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CNN Poll: Trust in government at all time low
A CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday morning indicates that only 15 percent of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what's right just about always or most of the time. Last September that figure was at 25 percent.
Bloomberg: Obama’s Jobs Plan Prevents Election-Year Recession in Survey of Economists
President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
CNN: Christie speech adds fuel to presidential speculation
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wouldn’t say definitively whether or not he was considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, instead referring audience members at a speech in California to an online video that compiles his past denials.
New York Times: Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay on F.B.I.’s Watch List
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is permitted to include people on the government’s terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of terrorism-related offenses or the charges are dropped, according to newly released documents.
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CNNMoney: Employers bear brunt of health insurance hikes
While the annual cost for employee family health insurance jumped 9% this year, employers shouldered the bulk of that increase, according to a new industry survey released Tuesday. …The report also showed that premiums for family coverage rose much faster than both general inflation and workers' wages.
CNN: Cantaloupe-related outbreak of illness linked to 13 deaths
An outbreak of illness linked to consumption of tainted cantaloupes has been linked to 13 deaths and 72 illnesses in 18 states, a federal disease agency reported Wednesday. …Listeriosis primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC website.
CNN: First witnesses testify in trial of Michael Jackson's doctor
Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Tuesday heard dramatic opening statements and a startling recording of the pop singer, his words slow and slurred as he talks about his planned comeback concerts.
CNN: Engineers to rappel down Washington Monument
A team of engineers will delay until Wednesday their plans to rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument, a photographer for the contractor said Tuesday, citing bad weather as the cause. …The engineers will be looking for damage caused by the August earthquake.
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CNN: Typhoon affects tens of thousands in Philippines
On the heels of a typhoon that left at least 19 people dead in the Philippines, another tropical storm brewing in the Pacific is expected to hit the area within 24 hours, according to the state weather bureau.
CNN: Rights group decries flogging sentence for female Saudi driver
Saudi King Abdullah announced greater political participation for women in the conservative kingdom this week, but Tuesday, a human rights group decried the promised reforms in light of a flogging sentence for a woman who dared to drive a car.
CNN: Israeli government approves more housing in Jerusalem
In a move that will further complicate international efforts to get Middle East peace negotiations restarted, the Israeli government Tuesday approved the construction of 1,100 homes in a southern Jerusalem neighborhood that was seized by Israel in 1967.
CNN: Yemen defense minister survives assassination attempt
Yemen's defense minister escaped an assassination attempt Tuesday when a suicide bomber attacked his convoy, the Yemeni government said. …An Interior Ministry source, citing the suicide bombing and the clashes, said the attack bears the hallmarks of al Qaeda.
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CNNMoney: Stocks end higher for a third day
Stocks rose Tuesday, ending higher for a third day, as investors grew more optimistic about Europe's debt crisis being resolved. But the advance lost momentum in the final hour of trading after a report in the Financial Times raised questions about a proposed second bailout for Greece.
Financial Times: Split opens over Greek bail-out terms
A split has opened in the eurozone over the terms of Greece's second €109bn bail-out with as many as seven of the bloc's 17 members arguing for private creditors to swallow a bigger writedown on their Greek bond holdings, according to senior European officials.
Wall Street Journal: Fed Officials Hit Road To Defend Latest Push
Federal Reserve officials are hitting the public-speaking circuit this week to defend their latest attempt to boost the economy, describing the action as prudent and necessary. The central bank said last week it would sell $400 billion of its U.S. Treasury securities maturing in the next three years and replace them with longer-term bonds maturing in six to 30 years.
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