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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:...

Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday had a tough message for fellow Republicans who were wrestling with how to fund the Homeland Security Department: "Grow a spine."...

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....

Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world....

Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide" at his home in suburban St. Louis....

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....

Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls "the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life."...

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....

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