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The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The FTC said that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds, a practice known as throttling, when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The nation’s largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone’s advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers’ data speeds – a practice known as throttling – when they …

Capital Beat: State’s IT planning lags, last document expired in ’09

Sunday, February 1, 2015

In an age of constant cybersecurity concerns and rapid technological updates, a report released last week by a commission convened by Gov. Maggie Hassan suggests New Hampshire may not be keeping pace. In fact, it says the state government “remains on the trailing edge of technology.”  New Hampshire has a Department of Information …

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-ISIS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main …

Owner of Meat House butcher shop has to pay nearly $14,000 to charity

Thursday, January 29, 2015

An owner of a butcher shop in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to not giving money from a fundraiser to a charity. The Meat House held a charitable event in 2013 for the benefit of the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund. The money was going to benefit veterans. Attorney …

Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released yesterday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids …

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Thursday, January 29, 2015

California health officials yesterday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals …

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing …

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Islamic State released a message yesterday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. Earlier in the day, Jordan had offered a precedent-setting prisoner …

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in United States history – $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck – was captured at …

Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said yesterday that they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory. Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander …

Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area yesterday, killing two soldiers and triggering a deadly response that marked the most serious escalation since the sides’ …

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards …

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange …