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Nov 7, 2012

U.S. soldier’s testimony on Afghan rampage at odds with prosecution

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier’s testimony appeared to cast doubt on Tuesday upon the U.S. government’s case that a decorated colleague acted entirely alone during a killing spree that left 16 villagers dead near a remote Army base in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 6, 2012

Prosecutors seek death for U.S. soldier charged in Afghan rampage

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Military prosecutors said on Monday they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers when he ventured out of his camp on two drunken forays earlier this year.

The lead prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse, told a preliminary hearing he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 5, 2012

U.S. soldier charged with murdering 16 Afghans appears in court

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in a drunken rampage in March sat quietly in a military courtroom on Monday as prosecutors outlined their case, accusing him of two murderous forays from his barracks into nearby villages.

Prosecutor Jay Morse said he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is accused of the mass killings.

Nov 5, 2012

Hearing for U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage set to begin

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage faces evidence hearing

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage will face the military version of a preliminary hearing on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send him to a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages in March.

Nov 1, 2012

Microsoft pushes new Windows to developers

SEATTLE, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Days after launching Windows 8,
Microsoft Corp is mounting a strong campaign to win
over the software developers it needs to kick-start its new
operating system.

A lack of apps is Microsoft’s Achilles heel as it attempts
to catch Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rush
toward mobile computing.

Oct 27, 2012

Surface tablet buzz starts, Windows 8 hype muted

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers woke up with mild Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy Microsoft’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) groundbreaking tablet computer designed to challenge Apple’s iPad.

The global debut of the Windows 8 operating system was greeted with pockets of enthusiasm, but not the mania reserved for some previous Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) launches.

Oct 26, 2012

Surface tablet buzz starts, but Windows 8 excitement muted

SEATTLE, Oct 26 (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers woke up with mild
Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy
Microsoft’s groundbreaking tablet computer designed to
challenge Apple’s iPad.

The global debut of the Windows 8 operating system was
greeted with pockets of enthusiasm, but not the mania reserved
for some previous Apple Inc launches.

Oct 25, 2012

Microsoft highlights Surface at Windows 8 launch

NEW YORK/SEATTLE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
put its Surface tablet center stage at its Windows 8 launch
event, hoping the sleek new device will spark a fightback
against Apple Inc and Google Inc in the
exploding mobile computing market.

With interest in traditional computers waning, the world’s
largest software company is attempting to reinvent the Windows
PC in a new format and directly challenge Apple’s all-conquering
iPad.

Oct 25, 2012

Windows 8 recasts PC industry-CEO Ballmer

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief
Executive Officer Steve Ballmer expects the Windows 8 operating
system to open a new chapter in the company’s history and thrust
it back into the forefront of technology.

“We’ve reimagined Windows and we’ve reimagined the whole PC
industry,” Ballmer told Reuters Television early on Thursday in
New York ahead of a launch event for Windows 8 and the company’s
new Surface tablet, which goes on sale to the public on Friday.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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