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CNN: Doubts surface over e-mail on claim of responsibility for Benghazi attack
The often fiercely political debate over who knew what – and when – about the September 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has taken another turn with the disclosure of a series of e-mails sent from the State Department on the night of the attack. But the most explosive of the e-mails – which were released late Tuesday – may have been inaccurate, a "spot report" on a rapidly evolving and highly confusing situation.
CNN: GOP Senate candidate accuses Dems of distorting his rape comments
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that he is sorry if he offended anyone by saying that pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen" but accused Democrats of distorting his comments for political gain. "For those who want to kind of twist the comments and use them for partisan, political gain, I think that's what's wrong with Washington these days," the Indiana candidate said.
CNN: Romney to deliver economic speech Friday
Mitt Romney will deliver a significant speech on the economy Friday, according to a top campaign aide, when just 11 days remain in the presidential race. His speech will be delivered in Ames, Iowa, and is aimed at "reinforcing the big choice in November," a top campaign adviser told CNN. A poll released Wednesday showed half of voters thought Romney would better handle the economy than President Barack Obama, 50% to 45%.
CNN: Poll shows five-point edge for Obama in Ohio
A survey taken in the critical battleground of Ohio shows the race remains tight, with President Barack Obama holding a five point edge over rival Mitt Romney two weeks ahead of Election Day. The Time Magazine poll released Wednesday showed Obama at 49% and Romney at 44% in the state, within the poll's three point sampling error. The number was derived from a survey of people who said they would vote November 6, and people who said they've already cast their ballot.
CNN: FDA warns higher-risk patients amid meningitis outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration has listed on its website more than 3,000 medical facilities across the nation that have received potentially tainted products and urged that patients who received higher-risk products be alerted. Of the facilities identified as having received products from the New England Compounding Center, nearly half (1,279) received medications that the FDA considers at higher risk of causing an infection.
CNN: Mississippi town sued over 'school-to-prison pipeline'
Federal civil rights lawyers filed suit Wednesday against Meridian, Mississippi, and other defendants for operating what the government calls a school-to-prison pipeline in which students are denied basic constitutional rights, sent to court and incarcerated for minor school infractions.
CNN: New charges in Family Research Council shooting
The suspect in a shooting at a conservative Christian policy group in Washington faced attempted murder and other new charges on Wednesday, including a terrorism count not previously sought by prosecutors in any case. Floyd Lee Corkins II, who previously pleaded not guilty to other charges related to the August shooting that wounded the building manager at the Family Research Council, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on the new allegations included in a superseding indictment.
CNN: ER doctor to testify in Douglas Kennedy trial
Timothy Haydock, an emergency room physician and Kennedy family friend, is expected to take the stand Thursday in the trial of the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. Douglas Kennedy is accused of twisting one nurse's arm and kicking another in January as he tried to leave the maternity ward of a suburban New York hospital with his newborn son.
CNN: Arrests made in shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the teenage activist who spoke out against the Taliban, though the main suspect remained at large, Pakistani police said Wednesday. Police identified Atta Ullah Khan, a 23-year-old man from the Swat district where Malala was attacked, as the primary suspect. Police said they were searching for Khan, who was studying for a master's degree in chemistry.
CNN: U.S. supports new Lebanese government coalition, spokeswoman says
Four days after Lebanon's intelligence chief was killed in a car bombing, the United States said it will back the Lebanese opposition's call for a new cabinet free of Syrian influence. The United States is helping Lebanon investigate Friday's deadly car bombing in Beirut that killed intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan.
CNN: World braces for possible cease-fire in Syria, but serious doubt looms
Exhausted and destitute by an endless civil war, Syrians will find out Thursday whether its government will commit to halting violence - if only for a few days. A true cease-fire would be a historic break in 19 months of endless bloodshed. But if history repeats itself, the promise of a cease-fire would just be empty words.
CNN: Myanmar steps up security after sectarian clashes kill 7
Authorities have stepped up security measures in a volatile region of western Myanmar amid a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Clashes in recent days between the two communities in Rakhine State have killed seven people, wounded dozens of others and resulted in more than 1,000 houses being set on fire, Myo Than, manager of the state government's information department, said Thursday.
CNNMoney: Federal Reserve sticks with stimulus
The Federal Reserve made no major policy changes Wednesday, deciding to stick to its plan of stimulating the economy through large bond-buying programs. In an official statement, the Fed said it forecasts the economy will remain weak enough to warrant "exceptionally low" interest rates until mid-2015.
CNNMoney: Foreclosures fall in 62% of U.S. cities
Foreclosures fell in nearly two-thirds of the nation's largest metro areas during the third quarter, according to RealtyTrac Thursday. With 62% of the nation's 212 largest markets seeing foreclosure activity shrink during the latest quarter, the ongoing decline is yet another sign that the housing market is starting to stabilize.
CNNMoney: Ex-Goldman director Gupta gets two years for insider trading
Former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta received a two-year prison sentence Wednesday in the highest-profile case yet of the government's ongoing insider trading crackdown. The sentence marks the culmination of a stunning fall from grace for Gupta, 63, a consummate corporate insider who served on the boards of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble. He also headed marquee consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and chaired The Global Fund, an international public health organization.
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