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Sprint expands rural roaming program, adding 15 new carriers WASHINGTON: Sprint Corp said on Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless providers to its US roaming program, a move bolstering the company's efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights to stay competitive as a national carrier. The program allows Sprint and its smaller partners to use each other's networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price. A total of 27 carriers, covering 565,000 square miles and a population area of more than 38 million people, have now entered into roaming agreements with Sprint. The 27 partnerships could save Sprint about $1.9 billion in expenditures on new cell phone towers and other infrastructure that would be necessary to bring 4G coverage to new areas on its own, based on calculations provided by a source familiar with the program estimates. With those savings, deals with rural carriers could offer Sprint a lifeline to improve its national ...

Kerry praises Mozambique peace deal as 'historic step' WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Mozambique Friday for signing a peace deal, saying it was a "historic step forward" after a two-year conflict."This agreement underscores the power of negotiation and the possibilities for peace when a political leadership is committed to dialogue," Kerry said in a statement.He praised President Armando Guebuza and Mozambican rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, who had come out of hiding to sign the deal, for showing "statesmanship.""Free, fair, ...
American Ebola patient arrives in US for treatment WASHINGTON: An American doctor who was recently infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia arrived in the United States Friday for treatment.Rick Sacra was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in the early morning, facility spokeswoman Jenny Nowatzke told AFP."He is in a containment unit right now, being evaluated by our doctors," she said.Local broadcaster KETV tweeted that Sacra landed at the Offutt Air Force Base and transported to the center in an ...
California to be first US state to ban plastic bags LOS ANGELES: California governor Jerry Brown said late Thursday he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, in what would make the western US state the first to outlaw them. Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday, and it now only requires Brown's signature to pass into law. The governor must do so before the end of September."I probably will sign it, yes," Democratic veteran Brown said during a televised debate with his Republican ...
Hurricane Norbert forms in Pacific, heads toward Baja California MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Norbert formed on Wednesday, barreling toward the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where it threatens to dump heavy rains on the popular tourist area.Norbert was about 215 miles (345 km) from the southernmost point of Baja California shortly before 0000 GMT and the hurricane was expected to turn northwest later in the evening, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. That would mean Norbert hits the Mexican coast on Thursday, ...
US to probe police in Ferguson, Missouri WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department is to launch a civil rights investigation into the Missouri police department involved in the racially charged shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.Attorney General Eric Holder's agency would probe police in Ferguson to see if there was evidence of a pattern of civil rights violations by the department, the Post reported citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials.The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August ...
Norbert hits hurricane strength off Mexico MEXICO CITY: Tropical Storm Norbert surged to hurricane strength late Wednesday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said.At 0300 GMT, Norbert was churning 335 kilometers (205 miles) south of the southern tip of Baja California peninsula, according to the US National Hurricane Center.Norbert packed maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour while moving northwest at 13 kilometers (eight miles) per hour."The center of Norbert is expected to approach the southern tip of the ...


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