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CNN: Cain camp calls report of third harassment claim 'baseless'
The controversy took on an even sharper political tone Wednesday when Cain blamed a consultant with ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign for leaking information over the sexual harassment allegations.
CNN: Bipartisan House group presses 'super committee' to 'go big'
While it's notable that more than three dozen Republicans went on the record arguing revenues need to be part of a debt deal, the letter was deliberately thin on details on what the signatories believe amounts to a "tax hike" versus new tax revenue.
CNNMoney: Federal Reserve perks up (a bit) on economy
Following a two-day policy meeting, the central bank voted 9-to-1 to make no changes to the Fed's ongoing stimulus program, and maintain its pledge to keep interest rates at record lows "at least through mid-2013."
CNN: Postal Service rescue plan offered by senators
A small bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal to save the U.S. Postal Service that would make it possible to cut Saturday service in two years, close post offices and buy out 100,000 workers.
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CNN: Demonstrators carry out Oakland strike as protests continue
In California, demonstrators in Oakland appeared to carry out a successful strike of downtown businesses Wednesday as merchants and retailers shuttered their doors during a largely peaceful protest.
CNN: 'Fast and Furious' flap likely to linger
A botched gun probe that allowed hundreds of weapons to reach Mexico's drug cartels is likely to be a lingering but not fatal controversy for the Obama administration, observers said Wednesday.
CNN: Russian convicted in arms conspiracy plot
Convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout could face life in prison after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday on four counts related to a conspiracy to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles and provide material support to a terrorist organization.
CNN: Texas judge confirms video of him beating daughter, says 'I lost my temper'
A Texas judge faces a police investigation and judicial probe after a video showing him beating his then-16-year-old disabled daughter was posted on the Internet.
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CNN: Greece's prime minister optimistic referendum will pass
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed optimism late Wednesday that the Greek people, in a vote to be held as soon as December 4, will support his plan to remain in the euro zone despite having to endure the austerity measures that Greece's continued membership in the euro club would require.
CNN: Syria agrees to end crackdown, Arab League says
Syria has agreed to end its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, pull troops from the streets and release prisoners jailed during months of protests, the Arab League announced Wednesday.
CNN: Iran threatens to 'punish' any Israeli attack
Iran issued a warning to Israel on Wednesday, with a top military figure saying Iran will "punish" any threat. …The Israeli Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that Israel "carried out the test-firing of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim military base.”
CNN: “Squeeze”: the new tactic in dealing with Pakistan-based terror groups
The United States appears to be shifting tactics as it tries to chart a course toward a stable and secure Afghanistan, according to diplomats and analysts. It might best be described as the squeeze – a more subtle approach to counteracting the threat of groups like the Haqqani Network, while at the same time suggesting the possibility of dialogue.
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CNNMoney: $600 million missing at MF Global
A government regulator said in court Wednesday that roughly $600 million is missing from the books of bankrupt brokerage MF Global. …This past weekend, executives at MF Global had been scrambling to sell the firm to Interactive Brokers, but the missing money scuttled the deal and forced it into bankruptcy, regulators said this week.
Wall Street Journal: Judge Allows Sprint Challenge to AT&T Deal Over Access to Devices
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed most parts of Sprint Nextel Corp.'s lawsuit challenging AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, but refused to throw out the entire case.
Bloomberg: G-20 Mull Whether to Press for Yuan Flexibility
A draft of the communique singled out China as needing to allow more flexibility in its currency to help ease global trade and investment imbalances, the official said on condition of anonymity because discussions on the statement haven’t finished.
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