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Q&A: Who Is Right?

Friday, February 27, 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 …

Islamic State Killer Is Young Londoner

Friday, February 27, 2015

London — For months he taunted, knife in hand, his voice slightly muffled behind the mask that became the grim symbol of Islamic State barbarism. But when the identity of the killer known as “Jihadi John” was revealed Thursday, the profile that emerged was disturbingly familiar: a young man whose parents’ decision to …

Pedestrian Deaths Mirror 2013 Rates

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — While the number of people killed in car accidents has been on a fairly steady downward track in the past six years, the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles has gone in the other direction, and the primary reason is easy to grasp. Drivers have all sorts of new protection — air bags foremost among them — while pedestrians remain as …

GOP Weighs New DHS Approach

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. “The speaker’s pretty adamant that he’s not going to shut down Homeland …

Militants Kidnap, Smash in Syria

Friday, February 27, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. At the same time, …

U.S.-Cuba Talks Head to D.C.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Miami — The second round of U.S.-Cuba talks, which will be held today at the massive limestone Department of State building in a wintry Washington, is expected to be a nuts-and-bolts negotiating session to restore diplomatic ties between the two nations. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western …

Republican Lawmakers Vow to Punish D.C. Over Marijuana

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal pot that could end up costing District of …

The Mysterious Purpose of Eyelashes Is Revealed at Last

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The mysterious function of eyelashes has been revealed at last — thanks to science. After measuring the dimensions of nearly two dozen mammal eyes, performing a series of wind tunnel experiments and engaging in some complex fluid dynamic modeling, researchers determined that most mammal eyelashes are one-third the …

Court Strikes Licensing Schemes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cut back on the power of state licensing boards to restrict competitors from offering low-cost services, a victory for consumers that could prove significant in industries as disparate as taxicabs, funerals and cosmetology. The ruling came in a case challenging the …

White House, Netanyahu Trade Barbs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tension between Israel and the U.S. escalated sharply Wednesday as senior Obama administration officials publicly admonished Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting an invitation to address Congress two weeks before Israeli elections and questioned his judgment on nuclear talks with Iran. National security adviser Susan Rice said in …

FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Spurs Debate On How To Keep Open Internet

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Washington — For the Internet, which has been a revolutionizing force in business, politics and the very nature of social interaction, change is not good. It’s coming, regardless. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve landmark regulations today to try to ensure the uninhibited flow of online …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christian Hostages Moved To Islamic State Stronghold Beirut — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian …

3 in N.Y., Fla. Accused of Plot to Help Islamic State

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New York — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States, and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …