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Blue Origin loses a round to SpaceX in patent fight over landing rockets at sea



Autonomous SpaceX Spaceport Drone Ship

SpaceX already has come close to landing a spent rocket on this floating

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Judge approves $8.5B deal over Bank of America mortgages



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Bank of America’s $8.5 billion settlement with mortgage-backed securities investors was approved by an appellate court in

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Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie opens Honolulu office for consulting work



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Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has opened an office in Honolulu’s Chinatown to do

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Jury Decides Village People ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Songwriter Has 50% Song Share

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Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group’s songs, including “Y.M.C.A.”

For four years, Willis has been in a legal battle that has been closely followed in the music industry because it dealt with a portion of copyright law that allows authors to terminate copyright grants. When Congress amended copyright to permit this in the mid-1970s, it was done with an eye on giving authors 35 years hence the benefit of the latter portions of a newly extended term. Ever since, many studios, record companies and publishers have braced themselves for the eventual fall-out.

As songwriters like Bob Dylan

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Hall & Oates Sues Over Haulin’ Oats Cereal

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Hall Oates thinks the cereal name Haulin’ Oats hits a little too close to home.

Attorneys for the band’s Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing Early Bird Foods Co. for phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates’ well-known brand name, according to a complaint alleging trademark infringement filed in New York. The lawsuit goes on to state other companies have tried “to make a connection between the artists’ names and oats-related products,” over the years.

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The product from the Brooklyn-based company sells for $27.00 for a three-pack on the Early Bird Foods Co website. It is

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Judge Rules Louis C.K. Owes Health and Pension Contributions for FX’s ‘Louie’

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On FX’s Louie, comedian Louis C.K. certainly does a lot — producing, writing, directing, starring in and editing the series. The dexterity resulted in a novel battle over whether Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton production company owed health and pension contributions to directors of three union-industry plans. On Thursday, a New York federal judge delivered his 36-page opinion on why C.K. did in fact owe money.

Because Louis C.K. has so many roles, he belongs to multiple unions. Of relevance, he belongs to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which obligates him to make contributions to each of its benefit plans. Collective bargaining agreements spell out hourly rate contributions while

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Ohio Teen Flies 7,000 Miles, Gets Rejected by Woman and Almost Freezes to Death on Chinese Riverbank

Identified by only his surname, Pratt, the 18-year-old flew from Ohio to Jiangshan, a city in Zhejiang province, China, after reportedly falling in love with a young Chinese woman he met online.

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Michael Brown’s Family to Sue Darren Wilson

A day after the Justice Department confirmed that federal charges would not be filed against former Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Brown’s family lawyer has announced plans for the family to file a lawsuit of its own, Vox reports.

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Children of Color Likely to Be Majority of Kids in US by 2020

Around the time the 2020 Census is conducted, more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group,” the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday.

“This proportion is expected to continue to grow so that by 2060, just 36 percent of all children (people under age 18) will be single-race non-Hispanic white, compared with 52 percent today,” the bureau said in its report, “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060.”

The bureau also said, “The U.S. population as a whole is expected to follow a similar trend, becoming majority-minority in 2044. The minority population is projected to rise to 56 percent of the total in 2060, compared with 38 percent in 2014. . . .”

The bureau reported in 2012 that as of July 1, 2011, 50.4

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H-1B Visas, H-4 Spouses, and Work Permits: What You Need to Know

Under new rules, dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders (known as H-4 visa holders) will soon be able to apply for work permits.

In a recent announcement, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez said that DHS will extend eligibility for employment authorization to H-4 visa holders. H-4 visa holders previously could not work while they lived in the United States with their H-1B spouses. This reform, part of Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, will allow H-4 visa holders to develop financial independence and will widen the pool of highly skilled workers in the United States.

If you’re an immigrant hoping to take advantage of this reform, here are four things you should know:

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