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CNN: Gabrielle Giffords will resign to focus on her recovery
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced on her website Sunday that she will resign from Congress this week to continue her recuperation from the brain injury she suffered when shot just over a year ago.
CNN: Romney to release tax return Tuesday
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday he will release his 2010 tax return and an estimate of his 2011 tax liability on Tuesday.
CNN: Romney takes aim at Gingrich in Florida
The day after Newt Gingrich’s rout in South Carolina, Mitt Romney wasted no time in lighting into his newly emboldened competitor.
CNN: Santorum brushes off S.C., takes on Iran in Florida
Trying to brush off his third-place finish in South Carolina on Saturday, Rick Santorum went straight to Florida on Sunday in search of momentum.
CNN: Legendary Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85
Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations that he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, his family said. He was 85.
CNN: Outpouring of grief at Penn State after death of legendary coach
Penn State students and alumni held a candlelight vigil late Sunday to honor and remember Joe Paterno, the iconic former football coach.
CNN: Longshot presidential candidate to put abortion in your face during Super Bowl
It was tongue in cheek, blogger Sophia Brugato said, because let's be honest: Tim Tebow, for all his athletic attributes, isn't the biggest scorer.
CNN: Jewish paper's column catches Secret Service's eye
The U.S. Secret Service is looking into a controversial column by an Atlanta Jewish newspaper publisher that mulled the assassination of an American president.
CNN: After Iran threat, U.S. aircraft carrier goes through Strait of Hormuz without incident
Flanked by British and French ships, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier moved through the Strait of Hormuz without incident Sunday despite recent threats from Iran.
CNN: Croatian voters back bid to join European Union
Croatians voted Sunday in support of their country's bid to join the European Union, paving the way for the southern European nation to become the alliance's 28th member.
CNN: Arab League calls for unity government in Syria
The Arab League agreed on a path forward in Syria on Sunday that instructs President Bashar al-Assad to delegate powers to his vice president following the formation of a national unity government.
CNN: Yemen's president heading to U.S. for treatment
Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was en route to the United States for medical treatment Sunday, officials said.
CNN Money: Stocks: It's all about Europe and earnings
After three weeks of gains, investors could be in for a choppy week ahead, as earnings kick into high gear and Europe's debt crisis heats up.
CNN Money: Greek debt talks in limbo
Greek debt talks are said to be progressing but officials have yet to announce a deal to scale back the nation's overwhelming debt load.
CNN Money: Iran oil to be sanctioned by Europe Monday
The European Union will announce tough new sanction on Iran's oil industry Monday.
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