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Uber Fires 20 Employees as Part of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Uber has fired 20 employees in recent months as part of a wide-ranging investigation of the climate and culture at the popular ride-hailing service, the company said Tuesday. The report of the firings initially came from an attorney at the Perkins Coie law firm, which Uber hired to assist in a broader harassment investigation at the company and which made a presentation at the company’s weekly staff meeting Tuesday. The company later said the firings, which included some senior executives, were for sexual harassment, discrimination, unprofessional behavior, retaliation, bullying and…

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As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children’s Health Languishes

The federal CHIP program funds health care for almost 9 million children. Terry Vine/Blend Images/Getty Images Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be. With summer just around the corner, and most of official Washington swept up in scandals surrounding Trump, the health overhaul delays are…

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SoftBank loses $1.4B investment in Snapdeal, Ola

SoftBank cannot possibly need more reasons to push Snapdeal off its portfolio. According to its consolidated financial report for FY 2017, the company has faced a combined loss of $1.4 billion in investments in the online marketplace as well as in cab hailing platform Ola. In February this year, SoftBank had written off $475 million from the same two players – its biggest investments in India. Image credit: Anisha Despite the backing from the likes of Kalaari Capital, Nexus Ventures, Alibaba, and Foxconn, Gurgaon-based Snapdeal has been unable to raise funding…

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Key education bills in limbo as Legislature begins final month

Greenleaf Elementary School math teacher Donna Conner is engaging her fifth-graders by recreating the popular escape room concept in her classroom. AUSTIN — State lawmakers often tout promises to prioritize educating the state’s children, but they’re running out of time. When the Texas Legislature returns to the Capitol Monday, lawmakers will have less than a month to pass bills before they adjourn, including court-urged reforms to the state’s beleaguered school funding system and measures aimed at deterring sexual relationships between teachers and students. “This is the time of year where…

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Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

One of the fondest childhood memories for most of us would be bursting balloons towards the end of a birthday party. Something about the act brought immense joy as we would pull down the strings, place the balloons on the floor and jump on them. As grownups, we now of course have a different perception. We finally know how annoying a habit it is, plus all that deafening noise! As much fun as it may be, popping balloons could have some setbacks too. According to a study done by University…

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Depression May be as Risky as Obesity and Cholesterol for Your Heart

350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A new study found recently that depression may be as risky as obesity and cholesterol for your heart. “Our study shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity,” said Karl-Heinz Ladwig, professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. Depression accounted for nearly 15 per cent of the cardiovascular deaths. “That is comparable to the other risk factors,…

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