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FCC vote kicks off a battle over regulation of the internet
NEW YORK — A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of “net neutrality” rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. It’s the latest change that the Federal Communications Commission has made to ease regulation of the pho...
By Tali Arbel The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russian Foreign Minister mocks U.S. media over intelligence-sharing reports
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked U.S. news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. Without directly confirming the details of their conversatio...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
French president talks to Putin, faces media troubles
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday — all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press. The new French government, which was ...
By Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press FULL STORY
Special counsel pick could boost faith in Justice Dept.
WASHINGTON — There could be a side benefit for Rod Rosenstein in appointing a special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign: reviving his own reputation, heavily battered for his role in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate NAFTA
WASHINGTON — Making good on a campaign promise, the Trump administration formally told Congress Thursday that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to congressional leaders Thursday, starting 90 ...
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Trump lashes out: Abused by ‘greatest witch hunt’
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations his campaign collaborated with Russia as Congress confronted an apparent setback in its own probes: A lawyer for Michael Flynn said the fired national security adviser would n...
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Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip abroad
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president. That was before he fired his FBI director — and the chain reaction of scandal that followed...
By Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes
WASHINGTON — To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn’t the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It’s about leakers working to undermine the president. “SABOTAGE,” read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump’s re...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Car mows down Times Square pedestrians for blocks, kills one
NEW YORK — A man steered his car onto a sidewalk running through Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and screaming before he was subdued by police and bystanders. The driver, a 26-year-old U.S. Navy...
By Colleen Long and Tom Hays The Associated Press FULL STORY
One in 6 newlywed spouses are of different race or ethnicity
WASHINGTON — A new study says that 1 in 6 people who married in 2015 wed someone of a difference race or ethnicity, the highest proportion in American history. The figures released Thursday come from a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Overall, 1 in 10 people — or 11 mil...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Treasury chief says U.S. can achieve 3 percent economic growth
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchinsays a goal of 3 percent economic growth is achievable if the United States makes historic changes in taxes and regulation. Mnuchin is testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee — his first appearance before that commi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California bill would ban drug company gifts to doctors
SACRAMENTO — The California Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban drug companies from giving gifts to doctors. Sen. Mike McGuire said his bill prohibiting perks such as airline tickets and lavish meals would lower drug costs in part because doctors who receive such gifts are more likely to...
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UC Regents approve cap on nonresident undergraduates
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California Board of Regents approved its first ever enrollment cap on nonresident undergraduates, heeding calls from the public to reserve more spots at its campuses for students from around the state. The board also vowed Thursday to implement recommendations t...
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California fraternity faces charges after trees cut down
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal authorities have charged a fraternity at California State University, Chico with illegally cutting down dozens of trees in a national forest during an initiation of new pledges, the U.S. Forest Service said. The complaint was filed Tuesday against the school’s Pi Kappa...
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California tortoises died trying to reproduce during drought
LOS ANGELES — Scientists examining the deaths of female desert tortoises in Southern California said it appears the animals died while exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs during California’s historic drought. Researchers want to know why female tortoises are dying in greater numbers ...
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‘Are you kidding me?’ says woman who hit alligator on I-75
SARASOTA, Fla. — A driver escaped serious injury when her SUV hit a 9-foot alligator crossing Interstate 75 in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 34-year-old lawyer Jennifer Rosinski of Cooper City lost control after hitting the alligator, and the car flipped over mul...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Florida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911
MIAMI — What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside? She closed it again and called 911. Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom One unit tells the Miami Herald it’s the first time he’s found an iguana in a toilet. Mullin s...
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