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Uber’s Background Checks Let Murderer, Sex Offenders, and Other Felons Through the Cracks, Say DAs

Uber’s Background Checks Let Murderer, Sex Offenders, and Other Felons Through the Cracks, Say DAs

Uber’s background checks are not working, according to two California District Attorneys. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have filed an update to a complaint originally filed in December. The suit’s overarching claim is that Uber has been continually misleading customers over the efficacy of its background checks. The amended complaints now contains specific allegations – most …

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Man Violates Restraining Order by Liking Facebook Photos

Man Violates Restraining Order by Liking Facebook Photos

If you’ve recently been hit with a restraining order, it’s probably best for you to stay off Facebook. In today’s reminder that social media contact is still contact, a Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with contempt of court after he liked approximately 22 photos and videos on Facebook. According to the Times Leader, 26-year-old Justin Bellanco violated a …

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Uber Sued for $1M in Dallas Rape Case Involving Driver with Criminal Record

Uber Sued for $1M in Dallas Rape Case Involving Driver with Criminal Record

Uber is facing yet another lawsuit – this time from a Dallas woman who says she was raped by one of the company’s drivers last month. We recently reported on the case, in which Uber driver Talal Ali Chammout allegedly drove a woman to her Dallas home, followed her inside, hit her in the back of the head, and raped …

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Uber Driver and 6th Grade Teacher Accused of Rape

Uber Driver and 6th Grade Teacher Accused of Rape

Another Uber driver has been accused of raping a female passenger. This story comes from South Carolina, where 39-year-old Patrick Aiello has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault. He’s been denied bail. According to police, Aiello drove a woman and her male companion to the latter’s Charleston home. The woman reportedly exited Aiello’s car, but changed her mind …

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Uber Driver Accused of Rape Had Criminal Record, Used Phony Permit

Uber Driver Accused of Rape Had Criminal Record, Used Phony Permit

Once again, Uber is under fire for allegedly letting a rapist slip through the cracks. On July 25th, Uber driver Talal Ali Chammout allegedly drove a woman to her Dallas home, followed her inside, and raped her. Chammout has a criminal record, and served time in prison on federal weapons charges. He was just released in 2012. And according to …

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Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber is facing yet another lawsuit after one of its drivers assaulted a passenger. The mother of a 13-year-old Virginia girl is suing the ridesharing company for $2 million, claiming that Uber and its lax screening processes are responsible for her daughter’s sexual assault. The assault itself is not in dispute. In April, 39-year-old former Uber driver Isagani Morin was …

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Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app to siphon money away from unsuspecting customers, Starbucks has hit back, saying that these reports are false. Blogger Bob Sullivan …

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Man Allegedly Confessed to Murdering Family on Facebook

“Emily had tried everything to get better but nothing seemed to help her. I took a gun and shot her in the head and now she is migraine free and floating in the clouds on a sunny afternoon, her long beautiful brown hair flowing in the breeze, a true angel.” That chilling passage comes from Facebook, where a man allegedly …

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Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Fraud Charge for Cop

If you tell your boss you’re so sick you can’t possibly come into work, you probably shouldn’t post a selfie of you drinking a beer at the beach. Think of this as a much more serious version of that kind of screwup. A Pasadena police officer is facing up to six years in prison thanks to her participation in last …

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Hostage Asks for Help via Pizza Hut App: ‘Get 911 to me’

In Florida (where else), a quick-thinking woman and her children are safe after she placed the most important pizza order of her life. According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Cheryl Treadway used the ‘additional comments’ section inside the Pizza Hut app to order up some assistance. “Please help. Get 911 to me,” she typed. “911hostage help!” When the strange …

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‘2 Drunk 2 Care’ Tweeter Gets 24 Years for Fatal Crash

Kayla Mendoza, the Florida woman who sent an infamous string of tweets before causing fatal car crash back in 2013, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. According to police, Mendoza went out for margaritas after work and at approximately 1:45 am, the then 20-year-old drove onto the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County – driving the wrong way. Soon …

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Obama’s Police Body Camera Initiative Kicks into Gear

On the day that Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the Obama administration has announced it’s kicking its police body camera initiative into full gear. The first step is to spend $20 million on the body cameras, according to the Justice Department. According to The Hill, “$17 million would reportedly come …

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