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Uber Unveils New Security Measures

(New York, NY-AP) — Uber is unveiling new safety measures. The changes, announced on NBC’s Today show, include an Uber app safety notification for riders, so they can confirm it’s the correct person picking them up.

The notification will include the driver’s license plate, make and model of their car and the name and photo ID of the driver. The changes come just two weeks after the murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who got into a car she thought was her Uber ride.

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Boeing Says Final Touches Are Being Put On 737 Max Software Upgrade

(Chicago, IL-AP) – Boeing is putting the final touches on a software upgrade and revision of pilot training for the 737 Max. The upgrade is meant to target the aircraft’s flight control system.

News of the upgrade comes after it was determined that a deadly crash involving a 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia had “clear similarities” to another deadly crash involving the same type of plane in Indonesia last October. Sources say the upgraded software for the 737 Max is expected to be released in a week to ten days, after which new pilot training will be rolled out. Airlines around the world have grounded the 737 Max as a precaution.

Elon Musk’s Underground Tunnel Almost Complete

(Los Angeles, CA) – Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the first underground traffic tunnel in Los Angeles is almost finished. He posted on social media with a video of the construction, and he adds that it will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.

The L.A. City Council public works committee gave the green light last month to Musk’s “Boring Company” to start building and testing the transportation technology.

Bodies Of Family Killed In Mexico Returning To Iowa

(Creston, IA) – The bodies of an Iowa family killed while on a Mexico vacation are being brought back to the U.S. this week. Relatives of Kevin and Amy Sharp say they expect the bodies of the couple and their two children, 12-year-old Wayne and seven-year-old Adrianna, to be back in Iowa on Wednesday.

Amy Sharp’s sister says a funeral will be held at Southwestern Community College in the Sharps’ hometown of Creston, about an hour and-a-half southwest of Des Moines. The couple and their children died last week from breathing toxic gas as they slept at a condominium south of Cancun.

Top Travel Destinations Released By Trip Advisor

(Needham, MA) — Trip Advisor is releasing its list of top travel destinations. The world’s number-one travel destination is Paris, but New York City still ranks as the number-one U.S. destination for travelers. maxresdefaultThat’s according to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations. This is the eighth consecutive year that New York City has been at the top of the list. Trip Advisor says the average annual rate for a hotel is about 400-dollars per night. The least expensive month to go to the Big Apple is August, when travelers can save about four-percent.

Bad Business: American Airlines Accuses NBA Baller Jeff Teague’s Brother Of Stealing A Blanket

(Dallas, TX) – If you’re a sports fan then you’ve heard of Jeff Teague and his brother Marquis and you know that the baller brothers don’t need to steal anything, let alone some blankets on an American Airlines flight. But that’s exactly what a black flight attendant charged.

Marquis was traveling with his teammate Trahson Burrell and the assistant coach on Christmas Eve attempting to get to Sioux Falls, SD. The two play for the NBA G- League’s Memphis Hustle and the team had a game on Christmas Day.1227-trahson-burrell-marquis-teague-getty-3Reportedly, as the guys boarded the plane and were taking their seats a flight attendant started questioning them about their blankets and ultimately accused the players of stealing them. All three were kicked off the plane, just to be boarded on another flight and flown first class to their destination after the Airline found out that first class passengers had given them the blankets when they boarded.

Marquis Teague is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague. Marquis himself was a first round draft pick in 2012 by the Chicago Bulls.

Both Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien and assistant coach Darnell Lazare took to Twitter to share their frustration after the incident.

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‘American Airlines Needs Sensitivity Training to Attendants on flights dealing with Humans & Blankets!,’ wrote Cyprien.

Lazare: ‘It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions’

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American Airlines spokesperson Joshua Freed says, “We apologize for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to the two players and the assistant coach.”

Burrell and Teague both played in Memphis’s Christmas Day game in Sioux Falls, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Burrell added 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 131-115 win Over the Skyforce.

‘Tis The Season To See Norway’s Northern Lights

(SL) – I’ve got to see this before I leave Earth. One of the great wonders of the world for sure.

November through March is the absolute peak time season for Northern Lights viewing because the nights are longest, but a visit anytime between September through March should give you a good chance to see them, with March offering the best chance of clear skies. Just make sure you’re on the lookout between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. to maximize your chances.

The Northern lights are always happening, it’s just that you don’t see them during the day. While the Arctic Circle’s midnight sun makes it impossible to see them during the summer, the long dark nights of winter are perfect for Northern Lights viewing.

Conor McGregor Sports Shiner At Friends Wedding After Earning $130 Million Fighting Floyd Mayweather

(SL) – Conor McGregor  is living it up after earning $130 million dollars fighting Floyd Mayweather.  That shiner is a small price to pay for that kind of money.

The fighter has been enjoying the festivities surrounding his childhood friend’s wedding in Ibiza just a week after the fight in Vegas.

43E71CD400000578-4851480-image-a-7_1504546349057Since the fight, McGregor has been kicking back, traveling and one trip found him on the Balearic islands.

His long-standing friend Tom Devitt got married and it looked like the 29-year-old made the most of the celebration in the Mediterranean sun.

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McGregor’s mother, Margaret was also with him.

 

Shareholder Revolt Pushes Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick Out

(SL) – Well that went bad quick.

The Daily Mail reports, Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing company.

The 40-year-old entrepreneur announced he was stepping down as the firm he founded in 2009 deals with a sexual harassment scandal.

According to the New York Times, a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.

The newspaper reported that earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors, including Bill Gurley from capital firm Benchmark, demanded that the chief executive resign immediately.

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