Jan 31, 2018

Los Angeles mayor: Repealing net neutrality was "idiotic"

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said it was "idiotic" for the FCC to roll back net neutrality rules, and that he hopes the administration reverses course.

Why it matters: Some local elected officials are taking a stand against the FCC's net neutrality decision. Garcetti said at the Upfront Summit in LA on Wednesday that it's another area where local governments can take a leadership position.

Context: Los Angeles is home to a lot of pro-net neutrality internet companies, such as Snap, Hulu and other video startups, so it's not surprising to see Garcetti take this stance.

Role of local government: Garcetti is a big proponent of the idea that the most meaningful action happens at the local level. He also suggested that branch libraries could follow the WeWork model in order to have a dual role as a local incubator.

Big Tech: When asked about increasing concentration in the tech industry, Garcetti said, "I don't fear it and I don't oppose it," he said. "I want to try to help guide it."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

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The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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