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SAN FRANCISCO | ICYMI: California withdraws ‘text tax’ after FCC ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. The federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | ICYMI: California withdraws ‘text tax’ after FCC ruling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla | Bitter Florida recount: Lawsuits pile up, machines overheat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — With time running out in Florida’s high-stakes election recount, lawsuits piled up Wednesday amid a maelstrom of courtroom arguments, outdated ballot-scanning machines overheated and President Donald Trump leveled his latest unfounded allegation, that people had been voting in disguise. Many counties have wrapped up their machine recount ahead of a Thursday deadline … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla | Bitter Florida recount: Lawsuits pile up, machines overheat

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Mishaps, protests and litigation overshadow Florida recount

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Mishaps, protests and litigation are overshadowing the vote recount in Florida’s pivotal races for governor and Senate, reviving memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco in the premier political battleground state. All 67 counties are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts and half already had begun. Many other … Continue reading FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Mishaps, protests and litigation overshadow Florida recount

ATLANTA | National voting system faces test on Election Day

ATLANTA — Federal and state officials have been working for nearly two years to shore up the nation’s election infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russians or others seeking to disrupt the voting process. It turns out that many of the problems are closer to home. Early voting leading up to Tuesday’s midterm election revealed a wide … Continue reading ATLANTA | National voting system faces test on Election Day

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Harrowing tales of survival from town ravaged by storm

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Residents of Mexico Beach that stayed during the storm are emerging from the debris with harrowing tales. Others, who evacuated, are coming to grips with the fact that much of their community was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Hit head-on by the storm, numerous homes in this Gulf Coast resort town of … Continue reading MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Harrowing tales of survival from town ravaged by storm

PANAMA CITY | The Latest: Florida psychiatric hospital ‘cut off’ by storm

PANAMA CITY, Fla.  — The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local): 6:35 p.m. State officials say Hurricane Michael left Florida’s largest psychiatric hospital “entirely cut off.” A spokesman with the Florida Department of Children and Families says Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee has been running … Continue reading PANAMA CITY | The Latest: Florida psychiatric hospital ‘cut off’ by storm