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Romney slams U.S. visa for Castro daughter visit

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney said he was “greatly disturbed” that President Barack Obama’s administration had granted a visitor’s visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who supports gay rights, was granted the visa to attend the annual conference of the Latin American Studies…

U.S. faces 2013 recession after ‘fiscal cliff’: CBO

WASHINGTON — The United States faces a likely recession next year if Congress fails to stop scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes in January, congressional budget analysts warned Tuesday. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that if currently mandated fiscal conditions are implemented — what some observers call a “fiscal…

Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

MONTREAL — A man who leaped into Niagara Falls survived but has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified man was rescued around noon on Monday about two hours after witnesses reported seeing him scale a protective wall at the popular tourist attraction and “deliberately jump” into…

British Parliament to probe ex-Murdoch aides over hacking

LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday referred three former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to their standards committee over claims they misled parliament over the phone-hacking scandal. A damning report by parliament’s influential culture committee had accused the three former aides this month of deliberately misleading its members during…

U.S. will judge Iran on ‘actions’ after IAEA deal

WASHINGTON — The United States gave a cool reception Tuesday to a mooted deal between the IAEA and Iran, saying the agreement marked a “step forward” but stating that Tehran would be judged on its actions. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said upon returning from Tehran that he…

Bomb found before Colombian ex-president’s speech

BUENOS AIRES — Authorities found and deactivated a bomb Tuesday at a theater in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was to deliver a speech, officials said. “During an inspection, security personnel found the bomb in a lamp in the theater. It is of the…

Dell profit plunges on disappointing sales

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer maker Dell on Tuesday reported a 33 percent drop in profits in a disappointing quarterly report for former market leader. The company, which has slipped to third place in the global PC market, said its profit in the first fiscal quarter fell to $635 million.…

American Express plants money trees in ‘Farmville’

SAN FRANCISCO — American Express on Tuesday began letting lovers of Zynga games plant money trees on “Farmville” acreage. The financial services titan known for high-status credit cards unveiled an alliance with the San Francisco based social games star. Players of Zynga’s popular “FarmVille” will be able to earn in-game…

Transatlantic US Airways passenger detained in Maine for suspicious behavior

A transatlantic US Airways flight from Paris to Charlotte has been diverted to an airport in Maine after reports of a passenger acting suspiciously. Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the plane into the airport at Bangor, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad). The transportation security…

Oil prices drop in the face of stronger U.S. dollar

Oil recoiled Tuesday, hit by profit-taking and the stronger dollar on the eve of an informal meeting in Brussels where the eurozone’s crippling sovereign debt crisis will top of the agenda. Financial markets were also under pressure after Fitch slashed Japan’s credit rating by two notches on Tuesday, citing its…

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