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The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s forming a committee to study the issue, but its plan suggests the committee’s work won’t be done until March at the earliest.

The committee will give a recommendation to the FAA, which will make the final decision about any changes. The FAA says allowing cellphone use during flights isn’t under consideration.

Airlines currently ban electronic devices until the plane reaches 10,000 feet. They have to be put away before landing, too.

In March, the FAA raised hopes that it might loosen rules for electronic devices by saying it would study ways to test them.


Former GOP governor to speak at DNC event

TAMPA — Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

An official with President Obama’s campaign said late Sunday that Mr. Crist will speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not yet been made.

Mr. Crist announced Sunday that he is endorsing Mr. Obama. Republicans called the decision political opportunism and pointed out that Mr. Crist previously has criticized the president on issues including his health care overhaul.

Mr. Crist changed his voter registration to no party affiliation after he dropped out of the 2010 Republican Senate primary and ran as an independent. Many speculate that he will return to politics as a Democrat and possibly challenge his Republican successor, Gov. Rick Scott.


Feds approves anti-HIV pill that combines medicines

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new anti-HIV pill that combines four medicines to combat the virus in patients who previously have not been treated for infection.

The agency approved Gilead Sciences’ Stribild as a once-a-day treatment to control the virus that causes AIDS.

The pill contains two previously approved antiviral drugs sold as the combination pill Truvada. Those drugs are combined with two new drugs, elvitegravir and cobicistat. Elvitegravir interferes with one of the enzymes that HIV needs to multiply. Cobicistat helps prolong the effect of elvitegravir.

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