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April 8, 2019

IN THE NEWS: RIDE-SHARING SAFETY

CHICAGO (AP) — Some people who have called for an Uber or Lyft ride have gotten a lot more than they bargained for — and not in a good way. And law enforcement agencies are taking note. They are teaming up with ride-sharing companies to warn users about fake drivers. They say would-be robbers and assailants sometimes pose as ride-hailing drivers, especially at bars where people might be drunk and not paying attention. Both Uber and Lyft say riders should match the driver and vehicle to the information provided on the companies’ apps. The increased focus on security comes following the slaying of a University of South Carolina student who mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber. It’s unclear whether the driver in that case was posing as an Uber driver.

IN THE NEWS: HIGH-TECH HELP IN FINDING OIL

PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska (AP) — There are still pockets of fossil fuel lurking beneath the earth’s surface. And new technology is being used to try to tease some of that untapped oil to the surface. It’s happening in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, where BP is using “3D seismic” technology to spot undiscovered bits of oil. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Prudhoe Bay has been an oil source for more than four decades, but in recent years, its flow has slowed.

ON THE WEB: NCAA MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Brackets have been busted, hearts have been broken — and now, it’s down to one final game to determine this year’s national champion in men’s college basketball. Tonight’s title game pits Virginia vs. Texas Tech, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Seats for the game are a premium — but fans who want to get close to the action without getting close to bankruptcy can check out the NCAA Final Four FanFest. There, fans can enjoy interactive basketball activities, youth clinics, photo ops, and autograph sessions. Tickets are $10, with military, students and seniors scoring a 50% discount.

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NCAA Final Four site: https://www.ncaa.com/final-four

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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