Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under investor pressure
NEW YORK (AP) - Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has resigned.
Kalanick said in a statement to The New York Times on Tuesday that he has accepted a request from investors to step aside. Kalanick says the move will allow the ride-sharing company to go back to building itself rather than become distracted by another fight.
Kalanick had already been on indefinite leave amid criticism of his management style and following the death of his mother in a boating accident.
The San Francisco-based company he co-founded in 2009 has been trying reverse damage done to its reputation by revelations of sexual harassment in its offices, allegations of trade secrets theft and an investigation into efforts to mislead government regulators.
NY Legislature set to adjourn, with no deal on NYC schools
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are ready to leave Albany - though they haven't yet agreed to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools.
The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to wrap up their annual session Wednesday.
Top lawmakers from both parties support mayoral control of schools in New York City, a 15-year-old policy that expires June 30 if lawmakers don't act.
Republicans have linked the renewal to a plan to raise the number of charter schools allowed in the city. So far Democrats won't go along.
Control of schools would revert to a mosaic of local school districts in the city if the policy expires.
Lawmakers say they could return this summer to try again if they can't reach a deal this week.
9/11 WORKER PARDON
Ex-Sept. 11 worker gets drug case pardon, fights deportation
NEW YORK (AP) - A former ground zero worker has filed a legal challenge to his pending deportation to Colombia after receiving a pardon from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) on a 1990 drug conviction.
Carlos Cardona was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February and is being held in New Jersey. Cuomo pardoned him Wednesday.
Cardona is from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and entered the U.S. illegally in 1986. He was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as a 21-year-old.
The Democratic governor's pardon on the conviction is seen as a way to challenge deportation.
Cardona worked as a recovery worker after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He suffers from acute respiratory issues, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
An ICE spokeswoman has declined to comment on the case.
UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY-PRESIDENT
University at Albany's next president from Texas
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The University at Albany's next president will be Dr. Havidan Rodriguez of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The State University of New York's board of trustees announced Wednesday that Rodriguez will start in Albany in September. Rodriguez, 58, is the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UTRGV. He will be the first Hispanic president of any SUNY four-year college in state history.
University at Albany's former president, Robert Jones, left in September to become chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
James Stellar has since been serving as interim president.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-AMAZON-WHOLE FOODS
Small food makers wonder about Amazon-Whole Foods impact
NEW YORK (AP) - Some small and mid-sized food companies are wondering how Amazon's planned purchase of Whole Foods might affect them.
The unknowns include whether Amazon might change the grocery chain's food offerings, which now include thousands of products from small and mid-sized businesses.
A key question for many companies is whether Whole Foods would place less of an emphasis on buying locally produced and innovative foods in the future.
Whole Foods' buying strategy, which appeals to many consumers, has made it possible for small players to get products into regional stores.
But activist investors who advocated a sale of Whole Foods also demanded that it cut the number of products it offers to lower its costs. They contended that buying small amounts of so many food items eroded the company's profits.
POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH
Family frustrated by pace of NYPD chokehold investigation
NEW YORK (AP) - The family of an unarmed New York City man killed by a police chokehold says they are frustrated that federal authorities still haven't decided whether to prosecute any of the officers involved in the death.
The family of the slain man, Eric Garner, met privately Wednesday with Justice Department officials.
They emerged from the meeting afterward saying they had been told that the investigation was still active.
Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, spoke to reporters after the meeting at a Brooklyn hotel. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton also attended the meeting.
A grand jury has been scrutinizing the actions of a white New York City police officer who put Garner, who is black, in a chokehold while arresting him on Staten Island in 2014.
CAR IN CREEK
Woman dies after driving off narrow bridge into creek
SAROTOGA, N.Y. (AP) - Police say an upstate New York woman was found dead in a creek after apparently driving off the edge of a narrow private bridge.
The body of 66-year-old Ellen Steinberger of Saratoga Springs was pulled from the submerged wreckage of a car on Tuesday. The car had apparently fallen from a one-lane bridge crossing a creek in Saratoga. No one else was inside the vehicle.
Investigators do not suspect foul play, though they have not determined what caused the accident. They say the bridge has railroad ties running down its sides to serve as barriers.
NORTH KOREA DETAINEE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Diplomat in student's release to attend funeral
WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - A U.S. diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure the release of American college student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) plans to attend his funeral in Ohio on Thursday.
The Department of State says Ambassador Joseph Yun plans to attend with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, the No. 2 American diplomat.
Yun is a U.S. special envoy. He handles North Korean issues for the Department of State and met with North Korean officials in Norway and New York about Warmbier's release. He took two doctors with him this month to North Korea to bring Warmbier home.
Warmbier returned to the Cincinnati area last week in a coma. He died Monday. The University of Virginia student was 22 years old.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are not expected to attend the funeral.
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