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CNN: New voting measures could deter Latinos, civil rights group says
Nearly half of the nation's states have new voting measures that could stop some Latinos from heading to the polls in November, a civil rights group said Monday. "This year, an unprecedented number of voting restrictions impose barriers to voting that disproportionately affect the Latino community," said a report from Advancement Project, which has also sued to block such voting measures in a number of states.
CNN: Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads
Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, said in an interview Monday that she stood by all of the president's television ads, despite the assertion from Obama himself that some of the spots have gone "overboard." In an unaired portion of Obama's "60 Minutes" interview, the president admitted that sometimes political ads, even from his own campaign, go too far.
CNN: Poll: Many voters unsatisfied with candidates
A poll released Monday shows voters feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to their choices in candidates for the 2012 presidential election. Forty percent of voters say they are not too or not at all satisfied with the presidential choices, marking the lowest level of candidate satisfaction since the 1992 presidential election, according to the a national survey by the Pew Research Center and Washington Post.
CNN: Polls give Obama the edge in Pennsylvania
A new CNN Poll of Polls of likely voters in Pennsylvania indicates President Barack Obama with a 49%-40% lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
CNN: Two Marines to face court martial over desecration of Taliban bodies
Two staff sergeants will be court-martialed for their involvement in an incident that included U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters and posing for photographs with the corpses, the Marine Corps announced Monday.
CNN: Justices will soon decide whether to take up same-sex marriage appeals
The Supreme Court may announce as early as Tuesday whether it will take up the divisive issue of same-sex marriage. The court could also announce if it will hear a constitutional challenge to a federal law denying financial benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
CNN: New York program allowing teens to get Plan B pill draws critics, defenders
A 15-year-old girl goes to the clinic in her New York high school - perhaps confused, perhaps unprepared, perhaps scared that she may become pregnant. There she might get not only answers but the "morning-after," or Plan B, pill - and not necessarily with her parent's direct consent. That can happen thanks to the city's pregnancy-prevention program dubbed Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Healthcare, best known by its acronym CATCH.
CNN: Testimony wraps up in stay of execution hearing for convicted killer
Attorneys for a convicted killer will focus on a former prosecutor's notes when they argue Tuesday their client should not die by lethal injection in nine days. No one disputes that Terrance Williams beat Amos Norwood to death with a tire iron in 1984 or that he should be in prison. But the defense team says information that Norwood had allegedly sexually abused Williams was withheld from the trial, and his life should be spent in a cell.
CNN: U.N. General Assembly debate set to open in New York
World leaders will again take up a host of pressing humanitarian issues, including poverty, global warming and the prospect of renewed conflicts in sub Saharan Africa, when the United Nations General Assembly Debate officially opens in New York Tuesday morning. But violence in the Middle East and an 18-month civil war raging in Syria are expected to remain center stage, particularly after international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday appealed for definitive change in the region.
CNN Security Clearance: U.S. post in Benghazi had less than standard security before attack
The U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was operating under a lower security standard than a typical consulate when it was attacked this month, according to State Department officials. The mission was a rented villa and considered a temporary facility by the agency, which allowed a waiver that permitted fewer guards and security measures than a standard embassy or consulate, according to the officials.
CNN: Deadline for Libyan militias to disband passes without incident
With the passage of a 48-hour deadline to rogue militias to disperse, the Libyan government has announced it is placing two free militias under its command. Two regular army colonels will take over the leadership of the pro-government militias, the Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade and the February 17 Brigade, the state-run LANA news agency said Monday.
CNN: Qatari prime minister details a 'Plan B' for Syria
Qatar's prime minister has proposed a "Plan B" for solving the Syrian crisis, saying a non-violent solution is still possible despite more than a year of relentless bloodshed. In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani said the plan would include havens - which would require a no-fly zone - and greater humanitarian aid.
CNNMoney: Goldman: Fed's QE3 could hit $2 trillion
The Federal Reserve's QE3 bond buying program announced earlier this month could last until the middle of 2015 and eventually reach $2 trillion, according to an estimate from economists at Goldman Sachs. The Goldman economists also wrote in a report that they believe the Fed will not raise the federal funds rate until 2016. This rate, which is used as a benchmark for a wide variety of consumer and business loans, has been near 0% since December 2008.
CNNMoney: American flight delays, cancellations soar
American Airlines and its pilots union blamed each other Monday for a surge in flight cancellations and delays tied to contract issues at the bankrupt carrier. Flight tracking service FlightStats.com says 103 flights were canceled as of midday, the second highest one-day number of cancellations since problems at the airline began on Sept. 16.
CNNMoney: Discover to refund $200 million to customers for deceptive telemarketing
Discover Bank has agreed to refund $200 million to more than 3.5 million cardholders over claims of deceptive telemarketing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said Discover telemarketers used deceptive language to convince cardholders to pay for identity theft protection, credit score tracking, wallet protection, and payment protection, which lets certain cardholders defer credit card payments for up to two years.
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