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Judge allows ebook price-fixing class action suit to continue

A judge Tuesday allowed a class-action case to proceed against Apple and six publishing houses alleging a price-fixing scheme for electronic books, citing “ample” indications of a conspiracy. The suit, file last August, is separate from a US government complaint last month which makes similar allegations, that Apple colluded with…

House Speaker Boehner gears up for end-of-the-year budget fight

House Speaker John Boehner fired the opening shot Tuesday in a new potential fight with Democrats over the US debt ceiling, which is scheduled for an increase at the end of this year. But Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Boehner against setting up a debt limit showdown, saying the potential…

Four NATO protesters arrested in Chicago

Four NATO protesters were arrested Tuesday at a rally outside a Chicago immigration court ahead of a weekend summit that will bring dozens of world leaders to the Windy City, police said. Television crews captured protesters confronting police on bicycles positioned outside the building and chanting “this is what democracy…

Facebook will stream ‘Casablanca’ Wednesday for 70th anniversary

The stars of much-loved classic film “Casablanca” may always have Paris, but on Wednesday they will have Facebook. The legendary black-and-white film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman will be streamed free at Facebook in the United States to celebrate the release of a 70th anniversary edition by Warner Home…

British scientists protest budget cuts with mock funeral

When Vince Cable made his first major speech on science in September 2010, it was too much for Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London. Stung by the business secretary’s implication that “mediocre” British science deserved significant cuts in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review, she blogged: “Sod it.…

General Motors plans to pull Facebook ads due to lack of impact

General Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook because it determined paid ads had little impact on consumers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The news comes at a bad time for Facebook, which is expected to launch an initial public stock offering Friday…

Breakthrough surgery restores hand function to paralyzed patient

For the first time, US surgeons have used a new type of operation called nerve transfer to restore hand function in a patient who was paralyzed by a neck injury, said a study published Tuesday. The breakthrough surgery worked by taking a non-functional nerve that controls pinching the forefinger and…

Cancer deaths among UK 50-somethings drop to lowest level in 40 years

Deaths from cancer among 50-somethings have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years, thanks to better diagnosis, fewer people smoking and new drugs improving patients’ chances of survival. In 1971 over 21,300 people in the UK aged between 50 and 59 died of cancer, but in 2010 a total…

Police arrest at least five student protesters in Quebec

Riot police used teargas to disperse some 100 students and parents blocking the entrance of a college north of Montreal on Tuesday, as a student strike in Canada’s Quebec province entered a 14th week. Authorities also arrested at least five protesters after a tense standoff at College Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Therese,…

Facebook raises public offering price after being ‘swamped’ with requests

Facebook has raised its initial public offering price to between $34 and $38 a share after being “swamped” with requests, confounding sceptics who say the social network is overvalued. The new price range is comfortably above the previous guide of $28 to $35, and confirms Facebook’s place in the history…

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