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Zenefits will pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees

Insurance software startup Zenefits has agreed to pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 of its account executives and sales representatives in California and Arizona, according to the Department of Labor. Zenefits also agreed to let the DOL monitor its practices to ensure the company does not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. This agreement comes after the DOLs Wage and Hour Division found that Zenefits misclassified the above-mentioned employees as being exempt from minimum wage and overtime. Zenefits, according to the DOL, was wrong to pay those workers…

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Boom has orders for 76 of its future supersonic passenger jets

Boom has a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, the working prototype aircraft its creating to prove out its tech before beginning work on building real, commercial supersonic passenger aircraft. The new design was revealed Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, along with new business milestones: Boom has orders for 76 aircraft thus far, across five airline customers. Thats a lot of orders booked for an aircraft that doesnt actually exist yet, from a small startup, but you can tell why airlines are excited. Booms promise is one…

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Senate intel digs for more Michael Flynn documents

(CNN)The leaders of the Senate Russia investigation are probing for more information from former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a process that is ongoing as he provides additional documents in response to their subpoenas. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the investigation, said they planned to discuss more what they were looking for in the second batch of documents they are seeking from Flynn.

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Nova Scotian's artwork in circulation as 5-cent coin for Canada 150 – Globalnews.ca

Globalnews.ca Nova Scotian's artwork in circulation as 5-cent coin for Canada 150Globalnews.ca“I've always treasured the Alex Colville-designed set of centennial coins that I received as a young boy and having the chance to leave your own mark on a Canadian circulation coin is an amazing way to be involved in the celebration of Canada 150 …Canada releases world's first glow-in-the-dark coin to mark 150th anniversaryThe GuardianTruro native designs new five-cent coinTheChronicleHerald.ca all 8 news articles » Read more:

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Settlement reached in Michael Brown civil lawsuit

(CNN)The family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. The incident sparked outrage and protest across the country. An investigation by the Justice Department into the incident brought no charges against Wilson, who argued he shot Brown in self-defense as Brown charged at him.

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Google makes splitting the cost of Project Fi group plans easier

Every carrier offers group plans that allow you to share your wireless plan with multiple friends, family members or, if you are so inclined, random strangers. That means youre only getting a single bill for all of these people, though, which means you have to find a way to repay the main account holder every month. For a service like Googles Project Fi, where every user may incur very different fees, that can quickly become a hassle, so starting today, Project Fi can automatically handle this for you with the…

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Speier: ‘I absolutely do’ think Trump made up the tapes

(CNN)Throngs of journalists and political pundits are hanging on Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s every word, hoping he’ll confirm or deny the existence of tapes of conversations between President Donald Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. The comments from the California Democrat come just days ahead of a deadline set by the House intelligence committee that pushes Trump to address the issue of tapes by week’s end. Speier is a member of the committee. “I think they’re clearly signaling they will have the answer by Friday,” she told the…

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Uber adds tipping

After years of refusing to add a tipping option for drivers, Uber is finally adding tips to its application as part of an outreach program to riders and passengers. The company, which has seen so much trouble on so many fronts in recent months its nearly impossible to encapsulate in one paragraph, is extending this olive branch as part of a series of steps meant to calm a public that has grown increasingly restive about the companys many missteps. Its part of the companys new initiative pushing 180 days of…

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Georgia special election: Republican Karen Handel beats Jon Ossoff in runoff

Sporadic downpours and flash flood warnings helped to put a damper on Democratic turnout in base precincts In Georgia the resistance was stopped by the rain on Tuesday when Karen Handel in the Sixth Congressional District. With 99% of precincts reporting, Handel had 52.4% and Ossoff had 47.6% Sporadic downpours and flash flood warnings helped to put a damper on Democratic turnout in base precincts and on the hopes of progressives to thwart Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined with an energized Republican base that…

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Udacitys latest Nanodegree will teach React

In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startups Nanodegrees, as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup React. React, a JavaScript library for front-end development, has become insanely popular in recent months. Its frequently used by companies like Airbnb, Netflix and Facebook and is a great contemporary skill to have if…

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Ivanka Trump shoes slated for production at China factory despite brand’s denial

After three Chinese activists were arrested investigating a factory where Trumps shoes were made, her brand claimed none were produced after March When three activists investigating labour abuses at US state department did call for the activists to be released. Chinas foreign ministry quickly rebuffed the US, saying, other countries have no right to interfere. The men, Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of eavesdropping and secret photography equipment after they went undercover in factories making products for international fashion brands.…

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