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Judge Sides With Obama On Ohio Early Voting Suit Despite Romney Attacks

A federal judge sided with the Obama campaign on Friday and ruled that Ohio made an “arbitrary” decision when it took away early-voting rights for most voters but carved out a special exemption for military and overseas voters.

Obama Campaigns For Veterans’ Mental Health

On Friday, President Barack Obama was at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he spoke to troops and met with military families, including some who lost loved ones in Afghanistan.

Ben Bernanke defends Fed action and raises prospect of further stimulus

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a robust defence of the central bank’s interventions to boost the fragile US economic recovery on Friday, preparing the ground for possible further action that would likely prove to be politically controversial.

Yosemite hantavirus: thousands may have been exposed to deadly virus

Up to 12,000 visitors to Yosemite national park in California may have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus that has already claimed two lives.

Syrian rebels ‘seize air defence base’

Syrian rebels have seized an air defence facility and attacked a military airport in the east of the country, according to a UK-based monitoring group.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not face charges after federal investigation is closed

The federal abuse-of-power investigation into America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff – Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio – has been closed, with prosecutors saying no charges will be filed.

Insight: Does China’s next leader have a soft spot for Tibet?

(Reuters) – For decades, Beijing has maintained that the Dalai Lama is a separatist, but Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader once had a special relationship with the father of Xi Jinping, the man in line to become China’s next president.

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