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East Coast train line to be put into public control

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are being brought back under government control, following the failure of the current franchise.Operators Stagecoach and Virgin Trains will hand over control from 24 June.The Department for Transport will run the service until a new public-private partnership can be appointed in 2020.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it would smooth the transition to a new operator, but critics said it was evidence of private sector failure.Mr Grayling said the franchise had failed because Stagecoach and Virgin Trains had "got their bid wrong", overestimating the profitability of the line.It is the third time in a just over a decade that the government has called a hal...
YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

Technology
Google says it will add new parental controls to its YouTube Kids app, after inappropriate videos were repeatedly discovered on the service.One of the new options prevents channels that have not been vetted by human moderators appearing on the app.Parents will be able to choose between human-curated playlists and letting YouTube's algorithms decide what children get to watch in the app.But one expert said the changes were "still nowhere near good enough".Children's presenter and parent Ed Petrie, who has hosted programmes for Nickelodeon and the BBC, asked: "Why are these features only an option?'Ethical need'"Nickelodeon shows don't have an option for your kids to stumble across an animation of SpongeBob SquarePants having his liver removed."YouTube just can't get their heads around the f...
Tina Becker takes control of Carolina Panthers as one of highest-ranking female executives in NFL

Tina Becker takes control of Carolina Panthers as one of highest-ranking female executives in NFL

Sports
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Tina Becker is now the chief operating officer for the Carolina Panthers.Carolina announced the move on Monday. Becker will take full control of the day-to-day management of the organization, making her one of the highest-ranking female executives for any of the 32 teams in the National Football League, according to the Panthers."These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization," Becker said in a news release from the Panthers."Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl. My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, wh...
Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

Health
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama's health care law. The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations. The new policy would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing free contraception to women by claiming religious objections. It would allow any company that is not publicly traded to deny coverage on moral grounds. Beetlestone, appointed to the bench by Obama, called t...
Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

Health
In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives — issued almost simultaneously on Friday — demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base. Leaders of that constituency were exultant. "President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Cou