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Lyft says drivers tampering with surge pricing could be booted
Scott Olson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Lyft said that riders who tamper with surge pricing face being deactivated after a report revealed that ridehsare drivers at a Washington D.C. airport coordinated to boost fares. The statement came after a report from ABC affiliate WJLA alleging that Lyft and Uber drivers at Reagan National Airport organized to turn off their apps until the prices for rides surged enough to deem the fares worthwhile. "All the airplanes, we know when they land. So five minutes before, we turn all our apps off — all of us at the same time," one driver, who...
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3 money-saving travel sites you can't afford to miss
Pruvo (NEW YORK) -- Memorial Day is fast approaching and with it, the unofficial start of the summer travel season. If you haven't booked your summer vacation yet, here are three sites worth checking out. Pruvo Pruvo turns hotel booking on its head by saving the consumer money after they've already booked their room. According to the site, hotel prices drop, on average, 40 percent after a person has already booked. But who has the time to keep checking back, cancelling and rebooking the same hotel room? That's where Pruvo comes in. After you've made your free cancellation/fully refundable hotel...
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Facebook bans Israeli company that it says tried to manipulate elections in Africa, Asia
Facebook (NEW YORK) -- Facebook has banned an Israeli company and taken down hundreds of its accounts that were aimed at manipulating elections in Africa and southeast Asia, the company announced on Thursday. The social media company said that the Israeli company, Archimedes Group, tried to conceal its identity in setting up fake accounts with false information. In all, 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events "involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior" were taken down, Facebook said. "This activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia along with some activity in Latin...
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NASCAR champion Joey Logano teaches journalist how to drive stick
Ford (CONCORD, N.C.) -- Learning to drive a car with manual transmission is intimidating no matter what the circumstances. I was about to get a lesson in driving stick from Joey Logano, the reigning NASCAR champion. We were parked in an empty lot on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles away from NASCAR's offices. Our test car? A Ford Mustang Bullitt. “This is perfect. The only thing you can hit are these lights,” Joey said, pointing to the parking lot's metal lamp posts. Being able to drive a manual car is a challenging skill that...
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Family's lawsuit against Riddell following son's death will go to trial, judge rules
Courtesy Hamblin family (NEW YORK) -- A lawsuit against football helmet manufacturer Riddell, filed by the family of a 22-year-old who suffered a seizure and drowned while fishing, will go forward, a judge in Ohio has ruled. The family claims their son's death was a result of brain damage suffered due to years of playing football.Cody Hamblin was on a fishing boat on May 29, 2016, when the freak accident occurred -- four years after he stopped playing football. But medical tests after his death showed he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated...
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Queen Elizabeth II is hiring! Her majesty is looking for a social media expert
Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II -- who made headlines earlier this year when she published her first Instagram post -- is now looking for someone to bring her even more into the digital age. The Royal Household has posted a job for a digital communications officer, a job that requires "finding new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage," according to the online listing. "Whether you're covering a state visit, award ceremony or Royal engagement, you'll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach...
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Restaurant forgives employee who mistakenly served $5,700 bottle of vintage wine
Instants/iStock (LONDON) -- We've all made mistakes at work, though some are more costly than others. The next time you mess up, however, you'll be hoping your boss is just as forgiving as the owners of Hawksmoor Manchester steakhouse in the U.K., who said, "We love you anyway" to the employee who mistakenly served to an unsuspecting customer a $5,700 bottle of wine -- a bottle roughly 20 times as expensive than the one that was ordered. "To the customer who accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is £4500 on our menu, last night...
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MGM might pay $800M to settle lawsuits from Las Vegas shooting that killed 58
anouchka/iStock (LAS VEGAS) -- MGM Resorts said on Thursday it may pay as much as $800 million in liabilities tied to the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured more than 800. The company, which owns Mandalay Bay, from which Stephen Paddock fired on a crowd of thousands, said in a regulatory filing that it "believes it is reasonably possible that a settlement will be reached" by next May and that it had $751 million in insurance to assist in paying settlements. The plaintiffs, citing physical and psychological harm from the deadliest mass shooting in...
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SAT will include more context about a students' background using new tool
undefined undefined/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The College Board has announced it’s going to start giving more context about a student's background that will accompany their SAT exam score during the college admissions process based on various factors – including some outside of the classroom – in an effort to increase diversity.The new tool, according to College Board, is called the Environmental Context Dashboard and will give more information about a student’s background based on where they attended high school, like average family income, family structure and crime in the area.“The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have...
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Walmart tops "Fortune's" list of 500 largest US corporations again
Wolterk/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Walmart topped Fortune's list of the United States' 500 largest corporations by revenue for the seventh year in a row, as online rival Amazon cracked the top five for the first time.The annual list ranked companies by their revenue in the 2018 fiscal year. "FORTUNE 500 companies represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP with $13.7 trillion in revenues, $1.1 trillion in profits, $22.6 trillion in market value, and employ 28.7 million people worldwide," the company said in a statement.The second-largest company was oil giant Exxon Mobil, with Apple moving up one spot to third.In a shift...
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Vacation Supreme: Taco Bell launching boutique hotel
Taco Bell (NEW YORK) -- Billing itself as a "Taco-asis of resort, food, and all things Taco Bell," The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will launch in Palm Springs, California on Aug. 9.The "immersive" experience based on the popular fast food chain will feature "Bell" hops, fire sauce packet-shaped floaties for the pool and other eatery-themed amenities. "Everything from guest rooms, breakfast, poolside cocktails and an on-site gift shop will be infused with a Taco Bell twist," notes the company copy. "Even the salon will offer unique Taco Bell-inspired nail art, fades and a braid bar."The limited hotel...
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After New Zealand mosque attacks, Facebook changes its livestream policy
David Tran/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook officials, who have admitted their systems failed to prevent the broadcast of the New Zealand mosque massacre on their platform, have announced a new policy for livestreaming."We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to [Facebook] Live, in connection with a broader range of offenses," Facebook's vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, wrote in a post on the company's site late Tuesday. "From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time – for example 30 days – starting on their first offense."...
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