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A London tribunal has ruled against Uber’s appeal involving the employment rights of its British drivers. The ride-hailing company had tried to overturn a previous ruling that classified its drivers as workers who are entitled to benefits, including minimum wage and vacation time. Uber, which views its drivers as self-employed contractors, said it will appeal Friday’s court decision that upheld the worker classification. The company has appealed another decision in a separate case abroad. In September, the London transport authority revoked Uber’s operating license, declaring the company insufficiently “fit and proper." - NYT

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The distribution company Orchard Films has decided not to release Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy." A New York Times report detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian. In pre-screenings of the film written and directed by Louis C.K., some critics noted that “certain scenes seemed to be commenting on Louis C.K.’s own reputation for misconduct,” the New York Times wrote. Louis C.K. confirmed the accusations from five women in a statement released Friday. "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for," he wrote. "And I have to reconcile it with who I am." - NYT

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A military jury convicted a former Marine Corps drill instructor over for abusing three Muslim recruits, including one who committed suicide. After 12 hours of deliberations, the eight-member panel on Thursday delivered the verdict against Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Felix, who faces a dishonorable discharge and confinement. Felix was convicted of three counts of maltreatment and nine counts of violating general orders, among other charges, for his behavior at the Parris Island, S.C. boot camp. The jury found Felix guilty of forcing recruit Raheel Siddiqui to run sprints and slapping him in the face moments before Siddiqui jumped to his death in a stairwell. Felix was also found guilty of maltreatment of two Muslim former recruits after ordering them into industrial clothes dryers. In one case, Felix turned the dryer on and then off, forcing the recruit to recant his faith. Felix's sentencing is scheduled for Friday. - NPR

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Russia says it will retaliate against American media after the U.S. government ordered a Russian media outlet to register as a foreign agent. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “practical implementation” of steps will start next week. Officials did not specify what those steps will be. The U.S. Justice Department required Russia Today (RT) to register as a foreign agent after the media outlet was found to be one of several that interfered with last year’s presidential election. The designation requires RT to divulge its foreign funding. - BLOOMBERG

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Mitt Romney is mulling a run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah next year, according to Politico. The news agency reported that Romney has contacted top political donors and met with Republican power brokers in the state. The former presidential candidate is also raising money for Senate and House Republicans. Politico cited sources that said Romney is “prepared to jump in" the race amid speculation that longtime Senator Orrin Hatch will retire. “I think [Romney's] giving it some serious consideration,” said John Miller, a national finance chairman in Romney’s 2012 presidential run. - POLITICO

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The Texas church where a mass shooter recently killed 26 people will be demolished. "There's too many that do not want to go back in there," Pastor Frank Pomeroy told the Wall Street Journal. Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter was among the victims of the November 5 shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. A convention spokesman said the pastor thought the church could be replaced with a prayer garden, although parishioners haven't "had a chance to fully deal with the grief and then come together to make a decision.” The first funerals of the victims will take place this weekend. - NPR

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he stabbed someone to death at age 16. The leader spoke to a group of Philippine nationals in Da Nang, Vietnam on Thursday. Speaking against criticism of his human-rights record, Duterte said he was not afraid of jail and was “in and out” as a teenager. "One fight there, another here -- at the age of 16, I killed someone. A person, really. During a fight. Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other," he said. On Friday, Duterte is scheduled to meet with regional leaders and President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang. - NEWSWEEK

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Alphabet’s Project Loon said it has delivered Internet connectivity to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico. The research and development project partnered with AT&T and T-Mobile to launch its helium balloons that provide mobile internet service. "In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services and critical information is key," Loon project lead Alastair Westgarth said in a statement. The Federal Communications Commission reported on Thursday that nearly 44 percent of cell sites in Puerto Rico remain out of service since Hurricane Maria struck the island almost two months ago. - PM

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Chinese company Bytedance has bought Musical.ly, a lip-synching app, for around $800 million, Bloomberg reported. Musical.ly users can take videos of themselves lip-synching to songs. Since launching in 2014, it has attracted more than 100 million users. The acquisition is the largest venture abroad so far for Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. The company, valued at $20 billion, started the popular Chinese media service Jinri Toutiao. "(By) integrating Musical.ly's global reach with Bytedance's massive user base in China and key Asian markets, we are creating a significant global platform for our content creators and brands to engage with new markets," said Zhang Yiming, Bytedance chief executive. - BBC

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Actress Jenny McCarthy alleged that actor Steven Seagal sexually harassed her during an audition in 1995. McCarthy said on her Sirius XM radio show that the incident occurred while she was alone in a room with Seagal during her audition for "Under Siege 2." "He keeps bragging and bragging about himself, and watching out of one eye to see if I take the bait," she said. "So he says to me then, 'You know, this part has nudity in it, and I can't really tell what your body looks like in that dress you're wearing.'" McCarthy said she walked out and Seagal warned her not to tell anyone. In a tweet, actress Portia de Rossi also accused Seagal of harassment, saying he unzipped his pants during an audition. - USAT

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