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IN THE NEWS: BROADBAND NOT BROADLY SPREAD

MECHANICSBURG, Illinois (AP) -- Many who live in big cities may take it for granted -- but there are still many rural areas of the country where high-speed Internet service is considered a luxury. For example in Illinois, The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/NStv1S) that as of 2011, 13 percent of the state had no broadband access at all, other than what they might be able to get from a satellite dish or a cell phone. Other areas around the country have similar issues. But rural electric and telephone co-ops as well as cellular companies in Illinois are working on the problem. They have begun extending fiber-optic cables to provide broadband service.

IN THE NEWS: AUTHORITIES VEXED IN FIGHT AGAINST ONLINE PROSTITUTION

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in New Mexico thought they had the goods on two people accused of running an extensive multistate online prostitution ring. Except the two suspects were cleared in court. Investigators say the men ran a Web site that recruited prostitutes and promoted sex for pay. But a judge ruled New Mexico law says the site in question didn't constitute a "house of prostitution." Legal experts say the ruling comes after authorities tried to apply old prostitution laws in a high-tech world. And they say many states are being stymied by such outdated laws.

ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK THREAT LEADS TO TEEN'S ARREST

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- When school starts today at Manatee High School today, officials say they will take precautionary safety measures. The reason: a teen who authorities say used Facebook to post a threat to blow up the Florida school. The alleged posted -- who is 15 -- was taken into custody. He attended Manatee High last year. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://tiny.cc/rs68iw ) reports detectives found no evidence the threats would be carried out.

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IN STORES: NBA 2K13

UNDATED (AP) -- It's been a question that's been asked even before the current USA men's basketball team brought home the gold medal at the London Games: is the 2012 team better than the 1992 "Dream Team?" There will be a virtual answer soon -- when "NBA 2K13" is released this fall. USA Basketball and 2K Sports have a deal to feature both gold medal teams in the upcoming version of the game. So gamers can find out which team is better -- the '92 squad that featured Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson or the one that had LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Kobe has said his team would win at least one game from the Dream Team in its prime. Jordan said when he first heard that, he "absolutely laughed."

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2K Sports site: http://www.2KSports.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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