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How California's decision to recognize ride-share drivers as employees affects the gig economy

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The California Senate passed a landmark bill that would extend new protections to employees of so-called gig economy companies including Lyft and Uber, essentially forcing companies to recognize formerly contract workers as employees.Experts said other states could soon follow."Everyone has been watching California with bated breath because…... Read More

KFC to release new dating simulator

(NEW YORK) -- When you think of fast food mascots, your first thought probably isn't "OMG, are they single?" A new dating sim, however, might make you reconsider your feelings about Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders.KFC has jumped on the dating simulator craze with I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A…... Read More

(NEW YORK) -- What's better than spending all day thinking about, writing about and eating tacos?Getting paid for it. That's now the privilege of José R. Ralat, a Dallas-based food writer who on Tuesday was named Texas Monthly's first Taco Editor."José is one of the foremost experts on tacos in…... Read More

Take a sneak peek inside the Marvel hotel coming to Disneyland Paris

(PARIS) -- Prepare to assemble! A Marvel hotel is opening in summer 2020 at Disneyland Paris.Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, the first hotel dedicated entirely to the celebration of Marvel art, is inspired by a New York art gallery and pays tribute to the city that…... Read More

Lyft announces policy changes after women sue over alleged sexual assault by drivers

(NEW YORK) -- Lyft has announced changes in its safety policies following a lawsuit filed by 14 women saying that the company did not do enough to protect them from sexual assault by drivers.The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleged that Lyft allowed known sexual predators to work…... Read More

Apple announces iPhone 11, takes on Netflix, Hulu with low streaming price

(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple is taking aim at the streaming giants, announcing pricing on its streaming service that is lower than Netflix and Hulu, along with details of their new iPhone, iPad and watch at the tech company's annual September event on Tuesday.The event, which was live-streamed from the Steve…... Read More

Boston to give $50 to every kindergartner in public school to jump-start college funds

(BOSTON) -- The city of Boston is investing in education by providing $50 to every kindergartner enrolled in public school to jump-start college savings funds.In the new initiative, called Boston Saves, incoming kindergartners are automatically set up with a savings account for college or career training, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh…... Read More

Amazon announces 30,000 job openings paying $15 or more in the US

(SEATTLE) -- Amazon is planning a nationwide job fair to fill more than 30,000 permanent jobs in the U.S., the retailer announced on Tuesday.The open positions will be full-time, have full benefits and will pay at least $15 an hour, according to a press release.Jobs "for people with all types…... Read More

New 'Day of the Dead' Barbie to be released ahead of Dia de los Muertos

(NEW YORK) -- In honor of the vibrant, spiritual and centuries-old Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, Barbie has created a one-of-a-kind doll to commemorate the special celebration.The limited-edition Barbie features a black flutter sleeve, floor-length, flare dress, embroidered with vibrant flowers and butterflies, according to ABC New York station…... Read More

Ms. Monopoly is a new board game celebrating female inventors

(NEW YORK) -- A new version of Monopoly celebrating female entrepreneurs is hitting shelves this month. The board game, titled "Ms. Monopoly," celebrates inventors and aims to invest in inspiring women across the globe. "Ms. Monopoly marks the first time in the game’s history where a new mascot will grace…... Read More

Undocumented elephant ivory trade 'thriving' in Massachusetts: Humane Society

(NEW YORK) -- An undercover investigation by animal welfare activists found that the sale of undocumented elephant ivory is still "thriving" in Massachusetts despite efforts made by several other states to ban the sales.The investigation found several elephant ivory items for sale in May by five vendors at the New…... Read More

13,000 passengers stranded for days after French airline declares bankruptcy

(PARIS) -- Thousands of passengers of the French airline Aigle Azur have been stranded around the world for days after their planes were grounded due to bankruptcy.The French airline stopped activity Friday and cancelled all flights. The company is in such a financial impasse that it can neither compensate its…... Read More

British Airline pilots begin first strike in 100-year history leaving hundreds of planes grounded

(LONDON) -- Britain’s airports were eerily quiet Monday morning as the first day of a British Airways pilot strike began -- the first for the company in its 100 years of operation. Tens of thousands of passengers have been affected.The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) announced the three days of…... Read More

How to block images, unwanted tracking in Gmail

(NEW YORK) -- In the latest update of the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, users can block images and unwanted email tracking."You can now choose to be asked before external images are displayed automatically," according to Apple's app store.The "What's New" update for the productivity app also shows a…... Read More