BP to pay US government $20.8 billion for Gulf oil disaster

A federal judge has approved BP’s $20 billion settlement over its 2010 oil spill, the Associated Press reports. First reached in October, the final settlement amount accounts for civil claims against the company set forth by the Department of Justice and five Gulf states. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch previously …

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Bill Simmons and HBO are making a Game of Thrones recap show

The first show to emerge from Bill Simmons’ partnership with HBO is After the Thrones, a weekly Game of Thrones recap show that’s going to premiere on HBO Now alongside Thrones‘ sixth season later this month. It’s not clear when After the Thrones will air on HBO proper — a HBO press …

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FCC introduces broadband labels inspired by nutrition facts

The Federal Communications Commission has unveiled new broadband labels, modeled after the nutrition facts label found on food products throughout the US, as a way to give consumers more details about their home and mobile internet service. The labels detail pricing, internet speeds, latency, data caps, modem costs, and early …

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther is a human drama about power

In the first pages of Marvel’s Black Panther #1, penned by author and Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates, we see a country at war. The subjects of the fictional African nation of Wakanda are in open revolt against T’Challa, their king and the Black Panther himself. “Death to tyrants!” one cries. …

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