Facebook bounces back from early morning global outage

Facebook suffers global outage early Thursday; American Apparel board votes to remove founder Dov Charney; Rupert Murdoch goes to bat for immigration reform; Clinton scores bigger on Fox than CNN; Lawmakers press Barra about 2005 warning emails; Republicans' midterm message to women: jobs.

Facebook bounces back from early Thursday global outage
Breathe easy. Facebook is back online after going down for about a half hour just before 4 am EST on Thursday morning. The company has not said exactly why the social network malfunctioned in statements issued to various media outlets. Its most recent outage was February 2014, according to Mashable.

The downtime prompted Facebook users to vent their frustrations on Twitter, where #facebookdown was trending early Thursday morning. Here's how Kit Kat got in on the fun.

American Apparel ousts CEO amid internal investigation
The board of directors of American Apparel voted to fire founder and CEO Dov Charney late Wednesday, amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. CFO John Luttrell was named interim chief executive, while 42 West principal partner Allan Mayer, a member of the board of directors, was appointed co-chairman.

Charney has been the subject of various lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct since he founded the company in 1998.

Sitrick and Company is handling media relations for American Apparel, according to BuzzFeed.

Thursday’s stunning stat: 2 million-plus
That’s how many people tuned in to Fox News on Tuesday night to watch hosts Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren interview former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former first lady’s interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN earlier that night drew about 521,000 viewers.

Quotes driving the news Thursday morning:
"Do Americans really wish Google, eBay, Pfizer, or Home Depot were headquartered in Eastern Europe or China instead of America?"
-News Corp. executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who took the unusual step of writing an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal, which he owns, Wednesday night in favor of immigration reform. His stance puts him at odds with much of the Republican base.

Two other things to know Thursday morning:
Lawmakers pressed General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday about emails that show the automaker’s executives ignored warnings in 2005 about ignition switch problems on various models. The company recalled those vehicles earlier this week.

Republicans’ midterm-election-year messaging strategy will emphasize reaching out to women about jobs and the Affordable Care Act, according to Reuters. Comprehensive polling by the Republican National Committee found that jobs and household finances are the most important topics to likely female voters.

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