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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest start-up

Troubled device maker accuses TV host of patent infringement, targeting iPhone keyboard.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry is accusing a company backed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest of being a rip-off artist.<p>The allegations emerged in a patent infringement lawsuit filed …

Deep freeze to bring coldest temperatures in decades

A dangerous arctic blast will drive swiftly into the heart of the nation beginning Sunday, just as millions of people in the Midwest and Northeast had put a deadly snowstorm and wicked cold snap behind them.<p>"It's beyond nostril-hair-freezing weather," says Michelle Vanden Plas, 40, of St. Paul, …

Fallujah falls under Al-Qaeda control in blow for Iraq security

Key Iraqi city has fallen into the hands of Al-Qaeda group ISIL after days of fierce fighting<p>The Iraqi government has lost control of Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked militants, a senior security official said Saturday, after days of fighting sparked by an anti-government protest camp's removal.<p>Parts of …

Middle East

Look Inside the U.S. Capitol Dome Reveals a Desperately Needed Repair Job

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Just as the last remnants of scaffolding covering the Washington Monument are coming down, workers …

The snow leopard, a Sochi Olympics symbol, is near extinction

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are little more than a month away. The mascot for the games is the snow leopard, a symbol selected by the Russian people.<p>Vladimir Putin said the mascot was chosen because it's "strong, powerful, fast and beautiful." It's also close to extinction in …

W.H.: New gun rules for mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal rules Friday that it said would provide more information about the mentally ill to gun-background-check databases.<p>The rules, proposed by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments, would allow the federal database access to some mental …

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.<p>Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — …

Battering from wind and rain will continue all weekend, forecasters warn

As coastal areas, major roads and rail lines struggle to cope with torrential rain, no end to the storms that have claimed at least two lives<p>The weekend will bring no respite from heavy rains and floods, forecasters warned, after scores of properties were swamped when high tides and gales battered …

Weather

Michael Schumacher ski helmet camera 'examined'

<b>Investigators in France are examining a camera which had been fixed to the ski helmet of injured Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, media reports say.</b><p>Authorities were hoping the device may reveal clues about the circumstances of his skiing accident in the French Alps, a source told the AFP news …

Motor Racing

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