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Minn. Supreme Court rejects challenge to voter ID ballot measure

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday in a 4-2 decision rejected a lawsuit that alleged a voter ID ballot measure was misleading and unclear. Residents in Minnesota will decide this November whether voters must show government-issued photographic identification before casting a ballot. However, the ballot question only mentions a “valid…

NYPD chief Ray Kelly defends officers over Empire State Building shooting

Raymond Kelly, the New York police commissioner, has defended two of his officers whose decision to fatally shoot an armed man outside the Empire State Building on Friday led to nine bystanders being injured. Kelly on Monday described the shooting as appropriate in the circumstances. The officers had been told…

U.S. approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV

WASHINGTON — A new pill to treat HIV infection — combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones — has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday. The single daily dose of Stribild provides a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection,…

Israeli airstrike targets Hamas camps in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli aircraft attacked three Hamas training camps in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, causing no injuries, eyewitnesses in the enclave said. An Israeli helicopter fired six missiles at two different sites northwest of Gaza city, both training camps for Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam…

Oil prices fall as Isaac hits refinery demand

NEW YORK — Oil prices fell Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened oil and gas operations in the US Gulf of Mexico, forcing refinery shutdowns that lowered demand for crude. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for October delivery closed at $95.47 a barrel, down 68…

Mexico police held over U.S. embassy car shooting

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge ordered 12 federal police officers held for 40 days on Monday as prosecutors mull charges against them for shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees. The officers are being treated as suspects over Friday’s incident, when a sport-utility vehicle…

Obama orders flags to half mast for Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Monday ordered that all official US flags be lowered to half mast to mark the funeral of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who planted the Stars and Stripes on the Moon. Obama issued a proclamation to honor Armstrong, who died on Saturday aged 82, and…

Three Marines punished over Taliban urination video

WASHINGTON — Three US Marines have pleaded guilty and been sanctioned for urinating on the corpses of Afghan Taliban fighters and posing for pictures with the dead, the Quantico-based unit said Monday. “Three Marines received non-judicial punishment today for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for their role…

Britain ‘appalled’ by Afghanistan beheadings

LONDON — Britain on Monday condemned “in the strongest terms” reports that Taliban Islamist insurgents had beheaded 17 civilians at a party in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said he was “appalled” at the killings and also at an attack on a checkpoint in the province which…

Twitter appeals court on Occupy protestor’s disorderly conduct charge

Twitter has lodged an appeal against a New York judge’s decision that it must hand over detailed information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct. In July, Twitter was ordered to hand over almost three months’ worth of messages and other details related to the account of activist Malcolm Harris. Harris was…

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