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U.S. military says WikiLeaks suspect broke rules before

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US military lawyers said Wednesday that Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of passing a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks, had breached security before and knew he was breaking the law. A pre-trial hearing for Manning, 24, who could be jailed for life if he is…

Syria’s Aleppo bears scars of five-week battle

ALEPPO, Syria — The blast of a tank shell smashing into a mosque sends Abu Fadi running for cover into a building used by fighters bent on taking over Aleppo in their campaign to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Bashar is willing to waste 1,000 shells just to hit one…

Obama camp shrugs off Ann Romney speech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The Obama camp played down talk Wednesday that a widely praised speech by Mitt Romney’s wife at the Republican convention could ease the challenger’s problems with women voters. Ann Romney delivered a heartfelt tribute to her husband Mitt at the party jamboree in Tampa, Florida Tuesday, in…

Lindsay Lohan barred from fabled Hollywood hotel

LOS ANGELES — Perennially troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been barred from a storied Hollywood hotel for failing to pay more than $46,000 in bills, a leaked letter from the manager showed Wednesday. The bills racked up at the Chateau Marmont — where John Belushi died from an overdose in…

Obama vows full support for Isaac victims

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — US President Barack Obama said Wednesday his government was doing everything it could to help victims of Hurricane Isaac, which caused widespread damage and flooding. “Our thoughts are with you. Our prayers are with you,” Obama said in a message to the people of the Gulf Coast…

Judge sets December hearing on Samsung phone ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge in the landmark Apple-Samsung case set a December 6 hearing on punitive damages to the US firm for patent infringement and on whether to ban eight Samsung phones in the US market. Judge Lucy Koh said in an order Wednesday she would bypass proceedings on…

Inequality could cause South Africa revolution: deputy president

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday issued a warning about the yawning gap between rich and poor, after a deadly mine strike highlighted inequality. The country’s “conspicuous consumption… in the midst of grinding poverty” was likely to ignite strong feelings against the wealthy, he told…

Federal Reserve sees tepid economy ahead of rate meeting

WASHINGTON — The US economy continued to grow at a tepid pace during the last two months, amid slight improvements in retail sales and the depressed housing market, the Federal Reserve said in a report Wednesday. “Economic activity continued to expand gradually in July and early August across most regions…

Obama to play up national security record at Democratic convention

The Democratic Party will play up what it sees as President Barack Obama’s shining national security credentials at its party convention next week, aides to the president said Wednesday. The party will “highlight the significant role President Obama’s strong record on national security and veterans issues” during the convention in…

Paul Ryan takes center stage at Republican convention

Remember “hockey mom” Sarah Palin in ’08? On Wednesday it’s the turn of youthful Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to wow the Republican convention as he accepts the party’s vice presidential nomination. At 42, Ryan is two years younger than the former Alaska governor was when she was thrust into prime-time…

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