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CNN: Perry is focus of attention, attacks at Florida debate
The perils of being the Republican frontrunner came into sharp focus for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday at a debate in Florida, with his rivals aggressively seeking to poke holes in his record and dislodge him from the top of the polls.
CNN: House passes temporary spending plan with more cuts
The Republican-controlled House passed a short-term spending plan early Friday that would keep the government funded for seven weeks after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
CNN: Could No Child Left Behind be history?
Ten years after the Bush administration’s landmark attempt to revamp the nation's education system with the No Child Left Behind law, President Obama is poised to allow states to opt out of the heavily criticized guidelines.
New York Times: In Rush to Assist Solyndra, U.S. Missed Warning Signs
[I]ndustry analysts and government auditors fault the Obama administration for failing to properly evaluate the business proposals or take note of troubling signs already evident in the solar energy marketplace.
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CNN: America divided on death penalty, Troy Davis
What was a somber mood following convicted cop killer Troy Davis' execution Wednesday night turned to disgust and outrage by morning. …Race has been a major factor in people's perception of the case, with many claiming Davis was railroaded because he was black.
CNN: School district: Tacoma teachers vote to end strike
Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, will return to the classroom Friday after voting to end their eight-day strike over class sizes and proposed pay cuts, the school district announced Thursday.
CNN: Report: Border Patrol abuses widespread
Migrants held by the Border Patrol spoke of being exposed to extreme heat or cold, sleep deprivation, death threats, and psychological abuse such as blaring music with lyrics about migrants dying in the desert.
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CNN: Pakistan supports Haqqani network, Adm. Mullen tells Congress
A Pakistan-based terrorist group that is actively attacking American troops across the border in Afghanistan is an "arm" of the Pakistani intelligence agency, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Thursday.
CNN: Libya military site yields possible radioactive material
Anti-Gadhafi forces have come across a military site in southern Libya that contains what appears to be radioactive material. …The fact that Libya might have radioactive material is not a surprise: In 2004, the the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that the Libyan government had yellowcake stored in Sabha.
CNN: Yemeni president returns home
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has returned home after undergoing treatment in Saudi Arabia, a government spokesman said Friday. …Protesters have been calling for the ouster of the longtime president, who had been recuperating from a June attack on his palace. He has vowed to finish his term.
Newsweek: Obama Gave Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs
While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.
CNN: Many facets to Abbas' U.N. move, analysts say
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ambitious push to gain full U.N. membership may seem unrealistic, but analysts say he is making hard-nosed calculations rooted in domestic politics.
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CNNMoney: HP CEO Apotheker fired, replaced by Meg Whitman
Hewlett-Packard's board on Thursday ousted CEO Leo Apotheker after just 11 months on the job, replacing him with Meg Whitman. …The company cut its financial outlook three times in Apotheker's tenure, and on Thursday, HP said it was not confident it would be able to meet its sales targets for the current quarter.
CNNMoney: Investors watch $500 billion slip away in one day
Investors watched $500 billion disappear from the stock market Thursday, putting the week's losses at $1.1 trillion. …The plunge on Thursday came as European debt jitters and worries about the health of the global economy pummeled markets around the world.
CNNMoney: Facebook users are cranky, but developers like what they see
Facebook's 750 million members are livid about the flurry of changes the site rolled out this week. But another key community - Facebook's network of third-party developers - is taking a wait-and-see approach.
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