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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 Age,” Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., said in a statement, echoing the elation of net neutrality supporters, who see it as a big win against the powerful telecom giants and their lobbyists. The three Democratic and … 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

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but … 0

Tired of spilling coffee? Scientists have suggestion

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you’ve ever had your coffee suddenly slosh out of the drinking hole or over the cup rim and onto your pants, you know the struggle. But according to a team of physicists, there’s an easy solution: Buy … 0

McConnell offers plan to keep DHS open

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money Friday if Congress fails to act. McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s willing to hold a vote on a bill funding the … 0

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police in Washington state

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him. The 60-year-old woman from … 0

Netanyahu exaggerated threat posed by Iran

Monday, February 23, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to … 0

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies

Monday, February 23, 2015

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing … 0

N.Y. jury finds Palestinian groups liable for terror attacks

Monday, February 23, 2015

A federal jury in New York has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for a series of terrorist attacks that killed or wounded Americans in Israel during the early 2000s, officials announced Monday. The verdict, which is expected to be appealed, was the first … 0

Obama proposes tougher consumer rules

Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday proposed tougher regulations on investment brokers who handle retirement funds, saying new rules would limit hidden fees, “back-door payments” and conflicts of interest that eat into middle-class Americans’ savings. Warning against … 0

Study: as ocean acid grows, coasts and fisheries vulnerable

Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The gradual increase of acid in the oceans threatens coastal communities in 15 states, although the reason for the impact — and what to do about it — varies widely, according to a new study. Writing … 0

Saunas may boost survival, Finnish study suggests

Monday, February 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in … 0