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CNN: 'Gen Xer' Paul Ryan takes up GOP torch, makes case to young voters
Paul Ryan symbolizes for many Republicans of his generation a passing of the torch and a call to embrace the Reagan-era principles that appealed so strongly to young voters in the 1980s. With Ryan, 42, holding down the No. 2 spot, the ticket hopes to strengthen his Generation X demographic ahead of November and broaden the campaign's appeal to a wealth of younger voters, a much more challenging prospect.
CNN: President Barack Obama gets upvoted
When President Barack Obama decided to take questions directly over social media he didn't turn to his 28 million Facebook fans, or his 19 million Twitter followers. Instead, he turned to a website called Reddit where popularity is measured, fittingly, in votes. At one point, more than 30,000 users were on the page with more than 200,000 concurrent visitors, Reddit posted on Twitter. Martin said it was its highest traffic day ever.
CNN: Five things we learned at the Republican National Convention
On the night vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made his debut on the national stage, the GOP turned its attention to America's influence abroad and what the party sees as President Barack Obama's failed economic policies. The roster of speakers at the Republican National Convention boasted two of the party's foreign policy heavy hitters and rhetoric designed to appeal to voters who are still undecided. Here are five things we learned from the convention's second night…
CNN Fact Check: Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel's spending cut plan
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has a carefully crafted reputation as a deficit hawk on Capitol Hill and used those credentials to attack the growth of the federal debt on President Barack Obama's watch. "He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way and then did exactly nothing," Ryan, who served on that panel, told the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. But what Ryan left out of that jab was that he helped kill the proposed report that commission produced nearly two years ago.
CNN: Appeals court: Judge in Trayvon Martin case must step down
A Florida appeals court granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge Wednesday, saying the original judge's remarks put Zimmerman in reasonable fear of a fair trial. Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
CNN: Isaac's storm surge forces thousands to evacuate, traps others
National Guard troops were working early Thursday to evacuate thousands of people west of New Orleans after a storm surge brought on by hurricane-turned-tropical storm Isaac forced water over the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. By nightfall Wednesday, about 1,500 people were evacuated, and another 1,500 were expected to leave their homes, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said.
CNN: Body parts found in auctioned Florida storage unit
For $900, the winning bid at a Pensacola storage auction got the contents of Unit B12 - and a police investigation. Police say body parts belonging to more than 100 people were found stored in formaldehyde inside the unit, in plastic containers, specimen cups, trash bags and even a 32-ounce Styrofoam cup from a convenience store. Some of the containers had cracked and leaked, police said.
CNN: FBI files document threats against Penn State coach Joe Paterno
The FBI investigated threats against the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and his staff starting in the late 1970s and looked into harassing phone calls made to Paterno in 1995, according to the bureau. Investigators looked into the threats but no charges were filed in the cases.
CNN: Afghan president dismisses intelligence chief amid cabinet shakeup
Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed the country's national intelligence chief on Wednesday - a move that coincides with other Cabinet-level shakeups as Karzai's government struggles to confront security challenges posed by Taliban fighters and an impending NATO withdrawal.
CNN: Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quran
A Pakistani court on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to grant bail to a Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the capital, Islamabad. The Pakistani authorities have come under pressure to guarantee the safety of the girl, identified as Rimsha, in a country where people accused of blasphemy have been killed by members of the public in the past.
CNN: Egyptian forces kill 11 militants in Sinai
The Egyptian military's campaign against suspected militant Jihadi cells holed up in the Sinai peninsula has killed 11 terrorists and captured 23, Egypt's defense ministry said Wednesday. Operation Eagle is a massive offensive using Apache gunships and M-60 tanks launched after unidentified masked gunmen killed 16 soldiers on August 8 in the border city of Rafah in North Sinai.
CNN: Syria's humanitarian crisis a top concern
With military action escalating and the death count rising, world leaders meet again Thursday to discuss ways to provide humanitarian aid in Syria and surrounding nations sheltering refugees. Here are some of the latest key developments in the country's 18-month crisis…
CNNMoney: Banks give $10.6 billion in relief under mortgage settlement
The nation's five largest banks have provided nearly $10.6 billion in mortgage relief to homeowners under a settlement that was struck with the states and federal government earlier this year, according to a preliminary progress report.
CNNMoney: Hurricane Isaac damages could hit $1.5 billion
Hurricane Isaac's slow, rainy march through Louisiana is expected to cause as much as $1.5 billion in insured losses, according to one disaster modeling firm. While comparatively modest as hurricanes go, Hurricane Isaac is already wreaking havoc. More than 644,000 were without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, power companies told CNN.
CNNMoney: Where you're 18 times more likely to find a job
Having a college degree can give you a leg up on those with only a high school diploma, but just how much of an advantage depends on where you go. Some of the widest gaps between job openings for workers who have college educations and those who don't are in central California, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.
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