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February 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
Netflix is paying cable giant Comcast a pile of cash for what the companies say will be "no preferential network treatment. " Sure, because corporations routinely give money to one another just for the fun of it. The reality is that Netflix is handing Comcast an unspecified chunk of change, likely millions of dollars, for what they say is a "more direct connection" to the cable company's broadband network. That's preferential treatment. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Fausset, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MEXICO CITY -- Seven CNN journalists had their credentials revoked or denied in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro called them "fascists" and criticized their coverage of antigovernment protests there, the network reported Friday. CNN posted a story about the expulsion order Friday afternoon on its website. The network said that the journalists, who worked for CNN International and CNN en Espanol, were told their media credentials were being revoked or denied. The move came hours after a Maduro speech Thursday in which he criticized the network, saying it was failing to focus on good news beyond the street protests that have engulfed the nation for days.
February 19, 2014 | By Josh Fattal
On the morning of my appearance before an Iranian Revolutionary Court, where I was convicted on a fabricated charge of espionage, I heard the chant "Death to America!" from the world beyond my prison window. The chant, and the associated stereotype of Islamic Iran, was quite different from what I heard in Section 209, the grim area of Evin Prison where political detainees are beaten, tortured and held without charge. As Americans, my friend and cellmate Shane Bauer and I were denied contact with Iranian inmates during our imprisonment there.
February 16, 2014 | By Mike James
Dustin Johnson has finished his last two PGA Tour events by shooting a 66 in the final round. That's the kind of gold-medal performance that brings a lot of victories in professional golf. But for the second consecutive tournament, a closing 66 from one of the longest hitters in the game was good enough only for second place. Dustin Johnson, silver medalist. Again. Johnson's misfortune Sunday was that Bubba Watson was in the Northern Trust Open field at Riviera Country Club.
February 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Four of the toughest minutes at the Olympics happened Friday night, and, man, was it cold. The best male figure skaters in Olympics skated under the flag of Zamboni. They tripped, they tumbled, they sprawled, they scraped. Afterward fans should have showered them not with teddy bears but dry pants. None of the final six skaters in the men's free skate completed a clean program, with three of them finding themselves with body parts other than their feet on the floor.
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The Los Angeles Unified School District sought a guard more than a year ago at a crosswalk near a Hollywood school where a mother escorting her child was fatally struck by a big rig, but city transportation officials denied the request because of "limited resources. " Marleni Edith Barrera, 42, of Los Angeles was in the crosswalk with her 9-year-old daughter on their way to Citizens of the World Charter School Hollywood on Tuesday when a big rig struck her and the girl, authorities said.
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
L.A. rap collective Odd Future will have to unpack: Authorities in New Zealand have refused to allow the group into the country for a scheduled appearance Saturday opening for Eminem after deeming it a threat to public order. "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often,” Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin told reporters after announcing that the government would not approve visas for six members of the group. Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted “OF is banned from New Zealand, again.
February 8, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - About three hours before the Olympic caldron was lighted Friday night, media at the Fisht Olympic Stadium received a list of names of the past Russian Olympians who would be the final torchbearers. The list had five names. There were six final torchbearers. The missing name was that of Irina Rodnina, the three-time Olympic figure skating pairs champion who joined three-time Olympic champion hockey goalie Vladislav Tretiak in igniting the caldron that will burn in the Olympic Park until Feb. 23. Given the controversy that has erupted over Rodnina's selection for that role, was the omission an attempt to delay criticism?
February 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian officials on Friday denied they were behind the eavesdropping and Internet posting of an embarrassing phone call between two top U.S. diplomats discussing a response to the political crisis in conflicted Ukraine. But Russia's state-controlled media gleefully played up the scandalous conversation all day in a clear effort to cast Washington as a meddler in Kiev's domestic affairs. The clandestinely taped conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt caught the envoys candidly “strategizing” on how to effect a political turnover in Kiev, said Russia Today television as it played and replayed the conversation.
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