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Why Aren't More Employees Suing Uber?
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Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill
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Watch the NYC Pride Parade in 360°
Watch the colorful celebration flood the streets of NYC in 360°
Groups from non-profits to businesses rallied in splashy colors chanting and waving their banners. For some, the parade became a platform for their protests against President Donald Trump. Others chose to commemorate the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse club shooting through silent activism, donning white veils and holding portraits and bios of those who had passed.
The march began at noon at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Christopher and Greenwich streets near the historic Stonewall Inn. The bar is the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which is considered one of the first demonstrations of the LGBTQ community in the U.S.
June is considered LGBTQ awareness month. The well-attended Pride Parade is only one of multiple festivities planned for the month of June in New York City.
From silent activism to dubstep dance parties, watch the highlights of the 2017 NYC Pride Parade in 360°.
60 Apartment Towers in Britain Fail Fire Safety Tests After London’s Grenfell Tower Tragedy
The number reveals the challenge for government after the massive fire
(LONDON) — The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said. As of late Sunday, that includes 60 towers from 25 different areas of the country— double the figure given a day earlier.
The number of buildings at risk is likely to grow as owners and local officials provide more samples for safety tests.
The national testing was ordered after an inferno engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14. The tower’s cladding — panels widely used to insulate buildings and improve their appearance — was believed to have rapidly spread that blaze, which killed at least 79 people.
In north London, officials trying to avoid another fire disaster sought to complete the evacuation of hundreds of apartments in four towers deemed unsafe. They faced resistance as some 200 residents refused to budge.
Camden Council ordered residents from some 600 apartments at Chalcots Estate to evacuate late Friday as a precaution after fire inspectors found problems with the blocks’ fire doors and gas pipes.
The council said residents must leave immediately because of those issues and because the towers were encased in similar cladding to the material used at Grenfell Tower.
Hundreds were put up in hotels and other temporary accommodation. The evacuees now face up to four weeks in limbo as workers try to upgrade the buildings’ fire safety features. Council leader Georgia Gould said those still staying in their homes must leave for the renovations to begin.
Sayed Meah, 34, who lives with his mother and wife, said he would not move until the company that helps care for his mother agrees to provide service at a new location.
He said he and other residents are determined to remain in their apartments until a legal notice is obtained or they are “dragged out by their fingernails.”
Refurbishment of the Chalcots towers was overseen by Rydon, the same company involved in the recent renovation of the now-devastated Grenfell Tower.
A public inquiry is due to determine how the unsafe cladding was allowed to be fitted onto Grenfell and other buildings in the first place.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan backed the Camden Council’s decision to evacuate the apartment blocks.
“I think they’ve done the right thing. Look, you’ve got to err on the side of caution. You can’t play Russian roulette with people’s safety,” Khan told Sky News.
Kellyanne Conway Says the Senate Health Care Bill Doesn’t Cut Medicaid. That’s Not True
The draft revealed Thursday suggests otherwise
“These are not cuts to Medicaid,”Conway told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars because they’re closest to the people in need.”
But the draft of the health care bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released on Thursday includes steep cuts to Medicaid, aiming to phase out the federal funding implemented under Obamacare for states to expand Medicaid eligibility.
The non partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House version of the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion, which President Donald Trump accounted for in his budget. The CBO is slated to release their analysis of the Senate bill this coming week.
Conway said former President Barack Obama had expanded Medicaid in a way that wasn’t always beneficial, and the bill would bring the program back to its “original moorings.” The people who the expansion helped, she said, would initially be grandfathered in but should consider other options.
“Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, the elderly, the sick, the disabled also children, and pregnant women, it took it and it went way above the poverty line and opened it up to many able-bodied Americans who should probably find other — should at least see if there are other options for them,” she said. “If they’re able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do”
But the Medicaid cuts proposed in the bill are the reason some Senators have expressed hesitation. West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she was “evaluating” the bill to ensure it wouldn’t adversely affect her constituents, half a million of whom are on Medicaid. And Nevada Senator Dean Heller, who said on Friday that he could not support the bill in its current form, cited Medicaid cuts as a chief concern.
“I have made clear that I want to make sure the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion,” Heller said in a statement after the bill was released.
This Man Just Visited Disneyland 2,000 Days in a Row
There's no question Disneyland is indeed Happiest Place on Earth for this guy
There’s no question Disneyland is indeed Happiest Place on Earth for this guy.
