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Third Republican comes out against Shelton for Fed seat, complicating nomination

Efforts to get Judy Shelton confirmed to the Federal Reserve just got a little tougher as one prominent Republican announced his opposition Monday.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said in a statement that he will oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Shelton as a Fed governor, CNBC's Ylan Mui reported.That brings to three the total of GOP senators against the pick, putting the chamber in a likely 50-50 deadlock. Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine are the others.Under a stalemate scenario, Vice President Mike Pence could step in and cast the tiebreaking vote. The White House said Monday that Shelton still has the full backing of the administration and her confirmation is expected, according to Reuters.Shelton's nomination has been controversial from the beginning.Dem...
Essure: Women in England take legal action against sterilising-device maker

Essure: Women in England take legal action against sterilising-device maker

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Ride-hailing, delivery giants win fight against labor law

OAKLAND, Calif. -- App-based companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash have dodged a potentially devastating blow to their industry by carving out an exemption from a California law that required them to classify their drivers as employees instead of contractors.California voters passed Proposition 22 and delivered a stinging rebuke to state lawmakers and labor leaders who were fighting for better working conditions for a growing number of people who drive for ride-hailing and food delivery services.California has one of the strictest laws in the country for determining when a company must treat its workers as employees with benefits such as minimum wage, overtime and sick days. Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Instacart and others sought to get out of those requirements, and after failing in co...
Johnny Depp loses ‘wife beater’ libel case against The Sun

Johnny Depp loses ‘wife beater’ libel case against The Sun

Johnny Depp has lost his libel claim against the publishers of The Sun over an article calling him a "wife beater".Three months after the high-profile three-week trial, Judge Justice Nicol ruled that the tabloid's report on allegations that Depp was violent towards ex-wife Amber Heard was "substantially true". The Hollywood star had sued over a column titled "Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy' casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?" in April 2018, written by executive editor Dan Wootton. Image: Amber Heard was The Sun's star witness, attending court every day Image: The three-week High Court trial attracted worldwide attention During ...
Post Office scandal: Postmasters celebrate huge victory against convictions

Post Office scandal: Postmasters celebrate huge victory against convictions

Dozens of former sub-postmasters and postmistresses should get a clear path in quashing their convictions for fraud, theft and false accounting.They had been accused of stealing money after the Post Office installed a new computer system, with some imprisoned.After years of fighting to clear their name, many have now been told the Post Office will not contest their cases.For years, the shadow of a conviction put some of those affected in dire financial circumstances.Some struggled to secure work, lost their homes, and even failed to get insurance owing to their criminal conviction.The decision paves the way for more than 30 cases to being quashed, although the Post Office can seek a retrial. More cases remain under scrutiny.The Post Office agreed in Decem...