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John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker Media again.

In paperwork filed in Florida state court on Monday, the former wrestler, whose real name is Terry Bollea, accused the media company of intentional infliction of emotional distress and maliciously destroying his business relationships by allegedly "leaking a sealed transcript of surreptitiously recorded private oral communications in a bedroom to the media."

Hogan claimed that in July 2015, the National Enquirer published a transcript from a 2007 video in which he used a racial slur, and that the information was at least in part furnished by Gawker.

As a result of the publication, Hogan was fired by his employer, the World Wrestling Entertainment and, he claimed, "his global brand was forever tarnished."

"This is getting ridiculous. Hulk Hogan is a litigious celebrity abusing the court system to control his public image and media coverage. It was absurd enough that Hulk Hogan claimed $100 million for emotional distress and economic damage for a story about a sex life that he'd already made public. Now Hulk Hogan is blaming Gawker for racist remarks he made on another sex tape, which Gawker never had," an attorney for the media company told ABC News in a statement. "As we've said before and are happy to say again: Gawker did not leak the information. It's time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan."

The lawsuit also names a talent agent, two deejays, a radio company, and an attorney, among others, in conjunction with the alleged attempted extortion.

Earlier this year, Hogan, 62, was awarded $140 million in compensatory and punitive damages after he sued Gawker for invasion of privacy. In 2012, the website published a portion of a sex tape that was made without Hogan's knowledge.

“I knew we were doing what was right.... And if we would have lost, it would have been good, because everybody would have known what Gawker was all about. Because I exposed them. I exposed them a million times over, and what they do, and then how they, you know, treat people, and how they look at the world. Which, to me, is very, very scary,” he told ABC News afterward.

On Monday, his legal team told ABC News in a statement that this latest lawsuit is in keeping with that mindset.

"Mr. Bollea said from the beginning that he would seek to hold all persons and entities fully responsible for their wrongful actions. This lawsuit seeks to do just that," they said in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- On Mnday, the Supreme Court said it would not take up the challenge to Seattle’s minimum wage increase. The lower court upheld a Seattle law that requires business with five hundred or more employees to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.

The International Franchise Association (IFA), along with other franchise business, brought the challenge to the court. They argued they should have the same phase-in requirements as independent local business. Under Seattle's minimum wage law, which took effect last April, business with more than five hundred employees must raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the three year period. Smaller businesses have up to seven years in which to phase in the increase. The franchise owners claim they are being treated differently because of their affiliation with national chains.

The IFA released a statement Monday decrying the Court's decision.

“Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is clearly a disappointment," said the president and CEO of IFA, Robert Cresanti, Monday. "Our appeal has always focused solely on the discriminatory treatment of franchisees under Seattle’s wage law and the motivation to discriminate against interstate commerce.”

“Seattle’s ordinance is blatantly discriminatory and affirmatively harms Seattle hard-working franchise small business owners every day since it has gone into effect,” he added.

Seattle officials said the wage increase will help close the gap on income inequality. The terms of the $15 per hour minimum wage initiative were endorsed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which believes that franchises should not be considered typical small business. The union argues that franchises have many more resources available to them than typical small businesses.

A representative from SEIU did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Seattle has more than 600 franchise businesses affected by the ordinance.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed higher for the first trading day of May, putting a stop to a seven-day slump.

The Dow jumped 117.52 (0.66 percent) to close at 17,891.16.

The Nasdaq gained 42.24 (0.88 percent) to finish at 4,817.59, while the S&P pushed up 16.13 (0.78 percent) to close at 2,081.43.

Crude oil tumbled over 2 percent with prices hitting about $44 a barrel.

Airline Profits: The airline industry made a record $25.6 billion in net profits last year, according to the Transportation Department, compared to $7.5 billion in net profits in 2014. Fuller planes, low fuel costs, and a decent economy have helped the industry more than triple its net profits for 2015. Analysts say, however, that the positive profits will not necessarily translate into lower fares for passengers.

Amazon.com: Amazon's stock soared over 3 percent Monday after billionaire Warren Buffett praised the company's retail success at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting on Saturday. Buffett said what Amazon had accomplished was "remarkable."

