John Legend and the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Cast on Faith and Musicals

Supported by Arts John Legend and the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Cast on Faith and Musicals Photo A live concert version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” will air Sunday night on NBC. Credit Virginia Sherwood/NBC John Legend hasn’t done musical theater since high school. But when NBC called to ask if he might be interested in playing the title role in a live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he said, “I had a hard time turning down the role of Jesus Christ.”
Now Mr. Legend, best known as an R&B singer and songwriter, is channeling his inner rocker as he leads a starry cast of the latest televised musical.
“Jesus Christ Superstar,” with songs by a young Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is a rock musical about the week that ends with Jesus’s crucifixion. Controversial when it opened on Broadway in 1971 — some Christians found either the style or substance of the storytelling blasphemous, and some Jews were concerned about the portrayal of Jewish leaders — it has since become a staple..

El Al Sues Israel After Air India Flies Through Saudi Airspace

El Al Sues Israel After Air India Flies Through Saudi Airspace Photo Israel’s national airline, El Al, is required to take a circuitous route to India that avoids the entire Arabian Peninsula. Credit Nir Elias/Reuters TEL AVIV — The Israeli government has hailed Air India’s new nonstop service from New Delhi to Tel Aviv as a historic breakthrough — the Indian carrier is the first commercial airline to take a geopolitical shortcut through Saudi Arabian airspace.
But Israel’s national airline, El Al, still has to take the long way and fears that it will suffer serious financial damage from what it views as aerial discrimination.
So in a first of its own, El Al petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, filing suit against the government; the Civil Aviation Authority; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; the transportation minister, Yisrael Katz; and Air India.
Flying in a straight line cuts more than two hours off the usual flight time, and allows Air India to lower its ticket price. ..

Uber agrees settlement with family of self-driving car victim

Elaine Herzberg died after being hit by an Uber self-driving car in the US earlier this month
The family of a woman killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona has reached a settlement with the ride services company, ending a potential legal battle over the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.
Cristina Perez Hesano, attorney with the firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said “the matter has been resolved” between Uber and the daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who died after being hit by an Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe earlier this month.
The terms of the settlement were not given. The law firm representing Herzberg’s daughter and husband, whose names were not disclosed, said they would have no further comment on the matter as they considered it resolved.
Read more Uber agrees $10m settlement in gender and race discrimination lawsuit An Uber spokeswoman declined to comment.
The fallout from the accident could stall the de..

Barclays to pay $2bn settlement over fraud case going back to financial crisis

Barclays has agreed to pay $2bn (£1.4bn) to settle a US civil action related to the mis-selling of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the run-up to the financial crisis.
Two former Barclays executives also agreed to pay $2m to resolve claims brought against them, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday
The complaint, filed in December 2016, Barclays caused billions of dollars in losses to investors by engaging in a fraudulent scheme to sell 36 RMBS, and that it misled investors about the quality of the mortgage loans backing those deals.
It alleged that Barclays' investment banking division, Barclays Capital, had committed mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and other misconduct.
“This settlement reflects the ongoing commitment of the Department of Justice, and this Office, to hold banks and other entities and individuals accountable for their fraudulent conduct,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The substantial penalty Barclays and its executives..