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CNN: Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney's bus tour
A host of vice presidential contenders will hit the trail with Mitt Romney on his five-day, multi-state bus trip in the next week, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
CNN: Affair, racy emails may jeopardize Obama's Iraq ambassador pick
The nomination of the president's pick to be ambassador to Iraq appeared to be in jeopardy Thursday as Senate Democrats raised concerns about recent revelations of questionable conduct. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he is "evaluating" controversies surrounding Brett McGurk and may postpone a scheduled committee vote on the nomination next Tuesday.
CNN: Obama raises cash with some celebrity help
President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States. "What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."
CNN: Obama, Romney give dueling speeches on economy
In dueling speeches that sought to frame the economic debate for their election showdown in November, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Thursday offered differing visions for how to restore strong growth while telling separate Ohio crowds that the other's policies have failed.
CNN: Progress made against Colorado wildfire
Firefighters Thursday made progress against a massive wildfire 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, but the blaze was still causing problems, officials said. The High Park Fire, which has consumed 52,000 acres, jumped Highway 14, prompting the evacuations of 80 residents at Stevens Gulch. Additional residents in the area were on standby to evacuate.
CNN: 7th man found guilty in North Carolina terror ring
A North Carolina resident was found guilty Thursday on terrorism charges including conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas. Anes Subasic, a 35-year old naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Bosnia, also was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. He will face up to life in prison at sentencing in August.
CNN: Obama signs beam of One World Trade Center
With the under-construction One World Trade Center fast approaching its final height, President Barack Obama visited the New York tower Thursday to get an update on its growth and help prepare one of the finishing touches. "It looks beautiful," the president said to first lady Michelle Obama as they stood at a window on the 22nd floor and looked down on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum being built below.
CNN: Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.
CNN: A wild election weekend for Egypt, France and Greece
It's a very busy year in elections around the world, from revolutionary political shifts in the Middle East to economic woes driving voters to polls across Europe. And that's not even counting the Romney vs. Obama faceoff in the U.S. A hectic year comes to a point this weekend in Egypt, Greece and France.
CNN: Japanese police arrest last suspect in Tokyo gas attack
Japanese authorities arrested the last fugitive suspected in a deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, police said Friday. He was caught in front of a comic book cafe in Tokyo after its staff alerted police of the presence of a man resembling the suspect.
CNN: Security tightens for China dissident after Chen
Since the high-profile escape of a blind Chinese activist in April, life has become worse for Feng Zhenghu, a dissident who lives in an apartment on the outskirts of this Chinese metropolis. Feng, 57, is a human rights activist who garnered international media attention after living for three months in Tokyo's Narita Airport in 2009 while the Chinese government repeatedly stopped him from returning to the country. He has been living in Shanghai under house arrest for more than two years.
CNN: Court won't reopen Julian Assange's extradition appeal
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Thursday dismissed an application filed by an attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeking to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden. The application was Assange's last option in the British courts.
CNN Money: OPEC to leave oil production unchanged
OPEC said it will leave its official production ceiling unchanged, dashing hopes for an official increase that could have sent crude prices lower. At a regularly scheduled meeting in Vienna, the cartel will maintain its current production limit of 30 million barrels per day.
CNN Money: Jobless claims on the rise
The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits climbed last week, indicating continued trouble for the labor market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that 386,000 people filed new jobless claims in the week ended June 9, up 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure.
CNN Money: Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford gets 110 years
Disgraced financier Allen Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison on Thursday for orchestrating a $7 billion fraud, one of the largest in U.S. history. Prosecutors had called for the 62-year-old Stanford to receive the maximum sentence of 230 years in prison, calling him "a ruthless predator responsible for one of the most egregious frauds in history." The defense called for a sentence between 31 and 44 months, according to court filings, most or all of which Stanford would have already served.
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