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Last Update on September 29, 2014 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: EUROPE TO EASE RULES ON PORTABLE ELECTRONICS IN FLIGHT

BERLIN (AP) -- Imagine being on a flight -- without having to hear the dreaded announcement that you have to stow your portable electronics or refrain from making cell phone calls. Soon those flying in the skies over Europe won't have to imagine. Under new rules being set out by the European Aviation Safety Agency, European airlines can now let passengers use electronics during the entire flight. No more "airplane mode" -- but it does open up a series of other problems. For example, getting a cellular signal tens of thousands of feet off the ground will be a challenge. Not to mention how passengers will respond to being seated next to some blabbermouth who won't shut up on a trans-Atlantic flight.

IN THE NEWS: ACLU FILES SUIT OVER FACEBOOK BAN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Louisiana branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the mayor and police chief of the town of Abbeville -- over its Facebook policy. At issue is a policy that bars any police employees from any social media use that shows the city in a bad light. An official with the Louisiana ACLU says the policy is so vague that it's unclear what is and isn't allowed on social media. The suit is being filed on behalf of police Sergeant Colt Landry -- who faces disciplinary action for a comment he made off-duty on a private Facebook page. The comment became public when someone else shared it. The ACLU says such restrictions strike at the heart of the nation's First Amendment rights.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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