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Google extends online search to email boxes

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday began allowing users to extend online searches to include messages stored in accounts at Web-based email service Gmail. “Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public Web — it may be contained elsewhere, such as in your email,” Google search…

Sikh temple massacre casts light on white-power rock

WASHINGTON — Last weekend’s shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has thrown a spotlight onto the white power rock scene in the United States and bands like Definitive Hate, Attack and End Apathy. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old former psy-ops soldier who killed six worshippers in Oak Creek…

New York police launch high-tech camera surveillance system

NEW YORK — New York police on Wednesday launched what officials say is a revolutionary camera surveillance system that will simultaneously scan the streets and call up data on suspects. The Domain Awareness System, developed with Microsoft, “is an innovative tool that has the potential to revolutionize law enforcement, intelligence…

Top Colombian drug trafficker arrested: authorities

BOGOTA — The leader of a major drug trafficking organization known as the “Oficina de Envigado” was arrested Wednesday in the northeastern city of Medellin, Colombian authorities said. Calling the arrest of Erikson Vargas a “death blow” to the crime group, President Juan Manuel Santos said at a news conference…

New website seeks to ‘crowd fund’ college grad startups

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Google executive on Wednesday opened an online venue where college graduates with dreams of starting companies can be matched with investors and mentors. Recent and soon-to-be graduates are invited to pitch entrepreneurial ideas at Upstart.com, which one-time Google Enterprise president Dave Girouard created as way…

Obama: Romney would take women’s health care back to the 1950s

DENVER, Colorado — US President Barack Obama reopened a culture war battle over contraception Wednesday, saying Mitt Romney’s Republicans would take women’s preventive health care back to the 1950s. In a direct pitch for the votes of women, who could be crucial in November’s election, Obama flew to Colorado to…

Sen. Conrad tells Spain it’s on the right track

MADRID — A US senator who heads his country’s budget committee told Spain it was heading in the right direction in fixing its financial woes, but said more remains to be done. “We believe you are on the right track, we understand that more needs to be done and we…

India monitors BlackBerry emails without encryption codes

India has found a way to monitor BlackBerry corporate emails without asking developer Research in Motion (RIM) to hand over encryption codes a report said Wednesday, which could help end a standoff with the Canadian company. RIM and the Indian government are at loggerheads over access to Blackberry’s secure corporate email service, with New Delhi…

U.S. calls for ‘flexibility’ on climate change

The United States ran into crossfire on Wednesday after it called for “flexibility” in climate talks, even if this approach could not guarantee meeting the UN’s target on global warming. Europe demanded that the two-degree-Celsius (3.6-degree-Fahrenheit) objective set at the Copenhagen summit in 2009 be honoured while small island states accused Washington of…

Red Cross worried about civilians in ‘increasingly ethnic’ Congo conflict

An intensification in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left increasing numbers of civilians at risk of attacks, the Red Cross said on Wednesday. “The abuse of the civilian population we have been seeing in recent months is extremely worrying and contrary to all basic humanitarian principles,” said Franz…

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