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FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy Rules

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:28:40 -0500

The new telecom chief is moving to halt one part of the sweeping rules for Internet service providers, which were passed last year in part based on "net neutrality" regulations.

Bounding Baby Bongo Born

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

An eastern bongo at the Los Angeles Zoo birthed the first bongo to be born at the zoo in more than 20 years. Bongos are native to Africa and have stripes, big ears and horns.

Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:13:26 -0500

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as "police" during operations in the city.

The Problem With That Video Of Tigers Squaring Off With A Drone

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The enclosure in China's Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has been accused of keeping animals in "deplorable conditions."

GOP Health Bill Draft Would Cut Medicaid, Emphasize Tax Credits

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

The plan would replace insurance subsidies for low-income families with tax credits for everyone, eliminate the requirement to buy health care, and end taxes on medical devices.

VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:34:00 -0500

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

71 Degrees In February: Temperatures In Boston And Buffalo Rewrite Record Book

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:00 -0500

An all-time high temperature for February was recorded in Boston. After breaking a 111-year-old mark for this day, Buffalo also equaled its record high for the month.

Democrats Pick Ex-Kentucky Governor To Respond To Trump Speech To Congress

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:36:00 -0500

Steve Beshear is credited with lowering Kentucky's uninsured rate. Immigration activist Astrid Silva is also scheduled to respond to the president's remarks Tuesday night.

Trump Orders Agencies To Reduce Regulations

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:11:00 -0500

Surrounded by corporate leaders, President Trump signed an executive action telling government agencies to slash "job killing" rules. Environmentalists argue the move could undo important protections.

Car Bomb Kills More Than 50 People Near Syrian Town Captured From ISIS

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500

At least 34 of the dead reportedly were civilians. The blast happened just north of al-Bab, at a checkpoint crowded with people who had fled the fighting and were preparing to return to their homes.

WATCH: 2 Table Tennis Titleholders Have Epic, 766-Shot Rally

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:07:00 -0500

Li Jie and Hitomi Sato met at the Qatar Open on Thursday and wound up in a battle of wills that lasted more than 10 minutes and perhaps defied the average human ability to focus.

White House Asked FBI To Publicly Refute Reports Trump Associates Had Russia Contacts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Director James Comey refused to publicly respond to the media reports even as he dismissed them privately, a senior administration official says. The official says the FBI initiated the discussion.

Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

Google Spinoff Sues Uber, Saying Leader Of Autonomous Vehicle Unit Stole Key Designs

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:38:00 -0500

Waymo, the company that began as Google's self-driving-car project, says a former manager "took extraordinary efforts to raid Waymo's design server and then conceal his activities."

Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:36:00 -0500

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.