Jeff Reitz, a 44-year-old man from Huntington Beach, Calif., marked his 2,000th consecutive day visiting Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., last week.
Reitz began the streak on Jan. 1, 2012, at a time when he was unemployed and sought something uplifting to do, according to NBC Los Angeles. “It was something to do to keep having fun,” he told NBC Los Angeles.
And more than five years later, Reitz still enjoys it. “I’m still having fun with it,” he added. “That’s the only reason I’m still doing this. It wasn’t about going for records or anything like that. That was a bonus. It’s about coming and enjoying the magic of the park.”
A Disneyland spokesperson told NBC Los Angeles that they are unaware of any similar streak records. A representative from Disneyland has not responded to request for comment.
The Air Force veteran holds an annual pass to the park, and now visits in the evenings to accommodate his day job at VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
While the park has added a number of new attractions including a Cars-themed ride at California Adventure during Reitz’s streak, one of the classic rides is still his favorite: the Matterhorn.
“I love sitting in the front row, holding the handle and leaning into the turns,” he told the Orange County Register. One of Disneyland’s original attractions, the Matterhorn is now a rollercoaster where passengers ride in bobsleds down a mountain that appears like the Matterhorn mountain in the Alps.
As for his future, Reitz is unsure when his streak will come to an end. “My current pass is good until January 2018, then we’ll see,” he told the Register.
President Trump and Melania Trump Attend Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s Lavish Wedding
The President and First Lady took some time away from the White House to attend the wedding of Steven Mnuchin and actress Louise Linton.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump took some time away from their White House duties to attend the wedding of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Scottish-born actress Louise Linton on Saturday.
The newly married couple said their “I dos” in a lavish ceremony in Washington, D.C., partying the night away at a reception packed with family and friends.
The wedding took place at the Mellon Auditorium, a historic government-owned public space that is connected to the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters and right around the block from the Trump International Hotel. Melania wore a pink silk chiffon dress designed by Gilles Mendel and Manolo Blahnik. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence were also in attendance. Pence also served as the officiant for the ceremony.
In addition to the Trumps, Toronto designer Ines Di Santo was also in attendance. She designed Linton’s custom wedding gown — which she paired with some high-priced diamond and pearl jewelry, as she showed off to Town & Country in a feature published Monday.
Linton, 36, and Mnuchin, 54, met at a wedding reception in Los Angeles in 2013, The New York Times reported.
They were engaged in 2015 — he popped the question with an oval diamond engagement ring reminiscent of one she had admired with him in a jewelry store at Miami’s famous Art Basel festival during the early days of their relationship, she told Town & Country.
Mnuchin — a former Goldman Sachs executive of 17 years, hedge fund chief executive and Hollywood producer whose credits include American Sniper and Wonder Woman — has been the subject of Democratic ire since his appointment in November, with many pointing to him as the very symbol of the elite “swamp” the president had so often preached about draining from Washington prior to his election.
A Trump loyalist who previously served as his campaign finance chairman, Mnuchin has played a key role in developing the president’s tax proposals, and previously told CNBC that his first priority is getting tax reform passed this year.
During his campaign in 2016, Trump railed against his opponents for their ties to Wall Street. He frequently criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for accepting money from Goldman Sachs to deliver speeches.
On Wednesday, Trump explained why he chose Wall Street billionaires for several of his Cabinet roles during a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“So somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’ I said, ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking we want … because they’re representing the country,” Trump said. “They don’t want the money. And they had to give up a lot to take these jobs.”
“We can’t have the world taking advantage of us anymore,” he continued. “And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense? If you insist, I’ll do it — but I like it better this way, right?”
This article originally appeared in People.com
Transformers Tops Box Office Despite Low Debut
Michael Bay's latest addition to the "Transformers" franchise topped the North American box office over the weekend with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over, while "Wonder Woman" and "Cars 3" tied for second
(NEW YORK) — Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” scored a franchise-low debut but still easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend.
The Paramount Pictures release, the fifth in the “Transformers” series, totaled $69.1 million in five days, after opening Wednesday. But it was a huge hit in China, where it debuted with $123.4 million.
“Wonder Woman” and “Cars 3” tied for second place, both with $25.2 million. Nearly a month after opening, “Wonder Woman” continues to be a major draw. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically.
In limited release Kumail Nanjiani’s acclaimed romantic comedy “The Big Sick” landed the best per-screen average of the year. It opened in five theaters, grossing an average of $87,000 from each.
