- - Sunday, October 7, 2012

FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE — Florida officials are reviewing allegations of voter registration fraud against the state Democratic Party.

The Florida Department of State on Friday confirmed that it has forwarded complaints about voter registration fraud that have been filed against the Democrats, as well as against two groups — the Florida New Majority Education Fund and National Council of La Raza/Democracia USA.

Neither the agency nor the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) would comment on the extent of the allegations or on how many voter registration forms it involves.

Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington confirmed that a complaint regarding voter registration forms had come from her county, but declined further comment.

The FDLE last week began an investigation into alleged fraud involving a company hired by the state’s Republican Party to register voters.

DEFENSE

Panetta worries about exchange escalating

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the continued exchange of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey raises additional concerns that the conflict may escalate and spread to neighboring countries.

Mr. Panetta said the U.S. is using its diplomatic channels to relay concerns about the fighting.

His comments during a trip to Peru come on the heels of warnings from Turkey’s prime minister that his country is not far from war with Syria.

Turkish and Syria traded artillery fire Saturday as rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad’s forces near the border. The clash heightened fears that the crisis could erupt into a regional conflict. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Damascus that his country won’t tolerate such acts.

WISCONSIN

Ryan rallies GOP faithful at home-state fundraiser

MILWAUKEE — Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan is rallying the Republican faithful at a fundraiser in his home state of Wisconsin.

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