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Top of the Hour: Komen Backlash, Morning Headlines

Friday, February 03, 2012

Breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure is facing an escalating backlash over its decision to cut breast screening grants to Planned Parenthood. Some of Komen's local affiliates are openly upset, including all seven in California, and at least one top official has quit, reportedly in protest. 

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Top of the Hour: Afghan Drawdown, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The U.S. military combat role in Afghanistan maybe over as early as next year. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says that he wants U.S. forces to switch to providing training and assistance for Afghan forces by late-2013. Mitt Romney said that Leon Panetta's announcement made no sense.

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Top of the Hour: Soccer Riots in Egypt, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Emergency meetings of the cabinet and parliament have been called in Egypt after riots at a football match left at least 74 people dead. Supporters of the local team from Port Said, al-Masri are accused of attacking fans from the Cairo al-Ahli team. Hanan Zenini who works for al-Ahli believes the violence was planned.

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Top of the Hour: UN Debates Resolution on Syria, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The UN Security Council is debating a draft resolution to call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says after a 10 month uprising, it's time for change.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Wins Big, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ten days after a devastating defeat in South Carolina, Mitt Romney is back. The former Massachusetts governor easily cruised to victory in the Florida GOP primary. He took 46 percent of the more than 1.5 million votes cast. He garnered heavy support from women and Latinos and told supporters he is ready to lead the party and the nation. Newt Gingrich was 14 points behind in second place.

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Top of the Hour: Polls Open in Florida, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The polls are now open across much of the Sunshine State. Mitt Romney appears to be on his way to victory, but Florida has a record of providing election surprises and cliffhangers.

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Top of the Hour: Early Voting in Florida, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Florida voter gets a mailing from Newt Gingrich two weeks after he's voted for Mitt Romney. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians cast their ballots in early voting. And that means, for Gingrich, it may be not too little but too late. About 40 percent of the votes may be cast in Florida before the polls open today.

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Top of the Hour: Violence Continues in Syria, Morning Headlines

Monday, January 30, 2012

Syria's government sending soldiers, tanks, and armored vehicles into suburbs of Damascus in an effort to stop protests from reaching the seat of power. The fresh violence comes as state TV says an armed terrorist group has blown up a crucial gas pipeline. There have been several pipeline attacks since the uprising began last March, but it's not clear who is behind them.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Pulls Ahead, Morning Headlines

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mitt Romney appears to be pulling away from Newt Gingrich in the final day of campaigning before the Florida primary. A new NBC News-Marist poll shows the former Massachusetts governor with a 15 point lead over his closest rival. However, the surge in support isn't slowing the front runner.

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Top of the Hour: GOP Debate Number 19, Morning Headlines

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida hosted the 19th Republican Presidential debate last night and front runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich went straight into attack mode. Governor Romney criticized his opponents link with mortgage giant Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. At one point the bickering was so bad Rick Santorum made an appeal to just "focus on the issues."

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Top of the Hour: GOP Battle in Florida, Morning Headlines

Thursday, January 26, 2012

On the campaign trail it's a two man fight for Florida. Tonight is the state's final Republican presidential debate with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich attacking each other in recent days over personal and professional vulnerabilities. At a forum on the Spanish-language Univision broadcast yesterday Speaker Gingrich brought up the Former governor's Swiss bank account in an attempt to paint his rival as out-of-touch.

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Top of the Hour: Fed Will Not Raise Interest Rates, Morning Headlines

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Federal Reserve says it doesn't expect to raise interest rates in the U.S. until late 2014. The surprise move sent the dollar sharply lower in markets, and caused U.S. government borrowing costs to fall. In its regular policy statement, the central bank says that it sees "significant downside risks" to the economy, and said inflation had fallen back to a level in line with its mandate.

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Top of the Hour: Aid Workers Rescued in Somalia, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Overseas now to Somalia where two aid workers are free this morning after a raid by the U.S. military. Personnel came in on helicopters in the dark of night in the Horn of Africa. The raid freed 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan and a 60-year-old Danish worker who were taken hostage by Somali pirates in October. 

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Top of the Hour: State of the Union, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

President Obama set out out an ambitious agenda for the American economy in his State of the Union address. The majority of the president's 90 minute speech focused on Washington gridlock and ways to combat stalemate. 

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Top of the Hour: State of the Union, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight as the campaign to replace him ramps up in Florida. Aides say the president will focus on economic issues from raising taxes on the wealthy to making college more affordable. After the speech, the president heads off on a three day swing through battleground states Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan.

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Top of the Hour: GOP Goes to Florida, Morning Headlines

Monday, January 23, 2012

A new state, and another debate. The Republican presidential race moves on to Florida with candidates battling it out in Tampa tonight. Newt Gingrich has been doing the rounds on U.S. media talking about his decisive victory in South Carolina. He told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Washington should be worried about a Gingrich nomination.

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Top of the Hour: File-Sharing Site Shut Down, Morning Headlines

Friday, January 20, 2012

Megaupload, one of the internet's largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the U.S. Federal prosecutors claim the site has cost copyright holders more than $ 500 million in lost revenue — a claim Megaupload denies.

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Top of the Hour: GOP Debates Again, Morning Headlines

Friday, January 20, 2012

The four remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination appeared yesterday in a last-ditch debate before Saturday's South Carolina primary. The debate got off to a dramatic start with contender Newt Gingrich attacking CNN host John King for opening with a question about his personal life.

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Top of the Hour: Obama Blocks Keystone Pipeline, Morning Headlines

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The fall-out continues this morning after President Obama’s formal recommendation to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone is seen by Republicans as much needed "shovel ready project" that would create jobs and help the U.S. become more energy independent. The state department denied a permit for the 1,600 mile pipeline, saying it had "insufficient time" to review the plans.

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Top of the Hour: Kodak Files for Bankruptcy, Morning Headlines

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Photography icon Eastman Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning, as it seeks to boost its cash position and stay in business. The move comes as the ailing company has failed to find a buyer for it's digital imaging patents.

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