March 27, 2015

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President Barack Obama slams GOP budget in Cleveland

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Justin Sink | Bloomberg News President Barack Obama criticized the House Republican budget proposal during a visit to Cleveland on Wednesday, mocking their fiscal plans as “a path to prosperity for those who have already prospered.” Obama said the U.S. recovery from the depths of a recession when he first took office demonstrated that his Read More…

Few top Republican officials back same-sex marriage at high court

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WASHINGTON — The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far. The list of Republicans who are supporting same-sex marriage, in a case set for arguments March 28 at the Supreme Court, is much longer than it was two Read More…

British fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

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LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill Read More…

Revisions look to make it easier to dispute your credit report

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Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies. The Monday announcement by the agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — comes after months of negotiations between the companies and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Read More…

Poll: Majority of Americans back same-sex marriage, support continues to grow

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In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that has measured trends on Read More…

Local cable, Internet providers unchanged by controversial net neutrality protections

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The Federal Communication Commission’s recent ruling protecting “net neutrality” will not have any major effect on local cable and Internet providers. “The net neutrality ruling really has no bearing on us,” said David Corrado, CEO of the Medina County Fiber Network. The county-owned network, completed in 2012, includes 151 miles of 144-strand fiber optic cables Read More…

Ringling Bros. to eliminate elephant acts by 2018 due to concerns about wellbeing

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POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision to Read More…

Sen. Sherrod Brown pushes measure to reduce testing in schools

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A bill supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to reduce testing in the country’s schools is not picking up traction among legislators, but that has not stopped Brown from fighting for education changes. It’s been a month since Brown, D-Cleveland, co-sponsored the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely Act. Since then, no hearings have been Read More…

FACT CHECK: Did Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu go too far in US speech?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. (AP PHOTO)

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran’s domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday. On the whole, Netanyahu largely adhered to what is known about the Read More…

Landmark net neutrality rules win FCC approval in party-line 3-2 vote

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WASHINGTON — In a landmark decision for the future of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved tough net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic. The new rules prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against legal content flowing through their wired or wireless networks, such as by charging websites for faster delivery of Read More…