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2006-03-15 18:30:22

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Wednesday proposed fining television broadcasters millions of dollars for violating decency rules and upheld $550,000 in penalties against CBS stations for the 2004 Super Bowl breast flash by singer Janet Jackson. The Federal Communications Commission sought to fine more than 100 stations that aired shows with profanity and sexually provocative content, including one episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace"...

2006-02-22 21:09:05

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators plan to issue decisions soon in about 40 cases involving complaints against broadcasters for violating federal decency limits, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to rule that the word "s***" is profane and violates decency limits in certain contexts, the source said, declining further identification. The agency has already declared the word "f***"...

2005-10-08 13:19:03

MIAMI (Reuters) - The American operator of a Web site which posted grisly pictures of people killed in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts was arrested on obscenity charges unrelated to the war photos, police officials in Florida said. The Polk County sheriff's office said Christopher Michael Wilson was arrested on Friday and faces one count of wholesale distribution of obscene material and 300 misdemeanor charges relating to the Web site and pornographic photos. The charges were unrelated...

2005-07-14 14:53:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A parents group on Thursday accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries. The Parents Television Council, which has filed numerous complaints about potentially indecent material on television, asked the Federal Communications Commission to levy a fine on ABC stations for failing to censor the July...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.