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IANS 15 December 2020
The Public Utilities Commission in California has fined ride-hailing major Uber $59 million for failing to answer questions about sexual assaults cases and harassment claims among its drivers and riders.   Uber has been given 30 days to pay the fine and provide the information or the...

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IANS 15 December 2020
Google has extended work from home till September 2021 and when the offices reopen, employees may rejoin the workplace for three days a week and work from home on rest of the days, the media reported on Monday.   According to a report in the New York Times, the Alphabet and Google CEO...

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IANS 14 December 2020
In a explosive data leak, around two million Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members who got secretly embedded in some of the world's biggest companies, banks, media groups, universities and government agencies, have been exposed.   'The Australian' newspaper obtained the leaked...

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David Armstrong (ProPublica) 02 December 2020
Lax states in the US are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbours — and sending back COVID-19 cases. The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy.   For months after Washington state imposed one of the earliest and strictest COVID-19 lockdowns in March, Jim...

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Rohit Mundayur (IANS) 26 November 2020
Widely rated as the greatest footballer of all time, there was no stopping Diego Maradona's aura from reaching levels of divinity wherever he went, with or without the ball on his feet. His murals, most of which show him with a halo behind or over his head or in the garb of Jesus Christ...

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Isaac Arnsdorf (ProPublica) 26 November 2020
The Donald Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions.   Six days after President Donald Trump lost his bid...

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NIKHILA NATARAJAN (IANS) 18 November 2020
Twitter and Facebook CEOs are making the case to US lawmakers that their warning labels on Donald Trump's false "I won" tweets served to expand "context" around the subject of misleading social posts, while they sidestepped the fundamental question of whether the warning labels are enough to...

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Caroline Chen (ProPublica) 18 November 2020
Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening.   There’s a joke I’ve seen circulating online, over and over during this pandemic, that goes along...

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IANS 13 November 2020
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he tested positive for Covid-19 and then negative on the same day.   Musk, who is having symptoms of a "typical cold" and "nothing unusual so far," did four tests on Thursday.   "Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for...

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Isaac Arnsdorf, Ryan Gabrielson  and   Caroline Chen (ProPublica) 11 November 2020
A review of state distribution plans reveals that officials don’t know how they’ll deal with the difficult storage and transport requirements of Pfizer’s vaccine, especially in the rural areas currently seeing a spike in infections.   As the first coronavirus vaccine takes a major...

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IANS 11 November 2020
The European Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that Amazon has illegally abused its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, breaching EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets.   In addition, the Commission...

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Harsh Desai 09 November 2020
In the house of John Lewis, the civil rights icon in Georgia are scribbled these telling words: “Once we used to pick cotton, now we pick representatives,” and that, as far as his election went, was literally true. Black voters, particularly black women, voting in large numbers, had helped...

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DC Pathak (IANS) 09 November 2020
In a fiercely contested election in the US, Democrat nominee Joe Biden came home safe confirming an earlier reading that given the fact of the campaigns this time having focused largely on the domestic scene and the persona of President Donald Trump, there was a quiet undercurrent of...

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NIKHILA NATARAJAN (IANS) 07 November 2020
Champagne bottles are going pop in the Joe Biden camp but they're keeping it low key for now.   Three nights out from US election day, the flash and bang of a ritual announcement from news networks announcing a winner has not yet happened but top politicos in Washington are already...

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ARUL LOUIS  and   NIKHILA NATARAJAN (IANS) 05 November 2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, edging closer to electoral votes needed to win, has declared that he was ready to "govern as an American President", while incumbent President Donald Trump has gone to the courts in a bid to stop his rival.   To contrast his style from...

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NIKHILA NATARAJAN (IANS) 04 November 2020
Don't expect results anytime soon. About five hours into the US 2020 presidential election night, predictable splotches of red and blue are slowly lighting up the American electoral map, nudging anxious voters in the general direction that closely fought elections go: Nail-biting fights in a...

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NIKHILA NATARAJAN (IANS) 03 November 2020
America's top pollsters have thumbtacked their final election forecasts and we, the audience, have just one thought: 2016!   If everything we know now about 2016 hadn't happened—Cambridge Analytica's behavioural targeting Facebook for the Trump campaign, the James Comey shocker,...

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Jeremy B Merrill  and   Marshall Allen (ProPublica) 21 October 2020
The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part.   “Trumpcare” insurance will “finally fix healthcare,” said an advertisement on...

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James Bandler, Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella  and   Kirsten Berg (ProPublica) 20 October 2020
How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.   At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded...

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Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Justin Elliott (ProPublica) 15 October 2020
Instead of using bailout money to keep workers, at least two companies restored the full pay of their top management.   In the spring, Congress created a program to save aviation worker jobs. Then the Trump administration undermined that program by granting hundreds of millions of...

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