Dominic Rushe

Protests Planned to Save Net Neutrality in Verizon Stores This Holiday Season

The top US telecoms regulator has unveiled sweeping plans to overturn Obama-era rules designed to protect an open internet.

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Steve Bannon Is Back at Breitbart - But Can His Page of Rage Survive an Ad Boycott?

Rightwing news site Breitbart has a new business plan. The self-described home of the “alt-right” started selling fidget spinners this week. The spinners’ centers are decorated with the florid face of its newly returned leader, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, above the hashtag #WAR.

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Fully Employed and Homeless: 'It Makes Me Feel Like a Peasant - It's Economic Slavery'

Once a customer has barked their order into the microphone at the Popeyes drive-thru on Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, the clock starts. Staff have a company-mandated 180 seconds to take the order, cook the order, bag the order and deliver it to the drive-thru window.

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'I Was Naive': Trump Supporters Who Were on Strike, and Lost, Fear for the Future

Hard by the Hudson river about 14 miles north of Albany, the sprawling Momentive Performance Materials factory in Waterford has supplied generations of upstate New Yorkers with secure, well-paid, blue-collar jobs. Jobs that the US, and much of the industrialized world, has been losing and whose loss has set off a political time bomb. Now Momentive workers fear those jobs are gone.

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New EPA Head Scott Pruitt's Emails Reveal Close Ties With Fossil Fuel Interests

The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office on Wednesday.

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Martin Shkreli Arrested by FBI Over Hedge Fund Investigation

The pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has been arrested by the FBI as part of a federal investigation related to his former hedge fund and a drug company he used to run.

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WikiLeaks Demands Answers After Google Hands Staff Emails to U.S. Government

Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge.

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Net Neutrality Advocates to Protest FCC's 'Hybrid Solution' in Dozens of Cities

Protesters will gather outside the White House and in a dozen US cities on Thursday to demonstrate against a “hybrid” solution now being considered to end a stalemate over regulating the internet.

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New Report Finds Female Retail Workers Earn $4 an Hour Less Than Male Counterparts

Female retail workers in the US earn an average of $4 an hour less than their male counterparts, a pay gap that costs those women an estimated $40.8bn in lost wages annually, according to a new report released on Monday.

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McDonald's CEO Insists Workers Are Paid 'Fair Wages' as Protesters Rally

McDonald's offers “real careers” and “competitive wages”, CEO Don Thompson told shareholders on Thursday, as hundreds of protesters chanted for better pay outside the fast-food giant’s annual meeting.

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AT&T and DirecTV Enter $48 Billion Merger

Telecoms company AT&T announced a deal to take over DirecTV, the US's largest satellite broadcaster yesterday in the latest in a series of media and telecoms deals that have rattled consumer groups and attracted regulatory scrutiny.

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Occupy-Style Protesters Set Up Camp at Net Neutrality Rally Outside FCC Headquarters

Protesters set up camp outside the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on Wednesday to fight plans they say will create a two-tier internet and hand control of the web to major corporations.

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Consumer Alert: Apple in Talks with Comcast to Allow 'Special Treatment' for Streaming-TV

Consumer groups reacted angrily Monday to news that Apple is reportedly in talks with cable giant Comcast to launch a streaming-television service that would give Apple special treatment and bypass congestion on the web.

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Comcast Takeover of Time Warner Cable Will Drive Up Costs, Consumer Groups Say, Calling for Govt. to Block It

Consumer groups reacted angrily to the merger of cable giant Comcast and Time Warner Cable on Thursday, claiming the combination could “throttle” choice on the internet.

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First Woman in History to Lead the Fed, Janet Yellen is Sworn In

Janet Yellen was sworn in as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve on Monday, ascending to the top job at the central bank at a time when the US economy seems on a firmer footing but investors are worrying about China and other emerging markets.

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Senate Democrats Plan Fast-Track Fix to Reinstate Lost Unemployment Benefits

Democratic leaders in the Senate are planning to fast-track legislation to extend unemployment insurance, a move that would provide a lifeline tomore than a million jobless Americans who lost their benefits five days ago.

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Billion Dollar Pay Check? 10 CEOs in America Break All Records for Executive Pay

For the first time ever, the 10 highest-paid chief executives in the US all received more than $100m in compensation and two took home billion-dollar paychecks, according to a leading annual survey of executive pay.

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US Warned of Credit Downgrade as Republicans Inch Closer to the Brink

A leading ratings agency put the the US on notice of a downgrade on Tuesday amid political turmoil in Washington over how to resolve the budget crisis less than a day before the country's borrowing requirement expires.

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Boehner Proposes Six-Week Extension on Debt Ceiling Limit but Shutdown Continues

Republican leaders have backed away from their immediate threat to freeze US debt limits, offering the first real hope of a wider solution to the budget crisis that continues to paralyse much of the federal government.

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Lavabit Founder Refused FBI Order to Hand Over Email Encryption Keys

The email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden refused FBI requests to "defeat its own system," according to newly unsealed court documents.

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JP Morgan Slammed with $920 Million Fine Over Trading Loss - But Where Are the Charges Against Senior Bankers?

JP Morgan has agreed to pay about $920m in penalties to US and UK regulators over the "unsafe and unsound practices" that led to its $6.2bn London Whale losses last year.

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