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CNN: Gingrich, Romney clash over immigration, Freddie Mac, moon
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred Thursday with Mitt Romney over immigration policies as tempers flared in the CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate in Jacksonville.
CNN: Obama pushes clean energy theme in Nevada, Colorado
President Barack Obama took his push for increased federal investment in clean energy on the road Thursday, telling crowds in Las Vegas and at a Colorado military base that America must be able to compete in a global growth industry of coming decades.
CNN: Jeb Bush offers no endorsement, but a warning
Five days ahead of his state's primary – an election in which he promises to remain neutral – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday cautioned the contenders to soften their assaults, avoid a "circular firing squad," and connect personally with swing voters in the most diverse primary yet.
CNN: Really, seriously, Clinton is done with government
While much of the country is looking ahead to the next election, Hillary Clinton said she is squeezing every last moment out of her current job. As secretary of state, Clinton isn't allowed to campaign or participate in domestic politics.
CNN: Judge clears Transocean of some damages in Deepwater Horizon spill
A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that Transocean is not liable for Deepwater Horizon compensatory damages sought by third parties in the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
CNN: Panel: Search for nuclear waste dump could last up to 20 years
Three years after the Obama administration killed controversial plans to store the nation's nuclear waste permanently at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, a presidential commission said Thursday that the nation needs to adopt a "consent-based approach" to position disposal facilities, gaining the approval of any community before moving forward with future sites.
CNN: FBI joins manhunt for carjacker who fatally shot good Samaritan
The FBI has joined New Orleans investigators in their hunt for a carjacker who shot a good Samaritan who died in front of his young sons, police said Thursday.
CNN: Budgeting for a new military vision
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta unveiled details of a budget plan that slices half a trillion dollars in spending increases over the next 10 years and serves as a blueprint for the administration's vision of how America's military needs to change.
CNN: U.N. Security Council to hold closed talks on Syria situation
The U.N. Security Council will hold closed-door talks Friday afternoon on the situation in Syria, the British and French delegations reported Thursday night on their respective Twitter feeds.
CNN: Freed aid workers arrive at U.S. military base in Italy
Freed hostages Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted arrived at a U.S. base in Sicily Thursday, a day after being rescued in a U.S. military raid in Somalia, a spokesman for the base said.
CNN: Australian PM escorted out of building amid protest
Security officers dragged Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard out of a Canberra restaurant Thursday after an angry mob of protesters surrounded the building during a luncheon ceremony, police said.
CNN: Cocaine sent to U.N. headquarters
More than 35 pounds of cocaine was discovered in at least one bag that turned up at the United Nations headquarters in New York, police said Thursday.
CNN Money: Campaign finance the Stephen Colbert way
Is Stephen Colbert a comedian, political candidate or professor of campaign finance law? At times, the answer is all three.
CNN Money: What's behind Netflix's 20% spike?
Netflix is the highest flying stock on the S&P 500 Thursday, but was its fourth-quarter earnings report enough to justify a 20% run up in the stock? The short answer: no.
CNN Money: Stocks end in red on earnings, economic data
U.S. stocks ended in the red Thursday as investors digested a mixed batch of corporate earnings results and remained cautious amid lackluster economic data and ongoing debt talks in Greece.
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