the Auschwitz concentration camps from sale, amid anger from the museum that manages the site.
Pictures of the Nazi death camp complex were used on a variety of tree ornaments, a mouse pad and a bottle opener, which the Auschwitz Memorial described as "disturbing and disrespectful."
Images used showed the train tracks leading to the entrance of Auschwitz II-Birkenau and a number of scenes inside the camps, where around 1 million Jewish people are estimated to have been killed during World War II.
Amazon removed the products, which were being offered by third-party sellers, when the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted about them.
The memorial then noticed more products for sale also bearing images of the death camp, which operated in Nazi-occupied Poland. Those products also appear to have been pulled from sale.
Most of the sellers' products feature pictures from tourism sites around the world. One company, which offered a tree ornament showing a freight car on the tracks to Auschwitz, is also still selling Christmas ornaments featuring the Genbaku Dome on the Hiroshima bomb site.
An Amazon spokesperson told CNN Business in a statement: "All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account. The products in question have been removed."
This is not the first time the site has been forced to pull products from its marketplace. Earlier this year, a range of products were removed after complaints that they were offensive to Muslims.
40 years later, tragedy links music superstars and Ohio suburb
The concrete bench in a small northern Cincinnati suburb depicts a guitar, with the message "My Generation" just below it.
In the background are plaques with the faces of three teenagers, Jackie Eckerle, Karen Morrison and Stephan Preston, frozen in time 40 years ago. Bricks in the plaza around the bench carry eight other names.
All 11 were killed in a frantic stampede of people trying to get into the British rock band The Who's concert on Dec. 3, 1979, at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum. The city of Finneytown suffered disproportionately, and its three losses included the two youngest victims, 15-year-olds Eckerle and Morrison. Their schoolmates say well over 100 other people from Finneytown were there.
"Everyone's connected to it, everywhere you go around here," said Fred Wittenbaum, who was a freshman at Finneytown High School then but did not attend the concert. "Either they went to the concert, or they had a friend or a family member who was there."
Since then, the community of around 12,000 people, many living in ranch-style homes built years before the concert, has been inextricably linked with The Who, which was already well on the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with such hits as "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Can't Explain," and "My Generation," an anthem of rebellious youth.
Most of the blame afterward focused on the first-come, first-served arrangement for seating that saw thousands of fans line up for hours ready to charge toward the coveted floor spots, and on confusion over and lack of preparation for when the doors were opening. Besides those trampled in the stampede, some two dozen other fans were injured.
Frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, the last survivors of the original band, say they have struggled emotionally over the years with the concert carnage, which they didn't know about until their show was ending.
"Because there's always a certain amount, 'If I hadn't been doing this, it wouldn't have happened,' you know," Daltrey said during an unpublicized visit last year to the Finneytown memorial site. "That's just human nature. That's what we carry with us."
"It took a long time for us to get a sense that this was not just about the 11 kids, it was about the community," Townshend told The Associated Press in a recent interview in New York.
The sad stories and traumatic memories among Finneytown alums evolved three decades later into a plan to memorialize their friends.
John Hutchins was playing an acoustic set at a nearby venue in December 2009 and dedicated songs such as The Who's "Love Ain't For Keeping" to those who died at the concert. Hutchins was at The Who concert; he skipped school that day, got to the coliseum nearly seven hours early to be among the first in line, and got close enough to the stage to see The Who's song list.
Fellow Finneytown High alum Steve Bentz, who wasn't at the concert, approached Hutchins after his performance with a thought, that "we should do something." The thought soon grew into the memorial bench.
They joined with Wittenbaum and Walt Medlock — who remembers being pressed tightly against Preston before making the possibly life-saving decision to work his way out of the crowd — to create the P.E.M. scholarship fund, using the last-name initials of their three schoolmates.
"We wanted to take what was a terrible tragedy and try and turn it into something that could be looked at as good," Wittenbaum explained. "We wanted to pay it forward."
Launched in 2010, the scholarships reward three Finneytown students with $5,000 each for the study of music or any other arts. There have awarded 27 so far.
Ready, set, surf for all those Cyber Monday shopping deals
Email inboxes are full of deals, websites are flashing and everyone's pulling out their debit and credit cards for the Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza.
if you thought Friday was peak deal day, think again: some of the deals Monday are just as good or even better than they were last week.
Electronics are seeing deep discounts at online retailers, as are clothes, phones and more.
The shopping season this year is shorter due to Thanksgiving falling late in the year, on Nov. 28.
Word of the year for dictionary.com is 'existential'
Climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star called Forky helped propel "existential" to Dictionary.com's word of the year.
