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CNN: Romney gets backing from key Republicans
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee Sunday, and another key conservative, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, also announced he was backing the former Massachusetts governor.
CNN: Romney wins Washington state caucuses
Mitt Romney won the Republican caucuses in Washington state, according to unofficial results early Sunday, giving the former Massachusetts governor a shot in the arm heading into Super Tuesday contests.
CNN: Republicans feud over drawn-out nominating calendar
The slow-burning Republican presidential nominating process is facing scrutiny and sharp criticism as the increasingly bitter GOP primary fight threatens to drag on into the spring and perhaps the summer.
CNN: Poll: All tied up in Tennessee
With two days to go until Super Tuesday, it's all knotted up in Tennessee's Republican presidential primary, according to a new poll. An American Research Group survey released Sunday indicates that 35% of likely GOP primary voters in the state are backing former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, with 31% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 20% backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 9% supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum's four point advantage is within the poll's sampling error, which means it's basically all tied up.
CNN: Obama pledges to stop an Iranian nuclear weapon
Preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is a national security interest of both Israel and the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday in calling for continued diplomatic efforts but also pledging that all options - including a military effort - remain viable.
CNN: Toddler dies, days after being found in Indiana field after tornadoes
A southern Indiana toddler, found in a field after both her parents and two siblings were killed by devastating tornadoes, died Sunday after being taken off life support, a coroner said.
CNN: Police find child’s body at bottom of 30-foot hole in New Mexico
Recovery crews in southern New Mexico were working to reach a child's body at the bottom of a 30-foot-deep hole Sunday. Authorities believe the child is Samuel Jones, who went missing Saturday, Carlsbad Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Moyers said in a statement.
CNN: Attorneys for RFK convicted killer Sirhan push ‘second gunman’ argument
Lawyers for convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim their client did not fire any of the gunshots that struck the presidential candidate in 1968. And in their latest federal court filing, they also rule out another man some have considered a suspect - a private security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar, who was escorting Kennedy at the time he was shot.
CNN: Putin poised to retake Russian presidency
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for unity as he appeared headed for a third term as president, declaring victory in an "open and honest fight" in Sunday's election.
CNN: China to raise defense budget by 11%
China said Sunday it plans to increase its defense budget by 11.2%, following similar increases in years past and coming on the heels of a renewed U.S. push in the region.
CNN: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un visits DMZ for the first time
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to be on the highest alert Sunday as he visited the DMZ, or demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. In his first reported visit to the tense border since taking control of North Korea last December, KCNA, the state-run news agency, said the young leader had visited "the biggest hotspot where the gunfire could be heard anytime due to the reckless provocations of the enemies."
CNN: Ammo dump explodes in Congo, killing 200
A series of explosions at an ammunition depot killed 200 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Africa's Republic of Congo, Congolese officials said Monday.
CNN Money: Greece debt deal, jobs numbers to drive stocks
Can stocks keep it up? With all three major indexes last week hitting highs not seen since before the financial crisis, investors are looking for what could conceivably snap the 2012 stock rally that has reached into nearly every corner of the investing world.
CNN Money: Gas prices climb again, topping $3.76
The nationwide average for gasoline prices rose for the 26th straight day Sunday, topping the $3.76-a-gallon mark, according to the motorist group AAA.
CNN: What to expect from the iPad 3
When Apple holds a press event Wednesday, everyone who's paying attention expects to see the much-anticipated iPad 3. The latest version of the device that virtually defined the tablet market after its introduction in 2010, the iPad 3 will arrive at a time when competitors are beginning to put up a bit of a fight.
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