Aug 1, 2018

Scooter competition in Paris heats up with Bird's arrival

Bird scooters in Paris. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Scooter-sharing startup Bird is rolling out a small number of vehicles in Paris, its first foray outside the U.S., the company said on Wednesday. In a few weeks, it will also deploy operations in Tel Aviv.

The intrigue: Bird will now go head-to-head on foreign soil with rival Lime, which rolled out its own scooters in Paris last month — and, despite having a history of boldly deploying into cities without regulatory approval, Bird says it's been in touch with officials in Paris and Tel Aviv prior to its arrival.

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Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

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A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.

Navy removes captain of aircraft carrier who sounded alarm about coronavirus

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly relieved the captain of nuclear aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after he sent a letter to officials pleading for help when members of his crew contracted the coronavirus.

The big picture: Capt. Brett Crozier's four-page letter was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week, quickly garnering national attention after Crozier pleaded for more resources and more space to quarantine crew members offshore. Modly said at a press conference that Crozier went outside the chain of command and "at no time relayed" the levels of alarm that he wrote in his letter.

The coronavirus unemployment numbers in perspective

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Over the past two weeks, 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment, with millions more to come.

Why it matters: The jobless hits right now are like a natural disaster hitting every state at the same time.