Female comedian booed after confronting Weinstein

Kelly Bachman booed after protesting Harvey Weinstein’s presence at an event for young actors in Manhattan. A female comedian was booed and two women asked to leave after protesting Harvey Weinstein’s presence at an event for young actors in New York, news reports said. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is currently awaiting trial on charges of sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty. Comedian Kelly Bachman, 27, was performing on Wednesday night in the “Actor’s Hour” at a bar in lower Manhattan where Weinstein was in attendance, according to BuzzFeed News.…

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Facebook faces US lawsuit after judge calls its argument ‘wrong’

A California judge has rejected Facebook’s arguments that users suffered no ‘tangible’ harm from major privacy breach. A United States federal judge ordered Facebook Inc to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong”. While dismissing some claims, US District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said on Monday users could try to hold Facebook liable under various federal and state laws for letting app developers and business…

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Prisons chief removed after Epstein suicide

US Attorney General William Barr shakes up prisons bureau after the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein inside a federal jail. United States Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced a new leadership team at the federal Bureau of Prisons in a shakeup of the agency following financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide inside a federal jail in New York. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a veteran of the Bureau of Prisons, will return to the agency to serve as its director, Barr said. He named another former agency official, Thomas Kane, to serve as her…

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Philadelphia suspect in custody after standoff with police

Six officers wounded in standoff that began after gunman shot police officers seeking to serve felony narcotics warrant. A gunman who opened fire on police as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. The standoff in the United States‘ Pennsylvania state, which began early on Thursday after the attacker opened fire on police officers seeking to serve a felony narcotics warrant, follows a string of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio,…

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Months after IPO, Uber’s quarterly loss tops $5bn

The ride-sharing company racked up 100 million customers by July, but for every dollar brought in, it lost roughly $1.65 Uber Technologies Inc., in its financial report Thursday, failed to surpass analysts’ expectations in the way its hometown rival did the day before, sparking a selloff in after-hours trading. Uber’s second-quarter adjusted sales fell short of estimates, and it posted an eye-watering $5.24 billion net loss. Most of that loss was attributed to stock-based compensation associated with the initial public offering in May, a routine expense for newly public companies. The adjusted…

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Trump condemns white supremacy after El Paso mass shooting

US president pledges to provide resources to law enforcement agencies to ‘disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism’. President Donald Trump says the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, at a Walmart store in El Paso, close to the border with Mexico. Just a few hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens of others were wounded…

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Arrests made after mass brawl on a cruise ship involving man dressed as a clown

At least six people have been injured after an altercation broke out in the early hours of Friday morning on a P&O Cruise ship making its way to Southampton in the UK from Bergen, Norway. Good Morning Britain’s @richardgaisford reports that a witness said a man wearing a clown suit caused offence to the group involved. Police have arrested two men on suspicion of assault. Source: Arrests made after mass brawl on a cruise ship involving man dressed as a clown

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills. The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the Equality Act—more than four decades after it was first introduced—extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ people. This vote should give us some hope. Its passage—236-173—was bipartisan, a rare feat these days; its provisions are expansive, granting protection in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations; and its language includes both sexual orientation as well as gender identity, allowing for explicit inclusion of…

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