Airbnb host creates petition to confront New York lawmakers The battle between Airbnb and New York state becomes more entrenched as thousands of members sign a petition asking lawmakers to fix a “poorly written law” and allow them to operate freely. (Credit: Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET) Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state. The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state’s senate to fix what she calls a “poorly written law,” which could curb Airbnb’s reach in the region. “The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments,” Mishelle writes. “As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has more than 18,500 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. One member forwarded the e-mail to CNET. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York.
In “The Trial of Jean Grey” story line, folks around the cosmos find out that Grey a superhero who, when possessed by a cosmic force, once cut a destructive swath through the universe as the powerful Dark Phoenix is back on Earth as part of the original X-Men, who have time-traveled to the present. Many in the galaxy still are looking for justice, so to keep Jean safe the X-Men will team with the colorful Guardians crew that includes Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon five characters who will hit the big screen in August in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. “This is going to be hugely epic in scope, so big that the All-New X-Men lineup will be different after the event than it was at the start of it,” says X-Men group editor Nick Lowe. “To me, as a fan, that level of character change is really the measure of how important a story is.” Over the weekend Marvel rolled out several new titles as part of its 2014 “All-New Marvel NOW” campaign, including Avengers World, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the company’s A-list good guys; Avengers Undercover, starring young heroes getting in deep with the Masters of Evil; All-New Ghost Rider, starring an updated version of the bike-riding, flame-headed antihero; Silver Surfer, featuring the return of the coolest galactic herald in space; and Iron Patriot, which features James Rhodes in the red, white and blue armor fighting domestic terrorism. While fans saw him played by Don Cheadle in the past two Iron Man films and teaming with Tony Stark, “Rhodey” goes solo with the new book. And writer Ales Kot (Zero, Wild Children) is looking forward to writing an African-American character in a position of power but also his family dynamic. “You will understand James Rhodes much better than ever before. And then something very, very unexpected happens. Things break from the inside and the outside at the same time,” Kot says. “His ethical standards and his drive to do good regardless of the circumstances is something I adore.” In addition to working with artist Garry Brown (The Massive), a major appeal for Kot with Iron Patriot is “the ability to create a story about America and its legacy positive, negative, everything in between,” Kot says. “I am interested in exploring the empire as some of its decisions come back to haunt it (and) the ideas of freedom and liberty.” James Rhodes gets a solo book and sweet red, white and blue armor with Ales Kot’s “Iron Patriot.” (Photo: Marvel Comics) Among other highlights from the convention: DC Comics is bringing back fan-favorite heroine Stephanie Brown in next year’s weekly series Batman: Eternal. A former Robin and Batgirl, the character hasn’t been seen since the publisher relaunched its entire superhero line in the fall of 2011 with “The New 52” campaign. Aspen Comics is debuting two female-centric series for 2014. Lola follows a girl searching for her parents in a post-apocalyptic landscape, and Damsels in Excess centers around a princess who’s targeted by her peers in four nearby kingdoms.
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officials say Authorities say he played role in bombings at American embassies in 1998 He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in federal court in New York (CNN) — An alleged al Qaeda operative accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania is to appear Tuesday in federal court in New York. U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers seized Abu Anas al Libi, a 49-year-old Libyan, on October 5 from outside his house in Tripoli, Libya. U.S. officials say he was taken initially to a Navy ship for questioning before he was taken to the United States over the weekend. His arrival in the U.S. has reopened a debate over whether international terrorist suspects should be tried in U.S. courts. Al Libi arrives in the U.S. Where should al Libi be tried? U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Monday that it was “unfortunate” that al Libi was on U.S. soil.