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Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers in California to Remain Independent Contractors

Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers in California to Remain Independent Contractors

Drivers for so-called gig economy companies in California such as Uber and Lyft will remain independent contractors and not become employees of their respective companies after voters in that state approved Proposition 22.
The measure allows gig economy companies to continue to treat drivers as independent contractors.
Proposition 22 was conceived by Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash to exempt their companies and others from a recent state labor law that would have …

Hawaiian Airlines to Restart the Two Longest Domestic Flights in the U.S.

Hawaiian Airlines to Restart the Two Longest Domestic Flights in the U.S.

Hawaiian Airlines said it plans to restart its two longest flights to the mainland in December.
The two flights were temporarily suspended amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the closing of the Hawaiian border to tourists.
The move comes as the state began to exempt travelers who can present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure from a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
At 5,095 miles (8,199 kilometers), the new Hawaiian Airlines non-stop …

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines said Sunday it would restart non-stop service to China between San Francisco and Shanghai.
The airline had suspended its flights to China amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.
The flights will no longer stop in Seoul for a crew change.
“We look forward to resuming nonstop service and offering our customers greater convenience and shorter flight times,” said Patrick Quayle, the airline’s vice president for international …

Alaska Airlines Latest Airline to Offer Covid-19 Testing to Passengers

Alaska Airlines Latest Airline to Offer Covid-19 Testing to Passengers

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it would offer travelers heading to Hawaii access to a pre-flight testing program.
The Seattle-based airline will offer the testing at pop-up clinics that will be run by Carbon Health, a tech-focused healthcare provider. The clinics will be at locations across the West Coast. The first one will open in downtown Seattle on October 12, 2020.
“By assisting our guests with convenient testing options as they prepare for …

California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks after a 15-year phase out period.  Older such vehicles will still be allowed to be sold on the used-car market.
“Our …

Another Delta Flight Returns to the Gate to Remove Maskless Passenger

Another Delta Flight Returns to the Gate to Remove Maskless Passenger

A Delta Air Lines flight departing Detroit for Los Angeles returned to the gate Saturday evening in order to offload a passenger who refused to wear a mask.
Delta Flight 201 was scheduled to depart Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport at 8:15 p.m. local time and was delayed by 47 minutes by the incident. The flight arrived in Los Angeles at 10:31 p.m. PST, 28 minutes later than scheduled.
The flight “returned …

Coronavirus News: Wednesday, September 2 – Steroids Could Help Sickest Patients, Cuba Orders Curfew

Coronavirus News: Wednesday, September 2 – Steroids Could Help Sickest Patients, Cuba Orders Curfew

The worldwide number of reported virus cases, which topped the 25 million mark on Saturday, now stands just short of 26 million, an increase of over half a million cases in the past 48 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over 862,569, and 18.26 million people have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.
There are 6.8 million active cases across …