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Obama, Romney gear up for first debate  DENVER: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at last stand face-to-face Wednesday to duel for the White House in the first of a trio of debates just 33 days before American voters decide their fates.   Obama heads into the showdown in Denver with a narrow lead in his bid to defy historic omens sown by a stubbornly sluggish economic recovery, and to become only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term.   Republican Romney, down in almost all the key battleground states that will decide who wins the 270 electoral votes needed to win on November 6, seeks a sharp change of momentum in a race that seems to be slipping away.   The rivals will step up to podiums at the University of Denver in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, at 7:00 pm (0100 GMT) to clash over the economy and other domestic issues.   But veteran anchor Jim Lehrer, ...

Palins yet to claim Exxon Valdez oil spill compensation money  ANCHORAGE: Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is not shy about voicing her opinions to national audiences, headlining big-ticket political events and exposing her family and personal life on reality TV.   But so far the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin have not come forward to claim their share of a settlement fund established for victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.   The pair was among the nearly 1,000 plaintiffs who have not claimed ...
Approving Nexen deal would be treason: Canada MP   OTTAWA: Canada's Conservative government will commit treason if it approves a $15.1 billion bid by China's state-owned CNOOC Ltd to buy Canadian oil company Nexen Inc, opposition Member of Parliament Pat Martin said on Tuesday.   Martin was speaking during debate in the House of Commons on a motion by his left-leaning New Democratic Party demanding that the government hold public consultations before deciding whether to approve the deal.   He said China had displaced Canadian jobs in the ...
US orders $163mn fine for WASHINGTON: US federal court has ordered a $163 million fine against the operators of a "scareware" scheme which tricked computer users into thinking they were infected, and then sold them a "fix," officials said Tuesday.   The Federal Trade Commission said the court imposed the fine on Kristy Ross and two companies, Innovative Marketing and ByteHosting Internet Services, and permanently barred them from selling computer security software.   The FTC said its probe dated back to 2008 when it ...
US lawmaker calls for Benghazi security were ignored WASHINGTON: Washington denied "repeated requests" for more security at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya prior to last month's deadly attack, a top Republican watchdog in Congress said Tuesday.   Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, demanded answers from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about an apparent lack of sufficient protections at the facility.   "Multiple US federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the US mission ...
Australian tycoon fined for Arctic party cruise OTTAWA: Warming has opened up the Arctic to shipping and now also raucous tourists, say Canadian authorities who last month levied $10,000 in fines against an Australian tycoon for a booze-fueled party cruise.   The Royal Canadian Mounted Police boarded a 34-meter, seven-stateroom luxury yacht moored in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on September 7 and charged its owner, Paul McDonald, 51, with providing liquor to a minor and being in possession of liquor without a permit.   The federal police ...
Obama holds lead with boost from women: poll  WASHINGTON: Women voters have lifted President Barack Obama over his Republican rival in the latest national poll out Tuesday, just five weeks ahead of the November 6 presidential election.   Obama remains ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 49-45% among voters nationwide, with a 56-38% lead among women, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.   Romney leads 52-42% among white voters and 53-42% among men, it found.   The poll came out a day before the first of three presidential ...


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