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CNN: Congress passes continuing resolution, avoids another shutdown threat
Congress passed a temporary spending measure on Thursday that will keep the federal government funded and open for business until December 16. The continuing resolution was necessary because the federal government is set to run out of money by midnight Friday.
CNN: White House shooting suspect faces attempted assassination charge
An Idaho man who acquaintances say called President Barack Obama "the anti-Christ" was charged Thursday with trying to assassinate him in a shooting incident outside the White House, federal authorities said.
CNN Money: Energy Secretary Chu offers no apologies for Solyndra
Energy Secretary Steven Chu made no apologies Thursday for the $535 million loan guarantee the government made to now bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra, saying the company's collapse was unforeseeable and politics did not play a role in the approval process.
CNN: Secret Service confirms Cain protection
Presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive protection from the United States Secret Service, the agency confirms to CNN.
CNN: Syracuse puts associate basketball coach on leave amid police probe
Syracuse University placed associate men's basketball coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave Thursday over an inappropriate contact allegation made by a man in 2005.
CNN: Court: California same-sex marriage fight can continue
A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.
CNN: Authorities: Tons of drugs went through cross-border tunnel
A nondescript white warehouse building in southern California hid a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel that traffickers used to transport tons of marijuana from Mexico into the United States, authorities said.
CNN: ‘Occupy’ protesters, police clash during ‘day of action’
Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators deluged New York on Thursday, a show of strength in the movement's original home that was echoed nationwide as part of a "mass day of action."
CNN: U.S. to send Clinton to Myanmar
U.S. President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will send Hillary Clinton to Myanmar next month, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in more than 50 years.
CNN: Defectors in Syria strike pro-regime office
Army defectors in northwestern Syria - armed with rocket-propelled grenades - attacked a pro-government youth group office and clashed with Syrian security personnel Thursday, activist groups said.
CNN: New radiation scare for rice in Japan
Japanese authorities have halted the shipment of rice from some farms northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after finding higher-than-allowed levels of radioactive cesium, local authorities said Thursday.
CNN: Al Qaeda-linked group finds fertile territory in Nigeria as killings escalate
Two weeks ago, dozens of armed men descended on a town in northern Nigeria and killed more than 100 people in a coordinated series of bombings and gun attacks.
CNN Money: Debt committee: Market reaction a big unknown
Given how volatile markets have become, predicting how traders will react to the congressional debt committee next week is a dicey undertaking.
CNN Money: Stocks in sharp sell-off
U.S. stocks fell sharply Thursday as jumpy investors dumped risky assets on fears of more debt trouble in the eurozone.
Wall Street Journal: As Whirlpool Exits, Jobs Hunt Begins
When a new refrigerator plant opened here in 1962, this city held a parade to celebrate the arrival of a big employer. Now the resilience of Fort Smith, long noted for its ability to attract manufacturers and their well-paying jobs, is being tested again.
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An emotional Herman Cain breaks down in tears during an interview with affiliate WMUR.