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  • Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree.
    A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday.

    All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said.

    Authorities said the motive was unclear and declined to comment on whether the murders had been triggered by the death of Aldridge's mother, who was found at her home. Authorities said she may have died from natural causes.

    "It's heartbreaking," said Todd Haley, senior pastor at Ozark Baptist Church, about three miles from Tyrone. "Anytime you see families that go to this level of violence, it's a shame."

    The events, which police said were spread over six crime scenes, began unfolding around 10 p.m. on Thursday when a girl called 911 from a neighbor's home.

    A man who declined to be identified told a Reuters photographer that a teenaged girl in a nightgown came to his house, running barefoot through a snowy wooded area and crying that her parents had been shot. She called police and deputies found her parents dead at their home.

    Authorities said they later discovered five other people dead and a wounded woman in three other houses. The woman, who is expected to recover, gave them information about the shooter, Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said.

    Four of the victims were identified as Garold Aldridge, 52, his wife Julie Aldridge, 47, Harold Aldridge, 50, and his wife Janell Aldridge, 48. The names of the other victims were not released.

    There was no sign of forced entry in any of the houses, Sigman said, adding that the killings had shattered a sense of safety in the town. "Start locking your doors. The world is changing. You got to be safe," he said.

    Authorities said an autopsy would be done on Saturday on the body of Joseph Aldridge's 74-year-old mother, Alice Aldridge.

    Joseph Aldridge's body was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a pickup truck parked on a highway in nearby Shannon County, authorities said. Sigman said Aldridge had a minor criminal history.

    Tyrone is about 160 miles southwest of St. Louis, near the Mark Twain National Forest, and attracts hunters, campers, and river rafters. Texas County where Tyrone is located has a population of roughly 24,000 people.

    "Everybody knows everybody here. We all cry together," said Scott Dill, superintendent of the Houston School district in Texas County.

    Charles Smith, who lives a few miles from the shootings, said the Aldridge family seemed like good people. "They would help you out when they could, just like we all do down here in the country," he said.
    Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree.
    A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday.

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    Nigerian troops raring to go against Boko Haram - President Jonathan. President Goodluck Jonathan said Friday in Abuja that Nigerian troops are raring to go in their fight against Boko Haram insurgents, who had seized swathes of territory. The Nigerian leader who paid a surprise visit to the frontline yesterday, visiting hitherto occupied Mubi in Adamawa state, Baga in Borno state and Maiduguri, said was very confident that Nigerian troops will maintain the momentum they have built up in ongoing operations against Boko Haram and rapidly recover more occupied territory from the terrorist group. He spoke today when he received the outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jacques Champagne De Labriolle. President Jonathan said that the officers and men of the Nigerian Army he met on the frontlines in Borno and Adamawa states yesterday were in very high spirits, well prepared and determined to successfully complete their operations against Boko Haram. “We have already recovered much territory and very soon our troops will clear the terrorists out of other areas not presently under our control,’’ the President assured the French Ambassador. Welcoming a congratulatory message from President Francois Hollande to Nigeria for recent successes of its armed forces against Boko Haram, President Jonathan restated Nigeria’s appreciation of France’s unwavering support for Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against terrorism. President Jonathan particularly commended his French counterpart for organising the Paris Summit of Heads of State of Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad in May 2014 to foster greater regional cooperation against terrorism and insurgency. The President pledged that beyond the ongoing military campaign in the North East, Nigeria will continue to implement all agreements reached at the summit to ensure lasting peace and security within its borders and in neighbouring countries. President Jonathan also seized the opportunity of the audience with Mr. Labriolle to reassure the international community of his firm commitment to free, fair and credible polls in Nigeria next month. The President wished the outgoing ambassador well in his future endeavours and urged him to always be a “good ambassador of Nigeria’’. In his remarks, Ambassador Labriolle said that France was “confident in the future of Nigeria and its ability to continue playing a huge role in Africa and world affairs”. The ambassador also expressed delight at improved trade and economic ties between Nigeria and France in the last three years, noting that over 250 French companies are currently operating in Nigeria.Nigerian troops raring to go against Boko Haram - President Jonathan. President Goodluck Jonathan said Friday in Abuja that Nigerian troops are raring to go in their fight against Boko Haram insurgents, who had seized swathes of territory. The Nigerian leader who paid a surprise visit to the frontl...See more
  • US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death.
    Attackers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writings on religion angered Islamist hardliners.

    Avijit Roy, an atheist who advocated secularism, was attacked as he walked back from a book fair with his wife, who was also hurt in the attack.

    No-one has been arrested but police say they are investigating a local Islamist group that praised the killing.

    Hundreds of people gathered in Dhaka to mourn the blogger's death.

    Mr Roy's family say he received threats after publishing articles promoting secular views, science and social issues on his Bengali-language blog, Mukto-mona (Free Mind).

    He defended atheism in a recent Facebook post, calling it a "rational concept to oppose any unscientific and irrational belief".

