G.M. Sues Fiat Chrysler, Accusing It of Bribery in Union Talks

General Motors on Wednesday accused its rival Fiat Chrysler in a federal lawsuit of manipulating contract negotiations with the autoworkers union to hurt G.M.In a complaint filed with the United States District Court in Detroit, G.M. claimed Fiat Chrysler bribed officials at the United Auto Workers union to gain competitive advantages in contract negotiation...

Cybersecurity firm CHEQ snaps up $16 mln Series B

Cybersecurity company CHEQ has secured $16 million in Series B funding. The investors were Battery Ventures and MizMaa Ventures.Read More

Look: Kang Daniel wears red in 'Touchin' teaser photos

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- South Korean singer Kang Daniel is gearing up for his comeback. The 22-year-old K-pop star shared new teaser photos Wednesday on Twitter for his forthcoming single "Touchin.'" One of the images shows Kang sitting in a chair against a red velvet backdrop. The singer sports a suave look in matching red velvet, with a black leopard-print...

Margot Robbie to produce new Netflix series 'Maid'

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Actress and producer Margot Robbie will executive produce the new Netflix series Maid. The streaming service announced in a tweet Wednesday that Robbie, 29, has signed on to the forthcoming dramedy, inspired by the Stephan Land memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. Robbie will executive produce the project...

Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Strokes to headline Shaky Knees Festival

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Rock band The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins and The Strokes will headline the 2020 Shaky Knees Festival. Organizers announced a full lineup Wednesday on Twitter for the music festival, which will take place May 1-3 at Central Park in Atlanta. The Black Keys will perform its headlining set May 1, with Smashing Pumpkins to perform May...

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Used as a Tool to Help Ukraine Fight Corruption?

With day four of public hearings in the President Trump’s impeachment proceedings, Ukraine is on everyone’s mind. In his public testimony on November 19, 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman mentioned several of Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, including the establishment of High Anti-Corruption Court.  For the most part, however, consistent with...

FirePower Equity acquires majority of TIG

Toronto-based private equity firm FirePower Equity Inc has acquired a majority stake in Sudbury, Ontario-based The Installation Group, an installation and service partner to Canadian satellite TV and internet subscribers. No financial terms were disclosed. TIG will continue to operate in their location in Sudbury, Ontario with Robert Lefebvre as CEO,...

CAI sells CSAT to Insight Equity

Canadian PE firm CAI Capital Partners sold Houston-based CSAT Solutions, an electronic and digital device repair partner for global original equipment manufacturers, to Insight Equity. No financial terms were disclosed. Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company and Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advised CSAT and CAI on the deal. Read More

Hamilton Lane announces leadership appointments

Hamilton Lane has made appointments to the leadership team. The private markets asset management firm has named Jeff Armbrister as global head of co-investments and Mingchen Xia and Collwyn Tan as co-heads of Asia investments.Read More

Phoenix Molecular secures seed funding

Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego-based Phoenix Molecular, a developer of precise cancer therapeutics targeting essential kinases, has raised US$12 million in seed funding. The investors included Pallasite Ventures and World Changing Ventures.Read More

Janet Weiss explains Sleater-Kinney exit: 'The rules changed'

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Janet Weiss addressed her exit from Sleater-Kinney for the first time. The 54-year-old musician said during Wednesday's episode of The Trap Set with Joe Wong podcast that she left Sleater-Kinney because she was no longer a creative equal in the band. Weiss initially joined Sleater-Kinney in 1996 and played drums for the band for 24...

Watch: Coldplay uses animation, puppets in new 'Daddy' music video

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Coldplay released a new music video Wednesday for their song "Daddy" that uses 2D animation and puppets. The clip features a young child alone at sea who travels using a small boat. The child falls into the water and rides a flying whale before the boat reaches a sandy beach. Another character, presumably the child's father, then...

RuPaul: 'True drag' will never be mainstream

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- RuPaul says "true drag" will never be a part of mainstream culture. The 59-year-old television personality and celebrity drag queen discussed the illusory nature of drag and the impact of his show RuPaul's Drag Race in the holiday issue of Vanity Fair. RuPaul said drag's more superficial elements have made their way into mainstream...

G.M. Sues Fiat Chrysler, Accusing It of Manipulating Union Talks

General Motors on Wednesday said it had filed a lawsuit accusing its rival Fiat Chrysler of trying to hurt it by manipulating contract negotiations with the autoworkers union.Three former Fiat Chrysler officials have previously pleaded guilty to a range of charges related to their use of money that had been set aside for a training center that company...

OFAC Sanctions the Gupta Family for Bribery, Corruption and Misappropriation of South African State Assets

In an earlier post, here, we examined the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (“GloMag”), which was formally implemented by an Executive Order that declared “serious human rights abuses and corruption globally” as an emergency threat to U.S. interests. The President delegated his authority under GloMag to the Global Targeting Office...

Watch: Cardi B shares hopes for daughter Kulture

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Cardi B is sharing her hopes and dreams for her daughter, Kulture Kiari. The 27-year-old rapper discussed Kulture, her 16-month-old daughter with Offset, during a Vogue 73 Questions interview published Tuesday. Cardi B said she hopes to teach Kulture to become an independent and confident woman. "Don't worry what people say. And to...

Look: 'Star Wars': New 'Rise of Skywalker' character posters feature Rey, Kylo Ren

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker posters were released on Instagram Wednesday featuring the film's main cast of characters including Rey and Kylo Ren. Each poster features a space backdrop and highlights some of the changes the characters have gone through since 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rey (Daisy Ridley) poses heroically...

Look: Adam Lamberg joins Hilary Duff in 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Adam Lamberg has joined the Lizzie McGuire reboot at Disney+. The streaming service announced Wednesday that Lamberg, 35, will reprise David "Gordo" Gordon in the upcoming series. Lamberg and Hilary Duff, who is also returning for the reboot, shared the news in a video on Twitter. Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd and Robert Carradine will...

One Whopper Jr., Hold the Toy

In the climactic scene of “Toy Story 3,” Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the crew narrowly escape death when a remote-controlled claw lifts them from an incinerator just before flames engulf them.Now Burger King is set to enact an alternative ending — collecting, sorting and chopping up hundreds of thousands of tiny toys, before melting...

Vouch Insurance seals $45 mln Series B

San Francisco and Chicago-based Vouch Insurance, an insurance company serving early-stage startups, has secured $45 million in Series B funding. Y Combinator Continuity led the round.Read More