- Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era of government oversight for an industry that has seen relatively little. It represents the biggest regulatory shake-up to telecommunications providers in almost two decades.
- 'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad
LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years.The British-accented militant from the chilling videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of west London.
- 5 things to know about 'net neutrality'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. Five things you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry:1. NET NEUTRALITY IS WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE. With few exceptions, the cable and wireless companies that provide much of the nation's broadband already operate under the idea of net neutrality. This means they don't discriminate among similar types of web traffic, and don't intentionally slow or block data.
- House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sounding a likely retreat, House Republicans weighed short-term funding Thursday to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while temporarily leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.Under the emerging proposal, the agency would receive funds with no strings attached for perhaps three weeks. The House would also approve a separate measure to allow normal agency operations through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30, but only in exchange for immigration-related concessions from the White House.
- What determines the perfect candidate for 2016?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Let's say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they've got to have — and what they can do without.There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office.
- Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement
A federal judge has opened the door for faster reinstatement of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, ruling an NFL arbitrator "failed to meet his duty" in a child abuse case that brought national backlash for the league and widened its rift with the players' union.This was the second high-profile defeat in the last six months for Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL, that case concerning punishment for former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
- Bulls say Rose to have surgery on Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose will have surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, and a timetable for the Chicago Bulls star's return will be determined after the operation.The 2011 NBA MVP played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013, cutting short his long-awaited comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
- Herman survives windy day; McIlroy stumbles at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made his PGA Tour debut this year by hitting his first shot out-of-bounds. He salvaged a wind-blown day that was tough on just about everyone but Jim Herman in the Honda Classic.McIlroy was 5-over par until finishing with two birdies for a 3-over 73, his highest round to par in nearly seven months. On this rugged day at PGA National, it was still middle of the pack.
- Florida Panthers add Jaromir Jagr for playoff run
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers acquired Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for a second-round pick in June and either Florida or Minnesota's third-round pick in 2016.Jagr had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season for New Jersey. His playing time has been cut recently and he has gone eight games without a point.
- FSU's Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst
Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes' name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and "Pistol" Pete Maravich.They're on a short list of players to get into such an offensive "zone" that their performances led to memorable scoring outbursts.