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CNN: What does Barbour's exit mean for the GOP race?
Haley Barbour's exit from the GOP presidential sweepstakes leaves his endorsement and donors up for grabs. "He's a campaign without a candidate," says GOP strategist Alex Castellanos. And those who know Barbour expect him to take sides in the GOP primary.
CNN: Rep. Paul to announce presidential exploratory committee
Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul will announce on Tuesday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN has learned. While Paul is announcing an exploratory committee, he has not made a final decision about launching a campaign for the White House in 2012.
ABC News: House Speaker John Boehner to President Obama: 'Come on! Time to Grow Up' About Deficit and Taxes
House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama needs to "grow up" in talks over deficit reduction. During an interview with ABC News in his Ohio district on Monday, Boehner said he personally trusts the president, but accused him of not being honest with Americans about taxes, Medicare and deficit reduction.
CNN: CNN investigation: Obama 'birther' claims have no merit
Was Barack Obama really born in America? A new CNN investigation reveals what most analysts have been saying since the so-called "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in the state of Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period.
CNN: Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'
Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing. "Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case it's a big problem."
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CNN: 5 dead after storms in Arkansas; state of emergency declared
At least five people are dead and 15,000 homes are without power after a rash of severe weather that tore through Arkansas on Monday. The weather also spawned a tornado that struck an Air Force base, military officials said, and prompted the Arkansas governor to declare a state of emergency.
CNN: St. Louis airport to operate full flight schedule
The main airport in St. Louis is expected to operate a full flight schedule Tuesday, less than four days after a powerful tornado tore through the facility, airport officials said. But restoration efforts are far from over at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, where the Friday night storm shattered windows and ripped off part of a roof.
CNN: Judge orders NFL owners to lift lockout
A federal judge ruled in favor of NFL players on Monday, issuing an injunction that ordered the league's owners to lift their lockout. However, Greg Aiello, NFL senior vice president of public relations, said the league will seek an immediate stay of the ruling pending an appeal. A lockout was imposed after talks between the players and owners broke down last month and the players disbanded their union.
Washington Post: Affordable rental housing scarce in U.S., study finds
The share of renters who spend more than half their income on housing is at its highest level in half a century and it’s no longer just low-income tenants who are feeling the pain, according to a Harvard University study scheduled for release Tuesday. About 26 percent of renters — or 10.1 million people — spent more than half their pre-tax household income on rent and utilities in 2009. That’s because incomes slipped dramatically from their peak at the start of the decade even as rents kept rising.
CNN: NTSB urges fatigue-fighting strategies for air traffic controllers
The National Transportation Safety Board hopes air traffic controllers may soon benefit from long-standing research into worker fatigue by implementing strategies that include intentional sleeping on the job, the use of caffeine and other methods shown by science to deal with the overnight shift.
Chicago Tribune: Chicago discussed as terrorist target, document says
A U.S. military document posted on the internet Monday by WikiLeaks reports that former Chicago gang member Jose Padilla met with the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in 2002 and was ordered to find a terrorist target in Chicago. Mohammed “directed Padilla to travel to Chicago, Illinois, rent an apartment, and initiate a natural gas explosion to cause the building to collapse,” said one document. Padilla also was told to explore “the feasibility of an operation to set fire to a hotel or gas station” in the United States.
New York Times: High School Classes May Be Advanced in Name Only
More students are taking ambitious courses. According to a recent Department of Education study, the percentage of high school graduates who signed up for rigorous-sounding classes nearly tripled over the past two decades. But other studies point to a disconnect: Even though students are getting more credits in more advanced courses, they are not scoring any higher on standardized tests.
CNN: Prosecutors weigh additional charges in Maryland McDonald's attack
Prosecutors in Maryland are weighing whether to bring additional charges against the two suspects who appear to be attacking a transgender woman at a McDonald's in a videotape made by one of the restaurant's employees, officials said Monday.
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CNN: Deadly attack on protesters raises questions about Syria's stability
With reports emerging Monday that at least one high-ranking Syrian military commander refused to participate in a bloody, predawn raid that left dozens dead in the southern border city of Daraa - the heart of Syria's weeks-long civil unrest, questions are being raised about possible cracks in President Bashar al-Assad's hold over the military.
CNN: U.N. panel: Sri Lanka war crimes allegations credible
A United Nations panel has found credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides during the final stages of Sri Lanka's armed conflict, according to a U.N. report released Monday. …Human rights groups have already alleged that both government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels violated humanitarian laws and that thousands of civilians were killed during the war, which ended in May 2009 after the government declared victory.
CNN: Bombs targeting buses carrying Navy official kill 3 in Pakistan
Two bombs, both targeting buses carrying Pakistani Navy officials, went off within a half hour of each other in the southern city of Karachi on Tuesday, police said.At least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the attacks, police said.
CNN: Gubernatorial elections in Nigeria to proceed amid violence
Nigeria will proceed with national gubernatorial elections Tuesday, despite continuing violence that has raised fears that an Islamist group will step up attacks against voters. Bomb blasts Monday in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno killed three people and wounded dozens, police said.
CNN: Report: Carter, 'The Elders' in North Korea to push talks with South
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other former heads of state arrived in North Korea Tuesday, as part of the latest diplomatic effort to restart talks between the North and South, state media reported. …"At a time when official dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea appears to be at a standstill, we aim to see how we may be of assistance in reducing tensions and help the parties address key issues including denuclearization," Carter said Monday from Beijing, where he met with Chinese officials.
CNN: Iran threatens to retaliate after Bahrain orders diplomat to leave
Iran threatened a tit-for-tat response Tuesday after Bahrain declared an Iranian embassy official in Manama persona non grata and gave him 72 hours to leave the country. On Monday, Bahrain ordered Hujatullah Rahmani, the second secretary in the Iranian embassy, to leave because of his alleged links to a Kuwaiti spy ring, the Bahrain News Agency said.
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CNN: Will the Age of America end in 2016?
Is the Age of America drawing to a close? According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its demise as the leading economic power is five years away and the next president of the United States will preside over an economy that plays second fiddle to China's. The lender posted data on its World Economic Outlook that puts 2016 as Year Zero for China as the world's dominant economic power - the year when China's growth trajectory intersects the decline of the U.S.'s share of world gross domestic product in terms of purchasing price parity.
Detroit News: Volt, Leaf earn top safety marks
The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf won the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — a boost toward winning broad consumer acceptance of electrically powered vehicles. IIHS, an industry-funded group that prods automakers to build safer cars, said the tests were the first conducted in the United States on plug-in electric cars.
CNNMoney: 7% of Americans subscribe to Netflix
Netflix knocked over a new milestone Monday: It now has more subscribers than the largest cable TV operator in the U.S. Netflix's global subscriber base grew almost 70% over the past year, to 23.6 million users. With that audience, it dethroned Comcast as the country's biggest provider of subscription video content. More than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix.
CNNMoney: Wael Ghonim to leave Google, start NGO in Egypt
Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who shot to international prominence after being detained for 10 days in Egypt, is leaving the search company to start his own venture. Ghonim tweeted on Saturday: "Decided to take a long term sabbatical from @Google & start a technology focused NGO to help fight poverty & foster education in #Egypt"
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