March 23rd, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Libya frees jihad leaders in peace bid

Libyan authorities Tuesday released three top leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, successfully concluding a three-year peace process that has produced an alliance against al Qaeda.

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March 23rd, 2010
09:15 PM ET

3 Gitmo detainees handed over to nation of Georgia

Three Guantanamo Bay prison detainees have been flown to the nation of Georgia and handed over to the Tblisi government, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. U.S. officials did not identify those released, or say whether they expected the three men to be released by Georgian authorities.

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March 23rd, 2010
08:16 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

5 credit score killers: As banks shy away from making risky consumer loans, a mediocre credit history just won't cut it anymore. To get the best rates on mortgages, credit cards and auto loans, you need a killer score.

Hit-and-run caught on camera: A woman in an SUV hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but police say she fled the scene.

Understanding the health bill: CNN's John Roberts interviews Jim Acosta about the House passage of the Obama health bill and what it means for Americans.

Biden drops f-bomb: After introducing the president, a microphone picks up Vice President Biden saying, "This is a big (expletive) deal!"

Obama signs health care reform into law: President Obama signed sweeping health care reform legislation into law Tuesday, hailing the moment as the latest example of America facing up to major challenges for the benefit of all its people.


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March 23rd, 2010
08:03 PM ET

Netanyahu, Obama meet at White House

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held more than two hours of talks Tuesday evening amid a dispute over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Oprah settles lawsuit with former head of girls school

Oprah Winfrey has settled a lawsuit filed against her by the former head of the girls' school in Africa she founded in 2007, attorneys for Winfrey and Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane said.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:40 PM ET

California AG wants Jackson doctor to stop practicing

California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for governor in that state, has filed documents with the court to prevent Dr. Conrad Murray from practicing medicine until criminal proceedings regarding his actions around singer Michael Jackson's death are complete.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:26 PM ET

U.S. to broaden anti-drug program in Mexico

The Merida Initiative, a U.S. anti-narcotics aid program to Mexico, will emphasize social and economic development in addition to security aid, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on a visit to Mexico City on Tuesday.

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March 23rd, 2010
06:33 PM ET

Fed cracks down on gift card fees

The Federal Reserve announced final rules for gift cards Tuesday that the central bank says will help protect consumers from unexpected costs.

The rules, which go into effect in August, limit the fees that issuers are allowed to charge on gift cards, including inactivity, dormancy and other service fees. Issuers will also be required to clearly state the terms and conditions associated with gift cards.

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March 23rd, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Census Bureau: Dallas posts biggest population gain

Don't mess with Texas! Cities in the Lone Star State were among the fastest growing places in 2009.

Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston gained the most new residents of any city - netting more than 140,000 each - according to the Census Bureau's annual metropolitan area population estimates released on Wednesday. Meanwhile, music center Austin posted the second highest growth rate among top cities - 3.1 percent – just behind Raleigh, N.C.

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March 23rd, 2010
05:47 PM ET

FAA proposes $1.45 million fine against Northwest Airlines

Federal aviation regulators said Tuesday they are proposing a $1.45 million civil penalty against Northwest Airlines for operating nearly three dozen of its Boeing 757 planes without proper windshield wiring inspections.

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March 23rd, 2010
05:35 PM ET

Stocks rally on better-than-expected housing report

A look at highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks surge to 18-month highs

Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 ending at new 18-month highs following the release of a better-than-expected existing home sales report that suggests a slow economic rebound.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 103 points, or 1 percent, according to early tallies, ending at 10,888.83, the highest close since 11,143.13 on September 26, 2008.

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March 23rd, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Judge rules against lesbian high schooler in prom case

[Updated, 5:02 p.m.] In his 12-page order, U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied a motion for an injunction filed by Constance McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, against the Itawamba County School District's superintendent, the school's principal and its assistant principal.

In his order, Davidson ruled that McMillen failed to show that granting the injunction would serve the public interest.

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[Posted, 4:44 p.m.] A federal judge on Tuesday said he would not order a school district to hold a prom that it had canceled after an openly lesbian student asked to attend with her girlfriend.

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March 23rd, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Insider-trading investigation nets 6 arrests in England

Six men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being involved in an insider-trading ring, the Financial Services Authority said.

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March 23rd, 2010
04:41 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Wednesday

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on March 8 announcing the nomination of Robert Harding, left, to head the TSA.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

TSA nominee's ties to Abu Ghraib?

Senators plan to question President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration on Capitol Hill during a second round of confirmation hearing.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are expected to ask retired Maj. Gen. Robert Harding about whether his contracting business worked at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.  That facility run by the U.S. military became infamous in 2004 after photos emerged showing prisoner abuse.

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March 23rd, 2010
04:39 PM ET

4 militants killed in drone strike, Pakistani officials say

Four militants were killed and several were injured Tuesday night in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, two Pakistani intelligence officials and a local government official told CNN.

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March 23rd, 2010
02:21 PM ET

Police make arrests in decades-old Newark murders

After more than 30 years of searching, authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the alleged murders of five teenagers who were reported missing in Newark in 1978.

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March 23rd, 2010
02:17 PM ET

States sue to block health care bill

Officials from 14 states have gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing that the legislation's requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

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March 23rd, 2010
01:26 PM ET

EU: Hijackers seize two cargo ships off Somalia

Hijackers seized two cargo ships Tuesday in waters near Somalia, the epicenter of the piracy industry.

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March 23rd, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Obama signs health care bill into law

[Updated at 11:55 a.m.] President Barack Obama has now signed into law a sweeping health care reform bill to enact the nation's most substantial social legislation in four decades and achieve a top priority of his administration.

Right before signing the bill Obama said the health care legislation is an "extraordinary achievement."

"We are not a nation that scales back its aspirations," he said. "We are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust. We don't fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what's easy. It's not who we are. It's not how we got here. We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities."

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March 23rd, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Miliband: Israel behind forging passports in Dubai killing

There are "compelling reasons" to believe the Israeli government was responsible for forging British passports used in a plot to kill a Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday.

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