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Lime Wire file-sharing service to pay record labels $105 million

NEW YORK – The operators of LimeWire agreed to pay record companies $105 million, ending a federal trial over copyright infringement damages owed by the once popular but now defunct file-sharing service. The settlement with 13 record companies, including labels owned by Sony Corp, Vivendi SA, Warner Music Group Corp…

Catholic academics slam Boehner for ‘anti-life’ voting record

WASHINGTON – More than 80 Catholic professors decreed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that his policies are “anti-life” and out of line with the teachings of the Church because they harm the “poor and vulnerable.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of…

Mississippi River crests near record at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) – The Mississippi River was cresting at Memphis on Tuesday just inches below the all-time record as the swollen wall of water moved south toward the Gulf of Mexico. The level of the largest river in North America may have reached its peak at 47.87 feet on…

Google to launch online music service: report

NEW YORK — Internet giant Google could launch an online music service as early as Tuesday to rival Amazon’s “cloud” service, which allows users to store digital music online, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed sources, the neswspaper said on Monday that Google, like Amazon, has yet to secure…

Hillary Clinton and Biden press China on human rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joseph Biden warned China Monday the United States would press hard on human rights, over which the two sides have a “vigorous” disagreement and criticizing Beijing’s latest crackdown on dissent. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both used unusually blunt language on human rights at the start of an annual meeting…

Verizon to put data collection warning stickers on new phones

Verizon Wireless announced it will begin putting stickers on its products to warn customers that the phone tracks its owner’s geographical location. “This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information…

Gallup: Tea party negative ratings at record high

Gallup polling released new survey results on Friday, showing that negative opinions of the so-called tea party movement have risen sharply in the US. Independent voters have turned away from the conservative group. The poll shows that only a core constituency of Republicans and conservatives now view the fledgling political…

Cuban seeks to break own record with 70-meter cigar

HAVANA — A Cuban cigar roller began Monday rolling a 70-meter (230-foot) cigar in an attempt to nearly double his previous Guinness world record, a spokesman said. Working eight hours a day for nine days, 67-year-old Jose “Cueto” Castelar is hoping to break his 2009 record of a 43.38-meter-long (142-foot-long)…

Silver surges 5 percent on dollar and gold at record

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Spot silver surged more than 5 percent to top $49 ounce on Monday, moving closer to its 1980 all-time peak lifted by a weak dollar and strong physical demand in Asia that also sent gold to a record high for a seventh consecutive session. Spot silver was…

German baby survives record premature birth

BERLIN (AFP) – A German baby born after only 21 weeks and five days in the womb has equalled a world record for surviving premature infants, the hospital said Saturday. When Frieda was born on November 7 she measured 11 inches (28 centimetres) and weighed only one pound (460 grammes).…

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