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Apple and Samsung to return to court for another patent battle

Apple and Samsung return to a California court this week for another round in the blockbuster patent trial between the two biggest smartphone makers. A jury trial opens Tuesday to reconsider damages awarded last year in the case stemming from Apple’s allegation that its South Korean rival illegally copied technology…

‘Arctic 30′ Greenpeace group moved to Saint Petersburg

Twenty eight activists and two journalists begin 800-mile journey from Murmansk to pre-trial detention centres The families of the British nationals held by Russian authorities for two months after a Greenpeace protest have spoken of their fears for their loved ones’ safety, expressing concern that some of the 28 activists…

French soldier killed in World War I finally laid to rest

A French soldier killed in action during World War I was finally laid to rest in his hometown Monday just months after his remains were discovered by chance by German tourists. Jean Caillou was 41 when he was gunned down in March 1916 near Verdun in the northeast, the scene…

U.S. warns Ecuador: Scrapping bilateral treaty would cost you American investors

Ecuador’s possible scrapping of a bilateral investment treaty with the United States could lead to loss of American investment in the country, Washington’s envoy warned Monday. “If the bilateral investment treaty is canceled that would obviously have a negative effect because US companies would be afraid to invest,” Ambassador Adam…

Rob Ford supporters ‘optimistic’ as Toronto mayor resumes official duties

Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, was back at work Monday, bolstered by supporters while speaking at a Remembrance Day ceremony after last week deflecting calls for his resignation. Glad-handing outside City Hall on a drizzly morning after reading a statement to 3,000 people commemorating soldiers’ wartime sacrifices, Ford received some…

Koch brothers sponsor anti-Obamacare cornholing competition

Generation Opportunity, a Koch-funded front group whose goal is to convince young people that they don’t need health insurance, sponsored a tailgate party on the campus of the University of Miami on Saturday. According to an email by Generation Opportunity’s communication director, David Pasch, the Koch brothers money allowed their…

Eleven white truffles purchased by a ‘famous Chinese writer’ fetch three times the price of gold at auction

Eleven white truffles have gone under the hammer in Italy for 274,200 euros ($367,620), including a pair bought by an anonymous buyer in China who paid out 90,000 euros, auctioneers said Monday. A “famous Chinese writer” bidding by satellite telephone from Hong Kong fiercely outbid competitors for a 950-gram pair…

Right-wing hardliner Avigdor Lieberman returns as Israel’s foreign minister

Right-wing firebrand Avigdor Lieberman took his oath of office in front of the Israeli parliament on Monday, returning as foreign minister after he quit to fight corruption charges. The 120-member house confirmed his reappointment by a vote of 62 to 17, almost a year after he resigned to fight the…

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

Meteorologists have yet to formally link global warming to typhoons like the one that devastated the Philippines, but they expect increasingly extreme weather phenomena due to a rise in ocean temperatures. The trail of death and destruction left in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan was at the forefront of…

Internet comforts man with Asperger’s syndrome who was told he was ‘TOO SLOW’

The Internet has come to the defense of a Wegmans supermarket employee with Asperger’s syndrome in Clay, New York, who was yelled at by a customer who complained that he was checking her out “TOO SLOW.” Chris Tuttle had been placed on register duty on Sunday, a position with which…

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