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CNN: Reporter: Romney campaign didn't allow abortion questions
While the campaign did not deny the restriction was given, a spokesman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign pushed back Thursday against a report that a television reporter was instructed not to ask Romney certain questions in an interview. In response to the charge, a Romney campaign official told CNN, "This is not how we operate. The matter is being addressed."
CNN: Capitol Police, FBI investigating threat against Akin
U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating a reported threat against Rep. Todd Akin, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. There is "an active, open investigation, Lt. Kimberly Schneider said, without revealing further details, citing a policy against discussing the security of members of Congress.
CNN: Romney lays out Bain lessons key to his presidential bid
In an opinion piece published Thursday evening, the presumed GOP presidential candidate touted lessons gleaned during his time heading the private equity firm Bain Capital as having prepared him to handle the presidency. Citing the Republican challenger's work at the firm, President Barack Obama's campaign has bludgeoned Romney in ads, on the stump, and in campaign conference calls organized for reporters. Former President Bill Clinton, who has described Romney's business career as "sterling," said that experience may not help the candidate come November.
CNN: Texas Democrats: Judge who said Obama could trigger civil war should resign
Texas Democrats are calling for the resignation of a Republican elected county judge who warned this week that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected. "It's really up to Judge (Tom) Head to do the right thing and resign and stop embarrassing Lubbock County," said Kenny Ketner, who became the county Democratic Party's chief Monday.
CNN: Official: US Anti-Doping Agency to slap Armstrong with lifetime ban, loss of titles
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said early Friday it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban, a move that came just hours after the cyclist announced he would no longer fight charges of illegal doping.
CNN: Questions raised after SEAL's identity revealed
The author of the yet-to-be-published book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden" wrote it under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book's publisher said the special operations forces team member did not want to reveal his name to protect himself and his family. But only a day after the New York Times first reported the book was coming out, Fox News reported the author's real name on its website and posted photos of him in combat gear.
CNN: Shackled Holmes attends hearing
A shackled James Holmes heard prosecutors say Thursday he made threats at the University of Colorado a month before he allegedly opened fire at a Denver-area movie theater. A court document also revealed that Holmes was a patient of CU psychiatrist Lynne Fenton before the killings. She was so concerned about his behavior that she mentioned it to her colleagues, saying he could potentially be a danger to others.
CNN: West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S.
The recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 38 states had reported human infections. The cases reported to the CDC as of Tuesday total 1,118, including 41 deaths. Arkansas, Michigan and Mississippi have each reported an additional death.
CNN: Norway killer Anders Breivik ruled sane, given 21-year prison term
Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage just over a year ago, was found to be sane Friday by a Norwegian court, as he was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Breivik was charged with voluntary homicide and committing acts of terror over the attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island on July 22, 2011. The issue of Breivik's sanity, on which mental health experts have given conflicting opinions, was central to the court's ruling.
CNN: U.N. official urges efforts to safeguard peace in Lebanon
A U.N. official called Wednesday for stronger international efforts to keep sectarian tensions in Syria from spilling into neighboring Lebanon. "Tensions over domestic and security concerns remain high throughout the country and are easily exacerbated by developments in Syria," Jeffrey Feltman, U.N. under-secretary general for political affairs, told the United Nations Security Council during its monthly meeting on the Middle East.
Financial Times: Athens and Berlin in spat over funds
Leaders in Athens and Berlin wrangled publicly over how to deal with Greece's plea for further assistance as fears of a renewed eurozone recession mounted yesterday. An index of business activity in the single currency area showed a seventh consecutive monthly contraction and an accelerating decline in output from Germany, the main engine of eurozone growth. As the debt storm spreads Europe's leaders battle to save the eurozone.
CNN: Tropical Storm Isaac sets eye on Haiti, Dominican Republic
Tropical Storm Isaac marched toward Haiti on Friday, posing a danger to the nation nearly three years after a devastating earthquake left hundreds of thousands living in camps. Isaac is expected to whip the Caribbean nation with gale-force winds and stinging rain. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still living in camps with tents as their only shelters following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010.
CNNMoney: Judge releases billions in Madoff money
A federal bankruptcy court judge cleared the way for billions of dollars to be distributed to victims of Bernard Madoff, the mastermind behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Judge Burton Lifland in the southern district of New York gave the green light on Wednesday to distribute up to $2.4 billion to burned investors. The victims could receive the money within weeks, according to the trustee's office.
CNNMoney: Why Twitter is wiping out its apps
Twitter is cracking down on how developers use its content - and many popular apps are getting caught in the crosshairs. Twitter warned in June that "stricter guidelines" were coming for use of its application programming interface (API). That's the software link that grants access to tweets and other data. Among other new rules, the policy requires developers to get permission from Twitter in order to grow their user audience and tightly limits access to Twitter's map of user connections.
CNNMoney: Fiscal cliff spending cuts: How Americans could be hit
Layoffs and furloughs. Less help in school for disadvantaged kids. A reduction in immunizations and fewer meals for seniors in need. Those are just a few examples of the damaging fallout that could occur if Congress does nothing to ward off the indiscriminate spending cuts scheduled for next year.
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