    His Mukto-mona website on Friday bore the message in Bengali "we are grieving but we shall overcome" against a black background.

    'Den of militants'
    A group of men ambushed the couple, who live in the US and were visiting Dhaka only to attend the book festival, as they walked toward a roadside tea stall.
    At least two of the attackers hit the couple with meat cleavers in the attack on Thursday evening, police chief Sirajul Islam told AP news agency.

    Dropping their weapons, the attackers ran away, disappearing into the crowds.

    Police told the BBC they were investigating a local hard-line religious group that had praised the killing in an online message.

    Ajay Roy, father of the dead man, urged the authorities to find the killers and "ensure exemplary punishment".

    "This Bangladesh which was built by the blood-sacrifice of the martyrs has now turned into a den of militants," he said.

    Students, teachers and bloggers gathered at Dhaka University on Friday to protest against the killing.
    'Virus' of extremism
    In a forthcoming article to be published in the Free Inquiry magazine of April-May 2015, Mr Roy likens religious extremism to a "highly contagious virus".

    He says he received threats from Islamist hardliners in Bangladesh last year when his book, The Virus of Faith, was released at a book fair.

    "The death threats started flowing to my e-mail inbox on a regular basis," he writes.

    "I suddenly found myself a target of militant Islamists and terrorists. A well-known extremist... openly issued death threats to me through his numerous Facebook entries.

    "In one widely circulated status, he writes, 'Avijit Roy lives in America and so, it is not possible to kill him right now. But he will be murdered when he comes back.'"

    The killing in early 2013 of another secular blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, which was blamed on religious hardliners, sparked protests from free-speech supporters and counter-protests from Islamists.

    The police say the attack on Mr Roy was similar to the 2013 murder.
    US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death.
    Attackers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writings on religion angered Islamist hardliners.

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    Google Reveals Plan for Futuristic New Headquarters. Google revealed today plans to trade in its nondescript Mountain View, California, headquarters for a proposed new office worthy of a big budget Hollywood science fiction film. The plan, which was created by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio in London, includes glass canopies to allow light and air into the buildings. The plans for developing the North Bayshore area were submitted today to the Mountain View city council for consideration and were posted online, alongside a nearly ten-minute video detailing the project. Only a futuristic multi-billion dollar company like Google would consider being able to physically move a building -- but it's one of the cornerstones of the project. Under the glass canopies, lightweight block-like structures that comprise rooms can be re-arranged like pieces of furniture, allowing Google to seamlessly adjust to its staffing needs. While the buildings will increase Google's office square footage, the plan is to also open the campus up to the community to create a lively neighborhood feel with retail, restaurants and bicycle paths. "We're really making sure that we make spaces very open and accessible so it's just not for Googlers, but it's for anyone who lives in the area to come by," David Radcliffe of Google said in the video. Mountain View City Councilman Lenny Siegel told ABC News he is concerned about the traffic flow in Mountain View and the housing supply -- two factors he will have to consider as he evaluates Google's plan. "Having wonderful new buildings with lots of well-paid employees sounds great, but it effects our housing supply and transportation," he said. It will likely take more than one year for the proposal to be evaluated and approved and it was unclear how long it would take to make Google's dream office space a reality. One thing is for certain, though: Google has come a long way since it started in a garage.Google Reveals Plan for Futuristic New Headquarters. Google revealed today plans to trade in its nondescript Mountain View, California, headquarters for a proposed new office worthy of a big budget Hollywood science fiction film. The plan, which was created by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at BIG ...See more
  • U.S House Fails to Pass Stopgap Bill to Fund Homeland Security.
    In a stunning rebuke to GOP leaders, the House failed on Friday night to pass a three-week measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded, throwing the agency's funding into further uncertainly as a midnight deadline looms to avert a shutdown.

    The vote was 203-224.

    It's unclear what House Speaker John Boehner will do next. If the House does not act by midnight, the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funding, triggering a shutdown of the agency.

    Fifty-two Republicans broke with their leadership to oppose the temporary funding measure. Conservatives said the stopgap bill represented a cave to the White House by failing to curtail the president's executive orders regarding immigration.
    And only a dozen Democrats backed the bill after party leaders discouraged them from supporting a measure that would simply rehash the current fight again in mid-March. House Democrats want a bill, passed earlier Friday by the Senate, to fund the department for one year without any immigration-related add-ons.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested before the vote that Boehner should "get a grip" and find a solution to the impasse.

    House leaders had argued that the weeks-long extension would give them time to hash out differences with the Senate to come up with a long-term solution that also addressed immigration. But Boehner was unable to woo enough conservatives with that argument, forcing another scramble as the clock ticks towards midnight.

    Earlier Friday, the Senate passed a one-year extension of DHS funding without any immigration riders. Senate Democrats have urged Republicans to take that measure up, but conservatives vehemently reject that idea.

