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iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 added to U.S. patent battle

A California judge granted motions to add Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3 with the Jelly Bean operating system to a patent infringement suit between the mobile giants. San Jose judge Paul Grewal granted the motions filed by the two companies, which are embroiled in patent lawsuits in 10…

‘Twilight’ stars eye new life after vampire saga

“Twilight’ stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are looking forward to sinking their teeth into new, non-vampire roles, as they ponder life after the “Twilight” saga. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ debuts this weekend in North America, bringing the blockbuster vampire franchise to an end, and closing a…

Putin, Merkel seek to soothe Germany-Russia tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday with the two sides seeking to soothe tensions over Berlin’s recent criticism of the Russian record on rights. On the eve of the visit, German lawmakers from Merkel’s coalition urged the government to push for more democracy in Russia…

Hamas not respecting lull as Egypt PM visits: Israel

Hamas militants are not respecting a temporary lull in the fighting around Gaza which was agreed to by Israel on Friday for the duration of a brief visit by the Egyptian prime minister, an Israeli official said. “Hamas does not respect the Egyptian PM’s visit to Gaza and violates the…

HUD director tapped to lead Sandy recovery

President Obama appointed the director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Shaun Donovan, to lead the government’s efforts to help states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s havoc, reported the Los Angeles Times. “We are going to be here until the rebuilding is complete,” Obama said during the announcement, which…

Four dead after train hits veterans float in Texas parade

Four area dead and 17 injured after a train hit a float carrying wounded veterans in a Texas parade, reported the AP. The float was driving across a railroad crossing en route to a banquet. Seven are in critical condition while the others are stable. The accident occurred around 4:40…

Appeals court ends Michigan ban on race-conscious admissions

An appeals court struck down a 2006 Michigan public referendum that banned public colleges and universities from allowing college admissions decisions to be influenced by race, reported the Christian Science Monitor. The Sixth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t rule on whether race-based admissions violate Michigan’s constitution; instead, the court…

U.S. sees diabetes rates skyrocket

The United States saw a dramatic rise in the number of adults suffering from diabetes between 1995 and 2010, according to official statistics released Thursday. The prevalence of the disease increased by at least 50 percent in 42 of the country’s 50 states. In 18 of those, the rate at…

Israel and Hamas fight on social media

The state of Israel and Hamas are not only fighting with rockets and weapons, but are using social media platforms as new arenas for battle, reported the Washington Post. The Israeli military media office has a Twitter account, @IDFSpokesperson, which tweeted on Nov. 14 to announce a “widespread campaign on…

Synthetic drug use rising in Europe

Europe is being bombarded with an array of new, synthetic drugs of which the ingredients and effects on users are unknown, the continent’s drug agency warned in a report on Thursday. While cocaine and cannabis remain the most popular illicit drugs, new synthetic substances are being detected at a rate…

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