U.S. wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:07
Monrovia (AFP) - The United States staged a military ceremony Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that "nearly all" troops will be gone by the end of April. "The importance of the progress we…
FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:07
Federal regulators moved forward on Thursday with a Net neutrality plan to protect openness on the Internet by treating the online world more like heavily regulated telecommunications markets. New rules from the Federal Communications Commission adopted on a 3-2 vote will prohibit Internet service providers like Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications (VZ) from discriminating against any web site or online service. That means sites like Netflix (NFLX) or Google’s (GOOGL) YouTube won’t have to pay…
Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch is expected to win approval. Democrats are backing her strongly ahead of the vote. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont calls her a superb prosecutor. Lynch needs votes from only two Republicans. GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona both say they'll support her. Hatch criticizes fellow Republicans who oppose…
Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:05
BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, argued in a court filing that after randomly assigning numbers…
GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn't like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and sometimes most — Republicans oppose. They include the January 2013 resolution to the "fiscal cliff" showdown, which…
Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties
Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:05
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support for president. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies…
Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton on Benghazi
Thursday, 26 February 2015 06:04
By Caitlin Dickson If Rand Paul were Commander in Chief, his strategy for fighting Islamic militants in the Middle East would start with the Kurds. “I would arm the Kurds directly,” the Republican Senator and potential presidential candidate told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The two sat down in Washington Wednesday just hours after the FBI announced it had arrested three men charged with plotting to join the Islamic State, or ISIS, and stage…
'Jihadi John' suspect in IS beheading videos is identified
Thursday, 26 February 2015 06:04
LONDON (Reuters) - The "Jihadi John" killer who has featured in several Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a middle class family who grew up in London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming, the Washington Post newspaper said. In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have carried out the beheadings of hostages…
Legal pot arrives in D.C. amid wrangle with Congress
Thursday, 26 February 2015 03:01
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. It remains illegal under federal law.
FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:57
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of rules for Internet service providers. And while Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to regulate the Internet like water, electricity and other public utilities is slated for approval, the months (years, actually) of fighting over net neutrality, both within the FCC and on Capitol Hill, won’t likely end there. As Thursday’s vote has drawn closer, Wheeler continued to face pressure from within…
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