Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.
Judge to State Dept: finish Clinton email release this month
A federal judge ordered the U.S. State Department to complete its public release of the work emails of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by Feb. 29, according to a ruling filed on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras also ordered the department to release at least 550 more emails by this Saturday, as well as further releases on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. The department was ordered last year to have released all the emails it had from Clinton's private email server by Jan. 29, but asked the court for an extension last month, saying it had forgotten to send about 7,000 pages of emails to other departments for internal reviews.
John Lewis on Sanders' civil rights work: 'Never saw him'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis on Thursday dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' 1960s work on racial equality, saying, "I never saw him. I never met him."
Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.
France's Total slashes investment amid oil price collapse
French oil company Total said Thursday it had cut its investment target this year as it steps up efforts to drastically cut costs to counter a global collapse in oil prices. Total said it would invest up to two billion dollars less in 2016 than originally planned, as it, like other oil giants, grapples with weak oil prices that have slumped around 70 percent since mid-2014 due to chronic oversupply and on Thursday got close to 13-year lows. Total shares closed 3.3 percent lower on the Paris stock exchange, but still outperformed the wider Paris stock market, which ended down 4.1 percent.