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US-Iran-Nuclear-Report (12:30 a.m.)
The chairman of the House intelligence committee tells CNN the U.S. military needs to do more to "scare" Iran away from pursuing nuclear weapons. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, made the comment in response to a question about a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center that says the United States must put more teeth into its threat to use military power to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions. In an interview with CNN, Rogers said more needs to be done: "I'm not saying we ought to bomb Iran, but you almost have to scare them, you have to frighten them to get to the right place."
ENT-Cornelius-Reactions (1 a.m.)
As news spread that "Soul Train" legend Don Cornelius died Wednesday morning of a gunshot wound at the age of 75, fans and friends took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences. The "Soul Train" host would sign off the show with the words "Wishing you love, peace and soul" and many, such as musician Rob Thomas and actor/rapper Ice Cube, honored Cornelius' memory by tweeting his trademark phrase.
Travel-TSA-Screening By Mike M. Ahlers (1:30 a.m.)
By all accounts, it started innocently. An airport screener missed a bag. But by the time it was over, authorities had shut down an airport terminal for two hours, airlines delayed almost a dozen flights, and scores of air travelers probably were wondering if they should have taken the train. Wednesday's shutdown of the A-2 terminal at Newark International Airport is probably typical in many ways. But a Port Authority police report gives a detailed account of the breach and of the TSA's response, and of some behind-the-scenes confusion that led to the two-hour closure.
Egypt-Soccer-Deaths (monitoring)
Political tensions flared Wednesday after more than 70 people were killed when fans rushed the field and rioted at a soccer game in Egypt. It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political strife caused the clashes in the northeastern city of Port Said. It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political strife caused the clashes in the northeastern city of Port Said. Hours after the fighting, protesters in Cairo chanted, "Down with military rule." And the secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood party blamed Egypt's military for the deaths. Egypt's interior ministry blamed fans for provoking police. The fighting left at least 74 dead, Egypt's health ministry said in a statement. At least 1,000 people were injured, 150 of them critically, ministry spokesman Dr. Hisham Shiha said. Most of the injured had concussions and deep cuts, he said.
The United States and NATO want to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning primarily to a training role in which Afghan security forces will take the lead, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. "Hopefully, by mid- to the latter part of 2013, we'll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role," Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Brussels, a defense official told CNN.
Political tensions flared Wednesday after more than 70 people were killed when fans rushed the field and rioted at a soccer game in Egypt. It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political strife caused the clashes in the northeastern city of Port Said. It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political strife caused the clashes in the northeastern city of Port Said. Hours after the fighting, protesters in Cairo chanted, "Down with military rule." And the secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood party blamed Egypt's military for the deaths. Egypt's interior ministry blamed fans for provoking police. The fighting left at least 74 dead, Egypt's health ministry said in a statement. At least 1,000 people were injured, 150 of them critically, ministry spokesman Dr. Hisham Shiha said. Most of the injured had concussions and deep cuts, he said.
Fresh off a momentum-building victory in the Florida primary, Mitt Romney made a potential speaking gaffe Wednesday when he said he "wasn't concerned about the very poor" because there is a safety net in place for them.
Don Cornelius, the founder of the "Soul Train" television show, has been found dead in Los Angeles, Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said Wednesday. He was 75.
Facebook, which launched its blockbuster initial public offering Wednesday, is the undisputed social media king of the U.S. and Europe. But as the West approaches saturation point with the site, Facebook is looking to emerging markets like Brazil and India to fuel its next stage of growth.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday temporarily halted the trading of scores of stocks, including the electronics giant Sony, after problems with its market data systems. The exchange said in a statement that it had suspended 241 securities as of 9 a.m. (7 p.m. ET Wednesday). A spokeswoman for the exchange said the affected securities would resume trading at 12:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday).
At least 70 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, opposition activists said, as diplomats at the United Nations prepare to debate once again how to respond to the mounting crisis in the country. The number killed in Wadi Barada, in the Damascus suburbs, climbed to 36, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition group that organizes and documents demonstrations.
A congressional panel Wednesday took up the uneasy topic of Afghan security forces turning on their international allies, incidents that have fueled mutual distrust at a critical juncture of the long-running conflict.
The spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been captured after a months-long surveillance operation, a spokesman for Nigerian police said Wednesday. Security services tracked Abu Qa Qa through his phone even though he changed his location and phone number regularly, police told CNN. They said they're now trying to confirm his true identity, though they believe that he is a Nigerian citizen.
