Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it is acquiring Middle Eastern rival Careem Networks FZ for $3.1 billion, a deal that ends another cutthroat ride-hailing battle ahead of an expected initial public offering. Buying Dubai-based Careem will enable Uber to pull back from a costly battle over market share and significantly widen its presence...
Source:Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2019 06:45 UTC
MMA fighter Conor McGregor announced he was retiring from the sport in a tweet early Tuesday morning. "I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today," McGregor said. McGregor, who's from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. CONOR MCGREGOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SMASHING, STEALING FAN'S PHONE IN MIAMIThe announcement came after the 30-year-old UFC star was arrested in Florida earlier Monday for allegedly smashing a fan's phone outside a hotel in Miami Beach, according to police. GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis is not the first time McGregor has announced his retirement.
March 26, 2019 05:37 UTC
A man who pleaded guilty to scamming an Alabama town for nearly $2 million is due in federal court to find out how long he will go to prison. Sandler moved to the east Alabama town of Opelika (Oh-puh-LIE-kuh) in 2011 and later opened a business incubator called the Round House. He pleaded guilty last year to fraud for taking about $1.9 million from more than 50 investors. Sandler told The Associated Press he falsely portrayed himself as a one-time Google executive and acted out of greed. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins said last month that sentence guidelines indicate Sandler should spend between 63 to 78 months in prison.
March 26, 2019 05:03 UTC
The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of "pedestrian fencing" along the U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump's national emergency declaration from last month. The fencing, which will be 18 feet high, is to be erected in the Yuma and El Paso sectors, the statement read. The Pentagon's announcement was notable. A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be transferred under section 284 for the border wall. A group of Democratic senators criticized the Pentagon’s move and called the maneuver a violation of congressional appropriations, Bloomberg reported.
March 26, 2019 05:03 UTC
Rudy Giuliani on Monday called on CNN to apologize for its two-year coverage of alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after a summary of Robert Mueller's report was released. Giuliani likened the coverage to “torture” during an appearance on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time. “You guys on this network have tortured this man for two years with collusion and nobody’s apologizing,” Giuliani said. Chris Cuomo, the host, refused to apologize. Giuliani fired back: “Of course you’re not because you’re not being fair.”GIULIANI CRYPTICALLY WARNS PERSON BEHIND RUSSIA COLLUSION CLAIM WILL BE OUTED: ‘JUST PAY ATTENTION’Cuomo insisted that he and his colleagues were asking questions that needed to be asked.
March 26, 2019 03:45 UTC
FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: EMAILS SHOW AVENATTI CLIENT REQUESTING SETTLEMENT FUNDS"We did nothing wrong and were entitled to every dollar received," Avenatti told Fox News. Responding to Avenatti's attacks on his law firm, another partner at Larson O'Brien LLP, Steven Bledsoe, said simply: "Falsification of legal documents and theft of client funds is not a political matter." On May 7, 2018, Barela wrote that if the company "does not pay soon," he might "need a little help" financially from Avenatti. After several advances of funds from Avenatti, on Oct. 10, 2018, Barela wrote, "I was hoping to have an update" on the settlement funds and "get our money." It appears that is what Mr. Avenatti has done."
March 26, 2019 03:41 UTC
"The growth in fossils is still greater than all the increases in renewables," Jackson said, adding that few countries are living up to the pledges they made as part of the Paris climate accord. "What's discouraging is that emissions in the U.S. and Europe are going up too. Someone has to decrease their emissions significantly for us to have any hope of meeting the Paris commitments."
Source:Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2019 03:33 UTC
(CNN) Police in Canada are searching for a 22-year-old Chinese international student after he was apparently kidnapped on Saturday night in the Ontario city of Markham. One of the men was carrying a taser, and when Lu attempted to resist, the man shocked him with it. According to CNN affiliate CBC , Lu's family is on the way to the Greater Toronto Area from China. The Chinese consulate in Toronto is also working with police on the case and is in communication with Lu's relatives. CTV News , a CNN affiliate, said that Lu drove expensive luxury cars, including a Lamborghini and a Rolls Royce.
