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Facebook unveils Skype video calling feature

PALO ALTO, California — Facebook added Skype video calling on Wednesday for the hundreds of millions of users of the world’s leading social network. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new video calling feature during an event at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. “We think this is awesome because we’re…

Experts warn epic weather ravaging US could worsen

CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather. The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have…

Romney asks London hedge funds, bankers for financial support

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney takes his fund-raising machine to London next month, holding a reception aimed at wealthy American expatriates working at banks and hedge funds. A handful of London fund-raisers were held during the 2008 presidential election cycle, but Romney’s event, scheduled for July 6,…

Comedy icon Jerry Lewis ill in Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) – Veteran US comedian Jerry Lewis has had to cancel a sell-out Sydney tour after collapsing from exhaustion as he prepared to take the stage, promoters said Saturday. The 85-year-old was due to perform before a packed house in western Sydney Friday night to raise money for muscular…

Star-eating black hole sends flash from distant galaxy

WASHINGTON — A bright gamma-ray flash seen in March came from a distant galaxy nearly four billion light years away where a Sun-sized star was being eaten by a black hole, US astronomers said Thursday. The energy from the cataclysmic blast is still being observed two and a half months…

Which GOP superstars are attending Glenn Beck’s Jerusalem rally?

Soon-to-be-former Fox News host Glenn Beck is in the process of planning his upcoming rally in Israel, and according to one report, the guest list will be an unholy mash-up of conservative notables. The August 24 rally “to restore courage” (sequel to last summer’s “rally to restore honor” Beck threw…

Only five GOP presidential hopefuls to debate on Fox News

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls were set Thursday to hold their kick-off debate of the 2012 race, but most of the high-profile candidates likely rivals sitting out the event. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Absent. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney? Not there. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee? Nope.…

Amazon apologizes for Reddit, Foursquare outage

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amazon apologized Friday for an outage of its Web-hosting service that knocked a number of companies offline, including such popular websites as Foursquare, Quora and Reddit. The Seattle, Washington-based Amazon also acknowledged that some customers had lost data as a result of the technical problems that began…

Obama cranks up re-election machine

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – President Barack Obama has begun rallying supporters for his 2012 presidential campaign, recognizing that some of the soaring promise of 2008 has been grounded by tough political realities. At two campaign events late Wednesday in California, the first a gathering of wealthy donors at a private…

San Francisco considers requiring ID scans for most public events

The San Francisco Entertainment Commission was scheduled Tuesday to consider a proposal that would mandate ID scans for every person entering a “place of entertainment” attended by more than 100 people — a move that immediately sparked the fears of civil libertarians, who saw it as yet another encroachment of…

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