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Nation/world in brief: Obama to double wireless spectrum

Mon., June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Sunday it intends to nearly double the available amount of wireless communications spectrum over the next 10 years in an effort to keep up with the ever-growing demand for high-speed video and data transmission to cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices.

The White House said President Barack Obama will sign a presidential memorandum today committing the federal government to auctioning off 500 megahertz of federal and commercial spectrum. Revenue from the auctions would be spent on public safety, infrastructure investments and deficit reduction.

Missiles strike

militant camp

MIR ALI, Pakistan – Suspected U.S. missiles struck a militant compound in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least three people in an area teeming with Taliban and al-Qaida fighters who often launch attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

It was the second strike in as many days in North Waziristan, a mountainous area along the Afghan border where unmanned aircraft operated by the CIA have launched dozens of attacks. The compound struck by two missiles Sunday was located in the village of Tabbi Tolkhel, a little over a mile northeast of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, said Noor Ahmed, the deputy political leader in the area.

Ahmed said tribesmen recovered five bodies from the rubble. He did not know their identities.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said three militants were killed and five others wounded.

Scores injured

in boat collision

BANGKOK, Thailand – Forty-two people were injured after two boats carrying Thai and foreign tourists collided in the Gulf of Thailand near an island famed for its wild parties.

The boats were ferrying tourists to and from Pha-ngan island, site of “full moon” parties that attract thousands of young, mostly Western tourists each month.

Police Lt. Pongkajorn Sukrasang said Sunday the boats collided and overturned around midnight Saturday, throwing the passengers into the rough sea during a rainstorm just off the island.

Two Thai brothers were listed as missing but were reportedly sighted later on the island, Pongkajorn said. Thirteen of the injured remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon. The passengers included tourists from Britain, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Norway and Malaysia, he said.

More than 100

hurt at L.A. rave

LOS ANGELES – Authorities said more than 200 people were injured and more than 100 were taken to hospitals during a two-day electronic music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.

Authorities said Sunday that some were hurt as people rushed barriers trying to get in without the $75 admission ticket at the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which featured rides and five stages with performances by Moby and Will.I.Am.

Los Angeles fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said most of the 114 people hospitalized were taken for drug or alcohol problems. Humphrey said there were 226 injuries reported.


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