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CNN: Mexico's president-elect aims to focus on economy during U.S. visit
Mexico's new leader has a message for U.S. officials as he heads to Washington this week: Ties between the neighboring nations must go beyond the drug war. Just four days before his inauguration, Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday. And he says he wants to reshuffle the list of priorities the United States and Mexico share.
CNN: Ambassador Rice to meet with lawmakers on Libya
After facing criticism from Republican lawmakers surrounding her characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will hold meetings on Capitol Hill about Libya, an administration official said Monday. Rice will meet with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, Ayotte told CNN.
CNN: Heads or tails: Election decided with the flip of a coin
Coin tosses aren't just for athletic games. Just ask the two men who ran for a seat on the County Board in DeWitt County, Illinois. With the results coming to a tie, both men (reluctantly) agreed to abide by the flip of a coin for the final ruling, according to CNN affiliate WMBD.
CNN: No follow-up White House meeting scheduled yet in fiscal cliff talks
Talks to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff are expected to pick up this week as Congress returns to work. But a promised second White House meeting on the crisis between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders still has not been scheduled – a possible sign that staff discussions over the Thanksgiving recess did not yield the progress leaders hoped.
CNN: U.S. finalizes $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians
Thousands of American Indians are now in line to receive part of a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government, ending a long-running dispute over government mismanagement of tribal lands and accounts.
CNN: L. Islanders get usual power bills despite Sandy blackout; utility says no mistake
The Long Island Power Authority is assuring outraged customers that their latest electric bills with normal monthly charges are no mistake, despite some being in the dark for days or weeks after Superstorm Sandy. Customers are being billed are "based on the estimated reading of (their) energy use from the same month the year before," LIPA spokesperson Elizabeth Flagler said Monday.
CNN: FDA halts work at nut plant linked to salmonella
U.S. regulators shut down a New Mexico nut-processing facility Monday after the plant was linked to an outbreak of salmonella earlier this year. The Food and Drug Administration's decision to suspend the registration of the Sunland Inc. plant in Portales, New Mexico, comes after health officials traced the June outbreak to nut butter produced at the facility.
CNN: Sensitive documents found in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade confetti
Authorities in Long Island are investigating how shredded confidential police documents ended up as confetti in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, according to Nassau County Police. Saul Finkelstein, a Manhattan attorney, was watching the renowned parade with his 18-year-old son Ethan, as they do every year, when they noticed a piece of shredded paper that appeared to have a Social Security number on it.
CNN: Turkey, NATO to scout locations for missile protection from Syria
A NATO reconnaissance team is expected to survey the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday to prepare for the possible deployment of Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries along the frontier. Turkey has turned against its former ally, asking its fellow NATO members last week for Patriot missiles to bolster its air defenses because of several Turkish deaths blamed on Syrian forces.
CNN: Israeli Defense Minister Barak says he's quitting politics
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his resignation Monday, saying he will quit politics in January to spend more time with his family. His resignation comes at a highly delicate time for Israel, which is observing a fragile cease-fire with the militant Palestinian group Hamas after an eight-day conflict that killed more than 160 people - the overwhelming majority of them Palestinians in Gaza.
CNN: M23 rebels ignore deadline to leave Goma
Tension loomed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo city of Goma on Monday night as rebel commanders refused to leave the city ahead of a midnight deadline imposed by regional leaders and the African Union. African leaders convened in neighboring Uganda over the weekend and released a statement demanding that the M23 group withdraw at least 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Goma as a condition of initiating negotiations. The leaders called on the rebels to "stop all war activities," and "stop talk of overthrowing an elected government."
CNN: Taliban claim responsibility for bomb plot against Pakistan TV anchor
The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a foiled plot to assassinate a high-profile television journalist by planting a bomb on his car. Hamid Mir, a senior anchor on Geo TV's prime time programming, escaped the attempt on his life Monday when the bomb was found attached to the back of his car and disabled before it could cause any harm.
CNNMoney: Google's $400 million Wi-Fi buy a hoax
A spate of press reports on Monday heralded Google's latest takeover deal: An apparent $400 million purchase of ICOA, a Warwick, R.I., company that makes Wi-Fi hotspots for public areas like parks and airports. Not so fast, ICOA executives said soon after. Turns out the press release announcing the deal was a hoax.
CNNMoney: IMF, eurozone reach deal on Greek debt
Eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund announced Monday they had reached an agreement that moves Greece closer to receiving a massive bailout payment. The deal includes lower interest rates for Greece, a debt buyback and more time for the debt-laden country to repay its rescue loans. The measures could help cut Greek debt to targets of 124% of GDP by 2020 and lower than 110% in 2022.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors cautious amid fiscal cliff concerns
U.S. stocks ended mixed Monday as investors kept one eye on the results of the start of the holiday shopping season, and the other on upcoming economic negotiations in Washington and Europe. In the first full trading day since last Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 42 points, or 0.3%, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite managed to turn higher in afternoon training, rising 0.3%, buoyed by strength in tech shares.
In case you missed it…
CNN's Christine Romans gives a full explanation of the consequences of the "fiscal cliff" come New Year's.
Nation needs to pass filibuster reform with term limits on senate and congress. Voting reform to pass too.
lesson we need to get the least shock to our economy that is possible. we definately! have to avoid the cliff, but we also have to cut and tax so that the average spenders won't notice that their checks and their jobs are being messed with. if we can only get fox news to stop their dooms day scare on our economy, we might beable to pull it off
CNN: Ambassador Rice to meet with lawmakers on Libya
If you're wondering why Rice would do this, consider this. It gives McCain an "out" so that he can save face. He will be able to claim that he finally got his "answers" from Rice, absolve her of any wrong doing, and move on.
The Secretary of State, not the UN Ambassador, is the head of the state department. Curious as to how the GOP decided to target Ms. Rice, but did not say a word about Hillary.
And what about this past weekend's "flash fire" at the State Department? Did that area house Benghazi documents? Madame secretary of state – please do tell.