    Republican House leaders could try to pass another short-term budget extension or call a vote on the Senate bill. But that would anger conservatives so much that Boehner could face a challenge to his Speakership.

    Or, they could fail to get any measure passed, forcing DHS into an agency shutdown.

    In the event of a shutdown, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said that about 80 percent of DHS employees would still be required to come to work but would not be paid until Congress acts.
    U.S House Fails to Pass Stopgap Bill to Fund Homeland Security.
    In a stunning rebuke to GOP leaders, the House failed on Friday night to pass a three-week measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded, throwing the agency's funding into further uncertainly as a midnight deadline ...See more
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    'Jihadi John' Unmasked: First Picture of Mohammed Emwazi as an Adult Emerges. A day after he was identified as ISIS’s infamous “Jihadi John,” a photograph of the man, Mohammed Emwazi, has emerged, published on the front pages of British newspapers late today. The image, from the files from Emwazi’s time at the University of Westminster, shows the young man in a white t-shirt and Pittsburg Pirates baseball hat. Years later, the same eyes shown in that picture would peek through a black mask as Emwazi allegedly wields a knife in multiple ISIS hostage execution videos. “Nothing like this. We never realized he would go to be jihadi,” Sharaftullah Towsi, a friend of Emwazi’s, told the BBC today, echoing sentiments from others who knew him as a “nice” young man. But one of Emwazi’s elementary school teachers told the BBC tonight that he was put into anger management therapy because he was getting into fights at the age of 11. “We’d find that he’d get very angry and worked up and it would take him a long time to calm himself down,” said the teacher, who was not identified. By the age of 21, British intelligence reportedly suspected Emwazi was interested in joining extremist groups. He was detained during a trip to Tanzania and accused of really trying to join the Somali terror group al-Shabab, according to the British activist group CAGE. After more reported run-ins with security services, Emwazi managed to slip out of the U.K. in 2012 and make his way to Syria to join ISIS. Emwazi came of age in London as radical Islamists were urging young men to join the jihad against the U.S. and Britain. A prominent activist, Anjem Choudary, told ABC News today he did not know Emwazi, but called him a Muslim brother whose brutal acts he refused to condemn. “I know who I want to condemn,” he said. “I want to condemn you guys for being the tongue of the biggest terrorists in the world, the Americans and their own allies, the British.” The man who would be come to be known as "Jihadi John" first appeared in a string of disturbing videos produced by ISIS last August in which he appeared to slice the necks of Western hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. He was also seen in a video that showed the dead body of American aid worker Peter Kassig. A month after the Foley video emerged, the FBI said it had learned "Jihadi John's" identity, but it was not revealed to the public. Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, said that by identifying “Jihadi John” it sends a message to anyone who wants to hide “because they put something across their face.” “Somebody once said, ‘None are so brave as the anonymous.’ I think that one of the things this message says to this guy is that they aren’t going to be anonymous. I would advise this guy right now not to buy any green bananas. I think justice is going to find him,” King said.'Jihadi John' Unmasked: First Picture of Mohammed Emwazi as an Adult Emerges. A day after he was identified as ISIS’s infamous “Jihadi John,” a photograph of the man, Mohammed Emwazi, has emerged, published on the front pages of British newspapers late today. The image, from the files from Emwazi’s...See more
  • Putin critic, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow.
    MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a longtime Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladi­mir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry said early Saturday.

    Nemtsov, a central figure in Russian political life since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, was one of the leaders of an opposition rally planned for Sunday.

    There was no immediate information on who killed the 59-year-old opposition leader, who was gunned down early Saturday, shortly after midnight Moscow time.

    At least seven shots were fired at Nemtsov from a passing car, according to Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, the Interfax news agency reported. Investigators rushed to the scene and were questioning witnesses, he said.

    Putin promptly assumed personal control of the murder investigation, said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. The move was a measure of the shockwaves sent out by the crime.

    Russia’s state-run Rossiya 24 television interrupted its programming to carry live imagery of the central Moscow bridge where Nemtsov was killed. Flashing police lights lit up the night. The Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge, in the heart of Moscow, runs from near the walls of the Kremlin to an island in the Moscow River where major opposition rallies were held in 2011 and 2012.

    A close associate of Nemtsov, opposition activist Ilya Yashin, confirmed Nemtsov’s death on Facebook.

    “Nemtsov has been shot. He is dead,” Yashin wrote.

    Images broadcast after his murder showed his body lying face-up on the sidewalk of the bridge, as emergency personnel appeared to attend to him.

    “Nemtsov’s murder is a terrible tragedy for Russia,” former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, a Putin ally, told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

    “Are you tired of lies, propaganda, war, rising prices? Then come to the March of Spring,” Nemtsov wrote on Twitter the day before he was murdered.