The deaths of 73 football fans shortly after a match between Cairo 's Al Ahly and Al Masry in Port Said, Egypt, has shocked the world. More than 1,000 more have been injured in scenes that will leave an indelible mark on post-revolution Egypt -- because in Egypt soccer matters perhaps more than anywhere. Passions have always run high in Egyptian football. The Cairo derby between Al Ahly and their rivals Zamalek is the biggest football match in Africa, and has to be held at a neutral venue, usually with a neutral foreign referee, to combat a history of enmity and violence.
A terrorist peril that's notorious in Africa and Europe but less publicly well known in the United States may wreak havoc in the coming year, warns the top senator on intelligence matters. The terror group, an al Qaeda affiliate in northern Africa known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was singled out by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who chairs the Senate's intelligence committee.
A spokesman for the Taliban denied on Wednesday a weekend report that Taliban representatives may meet with officials representing the government of President Hamid Karzai in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.
A NASA orbiter has beamed back its first images of the far side of the moon, including scenes of a massive crater caused by an ancient cosmic impact, the space agency announced Wednesday.
The captain of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia "committed a tragic error," but his crew did their best to evacuate the ship's 3,200 passengers, the last survivor found aboard said Wednesday.
The special court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri announced Wednesday it will try the four accused killers in absentia.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, under house arrest in Britain for more than a year, appeared at the UK Supreme Court on Wednesday to fight his extradition to Sweden.
Since the summer of 2010, Julian Assange has become a pop culture fixture, a self-appointed champion of free speech, the suspect in a Swedish sex crimes investigation and a man who says he's keeping afloat a financially strapped Web operation that has mightily ticked off the U.S. government.
The earliest known copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- thought to have been painted at the same time as the original masterpiece -- has been discovered at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
Spain has won a major victory in its long court battle with a Florida-based deep-sea salvage company over rights to an estimated $500 million in silver and gold coins, officials said Wednesday. The treasure was recovered in 2007 from a 19th century sunken ship off the Spanish coast.
A woman threw flour at front-running French presidential candidate Francois Hollande as he made a campaign stop Wednesday, in what she said was a protest against his Socialist Party.
At least four men have admitted to "an al Qaeda-inspired plot" to bomb the London Stock Exchange, British authorities said Wednesday.
Pakistan continues to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report says, according to a journalist who has read it, despite years of Pakistani denials and American pressure to stop backing the insurgency.
The United Nations nuclear monitors plan to return to Iran at the end of the month after a positive assessment from both sides of the latest visit.
Sub-zero temperatures continued to keep eastern Europe in their grip Wednesday, leading to the deaths of 31 people in Ukraine so far, emergency officials there said.
Turkish authorities have scrambled divers, helicopters and coast guard ships in an effort to find and rescue eight crew members missing after a cargo ship sank in a storm off Turkey's Black Sea coast Tuesday night.
Colombian guerrillas have postponed the release of six hostages because of alleged militarization in the area where they operate, the group said Wednesday.
French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison.
Security forces killed a key Taliban commander and 20 other suspected militants in northwest Pakistan, two military officials told CNN Wednesday.
A man in an Afghan National Army uniform killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan, once again bringing a disturbing issue to center stage in the long Asian war -- attacks by local security forces against coalition troops.
Senegal remained tense Wednesday following days of violent protests over a court decision that allows the incumbent president to run for a third term.
England soccer captain John Terry, who is accused of racially abusing another player during a match, is expected to enter a plea in a London's Magistrate's Court at 5 a.m. ET Wednesday.
Residents of Wukan, the fishing village in Southern China where protesters faced down the authorities during a tense standoff in December, were holding elections on Wednesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handily won his Likud party leadership primary Tuesday, fueling speculation that he may soon call for nationwide elections.
Officials are stepping up security in Ciudad Juarez -- for police. Officers, under increasing threats from organized crime, will be housed in hotels and other secure areas of the city's center, Ciudad Juarez Mayro Hector Murguía Lardizábal said. The announcement comes after a rash of attacks on police after they finish their shifts.
More than two dozen Chinese workers who were kidnapped by Bedouins on their way to work in Egypt have been released after the Egyptian authorities intervened, the official Chinese news agency reported Wednesday.
The family of a Minnesota couple who remain unaccounted for after a massive cruise ship ran aground off an Italian island last month plan to hold a memorial service to celebrate their lives.
Tensions between Hong Kong residents and visitors from mainland China ratcheted up Wednesday, after a full-page advertisement decrying a so-called invasion of "locusts" from across the border appeared in a local newspaper.