“The effect of Amazon and others that I would say are playing the same game…is far from having been seen," he said according to MarketWatch. "It is a big, big force and it already has disrupted plenty of people and it will disrupt more."

He also praised CEO Jeff Bezos and said he couldn't imagine the company without him.

"Really outstanding managers, they're invaluable," Buffett said according to MarketWatch.

Minimum Wage: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge by businesses who didn't want to pay the $15 minimum wage adopted by Seattle. Seattle officials said the wage increase would help close the gap on income inequality. The terms of the $15 per hour by 2018 minimum wage initiative were endorsed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which believes that franchises should not be considered typical small business. The International Franchise Association (IFA), along with other franchise business, argued they should have the same phase-in requirements as independent local business.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Billionaire Warren Buffett, widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world, didn't hold back his opinions at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting over the weekend.

Berkshire Hathaway's chairman hosted investors at the yearly gathering in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday, following a "Shareholder Shopping Day" on Friday at the company's exhibit booths.

The 85-year-old investor discussed everything from politics to soda.

Here are some of the top takeaways from the "Oracle of Omaha" over the weekend:

Warren rails on Wall Street

Buffett said on Saturday that hedge funds and investment consultants are usually a "huge minus" to those who follow their advice, the Wall Street Journal reported. Buffett pointed to a bet he had with hedge fund Protege Partners since 2006. The hedge fund bet that its cumulative returns of five funds it chose would outperform the Vanguard S&P 500 index fund, including fees. But at the end of 2015, the index fund had a return of 65.7 percent, beating the hedge fund's 21.9 percent return. The S&P outperformed the hedge fund in six of the eight individual years of the bet also, the Journal reported.

Blaming obesity on soda is 'spurious'

Buffett, who has a stake in Coca-Cola, called the blame for obesity and diabetes on soda "quite spurious." Buffett, who famously drinks Cherry Coke, said he hasn't seen evidence that has convinced him that consuming "water and broccoli" instead of soda will help him reach 100 years old.

“You have a choice of consuming more than you use,” he said. “I make a choice to get 700 calories from Coke, I like fudge a lot, too, and peanut brittle and I am a very happy guy. If you were happy every day -- and it may be hard to measure -- you are going to live longer as well, so that may be a compensating factor," Buffett said, according to the Financial Times.

Why he doesn't prioritize diversity

Berkshire Hathaway was criticized for its lack of diversity among its 12 board members.

"You've explicitly stated you do not consider diversity when hiring for leadership positions and board members," asked reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin. "Does that need to change, and are we missing any investment opportunities as a result?"

Buffett answered, "No."

"We will select board members -- and we lay it out and have done so for years, and I think we've been much more explicit than most companies -- we are looking for people who are business-savvy, shareholder-oriented, and have a special interest in Berkshire," Buffett said, according to Yahoo. "And we've found people like that. And as a result, I think we've got the best board that we could have."

Valeant Pharmaceutical's business model 'enormously flawed'

“The business model of Valeant was enormously flawed,” Buffett said. “I watched the Senate hearings a couple days ago when Senator Collins and Senator McCaskill interrogated three people from Valeant, and it was not a pretty picture.”

Last week, Valeant executives admitted that it spiked drug prices and promised to lower the price of some hospital drugs.

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Courtesy Sean Berthiaume/Vinnie's Pizzeria(NEW YORK) -- One Brooklyn pizza parlor is making delivery a whole lot tastier.

Vinnie's Pizzeria, located in Brooklyn, New York, is the home of the wildly popular "Pizza Box Pizza," which, as the title suggests, replaces the traditional cardboard delivery box with an actual pizza.

Partners Jacob Petrera, Sean Berthiaume and Henrik Toncic, who have run Vinnie's since 2007, spoke with ABC News about how their crazy creation came to be.

Petrera revealed that the idea for the pizza boxes started out as a joke. The owners kept noticing cardboard boxes out on the street, and began to brainstorm ways to reduce waste at their pizzeria.

Petrera credits Berthiaume for coming up with the winning idea.

"He was like, let's just make the box out of pizza," Petrera said. "It’s all him, he’s the man."