    The murder occurred on a bridge that lies just 500 feet from the southwestern corner of the Kremlin, one of the most high-security places in all of Russia. Police and secret services have a heavy presence in the region. It was not immediately clear whether Putin was in the Kremlin at the time; he typically stays at a presidential residence on the outskirts of Moscow.
    Since 2012, Nemtsov had served as co-chairman of a registered political party, the Republican Party of Russia - People’s Freedom Party, known as RPR-PARNAS.

    The murder opened a dramatic and violent new chapter in the life of Russia’s persecuted opposition movement, which has struggled to find its footing during a wave of nationalistic fervor unleashed by the annexation of Ukraine’s semiautonomous Crimea region last year. Many leaders have been marginalized with prison terms or other forms of harassment, and public rhetoric has grown extremely aggressive toward those who deviate from the majority line.

    But political assassinations have been rare in Moscow.

    It was far from clear in the chaotic hours after the shooting who had perpetrated the murder. Investigators said the shooters emerged a white car that had pulled up to Nemtsov as he walked across the Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge in light Moscow snow. After shooting him four to seven times, they sped away.

    “Putin noted that this cruel murder has every sign of being a contract killing, which has a solely provocative nature,” Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told Russian news agencies.

    Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, angered the government two years ago when he charged that billions of dollars had been stolen from funds designated for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, his home town. He blamed “Putin’s friends” for the alleged embezzlement, which he described as “a real threat to Russia’s national security.”

    A year earlier, Putin warned publicly that his opponents were prepared to murder one of their own so they could blame him for the death.

    “They are looking for a so-called sacrificial victim among some prominent figures,” Putin, a former KGB agent, told a gathering of the All-Russia Popular Front, a group organized to support him, ahead of Russia’s 2012 presidential election. “They will knock him off, I beg your pardon, and then blame the authorities for that.”

    Nemtsov, an opponent whom Putin was said to despise more than most, said at the time that it was up to the authorities to prevent such a crime.

    “If the head of the federal government, who controls all intelligence agencies, makes a public statement that he has information about such a provocation and such a crime, he must do everything to prevent it and not just publicly scare Russians,” he told Interfax.

    He said that he was taking Putin’s comments seriously and that the opposition should, too. “If the authorities fail to do everything to prevent such a scenario,” Nemtsov said then, “they will become accomplices in this grave crime being plotted.”

    In late 2011, Nemtsov was arrested at a legal demonstration on New Year’s Eve and jailed for 15 days. Although the protesters had a permit to gather in a Moscow square, he was seized as he was leaving the scene and accused of heading to an unapproved rally and of disobeying police.

    Nemtsov was a political star in the early post-Soviet days, when most Russians still dreamed of democracy — a young, energetic and smart physicist-turned-politician who charmed voters and won high approval ratings as a regional governor. For a time, he was seen as a likely heir to President Boris Yeltsin.

    Instead, Putin assumed the presidency and set about relentlessly marginalizing his opponents.

    Nemtsov received a doctorate in physics in 1990, then served as a lawmaker for three years. Yeltsin appointed him governor of Nizhny Novgorod province in 1991.

    He quickly instituted free-market economic policies, simplifying the nightmarish and corrupt processes of registering new businesses. He also enabled members of collective farms to acquire individual plots and introduced tax breaks for struggling businesses, according to the Encyclopedia of Russian History.

    Nemtsov was so popular that the Yeltsin camp of reformers briefly considered running him for president in 1996, but nothing came of the effort, and Nemtsov reluctantly accepted the office of first deputy prime minister after Yeltsin was reelected in 1997.

    Branigin reported from Washington. Kathy Lally in Washington contributed to this report.
    Putin critic, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow.
    MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a longtime Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladi­mir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry said early Saturday.

