Uber Banned From New Delhi

On the night of Dec. 6, a woman in her mid-twenties was raped by her Uber driver. The New Delhi government has since issued an order banning Uber services in the National Capital Region for “misleading customers.”

This order was issued on Monday, as the Economic Times reported. Also said was that any taxi company using Uber service can now be fined or impounded.

Shiv Kumar Yadav, the Uber driver who reportedly raped his passenger, was arrested by New Delhi police on Sunday, Dec. 7.

It was later confirmed by police officials that the arrested driver had spent almost two years in jail on earlier rape charges.

Uber Delhi said it has been cooperating with the police since the incident and has tweeted, “We are deeply disturbed by the reported incident. Our thoughts are with the victim. We are actively and fully cooperating with authorities.”

Plane Crashes into Maryland Home

A plane has crashed into a suburban area of Maryland, just outside Washington D.C., striking a home and starting a fire.

It is not yet clear if anyone was in the house at the time, but several fire fighters are said to be involved in a search and rescue effort.

Local police have urged motorists and residents to stay away from the area tweeting, “Update Aircraft Crash: Snouffer School Rd. closed between Centerway Rd. and Goshen Rd. Motorists and pedestrians urged to avoid area.”

Inferno on the 110 and 101

An apartment building under construction caught fire in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning, sparking an inferno that damaged two other buildings and closed two freeways, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The fire, able to be seen for miles, is on the corner of Temple and Fremont streets. The location is close to the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of the downtown area.

The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that 37 companies and 250 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze.

The California Highway Patrol closed lanes between the 110 and 101 freeways due to the fire, the Times reported, but were reopened southbound at around 4:30 a.m. PT.  The sire was still smoldering as of 5 a.m. PT. Officials were unsure at the time as to when the blaze would be fully extinguished.

The cause and extent of the fires are yet unknown.