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Last Update on July 01, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: US COURT AGREES APPLE VIOLATED ANTITRUST LAW IN E-BOOK ENTRY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says a federal appeals court's conclusion that it violated antitrust law when it entered the electronic books market does nothing to change the fact it did nothing wrong.

Apple insisted it was on the right side of the law after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued its split decision yesterday.

By a 2-to-1 vote, a three-judge panel let stand a lower-court's finding. Judge Denise Cote (koht) ruled that Apple conspired with publishers to eliminate Amazon.com's $9.99 e-book pricing and drive up prices when it entered the market in 2010.

Apple says it is "assessing next steps."

The Justice Department originally sued Apple and five publishers. The publishers settled. A Justice Department lawyer says the government is gratified with the appeals ruling.

IN THE NEWS: FIRST LADY PROMOTES CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is telling students a high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option.

The first lady says pursuing career and technical education programs after high school can still offer professional skills for high-demand jobs "at a fraction of the time, and more importantly, a fraction of the cost." The programs offer training in technical skills, such as culinary arts.

Mrs. Obama spoke yesterday at a White House event celebrating educators, students and innovators in career and technical education programs.

She says a 3-D printer to create chocolate sculptures, a 4-inch-cube satellite to study the atmosphere and a laser sensor system to detect baseball strike zones are among the innovations that have come from such programs.

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