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Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.


Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the LA Academy Screening of "Empire" at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, in Los Angeles. Henson has apologized to a Southern California police department that she accused of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, March 27, 2015, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress’ son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son.


Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

A usually busy street is deserted as Sierra Leone enters a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, March. 27, 2015. Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.


Two new accusers say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Sunni Welles and attorney Gloria Allred hug as Margie Shapiro looks on during a news conference to allege that Welles and Shapiro believe that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, in Los AngelesTwo more women came forward on Friday accusing veteran comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens. Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro joined the more than three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault, reading statements alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. He was Bill Cosby and I buried it in my memory until all of these brave women began to come forward," said Welles, who sobbed during her statement. Best known for his "America's Dad" persona Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "Cosby Show," Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations.


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