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Uber to pay up to $100M to settle lawsuits, drivers stay freelance

Uber workers are contractorsUber will pay up to $100 million to 385,000 drivers who sought to be classified as employees instead of freelance workers, settling two class-action lawsuits but doing little to change drivers' employment status.

Under the terms of the settlement, Uber is required to give drivers information about how and why they are barred from employment. The company is also required to create "driver associations" to represent workers in California and Massachusetts, the two states where class actions were filed. Drivers will also be allowed to post signs in vehicles saying tips "would be appreciated."


Meet The Women Going On The Back Of The $10 Bill

Susan B. AnthonyThe $20 bill isn’t the only banknote set to get a feminist makeover. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that in addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 note with Harriet Tubman, the $10 bill will feature five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

The five women — Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth — will be honored on the new $10 bill, which will still feature Alexander Hamilton on the front.

Here’s a little background on each of the women who will soon have a place on American cash.


International Super Star Prince Dead at 57

Prince deadThe artist known as Prince has died ... TMZ has learned. He was 57.  Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.


Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’

Brigham Young UniversityStudents rallied outside Brigham Young University on Wednesday to protest the school’s treatment of sexual assault victims, calling for revisions to the Mormon university’s “honor code”, religious bylaws through which rape victims can be punished for having consumed alcohol or had a member of the opposite sex in a bedroom.

The protest follows outrage over the rape case of sophomore Madi Barney, 19, who reported to Provo, Utah, police that she was raped in her off-campus apartment during a date.


6 Jewish Anti-Occupation Protestors Arrested at Boston AIPAC Office

Boston protest against AIPACSix young Jews were arrested for trespassing Tuesday night at AIPAC’s Boston office after they chained themselves to a Seder table in protest of the organization’s support of Israel.

The protestors were participating in an event organized by the Jewish group IfNotNow, which calls on Jewish institutions to oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

The arrests were made after the building’s security officers contacted the police. Those arrested were arraigned this morning and have a court date set for March 18, IfNotNow told the Forward.


Hamilton to stay on $10; Tubman replacing Jackson

Harriet TubmanTreasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce plans to both keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and to knock Andrew Jackson off the front of the $20 in favor of Harriet Tubman, sources tell POLITICO.

Lew is expected to roll out a set of changes that also include putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill. Also, Jackson isn’t getting completely booted off the $20 bill. He’s likely to remain on the back.


Three officials in Michigan face criminal charges in Flint water crisis

Flint administration chargedTwo state regulators and a Flint employee were charged Wednesday with evidence tampering and other felonies and misdemeanors, for the first time raising the lead-tainted water crisis in the Michigan city to a criminal case.

Months after officials conceded that a series of bad decisions had caused a disaster, charges were filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality employees and a local water treatment supervisor and stem from an investigation by the Michigan attorney general’s office.


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