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Nobel Prize for Physics rewards ‘groundbreaking’ quantum experiments

Nobel Prize for Physics rewards 'groundbreaking' quantum experiments A French and an American physicist are sharing the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for, in a sense, letting a cat out of the box. And not just any cat, but one that is dead and alive at the same time. Welcome…

Romney, Obama fighting hard in Ohio

Romney, Obama fighting hard in Ohio It’s still all about Ohio. After a strong debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts in the state that’s critical to his White House hopes, while President Barack Obama works to hang on to the polling edge he’s had here for weeks. Both…

Supreme Court lets AT&T wiretapping immunity stand

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court let stand Tuesday an immunity law on wiretapping viewed by government as a useful anti-terror tool but criticized by rights activists as a flagrant abuse of executive power. The top US court declined to review a December 2011 appeals court decision that rejected a…

Lady Gaga and Julian Assange meet in London

LONDON — US pop star Lady Gaga has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where he is currently seeking refuge, photos published on her website showed Tuesday. Gaga met with the former hacker for dinner at the embassy on Monday after launching her new perfume at the…

Americans who claim no religious affiliation at an all-time high

WASHINGTON — Protestants no longer make up the majority of the US population, while the proportion of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is at an all-time high, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday. In a report, the Washington think tank’s Forum on Religion & Public Life said 48 percent…

U.S. sues Wells Fargo for mortgage fraud

NEW YORK — The United States filed suit Tuesday against US banking giant Wells Fargo, alleging mortgage fraud that cost the government hundreds of million of dollars after the holders of the home loans defaulted. The civil fraud lawsuit, filed by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara in New York federal…

Palestinians set first private sector minimum wage

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinian government on Tuesday approved a minimum wage of 1,450 shekels ($376, 290 euros) a month for the private sector, labour minister Ahmed Majdalani said. “This is an unprecedented decision… on which we can build,” Majdalani told AFP, dismissing criticism that the rate was to…

Chavez backs Assad again, blames U.S. for war

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez vowed Tuesday to keep supporting Bashar al-Assad, calling him Syria’s legitimate president and blaming the United States for the war that has raged on for nearly 19 months. “How can I not support the government of Bashar al-Assad if it is the legitimate government of…

Obama jabs Romney in sharp new stump speech

COLUMBUS, Ohio — US President Barack Obama showed new urgency Tuesday as he repeatedly jabbed Republican Mitt Romney in a stylistic shift following his own lackluster debate performance. Obama, using a speeded up, staccato version of his speech, implored students in Ohio to vote and try to get other supporters…

Airline passenger held in Los Angeles after smoke grenade and weapons seized

LOS ANGELES — A 28-year-old man on a plane from Japan was arrested in Los Angeles after he was found wearing body armor and flame-proof pants, and transporting a small arsenal of weapons, officials said Tuesday. Yongda Huang Harris, a naturalized US citizen of Chinese descent, faces a charge of…

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