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Uber said Thursday it agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle litigation brought by customers who alleged the service misrepresented its safety practices and its fees, Reuters reported.
The two cases, filed in a Northern California federal court said Uber charged passengers a “Safe Ride Fee” of $2.30 per trip to support its background check process. But the company doesn’t use the fingerprint identification required by taxi regulators, according to court filings.
As part of the settlement, Uber also agreed to rename the “Safe Ride Fee” to a “Booking Fee.” Around 25 million riders could qualify to take part in the settlement, Uber said.
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A machete-wielding attacker slashed four people seemingly at random inside a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant Thursday and the suspect was later shot dead by police, authorities said.
"There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after," Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said of the 6 p.m. rampage at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli.
The suspect "immediately began swinging a machete at customers and employees" upon entering the restaurant, Weiner told NBC affiliate WCMH.
Patrons threw chairs at the attacker and two people ran outside and called 911, Weiner said.
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The cruise ship that cut its voyage short after getting battered by rough seas and powerful winds during a storm in the Atlantic Ocean sustained damage to a key part of its propulsion system and officials are ordering it be fixed before the ship returns to sea for its next cruise this weekend, authorities say.
Royal Caribbean insisted for days that the damage to the Bahamas-bound Anthem of the Seas was "cosmetic" and "superficial" after it got caught in a storm off the Carolinas Sunday. The ship returned to its New Jersey port Wednesday, bringing back 1,600 crew members and 4,500 passengers, one of whom declared it a "cruise from hell."
Royal Caribbean said Wednesday that superficial damage to the 1,141-foot ship had been repaired and that the ship will resume its planned itinerary for next week's cruise.
The chief of the Austin police says he expects an investigation to be completed within 30 days of an officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed nude teenager.
Chief Art Acevedo offered the timeline at a Thursday news conference attended by activists critical of the Monday shooting of 17-year-old David Joseph.
"No matter how the circumstances are when someone dies in a police action, whether justified or not, is a tragedy," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters at a news conference where he shared the mic with Black Lives Matter and other community activists.
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A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.
The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. The manslaughter charge carries up to 15 years in prison. The shooting happened in a year of debate nationwide about police killings of black men, and activists have looked to Liang's trial as a counterweight to cases in which grand juries have declined to indict officers.
Congressional leaders hope to move on legislation to increase funding to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reported.
President Obama requested $1.8 billion from Congress on Monday to speed up research on a vaccine.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told NBC News that bipartisan action is expected “because it’s a problem we want to get ahead of.” He said the emergency spending would need to be offset, which means savings would have to be found elsewhere.
The need for funding has become urgent as the first miscarriages were reported in the U.S. because of the virus.
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The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the weekslong protest over land rights and personal liberties.
Federal officials said Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson and David Fry were taken in without incident after FBI agents surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge overnight. A total of 25 people, including the holdouts, have been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.
The occupation came to an emotionally heated conclusion as Fry, the last to leave, threatened suicide in a phone conversation that streamed live on YouTube.
"Unless my grievances are heard I will not surrender," Fry screamed. "Liberty or death."
All four arrested are expected to face an arraignment before a magistrate judge in Portland on Friday. The ring leaders, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and other protesters were arrested last month.
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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate, a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters.
After splitting the first two states with Sanders, Clinton also deepened her assertion that her unexpectedly strong rival was energizing voters with promises "that cannot be kept." And she continued to closely align herself with President Barack Obama, who remains popular particularly with black Democrats.
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Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn was hospitalized after crashing his car into his neighbor's home in South Boston.
Flynn, 76, says he passed out while driving and sustained a concussion in the crash.
"Thank God nobody got hurt. After working out at the Boston Athletic Club for a couple of hours this morning, I drove home and while parking my car on my street, I got weak and completely passed out," Flynn said in a statement. "Minutes later I woke up, but my car unfortunately had crashed into another house on my street."
The former mayor thanked responders and current Mayor Marty Walsh for their help.
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An armed man dressed as a SWAT officer robbed a North Texas payday loan store and shot one person with a pellet gun Thursday afternoon, Arlington police said. The man, identified as Matthew Paul Bender, walked into Texas Car Title & Payday Loan at about 2:15 p.m., officers said.
He allegedly wore a face mask and a vest that said "SWAT" on the back.
Although the weapon Bender was carrying resembled an assault rifle, it was actually a BB gun. He was later arrested; it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
A California lawmaker turned heads at a House of Representatives hearing Thursday when he pulled out his vape pen and took a big puff, blowing out a large plume of vapor.
The unconventional move came while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was debating an amendment that would ban e-cigarettes on passenger airplanes. California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former smoker, was arguing against the ban.
“There’s no combustion. There’s no carcinogens,” Duncan said to his colleagues in the chamber, who chuckled. “This has helped thousands of people quit smoking. It’s helped me quit smoking.”
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Police say a school bus driver was driving drunk when he crashed with 11 students on board Thursday afternoon in Dudley, Massachusetts. Police responded around 3 p.m. to find the bus on Hayden Pond Road with wires from a utility pole on the roof. None of the children were injured. Police spoke with the driver, 42-year-old Scott Poirier of Dudley, and determined he was drunk. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
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A New York high school art teacher comforting a grieving student is being disciplined for taking her off campus for a hot cocoa.
Janice Graf, who has taught art for 30 years on Long Island, is now barred from her classroom at Center Moriches High School for her act of kindness.
"I was helping a student, helping a child," she told NBC 4 New York.
Graf accompanied Maddy Ziminski, a senior who was trying to deal with the deaths of two friends, to a nearby convenience store. The problem: students aren't allowed to leave the campus during school hours.
Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign.
That information and more is then fed into a vast database containing details about nearly every adult in the United States to build psychological profiles that target individual voters with uncanny accuracy.