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Obama and Romney advisers spar on live TV over offshore investments

Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs tried unsuccessfully on Monday to get Romney campaign adviser Dan Senor to explain why his candidate would not release more tax returns to prove he had broken no laws by hiding money in Swiss bank accounts and a secret Bermuda corporation. “It was reported that…

Report: Police spying on more cell phones than ever

U.S. law enforcement agencies are tracking more cellular devices than ever these days but obtaining fewer wiretapping warrants, according to a report by Eric Lichtblau, published in Sunday’s New York Times. That’s thanks in part to a proliferation in location-based technologies and flexible communications providers that turn over information based…

Rolls-Royce wins $183 million U.S. Army contract

Rolls-Royce said on Monday that it had won an important contract to service helicopter engines for the US army. “Rolls-Royce has received a contract valued at $183 million (149 million euros) to service M250 engines, which power the US Army’s fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters,” it said in…

Florida accused of concealing worst tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years

The state of Florida has been struggling for months with what the Centers for Disease Control describe as the worst tuberculosis outbreak in the United States in twenty years. Although a CDC report went out to state health officials in April encouraging them to take concerted action, the warning went…

Texas to challenge Justice Department’s block of voter ID law

Texas will launch a challenge to a central piece of civil rights legislation in a Washington court on Monday in a case the Obama administration has characterised as a fight to protect the right to vote. The five-day hearing will rule on whether the US justice department has the power…

George Will: Historic heat wave is just ‘summer… get over it’

Conservative columnist George Will is denying that the historic heat wave that’s cooking most of the United States has any relation to global warming or climate change. ABC News reported on Sunday that more than 2,000 heat records had been broken across the U.S. just since the beginning of July.…

Clinton: ‘sand is running out of the hourglass’ for Assad

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned hardline Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad that his days were numbered as both countries intensified the rhetoric in a war of words on Sunday. Speaking in Tokyo, Clinton said an admission by UN mediator Kofi Annan that his peace plan was failing should serve…

Haley Barbour: ‘Romney is smart’ not to lay out policies

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) on Sunday said that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney was “smart” not to give voters specifics about how he would govern if elected president of the United States. During an interview on CBS, host Bob Schieffer asked Barbour if it was going to take more…

O’Malley hammers Romney: Swiss bank account never built an American bridge

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) struggled on Sunday to explain presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s investments outside the United States, including Swiss bank accounts and a corporation in Bermuda. During an interview with ABC’s Terry Moran, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) ripped into Romney for betting “against America” with…

McCain slams ‘shameful’ U.S. inaction on Syria

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his government has been “shameful and disgraceful” in its response to the carnage in Syria, US Senator John McCain said Sunday, slamming Washington’s inaction on the issue. “The fact is that the United States has played no leadership role,” McCain, a veteran senator and…

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