The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.
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CNN: Herman Cain accuser may issue statement
One of the women who reportedly accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment could issue her first statement on what happened as early as Friday.
CNN: Competing infrastructure spending measures fail in Senate
In a pair of votes aimed more at making political points than law, the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals to boost construction of roadways and other infrastructure projects.
CNN: White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra
A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to the solar energy company Solyndra. The decision followed a contentious debate among subcommittee members, with Republicans accusing the Obama administration of stonewalling, and some Democrats calling the subpoena resolution politically motivated.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Tightens Drone Rules
The Central Intelligence Agency has made a series of secret concessions in its drone campaign after military and diplomatic officials complained large strikes were damaging the fragile U.S. relationship with Pakistan.
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CNN: Oakland, NYC occupiers see violence, legal action
Two major hubs of the Occupy movement - Oakland and New York City - recovered Thursday from West Coast violence and East Coast court actions, with both fronts continuing their protest camps despite their encounters with the law.
New York Times: Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say
When the Census Bureau said in September that the number of poor Americans had soared by 10 million to rates rarely seen in four decades, commentators called the report “shocking” and “bleak.” Most poverty experts would add another description: “flawed.”
CNN: DA: Statute of limitations prevents charges in judge's beating of daughter
A district attorney in Texas said Thursday that the statute of limitations prohibits the filing of charges against a judge shown in a 2004 video repeatedly beating his then-teenage daughter.
CNN: Texas man says he'll join Anonymous in fight against cartel
Barrett Brown, 30, told CNN that in the next two days he expects to receive thousands of e-mails naming alleged Zetas drug gang affiliates that he's been told were taken by hackers from a Mexican government website.
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CNN: Greek PM appears to back off referendum plans
Prime Minister George Papandreou said Thursday that a controversial proposal to hold a referendum on an international bailout for his country would not be necessary if the opposition were to support the tough austerity measures that accompany it.
CNN: Report: Russia and China are top thieves of U.S. technology
For the first time, the United States is publicly accusing China and Russia of being the top offenders in the theft of U.S. economic and technology information, according to an intelligence report released Thursday.
CNN: Aid ships head for Gaza
Israeli warships have begun shadowing two aid boats bound for the embargoed Palestinian territory of Gaza but are taking no action, a spokesman for the aid mission said.
CNN: At least 20 dead in Syria clashes
Syrian troops killed at least 20 civilians and rounded up more suspected anti-government protesters Thursday, a day after the government pledged to end the months-long clampdown, opposition groups said.
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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Kodak says it may not be able to pay bills unless it sells patents
[Eastman Kodak] reported in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday that its “ability to continue its operations” over the next 12 months hinges on selling or licensing the digital imaging patent portfolio it currently is shopping around and/or “alternative actions,” which might include issuing up to $500 million in new debt.
CNNMoney: Subpoenas sought for MF Global executives
The trustee in the MF Global case requested authorization on Thursday to subpoena executives of the bankrupt brokerage following revelations that more than $600 million in customer funds have allegedly gone missing.
CNNMoney: Groupon IPO: Not the best daily deal?
Groupon is poised to start trading publicly, but the road to an initial public offering for the popular daily deals site has been rocky - and one that skeptics say is reminiscent of the dot-com bubble.
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