• Uber suspends UberPOP in France

    Uber suspends UberPOP in France

    The firm has faced legal difficulties in many countries across the world Uber has suspended its UberPOP taxi-ordering app in France, according to newspaper Le Monde. The suspension comes in a week that two managers...
  • Aces high as firebrand Kyrgios knocks out Raonic

    LONDON, July 3 Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios produced a brutal serving display to bludgeon his way past seventh seed Milos Raonic and reach the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 5-7 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3 victory...
  • Uber suspends ride-sharing service in France

    Uber suspends ride-sharing service in France

    Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service uberPOP in France to protect its drivers from violent attacks, the company said Friday. Uber has been facing a backlash in France, after local cab drivers accused it of...
  • Obama to host Vietnam’s Trong at White House Tuesday

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will hold talks with Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong at the White House on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday. Trong will be Vietnam’s first party general secretary...
  • Greek PM: Say ‘No’ to ‘blackmail’

    Greek PM: Say ‘No’ to ‘blackmail’

    Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has called on voters to reject “blackmail” when they vote in a bailout referendum on Sunday. In a short TV address, he insisted Greece’s presence in the EU was not at...

Headline News

  • No Gender Bias Figured Into What These Franchisees Chose to Do


    Tim Yocum and Wes Hallberg were looking for a deal, not anyone’s approval. So, after operating, then selling, a successful Midwest-based independent oil operation that included ten franchised Holiday Stationstores — a convenience store chain — the partners looked for opportunities in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. What they decided on was, um, not exactly predictable: They purchased the rights to open ten Waxing the City Studios in the North Star State. Call it a new trend: men transitioning (smoothly!) out of male-dominated businesses into those with the female touch — literally. Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s QA interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com. Names: Tim Yocum and Wes Hallberg Franchise owned: Waxing the City — Minneapolis/St. Paul Market How long have you owned a franchise? We were franchisees in the CG (convenience and gas) market, dating back to 2002, and are …

    July 3, 2015 10:20 am
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Politics

  • Obama to host Vietnam’s Trong at White House Tuesday


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will hold talks with Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong at the White House on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday. Trong will be Vietnam’s first party general secretary to visit the United States. “The President looks forward to discussing with General Secretary Trong ways to strengthen further the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, reflecting on the accomplishments of the past 20 years since the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations,” the White House said in a statement. It added Obama and Trong would also discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, human rights, and bilateral defense cooperation. Hanoi has strengthened its military relationship with former foe Washington since a territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea has heated up in the past couple of years. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

    July 3, 2015 9:19 am
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Stocks

  • Uber suspends ride-sharing service in France


    Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service uberPOP in France to protect its drivers from violent attacks, the company said Friday. Uber has been facing a backlash in France, after local cab drivers accused it of undercutting their business by avoiding rules and licensing requirements. The company said its drivers faced “intimidation, violent assaults, and organized ambush” during protests last week. Related: Uber says no guns or no rides French government ordered police to crack down on Uber in Paris after the demonstrations turned violent. The UberPOP app was ruled illegal by the French government last year. But Uber has appealed the decision, insisting that its activities in France are legal. Uber has a presence in six cities across France and serves over 500,000 customers. Of those riders, 160,000 people regularly use the uberPOP service. Uber has faced a wave of regulatory and legal challenges around the world in the last year. It was temporarily blocked …

    July 3, 2015 10:20 am
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Sports

  • Aces high as firebrand Kyrgios knocks out Raonic


    LONDON, July 3 Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios produced a brutal serving display to bludgeon his way past seventh seed Milos Raonic and reach the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 5-7 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3 victory on Friday. Raonic beat the 26th-seed Australian in last year’s quarter-finals but there was to be no such repeat in a hard-hitting match on a sun-kissed Court Two as Kyrgios fired 34 aces past the Canadian. Thumping serves and baseline rallies dominated the first set but Kyrgios gifted Raonic the opener when he double-faulted in the 12th game at 15-40 down. The 20-year-old Kyrgios claimed a nip-and-tuck second set before keeping his composure to clinch the third in a tiebreak. Kyrgios wore the big-serving Raonic down in the fourth set, breaking the Canadian in the eighth game before holding serve to set up a fourth-round clash with Frenchman Richard Gasquet. (Editing by Ed Osmond)

    July 3, 2015 10:20 am
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World News

  • Uber suspends UberPOP in France


    The firm has faced legal difficulties in many countries across the world Uber has suspended its UberPOP taxi-ordering app in France, according to newspaper Le Monde. The suspension comes in a week that two managers of the taxi-ordering app Uber were arrested for “illicit activity”. In June France’s interior minister ordered a ban on UberPOP after a day of nationwide protests by taxi drivers. Bernard Cazeneuve has said Uber’s service is ‘”illegal”. It has been banned in France since January. Uber is unpopular with registered drivers in many cities because they tend to undercut prices, and there have been violent protests. The firm said on Friday that it was suspending the service as a safety measure. “We have decided to suspend UberPOP in France from 20.00 [19.00 BST] this Friday evening, primarily to assure the safety of Uber drivers,” Thibaud Simphal, head of Uber France, told Le Monde.

