U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marked a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access. Democrats, Hollywood and companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai,Read More

U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. One of the Cold War’s strangest dramas began in 1965 when Charles Robert Jenkins, then a 24-year-old army sergeant nicknamed “Scooter” from tiny Rich Square in North Carolina, disappeared one January night while on patrol near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins – who had neverRead More

Highlights of Saturday’s NHL games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of National Hockey League games on Saturday: Dec 9, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) assists on a goal by center Sidney Crosby (87) against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (31) the during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports Maple Leafs 4, Penguyins 3 The Toronto Maple Leafs scored twice in the opening two minutes on Saturday and held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Toronto (19-10-1), which has won four ofRead More

NYC mother seeks millions from city after child’s lead poisoning

(Reuters) – A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin. Natalia Rollins points to a spot on the wall of her children’s bedroom where traces of lead were identified at her apartment in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Natalia Rollins, a 25-year-old mother of two, informed the city this week of herRead More

Time magazine names #MeToo ‘silence breakers’ as person of the year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential “person” in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday. “This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC News, referring to them as “the silence breakers.” TheRead More

Trump tells Abbas intends to move embassy to Jerusalem: Abbas spokesman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmolud Abbas on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas’s spokesman said. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Utah State Capitol, where he announced big cuts to Utah’s sprawling wilderness national monuments, in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The statement did not say whether Trump elaborated on the timing of such a move. “President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notifiedRead More

Uber joins forces with global public transport association

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] said on Monday it was joining a global public transport association to improve mobility in the cities it operates in. FILE PHOTO: Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo Uber also said it was joining the International Association of Public Transportation (UITP) to connect more people to public transport. Andrew Salzberg, Uber’s head of transportation policy and research, said aligning the company with public transport authorities was a good way to make Uber aRead More

Hedge fund Tudor shuts one portfolio; Jones to play bigger role

BOSTON (Reuters) – Paul Tudor Jones, one of Wall Street’s most prominent investors, is restructuring his Tudor Investment Corp. by liquidating one portfolio and planning to play a bigger role in managing money at the hedge fund firm he founded nearly four decades ago. FILE PHOTO – Paul Tudor Jones, founder and chief investment officer of Tudor Investment Corporation, speaks at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Jones told investors he was shuttering the five-year-old Tudor Discretionary Macro funds and that Andrew Bound andRead More

North Korea says new ICBM puts U.S. mainland within range of nuclear weapons

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that splashed into the sea near Japan and put the entire U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. Wednesday’s test, North Korea’s first since mid-September, came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions. North Korea, which conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test in September, has fired dozens of ballistic missiles testsRead More

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ reigns atop Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift ruled at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday as her latest release “Reputation” easily beat off new entries from country music stars Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks. FILE PHOTO: Singer Taylor Swift poses at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Picture “Reputation,” which entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 last week with 1.2 million album units, sold another 256,000 units across album and song sales and streaming, according to figuresRead More