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US judge tosses $625 million award against Apple

WASHINGTON – A US District Court judge in Texas has tossed out a $625.5 million damages award against Apple in a patent infringement case involving a document management and display system. Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas, vacated the…

No plans to suspend military aid to Yemen: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Tuesday there were no plans to suspend US military assistance to Yemen but urged a swift transition of power amid a wave of anti-regime protests. Asked at a news conference if the US administration was considering withholding military aid due to unrest and violence against…

Fed planning end to ultra-low interest rates

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is planning how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy in the face of a building US recovery and looming inflation fears, minutes from the latest policy meeting show. Amid concern that sustained unrest in oil producing nations might spark entrenched inflation, minutes from the…

Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission on Tuesday saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces…

Texas House budget requires public colleges to advocate heterosexuality

The Texas House approved a budget Sunday that includes a provision requires public colleges and universities with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) resource centers to spend an equal amount of state funds promoting “family and traditional values.” Republican Rep. Wayne Christian’s budget amendment was approved 110 to 24 by…

Time Warner told Ohio man he owed over $16 million for cable service

Most Americans live their lives working hard, supporting themselves and their families, quietly dreading outrageous utility bills, which can be a serious pitfall of life in the poor lane. But as one man in Ohio learned recently, you can’t always take obscene corporate demands seriously. All Daniel DeVirgilio said he…

Obama threatens to veto anti-EPA bill derided as ‘Koch Brothers Appreciation Act’

WASHINGTON – The White House threatened Tuesday to veto a Republican-led measure that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating certain forms of pollution. “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 910, which would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act (CAA)…

Fox News host ’100 percent’ in favor of pepper spraying kids who throw temper tantrums

What does Fox News host Gretchen Carlson think of police potentially using pepper spray against a young child? “In my book, that’s called discipline,” she said during Tuesday’s broadcast of “Fox and Friends.” That was her response to a story about a school that called the police on an 8-year-old…

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine officially running for Senate

Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine said Tuesday that he’s running to be the next senator from Virginia. In a newly released online video, Kaine announced that he was seeking the seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who is retiring after just one term.…

Two U.S. citizens killed at Mexico border

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Two workers shot to death on Monday while waiting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States were American citizens, the U.S. State Department said. The two men were riding in a pickup truck and about to cross into California at the San Ysidroborder crossing point when they were gunned down…

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