In a case stemming from the housing meltdown that led to the financial crisis, a former executive at Credit Suisse and two associates have been charged with deliberately inflating the price of mortgage-backed securities held on their books. Kareem Serageldin, Credit Suisse's former Global Head of Structured Credit, faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Serageldin earned $7.3 million in compensation for 2007, though much of this was clawed back after Credit Suisse discovered the fraud in early 2008.
The Chinese government said Wednesday that manufacturing in the world's second-largest economy expanded slightly in January, while a report from a leading bank indicated contraction in the sector for the third straight month.
Sir Howard Stringer will step down as Sony CEO and president on April 1, the Japanese electronics giant announced Wednesday.
After wreaking havoc in global financial markets last year, the debt crisis in Europe has entered a complicated new phase in 2012.
Bond was set at $23 million Wednesday for a Los Angeles elementary school teacher who allegedly took bondage photos of more than two dozen students in his classroom -- $1 million for each of the 23 counts he faces of lewd acts on a child.
A small amount of radioactive gas escaped from a steam generator at Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant during a water leak, but there was no threat to public health, federal regulators said Wednesday.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday that an illegal immigrant who was injured and lost most of her family in Sunday's multivehicle wreck in Florida will not face deportation.
At least 81 dolphins have been found dead or died shortly after being discovered on Cape Cod in a series of largely unexplained strandings that began early last month, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A bid by Mississippi's attorney general to overturn the pardons of four convicted murderers and other inmates won't be heard this week after all. The state's Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted jurisdiction in the case and granted a defense motion to cancel Friday's scheduled hearing by a lower judge in Jackson. The high court set a February 9 hearing in the case.
No life-threatening injuries were reported after the derailment of an Amtrak train near Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wednesday, officials said.
Officials are monitoring a remote Alaska volcano that could explode and launch an ash cloud, potentially threatening intercontinental flights.
The president of Florida A&M University said the college is canceling its summer band camp program and suspending all clubs as the school continues to deal with the fallout from the suspected hazing death of a marching band student.
Setting up a white-hot face-off between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republican Darrell Issa Thursday over Mexican border gun-running, the Justice Department late Wednesday sent a sharp letter to Issa rejecting his demands a day earlier to provide documents by next week — threatening Holder with contempt if DOJ failed to deliver.
Senior administration officials are headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon to brief the entire Senate on addressing cybersecurity threats, a day after key senators expressed frustration with what they described as a lack of a cohesive approach to such threats.
A U.S. Army veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is suing the federal government, claiming she and her wife are being denied military benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples. A complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles says that the government's definition of marriage is unconstitutional and violates equal protection.
Pfizer is recalling 1 million packets of birth control pills because there's a problem with the order of pills in the packaging. It's an error that could lead to unintended pregnancies.
A series of viral outbreaks causing diarrhea and vomiting has affected scores of people in North Carolina in recent weeks, sickening them, but causing no fatalities, health officials there said Wednesday.
People who live in areas with the least amount of sunlight may have a greater risk for stroke, according to findings presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in New Orleans this week.
This week the science journal Nature published a controversial commentary from researchers Laura Schmidt, Robert Lustig and Claire Brindis titled "The toxic truth about sugar." Schmidt wrote an opinion piece on the subject for CNN as well. In the piece, Schmidt says that the public needs to be better informed about the science of how sugar impacts our health. She and her colleagues are recommending that the United States look at how it regulates alcohol to determine how we should regulate sugar.
Could trucks almost as large as Boeing 737s be driving on a highway near you? If a new transportation bill proposed by House Republicans passes, the answer is yes, and the safety ramifications would be astronomical, say congressional opponents of the bill and the AAA Auto Club.
Companies slowed their hiring in January, according to a report by payroll processor ADP.
American Airlines told its unions Wednesday it plans to cut 13,000 jobs from the staff of 88,000 at the nation's No. 3 airline. The cuts will fall most heavily on the airline's maintenance operations, which will lose 4,600 jobs. More than 4,000 additional ground worker jobs will be eliminated, as will 2,300 flight attendant jobs.
Facebook's long-awaited IPO filing could come as early as Wednesday, according to several news reports.
With Facebook's announcement Wednesday that it will become a publicly traded company, lots of folks were talking about it. On Facebook.
If there's a crown jewel in the world of initial public offerings, it's Facebook. And the banking winner is Morgan Stanley. The investment bank won the coveted spot as the lead underwriter for Facebook's initial public offering, giving Morgan's technology investment bankers at least a decade's worth of bragging rights.