The choice reflects months of high-stakes threats and crises, real and pondered, across the news, the world and throughout 2019.
"In our data, it speaks to this sense of grappling with our survival, both literally and figuratively, that defined so much of the discourse," said John Kelly, senior research editor for the site, ahead of Monday's announcement.
The word earned top of mind awareness in sustained searches at Dictionary.com in the aftermath of wildfires and Hurricane Dorian, and mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas. It also reared itself in presidential politics and pop culture, including Forky the white plastic spork who was the breakout star of "Toy Story 4."
The soiled utensil is convinced his destiny is in the trash, until he embraces his purpose as a treasured toy of kindergartener Bonnie.
"Forky underscores how this sense of grappling can also inspire us to ask big questions about who we are, about our purpose," Kelly told The Associated Press.
Oxford Dictionaries picked "climate emergency" as its word of the year, noting usage evidence that reflects the "ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year," the company said in a statement.
Dictionary.com crunches lookup and other data to decide which word to anoint each year. The site has been picking a word of the year since 2010.
Among search spikes for "existential" were those that occurred after both Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg characterized climate change as an "existential" crisis, Kelly said.
Another spike occurred when former Vice President Joe Biden, also vying for the Democratic presidential nod, painted President Donald Trump as an "existential threat" to decency.
The word dates to 1685, deriving from Late Latin's "existentialis." Dictionary.com defines existential as "of or relating to existence" and "of, relating to, or characteristic of philosophical existentialism; concerned with the nature of human existence as determined by the individual's freely made choices."
"We started to see existential in the dialogue beginning in January and all the way through the year," said Jennifer Steeves-Kiss, Dictionary.com's chief executive officer. "This is a consistent theme that we saw in our data, but it also was leveraged across many different important questions of our time."
As for Forky, his journey from disposable utensil to handmade toy points to the concept of "agency," Kelly said, referring to the power to direct our own existences. That, he said, affords us the "opportunity to turn existential threats into existential choices."
Movie night disrupted when urine samples delivered to theater
Movie night ended abruptly for "Frozen 2" fans when urine samples marked "highly contagious" were delivered to a theater instead of a medical clinic 45 miles away.
The package arrived Friday night at the North Bend Theater in North Bend, Washington, said the firefighters who responded to the call.
Authorities evacauted the theater and closed nearby streets, and took the manager to the hospital as a precaution.
But about an hour after the theater was cleared out, the substance was determined to be urine samples.
"All is well," the theater posted on its website. "There was no danger. We will be open as suaul" on Saturday to show "Frozen 2."
Sgt. Paul Graham of the Snoqualmie Police Department told KOMO how the package ended up at the theater is not clear.
Field shrinks as two more drop bids for Democratic nomination
The governor of Montana made it official Monday: He's out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Gov. Steve Bullock said it became clear to him that he would not have a shot at the nomination. He sai dhe ran to win back places Democrats have lost and end the influence of "dark money" in politics.
Bullock, 53, struggled to raise money and register in the polls, managing to meet qualification thresholds for only one Democratic National Committee debate in July.
He's the third Western governor or former governor to drop out of the 2020 race after struggling to build a national profile and donor base against well-known alternatives like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out in August to instead run for the Senate. His departure was followed quickly by that of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking reelection.
He joined another weekend casualty, Joe Sestak, who said Sunday he would also end his bid. Sestak is a former Pennsylvania congressman and retired Navy admiral who had hoped to turn his military experience into an asset as a Democratic presidential candidate.
Sestake, 67, spent three decades in the Navy and served two terms in the U.S. House. But he made little impression with donors or other supporters and failed to qualify for any of the party-sponsored debates. He recently completed a walk across New Hampshire to drum up interest in his campaign.
Current status: Formally announced
Best known for: A scorching speech slamming Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the recent government shutdown, then publicly announcing that he had prostate cancer in March.
Biggest strength: Bennet is viewed as a wonky, issue-oriented pragmatist who has won tough campaigns, which could be a winning combination for Democratic voters who don't want to veer too far left but are eager to beat Trump.
Biggest weakness: Bennet is not as well known as many other senators competing for the Democratic nomination and has no natural base.
Best known for: Serving as U.S. senator representing Alaska from 1969 to 1981 who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record. He also ran for president unsuccessfully in 2008, first as a Democrat and then as a Libertarian.
Biggest strength: Long antiwar record, which could play well with the progressive wing of the party.
Biggest weakness: Oldest candidate in the race by far. Gravel's campaign has previously said he wanted to make the debate stage in an effort to push the party to the left, not to win.