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Computer Crash Halts US Visa, Passport Operation

People around the world waiting for U.S. passports or visas can expect delays due to a computer problem.  The State Department said its global database for issuing travel documents has crashed. The unspecified problems in the Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the problem has affected the...

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