Felicity Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in US college scandal

The American actress is the first parent sentence in wide-ranging US college admissions cheating scandal. Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent sentenced in a wide-ranging United States college admissions cheating scandal, was given a 14-day prison term and apologised for her actions on Friday after pleading guilty to paying to rig her daughter’s entrance exam. US District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman, the 56-year-old former star of the popular television series “Desperate Housewives” and one-time Academy Award nominee, in federal court in Boston. The judge also ordered Huffman to pay…

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WeWork presses on with IPO, as valuation tumbles further

WeWork has raised more than $12bn since its founding nine years ago, but the company may now only be worth that amount. WeWork is pressing ahead with plans for a public listing, announcing a series of governance changes aimed at shoring up a sagging valuation and assuaging critics who say it gave too much power to a polarizing co-founder. The company will trim the voting advantage that gives chief executive officer Adam Neumann sway over the board, and no member of his family will be allowed to sit on the…

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HOTTOPIC: Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump

After bringing her message from Stockholm to Berlin, Paris, Rome and New York, the teen advocate hits Washington, too. Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote an urgent response to climate change, took her mission to United States President Donald Trump’s doorstep on Friday with a protest in Washington, DC. Hundreds of mostly young people gathered across the street from the White House to meet her carrying signs that read “People or Profit?” and “Warming!”, chanting “This is a…

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California moves to ban facial recognition on police body cameras

California ban reflects growing unease in the United States about the risks to privacy and civil liberties. California’s legislature on Thursday passed a three-year ban on state and local law enforcement from using body cameras with facial-recognition software, the latest curb on technology that some say poses a threat to civil liberties in the United States. The State Assembly voted 42-18 for the bill, after a vote in favour by the Senate on Wednesday. It will now head to Governor Gavin Newsom to approve or veto. If he backs the…

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Uber driver sues company over resistance to California ‘gig’ law

Lawsuit faults ride-hailing firm for saying it will ‘defy this statute’ and not recognise contractors as employees. A driver for Uber has sued the company in the United States for misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors, hours after legislators in the state of California voted to help thousands of those workers become – and enjoy the benefits of being – employees. The proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Wednesday night by Uber driver Angela McRay appears to be the first since California’s legislature passed a landmark measure that could affect workers…

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No fear: 13 random facts to get you through Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th can be spooky — if you’ve got paraskevidekatriaphobia. Both Fridays and the number 13 have a centuries-old tradition of being unlucky, according to Snopes, but the hubbub about Friday the 13th didn’t really get going until the 20th century. Here are 13 completely random facts about Friday the 13th to help you get through the day. 1. In 1908, a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma tempted fate by submitting 13 bills on Friday, March 13th. 2. You’re going to see a Friday the 13th at least every 14…

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6 Shows for Some Women-Led Belly Laughs

Time and time again women have proven that viewers are interested in the stories they tell. Before the advent and popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, I watched shows and movies that were available through my cable package. Growing up in the ’90s and early aughts, I rarely watched comedies that starred women. And if I did come across comedies with women in the lead, the women were vying to be the objects of men’s affection, like in Clueless, or men were trying to get their attention (sometimes with…

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Man accused of killing 22 in El Paso indicted on murder charges

Texas grand jury indicts Patrick Crusius, who police say went on a shooting rampage targeting Mexicans in a Walmart. A Texas grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of killing 22 people in an August shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, who had told authorities he was targeting Mexicans, local media reported. Patrick Crusius, 21, was indicted on capital murder charges, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza said on Thursday, the El Paso Times reported. Prosecutors also said they will seek the death penalty. Crusius is accused…

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DIY: Do it yourself or destroy it yourself?

When Sara Kate Gillingham decided to install an outdoor pizza oven at her Upstate New York house, she didn’t call a specialist. Gillingham, who is co-founder of the Brooklyn cooking school the Dynamite Shop, considers herself handy, and she liked the sense of ownership and accomplishment that would come with making the oven herself — especially in time for her 40th birthday party. Gillingham “nerded out” on wood-burning ovens, reading books and watching countless YouTube videos, she says. “There’s so much information online, it’s kind of dizzying.” A few sites…

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Love beer? We’ve got 10 recipes that will have you hopping (see what we did there?) into the kitchen now

There is something about the idea of falling leaves that makes me want to cook with beer. I have no clue what that’s all about, but whenever the temperatures even hint at dropping a few degrees, I want to bust out a six-pack of lager style beer and start making chili. If I’m being honest however, I just enjoy beer period. Whether in a beergarita or in place of a light-bodied white wine in my mussels, I believe that beer is one of the most underutilized tools in any must…

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Trump administration announces plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says FDA will be removing non-tobacco flavours from vaping market. United States President Donald Trump has told reporters that the country has a problem with vaping, and his top health official said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters at a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday that children were becoming addicted to nicotine due to attractive…

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‘It is time to stop vaping’: 6th US death linked to lung illness

Health officials have yet to fault specific e-cigarette device as potential cause in outbreak of major health problems. A resident of the state of Kansas was the sixth person to die in the United States of a mysterious respiratory illness related to vaping, state authorities said on Tuesday. “It is time to stop vaping,” Kansas State Health Officer Lee Norman said in a statement, as public health officials scrambled to understand what has quickly become a nationwide problem. “If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop,” said Norman.…

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WeWork’s IPO plan looks increasingly troubled

The We Company is considering valuation roughly one-third of what the firm was valued at only months ago, sources say. The We Company, parent of office space provider WeWork, is considering slashing the valuation of its planned market debut to below $20bn, two people familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency. The news comes amid reports that the company’s biggest investor has asked it to shelve its plans for the introductory public offering (IPO) due to weak demand. Having previously hoped to begin its roadshow pitching the IPO…

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