first_img Comment Tags Mobile AT&T has settled a years-long lawsuit with the FTC. Angela Lang/CNET AT&T has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in a 2014 lawsuit that accused the wireless carrier of deceiving its unlimited-data customers when it slowed their connection speeds, according to a court filing Friday. The parties requested a 90-day stay so the FTC could finalize the proposed settlement, the value of which wasn’t revealed.The FTC sued AT&T in 2014, alleging the wireless provider misled customers who signed up for an unlimited-data plan only to see their connection slowed in an industry process called “throttling.” The agency said then that AT&T had throttled at least 3.5 million customers, and that the practice resulted in slowing network speeds 80 to 90%.In July 2011, AT&T took the unpopular step of placing speed limits on those unlimited plans, slowing them down from a high-speed LTE connection to a 2G connection, the speed of which is akin to that of a dial-up modem. At the time, it said it would limit only the top 5% of its heaviest users, but it later clarified that to say those who access 5 gigabytes of data in a billing period.The long-running lawsuit included a dismissal in 2016 by a US appeals court that found the FTC lacked authority because wireless broadband is a so-called Title II service, which would fall under the jurisdiction of the FCC. Wireless data became a Title II service when the FCC reclassified broadband as part of its 2015 Open Internet order.The FTC declined to comment. AT&T didn’t respond to a request for comment. AT&T FTC 1 Share your voicelast_img

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first_imgThe Roma forward says he will watch the Manchester Derby this Sunday and will be rooting for his former teammatesBosnian attacker Edin Dzeko played for Manchester City from 2011 to 2015 in the English Premier League.He was loaned to Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in 2015 and was sold to the Italians in 2016.And even after being years apart from the Citizens, he remembers them fondly.“For the fans, beating QPR to win the title is probably the best game ever, but beating United 6-1 is probably the best we ever played and wouldn’t be far behind,” recalled Dzeko according to the team’s official website.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s one of the best performances in City’s history and I’m just glad I was part of it all.”“To get two in the space of a few minutes was special – the first was with my knee, but the second was thanks to a pass from another world from the Magician, David Silva,” he added.“Sometimes I watch the game again to relive it and it always brings a huge smile to my face.”“City will start as favorites, but derby games are strange and don’t always go to form,” he commented.“I’m not there anymore, but City is still my club.”last_img

first_imgTemujin Horsey had two pigs in Saturday’s 4-H livestock auction at the Alaska State Fair: Photo: Liz O’Connell/Frontier Scientists.Looking to buy a 50-pound turkey, or a 300-pound pig?  The 4-H Junior Livestock Auction is just the place to find one. The bidding was lively on Saturday at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.Download AudioThe sound of a live auction filled the Farm Exhibits Barn at the Alaska State Fair. Bidding was frenzied for the turkeys, especially for an all white 50-pounder. More than 90 youngsters participated in the Junior Market Livestock Auction this year as sellers of animals that they had raised themselves. The 4H program enables young people interested in agriculture to gain experience in both raising a quality animal, and in selling it for a fair market price.Over in the corrals, Kyle Miley is patiently waiting with his pig, Jerry. Jerry, all 252 pounds of him, is lying on his stomach, seemingly oblivious to the hubbub around him. Miley’s got a purple ribbon pinned to his belt.“Well, that was for showmanship, and showmanship is based off of how you show the animal. So, that was for showmanship, a participation award, and for confirmation is the two blue ribbons. And confirmation is about the pig, how the pig looks. So he did better than I did.”Jerry’s two blue ribbons were gained at livestock shows earlier in the fair. Miley says, Jerry is most likely headed to the slaughterhouse, depending on the winning bid.“Maybe Three Bears, it could be Alaska Mill and Feed. It could be a company that just wants to buy meat and sell it. ”4 H kids, some as young as nine, raise goats, lambs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits and other animals for the program. When the animals are auctioned off, a small portion of the proceeds goes to support the program, but most of the cash goes back to the youngster who raised the animal for sale. Many of the participants borrowed money to buy and raise the animal, and they will pay back the loan with what they earn at the auction.Temujin Horsey and Jolt at the Alaska State Fair. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.Over in another stall, Temujin Horsey is hunkered down with his two pigs. One, Crazy Train, is living up to her name, while the other one snoozes peacefully at Horsey’s feet..“This one I am going to sell today. He is an exotic breed, which means that you breed them so many different ways from so many different things that they are a new color and everything. ”The relaxed pig, contradictorily named Jolt., has got his share of championship ribbons. Horsey has raised the pig from birth. Now it weighs over 300 pounds. I ask, will it be hard to let him go?“Yes, yes it is. I’ve been doing this, this is my fifth year now. It is a little easier than normal, but yes, it is hard.”Meanwhile, the auctioneer’s chant continues to elicit squeals and shouts from the crowd.But it will be a while yet before the pigs are up for bid, and Jolt and Jerry are taking it easy.last_img

