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Internet will now be managed as utility
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved today by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
Thursday, February 26, 2015


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Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220
BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

US stock indexes drift as traders gage new data
(AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between small gains and losses this afternoon. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as crude oil prices resumed their slide. Investors were also weighing reports on unemployment benefit claims, consumer prices and orders for long-lasting manufactured goods.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

White House won't snub pro-Israel lobby
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America’s leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Court will side with Muslim woman
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it will side with a Muslim woman who didn’t get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company’s dress code to her job interview.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Both parties face risks as health care law case nears
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-two out of 24. And 206 to 96.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fate of Christians kidnapped by IS terrorists is still unknown
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on today between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, activists and state-run media said.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Schock hires top lawyers, PR experts after ethics issues surface
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Michigan school launches organic farming program
ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — Students in a new certificate program at Grand Valley State University will learn the ins and outs of the local food movement, sustainable farming, and what it takes to successfully market organic produce.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Homeland Security shutdown? You might not even know it happened
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending for the Homeland Security Department expires Friday at midnight if Congress doesn’t act before then. With lawmakers at loggerheads over immigration provisions in the agency’s annual funding bill, it’s not certain how the Capitol Hill stalemate will end.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Yellen reiterates that Fed will remain patient about raising interest rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said today that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed is will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IS militants abduct dozens of Christians
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said today.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lawyers in Jodi Arias trial make last bids for life or death
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial are scheduled to make closing arguments Tuesday on whether the convicted murderer should receive life in prison or be executed for the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meaning of 4 words at heart of challenge to ACA
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at as many as 10 a year
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
Monday, February 23, 2015










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