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Jan 14, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court has struck down the government’s latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules, passed in late 2010, require internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content, a principle known as net neutrality.

Jan 10, 2014

Obama administration to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah and will provide federal benefits to the roughly 1,400 gay couples who were married there before the U.S. Supreme Court halted such nuptials on Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday.

“These marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a statement. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”

Jan 8, 2014

Police group opposes Obama civil rights nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group that represents U.S. police officers is opposing President Barack Obama’s choice for a top civil rights post because he helped represent a man convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia officer.

The Fraternal Order of Police said in a letter released on Wednesday that the nomination of lawyer Debo Adegbile to head the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division was “a thumb in the eye” for law enforcement officers.

Dec 20, 2013

Reagan’s would-be assassin to get more time away from hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Hinckley is ready for more freedom from the mental hospital where he has lived since shortly after he shot President Ronald Reagan in a failed assassination attempt in 1981, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman accepted a recommendation from St. Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10 days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dec 20, 2013

U.S. diplomats, but not prosecutors, seek to quell Khobragade dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government sought to present a united front on Thursday and play down any signs of a rift between the State Department and law enforcement officials over how to handle the politically sensitive case of an Indian diplomat subjected to a strip search over alleged visa fraud.

The arrest has enraged India, which demanded that charges be dropped against the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade. New Delhi has also demanded the arrest of the housekeeper, also an Indian national, who had accused her of fraud and underpayment of wages.

Dec 20, 2013

U.S. diplomats, but not prosecutors, seek to quell India dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government sought to present a united front on Thursday and play down any signs of a rift between the State Department and law enforcement officials over how to handle the politically sensitive case of an Indian diplomat subjected to a strip search over alleged visa fraud.

The arrest has enraged India, which demanded that charges be dropped against the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade. New Delhi has also demanded the arrest of the housekeeper, also an Indian national, who had accused her of fraud and underpayment of wages.

Dec 18, 2013

U.S. surveillance case: Tech may clash with 18th Century right

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge’s bid this week to stop the U.S. government from collecting Americans’ phone records raises a question that the U.S. Supreme Court has confronted before: at what point should modern technology force judges to revisit legal precedents?

Technological advancements from the automobile to the Global Positioning System (GPS) have tested the justices over the years as they tried to figure out how to apply to modern circumstances an 18th Century guarantee in the U.S. Constitution against unreasonable searches.

Dec 18, 2013

Analysis – U.S. surveillance case: Tech may clash with 18th Century right

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge’s bid this week to stop the U.S. government from collecting Americans’ phone records raises a question that the U.S. Supreme Court has confronted before: at what point should modern technology force judges to revisit legal precedents?

Technological advancements from the automobile to the Global Positioning System (GPS) have tested the justices over the years as they tried to figure out how to apply to modern circumstances an 18th Century guarantee in the U.S. Constitution against unreasonable searches.

Dec 17, 2013

Insight: U.S. asks if car dealers ganged up on shopping website TrueCar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It used to be that people in the market for a new car could go to the car-shopping website TrueCar.com, which collects bids from auto dealerships, and get dealers to undercut one another on price. Dealers could see the rival prices, so prices tumbled lower over time almost like a reverse-auction.

Faced with complaints from dealers over the way that worked, TrueCar changed its website, the system became less competitive, with dealers no longer seeing rival prices, and now U.S. antitrust enforcers are trying to unravel what happened.

Dec 17, 2013

U.S. asks if car dealers ganged up on shopping website TrueCar

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – It used to be that people in
the market for a new car could go to the car-shopping website
TrueCar.com, which collects bids from auto dealerships, and get
dealers to undercut one another on price. Dealers could see the
rival prices, so prices tumbled lower over time almost like a
reverse-auction.

Faced with complaints from dealers over the way that worked,
TrueCar changed its website, the system became less competitive,
with dealers no longer seeing rival prices, and now U.S.
antitrust enforcers are trying to unravel what happened.