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Posted: June 20, 2014 at 3:59 a.m.

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High court tosses 'abstract' software patents

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that basic business methods may not be patented, even if computers are used to apply them. Read »

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GOP woos conservatives at conference

 In this June 13, 2013, file photo, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Road to Majority Conference luncheon in Washington. Some of the Republican Partys most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical officials claim new momentum in their fight for the GOPs soul. A group led by former Christian Coalition leader Reed, launches its annual conference on June 19, 2014, with appearances by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America's leaders must do more to defend Christian values at hom... Read »