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CNN: Few clashes in GOP debate – Cain fends of allegations, Perry stumbles on plan
Appearing Wednesday in a presidential debate in Michigan focused primarily on economic matters, Republican Herman Cain again faced down questions about the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed his campaign and the Republican race for the White House.
CNN: Will ‘oops’ be Perry’s campaign epitaph?
A visibly flustered Rick Perry was reduced to "Oops" after a painful 45 seconds of trying to remember the name of the third of three federal agencies he would cut at a Republican presidential debate in Rochester, Michigan, on Wednesday.
CNN: Cain accusers may hold group news conference
At least two of the four women who have accused GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment are considering holding a news conference to detail their accusations, their lawyers said Wednesday night.
CNN: Geithner plays attack dog
He’s President Obama’s top economic advisor. But these days, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is delving into raw politics.
CNN: Trustees: Penn State president removed, Paterno out immediately
Head football coach Joe Paterno and the university president have lost their jobs, effective immediately, over a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, university trustees announced Wednesday night.
CNN: No deal reached in NBA lockout
NBA players and owners did not reach a deal early Thursday morning on the bitter labor struggle that has postponed the basketball season.
CNN: General: Ashes from service members' remains went to landfill
The ashes of cremated body parts from some of the nation's war dead were dumped in landfills until 2008, unbeknownst to their survivors, an Air Force general acknowledged Wednesday.
CNN: State Department evaluating options for controversial pipeline
The State Department is considering a variety of options on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, including an alternative route or even not granting permission for the pipeline to be built.
CNN: At least 5 dead in quake in eastern Turkey
At least five people died and more than 100 others were buried under rubble from a magnitude-5.7 earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Wednesday night, officials said.
CNN: Italy soon to adopt reforms promised to EU, president says
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Wednesday that his country will adopt a series of austerity measures promised to the European Union, as officials try to allay investor fears and head off a eurozone debt crisis.
CNN: Bangkok's floods: A tale of two cities
Arriving in central Bangkok from the sparkling international airport, a visitor might not know at first glance that much of the city is under water.
CNN: Abuses seen in Mexico's war on cartels
Nearly five years into its war against drug cartels, Mexico on Wednesday was rebuked by a human rights organization that found a pattern of abuses by security forces.
CNN: Stocks get hammered by Italy fears
Investors ran for the hills Wednesday, shaken to the core by fears that Italy, Europe's fourth-largest economy, was headed deeper into crisis mode.
CNN: U.S. to investigate Chinese solar 'dumping' claims
The U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday that it would investigate allegations that Chinese solar cell manufacturers are illegally "dumping" their products on the American market at excessively cheap prices.
Wall Street Journal: Groupon Holds Cash Tight
Rivals of Groupon Inc. are threatening the daily deal site leader by offering quicker payment to merchants, possibly jeopardizing a key part of Groupon's business model.
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