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Romney takes stump detour to Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Two days away from a critical primary in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney detoured to Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Mr. Romney visited the track for a few hours before the scheduled start of the Daytona 500. He spoke briefly at the pre-race drivers’ meeting and shook hands and took photographs with fans. He met several drivers and team owners.

Asked if he would be rooting for something bad to happen to the No. 26 car being sponsored by Republican rival Rick Santorum’s campaign, Mr. Romney laughed, saying, “I hope all the cars have a good race.”

With a campaign event scheduled in Michigan later Sunday, Mr. Romney wasn’t scheduled to stay for the race — just as well, because the race was delayed until Monday.


U.S. condemns killing of officers in Kabul

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is condemning what he calls the murder of two American military officers in Afghanistan’s capital.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says in a written statement that Mr. Panetta believes Saturday’s killings in Kabul are unacceptable.

The nationality of the gunman hasn’t been confirmed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack inside a heavily guarded government building, saying it was retaliation for the burning of Korans on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

Mr. Little says Mr. Panetta received a telephone call from his Afghan counterpart, who offered his condolences and apologized for the incident.

Mr. Little says Mr. Panetta urged the Afghan government to take “decisive action” to protect coalition forces and to curtail violence after a week of unrest sparked by outrage over the burning of the Muslim holy books.


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