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CNN: Bill Clinton not persuaded by Iran on nuclear weapons
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday he does not trust Tehran's assertions that it is not pursuing a nuclear weapon, and he urged the international community to pressure Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow inspectors to verify his claims.
CNN: Brown doesn't 'condone' staffers' actions
Republican Sen. Scott Brown, engaged in one of the nation's closest battles for U.S. Senate against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, said Tuesday he does not condone the offensive gestures and sounds some of his staffers made at a rally this week. The Brown staffers were captured on video making "war whoops" and "tomahawk chops," an apparent reference to the controversy surrounding Warren's claim to Native American heritage during her time as a professor at Harvard Law School.
CNN: Romney: My ads have been 'spot on'
Mitt Romney defended his campaign's television ads Tuesday, saying they've been "absolutely spot on," including ads deemed false by independent fact checkers. "Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it," Romney told CNN. An independent and non-partisan fact-checking organization, PolitiFact, rated the ad's claim as "Pants on Fire." CNN also rated the ad 'false." On Tuesday, Romney said those analyses were flawed.
CNN: McCaskill hits Akin on rape comments in ad
Sen. Claire McCaskill is using her rival Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" in a new television ad, part of a statewide buy in Missouri for the incumbent Democrat. The ad frames Akin as out of touch with Missouri voters, also hitting the Republican congressman for his stance on social security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans.
CNN: Self-driving cars now legal in California
California is the latest state to allow testing of Google's self-driving cars on the roads, though only with a human passenger along as a safety measure. Gov. Edmund "Jerry" Brown signed the autonomous-vehicles bill into law Tuesday afternoon alongside Google co-founder Sergey Brin and State Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored the bill. The bill, SB 1298, will set up procedures and requirements for determining when the cars are road-ready.
CNN: Tennessee fraternity suspended after alcohol enemas incident
Twelve students at the University of Tennessee have been cited for underage drinking, one for disorderly conduct, and a chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity suspended after a weekend incident involving alcohol enemas in which one student was hospitalized, a university spokeswoman said.
CNN: Soldier charged with manslaughter after trying to cure another of hiccups
A soldier trying to scare another soldier out of hiccups shot his comrade in the face, killing him, authorities said Tuesday. Both soldiers, joined by a third man, were drinking alcohol and watching football at the time of the Sunday night incident, authorities said.
CNN: Four things the locked out NFL referees, league are still negotiating
With the two sides unable to come to contract terms, the NFL locked out its referees before the preseason began. Here are some of the issues that are on the table between the NFL, its 32 owners and the 121 officials…
CNN: Drone strikes kill, maim and traumatize too many civilians, U.S. study says
U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed far more people than the United States has acknowledged, have traumatized innocent residents and largely been ineffective, according to a new study released Tuesday. The study by Stanford Law School and New York University's School of Law calls for a re-evaluation of the practice, saying the number of "high-level" targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low - about 2%.
CNN: South Africa's Julius Malema to appear in court on corruption accusations
South African firebrand politician Julius Malema appears in court Wednesday to face corruption accusations that his supporters say are politically motivated. Malema - once a major ally of the nation's president - is now one of his fiercest critics. His populist rhetoric has made him a divisive figure in the nation, and sparked outrage in the ruling party.
CNN: Protesters, police clash in Madrid
Thousands of protesters fed up with the country's austerity measures demonstrated here Tuesday outside the congressional building. Clashes between police and demonstrators in central Madrid's Neptuno Square resulted in 28 people being hurt, two of them police officers, a police spokesman said. The spokesman said 22 people among the estimated crowd of 6,000 had been arrested.
CNN: At least four killed in Turkey blast
At least four people, including three soldiers, were killed on Tuesday in a blast that struck a military truck as it traveled along a road in Turkey's southeastern Tunceli province, according to local officials and state media. Turkish state TV channel TRT reported the deaths and several injuries on its website, and blamed the attack on terrorists. One of those killed was a passerby.
CNNMoney: Ford to cut hundreds of jobs in Europe
Ford Motor said Wednesday that it plans to cut hundreds of jobs in Europe in an effort to reduce costs. The reductions in salaried positions will be voluntary, Ford said, and other savings will be achieved through reductions in expenditures on agency workers and purchased services. Ford is facing strong headwinds in Europe, as the continent's debt crisis has contributed to a drop in demand and difficult market
CNNMoney: Your credit score isn't what you think it is
The credit score you receive may be much higher or lower than the one a lender uses when deciding whether to give you a mortgage, credit card or auto loan, a new government report finds.
CNNMoney: Consumers spent 3.3% more in 2011
Consumers opened their wallets last year, spending an average 3.3% more on household expenditures than they did in 2010, according to federal data released Tuesday. Average annual spending rose to$49,705, the first yearly increase since 2008, the height of the Great Recession. But hold off on popping the champagne...when you take inflation into account, spending hardly budged at all. Inflation increased 3.2% last year.
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