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    FCC adopts historic Internet rules

    NEW YORK — The FCC has passed a historic measure to more strictly regulate the Internet. The new rules, known as “net neutrality,” act to provide equal opportunity for Internet speeds and access to websites. The central question was whether network owners — like Comcast or Time Warner Cable — can discriminate what runs on their cables. The FCC’s answer on Thursday was: No. The Democratic-led commission approved 3-to-2, split along party lines, to assert extra government authority over the […]

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    15K killed in one year; CDC says infection rising, not just from hospitals

    The Centers for Disease Control is raising a red flag that a potentially deadly bacteria may be lurking in your doctor’s office. The bacteria, C. difficile, is typically found in hospitals, but a study out Wednesday reports a substantial number of people contracted the bug who hadn’t been in a hospital, but had recently visited the doctor or dentist. The bacteria can cause deadly diarrhea, according to the CDC, with infections on the rise. The new report shows nearly half […]

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    Scientists discover black hole 12 billion times bigger than the sun

    Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole, 12 billion times the size of the sun and around 900 million years old. The black hole is larger than any of its age previously seen, the journal “Nature” reports. A black hole is a dense region of space that has collapsed in on itself in a way that means nothing can escape it, not even light. Releasing their findings in “Nature,” researchers led by teams from China’s Peking University and […]

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    North Carolina could give the GOP big headaches in 2016

    WASHINGTON — North Carolina might be going rogue. The state is on a collision course with the Republican National Committee over when to hold its presidential primary next year. National Republicans — intent on fashioning an orderly nominating process after several chaotic cycles — are threatening trigger-happy primary and caucus states with drastic penalties if they attempt to leapfrog the voting line and disrupt the carefully plotted primary calendar. But a handful of North Carolina GOP legislators are vowing to […]

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    DC legalizing pot, ignoring House Republicans

    WASHINGTON — Washington Mayor Muriel Bowswer says she’ll defy congressional Republicans and implement D.C.’s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana starting on Thursday. In implementing the new pot laws, Bowser is rebuffing two influential House Republicans who’d warned her that she’d be breaking federal law — and risking retribution. “We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned with overturning what seven out of 10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia,” […]

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    American Express to raise credit card rates

    NEW YORK — Interest rates on some American Express credit cards will be increasing, according to letters sent out to customers this month. The rate hikes will affect “a small percentage” of the company’s 55 million U.S. cardholders, who will see an average increase of 2.5 percentage points, said spokesperson Elizabeth Crosta. That number could be well over a million customers, but AmEx declined to provide a specific figure. “As a normal part of business, we looked at our portfolio,” […]

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    Southwest Airlines grounds 128 aircraft after missing inspections

    Southwest Airlines grounded 128 of its Boeing 737 aircraft on Tuesday after discovering it had missed some required inspections. The airline was overdue for a required maintenance check on the standby hydraulic system for the planes, both the Federal Aviation Administration and Southwest said. “The airline voluntarily removed these aircraft from service while the FAA works with Boeing and Southwest to evaluate a proposal that would allow the airline to continue flying the planes until the inspections are completed over […]

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    Reel-y? Man reels in massive catfish out of river

    Catfish come in all varieties, shapes and sizes, some big and some small. And one downright gigantic, apparently now swimming in a river in Italy. That’s the fish story being told by Dino Ferrari, who reeled in a 280-pound (127-kilogram), 8.75-foot-long catfish last Thursday along the Po River, said Davide Valla, who is with Ferrari’s sponsor company Sportex. (The sponsored fisherman wouldn’t say exactly where he caught the big fellow, choosing to keep his favorite spots secret.) Assuming the world […]

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    Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant slain in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mirjana Puhar, a recent contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” was found dead in a triple homicide Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., according to police reports. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to a call Tuesday evening that three people appeared to be dead in a Charlotte home. Officers discovered the bodies of Puhar, 19, Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21. Puhar appeared on “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 21, the most recent season of the […]

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    Woman forced to call 911 after not getting help at emergency room

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A metro Atlanta woman with a life-threatening disease said she had to leave the emergency room and actually call paramedics to get the care she needed. Christy Mitchell has a rare pulmonary disease that requires medicine be pumped in her body every two minutes to allow proper blood flow and oxygen to her lungs. On Friday, her pump malfunctioned, so she and her friend, Brannon Chappell, drove to the closest emergency room at Gwinnett Medical Center. “I felt […]

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    Lawsuit says Purina food harms dogs; company denies allegations

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Beneful dry dog food produced by Nestle Purina PetCare has “resulted in serious illness and death of thousands of dogs,” a lawsuit says. The eight kinds of Beneful dog food have caused internal bleeding, liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, seizures, bloat and kidney failure, the suit said. The named plaintiff in the suit describes how one of his dogs died after eating Beneful and two of his dogs got sick. In the past four years, consumers […]

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    Man turns a ‘fake’ $1 million into $120 million

    NEW YORK — In 2014, I turned $1 million into $120 million. Too bad it wasn’t real money. I had entered into a year-long competition organized by the personal investing division of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of chief executives with over 22,000 members in more than 125 countries. The competitors used Investopedia’s game simulator, and any player could observe trades in real time and we were ranked daily. I won. My investment returns were so fantastic that […]


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