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CNN: Spokesman: House majority leader knew of Petraeus matter in October
House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus' involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday. Doug Heye said Cantor, a Republican, had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter.
CNN: Romney's Hispanic chairman says candidate made mistakes
The man who led Mitt Romney's outreach to Hispanic voters said Sunday the candidate "made some mistakes" during his campaign that ultimately led to a precipitous drop in Latino support. Carlos Gutierrez, the former secretary of commerce, blamed the Republican primary process, which he said forced Romney to harden his immigration stance in an appeal to the far-right wing of the Republican Party.
CNN: Sen. Schumer: 'Darn good chance' of passing immigration reform
Sen. Charles Schumer, the third ranking Senate Democrat, said Sunday that he and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will officially restart immigration reform talks that crumbled two years ago. Schumer told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that he and Graham have a plan designed to appeal to stakeholders on all sides of the highly contentious issue and he's optimistic that it can get through a gridlocked Congress.
CNN: Obama honors veterans, says more should be done to help them
President Barack Obama says Americans who served abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan should always be able to rely on a robust system of support from the government. In his speech Sunday at a solemn ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, Obama noted it was the first Veterans Day in 10 years that no Americans were serving in Iraq, and pointed to the diminishing U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
CNN: Veterans Day parade a rally for Sandy victims
The United War Veterans Council, which organizes New York's annual Veterans Day parade, promoted this year's event as "a rally for storm victims," collecting winter coats for those devastated by Sandy.
CNN: Officials: 2 killed, 80 homes affected after massive explosion in Indianapolis
At least two people were killed when two houses sitting next to one another exploded in the south side of Indianapolis early Sunday, a fire department spokeswoman said. Two adults were killed, while seven others went to area hospitals, due to the explosion and related fires, said Deputy Chief Kenny Bacon of the Indianapolis Fire Department. Eighty homes were somehow affected, said Adam Collins, the deputy code enforcement director for the city, causing an estimated $3.6 million in damage.
CNN: Scammers create fake donation websites for Sandy victims
As the Northeast digs out from a second major storm in little more than a week, experts say Internet scam artists are preying on generous Americans who want to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy. According to a Maryland-based Internet watchdog company, more than 1,000 Internet domain sites with the words "Sandy" or "relief" were registered either as the storm was approaching the Caribbean last week or, in some cases, even before the hurricane hit.
CNN: Supreme Court to weigh criminal DNA law
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police can take DNA samples from criminal suspects following their arrest, a case based on Maryland law with potentially national implications for the use of a popular investigative tool.
CNN: Syrian opposition groups reach initial agreement; Israel fires warning shots
Syrian opposition factions formally agreed Sunday to unite as the National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council told CNN. The SNC has been under pressure by the United States and Arab nations, primarily Qatar, to unite with various other opposition groups in Syria's civil war.
CNN Security Clearance: Analysts search for clues in al-Zawahiri remarks on Benghazi
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri again referenced the Benghazi, Libya, attack in an audio tape posted on jihadist websites last week, in remarks that, like all his statements, were immediately carefully scrutinized by counter-terrorism analysts searching for clues about the terrorist network's operations. Al-Zawahiri had called for Americans to be targeted in Libya the day before the diplomatic mission was attacked, leading to speculation that al Qaeda's leadership in Pakistan had some sort of role or influence in the attack.
CNN: Troops could be headed to Mali to fight Islamist extremists
A summit of African leaders approved a proposal Sunday to send 3,300 troops to Mali to help evict Islamist radicals who have taken control of that country's northern territory. But a spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says more steps are needed before any troops are deployed.
CNN: Greek parliament approves 'bailout' budget
The Greek parliament voted Sunday to approve the nation's 2013 budget that contains steep austerity cuts required for Greece to receive the next installment of a crucial economic bailout. The cuts have provoked ire among Greeks furious about the effects of multiple rounds of belt-tightening, which have resulted in cuts to pensions and pay. Greece has seen its unemployment soar to more than 25%.
CNNMoney: Asia to power global trade growth
Asia will be the primary driver of global trade growth for years to come, according to a new report from HSBC. China, India and Vietnam are among the best positioned, with exports expected to post double-digit annual increases for decades.
CNNMoney: Two million jobless set to lose unemployment benefits
More than 2 million jobless Americans will lose their federal unemployment insurance during the holidays if Congress doesn't extend the deadline to file for extended benefits. And another 1 million who exhaust their state benefits will not be able to sign up for the federal program in the first quarter of 2013, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group.
CNNMoney: Schumer warns insurers on hurricane deductibles
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer warned insurance companies Sunday against forcing hurricane deductibles on homeowners suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Unlike regular deductibles that require property owners to pay a set dollar amount - typically $500 or $1,000 - hurricane deductibles often require payments of between 1% and 5% of a property's value.
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