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CNN: Obama signs temporary spending bill
President Barack Obama signed legislation into law Wednesday that will keep the federal government funded through November 18, the White House said. …The November 18 extension is intended to provide time to debate and pass appropriations bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2012.
CNNMoney: Bernanke to Congress: Sluggish growth ahead
[Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben] Bernanke reiterated that the Fed is prepared to take action if necessary. However, when asked about the chances that the Federal Reserve would consider a third round of major stimulus, Bernanke said the Fed has "no immediate plans to do anything like that."
CNN: GOP seeks independent investigation of Holder
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee called Tuesday for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder was honest when he testified earlier this year about his knowledge of a now-discredited federal gunrunning operation.
CNN: State of the race without Christie
Though Perry has fallen behind Romney in the polls after a pair of shaky debate performances and questions about his conservative bona fides, high-level GOP donors and veteran party operatives who wanted Christie to run still regard Perry and Romney as the main contenders for the nomination.
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CNN: Unions endorse, will join Occupy Wall Street protests
Several unions endorsed the two-week-old Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to join the protesters' street theater in New York on Wednesday, labor leaders said. …The demonstrators have bivouacked in the park in New York's Financial District, calling for 20,000 people to flood the area for a "few months."
CNN: Amanda Knox makes emotional return to Seattle
Amanda Knox will wake up at home in Seattle on Wednesday for the first time in four years as she enjoys her new-found freedom after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction.
Charleston Gazette: Tomblin wins governor's race
Withstanding a $3.4 million barrage of attack ads funded by a national Republican organization, the [Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin] defeated Republican challenger Bill Maloney by a 50 percent to 47 percent margin in the gubernatorial special election Tuesday.
Detroit Free Press: Ford-UAW deal may be tough sell
The UAW must convince skeptical Ford workers to ratify a four-year agreement, while resuming contract talks at Chrysler. …UAW President Bob King is betting that Ford's job commitments - including the addition of the next-generation Fusion to be built in Flat Rock - will win over UAW members.
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CNN: China, Russia vetoes thwart U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria
Russia and China blocked efforts of other major powers to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria Tuesday, with a dramatic dual veto thwarting a call for an immediate halt to the crackdown in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
CNN: Yemeni protesters seek world backing
Anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in the Yemeni capital in two massive protests Tuesday, and the throngs chanted for international support, witnesses said. …Dozens of banners were seen calling the international community to stop the bloodshed in Yemen.
CNN: U.N.: 'Scores' dead in Somalia bombing
A truck filled with explosives barreled into a government complex in the heart of Somalia's restive capital Tuesday, a brazen strike killing dozens of people, including students registering for an education program.
CNNMoney: European bank on the brink
[Franco-Belgian bank] Dexia, which is rushing to implement a restructuring plan due to its exposure to Greek and other sovereign European debt, is also a player in the U.S. municipal bond market, though its role is now smaller than it was three years ago.
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CNNMoney: Apple's big iPhone disappointment
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the new iPhone 4S, the fifth update to its iconic smartphone. But many investors and analysts were disappointed that the company didn't display a more radically redesigned iPhone 5.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Bear market bounce
In another day of sharp swings, U.S. stocks closed significantly higher, despite clocking large losses through much of the day. By Tuesday's end investors ignored the S&P 500's early slide into bear territory and furiously bought back into stocks.
CNNMoney: Geithner: We will 'prevail' over banks
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Tuesday joined a chorus of Democratic officials hitting back at bank fees, saying the administration "will prevail" in the battle over banking reforms. "There are no surprises, nothing strange about the fact that banks are resisting it - are pushing back," Geithner told CNN's Erin Burnett.
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