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    GOVERNO LIMITA GASTOS ATÉ ABRIL A R$75 BILHÕES O governo federal limitou os gastos dos órgãos federais com custeio e investimentos, incluindo o Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (PAC), a 75 bilhões de reais até abril, de acordo com o decreto de programação orçamentária divulgado nesta quinta-feira, em mais uma medida para reequilibrar as contas públicas. O limite representa uma queda de quase 12 por cento em relação aos gastos realizados no mesmo período do ano passado, que somaram 84,9 bilhões de reais. Além disso, o secretário do Tesouro Nacional, Marcelo Saintive, anunciou que o pagamento das despesas não obrigatórias neste ano, incluindo os investimentos, serão vinculadas ao fluxo de caixa. "Os pagamentos das despesas discricionárias serão adequados à entrada de recursos", disse Saintive em entrevista para anunciar o resultado fiscal de janeiro. No mês passado, o governo central (Tesouro, Banco Central e Previdência Social) registrou um superávit primário de 10,4 bilhões de reais, no pior resultado para o mês desde 2009. Os gastos de custeio até abril foram limitados a 59,98 bilhões de reais, 7,66 por cento a menos do total de 64,96 bilhões de reais gasto no mesmo período do ano passado, de acordo com dados disponíveis na página da Internet do Tesouro Nacional. Os investimentos do PAC foram limitados a 15,176 bilhões de reais, de acordo com o decreto orçamentário, queda de 23,78 por cento ante 19,910 bilhões de reais aplicados no mesmo período do ano passado. "Vamos sinalizar para os órgãos a disponibilidade financeira que terão nos próximos dois meses. Não significa contingenciamento, significa disponibilidade de recursos enquanto o orçamento não é aprovado", disse o secretário. Saintive disse que a definição dos limites seguiu parâmetros das despesas não obrigatórias realizadas em 2013, e não às realizadas no passado, um ano de expansão fiscal e que levou o governo a registrar o primeiro déficit primário da série histórica, iniciada em 1997. Nos primeiros quatro meses de 2013, os investimentos do PAC e os gastos de custeio somaram 71 bilhões de reais, de acordo com os dados do Tesouro. inRead™ invented by Teads.tv Para estabelecer os limites de gastos, o governo utilizou projeções para o desempenho da economia "próximas" às do mercado, disse o Saintive. No fim do ano passado, os ministérios do Planejamento e da Fazenda reduziram a projeção de crescimento da economia neste ano de 3 para 0,8 por cento, utilizando a previsão de analistas de mercado à época. Na mais recente pesquisa Focus do Banco Central, com projeções do mercado, a estimativa é de que a economia brasileira contraia 0,5 por cento neste ano.GOVERNO LIMITA GASTOS ATÉ ABRIL A R$75 BILHÕES O governo federal limitou os gastos dos órgãos federais com custeio e investimentos, incluindo o Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (PAC), a 75 bilhões de reais até abril, de acordo com o decreto de programação orçamentária divulgado nesta quinta-fei...See more
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    Net neutrality decision cheered by tech, decried by telecoms. Silicon Valley tech firms lauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to preserve equal access online, while cable companies that stood to profit from a cloistered Internet warned that regulating the Web like a utility will lead to higher prices. The commission’s 3-2 vote codifies the concept of net neutrality by barring Internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from charging for access to an online fast lane, slowing loading times for certain sites, or blocking any site so long as its content is legal. The rules “ensure that every American — no matter the size of their wallets or the color of their skin — has an equal chance to innovate and reach people online,” said Barbara van Schewick, a professor of law at Stanford University and director of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. The once-obscure topic became a pressing economic and political issue last year when a Washington, D.C., appeals court struck down FCC rules barring service providers from discriminating against individual websites. Soon after, Netflix accused Internet service providers of slowing access to its streaming video service, leading the Los Gatos company to cut deals to guarantee its movies and TV shows would reach viewers quickly. Fearing pay-for-speed deals would become the norm, tech firms large and small urged regulators to take action. The FCC’s vote reclassifies broadband as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, giving the commission authority to referee the Internet’s open playing field. Chairman Tom Wheeler has said the commission won’t be a heavy-handed regulator overseeing monthly Comcast bills, but instead will monitor violations of the tenets of net neutrality. The ruling probably won’t go into effect for several months as the formal language is being crafted. Telecom industry’s warning Telecoms were livid, saying the ruling could stunt innovation. Verizon was so incensed by the application of “antiquated ... 1930s-era” regulations that the company mockingly responded in Morse code to Thursday’s ruling on its website. The Telecommunications Industry Association has argued that its members should be able to charge companies that suck up the majority of Internet bandwidth. The group warned that Thursday’s regulation would lead to a loss of $45.4 billion in capital investment in broadband networks over the next five years. In December, the trade group predicted in a letter to lawmakers that “the investment shortfall would then flow downstream, landing first and squarely on technology companies like ours, and then working its way through the economy overall.” “That isn’t a scare tactic,” said Danielle Coffey, the association’s vice president of government affairs. But in a call with investors in December, Verizon’s chief financial officer, Francis J. Shammo, suggested tighter net neutrality rules would “not influence the way we invest.” “We’re going to continue to invest in our networks and our platforms, both in wireless and wire-line FiOS and where we need to. So nothing will influence that,” he said. Stanford’s van Schewick doubted that Thursday’s ruling would lead to a price increase for customers because the telecoms “didn’t lose anything by Thursday decision. Why would they need to raise prices?” In Washington, reaction to Thursday’s ruling cleaved predictably along party lines — just as it did on the commission, where three Democrats formed the majority. Progressive organizations praised the ruling as preserving the Internet’s underlying principle of fair access. Obama’s involvement Over the past year, the commission has received a record of more than 4 million comments on the issue, most urging the panel to regulate the Internet like a utility. The onslaught nudged President Obama in November to take the unusual step of urging the independent committee to create the “strongest possible rules” to protect net neutrality, which inspired FCC Chairman Wheeler to switch his position to largely mirror Obama’s three weeks ago. Much as they did after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives sought to discredit the FCC decision by linking it to Obama. The conservative organization MediaFreedom.org derided the new “ObamaNet.” “Unfortunately, so-called net neutrality has all the hallmarks of an Obama policy: a lack of transparency throughout the process, a glossy public relations campaign that seeks to mask the reality of the proposal, and guarantees that, if successful, the government’s hand will reach ever further into Americans’ lives,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. 'Years of litigation’ But little is likely to come from Congress. Even if congressional Republicans were to craft net neutrality legislation that is more friendly to the telecommunications industry, Obama would probably veto it. Both sides do, however, agree on one thing: This won’t end soon. The decision “is certain to lead to years of litigation,” said David L. Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president. “This is an epic battle between David and Goliath,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, a member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, “and David won this round.”Net neutrality decision cheered by tech, decried by telecoms. Silicon Valley tech firms lauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to preserve equal access online, while cable companies that stood to profit from a cloistered Internet warned that regulating the Web like a utilit...See more