At age 27, Mark Zuckerberg is about to officially become a paper billionaire. In the IPO paperwork Facebook filed Wednesday, the company reported that its founder and CEO owns around more than a quarter of the company. Zuckerberg holds roughly 534 million shares.
In a letter to investors included in Facebook's IPO filing, CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his philosophy for running what has become a multi-billion-dollar business. At core of that philosophy: Love your hackers. "We have cultivated a unique culture and management approach that we call the Hacker Way," Zuckerberg wrote in the filing. "There's a hacker mantra that you'll hear a lot around Facebook offices: 'Code wins arguments.'"
Like a good friend, Facebook says it doesn't want to invade our privacy or hang out with folks who spend all their time looking at a cell phone. Privacy has long been a sensitive issue for Facebook. The word was mentioned 35 times in its filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday to sell company stock on the public market.
As he helped orchestrate the Wall Street bailouts, William Dudley -- now president of the New York Fed -- owned more than $100,000 stock in AIG and General Electric, two firms that received government assistance.
It's been three months since MF Global became the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Did anyone see this coming? Well, a few people had some idea, and a Congressional subcommittee will hear from them on Capitol Hill Thursday.
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, but closed off the highs of the day, on a combination of improved economic data and easing concerns about Europe's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 84 points, or 0.8%, according to early tallies. The S&P 500 gained 12 points, or 0.9%. The Nasdaq rose 34 points, or 1.2%. Financial stocks were among the best performers, with shares of Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs up between 2% and 4%.
Shares of Whirlpool spiked more than 17% Wednesday after the appliance maker issued a strong outlook for 2012, despite a soft fourth quarter. The company is forecasting earnings per share of $7.30 to $8 -- well above analysts' expectations of $5.85, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.
Chrysler Group reported its first annual profit since 2005 Wednesday, capping a comeback a little more than two years after a federal bailout, a bankruptcy filing and a takeover by Italian automaker Fiat.
J.C. Penney's ambitious plan to turn around its business and make its brand hip and cool is in high gear, but whether the 110-year-old company's stock will keep up the pace is another question.
Not many people know the Kauffman Foundation, but after this Sunday a lot more will have an idea.
Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they will hold hearings beginning later this month examining what they see as the negative impact of super PACs on the election process. They also will work to develop legislation to require the disclosure of all donors to the increasingly powerful political organizations.
Planned Parenthood reported on Wednesday raising $400,000 in the 24 hours following its announcement that a major backer, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, was ending its partnership with the group. The major breast cancer research group cut its funds for breast screenings at Planned Parenthood amid increased scrutiny from Congress over how the prominent family planning organization provides abortion services.
Senate Democrats formally unveiled legislation Wednesday to ensure that all millionaires would pay a minimum federal tax of 30 percent. The legislation comes as the relatively low tax rate for some high earners -- like investor Warren Buffett and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney -- takes center stage in both the policy and political arenas in Washington.
Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, bringing to the Senate the ever growing charge that President Barack Obama and his administration are violating the rights of religious Americans.
Wisconsin released the names of more than 1 million people who signed a recall petition against Gov. Scott Walker, state officials said, despite safety concerns among petition signers.
Suzanna Bonamici, a former Oregon State Senator, won Oregon's First Congressional District special election Tuesday night - a victory that ensures a Democrat will continue to hold the House seat.
We're getting a glimpse into what life is like in the White House including mentally preparing for a presidential campaign and sleepovers for the first daughters from first lady Michelle Obama as she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday.
Mitt Romney swept into Nevada on Wednesday evening and sharply criticized Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for declaring that the United States and NATO plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013. Romney said the public announcement jeopardizes the Afghanistan mission and "our commitments to freedom."
One day after Mitt Romney's Florida primary win, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign remains focused on painting the former Massachusetts governor as an unpopular Republican candidate.
Mitt Romney's primary victory in Florida takes on more significance when you consider what comes next.
With the Florida primary behind us, the Republican presidential race is set to go national.
Five things we learned from Florida
A new national poll indicates Mitt Romney has retaken his lead over rival Newt Gingrich after having once lost it in the days following Gingrich's South Carolina primary victory. According the latest results from Gallup's daily tracking poll released Wednesday, Romney is now back in front one day after his decisive win in Florida's primary.
Mitt Romney says he isn't worried about those living in poverty since they have government assistance programs to fall back on. Instead, he wants to focus on helping the middle class. But not everyone is so sure that the nation's lifelines are truly protecting those who need it.
