Nation / World

FCC OKs net neutrality

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.” “Today is a historic day for the Internet … 0

World wonders: Who’s ‘Jihadi John’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LONDON — The man with a British accent who appears in Islamic State videos showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and others being beheaded in Syria has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British citizen, according to a Western official in Washington. Emwazi is in his mid-20s and grew up … 0

Researchers find new reason to drink coffee: It may reduce risk of MS

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We’re not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference. In a new study, researchers found that Americans who downed at least four cups of coffee per day were one-third … 0

DC legalizes it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 … 0

‘FNV’: branding fruits & veggies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica … 0

Fact check: Net neutrality

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping political banter in the “net neutrality” debate. The Federal Communications Commission will vote today on whether to put Internet … 0

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting … 0

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid Homeland Security shutdown

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Barack Obama headed to Miami to make the case for his … 0

Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans … 0

Democrats unswayed by Obama plan to use force against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The biggest question surrounding President Barack Obama’s request for Congress to authorize military force against Islamic State is how far his party will back him in the fight. After the White House sent the proposal to Congress on Feb. 11, Republicans lined up to denounce the … 0

Call to study potential anesthesia risk to babies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers. It’s a balancing act: Doctors don’t … 0

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president … 0

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a … 0