Author: Associated Press

Uber repairing tainted image with 20 firings, 1 hiring

BY TOM KRISHER DETROIT (AP) — Uber, the world’s leading ride-hailing company, has taken two big steps toward repairing its corporate image: It fired 20 employees for a host of harassment problems and hired an Apple marketing executive to rescue its tainted brand. Those fired for sexual harassment as well as bullying, discrimination and other behavior that violated company policies included both managers and lower-level workers. Some had retaliated against other employees after they complained about bad conduct, said Bobbie Wilson, a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, which did the investigation. Separately, Uber announced Tuesday that it...

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Police Warned about Overdose Risks in Fighting Drugs

BY SADIE GURMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing. Officers and paramedics are increasingly coming in contact with potent synthetic opioids that can be dangerous and deadly, a troubling side effect of the United States’ opioid crisis. Even very small amounts of drugs such as carfentanil and fentanyl, which investigators are finding in powder form or laced into other drugs, can be lethal. Although DEA does not keep data quantifying the problem, first responders handling...

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WWII grenades from German flea market blow up in summer heat

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany say a neighborhood was evacuated after World War II-era grenades and other munitions bought at a flea market began exploding in summer-like heat. Police said Tuesday that authorities were called after an explosion Monday afternoon in the town of Hennef, east of Bonn. They arrived to find a garage in flames, and more explosions followed. They cleared a wide area around the home, shutting a stretch of railway and highway as experts were brought in. They secured the munitions and destroyed them in a controlled explosion in a field. The 51-year-old homeowner,...

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Taxi strike across Spain to protest cheaper Uber, Cabify services

MADRID (AP) — Taxi drivers across Spain’s are striking to protest the increase in cars run by private companies offering cheaper, mobile ride-hailing services. Travelers arriving at Madrid’s or Barcelona’s airports Tuesday found none of the usual lines of taxis waiting to pick them up. The strike was directed against the San Francisco-headquartered Uber and Madrid-based Cabify services. Unions claim these companies flout a law that stipulates there should be one private company vehicle for every 30 taxis. Uber said it respected the strike but added that the sector needed to modernize. The strike was to last from 6...

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Amazon’s stock doubles Wal-Mart and 15 times more than Target

BY JOSEPH PISANI NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has changed how much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone. Its stock topped $1,000 for the first time. That price puts Amazon’s market value at about $478 billion, double that of rival Wal-Mart and more than 15 times the size of Target. And its four-digit stock price places it in rare company: Only four other U.S.-listed companies have shares that trade above $1,000. Amazon.com Inc. has come a long way since its start in 1995, when it mostly sold...

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