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CNN: McCain suggests Bill Clinton as Middle East peace negotiator
Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday that former President Bill Clinton once again try his hand at forging peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as another day of violence lit up the sky on the border between Israel and Gaza.
CNN: Gingrich: Romney ‘gifts’ comment ‘nuts’
Newt Gingrich had harsh words Sunday for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s suggestion that he lost the election because President Barack Obama offered “gifts” to African-Americans, Hispanics, and young voters. “I just think it’s nuts,” Gingrich said on ABC. “I mean, first of all, it's insulting.”
CNN: Legislators express optimism on fiscal cliff while sticking points remain
With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, legislators continued on Sunday to express optimism that a deal would be reached – but members of the two parties remained entrenched on one of the major sticking points, tax revenue.
CNN: After hearing Petraeus’ testimony, legislators' questions on Benghazi remain
Republican legislators on Sunday questioned the motives behind the Obama administration’s initial description of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, after Friday briefings on Capitol Hill from the former CIA director.
CNN: Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline
Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.
CNN: Father, his 2 adult children arrested in Texas bank robberies
The family that robs banks together stays together. That's what southeastern Texas authorities allege about a father, son and daughter, tying them to a pair of bank robberies in that state and possibly five others in their native Oregon.
CNN: One of 11 hurt in deadly Gulf oil platform blast says: 'I'm alive'
Two days after a Gulf of Mexico oil platform blast and one day after his co-worker was found dead on the sea floor, a Filipino man offered a succinct message Sunday to his relatives and countrymen: "I am alive." Wilberto Ilagan is one of the at least 11 injured in Friday morning's explosion on a platform located 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
CNN: NYPD: Same shooter may be behind 3 killings
The shooting death of a New York City shopkeeper Friday is raising the possibility of a three-time killer on the loose, police said. A .22-caliber handgun is the link. "The same gun was used in all three murders," said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
CNN: In Myanmar, Obama lauds courage of Aung San Suu Kyi
Barack Obama met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Myanmar on Monday, lauding her "courage and determination" during an historic visit to the once repressive and secretive country.
CNN: 'This must stop,' UN chief says, as Israel-Gaza conflict and casualties escalate
International pressure mounted Monday for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, with the United Nations chief flying to the region to personally appeal for a cease-fire.
CNN: Pakistan releases nine Taliban for peace process in Afghanistan
Pakistan has released nine members of the Taliban from prison in hopes they will help negotiate peace in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan peace negotiator said. They are to receive safe passage back to Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani, chairman of Afghanistan High Peace Council, told reporters in Kabul Saturday.
CNN: McAfee's former girlfriend says the Internet pioneer is 'frightened for his life'
A dead neighbor. Headless dogs. And a millionaire on the run. All set against a backdrop of spectacular tropic beauty. It would be difficult to imagine a more intriguing story than the one unfolding in Belize right now.
CNNMoney: Wal-Mart warns workers on Black Friday strike
As Wal-Mart workers prepare to stage a walkout on Black Friday, the world's largest store is fighting back. Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing one of the largest labor unions in the country of unlawfully organizing picket lines, in-store "flash mobs" and other demonstrations in the past six months.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Optimism on fiscal cliff deal
Investors head into the shortened holiday week with a measure of optimism and hope that lawmakers will not let the country fall off the fiscal cliff. Congressional leaders appeared encouraged following their meeting with President Obama about the fiscal cliff last week. However, investors are likely to remain cautious and markets choppy ahead of an actual deal that will avoid the automatic onset of tax increases and spending cuts starting in January.
CNN: Gas prices down for most of U.S., but up in some Sandy-stricken areas
Gas prices have dropped more than 7 cents over the past two weeks, but risen in some regions stricken by Superstorm Sandy, according to a survey published Sunday. The new national average for regular gasoline is $3.47 - down more than 36 cents over the past six weeks, the Lundberg Survey found.
In case you missed it…
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) & Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on what it's going to take to strike a deal on the fiscal cliff.