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REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft is releasing an update to its Internet Explorer browser to fix a security problem that could expose personal computers to hacking attacks.
A permanent repair to the security flaw will be released today. Microsoft Corp. began offering a temporary patch for the problem Wednesday on a part of its website set up for technical issues.
The permanent solution to the problem will be automatically installed on PCs running on Microsoft's Windows operating system if the machine is set up to receive important updates. The temporary repair requires clicking on a link.
WASHINGTON -- Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, is resigning as a national co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to take a job in Washington as a top lobbyist for a group representing banks and financial companies.
Mr. Pawlenty's new role as president and chief executive of the Financial Services Roundtable was announced by the organization Thursday. In a statement, the group said Mr. Pawlenty would step down from his role in the Romney campaign because the organization is bipartisan.
MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee woman who confessed to trying to steal a baby by attacking a pregnant woman and slicing out her full-term fetus was convicted Thursday of killing them both.
Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before finding Annette Morales-Rodriguez guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the October 2011 deaths of the mother and fetus. Ms. Morales-Rodriguez, 34, faces a mandatory life sentence when she's sentenced Dec. 14, though a judge could allow for the possibility of parole. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
NEW YORK -- A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up next week in the New York City subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world.
A conservative blogger, Pamela Geller, who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack site won a court order Thursday to post the ad in 10 subway stations on Monday. The ad reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- For the first time with short hair that's brown instead of a wild shade of orangish-red, the suspect in Colorado's July 20 movie theater shooting appeared in court Thursday as prosecutors gave up their fight to see a notebook he sent to a university psychiatrist, saying they didn't want to delay proceedings.
Defense attorneys say James Holmes is mentally ill and that the notebook, sent to Lynne Fenton, shouldn't be released because of doctor-patient privilege. Dr. Fenton last saw Mr. Holmes professionally on June 11 before seeing him again in court on Aug. 30.
A 17,000-member megachurch in Tulsa, Okla., has been rattled by allegations that five employees waited two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl in a campus stairwell, allegedly by a worker at Victory Christian Center. ... Wal-Mart has announced it will stop selling Kindles and other Amazon.com-branded products after it sells out of its existing stock.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published September 21, 2012 12:00 am