    July 3, 2015 10:20 am
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Technology

  • Theresa May named internet villain of the year


    The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has been named the UK internet industry’s villain of the year for pursuing “snooper’s charter” legislation without fully consulting the sector. The gong, part of the annual ISPA awards, was given for “forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society”. “With an investigatory powers bill due before parliament in the coming months, it is essential that ISPs are consulted,” the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) added. The MPs Tom Watson and David Davis were jointly named internet hero for their legal action against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA). “Surveillance has dominated both the hero and villain shortlists for number of years, and it was felt Davis and Watson were some of the best informed politicians on the subject,” the ISPA said. Related: Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs Also nominated for the Hero award …

    July 3, 2015 8:59 am
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Science

  • Seafaring spiders depend on their ‘sails’ and ‘anchors’


    Related images(click to enlarge) Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study helps explain how spiders are able to migrate across vast distances and why they are quick to colonise new areas. Common spiders are frequently observed to fly using a technique called ‘ballooning’. This involves using their silk to catch the wind which then lifts them up into the air. Ballooning spiders are estimated to move up to 30 km per day when wind conditions are suitable, helping in their quest for new habitats and resources. This dispersal strategy, however, involves a significant risk. The airborne spider has little control over where it travels and could end up landing on water, which has been thought to be unsuitable for its survival. Lead author Morito Hayashi from the Natural History Museum, London, …

    July 3, 2015 9:00 am
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Health

  • Many New Teen Drivers ‘Crash’ in Simulated Driving Task


    FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Around four in 10 newly licensed teen drivers “crashed” in a simulated driving test, suggesting that many adolescents lack the skills they need to stay safe on the road, according to a new study. The simulated driving assessment (SDA) included a 35-minute “drive” replicating 22 variations of the most common scenarios that often cause teens to crash. “During the SDA, 42.9 percent of teens within three months of licensure, and 29.4 percent of experienced adult drivers had at least one simulated collision,” said Catherine McDonald, the study’s lead author, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. “For every additional error in the SDA, the risk for crashing or running off the road in the simulator increased 8 percent,” she added. Findings from the study were published online in the journal Injury Prevention. Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of …

    July 3, 2015 9:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Farrah Abraham is not the only Teen Mom star who has a sex tape


    More: Teen Mom Mackenzie McKee blames car crash on health issue (PHOTOS) According to TMZ, this time around it’s Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie McKee, who has a sex tape, but unlike Abraham, she doesn’t want the world to see it. Instead, the reality TV star — whose show was pulled after one season back in 2013 — has reportedly warned adult film production company Vivid Entertainment not to release the tape. TMZ claims it was able to obtain a letter that McKee’s lawyer sent to Vivid, which acknowledges there’s a sex tape, but warns the company to keep it private. More: Farrah Abraham gets embroiled in yet another Teen Mom feud So, who is the costar in McKee’s sex tape? Apparently, that’s unclear, but the aspiring fitness model has been married to Josh McKee for two years, so if the tape is new, let’s hope he is the one in it. More: Teen Mom Jenelle Evans …

    July 3, 2015 8:39 am
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Editorial

  • Supreme Court should live under ObamaCare like the rest of America


    The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ignore the letter of the law and uphold the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewrite of Obamacare undermines the American people’s trust and confidence in our nation’s highest court. Justice Scalia summed up the Court’s actions rightly when he called them “absurd” and opined that “words no longer have meaning” under the Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell. As a result, more Americans will now be forced into a broken health care system that has already failed millions of Americans; putting federal bureaucrats between patients and their doctor, driving up costs and hurting more American families and businesses. Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of the larger problem in Washington – one where those of influence and power live under a different set of rules than average Americans.  Case and point, the Executive Branch – which has written the rules for Obamacare – and the Judicial Branch – which is now a co-author …

    July 3, 2015 9:20 am
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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