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CNN: Obama calls on Congress to quickly pass his 'American Jobs Act'
Facing low approval ratings and constant Republican criticism as his re-election campaign starts up, President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday night to put the good of the nation over political benefit and pass a huge jobs plan he proposed.
CNNMoney: What's in Obama's stimulus plan
President Obama unveiled a stimulus plan Thursday night that he says will boost hiring and provide a jolt to the stalled economy if it becomes law. …So what exactly does the president want Congress to do?
CNN: Officials confirm 'credible but unconfirmed' 9/11 threat
U.S. officials have "specific, credible but unconfirmed" information about a potential al Qaeda threat against the United States coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
CNN: Special deficit committee holds its first meeting
Differing partisan perspectives were on display Thursday as a special congressional committee set up under last month's debt-ceiling agreement held its first meeting to begin forging a long-term deficit reduction plan.
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CNN: Lights out: Power outage leaves 1 million in the dark in California
A massive power outage that struck portions of California, Arizona and Mexico left more than 1 million people in the dark Friday, officials said. …Workers were scrambling to restore power after a high-voltage power line between Arizona and California was tripped out of service, according to a statement released by San Diego Gas & Electric.
CNN: Texas wildfire 30% contained with 'potential for growth'
The wildfire raging near Austin, Texas, has destroyed nearly 1,400 homes and has "potential for growth," a fire official said Thursday. …The fire has killed two people. A search team is helping local officials scour the area for other potential victims.
CNN: Flooding swamps communities in mid-Atlantic, Northeast
The flood-engorged Susquehanna River was beginning to crest late Thursday in some Pennsylvania and New York cities, while other communities braced for still higher water levels. Thousands evacuated their homes as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee moved across already sodden portions of the Northeast, triggering near-historic flooding and leaving at least three people dead.
CNN: Federal appeals court blocks state lawsuit over health care reform law
A federal appeals court has tossed out Virginia's lawsuit against the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama, after the three-judge panel concluded Thursday the state lacks the jurisdictional authority to challenge the 2010 law.
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CNN: U.S. doesn't think Gadhafi's foes know where he is, official says
The United States does not know where ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is and does not believe the National Transitional Council has a lock on his whereabouts either, a senior U.S. official told CNN Thursday.
CNN: Syrian government pursuing defectors; one village is targeted
The column of military vehicles rolled into the village of Ibleen shortly after dawn on Thursday. Residents said artillery fire and machine gun fire followed soon after. …The target of the raid, residents said, were a group of at least eleven soldiers who had taken shelter in Ibleen after defecting from the Syrian army.
CNN: Sudan, South Sudan to pull troops from disputed region
The governments of Sudan and South Sudan have reached an agreement that will allow the withdrawal of their troops from the disputed border region of Abyei, according to United Nations officials. …Abyei is a region under dispute between Sudan and the newly formed country of South Sudan, and was a battleground for decades in the brutal civil war fought between northern and southern forces.
CNNMoney: China's rising prices slow in August
Rapidly rising prices in China finally started to slow in August, giving some relief to consumers in the world's second largest economy. …Still though, food prices - the main driver behind China's inflation - are substantially higher than they were a year ago.
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CNNMoney: Stocks retreat after Bernanke disappoints
U.S. stocks fell Thursday after Ben Bernanke made a speech that failed to knock investors' socks off. The Federal Reserve chairman reiterated previous statements that the central bank stands ready to use certain "tools" to help stimulate the economy. But he offered no indication as to which of those tools the Fed is, or is not, prepared to use.
Wall Street Journal: BofA Cutbacks May Hit 40,000
Bank of America Corp. officials have discussed eliminating roughly 40,000 positions during the first wave of a restructuring that Chief Executive Brian Moynihan is expected to discuss Monday, said people familiar with the plans. The numbers aren't final and could change.
CNNMoney: Google buys Zagat in push for local market
Google is throwing significant muscle into its new focus on local businesses: It has acquired reviews behemoth Zagat for an undisclosed sum, the company said Thursday. …Zagat, founded in 1979, rates restaurants on a 30-point scale based on consumer surveys and reviews.
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