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New Obama ad mocks ‘out of touch’ Romney

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign savagely mocked Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with ordinary Americans Wednesday with a web video featuring a highlight reel of the Republican’s gaffes. The move came as Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, argues that it is Obama that has lost touch with…

Lance Armstrong attacks USADA over doping charge

WASHINGTON — Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong lashed out at the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, saying they want to brand him a drugs cheat based on “discredited” allegations. “I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules,…

Alligator bites hand off Florida boat captain

MIAMI — A Florida tour boat operator had his hand bitten off as he was feeding an alligator marshmallows to entertain passengers, officials said Wednesday. The boat was carrying about six tourists late Tuesday when the alligator leapt up and devoured the sweets along with the captain’s hand, according to…

Romney tells D.C.: business not the enemy

WASHINGTON — Preaching to the converted on lower taxes and less regulation, Republican Mitt Romney courted more than 100 of America’s top chief executives Wednesday demanding government be an ally of enterprise, “not the enemy.” The man challenging President Barack Obama for the White House in November made a rare…

Over 50 alleged Zetas members arrested in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico — More than 50 alleged members of the feared Zetas drug cartel, including two active duty policemen, women and children, were arrested in northern Mexico, officials said Wednesday. The arrests came on the heels of the indictment Tuesday of the man believed to be the gang’s second in…

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria (via The Christian Science Monitor) As soon as Gen. Robert Mood stepped out of his white SUV he was mobbed by hundreds of men, women, and children. The leader of the unarmed UN observer mission to Syria had come…

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar

Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she…

Retail sales fall for second month in a row

US retail sales fell for a second consecutive month in May, the government reported Wednesday, a worrying sign that consumers are cutting back spending that fuels most of the economy. Retail sales fell 0.2 percent in May, following a revised 0.2 percent decline in April, the Commerce Department said. The…

Scottish first minister believes The Observer hacked his bank account

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Wednesday he believed his bank account was accessed by the Observer, a sister paper of the Guardian which helped expose a phone-hacking scandal. Salmond told the Leveson inquiry, a wide-ranging probe into press ethics, he had no evidence that Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News…

Google street view engineers say they were unaware of data breach

Google has published sworn declarations from nine engineers, as the company tries to answer claims it orchestrated a cover-up of its collection of personal data from millions of internet users. Nine engineers involved in the controversial Street View project said they were unaware it had been designed to capture private…

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