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Samsung unveils computers running on Windows 8

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics unveiled notebook and tablet computers running on Windows 8 Tuesday, the latest firm toshowcase products that use Microsoft’s eagerly-awaited new operating system. On the opening day of Asia’s leading IT fair in Taipei, Samsung showcased the products, including the Series 5 Hybrid which has features of both a laptop and a tablet, in a…

Stephen Breyer opens up on Supreme Court life in 21st century

WASHINGTON — Resolving modern-life social and legal issues by applying a constitution drawn up over 200 years ago is a tough and ever evolving challenge, says US Supreme Court judge Stephen Breyer. “George Washington knew about commerce between the states, he did not know about the Internet,” Breyer told AFP…

Pentagon chief heads to India amid U.S. focus on Asia

HANOI — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flies to India on Tuesday for talks focusing on Washington’s strategic shift towards Asia, as US officials eye New Delhi as a potentially pivotal partner. Security ties to India have steadily improved in recent years but US officials have yet to realise the goal…

Green groups block websites to protest Canada oil

MONTREAL — Hundreds of environmentalists and other activists in Canada made their websites go dark to protest planned measures to facilitate oil pipeline construction. The groups accuse the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper of trying to silence opponents of exploitation of Alberta’s tar sands, the third-largest oil reserves…

Bill Clinton stumps for Obama, slams ‘calamitous’ Romney

NEW YORK — Bill Clinton campaigned Monday with President Barack Obama in New York City, sprinkling political stardust on his Democratic successor and blasting challenger Mitt Romney for embracing the politics of “constant conflict.” The presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign is using recent Clinton comments praising Romney’s business record against Obama,…

How low can Facebook go?

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after the largest, most anticipated IPO in years, Facebook shares keep going down. And down. And down. And investors want to know how far they can go. During trade on Monday the shares hit $26.44, more than 30 percent below the initial public offering price of…

Springsteen favored to write new U.S. anthem: poll

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two percent of Americans think veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen should compose a new US national anthem to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” suggests an online poll released Monday. That’s more than the 19 percent who think country legend Dolly Parton is up to the task, or the 18 percent…

Solar-powered plane attempts first intercontinental flight

MADRID — A Swiss adventurer aims to make the world’s first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane Tuesday, taking off from Madrid shortly before dawn on a daring trip to Rabat. Bernard Piccard, 54-year-old psychiatrist and balloonist, is to pilot the Solar Impulse plane, a giant as big as an…

Wider letter spacing helps dyslexics read: study

WASHINGTON — European researchers said Monday that offering reading materials with wider spacing between the letters can help dyslexic children read faster and better. In a sample of dyslexic children age eight to 14, extra-wide letter spacing doubled accuracy and increased reading speed by more than 20 percent, according to…

New legislation aims to curb cancer drug shortages

CHICAGO — A critical shortage of generic drugs in the United States, particularly in cancer care, could be curbed with legislation now being hammered out by the US House and Senate, doctors said on Monday. Similar versions have passed each chamber and may be reconciled in time for President Barack…

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