The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.
In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the long-time principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.
Out of a senseless tragedy, they have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy.
Many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in many cases, to help prevent violence.
"You have two choices," said Rebecca Kowalski, whose 7-year-old son, Chase, died in Newtown. "I could be in the bottom of a bottle; I could not get out of my bed. Or, I could do what's making us heal a little bit every day."
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Prosecutors in Pennsylvania moved to hold onto their ability to seek the death penalty against two cousins accused of killing four men that were found buried on a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm earlier this year.
The Bucks County prosecutor's office filed Wednesday a notice of aggravating circumstances in the charges against Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Patrick Kratz, according to online court records.
The filings came a day before the cousins pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of murder and corpse abuse in the July slayings on DiNardo's family farm outside New Hope.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to end net neutrality rules, which that have prevented internet service providers from playing favorites with websites.
The change won't affect everyone in the United States the same way, according to data compiled by mapping firm Esri. By and large, cities are more likely to be impacted by changes than rural areas, according to the data, though people in Northwest Corridor and Silicon Valley are joined by those in the Great Plains — from the Texas Panhandle to Montana — as more likely to spend at least 10 hours a day online.
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A regional train hit a school bus on a crossing in southern France Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring 11 other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said.
Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus shorn in half — with first responders gathered around.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who flew to the scene of the accident Thursday night, said that authorities still don't know what led to the accident on the crossing in Millas, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain.
Two preschoolers taking part in a nativity pageant at a Tennessee church engaged in a tug of war over a baby Jesus doll.
The man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer now faces a first-degree murder charge.
The charges against James Alex Fields Jr. were upgraded in court Thursday afternoon, NBC12 in Richmond reports. Fields previously was charged with second-degree murder in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.
Fields, a 20-year-old from Maumee, Ohio -- described as having a keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler -- also faces charges including malicious wounding and felonious assault for the crash Aug. 12 that killed Heyer and injured dozens of others.
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The NYPD has opened an investigation into music mogul Russell Simmons, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a growing group of women, sources told NBC News.
Two sources familiar with the matter say the department has opened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegations against Simmons based in part on public reporting.
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Devastating California wildfires this year — and expectations of more to come under the extremes of climate change — prompted regulators Thursday to toughen rules for utility companies to keep power lines clear of brush and tree branches that can easily spark into flames.
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Hundreds of Holocaust survivors participated in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York on Thursday — part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference.
In Berlin, three survivors lit candles after sundown at the city's Jewish community center, while in Israel some 300 Holocaust survivors attended the candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray.
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Before her departure this week, Omarosa Manigault Newman, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, stood as the only black voices among more than 30 Cabinet secretaries and senior White House staff around President Donald Trump.
The announcement Wednesday that Newman, a former "Apprentice" contestant and aide to the president, was leaving her post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.
Asked by NBC News on Thursday how many black senior staffers remained at the White House in the wake of Newman's departure, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to cite a number or specify who would take over Newman's outreach to African-American communities.
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Once again, black female voters showed up for Democrats, with almost every single one of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.
These same women, having proven their loyalty by voting 98 percent for Jones, now wonder whether the Democratic Party will return their love by sharing some of the party's political power, handing over places at the negotiating table and pushing legislation that speaks to their unique issues.
"Black women showed up and showed out," said Kimberlè Crenshaw, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum. In "any other context, people who get it 98 percent right, they'd be at the head of the class. It's time for black women to be at the head of the political class."
A video of a 16-year-old boy and his classmates erupting in joy when they learn he was accepted to Harvard University is drawing millions of views online.
Ayrton Little posted the clip on Twitter Tuesday with a comment saying, "All the hard work was worth it." It has since been viewed more than 5 million times.
NASA and Google have discovered an eighth planet orbiting a star in the Kepler-90 solar system, tying it with our solar system, for the first time, with the highest number of planets.
In a teleconference, the space agency revealed Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot, rocky planet discovered in the Kepler-90 solar system located 2,500 light-years away. According to NASA, it is the smallest of the eight planets and “orbits so close to its star that a ‘year’ passes in just 14 days.” The average surface temperature is estimated to be around 800 degrees Fahrenheit, making it very unlikely for life to exist.