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Vote glitch reports pile up in 2012 election

WASHINGTON — Voting went smoothly in Tuesday’s US elections, except when it didn’t. Some computer problems, as well as human ones, drew complaints across the country as millions of Americans went to the polls. One Pennsylvania voter highlighted a problem with voting machines on YouTube, complete with video, in which…

New storm prompts airline to cancel flights to, from New York

NEW YORK — United Airlines announced Tuesday it would suspend flights to and from the New York City area due to the arrival of a new storm to a region still recovering from superstorm Sandy. The decision affects three major New York regional airports — JFK, La Guardia and Newark…

Obama, Romney use social media for final vote push

WASHINGTON — As the US presidential election neared a nail-biting close Tuesday, both candidates took to Twitter, Facebook and Reddit to make a final plea for votes, capping a huge social media push to the polls. Americans flocked to social networks all day to post photographic proof they had cast…

Microsoft announces it will replace Messenger with Skype

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that recently-acquired Skype will replace its Messenger online chat service. “Skype and Messenger are coming together,” Skype said in a post at its website. “By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.” The transition began a few weeks ago…

New York officials call for coastal evacuation as nor’easter approaches

New storm expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to region that is still recovering from superstorm Sandy New York officials are encouraging a partial evacuation of low-lying coastal regions on Tuesday, ahead of a nor’easter that is expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to a region that is still…

Both major political parties ‘lawyer up’ for Election Day challenges

Obama, Romney teams 'lawyer up' for Election Day vote disputes (via The Christian Science Monitor) Dreading the thought of another Florida 2000 – “hanging chads” anyone? – battalions of Republican and Democratic lawyers have fanned out across the country, prepared to do battle over every last polling place, every vote…

Pet surgery could save human lives

Jon Henley: Many devoted pet owners are happy to spend thousands on operations for their cats and dogs – and these procedures could help teach scientists about human diseases, too If he could see himself now, Harry would be horrified. Slack-mouthed, out for the count, he has got drips going…

British police arrest hacker for cyber attack

British police on Tuesday arrested a man over an alleged cyber-attack on the websites of Home Secretary Theresa May and her interior ministry. The 41-year-old was arrested at his home in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on suspicion of encouraging a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, Scotland Yard said. He is…

Chris Matthews: ‘Idiots’ vote for ‘numbskull’ third party candidates

Chris Matthews let everyone watching MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner know that people who vote for third parties or refrain from voting are “idiots.” “If you don’t vote you’re an idiot,” he began. “The haters all voted, they always vote. The haters will show up,” Matthews explained. “It’s the lovers…

Spain upholds same sex marriage after challenge

Spain’s constitutional court upheld Tuesday a 2005 law allowing homosexual marriage and adoption after an appeal, a court official said. Spain’s ruling conservative Popular Party had appealed the law, passed seven years ago by a Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his party objected to use of the word…

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