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Online innovation threatened by governments, Clinton adviser warns

Governments that attempt to regain control of the internet pose the greatest threat to innovation online, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has warned. Alec Ross, an adviser on innovation in the US state department, told a conference in London on Wednesday that governments across the globe will soon begin…

U.S. opens new areas of Gulf of Mexico to drilling

The US government offered up new areas of the central Gulf of Mexico for drilling for the first time since the 2010 BP oil spill and received $1.7 billion in winning bids, officials said Wednesday. Environmental groups tried to block the long-awaited sale by filing a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that…

U.S. military sacks instructor over anti-Islamic class

WASHINGTON — The US military said Wednesday “poor judgement” allowed an instructor to present inflammatory anti-Islamic material in a course for senior officers. The instructor has been removed from his teaching job at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the elective course will be redesigned, officials said,…

Activists stage colorful anti-Rio+20 demo in central Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — With placards, balloons and chain saws, thousands of militants staged a good-natured and colorful protest in central Rio Wednesday against the UN Rio+20 summit on a ‘green’ economy. The march drew environmentalists, workers, civil servants, black militants, homosexuals, indigenous peoples and feminists on the day world…

Facebook and Yahoo! in patent fight truce talks

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and Yahoo! are in patent war truce talks that could end a legal battle between the companies, according to court documents available online Wednesday. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” attorney Kevin Smith of the Yahoo! legal team said in…

Assange’s asylum bid a possible boon for Ecuador’s Correa

QUITO — Ecuador may well grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s request for political asylum, analysts say, in a bid by President Rafael Correa to needle the United States and boost his image at home. The 40-year-old Australian turned up Tuesday at Ecuador’s embassy in London, seeking asylum after Britain’s Supreme…

Uganda to ban NGOs that ‘promote’ homosexuality

KAMPALA — Uganda will ban 38 nongovernmental organisations for spreading homosexuality, the minister for ethics and integrity said on Wednesday. “I have investigated and established beyond reasonable doubt that these NGOs have been involved in the promotion and recruitment in terms of the [gay] issues,” Minister Simon Lokodo told AFP.…

Gloomy Fed pulls trigger on more economic stimulus

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve unleashed a fresh wave of economic stimulus Wednesday as it predicted subpar US growth would be even worse this year than thought. After a two-day meeting the Fed doubled down on a program to lower long-term borrowing costs, as it sharply revised down 2012 growth…

Defense rests in pedophile trial of Jerry Sandusky

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania — US defense lawyers on Wednesday rested their case in the pedophilia trial of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, without calling him to the stand. Closing arguments are now expected in the trial of Sandusky, 68, once a well-respected assistant coach at Penn State, one of the…

Poll finds Obama takes significant lead over Romney

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has opened up a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney in a national poll released Wednesday, even as a majority of respondents say the country is on the wrong track. Most surveys in recent weeks suggest a tight race for the White House culminating in…

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