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Santorum staffing up in South Carolina

Rick Santorum is expanding his nonprofit to the all-important early primary state of South Carolina, a move that's certain to heighten speculation over his potential presidential run.

South Carolina GOP strategist Jon Parker confirmed to CNN he plans ...

Obama, D-Day 70th anniversary

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Sequester that everyone hates is hard to replace

There's one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on: It's time to get rid of the forced spending cuts known in Washington as the sequester.

But reaching a deal on the next question -- what exactly to replace the cuts with -- will require yet another ...

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Graham: 'I'm tired of just complaining'

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is testing the waters on a presidential run because he is sick of hearing himself complain.

"I complain a lot and also have some solutions. I'm tired of just complaining and now ready to try to lead. Whether or not there is...

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Klan leader 'just might' run against Scalise

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke suggested on Wednesday he might primary Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, after Scalise distanced himself from an event hosted by Duke's white nationalist group.

During an interview on the Jim Engster Show,...

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U.S. Army

Key data on Afghan reconstruction withheld

The U.S. military has, for the first time, classified key data about reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, in a move that has frustrated one government watchdog and left the public in the dark on billions in spending.

The agency tasked with overseein...

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Visa is making a killing on fees

Visa is surging, and that's likely a good sign for the economy.

The credit card company reported an 11% jump in payment volume. Over $1 trillion worth of transactions were made on Visa cards from October 1 to December 31. That's not too far off from t...

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'Shark Week' becomes 'Summer of the Shark'

Just when you thought it was safe to watch the Discovery channel in the summer...

In a clever promotional gambit, the channel announced on Thursday that "Shark Week," one of its biggest yearly events, will be getting a bit of an expansion in 2015.

This...

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Amazon stock soars after earnings beat

The holidays were kind to Amazon.

The online retail giant reported earnings Thursday that beat Wall Street's expectations, sending its stock jumping 8% after the closing bell.

Amazon earned $214 million, or 45 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. ...

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Shake Shack set to shake up Wall Street

Shake Shack is already immensely popular with foodies in Manhattan and Brooklyn. And now it's about to take another part of New York by storm: Wall Street.

The upscale burger joint priced its initial public offering at $21 a share Thursday evening. Th...

Rhett Krawitt

CNN

Father seeks ban on unimmunized schoolkids

Rhett Krawitt looks like a normal, smiling 6-year-old as he plays with his sister in the kitchen of their San Francisco home this week.

But it's a truly incredible scene. Rhett survived nearly four years of chemotherapy for leukemia and has been in r...

Hospital gas explosion Mexico

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3 die in Mexico City maternity hospital blast

Rescuers rushed from the rubble with babies in their arms after a gas explosion leveled part of a maternity hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more.

More than 100 people were inside Cuajimalpa Matern...

Marion 'Suge' Knight Arrested

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Suge Knight involved in fatal hit-and-run

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California, on Thursday, according to his lawyer's office.

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The origins of holiday traditions

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The history of gas prices

As gas prices continue to drop, take a look back at what we have paid for a gallon…

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Astronomy first: 'Super Saturn' rings

In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous…

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'Mr. Incredible' convicted on assault charges

A man who dresses as Mr. Incredible on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been…

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Justin Bieber: 'I'm not who I was pretending to be'

Justin Bieber posted a heartfelt video on social media entitled "Here we go" on…

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Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton…

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Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a…

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Oil pipeline ruptures, spill 50k gallons

A Montana pipeline burst sent as much as 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the…

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Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major…

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State Department sets Feb. 2 Keystone XL deadline

With the Senate expected to vote soon on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline,…

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United passengers describe emergency landing

Passengers described on social media a scary landing Thursday morning after a United…

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How Ink Global is building an inflight empire

The front pocket of an airline seat may seem an unlikely place to find a winning…

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There has been a spike in online threats made against airlines since Jan. 17, when a…

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