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CNN: Wisconsin recall's a 'test run,' DNC chair says
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race. “It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
CNN: Panetta defends Afghan strategy following Romney jabs
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday labeled Mitt Romney’s attacks on the withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan “campaign rhetoric” and defended the 2014 drawdown date. “I think you know without getting into the campaign rhetoric of what he’s asserting, I think you’ve got 50 nations in NATO that agree to a plan in Afghanistan,” Panetta said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It's the Lisbon agreement, an agreement that, you know, others, President Bush, President Obama, everyone has agreed is the direction that we go in in Afghanistan."
CNN: Gingrich's presidential advice: Raise money
Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley some advice Sunday on running for president. "Raise a lot of money," Gingrich told the rising Democrat on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's the entry level problem. You've got to be prepared."
CNN: Lugar offers counsel, not campaign stops to Mourdock
After a bruising primary fight, defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar has no plans to campaign on behalf of his former rival. But the Indiana senator on Sunday said he has offered advice about how to be a “constructive senator” to Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee.
CNN: Relative: Man now suspected in Etan Patz death was reported to police decades ago
A member of Pedro Hernandez's family walked into a Camden, New Jersey, police station in the 1980s and reported that Hernandez told relatives and others that he had killed a boy in New York and threw the body near a Dumpster - but there's no indication anything came out of that report, the family member told CNN.
CNN: Beryl whips northwest Florida and southern Georgia
Tropical Storm Beryl threatened to wipe out Memorial Day festivities across north Florida and south Georgia as it pelted the region with heavy rain and gale-force winds early Monday, forecasters said. Because of Beryl, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown canceled all Memorial Day ceremonies. A Memorial Day event at Veteran's Cemetery in nearby St. Augustine also was canceled.
CNN: Parents of captured U.S. soldier lead Washington motorcycle rally
The parents of missing U.S. serviceman Bowe Bergdahl led the Rolling Thunder ride in Washington on Sunday, trailed by the roar of what was estimated to be hundreds of thousands of motorcycles. The annual Memorial Day weekend ride, now in its 25th year, is held in remembrance of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
CNN: Bay Area celebrates 75th birthday of iconic Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge got its chance to shine Sunday, with people around the Bay Area flocking to the iconic span to celebrate its 75th birthday. Festivities that began in the morning and continued into the evening along San Francisco's northern waterfront within sight of the two legendary orange towers included musical and dance performances on stages in Crissy Field and Marina Green plus a historic watercraft parade.
CNN: Annan to visit Syria as global outrage mounts over massacre
International envoy Kofi Annan is expected to visit Syria on Monday, even though rebel leaders say his peace plan is "dead" following a gruesome massacre that killed 108 people in one town. Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday as Syrian rebels beg U.N. Security Council members for airstrikes against regime forces.
CNN: Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up
The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday. The march came a day after Italian prosecutor Giancarlo Capaldo told CNN that a priest who used to run a church in Rome is under investigation on suspicion of complicity in the abduction of Emanuela Orlandi.
CNN: France arrests armed ETA suspects
Anti-terror police arrested a pair of men suspected of being armed Basque separatists in southern France on Sunday, Spain's Interior Ministry said. Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza, a suspected ETA commander, and Xabier Aramburu, suspected of being a deputy commander, were taken into custody Sunday afternoon in the French town of Cauna, near Mont de Marsan, according to the government.
CNN: U.S. official: American kidnapped in Benin
A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in the West African nation of Benin, a U.S. State Department official said Sunday. The official, who asked not to be named given the sensitivity of the situation, said that U.S. diplomatic officials are providing "consular assistance" in the case. Authorities have not indicated when or under what circumstances the person was kidnapped, nor have they identified the abductee.
CNN Money: Europe debt crisis and jobs numbers to drive stocks
Memorial Day may mark the unofficial start to summer, but investors won't be getting any rest and relaxation during the coming week. Following a three-day weekend (U.S. markets are closed Monday for Memorial Day), uncertainty will continue to swirl over Europe, with the threat of Greece leaving the eurozone still looming.
Financial Times: Greece warned of public finances collapse
Greece's public finances could collapse as early as next month, leaving salaries and pensions unpaid unless a stable government emerges from the June 17 election, according to Lucas Papademos, the technocrat prime minister who left office after this month's inconclusive vote.
CNN Money: Summer gas prices – as good as they'll get
As the summer driving season kicks off this holiday weekend, most Americans are enjoying lower gas prices than they might have expected when the spring began. But prices, while well off their 2012 peak set in early April, are still higher than they've been at the start of most summers.
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