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CNN: Republicans stall Hagel nomination
The Senate failed to garner enough votes Thursday to stop a filibuster against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. Fifty-eight voted to move forward with the nomination, while 40 voted to hold it up. One senator, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, announced present, and Republican Sen. David Vitter missed the vote.
CNN: NRA: Obama's State of the Union shows true colors on gun violence
Continuing his charge against the Obama administration on gun control proposals, Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association charged Thursday that President Barack Obama's proposals in the State of the Union address were "not about keeping kids safe at school" but rather part of a broad campaign to "dismantle the Second Amendment."
CNN: Poll: Clinton, Rice top list of who would make a good president
The last two secretaries of state top a new list that looks towards the next presidential election. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Condoleezza Rice are one and two in a national poll that asks simply whether this "person would make a good president or not?"
CNN: Holder's top spokeswoman announces departure from DOJ
Tracy Schmaler, the chief spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department for the past four years, is leaving to take a job working for former White House senior adviser David Axelrod. In a statement provided to CNN, Schmaler said she will leave Justice in early March.
CNN: Christopher Dorner's body positively ID'd
Medical examiners have positively identified the body of the renegade former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, the man authorities say killed four people and wounded three others in a vendetta against his old comrades.
CNN: Why has the cruise ship rescue taken five days?
It was Sunday morning that a fire broke out in the engine room on the Carnival Triumph, leaving the ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel eased into port Thursday night. Why did it take five days to rescue the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board? The answer is not simple.
CNN: Fifth-grade boys' plot to kill a classmate thwarted
Two fifth-grade boys armed with a stolen semi-automatic gun, ammunition clip and knife plotted to kill a classmate in Washington state but were thwarted when another student informed a school employee, authorities said Thursday.
CNN: Veterans Affairs allows burial for same-sex couple in Oregon
In what's believed to be the first case of its kind, the same-sex spouse of a member of the military will be buried in a national cemetery. Though gay people can now serve openly, the military doesn't formally recognize same-sex marriage under the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
CNN: 'Blade runner' Pistorius in court over girlfriend's fatal shooting
He is a South African sports icon whose Olympic debut with artificial legs inspired the world and earned him the nickname "Blade Runner." But on Friday, Oscar Pistorius arrived in court for a bail hearing in his model girlfriend's killing.
CNN: Report: Russian meteor shower causes blast; hundreds injured
A meteor shower sparked an explosion that left 250 people injured Friday in southern Russia, state media reported. Of the hundreds, at least three were critically injured by broken glass, state-run RIA Novosti reported. A bright white flash appeared in the sky for a few seconds, followed by a heavy "bang" that sounded like a blast, according to Russian News Agency Itar-Tass. The meteorite fell 50 miles (80 km) from Satka city, Itar-Tass reported.
CNN: Israel's 'Prisoner X': Death of man with alleged spy agency ties sparks debate
They call him Prisoner X. Media reports have described him as a man who hanged himself in an Israeli prison cell. But details about what happened to him and why have long been hard to come by. The case, shrouded in mystery, sparked a government gag order that for two years stopped local journalists in Israel from telling his story, according to local media reports.
CNN: Australian court backs claim to own breast cancer gene
Can companies patent human genes? It was the question considered by an Australian federal court judge who on Friday ruled that a U.S. biotech company was within its rights to hold Australian patent 686004.
CNNMoney: Falling jobless claims could be blizzard related
Fewer Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, but economists were hesitant to say that the decline is solely due to an improving job market. Initial jobless claims fell to 341,000, from an upwardly revised 368,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Jobless claims are seen as a key gauge of the job market, but last week's data could have been distorted by weather. I
CNN: UK arrests, French investigation in horse meat scandal
Authorities in Britain arrested three people Thursday in two meat plants amid an investigation into the sale of horse meat as beef in Europe. French prosecutors continue to investigate, the country's consumer affairs minister said.
CNN: Nike's bullet ad with Pistorius backfires
Tiger Woods' personal life went off the rails. Lance Armstrong's sporting image crashed in drugs. Both were sponsored by Nike in multi-million dollar deals. Now Nike is being reminded again that pinning your company reputation on star names is a risky business. This time it's Oscar Pistorius whose life has moved from sports headlines to the news pages to cause headaches at Nike headquarters.
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