Uber CEO Takes a Leave of Absence, Sessions Denies Improper Russia Contacts, and More

Following scandals and an investigation into the company’s culture by former Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced today he is taking a leave of absence. Read the story from The AP.

In an email to employees, Kalanick said he needs time to grieve his mother’s recent death. 

The creation of a “Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,” reporting directly to the CEO or COO, is among the recommendations from Holder’s firm, Covington & Burling LLP.

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Sessions Denies Improper Russia Contacts

In heated testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied having conversations with any Russian officials about the 2016 presidential election. He called such allegations “scurrilous and false.” Read the story from The AP.

North Korea Releases American

North Korea freed an American college student, Otto Warmbier, more than a year after he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for alleged anti-state acts, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang. Three other U.S. citizens remain detained.
Warmbier was released on the same day former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea for a return visit with leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman tweeted he is on a “mission,” and will discuss the details when he returns. Read the story from NPR.

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Warriors Win 2nd NBA Title in 3 Years

The Golden State Warriors are back on top, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship for the second time in three years. Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant took home the Final’s MVP Award. Read the story from NPR.

Statehood for Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly to become the 51st state of the United States in a referendum held over the weekend. However, the U.S. colony faces an uphill battle to statehood, due to historically low voter turnout, election boycotts, and a Washington political climate unwilling to take on the island’s massive financial crisis. Read the story from The Guardian.