March 9th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

GAO report: Iraqi refugees face challenges in resettling

Iraqi refugees face steep challenges in resettling in the United States, including homelessness and unemployment amid an economic downturn, government auditors said Tuesday.

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March 9th, 2010
08:44 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

43% have less than $10k for retirement: The percentage of American workers with virtually no retirement savings grew for the third straight year, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Serial killer was once 'Bachelor No. 1': Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game."

Tornado takes out houses: CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with a man who shot video of a tornado that swept through an Oklahoma town.

Man describes runaway Prius: A California driver says his Toyota wouldn't stop even though he was braking hard. CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports.

Director gets Oscar do-over: Roger Ross Williams delivers the Oscar acceptance speech for best documentary short that he never had a chance to give.

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March 9th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Ohio doctor sentenced to life for poisoning wife

[Updated: 7:17 p.m.]  CNN.com's Emanuella Grinberg has the full story about Ohio doctor, Yazeed Essa, who was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

A Cleveland jury convicted Essa last week of aggravated murder for poisoning Rosemarie Essa, his wife and the mother of his two children, with a calcium pill laced with cyanide.

Essa, 41, will be eligible for parole in 20 years, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason said. His crime occurred before Ohio sentencing laws were changed to give judges discretion in determining when a convicted murderer is eligible for parole.

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March 9th, 2010
06:48 PM ET

Man pleads guilty in Letterman blackmail case

[Update: 6:46 p.m.] During Tuesday's taping of his "Late Night" show, comedian David Letterman expressed gratitude and relief that the matter was over.     

"Now, I'd never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and nervous and worried," he said. "And the people in the district attorney's office said, 'This will be handled professionally, this will be handled skillfully, and appropriately.' Well, the matter was resolved today, and they were exactly right - it was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately."

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March 9th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Cost of Senate health care bill

During debate Tuesday on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, expressed concerns about the cost of the health care bill. 

"The bill that the White House and its allies in Congress want to vote for would actually drive costs up," he said. "Overall health care spending would go up by more than $200 billion under [this] bill." 

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March 9th, 2010
06:33 PM ET

Karl Rove hunts for Iraq's WMDs

Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's top political adviser, is out with a  memoir defending the Bush administration's case for the  2003 invasion of Iraq, among other things.  

In the chapter "Bush Was Right on Iraq," Rove writes the major argument that underpinned the U.S.-led invasion - concerns that Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's government was concealing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, long-range missiles and a nuclear bomb program - was based on "an overwhelming international and domestic consensus" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  
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March 9th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

Stocks muster gains; Nasdaq at 18-month high

Stocks managed gains late Tuesday at the end of a choppy session as investors mulled the latest corporate deal and profit news on the anniversary of the bear market bottom.

The Dow Jones industrial average added nearly 12 points, or 0.1%, according to early tallies. The S&P 500 index added less than two points. Both closed at 6-week highs.

The Nasdaq composite gained 8 points, or 0.4%, ending at a fresh 18-month high.

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March 9th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

U.S. condemns Israeli decision to build new housing units

[Updated 5:34 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs echoed Biden's condemnation at a briefing in Washington. 

"I don't believe that either the substance or the timing [of the announcement] is particularly helpful, and I think [it] runs counter to the very productive talks the vice president was having in the region," Gibbs said. 

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 [Updated 3:34 p.m.] Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States condemns Israel's decision to build new housing units in a Jerusalem neighborhood, calling it "a step that undermines the trust we need right now." 

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March 9th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

Louisiana police: Body of missing executive found

The body of a missing energy executive was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday, four days after he disappeared, a police spokesman said.

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March 9th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Missing Colombian prisoner raises questions, accusations

This much was certain Tuesday: Former paramilitary leader and crime boss suspect Daniel Alejandro Serna was no longer under house arrest in Medellin, Colombia. Other than that, there was a lot of head-scratching and finger-pointing.

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March 9th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Pennsylvania woman arrested for alleged jihad recruitment

A Pennsylvania woman has been indicted for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

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March 9th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Will a four-day school week undermine learning?

Drastic cuts in state budgets are forcing many states to consider drastic measures in education, including closing schools, getting rid of significant numbers of teachers and administrators, and cutting out extracurricular activities.  Another contentious idea being kicked around in many school districts is scaling back to a four-day school week, and adding an extra hour or so to the remaining days.

The head of a Minnesota district that's switching to four-day weeks next year says she's confident it will save money without affecting learning, and might even have some positive effects, such as fewer absences. Superintendent Deb Henton told CNN's Campbell Brown a four-day week has a "neutral" effect on academic achievement: "It's neither a positive gain, nor a negative gain." And she said it would prevent bigger problems, such as additional cost cuts and larger class sizes.

Fact Check:  Can a four-day school-week save money without undermining learning?

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March 9th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

What is the status of the 'doc fix?'

President Barack Obama's health care plan has drawn criticism for failing to address rising costs. The administration says the Senate bill would reduce the budget deficit. But Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said at the health care summit that those estimates are based on "a bill that is full of gimmicks and smoke and mirrors." Ryan says the so-called doc fix is "the most cynical gimmick" in the bill.

The doc fix prevents a large reduction in annual federal Medicare fees for doctors. Ryan says, "It was in the first iteration of all of these bills, but because it was a big price tag and it made the score look bad ... that provision was taken out." Instead, it was put into a stand-alone bill.

"Hiding spending does not reduce spending," he says.

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March 9th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

2 Texas deputies shot, suspected gunman killed

Two sheriff's deputies were shot in southeastern Texas on Tuesday, authorities said.

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March 9th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Cisco unveils ultra-fast Internet technology

Cisco unveiled a new Internet technology Tuesday that it says will provide the ultra-fast data speeds necessary to stay ahead of users' rapidly growing online video demands.

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March 9th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Howard Dean addresses health care protest

Supporters of congressional health care legislation staged a noisy march of more than 1,000 people Tuesday to protest an insurance industry gathering at a Washington hotel.

Activist groups ranging from labor unions to Code Pink heard remarks from physician and former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

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March 9th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Recession forcing school closings?

Facing a $50 million shortfall, the Kansas City, Missouri, School Board is considering a plan to close nearly half of that city's public schools.

Superintendent John Covington wants to close 29 of 61 schools and eliminate 3,000 jobs, including the jobs of 285 teachers. The school board is scheduled to vote on Wednesday.

Fact Check: Is the recession forcing public schools to close?

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March 9th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Ohio State employee, suspect killed in shooting

[Update 11:30 a.m.] The suspect in a shooting at The Ohio State University is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

The man, a probationary custodial employee at the building, had received a poor performance review.  A manager was pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim is in stable condition.

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March 9th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Toyota fights to regain customer confidence

Toyota fired another volley this week as it continued its fight to regain the confidence of owners shaken by reports of unintended acceleration.

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March 9th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Chevron to cut 2,000 jobs

Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, announced on Tuesday that it would cut 2,000 jobs this year amid challenging market conditions.

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