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CNN: Cain campaign responds to alleged inappropriate behavior
Herman Cain’s presidential campaign responded Sunday night to a story in POLITICO that alleged at least two female employees complained of inappropriate behavior by Cain while he was head of the National Restaurant Association and ultimately left their jobs at the trade group.
CNN: Romney remains the top target of GOP rivals, White House
Herman Cain may be battling with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential polls, but Romney remained the "target du jour" Sunday for both his current and possible future competition.
CNN: Perry will debate but still doesn't like it
Texas Gov. Rick Perry still doesn't like debates, even though he has backed off from an earlier threat to drop out of upcoming showdowns with other Republican presidential candidates.
Los Angeles Times: Election laws tightening in GOP-run states
In states where Republicans have taken majority control, they have tightened rules for registering new voters, reduced the time for casting ballots and required voters to show photo identification at the polls. The new restrictions were usually adopted on party-line votes and signed by Republican governors.
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CNN: More than 2.3 million without power as Northeast recovers from storm
A freak October snowstorm played a trick on the Northeast, burying parts of the region under more than two feet of snow, leaving millions without power and putting Halloween plans in doubt. More than 2.3 million people in at least five states were without power early Monday, a day after the storm moved offshore.
CNN: Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon
The arrests occurred thousands of miles apart, but the scenes were similar in Oregon and Texas early Sunday: In the dark of night, police told Occupy demonstrators to leave protest sites. Those who refused were handcuffed and arrested.
CNN: After serving her country, female veteran struggles to find a job
Kenya Smith only has good things to say about the U.S. Navy, where she served a total of 14 years before leaving in 2009. …But despite all that, Smith now is unemployed - two years after leaving the military.
Wall Street Journal: Slow Recovery Feels Like Recession
Americans are two years into a recovery that doesn't feel much different to many of them from life during the most bruising recession in seven decades. Scenes of the long haul back from the slump show a nation struggling to rebuild after a battering that crossed ages, regions and occupations.
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CNN: UNESCO to vote on Palestinian membership request
The general conference for UNESCO gets underway in Paris Monday when the U.N. agency is expected to vote whether or not to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership. …Since Palestinian leaders made the request for membership to UNESCO earlier this month, U.S. lawmakers have urged the agency to reject it.
New York Times: U.S. Seeks Aid From Pakistan in Peace Effort
Just a month after accusing Pakistan’s spy agency of secretly supporting the Haqqani terrorist network, which has mounted attacks on Americans, the Obama administration is now relying on the same intelligence service to help organize and kick-start reconciliation talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.
Washington Post: Clinton credited with key role in success of NATO airstrikes, Libyan rebels
[W]ith NATO operations likely to end this week, U.S. officials and key allies are offering a detailed new defense of the approach and Clinton’s pivotal role — both within a divided Cabinet and a fragile, assembled-on-the-fly international alliance.
CNN: Syrians set out to draft new constitution amid clashes
Syrians aiming to write a new constitution for the strife-torn country will meet for the first time on Monday, the state news agency reported Sunday after a weekend of intense violence.
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CNNMoney: Stocks: Buckle in for a bumpy ride
Stocks are poised to end October with one the best monthly performances on record, but the market's wave of uncertainty is far from over. …The spotlight will remain on Europe next week, as leaders of the G-20 nations gather in Cannes, with Europe's debt crisis dominating their agenda.
CNN: Japan intervenes to weaken yen
The Japanese government stepped in Monday to weaken the yen, after it climbed to a post-World War II high against the dollar. Finance Minister Jun Assume said Japan intervened unilaterally at 10:25 a.m. JST. It was the third intervention this year.
CNN: Qantas resumes flights after labor board orders end to dispute with unions
Australia's Qantas Airways resumed flights Monday after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions that grounded the airline over the weekend. …Union officials have accused the airline of planning to outsource ground jobs at a cost of thousands of Australian jobs and of putting profits first.
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