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CNN: Santorum: I'm not asking anyone to drop
Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that candidates currently in the GOP field should continue their presidential campaigns "for as long as they feel they should stay in the race." His comments came in response to reporters' questions surrounding a pro-Santorum super PAC adviser's comments that Gingrich should exit the race.
CNN: Romney challengers reject calls to give up
Mitt Romney's campaign tried Wednesday to put the best possible spin on Super Tuesday's mixed verdict, releasing a memo arguing that it is now nearly impossible for his opponents to catch him in the Republican presidential race.
CNN: Levin says Limbaugh should be dropped from Armed Forces Network
Sen. Carl Levin, the powerful chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday he would like the Armed Forces Network to drop the controversial Rush Limbaugh program from its service that provides radio and television shows to U.S. service members around the world.
CNN: Romney raises $11.5 million in February
Mitt Romney's campaign raised $11.5 million in February -the second-best month of fundraising to date – spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday. Meanwhile Rick Santorum raised roughly $9 million in the same month, his campaign has announced.
CNN: Official: Panetta misinterpreted on ‘permission’ for Syria intervention
The Pentagon tried to clarify remarks made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, when he told a Senate committee on Wednesday that the U.S. military is seeking "permission" from a foreign organization to intervene in Syria. "He was re-emphasizing the need for an international mandate. We are not ceding U.S. decision-making authority to some foreign body," a defense official told CNN.
CNN: Lawmaker wants to end public assistance to lottery winners
Amanda Clayton hit it big playing the Michigan Lottery. Like many winners, she used her $1 million prize to buy a new house. But the Lincoln Park, Michigan, resident is receiving money in another form - $200 a month in state food assistance, according to CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV.
CNN: Dharun Ravi sent Clementi messages on night of suicide
Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi apparently tried to make amends with his estranged roommate Tyler Clementi after allegedly using a webcam to spy on Clementi's sexual encounter with another man, according to text messages revealed in court Wednesday. Clementi committed suicide soon after the texts were sent.
CNN: Youth smoking is focus of new Surgeon General report
Tobacco companies' advertising and promotional campaigns may influence young adults and adolescents to start smoking, says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General. The report stops short of saying that tobacco companies have definitely changed their packaging in ways that increase their appeal among adolescents. "The evidence is suggestive," but not conclusive, says the report.
CNN: Too many immigrants in France, Sarkozy says
France has too many foreigners and is not integrating them properly, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview on French television. "Today we have a problem," Sarkozy said Tuesday night on France 2 TV. "Our system of integration is working worse and worse because we have too many foreigners on our territory, and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school," he said.
CNN: Apparent high-level defection in Syria; U.N. relief head sees 'devastated' areas
The growing ranks of Syria's disaffected appeared to get a high-profile addition Wednesday, when a man identifying himself as Abdo Hussam el Din, the country's deputy oil minister, announced in a video posted on YouTube that he was defecting from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
CNN: 'Iran is not telling us everything,' U.N. atomic agency chief says
Iran is not open about its nuclear program, but it should be, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday. "Iran is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are asking Iran to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to answer," said Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
CNN: Viral video puts spotlight on Ugandan warlord
A half-hour documentary about a Ugandan warlord is one of the hottest videos on the Web today, reposted several million times on various social networking sites. The San Diego-based nonprofit Invisible Children produced the film. Their goal was to make Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a household name. The LRA is notorious for abducting, raping and maiming its victims. They're particularly infamous for hacking off the ears and lips of their victims and recruiting child soldiers. The LRA's goal is to overthrow the Ugandan government. Kony is on the loose.
CNN Money: Wells Fargo to charge $7 fee on more checking accounts
Wells Fargo will start charging $7 a month for checking accounts in six more states, expanding on its efforts to do away with free checking accounts altogether.
CNN Money: Toyota recalling 680,000 vehicles
Toyota Motors is recalling about 680,000 vehicles in the United States in two separate recalls. One recall involves airbags in pickups, the other is for faulty brake lights in sedans and crossovers. The larger of the two recalls involves almost 500,000 2005 to 2009 Toyota Tacoma trucks. Part of the trucks' steering wheel mechanism may rub against a cable assembly. That could result in a damage to the electrical connection for the driver's airbag module, causing the airbag to be deactivated. If this happens, an airbag warning light on the dashboard will be illuminated and the airbag won't work in a crash
CNN Money: Women making slow gains in boardroom
Women have made modest advances in the boardroom over the past few years, now holding roughly 10% of directors' seats worldwide, according to a new report. A survey of over 4,300 companies in 45 countries by research firm GMI Ratings found incremental gains globally over the past few years.
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