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Uber And Lyft Ignore Virginia's Demand To Cease And Desist

Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft both say they will continue normal operations in Virginia even after the state's Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease and desist letters to both companies.

Uber and Lyft allow users with smartphones to order a car ride from their phones, like hailing a cab.

The department says the companies must stop operating immediately because they are violating state law by receiving compensation for facilitating transportation services without proper state authorization. The letters also say the DMV will issue civil penalties to drivers.

Uber and Lyft say even as they continue normal operations they will work with state officials to resolve the regulatory issue.

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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died in December at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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