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A car with Uber and Lyft stickers in March 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Twenty women have joined a California lawsuit accusing Lyft of failing to take action on a "sexual predator crisis" that the company has allegedly known about for four years, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Lyft and Uber have both come under fire over allegations of drivers harming their passengers. CNN found in 2018 that 31 drivers for Uber had been "convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape."

What's happening: The 20 women in the latest lawsuit against Lyft, six of whom are named, say they were sexually assaulted or raped by Lyft drivers, per the Post. This follows a complaint filed in September on behalf of 14 other women who alleged they were raped or sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers.

What they're saying: The suit filed by attorneys in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday claims that Lyft’s new standardized protocol to determine if drivers should be banned from the platform "may pose a continued threat to passengers."

  • Lyft spokesperson Alexandra LaManna "said in a statement that no one should have to endure what the women in the lawsuit describe and that women still face disproportionate safety risks," the Post reports.
  • An Uber spokesperson highlighted new safety features like its in-app emergency button in response to CNN's 2018 investigation, adding "this is just a start and we are committed to doing more."

Background: Lyft said it partnered with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in September to add mandatory community safety education for drivers and a "notification system for potentially dangerous off-track rides" in response to criticism over safety, per the Post.

  • Uber announced an optional PIN verification system in September to ensure accurate matches between drivers and passengers, per CBS News, following sexual misconduct allegations and the death of a college student who got into the wrong car, instead of her Uber driver's vehicle.

Go deeper: Lyft bids for customer loyalty with new subscription deal

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Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting with his COVID-19 response team. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal court in Missouri has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally-funded facilities in 10 states.

Why it matters: Monday's decision is the first victory for opponents of the rule, which requires health care workers to get vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. The case is one of four lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) rule and argues that the mandate will exacerbate staffing shortages.

Twitter's next act

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is exiting the company he helped build at a time when its future has never been so uncertain.

Why it matters: The person who controls Twitter controls the de facto public square — with implications for politics, media and free speech.

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CDC strengthens COVID booster recommendation

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday strengthened its previous recommendation for booster shots, saying that everyone 18 and older "should" receive a booster dose.

Why it matters: Last month, CDC director Rochelle Walensky accepted a key advisory committee's recommendation that adults "may" get the shot. The slight, but strengthened, change in wording comes amid the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.