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Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:02

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. The settlement bill emerged in a Wednesday court filing made a month after attorneys suing Apple notified U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York that an agreement had been reached to avoid a trial over the issue. Lawsuits filed on behalf of digital book buyers had originally been seeking damages of up to $840 million after Cote ruled in a separate trial last year that Apple Inc. had violated U.S. antitrust law by orchestrating a price-fixing scheme with five major publishers of electronic books. Cote’s decision sided with the U.S.

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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:02

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office. Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information.

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Dad’s heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:02

TOLEDO, Ohio – Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family’s northwestern Ohio home and their inbox. “I’m getting messages in languages from all over the world,” Steffel said Wednesday. “It’s more than I can count.” His daughter, Sophia, died last Thursday at a Cincinnati hospital from complications of a tumor in her liver, six weeks after she was born in Columbus. She was awaiting a transplant when she died. Her father posted a message on Reddit asking if anyone could use their photo of Sophia in the hospital and remove the tubes attached to her face and wrist. “Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes,” he wrote. “It started because I just wanted one picture,” said Steffel, who lives in the village of Kalida with his wife, Emily, and their two sons. He initially was not sure about posting the request online because he was worried someone might respond rudely.

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Fox bid for Time Warner sparks content merger race

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:02

LOS ANGELES – Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox said Time Warner has rejected an offer it made last month to combine the two media and entertainment giants. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. also said Wednesday in a brief statement that it is not currently in discussions with Time Warner. The New York Times reported that the June bid totaled $80 billion, or $85 in stock and cash for each Time Warner Inc. share. The report cited anonymous sources and said Twenty-First Century Fox would have sold CNN as part of the deal to avoid anti-trust concerns.

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Study: US millennials buying homes later

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:02

Don’t blame the millennial generation for lackluster home sales. They are increasingly ethnically diverse, more educated and less likely to be married – all factors that make them less likely to own a home, said a new report released Wednesday by Trulia, the online real estate firm. After adjusting for these population changes, younger Americans are actually buying homes at the same rate as they did during the late 1990s. “For at least the past 20 years, there have been significant demographic headwinds for homeownership for young people,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. The analysis suggests that the recession – for all its damage to the economy – did little to turn off millennials from the idea of owning a home compared to previous generations. In fact, the report shows that the major group whose ownership rates suffered because of the downturn is middle-aged Americans. The easy credit offered during the housing bubble caused more young people to buy than they otherwise would have and masked the impact of the demographic changes, according to Trulia. The bursting of that bubble and the resulting recession that began in 2007 then caused ownership to fall where it should be given the demographic shifts.

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Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — A man accused of breaking into the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry was due in court Wednesday. Police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, responded to the home in the Hyannis Port section of town around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after getting a call from Edward Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. Sen.

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Windham neighborhood wants speed limit lowered

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:58

Residents on Westchester Road are seeking to have the speed limit lowered to 25 miles per hour.

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Salem academy a learning opportunity about law enforcement

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:58

Salem residents interested in finding out more about a life in law enforcement or the workings of the police department are being invited to sign up for the fifth annual Citizen Police Academy.

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Mad Science camps a chance for kids to learn while having fun

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:58

While many summer camps offer a wide range of arts and crafts, archery, and swimming, there haven't always been a lot of options for those kids who are more interested in protons, particles, and light waves.

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Busy first week on the job for Lyndeborough's new Town Administrator

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:56

Coming into a job that has been vacant for 14 months is a challenge that Russ Boland, Jr. is eager to roll up his sleeves and get to work on as Lyndeborough's new Town Administrator.

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Windham grant for fire truck is denied

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:55

Voters approved the purchase of an 850,000 Quint vehicle, which is a combined ladder truck, engine and water tanker, during the March town meeting. That purchase won't be happening now.

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Two steps closer for recreation land purchase in Milford

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:55

Monday's public hearing and raising the full 190,000 puts Milford two steps closer to the purchase of 127 Elm St., which will be a decided at a special town meeting on September 9.

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Struggle of returning female veterans is showcased in film playing July 29

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:54

The New Hampshire Veterans Home will be highlighting the struggles of female veterans to readjust to normal lives after returning from military service with a documentary video and a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.

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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce soars

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:54

Ten members of the Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity recently to join a mid-air refueling mission with the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

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Mark Hayward's City Matters 'Taps' is soundtrack of summer ceremony

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:53

It's not surprising a brief ceremony at Mount Calvary Cemetery to honor the war dead crams so much dignity and pride into four minutes.

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Rochester police to take on Harlem Wizards for a night of fun on July 26

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:53

The Rochester Police Benevolent Association will host a basketball game between officers and members of the world famous Harlem Wizards on Saturday, July 26 at the Rochester Community Center.

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North Country host families sought for foreign students

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:53

A non-profit dedicated to promoting peaceful coexistence and respect between nations through student and teacher exchange programs, is asking North Country families to open up their hearts and homes to two students with a passion for the outdoors.

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Drainage work could turn Lebanon road into one-way

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:52

City Council has been asked to adopt a new ordinance that would change Dulac Street from a two-way street to a one-way street.

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Wolfeboro town hall offices on the move

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:52

After months of planning and packing, the Wolfeboro Town Offices located in the Brewster Memorial Town Hall on North Main Street will close the week of July 28 when personnel, furniture and essential documents and supplies make the move over to temporary headquarters at Huggins Hospital.

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Jonah Goldberg Attacking Israel with the big lie -- genocide

Union Leader - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:52

'Here's the difference between us,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles.'

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