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CNN: Senate reaches bipartisan agreement on disaster funds
The Senate on Monday night reached a bipartisan agreement intended to end a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government at the end of the week.
CNN: Perry moves to reassure Republicans in Iowa, South Carolina
As he faces growing scrutiny about his conservative credentials, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called grassroots activists in the key early states of Iowa and South Carolina on Monday evening to address his record and take questions.
USA Today: Critic of Obama clean-energy loans lobbied Energy Department
The Republican lawmaker leading the charge against an Obama administration loan guarantee program for clean-energy companies wasn't always so skeptical of government attempts to boost the green economy.
Washington Post: Decision on health-care law means Supreme Court will likely determine constitutionality next summer
The constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law will likely be determined by the Supreme Court this term, meaning the decision could come next summer in the thick of the 2012 presidential campaign.
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CNN: Wall Street protests enter 11th day
Protests to draw attention to the power of Wall Street firms in the United States and world economies will continue for an 11th straight day in lower Manhattan Tuesday. "Our main concern is the way that democracy is hijacked through wealth inequality," said Patrick Bruner, a spokesman for the protest group Occupy Wall Street.
CNN: Engineers to rappel down Washington Monument
It may look like an action movie being shot on the National Mall Tuesday, but in fact it will be engineers at work, rappelling down the sides of the Washington Monument, looking for damage caused by the August earthquake.
CNNMoney: Middle class income falls ... but not everywhere
For the typical American household, income fell during the recession. But middle class residents in some states were more fortunate than others. …In 21 states and the District of Columbia, households in the middle of the pay scale saw their incomes rise despite the recession, according to a CNNMoney analysis of the data.
CNN: Opening statements to begin in trial of Michael Jackson's doctor
Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death. …[Dr. Conrad] Murray could face up to four years in prison if the jury finds him guilty.
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CNN: Security forces storm Syrian city of Aleppo, activist group says
A Syrian city known for its relative calm during the Syrian uprising has been stormed by security forces, an opposition activist group said Tuesday. …Aleppo, Syria's largest city, is the economic center of the country, and the city's merchant class had been largely unaffected by the country's upheaval.
CNN: Alleged U.K. cell charged with terror training in Pakistan
Six men appeared in a London court Monday charged in connection with an alleged planned terrorist bombing campaign in the United Kingdom. The six were arrested last week in Birmingham as part of what authorities called a "major operation."
New York Times: Pakistanis Tied to 2007 Border Ambush on Americans
A group of American military officers and Afghan officials had just finished a five-hour meeting with their Pakistani hosts in a village schoolhouse settling a border dispute when they were ambushed — by the Pakistanis.
CNN: Ex-IMF chief wants sex suit tossed out
Lawyers for ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by his accuser in a now-dismissed sexual assault case Monday, arguing his job gave him immunity from civil cases.
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Financial Times: Asian shares rally on European debt hopes
Sentiment improved after European Central Bank officials said on Monday that they were working to increase the size of the region's €400bn rescue fund to shore up ailing European banks, while expectations of a rate cut in the region next month increased.
CNNMoney: Berkshire Hathaway announces buyback
Warren Buffett's investment fund Berkshire Hathaway said Monday that it plans to buy back its own shares. …Several of Berkshire Hathaway's shareholders said that the reason for this share buyback is not a lack of opportunities for acquisitions in the broader market but because the company's own stock might offer the best value for Buffett.
Wall Street Journal: SEC Eyes Ratings From S&P
U.S. securities regulators are zeroing in on the use by Standard & Poor's of fictitious "dummy" assets when it assigned a triple-A credit rating to a $1.6 billion mortgage-bond deal that imploded during the financial crisis, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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