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Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung In Germany

It's the latest salvo in the two companies' global patent war, according to Bloomberg News. This time Apple is trying to ban sales of 10 Samsung smartphone models, claiming the Korean company copied Apple's design. It's also suing Samsung claiming it copied the iPad.
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Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns

Some of the survivors of last week's shipwreck off the Italian coast described the rescue effort as chaotic and disorganized. A maritime workers union called the disaster a "wake-up call" highlighting long-standing safety concerns — like ships getting too large to evacuate quickly — and lax regulation.
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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.
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States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

The improved outlook comes at a painful cost: nearly 700,000 state and local government jobs lost, and significant cuts to education and other programs. And since a quarter of states' budgets come from federal funding, more problems are on the way. But the hope is that the days of crippling budget deficits are at an end.
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Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang Resigns

Yang is leaving at a time when the Internet behemoth has struggled to remain relevant. Yahoo!'s stock price rallied on the news.

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