The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.21.2015

No severance pay for former FitzGibbon staffers; Steve Harvey's Miss Universe gaffe; Feds investigate Theranos; Shkreli Twitter account hacked; FIFA suspends Blatter.

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes

No severance pay for former FitzGibbon staffers
Employees who lost their jobs when FitzGibbon Media shut down received no severance pay, a former staffer told PRWeek. The firm closed last week after numerous harassment complaints were filed against founder Trevor FitzGibbon by female staffers.

Steve Harvey fumbles Miss Universe winner announcement
Host Steve Harvey had a cringeworthy moment on Sunday night when he announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant. He apologized for the gaffe. Some are questioning whether the nationally televised error was actually a carefully planned publicity stunt.

Feds looking into Theranos
Federal regulators are investigating lab and research practices at Theranos after two former employees issued complaints. The company pushed back against a critical Wall Street Journal story in October with a 6,000-word response.

Shkreli sits for first post-arrest interview
Embattled pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli gave his first post-arrest interview to The Wall Street Journal, saying his unpopular decision to hike the price of an anti-HIV medication prompted his arrest on fraud charges. His Twitter account was also hacked over the weekend.

FIFA’s Blatter gets eight-year ban
International soccer body FIFA has banned president Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini for eight years over ethics violations. Platini was widely considered the frontrunner to succeed Blatter at the head of FIFA. The pair was suspended in October.

Palmieri defends Clinton’s Trump-ISIS comments
Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri was on This Week on Sunday morning to defend her boss’ statement during Saturday night’s debate that the Islamic State is using Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims in propaganda campaigns.

Kasich trolls Trump with fake press release
Staffers from Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign responded to Donald Trump’s praise for Russian premier Vladimir Putin by issuing a press release on Saturday that purported to announce a Trump-Putin ticket. 

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