Apr 10, 2017

FCC chair wants to "permanently" end effort to allow in-flight phone calls

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to scrap a proposal from 2013 to lift a ban on cell phone calls on planes, he said Monday. "Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet," he said in a statement. The FCC still needs to take a vote to end consideration of the idea.

Why it matters: The idea of mixing phone calls with the already fraught experience of flying is a touchy subject. An FCC spokesman noted that public comments were overwhelmingly opposed the proposal. It also represents another step from Pai that would roll back the actions of his Democratic predecessor, Tom Wheeler.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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