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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....

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:...

US: China is expanding its South China Sea outposts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday....

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....

What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night:...

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....

Senate votes to award congressional medal to Selma marchers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to honor those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote....

Obama steps up pitch for trade, exports, targets Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan....

Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Police in suburban St. Louis are calling the death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich an "apparent suicide."...

GOP's Jeb Bush working to reassert conservative credentials
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- As Florida's governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation's most conservative state chief executives. He's quietly embarking on work to persuade the right-flank of the Republican Party he'd be that same kind of conservative in the White House....

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