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U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban 'paid Prioritization' Of Web Traffic
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives to ban deals where Web content companies could pay Internet service providers to deliver their traffic to users faster and more reliably. The bicameral bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Doris Matsui of California comes as the Federal Communications Commission is collecting public comments on new "net neutrality" rules. The FCC's proposed rules, up for public comment until September 10, prohibit Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies to prioritize their traffic as long as such deals are deemed "commercially reasonable."
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Argentina's August Trade Surplus Jumps; Masks Export Slump
Argentina's trade surplus leapt 145 percent in August from the same month a year earlier to $899 million, though a 12 percent fall in exports highlighted the ailing health of Latin America's third biggest economy which is in recession. Imports fell 20 percent to $5.7 billion as the government tightened trade controls to defend its dwindling hard currency reserves after it defaulted on its debt again in late July and consumer demand weakened. Argentine exports, which fell 12 percent year-on-year to $6.60 billion, have been hurt by low global grains prices and a recession in Brazil, Argentina's main trading partner.
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Fire At Memorial To Slain Teen Adds To Tensions In Ferguson, Missouri
City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire.
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New Jihad Appeal Makes Policing Even Harder
The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization. The appeal made public Monday makes intelligence tracking of potential suspects virtually impossible and opens up Muslims in the West to the possibility of being unfairly put under suspicion or stigmatized.
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U.S. Forecasts More Than 500,000 Ebola Cases In West Africa
Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa's Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its projection was based on data from late August and did not take into account a planned U.S. mission to fight the disease, so the upper end of the forecast was unlikely.
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IPhone 6 Models 'set Gold Standard' In Photo, Video Quality Tests
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the new leaders on a French optical lab's test of photo and video quality, demoting the Samsung Galaxy S5 to third place. Apple sets the "gold standard for smartphone image quality," DxO Labs said in DxOMark scores released Tuesday for Apple's newest iPhones. They're tied with a score of 82, a notch ahead of the GS5 and Sony's Xperia Z2 and Z3, all tied at 79.
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'Person Of Interest' Season 4 Will Tackle Big Questions About Artificial Intelligence
For three seasons, CBS's Person of Interest has tried to raise questions about who's watching us. But starting Tuesday, the show will shine a light on a subject producers think no one is keeping an eye on quite enough: artificial intelligence. Referring largely to the 2013 Edward Snowden leaks, executive producer Greg Plageman said "Since the show initially premiered in 2011, we used to get a lot of questions about surveillance and whether it was a real thing or not, and I think what initially seemed like a science fiction concept became factual and something people know is pervasive."
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Manhunt For Trooper Shooting Suspect Under Way
A line of law enforcement vehicles stretched for a mile along a rural Pennsylvania road Tuesday as the hunt for suspected cop-killer Eric Matthew Frein entered its 11th day. The shooting unleashed a massive manhunt involving hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement agents. Life in the otherwise quiet community in the Pocono Mountains was disrupted as thousands of residents were under lock-down, and schools and some roads closed near the densely wooded search area. On Tuesday, one day after authorities discovered an AK-47 rifle, some magazines and a small bag of ammo in the northeastern Pennsylvania woods where they believe Frein is hiding.
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Parents Of U.S. Journalist Who Went Missing In Syria Want Answers
For a year after her journalist son went missing in Syria in 2012, Debra Tice kept calling his cell phone. It would ring and ring. Nothing. She would send Austin Tice messages on Facebook. No response. "It's excruciating," Tice's father, Marc, told CNN on Monday at their Houston home. The void of not knowing what happened to their son or who has him is a "constant presence." All they know is that he was abducted in a Damascus suburb. When Debra Tice insists that her son will be found, she speaks firmly, her eyes intently fixed, voice firm and clear. "There has never been a moment of questioning that he's coming home," she said. But could ISIS, the vicious militant group that has beheaded two other American journalists, have him? The Tices don't know for sure, but say they don't think that's the case.
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Chelsea Manning Sues U.S. Military For Failure To Treat Gender Dysphoria
Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks leaker previously known as Bradley, sued the U.S. military on Tuesday over its failure to provide her with medical treatment for her gender dysphoria. The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Manning, filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other military officials, arguing that the military is improperly withholding treatment for her "without any medical basis." This is despite the fact that Army doctors diagnosed her with gender dysphoria, a psychological condition in which one doesn't identify with his or her assigned sex, more than four years ago.