Apple Accused of e-book Price-Fixing; Judge to Hear Claims

 NEW YORK (AP) _ A federal judge in Manhattan will hear claims that Apple Inc.
was involved in the fixing the price of electronic books.  
The Justice Department sued Apple and other publishers last year. The five
other publishers named in the lawsuit have settled. The judge has urged Apple to
do the same.  
     The nonjury trial is scheduled to start Monday. Continue Reading

Chinese Poultry Plant Fire Kills Close to 120 Workers

 BEIJING (AP) _ At least 119 people are now confirmed dead in a massive fire
that broke out at a poultry plant in northeastern China today.  
Reports and officials say workers were trapped inside a cluttered
slaughterhouse.  
 The official Xinhua News Agency says several dozen people also were
hurt in the blaze, which appeared to have been sparked by three early-morning
explosions. Continue Reading

Wildfire North of L-A 40% Contained

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) _ Firefighters doubled containment of a massive wildfire
north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight, as cool, moist air moved in to
replace torrid weather.  
 U.S. Forest Spokesman Matt Correlli says the fire did grow but the moderating
weather conditions early Monday gave crews the opportunity to make major gains.  
 Firefighters were able halt the progress of the fire’s northeastern front,
which had been moving into unoccupied desert lands north of Angeles National
Forest.  
 Crews remained in place to protect structures in the rural hamlets of Lake
Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, but flames are moving away from residential areas. Continue Reading

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Frank Lautenberg, NJ Congressman, Dies at 89

 WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey
businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of
duty in Congress, has died at age 89.  
 A Democratic aide confirmed the death of the New Jersey senator. The aide spoke
on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the
death before it was formally announced.  
 Lautenberg had health problems in recent years. A bout with the flu caused him
to miss the Senate’s Jan. Continue Reading

Court: Can man protest outside military base?

The Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate a man’s conviction for protesting outside a military base in California. Federal officials on Monday asked justices to reinstate John Dennis Apel’s trespass convictions. Apel had been banned from Vandenberg Air Force Base for previous protesting activities, so he set up in a designated protest area on a highway that passes through the base. The military owns the highway but grants the state and Santa Barbara County an easement so the public can use it. Military officials say since Apel had been banned from the base, he also could not use the protest area. Continue Reading

102-year-old woman BASE jumps off popular Idaho bridge to celebrate birthday

A 102-year-old Idaho woman celebrated her birthday in quite unconventional fashion — by BASE jumping off the state’s Perrine Bridge. Dorothy Custer, who celebrated her 101st birthday by zip-lining in Idaho’s Snake River Canyon, marked her May 30 birthday by leaping off the 586-foot-high span in a tandem jump with professional BASE jumper Sean Chuman. Custer originally wanted a “calm” celebration, but her relatives suggested otherwise. “I was thinking of going to jump out of a plane, but then I found out it was too much,” Custer told KMTV.com. “So then I said, ‘Forget it, I’ll just have a very calm birthday.'”

When asked about the key to her longevity, Custer said, “Well, I’ve often wondered that too, but I’ve never thought of age.” Continue Reading

Building of new US border crossing stalls amid lack of funding from Mexico

Jesse Grado walks cautiously past a welder whose work throws off a spray of brilliant sparks as construction crews lay slabs of concrete for a bridge over the Rio Grande. The leader of the project points to an empty void — the point where the six-lane span abruptly ends 30 feet above the river. Beyond the pavement is nothing but miles of Mexican farms, dirt and desert. By June, this was supposed to be the site of a massive new customs-and-immigration facility that would provide a fourth international border crossing to handle U.S.-bound commercial traffic from Ciudad Juarez, one of North America’s biggest manufacturing hubs. Planners had hoped the $96 million undertaking would be an economic boon, attracting manufacturing plants and long lines of trucks that currently use two congested crossings between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. Continue Reading

Fort Hood suspect seeks to represent self at trial

A judge is expected to decide if an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial. The judge Monday was to hear a doctor’s report about Maj. Nidal Hasan’s physical condition before ruling on his request. Hasan is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the attack at the Texas Army post. The judge, Col. Continue Reading

Fort Hood suspect seeks to represent self at trial

A judge is expected to decide if an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial. The judge Monday was to hear a doctor’s report about Maj. Nidal Hasan’s physical condition before ruling on his request. Hasan is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the attack at the Texas Army post. The judge, Col. Continue Reading