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Uber launches in Portland without city approval
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The ride-sharing app Uber has launched in Portland without city approval. Regional manager Brooke Stever says the app began working Friday at 5 p.m., and drivers were able to immediately begin offering rides. Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick say the launch was illegal. Under a city code that prohibits unlicensed taxis, Uber drivers face hefty fines if they are caught by code enforcement officers.