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Supreme Court rules ‘first sale doctrine’ applies to lawful copies of a copyrighted work

The US Supreme Court sided Tuesday with a former Thai student who made $90,000 reselling text books bought abroad and sparked a copyright row with a publisher. Supap Kirtsaeng, who arrived in the United States in 1997 to study math at the University of Southern California on a scholarship, had…

Researcher: Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors

One in three seniors in the United States dies from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday. “Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you either die from it or die with it,” said Harry…

Obama honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq war

President Barack Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion on Tuesday by paying tribute to the sacrifice of US troops, but steered clear of the debate over the war’s aftermath. In a muted statement, issued on the eve of a visit to a Middle East much changed since…

Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

The Statue of Liberty will reopen by July 4 once repairs to extensive damage inflicted on the New York landmark by Hurricane Sandy are completed, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. The statue itself, a 19th century gift from France to the United States, weathered the October 29 storm,…

Rick Perry to decide on 2016 presidential run ‘sometime later in the year’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Tuesday that he would announced his decision on another presidential bid “sometime later in the year.” Regarding his run for re-election as governor, he told The Shark Tank, “check me in June.” Months after dropping out of the Republican presidential primary race last year,…

Santa Fe’s city attorney: Same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico

Santa Fe officials on Tuesday urged county clerks to provide same-sex couples with marriage licenses, claiming that same-sex marriage was legal in New Mexico. In a legal memo, City Attorney Geno Zamara explained that the state’s definite of marriage was gender-neutral and therefore did not prohibit same-sex marriage. He also…

U.S. investigates Microsoft for bribery in China, Italy and Romania

US authorities are investigating whether Microsoft or its partners bribed officials in China, Italy and Romania to get software contracts, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Microsoft responded to the reports by calling for a full review of the facts. “We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and…

Florida investment adviser charged with selling $8 million of fake Facebook shares

A Florida investment adviser was charged Tuesday with selling $8 million of fake Facebook shares ahead of the social network’s highly anticipated public offering, officials said. The Justice Department said Craig Berkman, 71, was arrested on two separate securities fraud schemes involving Facebook shares. Berkman received a total of at…

Lululemon Athletica recalls too-sheer yoga pants

Lululemon Athletica designs clothes suited to rolling, stretching and other yoga moves. But the company itself took a tumble Tuesday after announcing its yoga pants were too sheer. The Canadian company on Monday recalled its trademark black yoga pants made with a certain batch of luon, a combination of nylon…

Cyprus overwhelmingly reject tax on deposits to fund bailout

Cyprus MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a tax on bank deposits demanded by international lenders as a condition for a bailout deal, with a vote of 36 against, 19 abstentions and none in favour. “The bill has been rejected,” said house speaker Yiannakis Omirou, as thousands of protesters outside the…

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