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What Obama and Romney would and wouldn’t do about Citizens United

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics? President Obama talks about changes but hasn’t instituted many. He favors legislation that would require disclosure of donors…

Russia launches astronauts to space station

A Russian rocket carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off on Tuesday for the International Space Station. Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA’s Kevin Ford blasted off in a Soyuz TMA-06M space craft on schedule at 1051 GMT from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, an…

Pay-what-you-want ebooks ‘bundle’ sells $1.1 million in two weeks

Experiment offering a selection of novels and comics by writers including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow is a runaway success An experiment from major authors including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow, which allows readers to pay the price of their choice for a collection of ebooks, has shattered all expectations,…

Japanese indifference to ‘Gangnam Style’ riles S.Korea

While South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has taken the world by storm, it has largely fallen flat in Japan — an anomaly viewed with grave suspicion by some in the singer’s home country. Korean K-pop music is huge in Japan, but for one reason or another Japanese music fans…

Britain and Germany clash on road ahead for EU

The foreign ministers of Britain and Germany clashed on their vision for Europe on Tuesday, with William Hague saying Berlin’s integration drive was alienating many in the bloc. Hague told a foreign policy forum in Berlin that the push for ever-greater coordination in areas like the banking sector and national…

Argentina calls for international help over seized ship

Argentina’s foreign minister on Monday called on the United Nations to help free a navy sailing ship seized in Ghana over an unpaid debt. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sought help from the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the case of the ARA Libertad, a vessel used…

Mexico digs up relative to identify slain drug lord

Mexican authorities exhumed a relative of drug kingpin Heriberto Lazcano and took DNA samples from the corpse to remove any doubt they had killed the Zetas leader. Lazcano, one of Mexico’s most wanted men, is believed to have been killed at a baseball field in the northern state of Coahuila…

Microsoft offers China a peek at Windows 8

US computing giant Microsoft on Tuesday gave an early peek to the key Chinese market of its new tablet computer and Windows 8 software, promising a “fast and fluid” operating system. Microsoft will launch Windows 8 and the Surface tablet computer, designed to compete with Apple’s popular iPad, in the…

Syria violence rages despite UN truce hopes

Deadly clashes in Syria showed no signs of easing on Tuesday, even as the United Nations said it has plans to assemble a peacekeeping force in case a truce proposed by its special envoy takes hold. Warplanes raided a district of the northern city of Aleppo as fighting across the…

‘Top Gun’ director on drugs when jumped to death

LOS ANGELES — “Top Gun” director Tony Scott had traces of anti-depressant and sleep-inducing drugs in his body when he killed himself by jumping from a California bridge, according to coroners. Scott did not have any life-threatening conditions including cancer, the Los Angeles County Coroner said on Monday. Hollywood was…

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