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CNN: Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reform
Repeal and replace - or at least resist - is the Republican mantra in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney promises to get rid of Obamacare if elected, and at least four Republican governors say their states will hold off implementing main provisions of the 2010 law to see what happens in November.
CNN: Romney calls health care mandate a 'tax,' contradicts top aide
Mitt Romney said the federal health care reform mandate constitutes a "tax" Wednesday, contradicting the way a senior adviser to his campaign characterized his position earlier this week. But the similar individual mandate and fee he signed into law when governor of Massachusetts is not a tax, he said in a separate interview, citing the Supreme Court's decision last Thursday.
CNN: White House ceremony welcomes new citizens and mixes in politics
In a Fourth of July ceremony at the White House, brimming with political undertones, President Obama hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than two dozen active duty service members. "[T]his is one of my favorite things to do. It brings me great joy and inspiration because it reminds us that we are a country that is bound together not simply by ethnicity or bloodlines, but by fidelity to a set of ideas," Mr. Obama told the audience of new Americans and their families.
CNN: Walsh says opponent talks too much about military service
Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois on Wednesday stood by earlier comments questioning his congressional opponent, an Iraq war veteran and double-amputee, for speaking too much about her military service. "She is a hero, and that demands our respect, but it doesn't demand our vote. All she does, guys, is talk about her service," Walsh said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
CNN: Colorado's most destructive fire nears containment
The most destructive fire in Colorado's history is now 90% contained, officials said Wednesday. The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs burned more than 18,000 acres after starting June 23, prompting the evacuation of several neighborhoods days later. The wildfire destroyed 346 homes, according to InciWeb, a website that gathers fire information from various U.S. agencies. It called the fire the most destructive in state history.
CNN: Homeland Security cites sharp rise in cyber attacks
The companies that control critical infrastructure in the United States are reporting higher numbers of attacks on their systems over the past three years, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) says the number of reported attacks is up and attackers have been targeting companies with access to the country's power grid, water filtration facilities and a nuclear facility.
CNN: In West Virginia, mass feedings planned in wake of storms, heat wave
Governments and charities Wednesday rushed critically needed food and water to thousands of hungry West Virginians whose pantries emptied after storms and an accompanying heat wave. The American Red Cross in West Virginia prepared to hold it first mass feedings in four regions, said Becky Howard, regional chief development officer.
CNN: Florida lifeguard fired for saving drowning man
Tomas Lopez says he never thought getting fired would make him so popular. But since his controversial firing Monday, the 21-year-old former lifeguard from Florida says his phone has been ringing off the hook from journalists trying to get his side of the story. He is set to make an appearance on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday night. "The reason I was fired is just ridiculous," Lopez told CNN late Wednesday night. "It is a ridiculous rule, really. What was I supposed to do? Just let the guy drown?"
CNN: Has Air France Flight 447 mystery finally been solved?
More than three years after Air France Flight 447 plunged into the southern Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people aboard, authorities are preparing to release their final report on the fatal crash. The aircraft's voice recorder and flight data recorder were found on the ocean floor in May 2011 after an extensive search using miniature submersible vehicles.
CNN: Arafat's widow wants body exhumed after test for radioactivity
The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Wednesday she wants his body exhumed to find out whether he was poisoned after tests showed high levels of a radioactive substance on some of his personal belongings. Suha Arafat told CNN she is requesting the body be exhumed "to make sure 100% of the existence of polonium."
CNN: Pilots' bodies found as Syria, Turkey continue to spar over jet downing
Crews have found the bodies of the Turkish pilots killed in last month's downing of their jet by Syria, an incident that prompted an outbreak of hostile rhetoric between the two nations that continued Wednesday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview published in the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet Wednesday, lambasted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for interfering in Syrian internal politics. And Turkey's foreign minister disputed some of al-Assad's assertions Tuesday about the downing of the jet.
CNN: Mexico: Recounts for more than half the ballot boxes
The executive secretary of Mexico's Federal Election Institute said Wednesday that 54.5% of the ballot boxes from last weekend's presidential election will be opened and the individual ballots inside will be recounted. That represents 78,012 ballot boxes, Edmundo Jacobo Molina told reporters.
CNNMoney: ECB rate cut expected, but that's about it
The European Central Bank is widely expected to lower interest rates Thursday, but analysts say ECB officials are unlikely to announce more unconventional moves to stimulate economic activity. ECB president Mario Draghi and members of the bank's governing council will meet in Frankfurt for their monthly policy discussion. This comes a week after euro area political leaders agreed to move towards a centralized banking authority under the direction of the ECB.
CNN: Lawmakers hurl furious questions at ex-Barclays CEO
British lawmakers launched a furious, multipronged barrage of questions Wednesday at Bob Diamond, who resigned as the head of Barclays a day earlier, but Diamond steadfastly defended himself and the bank. Diamond refused to be drawn into whether he would give up millions of dollars' worth of bonuses, and he insisted the scandal that forced him to quit was due to a small number of "reprehensible" traders at Barclays.
CNN: Stock Exchange CEO: 'Having it all is pure nonsense'
Ester Levanon rejects the notion of "having it all." The head of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange says women should do whatever feels right for them, not what society thinks is best. "I don't believe I have to prove to the world that I am a success only because I have a husband and two children and two grandchildren," says Levanon, who split childcare with her husband while head of the Israeli Security Service's computer division.
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