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Protesters gather as U.S. regulators meet to end net neutrality

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WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gathered to oppose the change.

Fierce winds to intensify as California wildfire grows

LOS ANGELES California firefighting crews may face strong winds on Thursday that could feed a volatile wildfire which has grown into one of the biggest in state history.

Environment 10:38am EST

EPA seeks input to rework rule on lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to protect people from lead and copper contamination in drinking water.

Environment 12:47pm EST

With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling. | Video

Health 8:22am EST

Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

9:30am EST

Crime data in Native American tribal lands 'virtually useless': watchdog

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department does not adequately collect or use crime statistics from Native American tribes, a problem that has left the department with stale and "virtually useless" crime data, according to a new internal watchdog report released on Thursday.

12:37pm EST

Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board

WASHINGTON A September collision between a small civilian drone and a U.S. Army helicopter was caused by the drone operator's failure to see the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

United Nations 11:15am EST

U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

AUSTIN, Texas U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed.

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Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

DHAKA Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

Dec 13 2017

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. | Video

Politics, Election 2016 Dec 13 2017

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