The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.
Compiled by Dan Merica
CNN: It’s still Romney on top in NH
Mitt Romney continues to hold a solid lead among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire in the run-up to the January 10 primary, according to a recent survey.
CNN: Gingrich, Perry fail to qualify for GOP primary ballot in Virginia
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich failed to collect enough signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, the Republican Party of Virginia announced Saturday morning, leaving the longtime Virginia resident without a place on the state's ballot and raising questions about his campaign's organization.
CNN: Weather will influence Iowa caucuses, Huckabee says
If the weather is good on January 3, Mitt Romney will win the Iowa caucuses; if the weather is bad, a weaker turnout will result in a victorious Ron Paul, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee predicted Sunday.
CNN: Lugar: I’m the Republicans’ best chance
Republican Sen. Dick Lugar said Sunday Republicans should support his candidacy if they want to hold onto his Indiana Senate seat in 2012.
CNN: Hackers target global think tank
Hackers targeted Stratfor, a global intelligence company, but it was unclear Sunday evening whether the breach and apparent release of credit card information was the work of the group Anonymous.
CNN: Feed America's hungry (and their pets), says nonprofit group
Food banks across the country kicked into high gear for the holiday season this week in an effort to feed America's hungry. But a few instead homed in on an often overlooked casualty of hard times - the family pet.
CNN: 'Horrible tragedy' mars Christmas in Connecticut
A fire at a house in Connecticut early Christmas morning killed two adults and three children, fire officials said. Two other people made it out alive.
CNN: Thrilling game ushers in shortened NBA season
The NBA rewarded patient fans Sunday with an exciting game that kick-started a season delayed five months by a lockout. The comeback New York Knicks, behind Carmelo Anthony's 37 points, edged the Boston Celtics 106-104.
CNN: South Korean civilian delegation enters North to pay respects to Kim
A delegation of South Korean citizens left for North Korea on Monday morning, passing through the demilitarized zone between the two countries to express condolences over the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
CNN: 13 more deaths reported in Syrian unrest
On the eve of the planned arrival of Arab League observers, 13 people died and scores were injured in volatile Syria on Sunday, according to the opposition movement.
CNN: Casualties from storm in Philippines continue to mount
The death toll from the tropical storm that lashed the southern Philippines just over a week ago has risen further, the government said Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people continue to receive assistance from evacuation centers in the stricken region.
CNN: Sudanese army: Rebel leader Ibrahim killed
A major Darfur rebel leader and some of his top commanders have been killed, a Sudanese army spokesman announced on state-run radio Sunday.
CNN Money: Dumbest moments in business
"Stupid." "Like a banana republic." Those are a few of the choice words investors used to describe Congress' behavior during the debt ceiling debate.
CNN Money: Stocks head into the final stretch
The week ahead on Wall Street is expected to be quiet with many market players taking time off for the holidays. Stock markets in the United States and Europe will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday, with trading resuming on a normal schedule Tuesday.
CNN Money: Fortune 500: Top-performing stocks of 2011
It's been a hot and cold year for the stock market, but these Fortune 500 companies managed to float to the top with impressive gains. From Ross Stores to MasterCard, here are the biggest winners.
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