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Em­bassy in Swe­den re­ceives threat

WASHINGTON — The State Depart­ment says the U.S. Em­bassy in Stock­holm, Swe­den, has stepped up its se­cu­rity af­ter re­ceiv­ing an un­spec­i­fied threat.

The em­bassy said in a no­tice to Amer­i­can cit­i­zens in Swe­den on Mon­day that it de­cided to boost its se­cu­rity pos­ture in light of the threat, a sui­cide bomb­ing last week and an in­creased threat level in the coun­try.

FCC to adopt new In­ter­net use rules

WASHINGTON — The head of the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion has enough sup­port to pass con­tro­ver­sial new rules that will pro­hibit phone and cable com­pa­nies from dis­crim­i­nat­ing against or fa­vor­ing In­ter­net traf­fic flow­ing over their broad­band net­works.

More than a year af­ter FCC Chair­man Julius Ge­na­chowski pledged to put in place so-called “net­work neu­tral­ity” reg­u­la­tions, the agency is poised to adopt those rules at a meet­ing to­day.

The three Democrats on the com­mis­sion are ex­pected to vote for it and the two Repub­li­cans against.

The pro­posal also would give broad­band com­pa­nies a green light to charge heavy Web users more than ca­sual ones. Peo­ple who stream a lot of video might pay more than those who only send e-mails.

Gas de­mand falls for a 4th year

NEW YORK — The world’s biggest gas-guz­zling nation has lim­its af­ter all.

De­mand has fallen for fourth straight year.

Amer­i­cans are burn­ing an av­er­age of 8.2 mil­lion bar­rels — 344 mil­lion gal­lons — of gaso­line per day in 2010, a fig­ure that ex­cludes the ethanol blended into gaso­line. That’s 8 per­cent less than at the 2006 peak, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral data.

On­line hol­i­day shop­ping up 12%

Novem­ber and De­cem­ber have been good for on­line re­tail­ers. Hol­i­day shop­pers spent 12 per­cent more than they did dur­ing the 2009 sea­son, ac­cord­ing to re­search firm ComS­core.

Dur­ing the 47-day pe­riod end­ing Dec. 17, buy­ers dropped $27.5 bil­lion on­line — $5.2 bil­lion of it last week. Four of those days brought in a haul that sur­passed $900 mil­lion, mak­ing it the heav­i­est week of on­line spend­ing in U.S. his­tory.

Dance, protests mark se­ces­sion

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A civil rights group protested a gala ball com­mem­o­rat­ing South Carolina’s de­ci­sion 150 years ago to se­cede from the Union.

Mem­bers of the NAACP on Mon­day marched and held a vigil in Charleston. They said they were dis­gusted with the so-called “Se­ces­sion Ball” and be­lieve it is hon­or­ing men who com­mit­ted trea­son in or­der to keep slav­ery in place. They likened the se­ces­sion­ists to ter­ror­ists.

Or­ga­niz­ers say it is not a cel­e­bra­tion of slav­ery. Con­fed­er­ate Her­itage Trust Vice Pres­i­dent Randy Burbage says the ball is to honor men who were will­ing to die to pro­tect states’ rights.

Burbage says he is dis­gusted the NAACP is com­par­ing his Con­fed­er­ate an­ces­tors to ter­ror­ists.

— Wire ser­vices

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