Rambus says FTC has dropped antitrust claims on chip technology patents

Rambus says FTC has dropped antitrust claims

NEW YORK — Rambus Inc. said Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission has dropped its claim that the memory chip company violated antitrust laws in patenting technologies that were eventually incorporated into industry standards.

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Gag order issued in trial of Calif. community group leader accused of killing editor, 2 others

Gag order issued in Calif. editor’s murder case

OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge in California has issued a gag order in the trial of two former community group members accused of killing three people, including an Oakland newspaper editor.

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San Diego judge OKs Coastal Commission’s decision on Carlsbad desalination plant

Judge rules desal plant decision was appropriate

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego judge has ruled against environmentalists who sued the California Coastal Commission for approving construction of the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere.

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Federal appeals court: Gun maker, dealer can’t be sued in attack on LA Jewish center

Court limits gun suit in LA Jewish center attack

PASADENA, Calif. — A federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit against gun maker Glock Inc. and a Seattle gun dealer stemming from a white supremacist’s 1999 shooting rampage at a Los Angeles-area Jewish center and the murder of a postal carrier.

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SoCal venture capitalist awarded $300M in fraud lawsuit over Internet credit card system

SoCal financier awarded $300M in fraud lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A jury has awarded $300 million to a venture capitalist who accused a one-time business associate of stealing his research into a Web-based credit card processing system.

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Florida woman accused of running porn star prostitution site in Southern California

Woman accused in porn star prostitution ring

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A woman is accused in California of making more than $8.5 million from an online prostitution business that claimed to employ porn stars and fashion models.

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Federal judge in Calif. declines to dismiss charges in alleged plot against Laos government

Judge in Calif. proceeds with Laos overthrow case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge has rejected a request by defense attorneys to dismiss charges against 11 Vietnam War veterans accused of trying to overthrow the government of Laos.

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Defense attorneys want ‘Clark Rockefeller’ name used in client’s Boston kidnapping trial

‘Rockefeller’ wants to use that name at trial

BOSTON — A man accused of kidnapping his daughter wants jurors at his upcoming trial to know him as Clark Rockefeller, one of the many identities he assumed since moving here decades ago from Germany.

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Receiver says California financier Pang treated investor money like his own ‘piggy bank’

Receiver says Pang misused investor money

LOS ANGELES — A California financier accused in a federal fraud lawsuit treated the investments he managed as a “personal piggy bank” to fund a lavish lifestyle and used new investors’ money to pay existing investors, a court appointed receiver said.

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Desperation and fear in Pakistani hospitals, refugee camps as fighting rages in Swat Valley

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