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The European Union charged Google today with violating anti-monopoly laws. It's the latest move in a five-year legal battle and it could lead to billions of dollars in fines. The E.U.'s competition commissioner said Google uses its dominance over Internet searches to promote its own services.
MARGRETHE VESTAGER, Competition Commissioner, European Union:
Our investigation so far has shown that when a consumer enters a shopping-related query in Google's search engine, Google's comparison shopping product is systematically displayed prominent at the top of the search results.
The E.U. also opened a separate probe into Google's Android mobile system.
The U.S. Capitol had a brief security scare today, when a gyrocopter landed on the west lawn. The single-seat helicopter buzzed the National Mall and settled about half a city block from the Capitol Building. Police quickly cordoned it off, and a bomb disposal unit found nothing hazardous. The Web site of a Florida mailman, Doug Hughes, announced he carried out the stunt to protest political corruption.
And, in Germany, the head of the European Central Bank had his own scare from a protest against austerity policies. Mario Draghi was holding a news conference in Frankfurt, when a woman leaped onto the desk. She dumped confetti and shouted, "End the ECB dictatorship," before she was dragged away.
Iran's president today dismissed U.S. congressional pressure over a potential nuclear deal. That's after President Obama accepted a compromise, giving the House and Senate a say. Hassan Rouhani told a crowd of thousands that his government deals with world leaders, not lawmakers. And he warned again Iran could still walk away.
PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, Iran (through interpreter):
The world must know, the negotiating nations must know, the American Senate, Congress, the American president and government must know that if the end of the sanctions isn't in this deal, there will be no deal.
Meanwhile, inspectors from the U.N.'s atomic energy watchdog arrived in Tehran. They're on a much delayed visit to inspect activities at a military site.
Fighters with the Islamic State group gained new ground today in Western Iraq. They have now overrun a series of villages outside Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, forcing hundreds of people to flee. ISIS forces have been advancing in Anbar, despite suffering losses in other parts of Iraq.
Back in this country, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jurors in Fall River, Massachusetts, found him guilty of fatally shooting a man in June 2013. Hernandez was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Afterward, district attorney Thomas Quinn hailed the verdict.
THOMAS QUINN, District Attorney, Bristol County:
Aaron Hernandez may have been a well-known New England Patriots football player. However, in the end, the jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder. The fact that he was a professional athlete meant nothing in the end. He is a citizen who was held accountable by the jury for his depraved conduct.
Prosecutors have suggested the victim, Odin Lloyd, was killed because he knew too much about the 2012 killings of two other men at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez still faces trial in that case.
A bipartisan bill reshaping how Medicare pays doctors is headed to President Obama's desk. Last night, the Senate gave final approval to the $214 billion measure. Over the long term, it aims to tie doctors' reimbursements to overall care, instead of individual office visits.
It also prevents an immediate 21 percent cut in those payments. The president said he will sign it.
On Wall Street today, rising oil prices and stronger corporate earnings pushed stocks higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 76 points to close above 18100. The Nasdaq rose 33 points, and the S&P 500 added 10.
And 80 veterans of the World War II Doolittle Raid were honored today with the Congressional Gold Medal. They carried out the daring attack in April 1942, in the first direct strike on Japan after Pearl Harbor. It involved launching land-based B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier. Only two of the 80 Doolittle Raiders are still alive today.
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