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CNN: Trump endorses Romney
Celebrity business magnate Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, telling reporters he will not mount an independent campaign if Romney is the Republican nominee.
CNN: Senate passes insider-trading bill
Aiming to restore voters' faith in Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that makes clear it's illegal for members of Congress, their staffs and many executive-branch employees to trade stocks and other securities based on inside information learned on the job.
CNN: NYC mayor gives Planned Parenthood $250K matching grant
The decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation not to renew funding for a number of Planned Parenthood projects stirred anger and explanation from both groups and their allies Thursday.
CNN: Audit of energy loans coming out soon
The White House is studying an audit of $35.9 billion in Department of Energy loans to clean-energy companies, and plans to release it by the end of next week, a spokesman said Thursday.
CNN: Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobs
The Kansas legislature on Thursday introduced a bill that would partner some undocumented immigrants with jobs in industries facing worker shortages.
CNN: Big rigs won't be getting any bigger - for a while
A House committee passed a measure Thursday maintaining current tractor-trailer sizes and weights for three years until a study can be completed on the potential costs incurred by allowing longer and heavier trucks on U.S. roads.
CNN: 'Fast and Furious' consequences coming, Holder says
Firings and charges against Justice Department officials who oversaw the agency's flawed gun-running operation are likely to come in the next six months, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.
CNN: Report: Air Marshal Service discrimination not widespread
A long-awaited federal investigation looking into allegations of a hostile work environment within the Federal Air Marshal Service concludes there is no "widespread discrimination and retaliation" within the agency, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General obtained by CNN.
CNN: U.S. goal is to end Afghan combat mission in 2013
The United States and NATO want to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning primarily to a training role in which Afghan security forces will take the lead, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
CNN: Security Council talks disband without agreement on Syria
A Security Council meeting ended Thursday evening with no agreement on a draft resolution intended to pressure Syria to end its months-long crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.
CNN: Bombs hit evangelical Bible school in Sudan, group says
A Christian evangelical group said Thursday that a Bible school - backed by American evangelist Franklin Graham - was destroyed in the latest bombing raid to hit South Kordofan, an oil-rich Sudanese province that borders the newly created independent country of South Sudan.
CNN: Colombian police: 6 killed in blast
Six people were killed in an explosion targeting a police station in southern Colombia Thursday, authorities said.
CNN Money: Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy
What Would Jesus ... Deduct? President Obama offered a new line of reasoning for hiking taxes on the rich on Thursday, saying at the National Prayer Breakfast that his policy proposals are shaped by his religious beliefs.
CNN Money: Stocks stall ahead of jobs report
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday as investors digested a cautious economic outlook from the chairman of the Federal Reserve one day before a key report on the job market.
CNN Money: U.S. charges oldest Swiss bank in tax fraud case
The Justice Department charged Switzerland's oldest bank Thursday with helping American taxpayers hide more than $1.2 billion from the Internal Revenue Service.
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