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CNN: Congressional negotiators announce agreement on $662 billion defense bill
House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.
CNN: White House challenges Republican payroll tax plan
Republicans demanding specific ideological provisions as part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut appear to be going against their party's anti-tax orthodoxy, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
CNN: Obama says U.S. goal is successful Iraq
Declaring the U.S. goal is a successful Iraq, President Barack Obama on Monday promised economic, diplomatic and military help to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after the last American troops leave the Middle Eastern nation by the end of the year.
CNN: Newt Gingrich's 'mind boggling' tax plan
Every Republican presidential hopeful has a plan to cut taxes. But one candidate's plan has been described as so aggressive that it would blow a hole in the federal budget, lead to huge deficits and give the richest Americans a gigantic tax break.
CNN: Virginia Tech remembers slain police officer
The Virginia Tech community on Monday remembered Deriek Crouse, the police officer who was gunned down last week while conducting a routine traffic stop on campus.
CNN: Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrests
Occupy protesters succeeded in shutting down overnight operations at California's port of Oakland on Monday night after a day of similar protests in several other U.S. cities.
CNN: School district to reconsider allowing teachers to discuss homosexuality in the classroom
The school board representing Minnesota's largest school district on Monday night will consider scrapping a controversial policy requiring teachers not to discuss homosexuality in school.
CNN: Feds: Arrests of illegal immigrants decrease dramatically
The number of arrests made by U.S. Border Patrol agents decreased dramatically in the last three years, according to new statistics released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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CNN: U.N. estimates 5,000 killed in Syrian uprising
As explosions and gunfire continued to ripple in Syria, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights on Monday raised the death toll from the Damascus government's crackdown on anti-regime activists to close to 5,000 people.
CNN: Canada quits Kyoto climate pact
Canada officially renounced the expiring Kyoto Protocol on Monday, a day after international negotiators agreed to extend the treaty's limits on carbon emissions blamed for a warming climate.
CNN: Police raid in Pakistan finds chained students at religious school
Police in Pakistan raided an Islamic religious school Monday and found 50 students chained to one another and being held in an underground room.
CNN: Russian billionaire to run against Putin
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov - the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and one of the world's richest men - said Monday that he will run for president of Russia next year.
CNN Money: Stocks tumble on European worries, Intel warning
U.S. stocks tumbled in a broad sell-off Monday amid growing investor doubt that Europe's debt crisis will actually be resolved, and a sales warning from chipmaker Intel.
CNN Money: MF Global: Corzine to go before Senate
It's not just Congress that wants answers about the missing money at bankrupt brokerage MF Global. So does Dean Tofteland.
CNN Money: AT&T puts T-Mobile deal on ice while it seeks Plan B
In a sign that its bid to buy T-Mobile is dying, AT&T teamed with its adversary, the U.S. Department of Justice, to put their antitrust court battle on hold until the middle the middle of next month. In that time, AT&T said it will "evaluate all options" and consider revising its deal.
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