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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

Wal-Mart pay hike raises hopes of workers, shoppers

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — With Wal-Mart raising the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to at least $9 an hour, some workers who are making a bit more now hope they’re not left behind. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday … 0

Pediatrician wouldn’t care for tot with 2 moms

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DETROIT — Sitting in the pediatrician’s office with their 6-day-old daughter, the two moms couldn’t wait to meet the doctor they had picked out months before. The Roseville, Mich., pediatrician — one of many they had interviewed — seemed the perfect fit: She took a holistic approach to … 0

Cholesterol back on menu in new dietary guidelines for Americans

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A panel of nutrition and public health experts advising the federal government on healthy eating guidelines has recommended the withdrawal of a longstanding recommendation that Americans should avoid foods that are high in cholesterol — advice that has … 0

Real or fake?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Los Angeles Times The last thing Jordan Baylon wants is a fake pink gun. Baylon, 22, spends much of his free time dressed in camouflage fighting simulated battles against like-minded fantasy warriors. The custom-made airsoft gun he uses … 0

Machine Gun America attraction opening in Florida

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Orlando Sentinel On a visit to Kissimmee, Fla., you can skim the surface of Lake Toho in an airboat, taking in the area’s natural beauty. At Osceola Pioneer Village, you can check out what life was like for settlers in the late 1800s. And if those aren’t really … 0

More police depts. choosing restraint over quick action

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DENVER — Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene but to stand by and watch as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality. The stand-down order upset … 0

Islamic State finds foothold in Libya

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CAIRO — Libya, virtually a failed state in recent years, has succeeded in one way: It’s providing a perfect opportunity for the Islamic State group to expand from Syria and Iraq to establish a strategic foothold closer to … 0

In Europe, tracking potential terrorists

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PARIS — France is tracking hundreds of people believed to belong to possible sleeper cells for terror organizations like al-Qaida or the Islamic State group, the country’s top security official said. In an interview with The Associated Press, … 0

Judge ices Obama’s immigration order

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — The White House will suspend plans to begin giving more than 4 million immigrants here illegally work permits as it pursues an appeal of a Texas federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama’s executive … 0

Obama argues law and history on his side in immigration case

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is arguing the law and history are on his side in a legal dispute over his executive order to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. Obama says his administration will appeal an order from a federal judge in Texas that temporarily blocks his … 0