Stocks climb…Uber announces rider safety measures…Man pleads guilty to hacking celebrity accounts
NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are climbing in early Wall Street trading as technology companies, banks and industrial companies rally. Companies including Delta Air Lines and BlackRock are rising after they reported strong results in the first quarter. Big technology companies including Apple and Microsoft are making some of the biggest gains.
DETROIT (AP) – Uber says it will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe. Other safety features announced today include buttons in the Uber app that allow riders to call 911 in an emergency, as well as app refinements that make it easier for riders to share their whereabouts with friends or loved ones.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to hacking into the iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and others so he could steal personal information, including private photographs and videos. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old George Garofano has pleaded guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. The charge stemmed from the investigation into the 2014 scandal in which the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others were made public.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York City Council has passed 11 bills designed to strengthen workplace sexual harassment protections. Among them, employers with 15 or more workers would have to conduct annual anti-sexual-harassment training for all employees. City agencies would be required to report workplace harassment incidents. The statute of limitations for filing harassment claims would be extended from one year to three. And contractors would be required to include their anti-sexual-harassment policies in applications for city business. The bills are subject to approval by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) insists he will push ahead with railway labor reforms and other divisive plans, despite crippling strikes. Macron went on national television today to defend his efforts to transform the way the French work. He said public anger “doesn’t stop me,” and pledged to keep up his pace of change “because the world around is speeding up.” The train reforms he is pushing are aimed at opening the national railway to competition.