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Uber to Focus on Customer Safety Amid Increasing Concerns

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy. — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. In a blog post Wednesday, Uber’s head of global safety defended the company’s safety record but also wrote that “as we look to 2015, we will build new safety programs and intensify others.” The taxi alternative, valued at $40 billion,

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Binnicker family friend believes Stinney guilty, despite judge’s ruling

Binnicker family friend believes Stinney guilty, despite judge’s ruling Posted on December 17, 2014 11:21 pm by Robert Joseph Baker Ruth Hill-Turner wasn’t home the day 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker came looking for her sister at their home in Alcolu. “She came looking for my sister, Violet Freeman, and Violet wasn’t at home. My mother talked to (Betty June),” Hill-Turner said Wednesday. “She told my mother they were going to pick flowers. Momma understood they

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Texas Theater Plans Bold Move to Defy Hackers After Sony Cancels Theatrical Release of ‘The Interview’

The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas, Texas, was determined to screen “The Interview” despite terror threats made against theaters who decided to show the controversial Kim Jong-un assassination comedy. Even when Sony Pictures announced on Wednesday it was canceling the movie’s Dec. 25 theatrical release, the Texas theater dug in its heels. Instead of “The Interview,” the Alamo Drafthouse will now screen “Team America,” another edgy comedy that mercilessly mocks North Korea’s former dictator, Kim Jong-il.

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First Take: Obama’s Cuban legacy project

President Obama meets with Pope Francis, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican.(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)WASHINGTON — In taking executive action to change U.S. policy toward Cuba, President Obama has now brought his domestic policy toolbox to one of the nation's oldest foreign policy problems.USA TODAYTimeline: Cuba and U.S. relations through the yearsObama is not the first president to make foreign policy accomplishments the focus of the twilight years of his presidency. And arguably, Cuba

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New York Gov. Cuomo moves to ban fracking

FILE: April 29, 2013: Pump jacks drill for oil in the Monterey Shale, Calif. (REUTERS) New York officials on Wednesday moved forward with an effort to ban fracking across the state, citing excessive environmental and health concerns.The move came during a Cabinet-level meeting in Albany, the state capital, in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo's environmental commissioner, Joe Martens, recommended a ban.ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENTCuomo, a Democrat, said he will defer to Martens and acting Health Commissioner

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U.S. Mulls Response to Sony Hackers, Is ‘Working Tirelessly to Bring the Perpetrators of This Attack to Justice’

The U.S. government is “working tirelessly” to bring the Sony hackers to justice and is “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response,” the White House said Wednesday night. “The U.S. government closely monitors all reports of breaches affecting U.S. companies, U.S. consumers, and U.S. infrastructure,” the National Security Council said in a statement. “We know that criminals and foreign countries regularly seek to gain access to government and private sector networks –

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US Says North Korea Behind Sony Cyberattack

Media reports say the U.S. has determined that North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday canceled the release of a film about a fictional plot to assassinate Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un.Speaking on condition of anonymity, U.S. officials said investigators have connected North Korea to the cyberattack, which has resulted in the leak of tens of thousands of documents and has escalated to threats of terrorist attacks over the

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Cheney’s Tortured Logic

WASHINGTON -- Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president's comments on the torture report worth dissecting? Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too easy a target. Enough about torture. What about a nice holiday column? But Cheney's torture remarks are both too outrageous and, judging from my inbox, too common to ignore. When I wrote last week both praising release of

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