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Xe — formerly Blackwater — fined $7.5 million over arms case

WASHINGTON — The security firm formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a fine of $7.5 million to avoid US prosecution for smuggling arms, the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday. The company, now known as Academi, will pay the fine in addition to a previously agreed $42…

Venezuela candidate slams Chavez over Nazi accusations

CARACAS — Venezuela’s leading opposition candidate — whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor — on Tuesday slammed President Hugo Chavez’s accusations that he is tied to Nazi groups. It was the latest in a series of intensely personal exchanges in the brutally negative campaign, in which the youthful Henrique Capriles…

Hungarian Nazi suspect cleared of 1941 deportation

BUDAPEST — Hungarian prosecutors cleared Tuesday a 97-year-old of organising the 1941 deportation of 300 Jews but were still probing more serious allegations about his later World War II activities. Accusations that Laszlo Csatary sent the 300 to their deaths at the Kamyanets-Podilsky camp in Ukraine were “groundless” since he…

Obama deportation deferral could benefit 1.76 million

WASHINGTON — A new estimate Tuesday says 1.76 million undocumented immigrants in the United States — higher than previous guesses — could benefit from President Barack Obama’s new deportation deferral policy. The report by the Migration Policy Institute estimates that three out of four likely applicants came to the United…

YouTube dropped from iPhone-iPad operating system

SAN FRANCISCO — Applications to let users watch YouTube videos will not be pre-installed on the next generation of iPhones, iPads and iPod devices, in another sign of mounting rivalry between Apple and Google. People will still be able to watch YouTube videos on Apple’s globally popular products by linking…

Christians, but not Muslims, can pray in Israel holy sites: court

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court on Tuesday backed an Israeli government policy of allowing Christians from the Gaza Strip to pray at Israeli and West Bank holy sites, and denying the enclave’s Muslims the same right. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal lodged by six Gaza Muslims and Israeli non-governmental…

NASA shows first ‘crime scene’ photo of Mars landing

WASHINGTON — About 36 hours after the US space agency’s landed its $2.5 billion rover on Mars, NASA released Tuesday what it called a “crime scene” aerial shot of where the parachute, heat shield and rover came down. The touchdown on August 6 of the Mars Science Laboratory involved the…

White House dismisses talk of Petraeus for VP

WASHINGTON — The White House Tuesday knocked down a report that President Barack Obama feared that Republican Mitt Romney wants CIA chief and Iraq war hero David Petraeus as his running mate. “Be mindful of your sources,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told a reporter who queried him on the…

Amazon gets into online social games

SAN FRANCISCO — Online retail colossus Amazon on Tuesday launched its first online social game in a challenge to Zynga. The “Living Classics” title was tailored for play at leading social network Facebook, where Zynga rose to stardom. “Why is Amazon making social games?, you ask. Good question!” the Seattle-based…

U.S. stocks score 3-day rally on stimulus hopes

NEW YORK — US stocks rallied for a third straight day Tuesday, buoyed by hopes for more stimulus from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank to boost weak economies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 13,168.60, up 51.09 points, or 0.39 percent. The tech-rich Nasdaq gained 25.95…

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