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Fidelity Investments on Tuesday laid off hundreds of employees, Axios has learned. This comes just months after the Boston-based firm offered voluntary buyouts to 3,000 members of its 45,000 workers – an offer that is believed to have been accepted by more than 1,500 employees.

Context: Fidelity is not the sort of company that would seem to require cost-cutting. Last year it reported record revenue ($15.9 billion), profits ($3.5 billion) and accounts (workplace plan participants, retail households and institutional). But it has been known to do periodic payroll culling, in part to keep those profit margins high.

Fidelity statement to Axios: "We are a very healthy company that continues to grow, and our record 2016 earnings underscore this fact. Beyond this, we actively manage our business and have not historically commented about hiring or reductions."

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Bernie Sanders: U.S. must recognize that "Palestinian rights matter"

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The United States must encourage an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East and adopt an "evenhanded approach" that recognizes Palestinians and Israelis have a right to "live in peace and security," Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote in a New York Times opinion on Friday.

Driving the news: Violence escalated this week after Israelis intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem. Hamas fired rockets and Israel massed troops, leaving more than 125 Palestinians and seven people in Israel dead.

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Exclusive: Uber makes new hire, launches anti-racism campaigns

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Eager to show progress on the pledge to make its platform and business anti-racist, Uber on Friday announced new anti-racism driver and rider campaigns, as well as fresh internal hiring practices, Axios was first to report.

Why it matters: Uber is one of the biggest ride hailing companies in the world. Its decisions impact the millions that use the platform, where drivers and riders alike say they have experienced racism.

Ex-Gaetz associate admits to sex trafficking, will cooperate with federal prosecutors

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl) speaks during the "Save America Summit" at the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 09, 2021 in Doral, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Staff via Getty Images

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admitted to a variety of federal charges including sex trafficking a minor, the New York Times reported Friday citing court papers.

Why it matters: Investigators believe Greenberg introduced women to Gaetz for paid sex and are looking into the Florida congressman's alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Greenberg could be a key witness as federal prosecutors decide whether to charge Gaetz.

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