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CNN: Obama to release document on targeted killings to Congress
The Senate Intelligence Committee will receive a classified document Thursday that seeks to justify the administration's policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said.
CNN: Panetta warns of degraded military readiness from spending cuts
Furloughed workers, reduced combat readiness, shrunken naval operations and cuts to Air Force flying hours and weapons maintenance. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listed those consequences as he provided a stark warning on Wednesday about the effects of impending budget cuts on the military unless Congress acts to avert them.
CNN Security Clearance: John Brennan likely to face Democrats' scrutiny at hearing
As President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director heads to Capitol Hill Thursday for his confirmation hearing, some in the president's own party are threatening to hold up John Brennan's nomination.
CNN: Hagel committee vote postponed as Republicans seek more information
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin postponed a panel vote that had been expected on Thursday on the nomination of former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary. The move came after Republicans demanded more financial information from Hagel, including details about compensation for speeches he delivered since leaving Capitol Hill.
CNN: Insurance company to sue Lance Armstrong for millions in bonus prizes
The sports insurance company that paid Lance Armstrong more than $10 million in bonuses plans to file a lawsuit to recover its money, an attorney for SCA Promotions told CNN on Wednesday. Jeffrey Tillotson said SCA has already asked the disgraced former cycling champ for the money back. An attorney for Armstrong said the claim has no merit.
CNNMoney: Postal Service to end Saturday mail service Aug. 5
The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering and collecting letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 5, although packages will continue to be delivered. It would mark the end of an era for the agency, which started Saturday delivery in 1863.
CNN: Boy Scout leaders put off vote on gay membership
Gays hoping to join the Boy Scouts will have to wait until at least May after the organization's executive board put off a vote on lifting its outright ban on openly homosexual scouts and troop leaders.
CNN: Missouri teen found handcuffed in family basement
Neighbors expressed shock as details emerged Wednesday in the case of a 17-year-old Missouri boy found handcuffed to a stainless steel support pole in his family's basement. He had been there since September, police say.
CNN: Vocal critic of Islamist-led government gunned down in Tunisia
Opposition leader Chokri Belaid routinely received death threats for his outspoken criticism of Tunisia's Islamist-led government. On Wednesday morning, a gunman shot and killed Belaid in front of his home as he was leaving for work, according to an eyewitness. Belaid's political allies and even his Islamist opponents are decrying the murder as an assassination, sparking new protests in the cradle of the "Arab Spring."
CNN: Protests erupt in Bangladesh after war-crimes verdict
Outraged by a court verdict they considered too lenient, thousands of people took to the streets across Bangladesh on Wednesday demanding the death penalty for an Islamic party leader convicted of war crimes carried out more than four decades ago.
CNN: Official: Arrests coming in Mexico tourist rapes
Arrests could come as early as this week in the alleged rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, the lead investigator in the case told CNN on Wednesday. Mexican authorities have identified the suspects and are monitoring them, said Marcos Juarez. Fifty investigators were working the case.
CNN: French troops kill 'hundreds' of Islamist fighters in Mali
A month long French offensive has killed "hundreds" of Islamist fighters in Mali, the French defense minister said, as his troops prepare to start withdrawing next month. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave the number of casualties to CNN affiliate BFM on Tuesday night. Hours earlier, France told the local Metro newspaper that it expects to begin withdrawing its troops out of Mali in March and leave African forces in control.
CNNMoney: Hackers access Federal Reserve website, data
The Federal Reserve has acknowledged that an outside party gained access to its website and a limited amount of data, raising questions about the central bank's cyber-security measures. "The Federal Reserve System is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Federal Reserve spokesman said in a statement.
CNN: Dreamliner battery type requires safeguards, safety advocate says
Lithium-ion batteries, under global scrutiny following Boeing 787 Dreamliner fires, likely have a future in aviation provided there are adequate safeguards, a top U.S. safety advocate said on Wednesday.
CNNMoney: The real Medicare spending problem
There's been surprising good news lately about health care spending - its growth rate has been falling over the past three years and far more than anyone expected. But the news isn't enough to trump Medicare's unsustainable path.
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