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CNN: Romney talks tough on Iran
Warning that a nuclear-capable Iran would lead to war, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday pledged to support “any and all measures” to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. During what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy speech in Jerusalem, Romney said he hoped economic and diplomatic steps would deter the Islamic republic from pursuing the ability to develop nuclear weapons – but “no option should be excluded.”
CNN: Senators spar over fiscal cliff
Two senators said Sunday the impending 'fiscal cliff' that would automatically slash billions from the U.S. Department of Defense needed to be avoided, but offered different timetables for resolving the problem. The so-called "sequester," which would force the Pentagon to cut $500 billion from its budgets over the next decade, came about after congressional negotiators failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan last fall. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, one of 74 senators to vote for the measure that included the automatic cuts last August, said Sunday he didn't expect any action to take place on staving off the cuts ahead of November's election.
CNN: With Romney away, possible VP picks defend home turf
As Mitt Romney makes waves overseas, his campaign has deployed a crowd of possible vice presidential picks to continue hammering home the Republican candidate’s message on American soil. The slew of high-profile surrogates covered the country over the weekend hounding President Barack Obama for what they say is a failed economic and foreign policy, all the while singing Romney’s praise.
CNN: Bill Clinton to play prominent role at Democratic Convention
Former President Bill Clinton will play a prominent role at the Democratic convention in Charlotte by giving a major speech and placing President Barack Obama's name into nomination, a campaign aide confirmed to CNN. The former president will give a primetime speech on Tuesday, September 5, in which he is expected to starkly lay out the differences in the economic policies of the two parties and describe why Obama is the best choice compared to presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, the aide said.
CNN: Colorado shooting suspect to return to court
The man accused of opening fire inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater is expected to return to court Monday where he will face formal charges. James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 58 during a screening of the new Batman film on July 20. He is also being held in connection with the subsequent discovery of his booby-trapped apartment, which authorities think he rigged before leaving for the Century Aurora 16 multiplex.
CNN: Missing Arkansas girl found safe; couple she lived with found dead
A missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe after authorities discovered the bodies of the couple she lived with, Arkansas police said. Amber Whitlow was found Saturday night in Memphis, Tennessee, local police said. She was found with her 33-year-old brother, Antonio Whitlow, who is a suspect in her abduction as well as a double homicide, Memphis police spokeswoman Alyssa Moore said.
CNN: Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi
Hurt. Devastated. Crushed. Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race. "Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.
CNN: Colorado shooting victim suffers miscarriage during recovery
Last week, Ashley Moser lost her daughter Veronica when the young girl was among 12 people killed when a man opened fire in a packed Colorado movie theater. And now she's suffered another tragedy. Moser was among scores wounded in the Aurora shooting. She is one of 11 victims still recovering at three hospitals, including five in critical condition. "Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage," the Moser family said in a statement Saturday.
CNN: 200,000 civilians try to escape violence in Syrian city of Aleppo
They packed one on top of another - children, parents, grandparents - onto motorcycles, as many as six at a time, and then sped away as fast as they could. Others clambered into cars, as gunfire crackled around them. There was no time to wait, with violence engulfing their home city of Aleppo.
CNN: Train fire in India kills at least 10; death toll expected to rise
A fire swept through a passenger car of a train in southern India on Monday, killing at least 10 people, the authorities said. They cautioned that the death toll was likely to rise. Emergency crews are at the scene of the blaze, extricating bodies and injured passengers from the gutted car of the Tamil Nadu Express in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State, according to officials.
CNN: Ugandan officials, international experts tackle Ebola outbreak that's left 14 dead
Ugandan authorities did not initially detect an Ebola outbreak because patients weren't showing typical symptoms of the lethal virus, the nation's health minister told CNN on Sunday. Patients had fevers and were vomiting, but did not show other typical symptoms like hemorrhaging, Health Minister Dr. Christine Ondoa said.
CNN: Swimming, gymnastics and diving headline Olympics on Monday
The London Aquatics Centre will be a focal point of more drama Monday, with four gold medals at stake in men's and women's swimming. Meanwhile, the best male gymnasts in the world will battle for the team championship, with the United States seeking its first gold medal since 1984 and Great Britain hoping to win its first team medal ever, in front of a home crowd.
CNNMoney: All eyes on central banks
After a rally pushed the Dow to close above 13,000 last week, investors will be watching central banks on both sides of the Atlantic this week, as the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank will both meet to discuss possible measures to boost the economy.
Financial Times: GE Chief: Nuclear 'hard to justify'
Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become "really hard" to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world's largest suppliers of atomic equipment. "It's really a gas and wind world today," said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes "permanently cheap".
CNNMoney: GM global marketing chief leaving
Joel Ewanick, General Motors' global marketing chief, is leaving the company, the automaker said in a statement Sunday. Ewanick, 52, joined GM a little over two years ago as head of marketing for the U.S. Just seven months later, he was promoted to Global Chief Marketing Officer, then a new role at GM. That made him responsible for GM's marketing in places as far-flung as Asia, South America and Europe and brands unfamiliar to most Americans like Holden, Opel and Daewoo.
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