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Lyft said Friday it would cover legal fees for drivers on its platform who are sued under Texas’ restrictive abortion law that went into effect this week.

The law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a time period before many women have even discovered they’re pregnant.

Patients may not be sued, but people aiding the procedure, including doctors, people paying for the procedure and clinic workers are at risk. That includes rideshare drivers who can be punished for transporting women to clinics to receive abortions, where they could be fined $10,000.

“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride,” the company said in a release. “Similarly, riders never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable.”



Mike Lindell paid millions to "cyber experts"; allegedly bought luxury home for accused fraudster

MyPillow CEO may have bought $1.5 million home for supposed expert — who didn't even show up at "cyber symposium"

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's alleged net worth of $300 million may be dwindling rapidly, thanks in large part to the team of blundering operatives, advisers and self-appointed cyber experts who have convinced Lindell to pay them big bucks for their thoroughly unsuccessful work to help him reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

According to interviews with sources close to Lindell and documents reviewed by Salon, the bedding magnate has paid more than $3 million to various advisers and his team of "white hat hackers." They produced the supposed "packet-capture" evidence, which Lindell has promised for months would prove the election had been hacked, and were also paid to ensure its "safety" between the November election and Lindell's much-hyped "cyber symposium" last month in South Dakota.

On Thursday, Josh Merritt, a former member of Lindell's "red team" at the South Dakota event, told Salon that the $3 million was split among a group of Lindell's "cyber experts." Most of the money, he said, went toward the purchase of a luxury Florida home for Dennis Montgomery, a discredited former government contractor with a checkered history who has become central to Lindell's operation.

Merritt said that in the "red team room" he heard Lindell and an employee discuss "that being the house that Dennis Montgomery lived in. Lindell had stated many times he had paid Montgomery and others over $3 million, and he had spent a total of over $15 million" on his claims of election fraud.



Police Officers, Paramedics Charged With The Death of Elijah McClain

Ground Hog Pets

Meet the 10 Pups Competing For the Title of World's Cutest Rescue Dog -- and Vote for Your Pick

Over 10,000 adopted pups entered the 2021 PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest Presented by the PEDIGREE® brand, which has been narrowed down to ten canine finalists who need your votes to win

Over 10,000 rescue dog owners answered PEOPLE's call for adorable photos of adopted pups by entering PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest Presented by the PEDIGREE® brand.

After reviewing the entries and reading the rescue stories of thousands of dogs, PEOPLE has narrowed down the pool to 10 precious pooch finalists. It is now up to animal lovers worldwide to help decide which of the canines should be crowned World's Cutest Rescue Dog.

Read on below to learn more about the ten furry finalists, and cast a vote for your favorite rescue dog. Voting is open from Sept. 1 through Sept. 29.

The three dogs with the most votes will move on to judging, where a winner will be chosen by celebrity judge Megan Hilty and judges from PEOPLE and the PEDIGREE® brand.


Pictures and a place to vote are at the link.

QAnon conference at Caesars convention space canceled, company says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — QAnon will have to find another place to meet after Caesars Entertainment pulled the plug on a planned meeting at a convention space near the Caesars Forum Shops on the Las Vegas Strip.

Caesars Entertainment confirmed that the “Patriot Double Down” will no longer be held at Caesars Entertainment properties.

The meeting was scheduled Oct. 22-25, with tickets ranging from $650 to as high as $3,000.

No reason for the cancellation was given.



Texas school district closes after 2 teachers die of COVID-19

WACO, Texas (KWKT) – A Texas school district announced Monday evening it will be closing all campuses until Sept. 7 after a second teacher passed away of COVID-19 complications.

Natalia Chansler and David “Andy” McCormick both taught social studies at Connally Independent School District’s junior high school in Waco.

“Although they were in the same content area, they were at two different grade levels in two different portions… of the building,” said Assistant Superintendent Jill Bottelberghe. All staff identified as “close contacts” with a known COVID-19 case are asked to get tested every other day, Bottelberghe said.

All of the district’s campuses are set to be closed for a week and students will do remote learning. Buildings will be deep cleaned and sanitized.



Mike Lindell's meltdown begins: He recently sold a MyPillow plane to fund Dominion lawsuit

Pillow mogul turned election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell is facing multiple difficulties in his two-pronged quest to prove that the 2020 election was stolen by China — and to fend off a colossal lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems, which claims that Lindell and many others defamed the company and did enormous damage to its business and reputation.

With Dominion's $1.3 billion lawsuit hanging over his head, records indicate that Lindell is making major personal concessions in preparation for a significant legal battle.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records reviewed by Salon, Lindell (through his company MyPillow) has recently sold off at least one of his private planes. FAA records indicate that an aircraft registered to MyPillow — a 1993 Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50 with tail number N497SP — was transferred to Clyde Air LLC on July 26, for an undisclosed purchase amount. (A similarly-configured 1993 Falcon 50 private jet currently on the market has a $2.5 million price tag.)

Using an apartment address associated with the new owner, Salon traced the purchase to a potential big-money buyer: capital executive Frank Selldorff. He didn't return a Salon request for comment on Tuesday afternoon.



Louisiana man, 71, presumed dead after an alligator attacked him in an area flooded by Ida

A 71-year-old Louisiana man was presumed dead after a large alligator attacked him in an area flooded by Hurricane Ida, officials said Monday.

The man's wife said her husband, who was not immediately identified by authorities, was walking in floodwaters around noon when the gator attacked him outside their home in Slidell, a city on the northeast side of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The wife told deputies she was inside the residence when she heard a commotion, went outside, saw the attack and rushed to help her husband.

She pulled him out of the floodwaters once the attack ended and went inside the home to gather first-aid supplies, the sheriff's office said in a statement.



They are evacuating South Lake Tahoe :(

Traffic nightmare as Caldor Fire forces evacuation of South Lake Tahoe

Traffic is gridlocked throughout most of South Lake Tahoe as the city rushes to evacuate ahead of the raging Caldor Fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders were imposed late Monday morning ahead of a red flag warning for gusting winds that is expected to last until 11 p.m. Wednesday. With highways 50, 88 and 89 all closed below the Tahoe Basin, people are being funneled out of town toward the Nevada state line. Anyone wishing to head toward Sacramento or the Bay Area cannot do it directly via Highway 50; they must drive north to connect up with I-80 near Truckee.


Spent many vacations with my kids there...So sad. I hope Lake Tahoe can be saved.
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