Introducing The PIZZA BOX PIZZA! A pizza box made entirely out of pizza! No waste, 100% pizza and 100% delicious. pic.twitter.com/2KxxndlK4Z

— Vinnie's Pizzeria (@vinniesbrooklyn) April 27, 2016

After debuting their Pizza Box Pizza on Twitter last week, customers have flocked to the store to try out the creative invention. For customers who want to take the pizza to-go, the entire pizza is wrapped in foil.

"We're selling out every day," Petrera said.

Berthiaume explained that his team often comes up with inventive ideas for new recipes, such as their hit from last year, the "Pizza on Pizza Slice," which is a pizza covered with mini pizzas.

"We still make a lot of those for people today," Berthiaume said. "We pride ourselves on not being the run of the mill pizzeria."

As for the Pizza Box Pizza, Petrera said they'll keeping making them "until the demand is gone."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Puerto Rico’s government failed to make a large debt payment Monday – a default that could intensify the island’s financial crisis.

The U.S. island territory did not pay the nearly $370 million in bond payments that were due.

Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced Sunday night that the commonwealth will first focus on making payments for crucial health and public-safety services, while declaring a moratorium on millions of dollars due on bonds issued by the Government Development Bank (GDB), which is the island’s lender of last resort.

"Faced with the inability to meet the demands of our creditors and the needs of our people, I had to make a choice," Garcia Padilla said in a televised address. "I decided that essential services for the 3.5 million American citizens in Puerto Rico came first."

A law enacted by Puerto Rico’s government in April empowers the governor to suspend debt payments to pay for essential services.

Puerto Rico is facing an increasingly dire financial crisis as it tries to deal with a mounting $70 billion pile of debt.

The default this week is considered an ominous sign but most of the focus in on July 1, when the government has to make payments on several general obligation bonds it issued. A failure to make these payments is considered more serious by financial markets than a default on the GDB payments due Monday.

The issue now is whether Washington will step in to help Puerto Rico before July 1.

Legislation that would allow the commonwealth to restructure its debt is currently bogged down in the House, with some conservatives calling it a government bailout. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other supporters of the legislation say it would not put any taxpayer money at risk.

Both the House and Senate are in recess this week, so further negotiations will have to wait.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday he hopes Puerto Rico's default will create "a new sense of urgency" for Republican lawmakers who “have been dragging their feet for too long."

He tallied that it's now been 194 days since the Obama administration put forward a legislative proposal for addressing the situation.

"So I think that should be an indication to you and to the people of Puerto Rico that the administration has been focused on this for more than six months,” Earnest told reporters. “And unfortunately we haven't seen the kind of movement in the Republican-led Congress that we need to see to make a bailout of Puerto Rico less likely."

Why does Puerto Rico have so much debt?

The island ended up with so much debt in the aftermath of a recession that began hitting Puerto Rico in 2006. As tax revenues fell, the government borrowed more and more to balance its budget.

Creditors fault the island’s political problems for failing to collect taxes and for allowing the island’s economic problems to go unsolved.

Can this financial crisis turn into a humanitarian crisis?

Puerto Rico’s public services are mainly still functioning but some are concerned about a humanitarian crisis, including the Obama administration. Officials at the U.S. Treasury Department are urging Congress to provide aid in the form of debt relief.

One concern: what happens to local hospitals on the island if they cannot pay their bills? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the island's hospitals to be bombarded with Zika-related cases this summer.

What is Congress going to do?

The chairman of the House Resources Committee has drafted a bill that is intended to address the island’s fiscal crisis.

It would create a financial oversight authority that would approve budgets submitted by Puerto Rico’s governor and subsequently passed by the local legislature. In exchange, Puerto Rico would be allowed to take advantage of court-enforced debt restructuring, similar to the system U.S. states and cities can utilize.

But a group of conservative House Republicans say this amounts to a bailout and they want more controls put in place for the island. Ryan and other GOP leaders argue the bill is not a bailout because no U.S. taxpayer money would be at a stake.

Some Democrats have expressed concerns with how much power the control board would have over Puerto Rico’s government.

A group of hedge funds that hold Puerto Rico bonds is lobbying to derail the House bill under the belief they could get a better deal by suing the government or striking a separate deal with it.

Some critics of allowing Puerto Rico to restructure its debt argue it would change the rules for the investments and possibly undermine market confidence in the island’s bonds.