LGBT Activists Prevented From Assembling in Istanbul
Turkish police stopped activists from gathering for LGBT pride, but smaller groups made statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.
(ISTANBUL) — Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.
Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for “we march,” despite the ban on gay pride observances ordered by the Istanbul governor’s office for the third year in a row.
Police established checkpoints in the area, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back individuals who were deemed to be associated with the planned march. Small groups assembled on side streets were chased away by officers.
At least a hundred protesters gathered in a nearby neighborhood, beating drums and chanting slogans such as, “Don’t be quiet, shout out, gays exist!” and “Love, love, freedom, State, stay away!” They carried a banner that read, “Get used to, we are here.”
Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and activists said plastic bullets also were used. Riot-control vehicles and buses were dispatched to the area and police detained several people, but did not immediately say how many.
In banning the event, the governor’s office on Saturday cited safety and public order. It also said a valid parade application had not been obtained for Sunday’s event, a claim rejected by organizers.
The governor’s ban referred to “serious reactions by different segments of society” as several nationalist and religious groups called for the march’s cancellation.
But Pride organizers said in a statement Sunday that the threats themselves should be dealt with rather than limiting demonstrations.
“Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom,” the statement said.
LGBT activists have lobbied unsuccessfully to have sexual orientation and gender identity covered by Turkish laws protecting civil rights and prohibiting hate speech. Homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since the republic’s founding more than nine decades ago.
The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against LGBT individuals and that current laws already protect each citizen. It also insists that perpetrators of hate crimes are prosecuted.
Turkish authorities allowed pride marches to take place for more than a decade since the first one was held in 2003. Up to 100,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014.
But in 2015, police dispersed crowds using tear gas and water cannons after a last-minute ban. In 2016, amid a spate of deadly attacks blamed on the Islamic State group or on outlawed Kurdish militants, the event was banned again but participants still tried to gather.
Pride organizers think the celebrations have been banned since 2014 because they coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and a rise in conservatism.
Sunday’s scheduled march was on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of a month of fasting.
See Scenes of the Pride Parade in New York City
It's more than just the parade
Parades and celebrations across the country are expected to take place Sunday in honor of gay pride month.
A number of major U.S. cities including New York City, San Francisco and Chicago will have pride parades, where thousands people are set to flood the streets with rainbow-colored flags flying high.
Pride month takes place in June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which is known as one of the first demonstrations for LGBTQ rights in U.S. history and sparked the gay rights movement. The Stonewall Inn, a bar in New York City where the riot took place, was named the country’s first national monument for gay rights by former President Barack Obama in 2016.
Obama and former President Bill Clinton had both declared June the official month for LGBTQ pride. But while President Donald Trump has not made the same declaration, that has not stopped the celebrations from happening around the country.
Some pride events include celebrations beyond the parade. In New York City, Heritage Pride, a nonprofit organization involved with the planning of the month’s festivities, is also hosting rooftop parties, movie screenings, a youth pride parade and a number of concerts.
The pride parade is set to start at 12:00 p.m. E.T. in New York City. Watch it live above.
‘We’ll Catch You Honey’: Teenage Girl Rescued After 25-Foot Fall Off Amusement Park Ride
Park guests and employees became unlikely heroes
Park guests and employees at Six Flags Great Escape park in upstate New York became unlikely heroes when they stepped in to rescue a teenage girl dangling from a gondola ride, working together to catch her as she fell 25 feet into their arms.
The 14-year-old girl, who has not been publicly identified, did not sustain any serious injuries in the Saturday incident, according to local authorities. She was riding the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York when she slipped out of the gondola chair.
Video captured at the scene shows her dangling from the two-person gondola as park guests gather below her. The girl’s neck initially appeared to be stuck in the gondola, but she was able to untangle herself before dropping 25 feet.
Loren Lent, a mail handler from Glenville, New York who was in the park during the incident and captured the scene on video, said he was waiting for his children to finish at the Sky Ride when he heard screaming and saw a rider dangling.
“I just pulled my phone out and turned it into video because I was amazed it’s not something you’ve ever seen or would want to see,” he told TIME.
He videotaped for about 20 seconds, he said, and he and half a dozen men began strategizing how to catch the girl when the ride was completely stopped. One man climbed up a tree to push the branches out of the way.
As she began to drop, someone in the crowd that had gathered below her can be heard yelling, “We’ll catch you honey!”
“I think it was an impulsive coordination,” Lent said. “It was a bunch of strangers coming together to help out a person in an emergency situation.”
