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CNN: Woman says she and Cain had 13-year affair; Cain denies accusation
An Atlanta businesswoman has accused GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain of having had an affair with her that lasted nearly 14 years, a claim the candidate flatly denied Monday.
CNN: Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat from Massachusetts and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, announced Monday that he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012.
CNN: Should three key Supreme Court justices bow out of health care ruling?
The dinner was billed as a "Celebration of Service." The honorees: Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The hosts: the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal group whose membership includes judges, lawmakers and government officials.
CNN: Why Gingrich's N.H. endorsement is a bigger deal than it seems
The newspaper's support is akin to a conservative stamp of approval: The Union Leader is the only statewide newspaper in the state that holds the first-in-the-nation primary, and its editorial page is influential among Granite State conservatives.
CNN: Man held in woman's disappearance in Aruba to be released
Gary Giordano, a U.S. citizen held in Aruba in connection with the disappearance of a Maryland woman, is expected to be set free Tuesday after weeks in detention.
CNN: Conrad Murray to be sentenced in singer Jackson's death
Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will be sentenced Tuesday.
CNN: Ohio State names Urban Meyer coach
Ohio State University has picked ex-Florida coach Urban Meyer as the new head of its scandal-tarred football program, the school announced Monday.
CNN: A preaching 'genius' faces his toughest convert
Fred Craddock was a young preacher trying to find his voice when he received a call from his mother one day. "You need to go see your father," she said. "He may not live longer."
CNN: Polls close after first day of Egyptian elections
Egyptian election officials sealed ballot boxes with candle wax Monday after the first day of the country's parliamentary elections.
CNN: Pakistan's prime minister warns United States
Tensions among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States jumped a notch Monday, with Pakistan's prime minister warning there would be "no more business as usual" with Washington after NATO aircraft killed two dozen Pakistan troops.
CNN: UN report: Syrian forces commit 'gross violations' of human rights
Syrian security forces have committed "gross violations of human rights" since anti-government protests began in March, a United Nations report released Monday said.
CNN: Rival brigades pose most pressing Libyan problem, U.N. envoy says
Rival revolutionary brigades remain almost entirely responsible for security in Libya, posing that country's most pressing challenge, according to the top United Nations envoy in Libya and a new U.N. report.
CNN Money: Citigroup's $285 million SEC settlement rejected
A judge rejected a proposed $285 million mortgage securities fraud settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, saying the deal was "neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest."
CNN Money: Europe eyes new pact as debt crisis rages
Under pressure to avert a financial meltdown, European leaders are working on a new plan to ensure fiscal discipline across the euro area.
CNN Money: Stocks rally on robust Black Friday sales
U.S. stocks posted sharp gains Monday, following reports of strong Black Friday weekend sales and amid optimism that European leaders may be working toward a solution to the continent's debt crisis.
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