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U.S. appeals court hears challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court was hearing arguments on Friday over whether the Trump administration acted legally when it repealed landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers in December 2017. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The panel, which set aside 2-1/2 hours to hear the case, is made up of Judges Robert Wilkins and Patricia Millett, two appointees of Democratic former President Barack Obama, and Stephen Williams, an appointee of Republican Ronald…

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Government shutdown: Trump appeals to US TV audience over wall

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is set to argue that an immigration “crisis” requires his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. Mr Trump will make his case in his first speech from the Oval Office at 21:00EST (0200 GMT Wednesday), ahead of a trip to the border on Thursday. A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 17 days after lawmakers failed to break a budget impasse. The president is insisting that $5bn (£4bn) be included for the border wall. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee…

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Slender Man stabbing teenager appeals sentence

Image copyright Police handout A US teenager convicted of trying to kill her friend in order to please the fictional online character Slender Man has asked for her sentence to be reduced. Morgan Geyser is serving 40 years in a psychiatric hospital after the near fatal attack in Wisconsin in May 2014. Along with her classmate Anissa Weier, she lured Payton Leutner into woods and stabbed her 19 times. Payton managed to crawl free on to a path and survived. All three girls were 12 at the time. Grounds for…

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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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U.S. appeals court upholds Sprint patent verdict against Time Warner Cable

A man exits a Time Warner Cable branch in the Manhattan borough in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a roughly $140 million jury verdict in favor of Sprint Corp in its lawsuit accusing Time Warner Cable Inc, part of Charter Communications Inc, of using patented technology without authorization. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said there was sufficient evidence to support a Kansas jury’s determination in March 2017 that Time Warner infringed five Sprint patents.…

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Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

Image copyright Joanne D’Onofrio Image caption Joanne D’Onofrio said she needed a kidney from a live donor “pretty quickly” to save her life A mother has issued an urgent appeal on Twitter for a life-saving kidney. Joanne D’Onofrio, 46 and from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city’s Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill. At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney. Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC…

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Uber appeals against drivers’ rights to pay and holiday

Image copyright Getty Images A long-running case over the status of Uber drivers will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The taxi-hailing app is contesting an employment tribunal finding that drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. If classified as workers, Uber drivers are entitled to paid holiday and the minimum wage. Unions calculate this could be worth £18,000 per driver. Uber said the tribunal “fundamentally misunderstood” how it operated. It is the latest stage in a legal battle led by two Uber…

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Google appeals against €4.3bn Android fine

Image copyright Getty Images Google is fighting a record €4.3bn ($4.9bn; £3.8bn) fine for allegedly using the Android operating system to “cement its dominance” as a search engine. In July, the European Commission said Google’s Android policies had “denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete”. The company could face further fines if it does not change its practices. Google’s appeal could take several years. “We have now filed our appeal,” the company said in a statement reported by the Financial Times. What was Google accused of? Google was accused…

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No class action for unhappy Uber drivers: U.S. appeals court

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc won a legal victory on Tuesday as a federal appeals court said drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors must arbitrate their claims individually, and not pursue class-action lawsuits. The Uber application is seen on a mobile phone in London, Britain, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay In a 3-0 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed a lower court judge’s denial of Uber’s motion to compel arbitration in three lawsuits. It also overturned the class certification…

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