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Facebook shares hit new low on growth worries

NEW YORK — Facebook shares on Thursday sank to a new low after the world’s leading social network reported a loss of $157 million in its first earnings after its public offering. The financial results were largely in line with expectations and were dragged down by reserves set aside for…

Protest targets Chick-fil-A food truck in same sex marriage row

WASHINGTON — Protesters targeted a Chick-fil-A food truck in downtown Washington on Thursday after the fast-food chain’s president came out candidly against same-sex marriage on religious grounds. “Ho-ho, hey-hey, Chick-fil-A is anti-gay,” chanted a young crowd of around 20 demonstrators, with no apparent impact on the steady flow of patrons…

UN chief makes 11th hour plea on arms treaty

UNITED NATIONS — UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a last-ditch effort Thursday to break the deadlock over a landmark treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade, urging countries to “show flexibility.” Ban issued a statement saying he was concerned at the “very limited progress” made during month-long negotiations in New…

U.S. braces for make-or-break economic data

WASHINGTON — The United States is bracing for growth figures that will set the tone for the last 100 days of the race to the White House and help decide if the Fed pulls the trigger on more economic stimulus. Early Friday in Washington, the Commerce Department will release its…

Judge to rule on Alec Baldwin ‘stalker’ case

EW YORK — A US judge said Thursday he will rule in September on an attempt by a Canadian actress to have stalking charges lodged by Hollywood star Alec Baldwin thrown out of court. Lawyers for Genevieve Sabourin, whom Baldwin accuses of sending love-struck emails and coming uninvited to his…

Apple pitches gadget security to hacker crowd

LAS VEGAS — Apple pitched security measures in its mobile gadgets on Thursday during its first presentation at a premier gathering of hackers and those intent on thwarting cyber attacks. The unprecedented talk by Apple head of software platform security Dallas De Atley at the 15th annual Black Hat conference…

U.S. Olympic shooters say don’t link us to Colorado theater horror

LONDON — US Olympic shooting competitors hope those watching the London Games do not link their firearm sports with the shooter who killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an American theatre last week. But the Olympic medallists said they could see how the horrific incident last week at…

‘Cure’ research suggests new paths to HIV control

WASHINGTON — Three studies presented Thursday at a major world conference on AIDS show new ways that scientists are striving toward a cure for the three-decade-old disease. One study focused on a group of 12 patients in France who began treatment on antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of becoming infected…

Geithner: ‘We don’t know’ about U.S. banks’ role in Libor-fixing scandal

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said he did not know whether three major US banks were involved in the manipulation of a key benchmark borrowing rate. Answering Senate Banking Committee questions about Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase’s possible roles in the global Libor fixing scandal, Geithner…

Survey: Two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter

Some world leaders may be making full use of the microblogging Twitter tool to promote their ideas, but other international figures are shunning the medium, a new survey revealed Thursday. “Sixteen of the G20 leaders are actively using Twitter for public diplomacy,” said Matthias Lufkens, Digital Practice Leader at Burson-Marsteller,…

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