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CNN: Rick Perry, on Letterman show, blames debate gaffe on 'El Nino'
After his infamous "brain freeze" that drew laughter and ridicule from his detractors, Texas Gov. Rick Perry poked fun at himself Thursday night while delivering the "Top Ten" list on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."
CNN: White House agrees to turn over some Solyndra documents
The White House agreed Thursday to turn over some documents demanded under subpoena by a House panel investigating the collapse of solar energy firm Solyndra, Republican investigators said.
CNN: Tape sheds light on surreal meeting between Nixon, protesters
On a Spring day in 1970, just five days after National Guard troops opened fire on anti-war demonstrators at Kent State University, a restless president awoke in the pre-dawn hours, strolled to the Lincoln sitting room, and sat down to listen to some music.
CNN: Republican presidential candidates court controversial Arizona sheriff
Republican presidential candidates crisscross the country searching for votes. But some are going out of their way to make a stop for the vote of one person: Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
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CNN: Assistant coach who reported Penn State incident threatened, won't be at game
A Penn State assistant football coach who reportedly told Joe Paterno in 2002 he witnessed a young boy being sexually assaulted in a shower won't be at Saturday's Nebraska game because of "multiple threats," the university athletics website said Thursday night.
CNN: Soldier found guilty of murdering Afghans, sentenced to life
Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs has been sentenced to life in military prison with eligibility for parole in 10 years.
CNN: Major league catcher kidnapped in Venezuela
Venezuelan federal authorities on Thursday dispatched their "best investigators" to track the kidnappers of Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos, the country's justice minister said.
Washington Post: At Arlington National Cemetery, mementos for latest war dead get more personal
The headstones wear Hawaiian leis and Mardi Gras beads. They are festooned with bottles of Yuengling, flasks full of Jack, boxes of cigars.
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CNN: Who is Greece's new prime minister?
As Greece attempts to fend off debt troubles that continue to threaten global markets, the man chosen to lead the country's new government is an economist who's been advising the outgoing prime minister for the past two years.
CNN: 11/11/11: 'Ones' in a lifetime
In the middle of cake and presents last year, Lynsie Schuman had a revelation about her twins. They were destined to celebrate their golden birthday on a special day - "ones" in a lifetime, so to speak.
CNN: Bombs dropped near South Sudan refugee camp
At least two bombs were dropped near the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, resulting in an undetermined number of casualties, the spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.
New York Times: Government Policies Cool China’s Real Estate Boom
China’s nationwide real estate boom became so manic last year that many would-be buyers camped in tents on the sidewalks of this tropical island city to be at the front of the line when condominiums went on sale — even though the condos had not yet been built.
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CNN Money: Record 51% of moms get maternity leave
For the first time ever, a majority of working women received paid maternity leave, according to a new study. But the U.S. still has a long way to go to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world.
CNN Money: Europe's reluctant savior
The European Central Bank is under pressure to step up its bond-buying program as borrowing costs for Italy rise to dangerously high levels.
Wall Street Journal: Facebook Retreats on Privacy
Facebook Inc. is close to a settlement with the U.S. government over charges that it misled users about its use of their personal information, the latest sign of widening public concern over privacy in the digital age.
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