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CNN: Santorum, Gingrich vie for Southern supremacy
Coming off another victory in conservative territory, Rick Santorum on Sunday rejected arguments that frontrunner Mitt Romney's lead in the delegate count for the Republican presidential nomination was virtually insurmountable. "This isn't a mathematical formula - this race has a tremendous amount of dynamics," Santorum told the NBC program "Meet the Press" the day after winning the Kansas caucuses to bolster his second-place standing behind Romney.
CNN: Reid defends White House relationship
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday pushed back on the suggestion that the White House is detached from Senate Democrats. "I can place a phone call anytime, it's returned immediately," the Nevada Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I feel very good about my relationship with the White House and the Senate's relationship."
CNN: Poll: No lock in Illinois GOP battle
It's a close race in Illinois between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, according to a new poll ahead of the state's March 20 primary. The Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll released late Saturday night showed Romney with 35% support among likely Republican voters, slightly ahead of Santorum's 31%. The difference fell within the poll's sampling error. Newt Gingrich trailed with 12% and Ron Paul received 7%.
CNN: Santorum's war on teleprompters
Republican Rick Santorum has for quite a while taken issue with candidates on the trail who use a teleprompter. It's a dig on President Barack Obama, and more recently has been used to attack Mitt Romney – a man who's also been known to use a prompter or two.
CNN: Condolences, questions over Afghan shootings
Condolences, calls for justice and questions arose from across the political spectrum Sunday in response to reports that a U.S. soldier shot to death 16 civilians in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama said he was "deeply saddened" by the reported killings and offered condolences to families and loved ones of the victims "and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering."
CNN: Remaining 5 inmates in Mississippi pardons controversy freed
All five remaining inmates held in the Mississippi pardons controversy have now been released from prison. Mississippi's Supreme Court last week upheld the controversial pardons of more than 200 convicts that former Gov. Haley Barbour granted on his way out of office, rejecting a challenge by the state's attorney general.
CNN: Survey: Gas prices up 12 cents in two weeks
Gasoline prices have jumped another 12 cents over the past two weeks, according to a survey published Sunday. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular is now $3.81, the Lundberg Survey found.
CNN: Injury forces Tiger Woods to withdraw from tournament
Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw Sunday from the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, after suffering an injury to his left leg, according to his website.
CNN: Taliban promises revenge for U.S. soldier's shooting spree
The Afghan Taliban said Monday that its fighters would exact revenge for 16 people left dead after an American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages a day earlier. Describing U.S. forces as "sick minded American savages," the Taliban said in a statement on its website that it would mete out punishment for the "barbaric actions." The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement, has battled the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan for a decade.
CNN: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza a fourth day
Israel launched fresh airstrikes early Monday in Gaza, targeting militant rocket launching sites across the Palestinian territory, a military statement said. At least two militants were killed and more than 40 people injured in the latest strikes, Palestinian medical sources said.
CNN: Yemeni officials: U.S. airstrikes target militant hideouts, kill 64
U.S. airstrikes targeted militant hideouts and arms caches in separate attacks over three days in Yemen, killing at least 64 suspected al Qaeda insurgents before the strikes ended Sunday, senior Yemeni officials told CNN.
CNN: 45 women, children killed in Homs massacre, Syrian opposition says
At least 45 women and children were stabbed and burned in the Syrian city of Homs late Sunday, opposition activists said, after peace talks between a U.N. special envoy and the Syrian regime failed to yield a cease-fire.
CNN Money: Bull market enters fourth year
The bull market on Wall Street enters its fourth year this week and investors are wondering how much higher stocks can go. Stocks ended modestly higher Friday, capping a mixed week for the major indexes. The Dow Jones industrial average eased slightly over the last five trading days. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq edged up modestly last week.
CNN Money: Living on less than $2 a day
Can you imagine living on less than $2 a day? That's exactly what nearly 1.5 million American families have had to do. The number of households living on $2 a day or less, per person, surged by 130% between 1996 and 2011, according to the National Poverty Center. They now constitute nearly one-fifth of the non-elderly households with children living in poverty.
CNN Money: February jobs report: Unemployment holds amid solid hiring
Hiring remained strong in February, fueling optimism about the recovery. Employers added 227,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday. While that's a pinch slower than in January, hiring was still better than economists had expected.
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Sen. Harry Reid responds to breaking news that a U.S. soldier opened fire on civilians in Afghanistan.