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Rep. Ros-Lehtinen presses on jets in Taiwan

WASHINGTON — A senior US lawmaker said Monday that she spoke to Taiwan’s leaders about the need to upgrade the island’s air force, after the House of Representatives voted to force the sale of new F-16s. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a…

High-ranking baboons are healthiest: study

WASHINGTON — Just as wealth and social status are often linked to good health in humans, the animal kingdom too has its benefits for those at the top of the hierarchy, according to a US study out Monday. After studying 27 years worth of data on baboons in Kenya, researchers…

Rutgers student gets 30 days in jail for suicide of ex-roommate Tyler Clementi

An Indian immigrant college student convicted of illegally filming his gay roommate on a webcam received a big break Monday when a judge sentenced him to just 30 days behind bars, not the possible 10 years. Dharun Ravi, who shared the webcam footage with friends in his dormitory at Rutgers…

Supreme Court: In vitro twins cannot claim father’s survivor benefits

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that twins conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of their father cannot claim survivor benefits. Karen Capato gave birth to twins 18 months after her husband died from cancer in 2002 using sperm he froze after being diagnosed with cancer. The US…

SpaceX reschedules first private space launch for Tuesday

SpaceX on Monday readied a fresh bid to become the first private company to launch its own craft to the International Space Station after fixing an engine problem that grounded its earlier attempt. The launch of the Dragon space capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 3:44 am…

NATO leaders agree to mid-2013 Afghan security handoff

NATO leaders agreed Monday to hand Afghan forces the lead for security from mid-2013 as they rush to end the unpopular war and ensure Afghanistan can ward off the Taliban after foreign troops leave. In a Chicago summit declaration, US President Barack Obama and his 27 military allies confirmed plans…

Supreme Court agrees to hear warrantless wiretapping case

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a US government challenge to a lawsuit against its electronic surveillance program, which allows authorities to eavesdrop on Americans’ overseas phone calls and emails. The court agreed to hear the case Clapper vs. Amnesty International, the Barack Obama administration’s petition to the…

Death row inmates exonerated nine times more often than other prisoners convicted of murder

US death row inmates are ending up exonerated nine times more often than any other prisoner convicted of murder, according to a new report made public Monday. “The most important thing we know about false convictions is that they happen and on a regular basis… Most false convictions never see…

Olympic torchbearers cash in at up to $237,000 on eBay

Some of Britain’s Olympic torchbearers have been making the most of their country’s special moment — by selling their torches on eBay, attracting bids of over £150,000 ($237,000, 186,000 euros). The gold-coloured torches began appearing on the auction website within hours of the torch relay starting in southwest England on…

NATO allies focus on ending unpopular Afghan war

US President Barack Obama and NATO allies will focus Monday on logistical aspects of ending the protracted Afghan war after President Hamid Karzai vowed his country will no longer be a “burden” for the international community. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s attendance at the summit here had raised hopes his…

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