Storms this Afternoon/Verizon Changes/Journalist on Trial in Iran

Storms this Afternoon/Verizon Changes/Journalist on Trial in Iran

Welcome to your muggy Monday! We'll warm up quick and could see some scattered isolated showers and storms in the afternoon. By lunch many areas will already have the Feels Like temps around 83-84. Keep you air conditioning on today! Cool down coming for the middle of the week.

MONDAY: Warmer & more humid. There is a chance of storms this afternoon. High: 84

MONDAY NIGHT:   Cloudy with chance of storms until 1 A.M .   LOW: 66

TUESDAY:   Showers Early but just a chance and isolated maybe a storm or two.. Partly Cloudy. High: 77

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon, the nation's largest wireless provider, will stop offering phones at discounted prices when customers sign two-year service contracts. The move was made in the name of simplification, but it could result in some customers paying more. All wireless carriers have been trying to wean customers off subsidies, in which a $649 iPhone 6 goes for $200 with a two-year contract. Instead, carriers have been encouraging people to buy phones outright by paying the full retail price in monthly installments. A few carriers, namely Sprint, also offer leasing options for a lower monthly fee, but the customer doesn't get to keep and resell the phone without additional payments. Verizon is the second national carrier, after T-Mobile, to end subsidies entirely for new customers. Existing customers will be able to keep current plans. Verizon says there will be restrictions, but it didn't elaborate. For instance, it wasn't immediately clear whether customers keeping the current plan will still qualify for subsidized phones. Under the new plans, which take effect Aug. 13, prices for voice, text and data services will drop by roughly $20 per month compared with subsidized plans. But customers will no longer get the subsidies on the phone, valued at about $19 for an iPhone 6. But there are variations, so some will pay a bit more, others a bit less.Verizon is also streamlining its data plans to four main options, ranging from "small" at 1 gigabyte to "x-large" at 12 gigabytes, all sharable under family plans. Verizon currently has 15 options ranging from 0.5 gigabyte to 100 gigabytes. Two gigabytes is plenty for most single-line customers, though a few hours of streaming video could eat that up.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage appeared in court for a final hearing on Monday, with a verdict expected in the coming days in a trial that has been condemned by the newspaper and press freedom groups.The fourth closed-door hearing in the trial of Jason Rezaian ended after a few hours devoted to his defense. Rezaian was tried by a Revolutionary Court, which hears sensitive cases, including those related to national security. The 39-year-old journalist was born and spent most of his life in the United States, and holds American and Iranian citizenship. Iran does not recognize dual nationalities for its citizens.Rezaian's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, submitted a 20-page defense brief at the start of Monday's session and provided an oral defense during the hearing, she told The Associated Press. Rezaian also spoke in his own defense, she said. She declined to provide details, citing confidentiality rules surrounding the trial. Ahsan said she expects a verdict to be issued in a week. Typically, the court makes its verdict known directly to the lawyer, who must copy the decision down by hand, she said. Rezaian's mother, Mary, who was outside the court with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, told reporters her son was innocent, a victim of the hostility between Iran and the United States dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. "He is paying the price of the suspicion, the animosity and the paranoia between the two countries," she said.

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