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Romney slams Obama over ‘prairie fire’ of debt

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of doing nothing to douse a “prairie fire of debt” as he previewed a new economic message in a key swing state. Romney, seeking to make November’s election a referendum on the stuttering economic recovery presided over…

One of two Travolta accusers withdraws lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A male masseur who accused John Travolta of sexual battery has withdrawn a lawsuit, his lawyer said Tuesday, as the star’s attorney vowed a similar second legal action would also fail. The first alleged victim, identified only as John Doe, filed his lawsuit last week, seeking $2…

U.S. will not return illegally adopted Guatemalan girl

WASHINGTON — The United States Tuesday refused to return to Guatemala a girl illegally adopted by a US couple in 2006 because at the time the South American nation had not yet signed onto an international treaty. “We can’t accept cases under the Hague Convention on abduction if the treaty…

Tips for fighting zombie attacks: Canada says be prepared

MONTREAL — If you’re in Canada this summer, and you don’t want to die, then listen up. If you’re ready for a zombie attack, then you’re ready for just about anything. That’s the message British Columbia is sending its citizens and tourists in a website it launched this week, which…

News Corp takes stake in private China film group

NEW YORK — US media giant News Corp. has taken a 19.9 percent stake in Bona Film Group, which calls itself the largest privately owned film distributor in China, the firms said. A joint statement dated Monday said Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate had bought the equity stake directly from company founder…

Pentagon restricts flights of F-22 jets over safety worries

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to restrict flights of its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, after some pilots complained of dizzy spells and blackouts, officials said Tuesday. Since 2008, officials say at least a dozen F-22 pilots have reported suffering a lack…

Congress renews U.S. export bank

WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Tuesday renewing the charter of the US Export-Import Bank for three years and raising the ceiling on its financing guarantees from $100 billion to $140 billion. The Senate approved the text 78-20 after the House of Representatives backed the measure last week in a…

China dissident Chen Guangcheng tells U.S. of abuse of family

WASHINGTON — A dissident at the center of a standoff between Beijing and Washington on Tuesday accused Chinese authorities of a pattern of abuse against his family as he again took his case to US lawmakers. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who last month dramatically escaped house arrest for…

U.S. visas ready for blind Chinese activist and family

The United States said Tuesday that visas are ready for activist Chen Guangcheng and his family once the Chinese authorities allow him to leave the country for the United States. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that “all of the processing on the US side has been completed” to…

Judge allows ebook price-fixing class action suit to continue

A judge Tuesday allowed a class-action case to proceed against Apple and six publishing houses alleging a price-fixing scheme for electronic books, citing “ample” indications of a conspiracy. The suit, file last August, is separate from a US government complaint last month which makes similar allegations, that Apple colluded with…

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