Lent was frustrated though; he said not one park employee was on the scene initially. When they did arrive, he began yelling at them, because he thought they weren’t moving quickly enough. A security guard asked him to remove himself from the scene, so he ultimately shot video of the girl’s rescue.
The footage shows her hitting a tree as she fell, but cheers erupt as the girl is caught.
Six Flags said in a statement that the girl was caught by “guests and security personnel.”
Emergency medical services were sent to the scene, and she was transported to a local hospital, before being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Albany. She remains there, authorities said, in stable condition and with no serious injuries.
Authorities said a 47-year-old man was also hospitalized when he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released.
The Sky Ride, listed under “Family Rides” on the park’s website, is described as “a roundtrip ski-lift style gondola ride.”
Lent, who says he is a season pass holder, says this incident won’t infringe on his visits to the park, but he won’t be sending his family on the Sky Ride anytime soon.
The Warren County Sheriff’s office said they inspected the ride with park personnel and found that everything was working correctly.
Six Flags said that the New York State Department of Labor cleared the ride to operate, but it is remaining closed while the park conducts an internal review.
“We are in the process of gathering more information,” Six Flags Queensbury said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family.”
The Fate of Trump’s Travel Ban Could be Decided This Week
The Supreme Court's decision is imminent
(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries.
The high-stakes legal fight has been going on since President Donald Trump rolled out a travel ban just a week after his inauguration. He casts it as critical to deterring terror attacks in the United States.
Trump seeks to halt visits from residents of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days so his administration can review the screening procedures for visa applicants from those countries.
Opponents argue that the ban targets Muslims in violation of federal law and the Constitution, and that it stems from Trump’s campaign pledge to halt the entry of all Muslims into the U.S.
Lower federal courts have so far agreed and blocked the travel ban. One court also has blocked a 120-day halt on refugee arrivals in the United States.
A look at several ways the Supreme Court could decide what to do:
Immediate ban on travel
With the votes of five justices, the court could agree to the administration’s request to immediately reinstate the travel ban, which Trump has said would go into effect 72 hours after a favorable court ruling. The administration has said the revised travel ban Trump issued in March would avoid the chaos and confusion at airports that followed the initial travel order in January. That’s because the new policy does not apply to people already in the U.S. or with a valid visa at the time the ban takes effect, the administration has said. Opponents still worry people will be caught in legal limbo if the ban is enforced.
Keep the travel ban on hold
The court could side with opponents of the ban and refuse to let it take effect. But the administration could still conduct the 90-day review that Trump had tied to the travel ban and a revised executive order could follow. A new ban might include more countries or be made permanent, or both. A new policy almost certainly would lead to new legal challenges.
Argument in front of the court
Whether the court immediately allows the ban to take effect or keeps it blocked, the justices might schedule argument on the issue for the fall. But there is a fair prospect that the argument — if it even takes place — would be a sideshow. This week’s court action is the main event. That’s because the 90-day ban will have run its course before any argument takes place in the fall and, if the ban remains on hold, a new travel policy might be in place.
Any chance of argument right away?
Opponents of the travel ban had suggested, under certain circumstances, that the court could hear argument and issue a decision almost immediately, before the justices leave town for the summer. That prospect always seemed remote, and is even more so during the final week of June, with the court scheduled to issue the term’s final opinions on Monday. Also, the court has worked at such a fast pace only rarely and usually in the midst of political crises, including the dispute over the 2000 presidential election and President Richard Nixon’s refusal to turn over the Watergate tapes in 1974.
Denying the Administration’s appeal
The court could effectively end the legal case by rejecting both the plea to enforce the ban and the administration’s appeal of the lower court rulings. The White House could then prepare a new travel policy. The court might be reluctant to pursue this option because the justices, not lower courts, typically are the final word when a federal law or presidential action is struck down.
A full bench
With Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation in April, the court now is at full strength. Gorsuch is sure to take part in weighing the ban proposed by the president who nominated him. He was a federal judge, and had no involvement in the formulation or roll out of the travel policy. As a comparison, Justice Elena Kagan resisted calls to step aside from the high court’s consideration of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Some opponents of the law said that Kagan did enough as a Justice Department official in preparing the administration’s legal defense to sit out the case. Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court in 2010.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also is expected to take part in the travel ban, despite criticism of Trump she made to The Associated Press and other news organizations last summer. She quickly apologized for her remarks.