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Apple-Samsung smartphone clash heads to jury

SAN JOSE, California — The mammoth Apple-Samsung patent trial moved to the jury Tuesday, setting the stage for a verdict that could have huge implications for the hot market in smartphones and tablet computers. US District Judge Lucy Koh began reading instructions to the nine-member jury in San Jose, California,…

Biden to visit Florida during Republican convention

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden will look his opponents in the eyes next week when he campaigns in Tampa, Florida during the first two days of the Republican National Convention there. The Republican event, which runs from August 27 to 30, will see former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney…

U.S. launches test of Wi-Fi to prevent car accidents

WASHINGTON — A US government-funded program on Tuesday launched a test of Wi-Fi technology to help reduce road accidents. The Transportation Department said the program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will enable vehicles and infrastructure to “talk” to each other in real time to help avoid crashes and improve traffic flow.…

Appeal planned in Vatican sex abuse suit: lawyer

WASHINGTON — A US man who sued the Vatican after years of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest plans to appeal a court ruling dismissing the case, his attorney said Tuesday. The lawsuit in the western US city of Portland, Oregon was the first in…

In U.S., 19 million have no access to high-speed Internet

WASHINGTON — Around six percent of the US population, or 19 million people, lack access to high-speed Internet even though deployment has improved in recent years, a government study said Tuesday. Around 14.5 million of those without access to broadband are in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission report said.…

Switzerland objects to ‘Romney Girl’ video

GENEVA, Switzerland — Switzerland hit back Tuesday at a US presidential election campaign video that portrays the country as a tax haven. In the video, a character named Miss Swiss Bank Account describes the Republican candidate Mitt Romney as a “boss millionaire with accounts everywhere”, the ATS news agency reported.…

Witnesses aim to sell video footage of director Tony Scott leaping to death

Witnesses who filmed and photographed Tony Scott‘s fatal leap from a bridge into Los Angeles harbour are reportedly hawking the footage to media outlets. The material captures the British director crouching moments before he jumped an estimated 185ft to his death on Sunday. The show business website TMZ said it had seen – but not…

S&P: Double-dip recession risk rises in United States

The odds the United States will slip back into recession next year have risen, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said, citing risks from the European debt crisis and budget tightening at year-end. The US ratings firm raised the chance of the US falling into recession to 25 percent, up from…

India cracks down on social networking after threats sparked mass migrant exodus

India has demanded social networking websites take down provocative messages and blocked some online content afteranonymous threats sparked an exodus of migrants from southern cities. Tens of thousands of workers and students from the remotenortheast region returned home last week from Bangalore, Mumbai and other cities fearing attacks from Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic clashes in…

World’s oldest siblings years add up to 818

The Melis siblings on the island of Sardinia are officially the world’s oldest with nine brothers and sisters clocking up a total of 818 years between them, Italian newspapers reported on Tuesday. The oldest sibling, Consolata, is 104 and has nine children, 24 grand-children and 25 great-grandchildren, the reports said, adding that the longevity of…

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