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Facebook, Yahoo! patent battle heats up

A legal battle between Yahoo! and Facebook heated up Friday with the floundering Internet pioneer accusing the rising social network star of buying patents just to retaliate in court. The accusation came in a 37-page response filed by Yahoo! to a countersuit Facebook filed charging that the Sunnyvale, California-based company…

Obama slams Republicans over War on Women

President Barack Obama took a jab at his Republican foes over women’s rights, saying they always wanted less regulation except when it comes to health issues. Defending his policies for women, Obama pointed to his signature health reform law, without mentioning that its fate hangs in the balance ahead of…

Bin Laden an issue in 2012 campaign for President

Osama bin Laden is dead and gone but his demise has been trotted out as a campaign issue by President Barack Obama, whose new ad questions whether his Republican rival would have ordered such a risky military raid. The video features ex-president Bill Clinton hailing Obama for a brave call…

Fugitive Chinese activist ‘under U.S. protection’

A leading Chinese activist who escaped from house arrest last weekend is now under US “protection” and Washington and Beijing are in talks over his status, an overseas rights group said Saturday. Chen Guangcheng, who has been blind since childhood, fled last Sunday with the help of his supporters from…

Peru finalizing deal for controversial gold mine

LIMA — The Peruvian government is finalizing a deal with US mining giant Newmont about a proposed $4.8 billion gold mine that has sparked violent protests, according to Mines and Energy Minister Jorge Merino. “The agreement, the ratification will come soon,” Merino told reporters on Friday, without providing a target…

New Secret Service rules ban visits to ‘non-reputable establishments’

WASHINGTON — Embarrassed over a Colombia sex scandal, the US Secret Service released new conduct guidelines Friday that forbid agents from visiting “non-reputable establishments” or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms. The “enhanced standards of conduct,” which are effective immediately, also forbid agents in the presidential protection force from consuming…

Quebec premier extends compromise after tuition hike protests

Quebec Premier Jean Charest on Friday offered to stretch out a planned tuition hike over seven years instead of five in a bid to end an 11-week student protest that has included violent clashes. The proposals would see students pay $255 extra per year instead of the $325 under his…

Reef shark populations in steep decline: Study

Reef sharks have dropped sharply near populated islands in the Pacific Ocean, scientists said Friday. The survey by the University of Hawaii showed that the numbers were drastically lower near populated islands in Hawaii, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa, compared to more pristine, remote areas in the ocean. “We…

Microsoft accused of trying to secretly influence ‘independent’ government expert

Microsoft is accused of trying to exert clandestine influence on a UK government consultation which could slash the software giant’s £700m income from the UK’s public sector. The Cabinet Office has thrown out one “independent” expert who had been helping organise a public discussion on how to introduce free software…

Chiropractic manipulation could cause stroke, death: Study

It would be an understatement to call the debate on the risks posed by chiropractic neck manipulations “lively” – it is a heated discussion, and every time I write about this subject, my inbox fills with hate mail. Well over 500 cases have been documented where a patient has suffered…

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