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CNN: Five things we learned from Thursday's vice presidential debate
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan, the man who wants his job, exchanged fire over taxes, Medicare, national security and some animated facial expressions in their only debate before Election Day. Here are five things we learned from Thursday night:
CNN: Biden, Ryan in combative exchange, but call it a draw
A combative debate on Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan came down to the issue of trust. They challenged each other's facts and claims and offered starkly different visions for the direction of the country.
CNN Fact Check: Ryan cites unlikely outcome under Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act emerged as an issue during Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
CNN: Obama, Romney campaigns react to debate
The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney issued statements following Thursday's presidential debate.
CNN: CDC: Tests may not detect meningitis fungus
Patients whose fungal tests are negative may still be at risk in a meningitis outbreak, as the fungus involved can be difficult to detect, federal health officials said Thursday. Cases of the non-contagious fungal meningitis rose to 170 in 11 states as of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Fourteen people have died.
CNN Security Clearance: Security Clearance report forces Army to approve key program
A report last week by Security Clearance has spurred senior U.S. Army officials to quickly buy and field an anti-roadside bomb system for thousands of soldiers deployed to the violent eastern part of Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by CNN.
CNN: State media: 1 killed in border shooting
One person was killed in a shooting involving Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican state media reported Thursday. A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed an adolescent who had been throwing rocks alongside several others at the border, the state-run Notimex news agency said, citing anonymous sources.
CNN: North Dakota freshman makes apology, shoots self in front of class
A North Dakota freshman walked in front of his class, made an apology and then shot himself with a handgun Thursday morning, Richland County authorities said. The injured boy was coherent when he was taken to a hospital, said Principal Jay Townsend of Fairmont Public School. Authorities don't know what the apology was about, Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said.
CNN: Security official for U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed
A security official with the U.S. Embassy in Yemen was shot dead on his way to work Thursday, Yemeni officials said. The killing of Qassim Aqlan, a Yemeni national, bears the hallmarks of al Qaeda, the officials said. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been blamed for numerous attacks in Yemen.
CNN: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 16 in Pakistan
A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 16 people and wounded six Thursday in one of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal regions, two officials said. The attack, which included four missiles, targeted a compound on the border of Orakzai Agency and North Waziristan, a local government official and a military official said.
CNN Security Clearance: Russia nuclear partnership not dead, State Department insists
The State Department maintained Thursday that a long-standing partnership with Russia to dismantle and safeguard weapons of mass destruction from the Soviet Union's once-massive arsenal is not dead, as Russian media has reported. Russian officials, however, indicated they had no intention of extending the agreement – at least in its present form – dealing a serious blow to cooperation between the two countries.
CNN: U.S. sends new acting ambassador to Libya
The United States has a new charge d'affairs in Libya to oversee diplomatic efforts in the wake of Ambassador Chris Stevens' killing. Laurence Pope arrived Thursday in Tripoli to take on the role, the State Department announced. With no ambassador in the country, Pope will handle those duties.
CNN: Fight brewing over time for Greek austerity
A fight over the future of the Greek bailout is brewing between two key factions overseeing Europe's debt crisis, as officials publicly disagreed with the International Monetary Fund chief's call to give Athens more time to adhere to tough austerity measures.
CNNMoney: Biden, Ryan clash over defense spending
In a vice presidential debate heavily focused on government finances, incumbent Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan traded barbs over how much the Pentagon should be allowed to spend. Ryan accused the Obama administration of wanting to cut defense spending by $1 trillion over the next ten years. Biden accused Republican candidate Mitt Romney of wanting to increase spending by $2 trillion. Both denied the talking points produced by their opponent.
CNNMoney: The facts behind Romney's $5 trillion tax plan
Mitt Romney promises to pay for his $5 trillion in proposed tax cuts so they don't add to deficits - and would do so in large part by curbing tax breaks on the rich. He also has promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. "Not mathematically possible," Vice President Joe Biden said during the vice presidential debate on Thursday
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Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan spar over various topics at the 2012 vice presidential debate in Kentucky.