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CNN: With trial, Edwards enters next chapter of political soap opera
To many voters, John Edwards could have been president of the United States. Five years later, the possibilities for Edwards are completely different. Edwards' criminal trial begins Monday in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to the money dealings of his failed presidential campaign.
CNN: Secret Service needs more women, two lawmakers say
Two members of Congress on Sunday questioned the gender makeup of the Secret Service, speculating whether the recent scandal in Colombia could have been avoided if the agency had more women on its payroll.
CNN: More versions of 'no' issued in speculation over Romney's VP
Politicians played hot potato with the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket on Sunday, with the latest round of prominent Republicans closing the door at varying degrees to serving as presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's vice president.
CNN: Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally
Ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, presidential hopeful Ron Paul painted his long-shot campaign as a new American revolution at a rain-soaked event outside Independence Hall. “In our early history, we had a major undertaking overthrowing an empire,” Paul said. “And in some ways that is what we are doing now.”
CNN: George Zimmerman released on bond
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the February death of Trayvon Martin, has been released on bail from a Florida jail. Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, around midnight Sunday, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a brown paper bag in his arms. He got into the back of a white BMW and did not speak to reporters.
CNN: Mild March gives way to April snow storms in the Northeast
A powerful spring storm threatened to disrupt Monday morning commutes across the northeastern United States with potentially historic snowfall and heavy rains. The blustery blast follows a mild winter that saw little snow and the warmest March on record.
CNN: After suspension, search for Etan Patz to resume Monday
The search for Etan Patz, a 6-year-old New York boy who disappeared more than three decades ago, is expected to resume Monday after it was suspended for "operational reasons," an FBI spokesman said.
CNN: Senate broadening Secret Service probe after prostitution scandal
A Senate committee will expand its probe into the U.S. Secret Service this week following a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia in advance of a recent trip by the president. The Homeland Security Committee will send the Secret Service "some questions this week, as the beginning of our broader investigation, asking whether... this was an exception, or is there anything in the records that show this is a pattern of misconduct that has gone on elsewhere by Secret Service agents on assignment, but off-duty?" Sen. Joe Lieberman, the committee chairman, told "Fox News Sunday."
CNN: Hollande claims victory, setting up runoff with Sarkozy for French presidency
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande declared victory Sunday in the first round of France's presidential election, setting up a showdown with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in May. The proclamation, made to a crowd of supporters, is consistent with exit polls detailed on French television. Results from France's interior ministry show the same placement, albeit in a very tight contest.
CNN: North Korea threatens 'special actions' to take out South Korean government
North Korea said Monday that it would soon initiate "special actions" aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government. North Korean armed forces will use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style" to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report, adding that the operation would take 3 or 4 minutes.
CNN: South Sudan accuses Sudan of aerial, ground attacks
South Sudan accused Sudan of launching ground and aerial attacks inside South Sudan's territory Sunday. "There have been bombings since 9 this morning, and at 1 o'clock they launched a ground attack," said Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan's minister of information.
CNN: Egyptian companies abruptly halt gas exports to Israel
Two state-run Egyptian energy companies have abruptly ended a gas export deal to Israel, raising questions about the move's legal validity and the political effect on relations between the two countries.
CNN Money: Stocks: Earnings, economy and Europe back in focus
Investors are gearing up for a week full of economic and corporate data. Europe will once again be difficult for even U.S. investors to ignore. Several hundred U.S. companies are scheduled to report corporate earnings, but Apple's results will take center stage Tuesday, when the company reports its results.
CNN Money: Wal-Mart ensnared in Mexican bribery probe
Wal-Mart says it has been conducting an "extensive investigation" since 2011 into its compliance with a federal law that prohibits American companies from bribing foreign officials. The statement came in response to a New York Times article published online Saturday alleging that top executives in Wal-Mart Mexican division attempted to conceal a widespread bribery scheme from the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
Financial Times: Big fine for Hong Kong IPO sponsor
Hong Kong’s market regulator has hit the sponsor of a 2009 new listing with the biggest fine it has imposed to date in another sign of its crackdown on lax practices after a flood of problematic listings of businesses from China.
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