UBER CEO RESIGNS Company’s founder Travis Kalanick steps down

UBER CEO RESIGNS Company’s founder Travis Kalanick steps down

by Fox News FILE: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gestures as he addresses a gathering during a conference of start-up businesses in New Delhi,  (Reuters) Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned Wednesday as CEO after pressure from investors. The company’s board confirmed the move, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in a boating accident “while giving the company room to full embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history.” He will remain on the Uber Technologies Inc. board. Five of the company’s key investors on Tuesday demanded that he resigned, according to The New York Times, which first reported Kalanick’s decision to step down. The demand came in a letter titled “Moving Uber Forward.” “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick reportedly said in a statement to the Times. The resignation came after a series of costly missteps under Kalanick. Uber on Tuesday embarked on a 180-day program to change its image by allowing riders to give drivers tips through the Uber app, something the company had resisted under Kalanick. The San Francisco-based company is trying to reverse damage done to its reputation by revelations of sexual harassment in its offices, allegations of trade secrets theft and an investigation into efforts to mislead government regulators. Related: keystone-state-boom-first-coal-mine-under-trump-praised-as-lifeline Uber’s board said in a statement that Kalanick had “always put Uber first.” Related: john-flannery-named-chairman-and-ceo-of-ge Under Kalanick, Uber has...
Tropical Storm Cindy may bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding across Gulf Coast – North Carolina rip currents leave four people dead

Tropical Storm Cindy may bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding across Gulf Coast – North Carolina rip currents leave four people dead

by Fox News By Travis Fedschun This satellite image taken Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Cindy over the Gulf of Mexico approaching the Gulf Coast.  (NOAA via AP) Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, and may bring “life-threatening flash flooding” across the central Gulf Coast, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service said the storm is centered about 250 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana and has top sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is presently stationary in the Gulf, and has tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 205 miles from the center, according to the NWS. Cindy, the third tropical storm of 2017, is expected to reach the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday and then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. Tropical Storm Warnings associated with #Cindy now extend from the Mouth of the Pearl River to San Luis Pass, Texas. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/sfQHbGHeso — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) June 20, 2017 The storm is expected to bring 6 to 9 inches of rain in areas, and up to 12 inches in some spots across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. The weather service said the rain “could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas” in its latest advisory. Related: tornado-damages-homes-downs-power-lines-in-oklahoma-town–fox-news-weather-center- A tropical storm warning is now in effect from High Island on the upper Texas coast all the way to the mouth of the Pearl River at the state line of Louisiana and Mississippi. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast, from west of...
Travel Ban Challengers Urge U.S. Top Court to Reject Trump Appeal

Travel Ban Challengers Urge U.S. Top Court to Reject Trump Appeal

by Reuters Travel ban challengers urge U.S. top court to reject Trump appeal U.S. President Donald Trump concludes remarks to reporters during his meeting with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   By Lawrence Hurley   Opponents of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries again urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject his bid to revive it, saying his administration undermined its own arguments by amending the order last week. In court papers filed with the justices, lawyers for the state of Hawaii and individual plaintiffs in Maryland made note of a June 14 memo by the administration amending the executive order to let the government conduct an internal review of vetting procedures for people entering the country. Related: st-louis-judge-halts-removal-of-confederate-monument The order signed by Trump on March 6 called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to give the government time to implement stronger vetting procedures. Related: otto-warmbier-dead-american-student-who-was-released-from-north-korea-has-died-his-family-says “This memorandum conclusively severs the already tenuous relationship between the bans and their ostensible rationale by making it clear that the order’s travel and refugee restrictions may begin after the vetting reviews are complete,” Hawaii’s lawyer, Neal Katyal, wrote. The administration has appealed lower court rulings blocking the travel ban to the Supreme Court and made an emergency request that the justices put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle over its legality continues. A decision by the justices on whether to take...
Trump’s Cuba Directive Explained

