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U.S. lawmakers press Comcast on Time Warner Cable merger

By Alina Selyukh and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc executives sought to reassure lawmakers on Wednesday that their planned merger would not send cable TV prices skyrocketing but found a fair amount of congressional skepticism.

Comcast, lawmakers debate mega-merger benefits

Comcast and skeptical lawmakers sparred Wednesday over the merits of a proposed mega-merger with Time Warner Cable which would boost the position of the largest US cable and broadband provider. The huge cable, Internet and media firm defended the deal as some senators expressed concern that it would concentrate too much power over Internet and cable access, and one consumer advocate said it would create a market "octopus."

Comcast, Time Warner to face lawmakers on merger plan

By Diane Bartz and Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from Comcast Corp <CMCSA.O> and Time Warner Cable Inc <TWC.N> are expected to defend their plan to merge as they go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the first hearing since the $45.2-billion deal was announced in February.

Comcast defends merger as U.S. review kicks off

By Alina Selyukh and Liana B. Baker WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc would not deprive consumers of TV or broadband choices and would help the two companies compete against newcomers including Google Inc and Apple Inc in the video market, Comcast told U.S. regulators on Tuesday.

Comcast, Time Warner executives to face critic at merger hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc executives will face one of the toughest critics of their proposed merger when they go before a U.S. Senate panel this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen and Time Warner Cable Executive Vice President Arthur Minson on Wednesday. Comcast, the No. 1 U.S. cable operator, has announced plans to buy rival Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. Both are major broadband providers as well.

Bobcats 123, 76ers 93

Bobcats 123, 76ers 93: Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Charlotte rolled past host Philadelphia. Anthony Tolliver contributed 16 points and eight rebounds and Gary Neal added 15 points as the Bobcats remain two games behind sixth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference race. Gerald Henderson and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 14 points apiece as Charlotte matched its largest winning margin of the season.

Hawks end six-game losing streak

Hawks end six-game losing streak ATLANTA - Paul Millsap made sure that the Philadelphia 76ers did not start a winning streak at the expense of the Atlanta Hawks' playoff hopes. The veteran Atlanta forward had 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Hawks snapped a six-games losing streak with a 103-95 victory over the 76ers on Monday night at Philips Arena.

NBA: Sixers dodge losing record with big win

The Philadelphia 76ers avoided a record-setting 27th straight National Basketball Association loss with a dominating 123-98 home victory over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Thaddeus Young finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for the 76ers, who came into the contest having lost 18 straight at home and 26 overall, equaling the longest losing streak in league history. "I am happy for the players and I am happy for the fans," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "I am real happy for the players."

NBA: Sixers dodge losing record with big win

The Philadelphia 76ers avoided a record-setting 27th straight National Basketball Association loss with a dominating 123-98 home victory over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Thaddeus Young finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for the 76ers, who came into the contest having lost 18 straight at home and 26 overall, equaling the longest losing streak in league history. "I am happy for the players and I am happy for the fans," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "I am real happy for the players."

76ers 123, Pistons 98

76ers 123, Pistons 98: Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as Philadelphia jumped out to a big lead and cruised past visiting Detroit to snap a 26-game losing streak.
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