Expedia CEO to lead Uber
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company. Uber’s fractured eight-member board voted to hire Khosrowshahi late Sunday, capping three days of meetings and the withdrawal of once-top candidate Jeffery Immelt, former CEO and still chairman of General Electric, two people briefed on the decision said. They didn’t want to be identified because the decision had not been officially announced as of Sunday night. Khosrowshahi has been CEO of Expedia since August of 2015.
Confederate statue unveiled
As cities across the country are tearing down and relocating Confederate monuments, a county in southern Alabama on Sunday unveiled a new one. Several hundred people attended a dedication ceremony for the Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Crenshaw County. The memorial park’s owner and developer, David Coggins, said the groups in attendance weren’t white nationalists or racists. “It’s important that we remember our heritage and it’s very important we remember our history, for those people that forget their heritage ... are doomed to repeat it again,” he said.
Heart drug shows promise
For the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering cholesterol, the focus for many years. People on the drug, called canakinumab, also had surprisingly lower cancer death rates, especially from lung cancer. Doctors say the results open a new frontier.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.
Bull captured on highway
State police have helped capture a wayward bull that was found walking along a major interstate highway in New Jersey. The young black bull was spotted around 8:15 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 19. State police said on Facebook that “cowboys with lassos” helped corral the bull and eventually got it into a trailer. No one was injured, and the animal was returned to its owner. It wasn’t immediately clear how the bull escaped or ended up along the highway.
Compiled from wire reports
National news briefs, Aug. 27: Uber names top exec, Confederate statue unveiled