National briefs (9/23/12)

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Campaigns push for cash

MILWAUKEE -- President Barack Obama worked Saturday to squash Republican hopes for a resurgence of support in pivotal Wisconsin, pushing back against his GOP rival's arguments against an overly intrusive government.

Mitt Romney countered with his own pitch to middle-class voters, saying that the president had fostered a culture of "government dependency" that hinders upward mobility.

With just six weekends left before Election Day, both men were devoting considerable time to raising campaign cash to bankroll the deluge of ads already saturating hotly contested states.

Mr. Romney hunted for West Coast cash, if not votes, first in San Diego, and was later headed to Los Angeles.

Running mates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were campaigning in New England and Florida, respectively.

Broader sex scandal?

WASHINGTON -- A federal watchdog told lawmakers Friday that six women who met with U.S. Secret Service employees in Colombia in April were paid for sex and that other Defense Department and White House personnel might have been involved.

Charles Edwards, acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, shared initial findings of his months-long investigation with Congress, despite saying that his final investigative report will not be released publicly, pursuant to department policy. He said he is in the final stages of the investigation.

In a letter to House and Senate committees, Mr. Edwards said 13 agency staffers "had personal encounters" with women at two Cartagena hotels and a private residence after meeting them at nightclubs in mid-April.

Tiger mauling at zoo

NEW YORK -- A 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bachuta soon will be back on display at the Bronx Zoo after a man jumped from the monorail into the tiger den and suffered severe injuries Friday. Zoo workers distracted the cat long enough for the man to escape.

Little is known about the man, identified by relatives and friends as David Villalobos, 25, of Mahopac, N.Y. He was hospitalized with broken bones and bites. He was in contact with the tiger for about 10 minutes.

College chief retiring

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The president of Princeton University, Shirley Tilghman, announced Saturday that she would step down next June.

Ms. Tilghman, 66, a molecular biologist and a professor, became the second woman to lead an Ivy League institution when she emerged as the surprise choice to lead the university in 2001. She made the announcement in an email to Princeton students, faculty members, staff members and alumni.

'Unlocked' iPhone

NEW YORK -- The Verizon Wireless version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, comes with a secret and unexpected feature: it works on AT&T's network as well.

Confirming blog reports, The Associated Press found that the Verizon iPhone 5 accepts an AT&T "SIM card" -- a little chip that identifies a phone to a wireless network. The phone can then be active on AT&T's network.

It's unclear whether the feature is intended and whether the phones will work with other carriers, such as T-Mobile USA. But Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed Saturday that the iPhone 5 models it's selling are "unlocked."

-- Compiled from news services



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