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CNN: The truth about what Candy Crowley said
Conservative critics have launched an attack on CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, who moderated Tuesday's second presidential debate, after she corrected former Gov. Mitt Romney's claim that President Barack Obama did not refer to the consulate attack in Benghazi as an "act of terror."
CNN: Early voting surge suggests Democratic push pays off in Iowa
More than two million Americans have already cast ballots for president less than three weeks before Election Day with a substantial number coming in the battleground state of Iowa. The state, which holds six key electoral votes, is on pace to exceed the 1.5 million votes cast early in in 2008 – a trend that is not lost on either political party.
CNN: Polls: Obama has advantage in Wisconsin, Iowa
New polls that were taken partially after the second presidential debate indicate President Barack Obama has an edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Iowa. Fifty-one percent of likely voters in Wisconsin back the president, while 45% support Romney, according to one of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Thursday. The six point margin falls within the survey's sampling error, meaning the two candidates are statistically tied in the state.
CNN: Harassment and discrimination cases rise on Capitol Hill
The number of harassment and discrimination complaints by congressional employees rose sharply over the past five years, according to a new report. The congressional Office of Compliance review showed that 142 people claimed discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environments in 2011 compared to 52 in 2007.
CNN: Jerry Sandusky's lawyers seek new trial
Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are seeking a new trial for their client, according to court documents filed Thursday in Centre County court in Pennsylvania. The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison after being convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period.
CNN: FDA: Vials contain fungus linked to meningitis outbreak
Investigators said Thursday they found the fungus Exserohilum in one medicine lot from the compounding pharmacy at the center of a meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The presence of Exserohilum was found in "unopened medication vials," which were tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the FDA.
CNN: Federal appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
A federal appeals court in New York became the nation's second to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, finding that the Clinton-era law's denial of federal benefits to married same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The divisive act, which was passed in 1996, bars federal recognition of such marriages and says other states cannot be forced to recognize them.
CNN: Attorneys release confidential Boy Scouts files on alleged child sex abusers
Attorneys releasing confidential Boy Scouts files on alleged child molestation are calling upon Congress to audit whether the group's youth protections are working. The effort to seek a congressional inquiry came Thursday as the attorneys released more than 20,000 Boy Scout documents identifying more than 1,000 leaders and volunteers banned from the group after being accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys.
CNN: South Korean firm accused of stealing secrets for Kevlar
A South Korean competitor of DuPont Co. allegedly stole the U.S. chemical company's trade secrets for Kevlar, according to a federal indictment. The six-count indictment unsealed on Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia, alleged that Kolon Industries engaged in a several year effort to steal trade secrets related to the high-strength product used in protective vests, body armor, fiber optic cables and other industrial products.
CNN: Drunk contractors cause harm in Afghanistan, lawsuit alleges
The amateur video shows men, shirtless and seeming dangerously drunk, rolling on the ground or staggering near a counter top covered with booze bottles. Another part of the video shows a man babbling incoherently with a syringe nearby. This is not a scene at a college frat house. It is a video of employees of an American security contractor working in Kabul, Afghanistan.
CNN Security Clearance: New cyber attacks on U.S. banks; Iran suspected
Cyber attacks on U.S. banks continued this week from suspected hackers believed to be supported by the Iranian government, according to U.S. officials. Attacks on Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp. occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday. U.S. and banking officials described them as denial of service strikes preventing customers from accessing their information from banking websites. There was little damage and no accounts were compromised, the officials said.
CNN: U.N., West African officials address Mali crisis
International leaders meet in the Malian capital Friday to discuss military intervention as al Qaeda-linked rebels tighten their grip in the nation's north. The meeting will include regional and United Nations officials. Last week, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution that gives regional leaders 45 days to provide detailed plans for an international military intervention. The meeting in Bamako on Friday is a followup to the resolution.
CNNMoney: Google's stock falls 8% after grim earnings come out early
Google accidentally announced its third-quarter earnings about four hours early, and it wasn't good news. The company missed analysts' estimates on both sales and profit. Google shares slumped on the news before being halted for about 3 hours. The stock resumed about 40 minutes before the end of the trading day and closed down 8%.
CNN: EU leaders agree on bank oversight
Leaders of the European Union in Brussels have agreed Thursday to a deal for a eurozone-wide banking supervisor in 2013 that is designed to help prevent future catastrophic bank failures that could threaten the monetary union.
CNN: Thousands rally, Greece brought to standstill by anti-austerity strike
Tens of thousands of people rallied across Greece Thursday to protest further tough austerity measures, as a general strike essentially shut down much of the country's transportation network. Clashes broke out in Athens after protesters threw stones and bottles at police and chanted slogans saying they had no place policing a peaceful demonstration.
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President Obama and Mitt Romney trade jokes with each other at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial dinner in New York.