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Two vans in Romney motorcade collide, leaving press stranded

NEW ORLEANS — Two vans in Mitt Romney’s motorcade were involved in a minor collision Friday after the Republican nominee reviewed storm damage near New Orleans, but his vehicle was not involved. A press van rear-ended a staff van in the area of Jean Lafitte, leaving the press pool which…

Pentagon wants to ‘preserve our options’ on SEAL book legal action

The Pentagon has not decided whether a book by a former US Navy SEAL on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden exposes state secrets but it is keeping its legal options open, a spokesman said Friday. “I’m not going to characterize one way or the other whether we think there’s classified information in it,”…

Man dies after falling from escalator during NFL game

A 25-year-old man died after falling off a fifth-level escalator while attending a Houston Texans’ NFL pre-season home game, Houston police confirmed on Friday. “Witnesses are saying he fell from the fifth floor escalator down to the ground,” said Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon, who added authorities were still investigating the exact circumstances of what they believe to be an…

Obama and Romney square off over storm-ravaged New Orleans

White House challenger Mitt Romney rushed to storm-ravaged New Orleans on Friday in a bid to burnish his presidential credentials ahead of his November battle with Barack Obama. Coming off the back of a rousing Republican convention, Romneysought to build momentum by taking his new campaign plane to New Orleans, where rescue crews are clearing up after…

New smartphones could test for AIDS in rural Africa

South African and South Korean researchers are working on making a smartphone capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease, a researcher said Friday. The team have developed a microscope and an application that can photograph and analyse blood samples…

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary rocks Venice film festival

US director Spike Lee brings together Michael Jackson’s old studio hands and previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage for adocumentary that premiered Friday at the Venice film festival. “Bad 25″ deliberately leaves out the scandals surrounding the late pop legend in favour of an in-depth look at the making of “Bad” — 25 years after the release…

Bing search feature allows you to search through Facebook photos

Bing added a feature Thursday that lets people search through photos friends posted on Facebook. “With more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day, photo viewing is one of the most popular things people do on Facebook,” Bing social team senior program manager Ian Lin said in a blog post. “Now, with Bing,…

Hip hop mogul Chris Lighty committed suicide with gunshot wound to the head

Chris Lighty, the New York hip-hop mogul behind megastars like 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Sean “Diddy” Combs, has committed suicide with a gunshot to the head, police said Friday. Lighty, 44, got his start carrying crates of records for rappers before climbing the music business ladder, creating his successfulViolator Management company and taking major…

French-speaking existentialist cat sweeps feline film festival

The moody reflections of an existentialist French-speaking feline has taken top honors at an al fresco festival in Minnesota dedicated to cat videos from around the world. More than 10,000 people filled a field outside the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis after sunset Thursday for its inaugural Cat Video Festival, thought to be…

Romney rolls out new campaign plane

A day after being crowned the Republican contender for the White House, Mitt Romney on Friday finally unwrapped a gleaming newcampaign plane. The white and blue passenger jet is painted with the slogan “Believe in America” and bears Romney’s website address on the fuselage and his distinctive red, white and blue ”R” logo on the tail. Romney’s…

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