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CNN: Holder rejects resignation call at heated Senate hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday rejected a GOP call to resign, telling a heated Senate hearing that Republicans were trying to score political points instead of addressing significant issues. Under attack from the outset by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder rejected accusations he was stonewalling congressional investigators on the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning sting operation and failing to investigate recent leaks of classified information properly.
CNN: Welcome to the 'Out of Context' campaign
Bill Adair, the editor of the Pulitzer Prize winning web site Politifact.org, said his fact-checks of the presidential candidates in recent days have rated nearly all of their claims to be half-truths. "The campaigns are cherry-picking statistics that don't tell a full story," Adair said.
CNN: Former Giffords aide wins election to finish her term
Democrat Ron Barber won a special election in Arizona on Tuesday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in Congress, CNN projects. Barber defeated Republican opponent Jesse Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran who challenged Giffords in 2010, but came up 4,000 votes short.
CNN: Allen wins Virginia GOP Senate primary, CNN projects
After facing a crowded field of Senate hopefuls in Virginia, GOP candidate George Allen won the commonwealth's primary Tuesday, CNN projects. Allen's victory marked a final hurdle in his bid to run against Democrat Tim Kaine in one of the nation's most closely-watched Senate races.
CNN: Suspect in Auburn killings turns self in
The man suspected of killing three people and wounding others near Auburn University could appear in court Wednesday or later this week, authorities said. Desmonte Leonard, 22, turned himself in to U.S. marshals at the federal courthouse in Montgomery Tuesday, said Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall.
CNN: Casey Anthony: 'I didn't kill my daughter'
Casey Anthony, the Florida woman who was tried and acquitted in the death of her young daughter, broke her silence Tuesday to CNN's Piers Morgan, saying she was rightly found not guilty. "Obviously I didn't kill my daughter," Anthony said, Morgan reported on "Piers Morgan Tonight." The two spoke for roughly 10 minutes by phone.
CNN: Alleged Sandusky victim details abuse
The man whose accusations of sexual abuse helped trigger a criminal investigation, upending the storied Penn State football program, said Tuesday that he stayed at Jerry Sandusky's house more than 100 times as a boy, where the former assistant football coach repeatedly sexually abused him.
CNN: Zimmerman's wife arrested, accused of perjury
George Zimmerman's wife was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly lying at his bond hearing about the couple's finances. Shellie N. Zimmerman, 25, faces a perjury charge, according to Jackie Barnard, spokeswoman for the State Attorney's office for the Fourth Judicial District of Florida. She met conditions for a $1,000 bond and was released Tuesday afternoon, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
CNN: 47 killed, 100 wounded in Iraq
A string of seven car bombs exploded in central Iraq Wednesday morning over a two-hour period, killing at least 47 people and a wounding 100 others, police officials said. Most of the victims were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, police said.
CNN: Syrian crisis a civil war, U.N. official says, as global war of words continue
The Syrian crisis is now a civil war, a U.N. official said, as the United States accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to the Middle East nation and monitors tasked with observing a so-called cease-fire came under fire. Meanwhile, the war of words raged on.
CNN: Suu Kyi heads to Europe to accept Nobel, honors
Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday left Myanmar on a whirlwind 16-day European trip that will include her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize that she won in 1991. The pro-democracy campaigner, who was recently elected to Myanmar's parliament, will also address both houses of the British Parliament, be the guest of honor at a music concert in Dublin and celebrate her birthday with family.
CNN: Israel detains illegal African migrants as part of deportation plan
Israeli authorities said Tuesday they detained 240 illegal migrants as part of a controversial plan to deport some of the thousands of Africans who have flooded the country illegally in recent years. Another 300 illegal migrants volunteered Tuesday to return to their country of origin, Israel's immigration ministry said. All the migrants detained Tuesday are Sudanese.
CNN Money: Dimon: JPMorgan traders didn't understand risks
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will tell Congress Wednesday that the bank's massive loss can be blamed on insufficient risk controls and a failure by traders to understand the bets they were placing. Dimon's prepared testimony, provided by the bank, indicates that the CEO will sound a note of contrition before members of the Senate Banking Committee.
CNN Money: Stocks may have hit bottom
It's been a hot and cold year for stocks so far, but Wall Street experts are optimistic that the market will emerge from its recent funk to end the year with solid gains. According to an exclusive CNNMoney survey of 20 investment strategists and money managers, the S&P 500 will rise more than 8% from its current level to finish the year above 1,430 - the same level they had predicted at the end of March. That would translate into a 14% gain for the year, far better than 2011's flat finish.
CNN Money: IEA calls for $36 trillion more in clean energy investments
The International Energy Agency said the world's clean energy investments are sorely lacking and this week called for an additional $36 trillion of funding by 2050. In a sharply-worded introduction to a 700-page report, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said governments and private industry need to do far more if the world is to hold global warming to what most scientists say is an acceptable level.
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why is the repubs blaming the attorney general for fast and furious when this is a bush policy. the attorney general has given the repubs Congress all that they ask for, yet they are still askoing for stuff! that are not revelant to the case, all they want are stuff to attack the president with.