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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