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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures as he speaks during an open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The FCC votes on a plan that would require Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon AT&T and others to act in the public interest when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone. The industry is widely expected to go to court to find the regulation, once approved. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Split FCC approves ‘net neutrality’ plan; dissenters decry Obama ‘power grab’

- The Washington Times

In a landmark decision, a divided Federal Communications Commission Thursday approved “net neutrality,” giving the federal government a major role in setting the rules of the road for Internet traffic, a move that critics warned will impose broad regulations affecting devices such as laptops and smartphones and open the door to government oversight of what goes on the Web.

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Tuscaloosa to consider air gun ban proposed by NAACP

- Associated Press

The president of the local chapter of the NAACP is asking the Tuscaloosa City Council to consider regulating air guns as a way of preventing possible mistaken-identity shootings of children.

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding

- Associated Press

Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse not a big deal

- Associated Press

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.

Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

- Associated Press

Oregon's former first lady, Cylvia Hayes - at the center of an ethics scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber - has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.

Some Mexicans to be given another chance to stay in US

- Associated Press

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks during the closing session of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting

- Associated Press

In a bid to ease simmering tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal and to make its case for one, the White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference.

Utah AG: Iron County School Board didn't meet illegally

Associated Press

The Utah Attorney General's Office is recommending the Iron County School District change some of the ways it does business but says it found no evidence the school board violated the state's open meeting laws.

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Odeh, of Chicago, speaks to the media outside federal court in Detroit. Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking at least five years in prison for Chicago activist Odeh, who didn't tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel. Odeh returns to court on March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Stiff sentence sought for Chicago woman in immigration case

- Associated Press

Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn't tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket.

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. House Republicans reacted tepidly at best Wednesday to calls from the upper reaches of both political parties for legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration-related add-ons opposed by the White House.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown

- Associated Press

A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: