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CNN: Twin Southern wins reinvigorate Santorum campaign
A beaming Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared he "did it again" and "defied the odds" Tuesday night as he took the stage fresh off his wins in the critical Southern states of Alabama and Mississippi.
CNN: Having tried grits, Romney returns to delegate math
Mitt Romney lost the Alabama and Mississippi primaries to Rick Santorum on Tuesday, but he continued the long slog for delegates, which his campaign believes will eventually secure him the nomination.
CNN: Romney goes on the air in Illinois; Santorum in Louisiana
Mitt Romney's campaign is looking ahead to a big upcoming contest. Tuesday it purchased almost one million dollars of ad time in Illinois, according to the latest ad tracking numbers.
CNN: Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women
The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org released a new television ad to coincide with the primaries, accusing the Republican Party of launching a "war on women." The 60-second spot features a handful of MoveOn members repeating controversial statements from top conservatives, including presidential candidate Rick Santorum and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
CNN: Obama, Cameron to get down to business on 2nd day of prime minister's visit
After a day of basketball, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will get down to business Wednesday, the second day of his trip to the United States. During their meetings, the two leaders are expected to discuss the upcoming NATO and G8 summits, as well as Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran and the global economy, according to the White House.
CNN: U.S. 'heartbroken' over Afghan killings, Obama says
In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said American officials were "heartbroken" by the deaths but have no plans to change course in the decade-old war in Afghanistan.
CNN: Military officer charged with threatening to blow up Washington state capitol
A lieutenant colonel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of felony harassment alleging he threatened to blow up the state capitol in Olympia and hire a hit man for $150,000 to kill his estranged wife and his boss, CNN affiliate KIRO reported.
CNN: 911 calls show passengers' fear during flight attendant's rant
For several fear-filled minutes last Friday, three passengers on board American Airlines flight 2332 in Dallas called emergency dispatchers to report a flight attendant's apparent meltdown, asking for help and trying to make sense of her strange rant. The 911 calls, released Tuesday, show the mutual confusion of the callers and the 911 dispatchers as they tried to piece together information, which was sparse on both sides of the phone line.
CNN: Panetta arrives in Afghanistan amid uproar over killings of civilians
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday for a two-day visit amid anger among Afghan leaders about a weekend shooting rampage blamed on a U.S. soldier. Panetta is the first high ranking U.S. official to visit the war zone since the killing spree in Kandahar province on Sunday that left 16 Afghan civilians dead. A U.S. soldier is now in custody in connection with the shootings.
CNN: Shaky truce appears to end along Gaza-Israel border
Israeli aircraft targeted two "terror activity sites" in northern Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said early Wednesday, in another round of tit-for-tat that appeared to end a shaky truce. "Direct hits were confirmed," the Israel forces in a statement. The attack was carried out in response to rockets fired at Israel over the past day, the statement said.
CNN: Syrian government rejects Annan's proposals
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rebuffed the efforts of the joint U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan to mediate an end to the violence, three U.S. administration officials told CNN on Tuesday. The sources said al-Assad replied to Annan's proposals by saying he doesn't recognize Annan as the Arab League's representative and he will not do anything until the opposition lays down its arms.
CNN: Murdoch insider Brooks arrested in hacking probe, police confirm
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the British tabloid News of the World and a confidante of its owner, Rupert Murdoch, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a phone-hacking investigation, police said.
CNN: Why minerals dispute threatens electronics industry
The United States, the European Union and Japan have filed a trade case over China's export restrictions on rare earth minerals that are crucial for the production of many high-tech devices.
CNN Money: Stocks rally into the close, Dow gains 218 points
U.S. stocks rallied late Tuesday to close sharply higher on news that most of the nation's largest banks have passed the government's latest test of their financial health.
CNN Money: Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books
After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. Britannica usually prints a new set of the tomes every two years, but 2010's 32-volume set will be its last. Instead, the company will focus solely on its digital encyclopedia and education tools.
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