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Uber welcomes big name

Uber welcomes big name

Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. The taxi-alternative service is hiring David Plouffe, a former White House adviser, to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates. Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. He is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, bringing a campaign mind-set to a company that has faced resistance in some U.S. cities from the taxi industry and regulators. Uber's app lets smartphone users locate nearby part-time drivers for the service, who use their own cars to ferry around passengers, as well as locate yellow cabs in cities like New York.

Climber dies after proposal

The family of an avid mountain climber is grieving after the man fell hundreds of feet to his death in Yosemite National Park just hours after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal. Brad Parker, 36, died when he fell from the face of Matthes Crest in Tuolumne Meadows, where he was climbing alone without ropes Saturday, the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., reported. Earlier that day, Parker and his fiance had climbed the summit of Cathedral Peak, where he proposed, the paper reported.

By the Numbers

$1M Amount of an unclaimed Powerball ticket sold in West Virginia for the Feb. 11 drawing. The deadline to claim the prize was Aug. 11, lottery officials said.

Times wires

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