Uber, the largest ride-sharing company in the United States and in many countries around the world, agreed to settle two class-action lawsuits Friday that sought to reclassify drivers as actual employees. Currently, Uber counts drivers as independent contractors, which saves money in the process because it does not have to provide benefits that are required […]

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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced a proposal Wednesday to dramatically change U.S. currency by replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill and adding women’s rights and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 bills, The New York Times reported. Specifically, the portrait of Jackson will be moved to the back of […]

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a historic trip to Hiroshima Monday, visiting one of the two Japanese cities affected by the nuclear bombs dropped by the United States during World War II, Bloomberg reported. It is estimated that 80,000 people perished immediately when the nuclear bomb hit Hiroshima, and another 40,000 were killed when […]

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Five members of the United States women’s national soccer team — Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo — brought a legal motion against the United States Soccer Federation Friday, alleging wage discrimination, espnW reported. This motion, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a government agency that enforces federal employment […]

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The controversy over “Vaxxed,” a new anti-vaccine movie that was to be screened at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, began last week when it was announced that the film had received a spot at the festival and that its controversial director Andrew Wakefield would be in attendance. The backlash from this announcement was almost immediate, […]

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Georgia’s legislature approved a bill, called HB 757, which allows faith-based organizations to deny services and make employment decisions based on a “sincerely held religious belief,” according to The Washington Post. The bill has measures to protect religious leaders from being required to perform same-sex marriages and individuals from being forced to go to these […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly, the American who, at 520 days, holds the record for the most time spent in space, announced Friday that he is retiring, ending a storied career for a NASA veteran. Kelly just returned from an almost year-long journey to the International Space Station, which was the longest single mission to the ISS. […]

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Anyone who has worked at a restaurant or supermarket knows about the immense waste produced by food that has passed its expiration date or is otherwise unfit for sale. Even at Boston University, we witness the waste of food at the dining hall cleaning stations or in the trash at the George Sherman Union. Those […]

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As students at Boston University know all too well, paying for college can be difficult, especially in the face  of tuition and fees that reach beyond $60,000. Of course, BU touts that it gives out scholarships and healthy amounts of financial aid, but what is less clear is how that aid is given out to […]

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It might be hard to imagine a time when Facebook did not have “like” buttons. In 2009, Facebook launched this feature and ever since has, to a degree, been defined by this simple form of interaction. In fact, a giant “like” button can be found at the company’s offices. Since the introduction of the “like” […]

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