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MP3.com lawsuit moves to next phase

NEW YORK Internet music firm MP3.com will be back in court today for the next phase of a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Universal Music, to negotiate an eventual settlement with the music publisher.
In September, Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that MP3.com a Web site that allows users to listen to and download music in a format developed by the company willfully infringed the copyrights of Universal Music when it built up its Internet-based compact-disc library.
Judge Rakoff wrote that "there is virtually no escape from the fact that the defendant willfully infringed plaintiffs' copyrights."
That decision could lead to a judgment of $125 million to $250 million for the 5,000 to 10,000 CDs in the company's Internet library. The exact number of CDs will be determined beginning today. MP3.com claims it is 4,700, which would lead to damages of $118 million.
MP3.com has reached out-of-court settlements with other major music publishers.

Seven dead in N.C. house fire

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. Seven persons, including six children, died late Saturday in a fire that tore through a house about four blocks from the main fire station in Rocky Mount, the local fire chief said yesterday.
Seven others staying at the house were hospitalized for injuries from the fire, which claimed the lives of four children younger than 10, including a 4-month-old, plus two teen-agers and a 49-year-old, District Chief Al Asby said. Two other persons escaped unhurt.

Doctors hope to make old hearts young again

NEW ORLEANS Doctors soon may be able to rejuvenate weakly pumping hearts by creating brand-new muscle and blood vessels fashioned from cells scavenged elsewhere in patients' bodies, new research suggests.
The idea is to repair the hearts of victims of congestive heart failure, a condition that afflicts nearly 5 million people in the United States, by re-creating heart tissue damaged by heart attacks and the wear and tear of aging.
Several new reports on this approach were presented yesterday at the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association. Although most of the research still is being done in animals, French researchers described one attempt to patch a man's heart using muscle gathered from his thigh.

Alaskan avalanche sweeps hiker off trail

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A lone hiker and his dog triggered a snowslide on a nearby mountain and tumbled about 600 feet over rocks and boulders. Although seriously injured, the hiker managed to hang on to a cellular phone, which he used to call for help.
The hiker, 36-year-old Nick Coltman of Anchorage, was caught in the slide on Flattop Mountain at midday Saturday.
He suffered serious injuries to his head, back and torso and had frostbitten fingers, officials with Chugach State Park said.
Avalanche specialist Doug Fesler was airlifted to Flattop's 3,510-foot summit by a LifeGuard Alaska helicopter less than an hour after the slide and scrambled down to the injured hiker.
Mr. Fesler said he found Mr. Coltman lying on his back and unable to move his legs, wearing light clothes and suffering from the cold. He was most likely hiking up a gully when the snow broke loose, Mr. Fesler said.

Mother accused in ax murders

CAINHOY, S.C. A woman was charged with murder for reputedly killing her 6-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son with an ax.
The bodies of the two children were found lying in tall grass near an abandoned home on Saturday. Berkeley County coroner Wade Arnette said the children likely were killed inside the family's mobile home, then taken outside. Police searching the home on Saturday found an ax inside.
Perstephanie Simmons, 30, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder after a neighbor reported the children had been harmed.

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