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CNN: Biden to speak to NAACP convention where Romney receives mixed reception
Vice President Joe Biden gives the keynote address at the NAACP convention in Houston on Thursday, a day after presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke there and as President Barack Obama takes a pass. It will be Biden's first time addressing the convention as vice president, the NAACP said.
CNN: Romney weighs in on releasing tax returns
Mitt Romney responded to recent Democratic-led attacks on his personal finances, suggesting Wednesday he had no intention of meeting their demand to release tax documents dating back prior to 2010. "The Democrats are always going to be critics. We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns," Romney said on Fox Business Network.
CNN: House Republicans vote, again, to repeal health care law
House Republicans voted Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law despite Democratic objections that the move was a waste of time. The vote amounted to political theater because the measure is sure to die in the Democratic-led Senate and the White House has made clear Obama would veto any repeal.
CNN: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for mood disorder, statement says
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," according to a statement released on Wednesday by the congressman's office, which attributed the quote to an unidentified doctor. The Illinois Democrat and son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, has not been on Capitol Hill since late May, and in early June his office announced he was taking a leave of absence because he was suffering from a "medical condition."
CNN: Review into how Penn State handled Sandusky scandal to be released
The long-awaited findings of an internal review into how Penn State University handled allegations of child sex abuse by a former assistant football coach are scheduled to be released Thursday morning. Louis Freeh, the former FBI director and federal judge, spearheaded the university-funded probe into a scandal that has shaken Pennsylvania residents and gripped the nation, leading to the dismissal of legendary head coach Joe Paterno, as well as the ouster of the university's longtime president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley.
CNN: FBI interviews among evidence to be released in Zimmerman case
Florida's state attorney is expected to release FBI reports Thursday that may shed light on whether race played a role the night George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed teen. The investigative reports are amid evidence in the second-degree murder case expected to be released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to Zimmerman's attorney, according to court documents filed in June.
CNN: FAMU president resigns in wake of hazing death
The president of Florida A&M University announced his resignation Wednesday, more than seven months after a drum major for the university band died following a hazing incident. "After considerable thought, introspection and conversations with my family, I have decided to resign from my position as president in order to initiate my retirement on October 11, 2012," James H. Ammons wrote in a letter to the chairman of the school's board of trustees, Solomon Badger III.
CNNMoney: Scranton cuts workers' pay to minimum wage
Scranton is broke. Faced with a crippling cash flow problem and divided political leadership, one of Pennsylvania's largest cities distributed paychecks last week to city workers that cut wages to the legal minimum. Scranton's 398 city workers - including firefighters, police officers and the mayor himself - were paid a reduced rate of $7.25 an hour.
CNN: Syrian ambassador to Iraq joins revolt, urges military to turn on regime
A Syrian diplomat left the government and ruling party Wednesday, appealing to the military to stop killing its "fathers, sons and sisters" and instead direct its artillery fire toward the "criminals" of the Syrian regime. The defection of Nawaf al-Fares, Syria's ambassador to Iraq, follows the defection last week of a brigadier general in protest of the killing of his fellow Sunnis. Al-Fares is the highest-ranking diplomat so far to leave the regime.
CNN: U.S. eases sanctions on Myanmar
The United States announced Wednesday that it is easing sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma, allowing American companies to conduct business in the Southeast Asian nation. An investment ban had been in place since 1997.
CNN: International outrage grows over destruction of Mali shrines
The United States is condemning the destruction of two more tombs in northern Mali, as international outrage grows over Islamist militants' attacks on historic and religious landmarks in the nation. Islamists ordered residents to leave the area and started razing the tombs in Timbuktu earlier this week, witnesses said.
CNN: Egypt's president vows to 'respect' court ruling on parliament
Egypt's newly elected President Mohamed Morsy "will respect" the Higher Constitutional Court's ruling that halted Morsy's decision to call the nation's parliament back into session, the president's office said Wednesday. President Morsy arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday evening where he will meet with the Saudi King. Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz greeted the Egyptian president at the airport, state-run media reports said.
CNNMoney: Viacom channels blacked out for 20 million DirecTV customers
Millions of kids at home for summer vacation will have to forgo their daily dose of "SpongeBob SquarePants." DirecTV customers lost access to 19 channels owned by Viacom, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, at around midnight Tuesday. The two companies could not reach an agreement on subscriber fees before their seven-year deal expired.
CNNMoney: Corn prices pop after lower production forecast
Corn prices surged 4% Wednesday after a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed production would fall 12% this month. Corn prices have soared more than 40% in recent weeks as the drought and dry heat have wreaked havoc on crops in the Midwest. Prices reached as high as $7.48 per bushel of corn on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday morning, not far from the record high of $7.9975 hit last June.
CNNMoney: Google to pay $22.5 million fine for Safari privacy evasion
Nine months. That's how long Google's privacy settlement with federal regulators lasted before the company racked up its first violation. Google has a preliminary deal in place with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to pay a $22.5 million fine for evading some privacy settings on Apple's Safari Web browser, a source with knowledge of the settlement told CNN.
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