Wall Street has thrown its weight behind alum Mitt Romney for president, according to new campaign data for 2011. But the industry hasn't totally abandoned President Obama, who in 2008 raised more money from the financial industry than any other candidate in history, according to two watchdog groups.
Mitt Romney, pushing back against the charge he isn't conservative enough for the GOP base, released a radio ad in Colorado Wednesday asserting his appeal among a few well-known Republicans.
As Mitt Romney dominated the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night, he also captured the bulk of the votes from Latinos in the state, with 54% of their ballots. But how did he pull that off?
Mitt Romney sparkled as he took the stage in Eagan, Minnesota, the day after a blowout victory in Florida's primary. But the glint in Romney's hair and on his blazer wasn't a post-victory glow. Instead, the GOP candidate was dusted in glitter thrown by a young male protester before Romney took the stage.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will receive Secret Service Protection "within days," a federal law enforcement source told CNN Tuesday night.
If Mitt Romney is elected president, he will have to make some tough choices about what to do with his personal fortune.
Mitt Romney's campaign will stop using the song "Wavin' Flag" by rapper K'Naan after the Somali-Canadian music artist said he was "dismayed" the campaign had played the tune at Romney's Florida primary victory party on Tuesday. "I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney's campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it," K'Naan said in a statement. "I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice."
Dealt a thorough thumping on election night thirty years ago, George McGovern didn't pick up the phone to concede the race to Richard Nixon -- instead, the South Dakota senator sent the incumbent president a telegram. The cordial concession call is as much political tradition as it is campaign stagecraft, a pleasantry otherwise sparse in campaigns, such as this Florida's contest, rated the most negative ever in a campaign advertisement analysis. But on Tuesday night, the call for Florida victor Mitt Romney didn't come, at least from one candidate.
Does defiant Gingrich help or hurt the GOP's chances?
One of Newt Gingrich's daughters found no fault with their father not calling Florida GOP primary victor Mitt Romney after his win in the Sunshine State.
In what his campaign billed as a "major speech on health care," Rick Santorum found himself Wednesday defending a profit-driven health care system to a woman who said her son requires expensive medication to stay alive. The former Pennsylvania senator also detailed the deficiencies he sees in his rivals' health insurance records.
In a new national radio ad released Wednesday, Rick Santorum lambasted Newt Gingrich over the former House speaker's declining poll numbers and second place finish in Florida's primary.
Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who last month suspended her presidential campaign, said Wednesday that she does not plan to endorse in the GOP presidential race before her state's primary next Tuesday.
Donald Trump, who once flirted with a White House bid, is now reasserting himself in the presidential race, saying he'll make a major announcement in Las Vegas Thursday just two days before Nevada's caucuses.
After years of bridge building with the Catholic Church, the Obama administration may have damaged some of the good will it built up with the nation's 70 million Catholics, which could have steep consequences at the polls in November.
What Romney learned from losing South Carolina
Ten days ago, Mitt Romney took a body blow from Newt Gingrich in losing South Carolina by twelve points in an open primary. Tuesday night, he evened the score with his own double-digit win in the cycle's first closed primary.
Don Cornelius never led a civil rights march, launched a boycott or gave a speech before a cheering crowd of protesters. But his impact on America was as profound as virtually any civil rights leader, says Shayne Lee, a sociologist who grew up watching "Soul Train."
Tracy Morgan's mother says she struggled for years to provide the comedian with everything he needed as a child, but now that she's out of work and facing foreclosure he's refusing to help her.
Although Seaside Heights is awash in publicity thanks to MTV's "Jersey Shore," Hoboken, New Jersey seems to want none of it. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has denied a film permit that would allow a "Jersey Shore" spinoff to film in public locations in the interest of "protecting public safety and quality of life concerns for Hoboken residents," a statement on the city's website says.
Ways to put a nervous drinker at ease
One day at a time. That's the approach these American military veterans take when it comes to living with lifelong injuries. Twenty-one wounded warriors recently took to the ski slopes in Wintergreen, Virginia, for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding.
This week, a study was presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference that caught my eye. It's a small study that adds further evidence to what most sleep experts already know - that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is linked with a high risk of having silent strokes.
A look at a community initiative in South Africa that helps poor farmers make a living by growing trees
When Americans pick up their prescriptions from the pharmacy or reach for a prescription bottle from their medicine cabinet, they probably don't think much about where the drugs were made or whether they are safe.