But in a sign that the House bill may be well received by investors, PIMCO said last week that it supports the legislation, arguing a failure to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is a far bigger concern than some of the issues raised with the committee proposal.

"A successful resolution to the unique crisis in Puerto Rico can only be achieved with a strong federal oversight board empowered to both enforce fiscal discipline and adjust the Territory’s public debt in a fair and equitable manner designed to achieve debt sustainability," the company said in a blog post endorsing the House bill.

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ABCNews.com(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A Florida woman turned the tables on man with a prior conviction for preying on women in public places, catching an alleged encounter on camera.

Candice Spivey says the man, whom police identified as Jeffery Polizzi, had approached her two years ago, asking her what she described as inappropriate questions. But Spivey recognized the man this time, quickly thinking to record a video on her phone as she chased the suspect out of a Target store.

“Do you remember running into me in the grocery store?” Spivey of Yulee, Florida, asks Polizzi in the video.

“Call the cops,” she shouts as the man begins to run away from her.

Spivey was shopping in the bikini section of her local Target April 26 when she says Polizzi approached her.

“You want to make sure it’s not too sheer or clear,” the man can be heard saying in the video.

She claims the same man harassed her two years ago inside a Publix supermarket as he was secretly filming their encounter.

But she said her reaction was different this time.

“I wanted an identification on who he was so I could put this out there,” Spivey said of her video.

Spivey posted the video to her Facebook page, where it now has a whopping 1.6 million views, with dozens of women saying Polizzi, 31, did the same thing to them.

Police eventually caught Polizzi, charging him with reckless driving after he allegedly fled the scene. It's unclear whether he has entered a plea or has a lawyer. Polizzi has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

It’s not the first time he has been accused of inappropriate retail encounters. Polizzi was previously convicted of “taking photographs of women in dressing rooms” in 2009, according to court documents.

Spivey says she has no regrets about her actions.

“If that is what you have to do to be safe and protect yourself, you do what you got to do,” she said.

The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has had suspicious encounters with Polizzi to come forward.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Sports Authority is reportedly dropping its attempts to reorganize and will instead look to sell off its assets.

The company is carrying more than a billion dollars in debt and unless a buyer comes in who wants to keep locations open, Forbes reports it's likely that all of Sports Authority's 450 stores nationwide will shut down.

The company is expected to auction off its assets on May 16.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An Australian entrepreneur has stepped forward as the creator of Bitcoin.

Craig Wright, who says he's gone by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, publicly identified himself to the BBC, the Economist and GQ.

"I was the main part of it, other people helped me," Wright tells the BBC.

In a blog post Monday, he reportedly offered proof that shows he is Satoshi, who has been longed believed to be the creator of the digital currency.

Wright says he would "prefer to be secret now. I don't think I should have to be out there." But, he says, he felt pressured into revealing his identity.

"I didn't decide. I had people decide this matter for me and they're making life difficult not for me, but my friends, my family, my staff," Wright tells the BBC.

As for what he wants: "I don't want money, I don't want fame, I don't want adoration, I just want to be left alone."


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Barbie(NEW YORK) — Prima ballerina Misty Copeland is being honored with a Barbie doll in her likeness, the doll's maker announced on Monday.

Copeland, 33, made history last year when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer at the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre.

She appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to unveil the doll.

The fashions for the doll were inspired by her Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role, which she’ll reprise on May 18 and 19 as part of ABT's annual spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Copeland was intimately involved in the doll's design and partnered with Barbie on all the details, according to Mattel, Inc., the maker of Barbie.

"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a press release. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president of Barbie, said in the release that Copeland was "at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," adding: "As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring the next generation of girls to live out their dreams. We know role play often leads to real 'play' in life and we're thrilled to celebrate Misty with her very own doll."

The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes program, which honors women who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for a diverse group of women. Previous Sheroes include movie director Ava DuVernay, actresses Emmy Rossum and Zendaya, and singer Trisha Yearwood.

Mattel has been expanding the kinds of dolls in its collections by including dolls of varying body types and skin tones, and with diverse hairstyles and outfits.

The Misty Copeland doll is now available for purchase online and will roll out to retailers nationwide, according to Mattel.

