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Obama returns to ‘change’ message

SAN FRANCISCO — US President Barack Obama forcefully argued Tuesday that he had honored the passionate demands for change that swept him to the White House, including in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. On a western campaign swing, the president challenged supporters to show their commitment to his…

U.S. curbs on online poker compared to Prohibition

WASHINGTON — A former US senator who now represents poker players compared US efforts to curb online gambling to Prohibition on Tuesday as he argued for legislation that would allow Internet gaming. Alphonse D’Amato also told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade that legalizing and…

Serial rapist targets sorority sisters in Texas

CHICAGO — Texas police were searching Tuesday for a serial rapist who appears to be targeting sorority sisters after he broke into the homes of four women in their 50s and 60s and attacked them. The violent assaults by what police believe is the same massive man have sent shockwaves…

BBC staff to be balloted over major strike

LONDON — BBC’s flagship programmes could be severely disrupted by strike action as unions announced Tuesday they are to ballot thousands of staff over concerns at job cuts, pay and working conditions. Journalists, technicians and other staff at the British broadcaster will decide on November 4 whether they are to…

Internet role in human rights gets spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology titans and political activists gathered here on Tuesday to map ways to ensure the Internet is used as a tool for human rights instead of as a weapon of oppression. The overarching goal of the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference was to collaborate on principles for…

CEO of largest U.S. solar manufacturer replaced abruptly

WASHINGTON — First Solar, the largest US solar panel maker, abruptly replaced chief executive Robert Gillette without explanation Tuesday. Amid turmoil in an oversupplied industry under assault from cheaper manufacturers in China and elsewhere, First Solar said in a short statement that chairman and company founder Mike Ahearn would serve…

BP bounces back into profit

BP surged back into profit in the first nine months of 2011, and has now reached a “clear turning point” after last year’s devastating Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it declared on Tuesday. The group said it will sell another $15 billion of non-core assets by 2013, expanding its divestment…

British PM suffers parliamentary rebellion over Europe

David Cameron was on Monday licking his wounds after the largest parliamentary rebellion of his premiership as 79 Tory MPs voted in favour of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe. The government won the House of Commons vote late Monday by 483 votes to 111 due to support from…

Mormons defend faith in White House race spotlight

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resurfaced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the…

News popular on tablets but few want to pay: study

Catching up on news is among the most popular activities for tablet computer owners, but most are not willing to pay for it, according to a study published on Tuesday. The joint study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The Economist Group brings unwelcome news…

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