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Judge rules Apple conspired to raise prices on e-books

(Reuters) – In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc’s strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise e-book prices.

NATO cyber defense center fights tide of hacking attempts

(Reuters) – Crouched behind banks of computer screens flashing data, NATO analysts try to stay ahead of millions of suspected attempts to hack the Western alliance’s computer networks, as cyber defense moves to the center of NATO operations.

Climate change to top agenda at US-China talks

The secretary of state, John Kerry, has promised climate change will top the agenda of this week’s broad US-Chinese strategic dialogue, further stoking expectation of co-operation between the world’s two greatest carbon polluters.

George Zimmerman defence team loses key decision over texts as evidence

George Zimmerman‘s defence lawyers lost two key motions on Wednesday as they began wrapping up their case for the neighbourhood watch leader to be acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

George W Bush urges Congress to find ‘positive resolution’ on immigration

George W Bush dipped a toe into the turbulent waters of the immigration debate on Wednesday when he urged Congress to find a “positive resolution” to a problem that proved to be resistant to change during his presidency.

US student loan plan fails for second time in Senate

Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to restore lower interest rates on student loans, raising the prospect of significantly higher costs for undergraduates.

Asiana Airlines crash investigation focuses on automated controls

Air accident investigators are focusing on the automated cockpit equipment in the Asiana aircraft that crashed at San Francisco airport, to determine whether it contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and slow approach.

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