Every Senate member to be briefed on North Korea; Belleview, Fla., hoists flag to honor history; Comic-Con attendees look for a bargain; and more headlines to start your Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

SENATE TO GET BRIEFING ON NORTH KOREA

 

The White House will host a private briefing on North Korea for the entire U.S. Senate.

 

The briefing comes a day after North Korea conducted live-fire drills to commemorate anniversary of the founding of the country's military.

 

The United States has sent military assets into the region in a show of force and conducted maritime exercises with South Korea and Japan on Tuesday.

 

China is appealing to both Pyonyang and Washington for restraint.

 

 

CONFEDERATE FLAG TO FLY IN FLORIDA CITY

 

A third flag will join the U.S. and Florida banners on Wednesday at a Florida city hall to honor Confederate History Day, the Ocala StarBanner reports.

 

The third national Confederate flag, also known as the “blood-stained banner,” will be raised to half-staff around 7:30 a.m. to honor Confederate veterans in Belleview. The local Sons of Confederate Veterans unit has performed this tribute ceremony for more than 10 years.

 

Sons of Confederate Veterans 8th Brigade Commander Chuck Kadel said it is important to recognize all American veterans.

 

“(Confederate veterans) were veterans just as American veterans are,” he said.

 

April is recognized by the state of Florida as Confederate History Month.

 

For more on this story, visit www.ocala.com.

 

 

DASH FOR COMIC-CON HOTELS BEGINS TODAY

 

SAN DIEGO — Now that Comic-Con attendees have survived the competition for getting a badge to the July convention, the next hurdle is nabbing a coveted hotel reservation.

 

Starting Wednesday morning, attendees can access a website for booking a room at one of more than 55 hotels that are part of a special convention room block that offers firm rates just for Comic-Con International.

 

While the nightly rates are still relatively high — many are in the $300 range — they would be higher still were it not for agreements binding downtown San Diego and other area properties to specific rates.

 

Published rates for the room-block hotels range from a low of $178 for a Days Inn to $392 for the Hotel del Coronado, which does not include its resort fee. There are just a half-dozen that are charging rates below $200 a night.

 

 

FCC TO UNVEIL NET NEUTRALITY ROLL-BACK PLAN

 

WASHINGTON - Ajit Pai, the Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is set to release a plan Wednesday to roll back the government's net neutrality rules, setting the stage for another major showdown between tech companies and Internet service providers over the future of the Web.

 

Pai is expected to outline his proposal in an afternoon speech at the Newseum, and could formally deliver the plan to his fellow commissioners later this week.

 

The draft will ask the public how best to preserve an open Internet in the absence of strict FCC rules on providers, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. ]

 

If approved, Pai's proposal could weaken the FCC's authority over Internet providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications, and give more power to the industry.

 

Net neutrality — the idea that Internet providers should not block or slow down some websites while benefiting others — has been a major flashpoint for ISPs and tech companies. Consumer groups have argued that Internet providers have a strong incentive to force websites such as Netflix or Google to pay a fee in order to be displayed on consumers' screens, which could affect what services consumers can see and access online. Supporters of the broadband industry argue that ISPs should be able to seek out new business models to stay competitive.