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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai revealed plans to roll back net neutrality during a speech in Washington, D.C.

Pai plans to hand regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency critics argue is less than prepared to handle.

The net neutrality rules will also set restrictions on internet service providers (ISPs), prioritizing certain kinds of web traffic and throttling others.

While Pai said his proposed changes would reinvigorate broadband investment, the rules were broadly aimed at establishing a level playing field for internet companies. thehill.com
President Donald Trump signed an executive order, flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, aiming to rein federal control of education in the U.S.

Trump hopes to put his stamp on the Education Department advocating for more local control of schools in his executive order. 

The order also requests DeVos review the Every Student Succeeds Act, an Obama-era education law, and Common Core, education standards adopted by most states.

The order initiates a process that could see substantial changes made to K-12 education in the United States. cnn.com
Trying to breastfeed her 19-month-old baby in church, mother of two Annie Peguero was promptly asked to decamp to a private room.

Protecting men, teenagers or new churchgoers from feeling "uncomfortable," the church policy forbids breastfeeding without a cover.

Peguero then posted a live stream video on Facebook urging women to stand up for breastfeeding, their legally protected right in Virginia with no exemption for religious institutions under the law.

Peguero and an attorney are pressing church leaders to issue a statement and reverse their policy. washingtonpost.com
For a long time Alisyn Camerota was reluctant to describe the dark side of working at Fox News. That has changed now that the channel's CEO Roger Ailes and biggest star Bill O'Reilly have been ousted by the Murdoch family.

"Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me," Camerota said in an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources." 

Other prominent Fox anchors and reporters have made similar charges. Ailes resigned under pressure last July after another longtime anchor, Gretchen Carlson, sued him and the Murdochs retained an outside law firm to investigate the allegations.

Another accuser, Fox contributor Julie Roginsky, filed suit against Ailes and Fox News earlier this month. Through his lawyers, Ailes has strongly denied all of the allegations, adding he "never engaged in the inappropriate conversations."  cnn.com
A Queensland Supreme Court judge has praised a drug dealer for his savvy business skills in running a methamphetamine operation.

Justice Ann Lyons yesterday told Brodie Gary Satterley that "it obviously wasn't the best business, but it's a good business model".

The court heard that while ­dealing methamphetamine, he gave price guides, charged interest on debts and gave discounts and refunds in response to complaints.

He also sought customer feedback, provided utensils, advertised he was dealing a high-quality product and had business strategy meetings.

Justice Lyons sentenced the 20-year-old to three years' jail with immediate parole, and encouraged him to starting using his talents for good instead of evil. baysidestarnews.com.au
The attempt to roll back net neutrality has officially begun.

Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, laid out plans Wednesday to limit the agency's oversight of Internet service providers, potentially weakening enforcement of net neutrality. 

The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, are intended to keep the Internet open and fair. The rules prevent Internet providers from playing favorites by deliberately speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps. 

As part of the 2015 process, the FCC voted to assert more regulatory control over Internet providers by reclassifying them as common carriers, similar to telephone services. 

Pai has now issued a proposal to repeal that reclassification, called Title II, raising alarms among net neutrality advocates and throughout the tech industry.  cnn.com
A Chicago-area resident who participated in two terror attacks in Israel in 1969 pleaded guilty Tuesday to having illegally obtained her American citizenship. 

Rasmieh Odeh, 69, entered her plea Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Detroit, admitting she had been convicted in Israeli court in 1970 for her role in two bombings, and that she had willingly omitted that information from her US citizenship application.

"The United States will never be a safe haven for individuals seeking to distance themselves from their pasts," Steve Francis, Homeland Security Investigations' special agent in charge for Detroit, said in a statement released Tuesday. "When individuals lie on immigration documents, the system is severely undermined, and the security of our nation is put at risk."

A court employee present at the hearing told CNN that Odeh was tearing up and had a hard time verbalizing the guilty plea. She eventually held up the signing document, the court employee said, and said that it was true, she signed it. cnn.com
Transport for London is spending £18m on upgrading the capital’s power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.

From 1 January 2018, all new black cabs will have to be battery-powered electric models by law as part of TfL’s effort to reduce toxic pollution from diesel engines.

The cash will pay for network reinforcements to enable British Gas owner Centrica and other energy companies to install 300 rapid electric-car charging stations by 2020.

The charging point can top up a car’s battery within minutes, rather than the hours it takes for the city’s thousands of conventional electric vehicles.

An initial 75 fast chargers are due to be operational by the end of the year. While some of the sites will be exclusively for black cabs, the network will also be open to the increasing number of owners of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and electric BMWs in London. theguardian.com
Having a child die before you is devastating enough as it is. But a Berlin mother has had to wage a years-long court battle to learn more about her teenage daughter's death. She is suing to gain access to the Facebook account of her daughter, who in 2012 died under unclear circumstances at the age of 15.

Tuesday marked the first day of the trial at Berlin's superior court of justice. No verdict has been passed down yet. Judges gave both parties - the deceased girl's parents and social media giant Facebook - two weeks to find a solution outside of court.

The girl died in a Berlin subway station when she was run over by an incoming train five years ago. To this day, the parents don't know whether it was a suicide. To get closure they want access to the posts and messages their daughter sent on Facebook, which they hope will reveal more about her death.

The question is whether the parents inherited her digital accounts just like they did her analog possessions. In a first trial at the Berlin district court in December 2015, judges had decided in favor of the parents and had ordered Facebook to give them access.

The judges said analog and digital possessions should be treated the same. Otherwise it would lead to the paradox that "letters and diaries were inheritable independent of their content, but e-mails and private Facebook posts were not."   dw.com
Alabama representatives passed a bill today that would allow midwives to legally practice in Alabama. Known informally as the decriminalization bill, HB 315 was passed  84-11 after a debate and several tabled amendments.It's the first time a pro-midwife bill has made it to the House floor for a vote.

"It was a milestone for these mothers who want this freedom and the choice to have natural home childbirth, where it's not restricted by the government," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton.

Currently, most midwives can't legally deliver babies in Alabama, and home birth is only legal if it is not attended by a midwife or other professional. Non-nurse midwives have not been legally practicing in Alabama since 1975. 

This bill would exempt midwives from criminal charges as long as they hold a current midwifery certification from an accredited organization. The bill would also make the practice of lay midwifery a criminal offense. The bill passed after some debate on the floor.

Lending her lifetime support of the bill, like Rep. Laura Hall (D-Madison) had "It's been a long road to even get to this point." Midwifery advocates have been introducing midwife decriminalization bills for more than a decade. She and several other representatives pointed out that they, too, were delivered by midwives. al.com