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    2016 Republican Presidential Normination Ticket, the Race Is Wide Open. Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries: No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it—one of our two major parties, in a time of considerable national peril, will settle its presidential nomination without vigorous debate—it is weird and disturbing. Republicans are the action, and will draw all the lightning. A read on where the base—huge, broad and varied, including but not limited to attendees of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference—is: Republicans this year are not looking for Reagan. They’re looking for Churchill. They’re looking for the guy who knows the war is already here, not the guy who knows the war can be averted if we defeat the guys who would wage it. What is “the war”? Everything from scarily sluggish economic growth to long-term liabilities and deficits; from the melting away of the post-World-War-II order to the Mideast to domestic terrorism. Every four years there is frustration and argument; this year there is urgency. What the Republican Party needs in a presidential candidate is not a centrist who can make the sale to conservatives in the primaries; it is a conservative who can win over centrists in the general election. That means the Republican nominee should be a man or woman who can redefine conservative thinking for current circumstances and produce policies that centrists and independents will find worthy of consideration. Jeb Bush is said by some and treated by many as the front-runner, the one to beat. I don’t see it. In fact I think he’s making a poor impression. It’s a commonplace to say nobody’s watching this early. But some people are, especially activists in the base and the mainstream media, which is picking up impressions that will harden into widespread clichés. What are they seeing? Mr. Bush is spending much of his time in The Rooms—offices and conference rooms—with millionaires and billionaires. Money in politics is very important, and Mr. Bush makes a great impression on the denizens of The Rooms. He speaks their language. They like his experience, the fluency with which he speaks of domestic policy. Here his family name helps him; they know he is politically vetted, a successful former governor, is respectful of the imperatives of business, and is bottom-line sane. It is going so well that Patrick O’Connor of the Journal reported this week the Bush team is asking fundraisers who want to join the campaign’s top tier to collect $500,000 by the end of March. But veteran bundlers expect it will cost more “to reach the inner circle . . . because deep-pocketed donors have been so eager to write big checks.” All this reflects a deliberate allocating of the candidate’s time. The Bush campaign will vacuum up money now and be interesting and compelling later. They’re trying to force rivals out of the race by picking up their potential donors and leaving nothing but crumbs. Mr. Bush’s operation is also, according to the New York Times, muscling party strategists and policy specialists to advise only him and no one else. Again a message is sent: Be with us now or we’ll remember later. It sounds tough and Clintonian. Actually it looks less like a sales pitch than a hostile takeover. There’s something tentative and joyless in Mr. Bush’s public presentations. He isn’t mixing it up with voters or wading into the crowd. So far he is not good at the podium. His recent foreign-policy speech was both bland and jangly, and its one memorable statement—“I am my own man”—was the kind of thing a candidate shouldn’t have to say. What is most missing so far is a fierce sense of engagement, a passionate desire to lead America out of the morass, a fiery—or Churchillian—certainty that he is the man for the moment. In its place we see a softer, wanner I’m smart, accomplished, know policy, and it’s my turn. I am not sure Mr. Bush likes the base. If he doesn’t, it would explain some of his discomfort. I am wondering if he sees the base as a challenge, not a home, something he has to manage, not something he is of. He was perhaps referring to this in December when he said you have “to lose the primary to win the general.” Actually you have to win it, but to really succeed you have to show you share the base’s heart, that you understand its beginning points and align with it on essentials. When you disagree with it you address those issues among friends, and with confidence. You can’t cover up differences in a passive-aggressive way—at their feet when you really want to be at their throat. A certain resistance to the idea of Mr. Bush is bubbling up among some journalists and intellectuals. In an arresting piece in the Atlantic, David Frum asked if he is the Republican Obama —essentially bicultural, interested in transforming a nation he finds lacking. “Both Jeb Bush and Barack Obama are men who have openly and publicly struggled with their ambivalence about their family inheritance. Both responded by leaving the place of their youth to create new identities for themselves: Barack Obama, as an organizer in the poor African-American neighborhoods of Chicago; Jeb Bush in Mexico, Venezuela, and at last in Cuban-influenced Miami. Both are men who have talked a great deal about the feeling of being ‘between two worlds,’ ” Mr. Obama in his books and Mr. Bush in his speeches. “Both chose wives who would more deeply connect them to their new chosen identity. Both derived from their new identity a sharp critique of their nation as it is. Both have built their campaign for president upon a deep commitment to fundamental transformation of their nation into what they believe it should be.” Jim Geraghty of National Review writes of “considerable evidence that there’s a lot of Jeb-skepticism out there among conservatives.” Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard says Mr. Bush may be “cornering the market” on professional Republicans but asks: “What is the case for a Bush restoration, beyond the fact that it would make the professional GOP comfortable once again? Why should average Republican primary voters—the insurance salesmen and truck drivers, not pollsters and policy advisors—choose Jeb over Scott Walker, Chris Christie , Ted Cruz, or the dozen other potential nominees?” These are respected voices read by many conservatives. Finally, this week’s polls—yes, it’s early—offer Mr. Bush little comfort. A Quinnipiac poll in Iowa has him coming in fifth, behind Mr. Walker, Rand Paul , Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee . Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post noted the really bad news for Mr. Bush is that he was well known among respondents “and not all that well liked”—41% favorable to 40% unfavorable. A national survey from Public Policy Polling shows Mr. Walker in the lead at 25%, with Mr. Carson at 18%, and Mr. Bush in third place with 17%. The road is long. Maybe Jeb Bush will succeed. But no one should bow to his inevitability. He doesn’t have a better chance with Republican voters than some other possible candidates, and may have less.2016 Republican Presidential Normination Ticket, the Race Is Wide Open. Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries: No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it—one of o...See more
  • Moderate quake jolts northwest Pakistan.
    Pakistan's meteorological agency says a moderate earthquake has jolted northwestern Pakistan.

