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Seeking to unify Democrats, Barack Obama said that Hillary Rodham Clinton, his chief rival in earning the party's presidential nomination, will be the featured speaker Aug. 16 on the second night of the four-night Democratic convention in Denver. The date marks the 88th anniversary of US women's right to vote.

In a sign of improved US-India relations, India's military pilots Monday began two weeks' worth of Air Force combat exercises over the Nevada desert with US, French, and South Korean pilots.

Verizon Communications Inc. averted a possible strike by 65,000 union workers Sunday by signing a three-year agreement that provides 10.5 percent wage increases and changes in retirement benefits. The pact heads off possible delays in installations and repairs of telephone and broadband lines.

Technology to render people and objects invisible by redirecting light around them has been discovered by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, according to findings to appear later this week in the journals Nature and Science.

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