So apparently people who work in media smoke a lot of weed... Cough. Puff. No comment. But we're not the profession most likely to light up. A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Colorado occupations by how much their workers use marijuana, which was legalized in the state in 2012 and became available for purchase two years later.
Just over 4,000 sexual assaults that occurred during Lyft trips were reported to the US ride-hailing company from 2017-2019, the firm said in its first-ever safety report.
California-based Lyft, which faces sex assault lawsuits from passengers, had pledged transparency in 2019 after rival Uber released a report on safety matters.
Lyft says that while sexual violence is statistically rare, it is a serious problem.
"Behind every report is a real person and real experience, and our goal is to make each Lyft ride as safe as we possibly can," Jennifer Brandenburger, Lyft's director of research and development policy, said in a statement.
The company also acknowledged the true number of assaults is likely underestimated, as "it can sometimes be months or years before a survivor is ready to come forward and report what happened – if they choose to do so at all."
Lyft said there were 4,158 reports of sexual assault from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019 in the United States.
In 2019, the most recent year covered by the report, 1,807 sexual assaults were counted, up 44 percent from the previous year.
According to Lyft, this increase was due in part to an increase in the total number of rides and customers.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, for example, the company counted 22.9 million active users, up from 18.6 million a year earlier at the same time.
The report establishes five categories of assault that include kissing, touching and penetration.
Uber and Lyft face several US lawsuits from victims of sexual violence, who accuse the two platforms of not having enough tools in place on their apps to protect them.
"We understand that our work is never finished, and we will continue to invest in efforts that help protect and empower our community," Brandenburger wrote.
NASA said Friday it is now targeting February 2022 for the uncrewed lunar mission Artemis 1, the first step in America's plan to return humans to the Moon later this decade.
The space agency had initially wanted to launch the test flight by the end of this year, with astronauts on the ground by 2024 on Artemis 3, but the timeline has slipped back.
It achieved a major milestone Wednesday when it stacked the Orion crew capsule atop its Space Launch System megarocket, which now stands 322 feet (98 meters) tall inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
After further tests, it will be wheeled out to the launch pad for a final test known as the "wet dress rehearsal" in January, with the first window for launch opening in February, officials told reporters on a call.
"The February launch period opens on the 12th and our last opportunity in February is on the 27th," said Mike Sarafin, Artemis 1 mission manager.
The next windows are in March and then April.
These potential launch periods are dependent on orbital mechanics and the relative position of the Earth with respect to its natural satellite.
The mission duration is expected to be four to six weeks.
It will also deploy a number of small satellites, known as CubeSats, to perform experiments and technology demonstrations.
Although likely to be pushed back, Artemis 2 is technically scheduled for 2023 and Artemis 3 for 2024, humanity's return to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
NASA says the moonwalkers will include the first woman and first person of color to make the trip.
The space agency is seeking to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon, and use the lessons it learns to plan a crewed trip to Mars in the 2030s.
A new investment vehicle linked to Donald Trump's fledgling media venture soared again Friday in a frenzy that reflects the former president's staying power, as well as a stock market increasingly prone to casino-like tendencies.
Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp, which is set to merge with Trump's Media & Technology Group (TMTG) startup, surged Friday prompting a temporary trading halt for a second straight day.
Shares ended at $94.20, more than doubling its value from Thursday and more than nine times the price on Wednesday afternoon before the venture was announced.
"It's a piling in effect. Everyone is just hoping the next person who comes is willing to pay more," said Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare.
While Trump remains a beloved figure to a sizable minority of the US population, pundits said he could face challenges in building the sort of "media powerhouse" described by in a TMTG presentation, which includes plans for social media and streaming services.
Digital World, which trades under the ticker "DWAC" on Nasdaq, is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), sometimes called a "blank check" company because it is set up with the sole purpose of merging with another entity.
The ventures raised $293 million in an initial public offering in September.
Use of SPACs has soared in the last couple of years amid low interest rates, as investors look for higher returns, and provides a short cut to sell shares publicly. Office-sharing company WeWork employed the strategy to go public on Thursday.
A joint press release from the TMTG and Digital World said the companies plan to launch "TRUTH Social" a social media platform nationally early next year.
The new outlet will serve "a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight against the 'Big Tech' companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America."
Trump set the national media agenda with aggressive use of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, a technique that propelled him to the presidency, where he frequently announced policies with tweets.
But the former president was tossed from both platforms after he goaded supporters into a violent takeover of the US Capitol on January 6 of this year while falsely claiming election results were fraudulent.
In the wake of those events, Trump's hotel business lost key deals with the Professional Golf Association, among other groups.
Following the Trump deal, Saba Capital sold most of its shares in Digital World in a reprimand of the former president, The New York Times reported.
While Trump has been underestimated before, some commentators noted that TMTG will face hurdles.
In the aftermath of January 6, the conservative social media site Parler was cut off from platforms operated by Amazon, Apple and Google because of concerns on how it was policing content that incited violence.
Rich Greenfield, partner at research firm LightShed Ventures, said TMTG likewise could get "boxed out" since it is not initially focusing on building its own Internet infrastructure.
"If it's like Parler, they're going to run into the same problem," Greenfield told CNBC.
Other experts noted that successful social media firms require a growing mass of users who post frequently, a challenge to recreate given the existing platforms.
The jump in the DWAC share price is reminiscent of outsized gains earlier this year by GameStop and other so-called "meme" stocks that soared in ways detached from business fundamentals, O'Hare said.
"It's gambling," he added. "There is no fundamental reason you're seeing the moves you're seeing."
Some on Wall Street Bets, a Reddit platform central to the meme stock phenomenon, also saw parallels.
"Turns out that DWAC was the new GME," one user wrote, referring to GameStop's ticker symbol.
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