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Virginia passes toughest abortion clinic restrictions in nation

The Virginia Board of Health passed a set of regulations on Thursday that represent the most significant legal challenge to abortion providers anywhere in the nation: rules that could ultimately force all the state’s clinics to shut down. The new rules are similar to those passed by Kansas earlier this…

Patent reform package will drive economic growth: officials

President Barack Obama will sign the America Invents Act Friday, a package of changes to the U.S. patent system that administration officials insist will spur the economy and job creation and speed lifesaving medical breakthroughs. The AIA is the most dramatic reform to the patent system since the Patent Act…

Blackberry’s UK service would shut down on government orders

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – BlackBerry said on Thursday it would work with mobile operators to switch off its popular messenger service if they were ordered by authorities to do so during civil unrest, after police singled out the system as a key tool used in last month’s riots. Appearing…

Google adds more IBM patents to tech arsenal

SAN FRANCISCO — Google confirmed Thursday that it has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft. The purchases added to the 1,000 or so patents the California-based Internet firm bought from IBM in July and reportedly…

Eurozone crisis dragging down growth worldwide

The eurozone crisis is dragging down growth in the second half of the year but not to the point of recession, the EU said on Thursday as finance ministers headed to key talks on solutions. EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said the economy was set to come to a…

Facebook to allow users to follow posts by strangers

Facebook is letting members follow strangers Twitter-style in the latest of a barrage of data maelstrom-taming moves since rival social network Google+ launched in June. “Google+ was a major wake-up call for Facebook,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley. “They were awakened to the fact that…

U.S. fines Bank of America for firing whistleblower

NEW YORK — US authorities on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $930,0000 to an employee who was fired after exposing fraud at the bank’s disgraced mortgage unit, Countrywide Financial. The US Labor Department said in a statement that the employee was illegally fired after he led “internal investigations…

U.S. report spreads blame for BP oil spill

A key US government report spreads the blame for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, citing a bad cement job and poor management decisions by BP and its subcontractors. The finding by the agency that regulates offshore drilling could strengthen BP’s legal case for recovering some…

Russia may shut 30 airlines: official

Russia may recall the licenses of 30 smaller airlines in response to a recent spate of plane crashes that officials blamed on poor safety procedures, the Federal Air Transport Agency said Wednesday. The announcement came just days after President Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to shut down unreliable airlines after…

U.S. to sell 18 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq: Pentagon

The United States is “very close” to sealing a deal to sell 18 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, a top Pentagon official announced Wednesday. Iraq had frozen the $4.2 billion deal earlier this year amid the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings, but the prospects were “promising” for the contract to now…

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