March 26, 2019 03:22 UTC
That’s how Laura Martinez and her family found their dog, nearly three years ago. Laura Martinez with her dog, Zero. Then, Martinez said, Castaneda shot Zero in the chest. “I can honestly tell you there’s no way we would be here without Zero,” Martinez said. After the shooting, one of Martinez’s sons and a neighbor took Zero, who then appeared paralyzed, to the vet.
March 26, 2019 03:00 UTC
Cody Comer, an aspiring country star in rural Missouri, just got Internet-famous while putting his 2-week-old baby, Carrigan, to sleep. “I was sitting in here picking the guitar ... and I didn’t really want to stop playing guitar, so I just eased her up on the guitar and started playing and she just went to sleep,” Comer said. I didn’t think it would go viral like it did,” the dad added. He said, as KFVS reported, he was excited for his daughter to grow up and see the video. Above all, the Comers said they feel blessed by God every time they see their new baby girl.
March 26, 2019 02:37 UTC
Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said his bill is an easy way to reduce paper waste in the state while addressing consumers’ frustrations with excessively long receipts. “Who holds on to paper receipts anymore?" Once they are thrown away, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, said the use of chemicals on paper receipts makes them undesirable to recyclers. The American Forest and Paper Assn., a paper industry group that opposes the bill, estimates that the United States generates 180,000 tons of paper receipts each year. The bill would give businesses until 2022 to provide customers electronic receipts, or a paper printout available on request.
Source:Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2019 02:26 UTC
Following the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the subsequent summary showing that President Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia, former White House adviser Steve Bannon said the president will “go full animal” against his political enemies. News over the weekend, Bannon predicted that the president will "come off the chains" and will use the Mueller report findings against opponents especially if they demand additional documents. Maybe [Mueller] could have details about obstruction of justice that are not indictable, but are meaningful," Bannon, who was fired from his White House role in August 2017, told the outlet. BANNON SAYS 'SIX TO A DOZEN' ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS LIKELY BEHIND ANONYMOUS OP-EDIn the interview, Bannon said he repeatedly had told the president not to discredit Mueller, opining that the ultimate determination would vindicate Trump. Bannon is currently on an overseas tour geared toward supporting and unifying populist parties throughout Europe.
March 26, 2019 02:03 UTC
Sater arranged for Trump and Khrapunov to meet and discuss potential investments, the lawsuit said, but it makes clear: there is no suggestion Trump engaged in impropriety or that he was aware Sater and Khrapunov allegedly stole money. Messages were left with Sater and representatives for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization. Sater’s work on the Trump Tower Moscow project has made him a key figure in the House Democrats’ investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia. Khrapunov knew Sater through his family and asked him to join the scheme in 2011, the lawsuit said. In addition to the money laundering allegations, Sater is accused in the lawsuit of stealing $40 million for himself and an associate.
March 26, 2019 02:01 UTC
(CNN) The Trump administration on Monday said the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down, in a dramatic reversal. In a filing with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said it agreed with the ruling of a federal judge in Texas that invalidated the Obama-era health care law. In a letter Monday night, the administration said "it is not urging that any portion of the district court's judgment be reversed." "The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal," said Kerri Kupec, spokesperson for the Justice Department. It's a major shift for the Justice Department from when Jeff Sessions was attorney general.
March 26, 2019 01:58 UTC
TUESDAY PUZZLE — Another fun one from Zhouqin Burnikel, and while we’ve seen this sort of theme before, I don’t remember if we’ve seen it the way she presents it. In nontheme news, while there is a bit of glue holding the grid together, I found it to be a smooth and fun solve. Also, congratulations to actress Uma THURMAN, for putting the THURMAN back in the puzzle. Before this puzzle, THURMAN had not been seen in The New York Times Crossword for more than 40 years, and it had only been clued to baseball player THURMAN Munson (Hi, kids!) One day, maybe in a late-week puzzle, I hope to see the actress’s father in the puzzle, Robert THURMAN, the linguist and Buddhist author.
Source:New York Times
March 26, 2019 01:52 UTC