News October 31

Column: AT&T-Time Warner Deal “In a letter to the Justice Department calling for the rejection of the AT&T-Time Warner deal, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said AT&T was already violating net neutrality principles by allowing customers to stream its DirecTV programming onto their mobile devices without having to pay the data-use charges that would normally apply,” Jim Rutenberg wrote for The New York Times. “That would appear to give the company’s own television service a price advantage.” 


Italy Hit By Another Earthquake An earthquake, believed to be the strongest to hit Italy since 1980, struck the center of the country on Sunday, four days after two back-to-back quakes severely damaged buildings and left thousands homeless in the area, The New York Times reported. The temblor on Sunday also caused fresh damage to the towns destroyed by a quake that killed nearly 300 people in August.


DAPL After another round of tense standoffs between activists and law enforcement over the Dakota Access Pipeline, an uneasy peace settled over this region of North Dakota that has become ground zero for opposition to a $3.7 billion project that would move domestic crude oil across four states, CNN reported.


Water For much of the summer, Vermont escaped the drought that shriveled up crops and depleted some drinking water wells in parts of southern New England. Despite recent rain and snow, much of Vermont is now in a drought and the state is encouraging residents to conserve water when possible and report shortages, The Burlington Free Press reported.