Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

 

Lawyers seek group suit over alleged Uber sex assaults

Image copyright Getty Images Uber is facing group litigation over its safety practices after complaints of sexual assault committed by drivers. The suit accuses Uber of creating “a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims”. It says the firm has resisted changes, such as more stringent background checks, that would improve passenger safety. An Uber spokesperson said: “These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously.” The lawsuit was filed by two anonymous women, including a Florida woman who police say was raped byRead More


Zimbabwe army says Robert Mugabe is “safe and sound” am…

HARARE, Zimbabwe — At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe’s capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe‘s possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of “treasonable conduct.” A Zimbabwe army spokesman told the Associated Press that Mugabe is “safe and sound.” The army said it is targeting “criminals around him.” On state television, the spokesman said “this is not a military takeover.”  “We are only targeting criminals aroundRead More


Soldiers on Harare streets as ruling party accuses Zimb…

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason on Tuesday as troops took up positions around the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe over political succession. Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge in the ruling party, a Reuters reporter saw six armored personnel carriers on major thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital.Read More


Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US hel…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The game simulates the attack capabilities of an AC-130 gunship Russia’s Ministry of Defence has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – but one of the images was actually taken from a video game. The ministry claimed the image showed an IS convoy leaving a Syrian town last week aided by US forces. Instead, it came from the smartphone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron. The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo. TheRead More


Jury in NYC jail guard union case says it’s deadlocked

NEW YORK –  Jurors who complained of a deadlock will resume deliberations Wednesday at the bribery trial of the former head of the nation’s largest municipal jail guard union. The Manhattan federal court jury said in a note Tuesday that it was stuck in its discussion of charges against 57-year-old Norman Seabrook. Judge Andrew Carter directed the jurors to keep an open mind and continue to deliberate. They deliberated until mid-afternoon. Seabrook has been on trial for the past month on charges that he accepted a $60,000 bribe in returnRead More


Russian Twitter Trolls Stoked Voter Fraud Fear Before E…

Ben Popken Russian trolls used Twitter to challenge the validity of the U.S. presidential election months before it took place, according to new NBC News analysis. In apparent expectation of a Trump loss, the trolls began sowing seeds of doubt to make voters question a win by Hillary Clinton. But when Donald Trump’s victory began rolling in, they changed their tune and began tweeting about the Trump success. Kremlin propaganda tweets using the “VoterFraud” hashtag first appeared in August 2016 and slowly ramped up to an Election Day blitz, accordingRead More


Police hunt killer after 4th slaying in Tampa neighborh…

Police and federal agents with rifles checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence in a Tampa neighborhood Tuesday as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for gunning down four people for no apparent reason in just over a month. The normally quiet, working-class Seminole Heights section of bungalows and palm trees was sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape after the latest killing in the neighborhood — that of a 60-year-old man who was shot from behind as he crossed a street shortly after 5 a.m. InterimRead More


Jon Stewart addresses Louis C.K.’s controversy, hints a…

Comedian/director Jon Stewart (C) listens during at an event to urge U.S. lawmakers to re-authorize the Zadroga Bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 16, 2015. The group appeared on Capitol Hill in an effort to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act for first responders who suffer from serious and prolonged health ailments from the 9/11 attacks on New York City. REUTERS/Gary Cameron – GF10000208428 Comedian Jon Stewart appeared on the “Today” show to promote his upcoming “Night of Too Many Stars” charity event, but theRead More


Australia same-sex marriage: Results expected imminentl…

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Yes campaign is confident of victory The result of Australia’s vote on legalising same-sex marriage is being announced soon. Opinion polls throughout the vote have put the Yes campaign ahead, which supports a change in the law. About three quarters of the electorate – more than 12.6 million people – took part in the eight week-postal survey. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports marriage equality but faces conservative opposition within his governing coalition. He has pledged that if there is a Yes vote in theRead More


Senate leaders look to work with White House to block M…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he wants to work with the White House to explore ways to keep embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore from taking office. Speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, McConnell said he had been in contact with President Donald Trump and others about sexual misconduct allegations against Moore. “He’s obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate,” McConnell said, “and we’ve looked at all the options to try and prevent that from happening.” Five women haveRead More