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Net neutrality rules passed by US regulator

FCC regulates InternetNew rules on how the internet should be governed have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

In what is seen as a victory for advocates of net neutrality, the commission voted in favour of changes proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler. Three commissioners voted in favour and two against.

The US Telecommunications Industry Association said that broadband providers would take "immediate" legal action over the rule changes.

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Washington DC legalizes recreational marijuana

Wasington DC legalizes potRecreational marijuana use is legal in the nation’s capital as of Thursday, the result of a measure, approved by voters in November, that permits the possession of a small amount of pot for home use by adults over 21 in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser this week announced the city's plans to move forward with the initiative, despite an attempt by Congress in December to block it.

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Wisconsin Senate passes anti-union legislation amid mass protests

Wisconsin passes anti union billThe Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday night narrowly approved a proposal to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation, as thousands of demonstrators protested the measure at the state capitol.

The Republican-led state Senate was expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or financially support unions, and move it to the state Assembly, where Republicans also hold a majority.

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Abercrombie & Fitch case: justices set to side with Muslim woman over headscarf

head scarf case at SCAbercrombie & Fitch’s rejection of a Muslim job applicant for wearing a headscarf was sharply criticised in the US supreme court on Wednesday, as even conservative justices ridiculed the fashion chain’s “mythical preppy” rules on how employees can dress.

In a landmark religious discrimination case, brought by Oklahoma shop worker Samantha Elauf, lawyers for the store argued it need not have taken her religion into account when applying a rule against headwear because managers only guessed she was Muslim.

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Senior State Dept. official accused of soliciting sex from minor

Daniel Rosen- A senior State Department official in charge of counterterrorism programs was arrested after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor.

Daniel A. Rosen, who is the State Department's director of counterterrorism programs and policy, was arrested on a charge of using a communications device to solicit a juvenile, the Fairfax County police said.

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15 hurt after natural gas explosion levels NJ home

Natural gas leak explosion in NJFifteen people were injured Tuesday morning when a suspected gas leak sparked an explosion at a New Jersey home, police said.

The house — located at 59 Oak Ave. in Stafford Township, about 55 miles east of Philadelphia — was evacuated before the blast, officials said.

Utility crews arrived at the scene shortly before 9 a.m. to work on an issue at the home after neighbors reported a strong gas smell, Stafford Township police Capt. Tom Dellane said. At about 10:30 a.m., the home burst into flames.

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Bratton Blames Police for 'Many of the Worst Parts of Black History'

BrattonPolice Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday that "the unequal nature of the relationship" between African Americans and police "must not be denied," and that "many of the worst parts of Black history would have been impossible without police," including slavery.

Bratton, who addressed the predominantly African-American crowd during a Black History Month event held at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, said that while police have played crucial role in maintaining civil rights and freedom of speech, "many of the worst parts of Black history would have been impossible without police, too."

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