Uber and Lyft drivers set to strike in LA

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Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles plan to strike today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The boycott is in response to Uber’s decreased pre-mile pay from 80 cents to 60 cents in Los Angeles County and parts of Orange County. Axios reports it’s not the first time drivers have tried to organize a strike in the fight for better wages and work conditions. Union protections don’t apply to ride-share drivers, who are independent contractors not employees. • Here’s what people are saying.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a four-page letter from Attorney General William Barr, summarizing the report for Congress. Attorney General William Barr cleared President Trump of obstruction of justice, citing a lack of evidence, after Mueller said his investigation into obstruction of justice was inconclusive. • Here’s what people are saying.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has admitted that it released addresses and banking information of nearly 2.5 million disaster victims who used the agency’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program. Those impacted by the breach include people displaced by the California wildfires in 2017 and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The agency overshared information with a contractor, but it was unclear if the breach resulted in identity theft or other frauds. • Here’s what people are saying.

Children are becoming a growing threat to their parents’ retirement savings and the high cost of college may be only one factor. Nearly 15% of those in the 25- to 35-year-old age group were living at home in 2016, according to a Pew Research report. Parental support for adult offspring amounts to $500 billion a year — twice the amount set aside in retirement accounts, according to the Age Wave consulting firm. • Here’s what people are saying.

Also: Baylor University admits the largest percentage of legacy students in the U.S., while Notre Dame tops the list of highly endowed schools admitting legacies. College admissions have come under increased scrutiny after 50 people were charged with an elaborate scheme to bribe university officials at elite schools to admit their children. • Here’s what people are saying.

The advent of online shopping, and particularly the rise of Amazon, has created a booming demand for cardboard, sometimes reviving struggling U.S. paper factories, reports The New York Times. The demand has been compounded by China’s recent refusal to take used cardboard — which it once recycled and re-sold — causing a huge decline in the price of raw materials. The policy shift has serious implications for recycling programsaround the country. • Here’s what people are saying.

Idea of the Day: Transitioning your business to remote working comes with its own challenges — like making sure everyone still feels like part of the team, says Insured By Us founder Ben Webster.

“You’ve got to manufacture the water cooler moment where they might be talking about what’s on TV or what they did yesterday.”

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