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Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention  MIAMI: A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year's Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of Guadeloupe on Tuesday, and forecasters say it could become a hurricane on track to hit Florida next week, when Republicans gather in Tampa. The US National Hurricane Center's five-day forecast shows the storm blowing over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba but does not extend to Monday, when the four-day convention kicks off. "It is too early to determine what, if any, impacts might be experienced in the Tampa area next week during the RNC," said Dennis Feltgen of the US National Weather Service. "The US is not yet in the forecast track cone, and there is a great deal of uncertainty beyond that five-day time frame." Thousands of party luminaries, top officials and supporters will convene in the Gulf coast city to ...

Holed-up Assange tells Obama to end WikiLeaks LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end the US "witchhunt" against his whistleblowing website Sunday, speaking from Ecuador's London embassy where he has been holed up for two months. Assange walked into the embassy in June after exhausting all legal avenues in Britain to stop being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes. "I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its ...
Obama slams Romney on taxes  WINDHAM: President Barack Obama hounded Mitt Romney on Saturday, saying his wealthy rival would pay only one percent in taxes on his vast wealth under a plan authored by his running mate Paul Ryan. Obama escalated his effort to use the pick of the conservative Republican congressman last week to drive votes away from Romney in swing states, including New Hampshire, where he was campaigning Saturday. "The centerpiece of my opponent's entire economic plan is a new ...
Wildfires strain outdoor tourism business in western US  SALMON: Wildfires sweeping across the western United States are straining communities that depend upon the summer tourism season, as recreation sites catch fire, campgrounds close and outdoor activities such as river rafting are disrupted. In the mountains of central Idaho, where whitewater rafting has replaced logging as an economic mainstay, blazes are curtailing trips on rivers whose world-class rapids draw an international crowd of thousands from June through August. Tourists who booked rafting trips months in advance ...
Romney on fundraising dash  OAK BLUFFS: Mitt Romney criss-crossed his home state of Massachusetts on Saturday in a major fundraising drive before the Republican convention, netting $7 million after a two-day blitz. A week after the roll-out of running mate Paul Ryan and with roughly 80 days to go before the November 6 election in which he aims to oust President Barack Obama, Romney was foregoing chances to campaign in crucial swing states, opting to raise cash with events in ...
Ryan stumps with mom to defend US health program  WASHINGTONL: Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned with his mother on Saturday to combat allegations he wants to dismantle Medicare, a politically sensitive public health program for seniors. "Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it's not the program. It's not a bunch of numbers. It's what my mom relies on," Ryan told supporters in the key battleground state of Florida, home to a large number of retirees. Ryan's 78-year-old mother, Betty Douglas, ...
Five killed in Mexico drug violence  DURANGO: Officials in the northern Mexican state of Durango said they found the tortured remains of four men and a woman, the latest killings in a drug-related crime wave gripping the country. "At a glance one could see several lesions on the surface of the bodies," the state of Durango prosecutor's office said in a brief statement Friday. The office refused to comment on local media reports that police found the mutilated bodies in 12 black bags. Durango ...

 



 
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