    The quake caused panic, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Mohammad Arif, an official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department, said the pre-dawn 5.8-magnitude quake caused tremors in the cities of Peshawar, Abbottabad and Mansehra in the Khyber Paktunkhwa province.

    He said the quake was also felt in the capital Islamabad.

    Javed Khan, a police officer in Peshawar, said people were sleeping when the quake struck and many came out of their homes in a panic.

    He said authorities had not received any information about damage or casualties from the quake struck areas.

    A magnitude 7.6 quake killed thousands of people in Pakistan and its part of Kashmir in 2005.
    Moderate quake jolts northwest Pakistan.
    Pakistan's meteorological agency says a moderate earthquake has jolted northwestern Pakistan.

    The quake caused panic, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Mohammad Arif, an official at the Pakistan Meteorolog...See more
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    ISIS to Radicalise Nigerian Youths Schooling Abroad, FG Raises Alarm.
    Abuja — The Federal government, yesterday, alerted a plan by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to radicalise Nigerian youth, who were schooling abroad, calling on parents and guardians to monitor their wards closely.

    The Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri stated this while briefing newsmen on security situation in the country, in Abuja, said the call became imperative based on intelligent report at the government's disposal.

    According to him, they are planning to do this through the use of the social media.

    "The Centre wishes to alert the nation of intelligence reports indicating the radicalisation of our youths through the social media and a variety of other sources.

    "The reports show that these youths who are mostly children of the rich and affluent are being recruited into ISIS.

    "We, therefore, call on parents and guardians, especially those whose wards are schooling abroad, to closely monitor the activities of these students who may be susceptible to the antics of the promoters of the ISIS ideology," Omeri said.

    On insurgency in the North East, Omeri noted that there was a stiff resistance against insurgent incursion into the country at several locations, and the recapture of several towns and settlements which had Boko Haram presence earlier.

    According to him, the locations where these successes have been recorded include: Gabchari, Abba Jabari, Gajigana, Gajiram, Damakar, Kumaliwa, Bosso, Wanti, Jeram and Karisungul which are currently under the firm control of our gallant troops.

    These are in addition to Hong, Mubi North/South, Maiha, Michika, Shuwa, Wuro Gyambi, Gombi, Vimtim, Uba and Bazza (Adamawa); Mafa, Gamboru-Ngala, Malam-Fatori, Abadam, Marte, Monguno and Baga (Borno); Gujba and Gulani (Yobe) which had earlier been liberated.

    The Centre called on Nigerians to be patriotic and appreciate the effort and sacrifice of the security personnel for the selfless manner in which they were prosecuting the anti-terror war.
    ISIS to Radicalise Nigerian Youths Schooling Abroad, FG Raises Alarm.
    Abuja — The Federal government, yesterday, alerted a plan by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to radicalise Nigerian youth, who were schooling abroad, calling on parents and guardians to monitor their wards closely....See more
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    Hong Kong Woman Sentenced to 6 Years for Abusing Indonesian Maid
    A Hong Kong woman convicted of beating and threatening her Indonesian maid was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday, in a case that fo...
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    Nigeria: PDP Don't Tell You About Change Because We Aren't Bus Conductors That Ask for Change - First Lady.
    OREROKPE--The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has charged women in the country to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stressing that any woman who votes for All Progressives Congress, APC, is an enemy of herself.

