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Technical glitch delays 9/11 hearing at Guantanamo

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — The next court appearance of five men charged over the 9/11 attacks has been delayed until Thursday due to an Internet outage, the presiding judge said Tuesday. The preliminary hearings in a US military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had already been…

Top U.S. general blasts ex-officers for attacking Obama

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — US military chief General Martin Dempsey denounced ex-officers Tuesday for waging a campaign against President Barack Obama, arguing that soldiers had a duty to stay above the political fray. Wading into a potential minefield during a hotly contested White House race, Dempsey voiced his…

Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention in Florida

MIAMI — A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year’s Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of Guadeloupe on Tuesday, and forecasters say it could become a hurricane on track to hit Florida next…

Romney nets $6-7 million in one fundraising day

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney raked in as much as $7 million in a single day of fundraising as the Republican padded his campaign war chest for the showdown with President Barack Obama. Traveling press secretary Rick Gorka said Romney would clear somewhere between $6 million and $7…

U.S. skeptical of Syrian overture on Assad resignation

WASHINGTON — The United States expressed deep skepticism Tuesday about suggestions by Syria’s deputy prime minister that the regime was open to discussing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation. “We saw the reports of the press conference that the deputy prime minister gave. Frankly, we didn’t see anything terribly new there,”…

Apple-Samsung smartphone clash heads to jury

SAN JOSE, California — The mammoth Apple-Samsung patent trial moved to the jury Tuesday, setting the stage for a verdict that could have huge implications for the hot market in smartphones and tablet computers. US District Judge Lucy Koh began reading instructions to the nine-member jury in San Jose, California,…

Biden to visit Florida during Republican convention

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden will look his opponents in the eyes next week when he campaigns in Tampa, Florida during the first two days of the Republican National Convention there. The Republican event, which runs from August 27 to 30, will see former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney…

U.S. launches test of Wi-Fi to prevent car accidents

WASHINGTON — A US government-funded program on Tuesday launched a test of Wi-Fi technology to help reduce road accidents. The Transportation Department said the program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will enable vehicles and infrastructure to “talk” to each other in real time to help avoid crashes and improve traffic flow.…

Appeal planned in Vatican sex abuse suit: lawyer

WASHINGTON — A US man who sued the Vatican after years of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest plans to appeal a court ruling dismissing the case, his attorney said Tuesday. The lawsuit in the western US city of Portland, Oregon was the first in…

In U.S., 19 million have no access to high-speed Internet

WASHINGTON — Around six percent of the US population, or 19 million people, lack access to high-speed Internet even though deployment has improved in recent years, a government study said Tuesday. Around 14.5 million of those without access to broadband are in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission report said.…

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