first_imgBy JIM SALTER Associated PressFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose.Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play.Police say there is no evidence the deaths have anything to do with the protests stemming from a White police officer’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and that only two were homicides with no known link to the protests.In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo Edward Crawford Jr., returns a tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Six young men with connections to the Ferguson protests, including Crawford, have died, drawing attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister is at play. Police say there is no evidence the deaths have anything to do with the protests and note that only two were homicides. But activists and observers remain puzzled and wonder if they’ll ever get answers. Crawford fatally shot himself in May 2017 after telling acquaintances he had been distraught over personal issues, police said. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)But some activists say their concerns about a possible connection arise out of a culture of fear that persists in Ferguson 4 ½ years after Brown’s death, citing threats — mostly anonymous — that protest leaders continue to receive.The Rev. Darryl Gray said he found a box inside his car. When the bomb squad arrived, no explosives were found but a 6-foot (1.8-meter) python was inside.“Everybody is on pins and needles,” Gray said of his fellow activists.No arrests have been made in the two homicides. St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire said witnesses have simply refused to come forward, leaving detectives with no answers for why the men were targeted.“We don’t believe either one was connected to each other,” McGuire said, but adding, “It’s tough to come up with a motive without a suspect.”Ferguson erupted in protests in August 2014 after officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown during a street confrontation. Brown was unarmed, but Wilson said he fired in self-defense when the Black teenager came at him menacingly.A grand jury declined to charge Wilson in November 2014, prompting one of the most violent nights of demonstrations, and one of the first activist deaths.Deandre Joshua’s body was found inside a burned car blocks from the protest. The 20-year-old was shot in the head before the car was torched.Darren Seals, shown on video comforting Brown’s mother that same night, met an almost identical fate two years later. The 29-year-old’s bullet-riddled body was found inside a burning car in September 2016.Four others also died, three of them ruled suicides.— MarShawn McCarrel of Columbus, Ohio, shot himself in February 2016 outside the front door of the Ohio Statehouse, police said. He had been active in Ferguson.— Edward Crawford Jr., 27, fatally shot himself in May 2017 after telling acquaintances he had been distraught over personal issues, police said. A photo of Crawford throwing a tear gas canister back at police during a Ferguson protest was part of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.— In October, 24-year-old Danye Jones was found hanging from a tree in the yard of his north St. Louis County home. His mother, Melissa McKinnies, was active in Ferguson and posted on Facebook after her son’s death, “They lynched my baby.” But the death was ruled a suicide.— Bassem Masri, a 31-year-old Palestinian American who frequently livestreamed video of Ferguson demonstrations, was found unresponsive on a bus in November and couldn’t be revived. Toxicology results released in February showed he died of an overdose of fentanyl.The Ferguson protests added momentum to the national Black Lives Matter movement, but they also generated resentment from people angered by TV footage of protesters hurling rocks and insults at police. Amid lingering anger, activists and observers say that while they see no clear connection between the deaths and the protests, they can’t help but wonder about the thoroughness of the investigations.“These protesters and their deaths may not be a high priority for (police) since there is this antagonistic relationship,” Washington University sociologist Odis Johnson said. “I think there is a need for them to have a greater sense of urgency.”Activists say that in the years since the protests, they have been targeted in dangerous ways.“Something is happening,” said Cori Bush, a frequent leader of the Ferguson protests. “I’ve been vocal about the things that I’ve experienced and still experience — the harassment, the intimidation, the death threats, the death attempts.”Bush said her car has been run off the road, her home has been vandalized, and in 2014 someone shot a bullet into her car, narrowly missing her daughter, who was 13 at the time.She suspects White supremacists or police sympathizers. Living under constant threat is exhausting, she said, but she won’t give in.“They shut us up and they win,” Bush said.It’s unclear if residual stress from the protests or harassment contributed to the suicides, but Johnson said many activists feel a sense of hopelessness.“This has to have a big impact on their mental health,” Johnson said. “For many, law enforcement is not a recourse. Many times law enforcement is not on their side.”Experts say the deaths also are indicative of a concern at the core of the protests — the underlying difficulty of life for young people of color. Five of the men who died were Blacks in their 20s.Black St. Louis County residents are three times more likely than Whites to be poor, often meaning they lack adequate health insurance that could allow them to better address not only physical ailments but mental health issues like depression and anxiety.They also tend to live in areas with higher crime rates. The 2010 U.S. census showed that while people who live in wealthy and mostly White western St. Louis County can expect to live well into their 80s, life expectancy in parts of mostly Black north St. Louis County reaches only into the 60s. Life expectancy in Kinloch, a few miles from Ferguson, is 56.Forty-five of the county’s 60 homicide victims last year were Black in a county where less than a quarter of the population is Black, according to police statistics.“Here in St. Louis, unfortunately, we have allowed the culture of crime and violence to morph into dimensions that anybody’s at risk any day, any time,” said James Clark of the nonprofit Better Family Life.last_img

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