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CNN: Source: Jon Huntsman to drop out of presidential race
Republican candidate Jon Huntsman will drop out of the presidential race on Monday and endorse front-runner Mitt Romney, a senior official with the former Utah governor's campaign told CNN.
CNN: South Carolina conservatives brace for Romney win
Marilee Walmer is no fan of Mitt Romney's. An administrative assistant from Taylors, South Carolina, Walmer is backing Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race. But like other conservative Republicans here, she is bracing for the prospect of a Romney victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
CNN: Colbert: 'I've just started exploring' primary bid
Stephen Colbert says he won't be stopped by officials saying it's too late for him to run in South Carolina's presidential primary.
CNN: Gingrich will release tax return this week
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday he will release his income tax return this week, and he reiterated his challenge for Republican front-runner Mitt Romney to do the same.
CNN: Washington ceremony marks MLK's birthday
A day before the United States observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, park rangers placed wreaths at the Washington memorial honoring the civil rights leader.
CNN: U.S.-Israeli maneuvers put off ahead of general's visit
The U.S. military has postponed planned military exercises with Israel ahead of a scheduled visit by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. and Israeli officials said Sunday.
CNN: Taking Martin Luther King Jr. at his words
Of course a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. was going to be controversial.
CNN: Russian fuel tanker reaches Alaskan town bound by ice
A Russian tanker carrying fuel arrived in the Alaskan town of Nome on Saturday night, the Coast Guard said, as officials started preparations on delivering the much-needed supplies.
CNN: Italian cruise ship survivors: Crew appeared helpless
At least five people died after the Concordia ran aground on the tiny island of Giglio Friday night. Several others remained unaccounted for. Survivors recounted a frantic rush by passengers to get on lifeboats, while the crew appeared helpless and overwhelmed to cope.
CNN: Strong earthquake hits off Antarctica's coast
A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of Antarctica, prompting a warning that there was a "small possibility" it could trigger a tsunami.
CNN: Nigerian labor unions, government resume talks to end fuel strikes
Nigerian labor unions resumed talks with the government Sunday in a bid to reach a deal to stop a national strike over soaring fuel prices, sources close to the negotiations said.
CNN: Protesters gather for fourth straight day in Romania
Protesters seeking the ouster of Romanian President Traian Basescu and early elections gathered for a fourth straight day Sunday in a main square of Bucharest, the capital, and 18 other cities in the Eastern European nation.
CNN Money: Europe can't catch a break
The downgrade of nine eurozone governments by Standard & Poor's wasn't a surprise, but they came just as there were tentative signs of improvement in the region's debt crisis.
CNN Money: 9 eurozone nations downgraded by S&P
Standard & Poor's said Friday that it has downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro area governments, including AAA-rated France and Austria.
CNN Money: Greek debt talks break down
Talks over a deal to write down Greek government bonds have been put on "pause," according to the industry group representing private sector investors and banks.
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