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CNN: White House, Republicans talk compromise
Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.
CNN: CNN projects a Romney victory in Wyoming caucuses
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucuses, CNN projects. Throughout February, Wyoming Republicans held caucuses and cast votes in straw polls in 22 of the state's 23 counties. The final county, Sweetwater County, held its caucus Wednesday night.
CNN: Latest CNN count shows Santorum, Romney split Michigan delegates
While Mitt Romney won the popular vote in Tuesday's Michigan primary, CNN's latest estimate indicates Romney and rival Rick Santorum split the state's delegate count. Of the 30 delegates at stake, Romney took 15 and Santorum took 15, with zero unallocated as of late Wednesday afternoon.
CNN: High octane fundraising events in the Big Apple
President Barack Obama is set to highlight his energy vision during a speech at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on Thursday. Soon thereafter he heads to the Big Apple for the real focus of his trip – fundraising. Like his other recent forays outside of Washington, D.C., the president’s "message" event in New Hampshire will be but a prelude to some heavy duty fundraising efforts.
CNN: Massive storm system claims at least 12
The death toll from an enormous storm system that plowed through the Midwest and spawned more tornadoes as it moved east climbed late Wednesday to 12, authorities said.
CNN: Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
A federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Wednesday by a judge in Washington, with the judge saying the requirements were a violation of free speech.
CNN: The Monkees’ Davy Jones dead at 66
Davy Jones, whose charming grin and British accent won the hearts of millions of fans on the 1960s television series "The Monkees," died Wednesday, according to the Martin County, Florida, sheriff's office. He was 66.
CNN: How to prepare for Google’s privacy changes
CNN: North Korea agrees to halt nuclear activities for food
North Korea has agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for food aid from the United States, the State Department said Wednesday.
CNN: Fukushima’s ‘cold’ reactors pose a constant threat
Twisted metal beams still jut from the top of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi stricken reactors, almost one year after a massive tsunami triggered nuclear meltdown. They remain as an eerie monument to the country's worst ever nuclear disaster, frozen in time by the dangers that surround the reactors and what's inside.
CNN: Fresh diplomatic efforts target Syria
Fresh diplomatic efforts to resolve the nearly year-old crisis in Syria got under way Wednesday as the situation inside Syria reached a new level of concern. "I think the message is clear: that the killing and the violence must stop," said Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy on Syria, to reporters here. "Humanitarian agencies must be given access to do their work, and it is regrettable that that doesn't seem to be happening. That is not happening."
CNN: The man who wasn’t al Qaeda’s number 3
What's in a name? If you are Mohamed Ibrahim Makkawi, years of trouble and the shadow of a senior al Qaeda figure lurking over your every move. Makkawi's arrival at Cairo's airport Wednesday caused a brief flutter of excitement. Could it be that one of the most senior figures in al Qaeda had been detained in dramatic (and highly unlikely) fashion after stepping off an Emirates flight from Islamabad in Pakistan? The confusion arose because Saif al-Adel – regarded as al Qaeda's third-most-senior figure – had long been associated with an alias identical to Makkawi's name.
CNN Money: Bernanke: Job market ‘far from normal’
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to give Congress his semi-annual report on the economy, and what he had to say wasn't exactly rosy. The job market remains "far from normal," household income is flat and access to credit remains too tight for many people, he said. Meanwhile, rising gas prices are likely to reduce consumer buying power and the housing market remains a drag.
CNN Money: Average Wall Street bonus drops to $121,000
Lower profits and layoffs resulted in Wall Street bonuses falling by nearly $3 billion last year to their lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis.
CNN Money: Microsoft releases Windows 8 preview
Microsoft gave consumers their first opportunity to download and play around with the company's new Windows 8 operating system.
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