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Starbucks(CHICAGO) — A new federal lawsuit against Starbucks claims the company is deceiving its customers when it comes to their iced beverages.

Chicago resident Stacy Pincus filed the proposed class action suit on Wednesday in Illinois, according to court documents.

The suit alleges the brand "unlawfully underfills iced coffee, iced tea, and iced-blended specialty drinks crafted by Starbucks employees." The lawsuit alleges the drinks are underfilled "compared to how they are advertised, misleading and injuring consumers in the process.”

The lawsuit claims a Starbucks customer ordering a "cold drink" receives "much less than advertised, often nearly half as many fluid ounces."

"Over time, Starbucks customers have experienced rapidly rising prices, while in the process, Starbucks has bought out and taken over numerous smaller competitors," according to court documents.

Steven A. Hart, an attorney for Pincus, told ABC News that his client simply wants Starbucks to “stop this practice” and to “stop deceiving their customers."

The lawsuit is asking the mega-coffee chain to pay upwards of $5 million to customers who have purchased an iced beverage in the last 10 years.

Starbucks spokesperson Jaime Riley issued a statement to ABC News in response to the lawsuit.

"We are aware of the plaintiff’s claims, which we fully believe to be without merit," Riley said. "Our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any 'iced' beverage. If a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly remake it.”


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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Carnival Cruise Line's Adonia made history Sunday, as the U.S. and Cuba continue to normalize relations.

The 704-passenger cruise ship set sail for Havana from Miami, Florida, becoming the first cruise ship to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years.

But it didn't happen without a lot of work from Carnival's Fathom Brand.

Over a week ago, Carnival and the Cuban government reached an agreement to allow Cuban-born U.S. citizens to sail to and from Cuba. Tara Russell, president of Carnival's Fathom Brand, said it took plenty of political maneuvering to change the policies.

"We feel really proud that we've been able to drive and lead those conversations," she said.

Fathom now begins seven-day voyages to three ports of call in Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, with a cruise being chartered every other week. Russell said Carnival's mission fits in line with the type of travel Cuba currently allows.

"Fathom is about really rich travel combining social impact with cultural immersion," she said.

So, what's next for Carnival and Cuba?

"We plan to be involved in Cuba for many years to come," Russell said Sunday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Sunday evening's Providence, R.I. show marked the end of an era as it was the final time elephants appeared in the show.

The event was streamed out to fans via Facebook.

Last March, the company said it was retiring its herd of elephants in 2018, but Stephen Payne, of Feld Entertainment, the company that owns the circus said in January that the date had been moved up to May 2016.

The early retirement comes on the heels of legislation that makes it harder for the company to travel with the elephants. Many cities, such as Asheville, North Carolina, have recently passed laws meant to protect elephants or remove exotic animals, including elephants, from city-owned facilities.

“Animal rights groups are going to say what animal rights groups are going to say,” Payne said.

Despite the criticism the circus has received in the past, Payne says the elephants are treated humanely when they retire. The 11 elephants will retire to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, located in central Florida.

There, the elephants will “enjoy time in the sun and mingle with their friends,” Payne said. They will also take part in medical research, such as why cancer is much less common in elephants than it is in humans.

“Our company and our family’s commitment to save the majestic Asian elephant will continue through our breeding program, research and conservation efforts at the Center,” said Alana Feld, executive vice president of Feld Entertainment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the weather starts to warm up, many of us are itching to strip off those winter layers and take a dip in the water. While any pool would likely put a smile on your face at this point, there are some spots worth a trip (and a long flight) to lounge poolside.

This spring, it's not just about updated amenities like underwater sound systems and in-pool bartenders (which we're seeing more and more of), but also the jaw-dropping views that make hotel pools truly spectacular. Some prefer taking a swim amid a jungle or soaring mountains, while others have their sights set on views of cityscapes or an endless ocean.

Whatever your pleasure, there's certainly a pool to suit your favorite view. Here are nine amazing ones around the world.

1. Banyan Tree Seychelles

Even though every one of the resort's 60 villas has a private pool with bay views, the main pool at the resort is otherworldly. Palm trees sway above the dark-blue infinity pool and guests get uninterrupted views of Intendance Bay below. The atmosphere is so relaxing -- and blends in so well with the natural surroundings -- you may think you’re actually floating in the sea below.

