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Is it true that the remaining family members of Adolf Hitler live on Long Island?

Four great-nephews of Adolf Hitler were born and raised on Long Island, and three of them continue to live there under a different last name. They keep a low profile, although several newspaper articles and at least one book have been written about the family in the past 20 years.

Louis and Brian Stuart-Houston are landscapers in East Patchogue, N.Y., and Alexander Stuart-Houston is a retired psychologist. A fourth brother, Howard Ronald Stuart-Houston, died in an auto accident in 1989.

Their father, William Patrick Hitler, was the son of Alois Hitler Jr., who was Adolf Hitler's older half-brother, according to a 2006 article in the New York Times. William Patrick was born in Liverpool, England, in 1911 and moved to Germany before coming to America and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He settled on Long Island, had four sons and owned and ran a blood analysis lab out of the family's home.

William Patrick died in 1987 and is buried nearby, according to a 2002 London Telegraph article by David Gardner, who wrote The Last of the Hitlers. Gardner wrote in the Telegraph: "None of the three sons has married, and there are no children. Alex initially denied that there had been a pact between the brothers to ensure that the Hitler line was not continued. Then he told me: 'Maybe my other two brothers did (make a pact), but I never did.' "

The History Channel has produced and televised a documentary called Hitler's Family, which includes information on William Patrick.

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Loudness rule starts next year

What happened to the new FCC regulation that would lower the volume of TV commercials to the level of regular programming?

In accordance with the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, the Federal Communications Commission will require commercials to have the same average volume as the programs they accompany as of Dec. 13, 2012, according to its website.

The FCC adopted this rule Dec. 13 and said broadcast stations and pay TV providers have one year to become compliant. The FCC encourages viewers to report commercials that seem louder than the programming before the new rule takes effect. Reporting commercials to the FCC will help it identify possible problem areas and evaluate the efficiency of the rule.

To file a complaint, call the FCC's Consumer Call Center at toll-free 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY, fax it to 1-866-418-0232, or mail it to: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554.