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US Air Force to launch new spy satellites to keep an eye on what other nations are doing in space

The US Air Force will launch new satellites Wednesday to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft, officials said. Two satellites are due to be sent into high-altitude orbits for the first time as part of a program that until a few months ago was…

UN rights chief condemns Israel and Hamas: ‘Strong possibility’ international law violated

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war…

US-bound migrants face racist abuse and torture in Mexico: human rights groups

Human rights groups on Tuesday said that US-bound migrants passing through Mexico routinely face abuses, discrimination and even torture. With the United States gearing efforts to curb a surge of unaccompanied minors mostly from Central America, human rights groups here aired concerns about bad treatment migrants young and old alike…

With sales sputtering, Apple’s iPad looks to IBM alliance

Apple Inc’s iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market. Apple shipped 13.2 million iPads in the June quarter, 8 percent fewer than a year earlier and…

Employees of religious organizations may yet get contraception coverage under Obamacare

The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. That is the gist of a brief filed on Tuesday in the U.S. Court of…

San Diego-area community rejects shelter for undocumented migrants

A San Diego suburb took center stage in the nation’s acrimonious immigration debate on Tuesday as planning commissioners there rejected a proposal to open a temporary shelter for Central American children caught illegally crossing the U.S. border. By a 6-0 vote, the Escondido Planning Commission found that the proposal for…

Homeland Security: Nearly 200 arrested, more than $625K seized in monthlong border crackdown

U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the campaign underscored the…

Sony invests in front-facing camera sensors to make ‘selfies’ look better

Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of…

Obama’s VA nominee promises corporate-style discipline under his watch

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter…

Maine Gov. LePage complains: Housing eight immigrant kids is a ‘huge burden’

BOSTON (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage blasted the White House on Tuesday for placing in his state eight children who tried to cross the border illegally. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has been struggling to find shelter for the wave of unaccompanied child immigrants from Guatemala, El…

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