2. El Mangroove, Autograph Collection; Costa Rica

Flanked by private cabanas and lounge chairs, this 130-foot-long fresh-water, black-tiled pool directly faces the Pacific Ocean -- making for an incredible lounging spot. It's a “see and be seen" gathering locale where guests can listen to the beats of the resident DJ as well as international DJs. There’s also an indoor-outdoor restaurant that serves playful dishes in an "oceanfront sandbox" setting.

3. Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort

What’s better than an infinity pool? A three-tiered infinity edge pool with a convertible “island” for live musical performances -- that's what. Each tier is a different temperature and the deck is surrounded by gorgeous Balinese lounging beds. In addition to enjoying the stunning stretch of Caribbean Sea in view, guests never have to leave the comfort of the pool because the resort offers in-pool bar service. No, not a swim-up bar; the bartenders actually come into the water to take and serve your order.

4. Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Costa Rica

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and a 1,100-acre tropical rainforest, this ocean-side pool boasts views not only of Herradura Bay’s sandy landscapes, but also its golf course that’s comprised of five rainforest microclimates -- complete with sloths and lush plant life. There's nothing like taking in a little nature from the comfort of a luxurious pool area.

5. W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island; Puerto Rico

This hotel pool is about the the sights and the sounds. Privately nestled off the coast of Puerto Rico, this retreat has an infinity pool featuring an underwater sound system that streams a custom mix directly through the water. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the two levels are separated by an island of palm trees and offer views of the sea, along with Puerto Rico and Culebra Island on the horizon.

6. Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson

Situated amidst the High Sonoran foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, here guests can take advantage of not one, not two, but five pool oases. There’s a lap pool, adult pool, children’s pool, and two main pools -- all of which are treated to breathtaking views of the sun-kissed peaks. A day spent poolside at this Westin could easily make you a fan of the mountains.

7. The Standard, Downtown LA

You don’t have to be on a beach to enjoy incredible views from a pool. This downtown L.A. hotel took advantage of its endless rooftop views and perfectly placed a pool there so you can lounge and swim hundreds of feet in the air. You’ll feel as if you’re floating among the skyscrapers while simply floating in the water.

8. Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Puerto Rico

Hello paradise! There's no better place to get a panoramic experience than from a 300-foot cliff overlooking the converging waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The views from this pool are endless and guests can even see the resort's 100-acre private island, Palomino Island, in the distance. Take it all in while enjoying the bonus of 24-hour butler service.

9. Ayung Resort Ubud, Bali

Who needs the beach when you have the jungle? You’ll feel as if you’re swimming in the treetops at this hidden hotel pool as it’s surrounded by the lush green landscape. In fact, the animals might outnumber the guests making the intimate setting perfect for that feeling of a true hideaway. If you need more privacy, certain villas come with their own private plunge pools that offer the same stunning views.

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LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)(ATLANTA) -- A social media app is now the center of a lawsuit after a teen driver's car crash left another driver with severe injuries.

Christal McGee is accused of trying to capture her alleged 100 mile-per-hour speed for a Snapchat post while gunning her father's Mercedes C230 in Atlanta last December. McGee, who was 18 at the time, crashed into another driver, Wentworth Maynard, whose lawyers say suffered permanent brain damage because of the incident.

Maynard's lawyers are not only suing McGee for negligence, they are also suing Snapchat for allegedly encouraging McGee to drive at high speed.

In a statement to ABC News, Snapchat said, "We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a 'Do NOT Snap and Drive' warning message in the app itself."

After the crash, McGee snapped a photo taken in an ambulance after she crashed where she's seen in a head brace with the caption, "Lucky to be alive."

According to ABC News affiliate WSB-TV, two passengers in McGee's car say she was on the app before the crash. Heather McCarty told WSB-TV, "She said, ''Well I'm just gonna hit 100, and then I'm gonna slow down.'"

A third passenger claims McGee was not on Snapchat.

Since the crash, Snapchat has added a warning on its filter telling users not to speed. It appears the first time the user uses the app, and then every time they go at least 15 miles per hour.

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