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Obama, Romney wage a battle over Big Bird WASHINGTON: The battle over Big Bird intensified in the White House race Tuesday, as the towering yellow Muppet beloved by children got pinned down in the nasty crossfire between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.   Obama unveiled a new ad jabbing Romney over his vow to cut the subsidy for US public television, home of Big Bird's stomping ground "Sesame Street" if he is elected on November 6.   "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street," the ad said, jokingly describing Big Bird as the "evil genius" towering over financial felons like Ken Lay and Bernie Madoff.   "Mitt Romney. Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest," the announcer of the television ad, says pressing home Obama's contention that Romney, a former venture capitalist, would let Wall Street run wild.   Romney responded by feigning puzzlement about why Obama would dwell on such a triviality exactly four weeks ...

Confident Obama encourages supporters to be SAN FRANCISCO: US President Barack Obama encouraged supporters on Monday to be "obsessive" about working for his re-election in the final weeks of the campaign, declaring himself confident that he would win on Nov. 6.   Polls have narrowed in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Republican rival Mitt Romney since their debate last week, which most observers said the former Massachusetts governor won handily.   During a fundraising trip in California, the president sought to reassure his ...
IMF cuts growth outlook for Latin America on global weakness  MEXICO CITY: The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecasts for Latin America on Monday against a backdrop of deteriorating global growth and contagion risks if the euro zone crisis deepens and China's growth slows more than expected.   The IMF said overall growth in Latin America and the Caribbean would moderate to 3.2 percent this year - from 3.4 percent forecast in July. It still sees a pick-up in 2013, but trimmed its forecast to a ...
Cyberattacks against US rising unchecked: study  WASHINGTON: The number of cyberattacks targeting US organizations has doubled over the past three years, leading to hefty losses, a study released Monday showed.   The study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard said most of the attacks involve malicious code, denial of service, stolen or hijacked devices, or "malevolent insiders."   "The occurrence of cyberattacks has more than doubled over a three-year period, while the financial impact has increased by nearly 40 percent," the report ...
Turkey returns fire after mortar bomb strike from Syria-official  HACIPASA: The Turkish military launched a retaliatory strike on Syria on Monday after a mortar bomb fired from Syrian soil landed in countryside in Turkey's southern province of Hatay, a Turkish state official told Reuters.   It was the sixth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation. The round from Syria landed 150-200 metres within Turkey's border in the district of Hacipasa at about 3 p.m. (1200 GMT), the official said.   Edward Davey, who heads Britain's Department of Energy and ...
6.2 earthquake strikes off northwest Mexico  LONDON: A 6.2 earthquake struck in the Gulf of California off the Mexican coast on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported.   The quake was centered 69 miles (110 km) southwest of Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Mexico, at a depth of 6.2 miles, initial estimates showed.   Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
7 dead in spreading US meningitis outbreak  WASHINGTON: At least seven people have died and 91 have fallen ill in the United States in a worsening meningitis outbreak tied to a contaminated drug, updated figures showed Sunday.   Cases have been identified in nine states, with the hardest-hit being Tennessee, where 32 people have been diagnosed with the fungal infection and three have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.   Michigan is the second-most infected state, with 20 cases and two deaths, so far. Cases ...

 



 
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