Adam Tanner

Defections tighten noose around Gaddafi

The noose is tightening around Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family after his foreign minister and another top diplomat defected.

Hotels a hard sell in tourist magnet Croatia

Offering crystal-clear waters uncommon in many parts of rival destinations, Croatia has enjoyed a tourist boom since the end of the Yugoslav wars.

New diplomatic push on Bosnia as tensions worsen

EU and US diplomats bring together Bosnian politicians on Thursday to seek a solution to deepening ethnic divisions.

Voters weigh renaming sewage plant after Bush

San Francisco voters, never thrilled with George Bush, may give the US president a parting shot in November by naming a sewage plant after him.

Straight or gay? US court says website can’t ask

A roommate-finding site cannot require users to disclose their sexual orientation, a United States appeals court ruled on Thursday, in the latest skirmish over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the web. The court said, which obliges users to list their sexual orientation, was different from sites where people volunteer or withhold personal information.

Baseball’s Bonds accused of lying about steroid use

United States baseball home-run king Barry Bonds used steroids to fuel his success and then lied about it, US prosecutors said on Thursday in charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. The indictment stems from the investigation into the San Francisco Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative whose top figures have already served jail time on steroid distribution charges.

At Google, Obama talks of shared experience

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told Google employees on Wednesday his meteoric rise in politics mirrored the company's emergence as the lifeblood of the internet and he surprised his hosts by answering a geeky engineering question.

With ashes for a home, Californian vows to rebuild

When Ray Necochea was building his dream house four years ago, on a whim he wrote the story of his life on a wooden beam below the rooftop, hoping a future relative might serendipitously discover it. That beam and everything else inside the home was obliterated in the firestorm that has ravaged southern California this week.

Google seeks world of instant translations

In Google's vision of the future, people will be able to translate documents instantly into the world's main languages, with machine logic, not expert linguists, leading the way. Google's approach, called statistical machine translation, differs from past efforts in that it forgoes language experts who program grammatical rules and dictionaries into computers.

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