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CNN: Tuesday contests about bragging rights and momentum
Seventy delegates and a whole lot of momentum: That's what's at stake Tuesday when three states hold contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
CNN: Romney campaign targets optimistic Santorum ahead of Tuesday contests
Mitt Romney's front-running campaign on Monday took aim at trailing rival Rick Santorum, suggesting there is concern the conservative Santorum might be poised to do well in this week's Republican presidential contests.
CNN: Were politics buried inside Eastwood's 'Halftime' commercial?
Moments after the energetic Madonna entertained fans during the halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl, millions of television viewers got an emotional jolt back into reality.
CNN: Bachmann says she was the ‘perfect candidate’
She may have dropped her bid for the presidential nomination, but Michele Bachmann is still adamantly pushing her conservative credentials.
CNN: Authorities: Powell spread gasoline, sent e-mails ahead of fatal fire
The Washington man who authorities believe killed his two sons and himself by setting fire to his house first gave toys and books to charity, sent multiple goodbye e-mails and doused the home with gasoline, they said.
CNN: DEA moves against two Florida pharmacies, distributor over pill sales'
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided two CVS pharmacies in central Florida over the weekend, removing controlled substances and suspending the stores' ability to handle or distribute drugs such as painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone.
CNN: Citing 'progress,' judge extends treatment for Arizona shooting suspect
The man accused of killing six people in an Arizona shooting rampage can receive medical treatment for another four months, a federal judge ruled Monday after reviewing a report from a psychologist that found "measurable progress" in the suspect's condition.
CNN: Jury selection under way in college lacrosse player's murder trial
Jury selection in the trial of a University of Virginia lacrosse player who is accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend got off to a slow start Monday.
CNN: World seeks next step on Syria as deaths mount
Syrian artillery fire echoed throughout the embattled city of Homs on Monday, with a human rights group reporting nearly 100 more civilians killed around the country.
CNN: One dead, dozens injured in fifth day of Egypt clashes
Violent clashes near Egypt's Interior Ministry on Monday left at least one person dead and 72 injured, a health ministry official said.
CNN: Australian authorities urge residents of Queensland town to flee floods
Australian authorities on Monday pleaded with hundreds of people who had chosen to remain in a town in the path of rising flood waters to vacate their homes.
CNN: Italy cruise ship captain faces hearing over house arrest
The captain of the shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia faced a closed-door hearing Monday over whether he should remain under house arrest.
CNN: House bill bans welfare spending at strip clubs
If welfare recipients want to dole out the dollar bills at a strip club, they'd better make sure it's not government money ... at least if a bill in Congress becomes law.
CNN: Stocks close lower amid Greece jitters
U.S. stocks hovered below the breakeven line throughout the trading day Monday, as investors anxiously awaited a Greek government decision on budget cuts that are key to securing a second bailout and avoiding default.
CNN: Foreclosure deal has 40 states, but others balk
More than 40 states have signed on to a draft deal settling claims of improper mortgage servicing that's aimed at relieving homeowners struggling with loans bigger than their home's value.
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