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Government E-Book Lawsuit Targets Only Apple, After Macmillan Settles

The U.S. Justice Department’s landmark 2012 antitrust lawsuit against major publishing companies over alleged e-books price collusion has been narrowed to target only Apple, after the last publishing company that was still contesting the charges, Macmillan, agreed to settle on Friday.

Mississippi Power Battles Harms Obamacare Implementation 

Stark divisions within the upper echelons of Mississippi’s government have all but sunk the prospects for a state-run insurance exchange that would give residents greater power over their health care system.

Winter Storm Batters Northeast; 650,000 Lose Power

A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn’t get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.

Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy

Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama’s own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.

Malala Yousafazi discharged from hospital

A Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a murder attempt by the Taliban has been discharged from hospital in the UK after making a good recovery from surgery.

Barack Obama’s ‘extreme’ anti-terror tactics face liberal backlash

President Barack Obama is facing a liberal backlash over his hardline national security policy, which critics say is more extreme and conservative than that pursued by George W Bush.

Tight budget may force Pentagon to cut forces: general

(Reuters) – The Pentagon will have to cut the size of U.S. military forces for the second time in as many years if across-the-board spending reductions of $470 billion over 10 years take effect March 1, the top U.S. military officer said on Saturday.

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