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CNN: Obama wins final debate, but does it matter?
A forceful President Barack Obama put Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the defensive on foreign policy on Monday night, with analysts and an immediate poll giving him the victory in their final debate just 15 days before the November 6 vote. Obama displayed the experience of a commander-in-chief in explaining U.S. policy under his leadership and attacking the views and proposals of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor with less experience on international issues.
CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions
President Barack Obama asserted during Monday's presidential debate that it cost the United States less to help oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than it did to run two weeks of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq. Obama, debating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, made the comment while touting his decision to involve the United States in a NATO no-fly-zone operation that helped rebels overthrow Gadhafi over seven months in 2011.
CNN: Dying man casts final vote
A photo of World War II veteran Frank Tanabe casting what will likely be his final ballot in a presidential election has gone viral –and captured the hearts of thousands. Tanabe, 93, is in the final stages of inoperable liver cancer and is currently at home receiving hospice care, surrounded by his wife and children in Honolulu.
CNNMoney: Clear Channel takes down voter fraud billboards
Clear Channel Outdoor said Monday that it was taking down billboards that advocacy groups claim were an effort to suppress voter turnout in minority neighborhoods. The billboards in question, located in the swing states of Ohio and Wisconsin, warned that voter fraud is a felony punishable by jail time. Activists say the messages, funded anonymously, were concentrated in minority neighborhoods and were placed in order to intimidate potential voters into staying home.
CNN Security Clearance: Ex-CIA officer expected to plead guilty to some charges in leak case
A former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information to reporters and lying to a review board about material in a book he wrote is expected to plead guilty to some charges on Tuesday. John Kiriakou, is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning for a change of plea hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, but the court docket on the case does not reveal the charges to which Kiriakou will admit guilt.
CNN: FDA to expand warnings about potentially contaminated drugs
More patients will soon be told they received potentially contaminated drugs from the New England Compounding Center, whose products already are associated with 297 illnesses and 23 deaths. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a list of more than 1,200 hospitals and clinics that had purchased steroids and other drugs from NECC that if contaminated would be especially dangerous for patients.
CNN: Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France wins, banned for life
An insurance company that covers the performance bonus for Lance Armstrong says it wants all of the money paid to the cyclist returned. SCA Promotions said it "is considering all legal options to pursue a return of the funds paid." "Mr. Armstrong is no longer the official winner of any Tour de France races and, as a result, it is inappropriate and improper for him to retain any bonus payments made by SCA."
CNN: What to expect at Tuesday's Apple event
Apple is expected to announce a smaller 7.85-inch version of its iPad at a press conference in San Jose, California, Tuesday morning. Rumors and leaks have been plentiful ahead of the announcement, as they were for last month's iPhone 5 unveiling, but there's still the potential for a few surprises.
CNN Fact Check: Is al Qaeda's core decimated or is group growing?
During Monday night's foreign-policy focused presidential debate, President Barack Obama made the case that al Qaeda in Pakistan is decimated while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney argued they are on the rise in other countries.
CNN: Lebanese intelligence chief aware of threat before death
A top Lebanese intelligence official was on his way to discuss a recent threat allegedly linked to Syria when he was assassinated last week, a lawmaker told CNN on Monday. A car bomb killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and two others Friday, 30 minutes before he was to meet with Lebanese lawmaker Amar Houri to discuss a threatening text message sent to the lawmaker from a Syrian phone number, according to parliamentarian Ahmad Fatfat.
CNN: To confirm ID, Mexico exhumes remains of cartel leader's mother
Investigators exhumed the mother of one of Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpins Monday, two weeks after thieves apparently made off with her son's body before authorities could conclusively confirm his identity. Now they plan to do DNA tests to verify that the man they killed in a gun battle earlier this month was Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Mexico's attorney general's office said.
CNN: Fresh violence in Myanmar leaves mosque, monastery burned
Fresh sectarian clashes in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine killed three people and left more than 400 houses, a monastery and a mosque burned to the ground, authorities said Tuesday. The clashes began Sunday night and spread to four townships, said state Attorney General Hla Thein.
CNNMoney: $1 trillion in defense cuts: What you need to know
The looming spending cuts at the Pentagon played a starring role in Monday night's foreign policy debate. Mitt Romney said several times he would "not cut our military budget by $1 trillion." At issue are changes to defense spending in President Obama's budget, as well as the impending "sequester" that will hit the Pentagon starting on Jan. 2.
CNNMoney: Obama's alternative energy bankruptcies
President Obama is getting hammered for funding renewable energy companies that have since gone belly up. During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said "about half" of the companies funded by Obama's administration went bankrupt. That is true - for just the first two years of the program that supported Solyndra, which the campaign later clarified.
CNNMoney: Monster Energy cited in FDA death reports
Corona, Calif.-based Monster Beverage's (MNST) stock ended the day down 14% on the Nasdaq. The FDA has received "adverse incident reports" of five deaths involving Monster energy drinks, although the administration has not established a direct link in any case, according to FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess.
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Pres. Obama and candidate Mitt Romney debate a range of topics on foreign policy in the third presidential debate.
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