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CNN: Senate OKs renewal of domestic abuse law after GOP relents
The U.S. Senate voted to renew a law designed to combat domestic abuse Thursday after Republicans stepped back from what was becoming a politically risky fight over some of the expansions they oppose.
CNN: Aide is asked if he made up some stories about John Edwards
John Edwards' defense team hammered away at a former campaign aide on Thursday after he was quizzed about his motives and asked whether he made up stories about how Edwards allegedly concealed contributions from campaign donors.
CNN: Fresh report, 'rumors flying' of past Secret Service misconduct
The Secret Service continued to be rocked Thursday by allegations of its agents' transgressions, though one U.S. government official cautioned against assuming there are systemic problems or that they are not properly investigated.
CNN: As Gingrich prepares exit, what will his billionaire benefactor do next?
For months now, his name has gone hand-in-hand with that of Newt Gingrich. But as the former House speaker prepares to leave the Republican nomination race next week, Sheldon Adelson has to decide what political causes - and which candidates - to support.
CNN: Martin attorney: Zimmerman should go back to jail
The Trayvon Martin family attorney says George Zimmerman should be back in jail because he failed to tell a judge he had $200,000 during a recent bond hearing. "They tried to portray themselves as indigent that they did not have any money," said Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Martin's family. "We think the court should revoke his bond immediately. And he should held accountable for misleading the court.”
CNN: Cybersecurity bill passes despite concerns about personal data protection
Ignoring a veto threat from the White House, the House passed legislation Thursday designed to protect communications networks from cyberattacks. But even as the House bill moves forward, privacy concerns about granting government agencies access to personal information transmitted on the Internet could prove to be a major obstacle to any new cybersecurity law.
CNN: Manning strikes out in three-day hearing; all charges in WikiLeaks case stand
After a three-day hearing mostly focused on defense motions aimed at getting all or some of the charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning thrown out or combined, the Army intelligence analyst still faces the exact same charges he faced when he first appeared in court here in December. Manning is the Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of those documents ended up on the WikiLeaks website.
CNN: Federal judge blocks release of bin Laden death photos
A federal judge has turned aside calls to publicly release video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead. Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group, had asked the Department of Defense to comply with a Freedom of Information request for the material, especially photos of the September 11 mastermind lying dead on the third floor of his Pakistan hideout.
CNN: U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces.
CNN: Deported bin Laden widows, daughters go to Saudi Arabia
Fourteen members of Osama bin Laden's family were deported to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan Friday, less than a week ahead of the first anniversary of his death at the hands of U.S. commandos.
CNN: Hundreds killed since start of U.N. mission, opposition says
A Syrian opposition group says it has documented hundreds of deaths since the U.N. peace plan monitors began their work last week. It has verified the identities of 462 people slain since April 16, when the mission started, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said Thursday. The number includes 34 children.
CNN: For victims in Sierra Leone, Taylor's verdict brings relief
Those who suffered in Sierra Leone's notoriously brutal civil war reveled in the fact that Taylor was finally held to justice for the bloodshed, an act of accountability that had seemed implausible to many.
CNN Money: Spain downgraded by S&P
Standard & Poor's downgraded Spain's credit rating by two notches on Thursday, the latest sign Europe's debt crisis is once again gathering force. S&P said the downgrade, from A to BBB+, "reflects our view of mounting risks to Spain's net general government debt as a share of GDP in light of the contracting economy."
CNN Money: Amazon blows estimates away. Stock surges.
Amazon's been spending lots of money on expanding its operations, so analysts expected a huge drop in profit for the first quarter. And even though earnings did fall, they didn't decline nearly as much as analysts had feared.
CNN Money: Chinese stocks: 'Not for the faint of heart'
China's boom has made it a magnet for capital, but investing in the world's second-largest economy is still risky. "Investing in China is not for the faint of heart," said Tu Packard, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics. "There are opportunities, but it's fraught with risks."
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