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Obama hits Romney over finding tax plan would benefit America’s richest

A fresh row has broken out over Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s vow to extend tax cuts for America’s richest people after a study found it would likely see the fiscal burden placed on poorer and working class families increase. Hitting the stump in Ohio, President Barack Obama cited the…

Anaheim mayor meets with Latino community amid calls for city reforms

The mayor of Anaheim, the city in southern California where public anger over a spate of police shootings has sparked protests among the Latino community, has visited the site of the latest fatality in a show of solidarity with residents. Tom Tait and city councilwoman Lorri Galloway heard concerns from…

Rep. Rohrabacher compares Iranian exile camp to Auschwitz

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Washington accused US and Iraqi leaders Wednesday of perpetuating appalling conditions for Iranian exiles housed near Baghdad, with one Republican comparing the facilities to Auschwitz. The outrage over the conditions came as the US State Department expressed concern over Iraq’s threatened forced closure of Camp Ashraf,…

Cyclist killed in collision with Olympics shuttle bus

LONDON — A man was killed Wednesday when a bicycle was involved in a collision with an Olympics shuttle bus just outside the site of the Games in London, police said. An AFP reporter saw a man’s legs protruding from under the double decker bus on a slip road outside…

Frank Sinatra’s New York pad goes up for sale

NEW YORK — Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse, where Ol’ Blue Eyes entertained the hell-raising Rat Pack, has gone on the market for $7.7 million. “Occupy Sinatra’s Party Penthouse Night and Day,” the brokers, Rubicon Property, Tweeted. The apartment that Andy Warhol described as a “glittering grotto in the sky”…

Fed sees weaker growth but holds off stimulus

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the US economy Wednesday, saying growth had slowed, but shied away from launching a fresh round of economic stimulus. “Economic activity decelerated somewhat over the first half of this year,” the Fed said at the conclusion of a two-day top-level meeting…

San Antonio airport evacuated after bomb threat

CHICAGO — About 1,000 people were evacuated from the airport in the US city of San Antonio on Wednesday after the Texas facility received a “credible” bomb threat by telephone, a spokesman said. Passengers and staff were escorted out onto the sweltering tarmac while a bomb squad swept the terminal…

GOP leader advice to boost Romney likability: ‘Shop at Staples’

GOP leader offers advice for addressing Mitt Romney's likability problem (via The Christian Science Monitor) House majority whip Kevin McCarthy acknowledges that Mitt Romney trails Barack Obama in voter ratings on likability. But that factor won’t matter as much as it usually does in presidential elections, he argues, because financially…

Facebook’s carbon footprint smaller than Google’s

Facebook has, for the first time, revealed the carbon footprint of its operations and its more than 900m users’ likes, photo albums and status updates. The data, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking’s rising star, its carbon emissions are still a fraction of internet rival Google. Facebook’s…

Dead humpback whale found in Sydney ocean pool

A dead humpback whale washed up in a Sydney ocean pool Wednesday, surprising morning swimmers and causing a major headache for authorities who must now remove it. The 11.6 metre (38 foot) young adult humpback, which appeared to have been dead for several days, washed up at Newport beach’s ocean…

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