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Death toll nears 100 as Hurricane Sandy’s wrath lingers

A grim routine set in Friday as superstorm Sandy’s US victims struggled to adjust to gas lines, power outages and temporary housing while the death toll from the monster cyclone approached 100. New York’s famed subway lurched back to life with limited service Thursday, offering some relief from the storm-battered…

Jobs data to frame Obama and Romney showdown in Ohio

President Barack Obama and Republican foe Mitt Romney on Friday awaited the last monthly jobs data before their tied-up election, ahead of a frenzied rush through must-win state Ohio. The rivals, back at one another’s throats after a truce during superstorm Sandy, will hold five rallies between them in the…

Citizens of China and Japan support Barack Obama for a second term, poll shows

Citizens of China and Japan overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama to win a second term, according to an AFP-Ipsos poll which suggests Mitt Romney’s tough talk on the Asian powers could have dented his image. The US elections may be a toss-up at home but the survey carried out by…

Pentagon to end exclusive deal with RIM’s Blackberry

The Pentagon will no longer retain an exclusive contract with Blackberry maker Research in Motion and has invited companies such as Apple to offer smart phones to its vast work force. The move, announced Thursday, comes only days after another government agency, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said…

Outrage as Antarctic ocean sanctuary talks end in failure

SYDNEY — Conservation groups expressed outrage after resistance led by China and Russia stymied efforts to carve out new marine sanctuaries and protect thousands of species across Antarctica. Hopes were high that a reserve covering 1.6 million square kilometres (640,000 square miles) would be green-lighted for the pristine Ross Sea,…

Jobless rate could tick higher, say analysts

WASHINGTON — The US unemployment rate could tick up slightly but the numbers will likely show an economy still generating new positions at a modest rate when October’s jobs report is published Friday. In the last marker before the November 6 election of President Barack Obama’s record in battling high…

Romney campaign ad ties Obama to Chavez and Castro

MIAMI — A new ad by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign depicts Barack Obama as the preferred candidate of Hugo Chavez and the niece of Fidel Castro, both figures of scorn in Florida’s Hispanic community. The ad — apparently a gambit calculated to pry Latino support from the president — aired…

Supreme Court doubtful on warrantless police detention

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court showed skepticism Thursday of the government’s argument that police can follow and arrest a suspect while waiting for a search warrant, even far from the premises. The case involves a man from Long Island, New York who was sentenced to 30 years in prison…

Starbucks dismisses tax avoidance claims

Starbucks executives have dismissed charges that it has underpaid its European tax bills. Politicians in the UK, Germany and France have begun investigations into the coffee company following a Reuters report that the firm told investors its European businesses made a $40m (£25m) profit in 2011, but filed accounts that…

University of San Diego accused of ‘Sovietization’ of Catholic intellectual life

A leading British historian has accused a US university of “colluding in the Sovietisation” of Roman Catholic intellectual life after it rescinded an invitation to a prominent liberal theologian who has argued the case for same-sex marriage on the grounds that she “dissent[s] publicly” from the Church’s moral teachings. Tina…

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