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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 …

Clinton Foundation Violated Agreement

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Washington — The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday. …

World & Nation Briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UN Officials Fear an Attack on Mosul Will Displace 1.5 Million People Geneva — A planned offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State insurgents, perhaps as soon as April, could send more than 1.5 million …

VA Chief McDonald Apologizes for Special Forces Claim

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald apologized Tuesday for erroneously telling a homeless veteran who had served in the special forces that he also had been a part of the elite military operatives. “In an attempt to connect with that veteran and make him feel comfortable, …

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill seeking to force him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, just the third veto of his presidency. Republican leaders pledge to keep pushing for the 1,179-mile pipeline to ship crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to Texas. But …

McConnell Offers Plan To Fund DHS

Wednesday, February 25, 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 …

Yellen Walks A Tightrope

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen navigated the tricky job of managing expectations on Tuesday in her first public comments on interest rate policy in more than two months. She wanted the world to know the Fed isn’t ready yet to raise rates from record lows. The …

Man Guilty in ‘American Sniper’ Death

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stephenville, Texas — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the American Sniper author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered …

Militias Pop Up In Afghanistan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mazar-E Sharif, Afghanistan — The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war. One lost four fingers fighting Taliban militants. Another lost his right leg fighting the Soviets. Now, seated in a bare room …

German Toddler Dies of Measles

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Berlin — An 18-month-old boy has died of measles in Berlin, the first known death in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the German capital since October. An autopsy on the child, who died on Feb. 18 and wasn’t immunized against …

Poll Finds Many Are Misled About the Common Core Standards

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A …