Trump’s Cuba Directive Explained

by USA Today World News Trump’s Cuba directive explained Melanie Eversley New presidential directives aim to bring in tougher policies toward Cuba. What will the new directives mean? President Trump unveiled the directives Friday at a speech in Miami. The Treasury and Commerce departments have 30 days to come up with a concrete plan. President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. (June 16) AP Possible changes: — Tighter enforcement of rules requiring Americans to produce proof of valid travel to Cuba (such as receipts) under allowed categories. Related: pyongyang-torture—warmbiers-injuries-renew-focus-on-infamous-camps — A reverting back to old policy of visits only being permitted with groups licensed by the Treasury Department. — Americans who travel under permitted categories, such as education, will be subject to an audit by the Treasury Department. — Commerce will be restricted with the business and commerce wing of Cuba’s military. — Will make it difficult for U.S. companies to expand their business in Cuba. Related: breaking-news–mistrial-declared-in-bill-cosby-sexual-assault-case-after-jury-in-deadlock Areas that will likely not be affected: — Unlimited family travel and money sent to individuals in Cuba. — Airbnb (lodging hosted by Cuban residents). — Ability for Americans to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban-made products, such as cigars, for personal use. — Embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open. Not clear — What would happen to companies that have already created or enlarged their presence in Cuba, such as Starwoods Hotels and...
5 best sites for finding travel deals

5 best sites for finding travel deals

by Fox Tech Summer is almost here, and millions of Americans are raring to take a trip. But where should they go? And how much should they budget? I’ve been an avid traveler since I was a kid, when I would hop planes with my father, who worked for the airlines. Though Dad was particularly skilled at finding bargains, booking a ticket wasn’t nearly as easy as it is today on the internet. Gone are the days of dusty travel agencies and dog-eared brochures. Tip in a Tip: There are a ton of theories out there about the best time of day and the best day of the week to buy airline tickets. Some people say Tuesday at 3 p.m.; others say Wednesday at 1 a.m. or the weekend. So, which is it? I’ve done the research. Click here for the best time to book a ticket and to fly. But doing everything yourself can be stressful. What airline should you fly? Where should you stay? How will you find the best deal? For that matter, with so many online companies vying for your credit card, where do you even start? These are the brands that I recommend. They all have their pros and cons, but they are comprehensive and easy to use, and they cater to a variety of needs and interests. And while most customers will be searching for flights, hotels and rental cars, remember that many of these services can book cruises and activities as well. Here are my top five: Related: the-worst-thing-that-could-possibly-happen-to-a-parent 5. Travelocity Related: 10-decluttering-projects Though it is similar in many ways to sites like...
AIR TRAFFIC FIGHT Lawmakers scramble to privatize control system, raise debt ceiling

AIR TRAFFIC FIGHT Lawmakers scramble to privatize control system, raise debt ceiling

by Fox News   By Chad Pergram  You can almost hear the baritone affectations of news anchor Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “And in other news…” The dramatic testimony of former FBI Director James Comey commanded most of the attention this week on Capitol Hill. But believe it or not, other stories unfolded in the halls of Congress. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is making his second run to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Shuster ran into opposition from his own party last time. The bill never hit the floor. This round, Shuster appeared at an event for “infrastructure week” at the White House and earned President Trump’s support. “That’s going to help immensely,” gleamed Shuster, who suggested the House would advance his plan “in July.” That may be Shuster’s goal. But there’s concern over a push to raise the federal debt ceiling before Congress leaves town at the end of July for the traditional summer recess. The debt ceiling struggle consumed Congress in July and part of August in 2011. It halted work on virtually any other issue. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress recently that lawmakers should hike the debt limit before cutting town. Mnuchin wants a “clean” debt limit increase. That means Congress simply votes to up the threshold without any attachments like offsets. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney would like to latch spending cuts or other policy provisions to any potential increase. Related: dossier-doubts-remain–comey-refuses-to-answer-questions-on-topic-cites-sensitive-information Such legislative “sweeteners” may be essential to coax reluctant lawmakers – especially conservative Republicans – to vote in favor of piling on more debt. Related: todd-starnes–sanders-attacks-trump-pick-over-christian-faith “The Treasury Secretary...