    Dame Jonathan, at Orerokpe, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, at the PDP Women for Change Initiative Presidential Rally in the state, while applauding the benevolence of the PDP administration to women in the country, cited the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria, YouWin and Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SUREP, as some of the empowerment programmes the President Jonathan administration was using to empower women and youths in the country.

    She said: "The PDP is a party that talks less and does more, unlike the APC that tells new lies every week. When you catch them today, they will tell another lie tomorrow. We (PDP) do not tell you about change because we are not bus conductors that ask for change.

    "We are now in a digital age and we should reject anyone who wants to take us back to analog days. They keep saying they will do this and that. They should tell us what they have done for Nigerians while in office. As for President Jonathan, he has vowed to do more when he is re-elected.

    "President Jonathan has brought a lot of innovation and empowerment programmes for us women. This is because no one loves the Nigerian woman more than Mr. President and the best way to pay him back is by re-electing him."

    In his remark, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, while applauding the developmental achievements of President Jonathan, said: "When someone does well in office, you should return that person to office and that is why all Deltans are prepared to re-elect President Jonathan as President, come March 28."
    Nigeria: PDP Don't Tell You About Change Because We Aren't Bus Conductors That Ask for Change - First Lady.
    OREROKPE--The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has charged women in the country to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stressing that any woman who votes for All Progressives...See more
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    Disengaged PHCN Staff protest non-payment of allowance Former workers of the now defunct Power holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have protested in Ibadan over the non-payment of their housing allowances. Spokesman of the disengaged workers, Julius Adeleke, said that they are being owed the sum of N391 million by the National Electricity Liability Management Company dating back to 2013. The placard carrying protesters used to work under the Ibadan zone before the privatization of the power sector. They said three of their colleagues have died as a result of the long wait for their allowances. “We appeal to the authorities to accede to our request. Since that time, October 2013 the money has not been paid.The bulk rent remains two batches ”Adeleke said.Disengaged PHCN Staff protest non-payment of allowance Former workers of the now defunct Power holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have protested in Ibadan over the non-payment of their housing allowances. Spokesman of the disengaged workers, Julius Adeleke, said that they are being owed the sum of N3...See more
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    Ghana President Vows to Deal with Country’s Electricity Crisis. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said his government will correct the country’s chronic electricity problem. Speaking Thursday to the country’s parliament in a state of the nation address, Mahama said all Ghanaians are feeling the pinch of the power crisis, and businesses and industries are threatening to lay off workers. He said his government is developing a partnership with the private sector to install solar panels centers throughout the country. The president also promised to enhance output of traditional power sources, such as hydro and gas. The main opposition National Patriotic Party (NPP) held a demonstration earlier this month calling on Mahama to step down if his government could not increase electricity. Boakye Agyarko, former campaign manager for NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo, said Ghana is having electricity problems because President Mahama’s government has mismanaged the country’s energy sector. “Our position is that this three-year rolling crisis is needless, needless in the sense that at the end of 2008 when President Kufuor and the NPP were leaving office, we had an installed capacity of 2,800 megawatts. And the system peak demand projected was expected to be 2, 700 megawatts thereabout. So why are we having a three-year crisis? We are having a three-year crisis simply because the energy sector has been grossly mismanaged,” he said. In his speech, President Mahama reportedly said Ghana’s electricity problems were in part the result of the country’s economic success over the last decade. But Agyarko said the claim is false because ordinary Ghanaians, not businesses, are the main consumer most of the country’s power. “If you look at our power profile, it is the household sector that consumes most of our power. Not industry. How do you say you succeeded economically when your growth of rate dropped from 14 percent to 3.9? It is pure mismanage[ment]. If you can’t buy a $100 million worth of crude for your thermal plants, how do you attribute it to economic success?” he said. Agyarko said NPP President John Kufuor was faced with similar power crisis in 2006 he took emergency action to remedy the situation. “We brought in a 126 megawatts emergency plant. We started the Bui Dam, we started the Osombo Plant. Altogether, by the time he was leaving office that capacity had grown from 1,180 megawatts to 2,800 megawatts. So he added over 1,400 megawatts to capacity,” Agyarko said. He rejected any suggestion that the opposition is playing politics ahead of the 2017 poll. “As I sit with you my power is off for the next 24 hours. There are barbers who can’t work; there are seamstresses, welders who can’t work; factories are laying off workers. What is electioneering about it?” Agyarko said.Ghana President Vows to Deal with Country’s Electricity Crisis. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said his government will correct the country’s chronic electricity problem. Speaking Thursday to the country’s parliament in a state of the nation address, Mahama said all Ghanaians are feeling th...See more
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