November 26th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

GOP resistance to anti-tax pledge grows

Is it a slow leak that will grow into a cascade, or a minor drip easily plugged?

More and more, conservative Republicans in Congress are breaking from a pledge they signed years earlier against any kind of tax increase or additional tax revenue.

Facing the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and deep across-the-board spending cuts at the end of the year, the GOP legislators are signaling their willingness to cut a deal with President Barack Obama and Democrats that would include more money for the government.

The overall numbers remain relatively small - a handful of senators and House members - but they include influential veterans such as Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, along with Rep. Peter King of New York.

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Fire kills 14 at workshop for disabled in Germany
Firefighters stand in front of house with a workshop for handicapped people in Titisee- Neustadt on November 26, 2012.
November 26th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Fire kills 14 at workshop for disabled in Germany

A fire at a workshop in southwestern Germany killed 14 people on Monday, according to a Freiburg police spokesman.

Karl-Heinz Schmid said several other people were injured at the Caritas workshop for the handicapped in the town of Titisee-Neustadt.

Firefighters were still in the middle of "a big operation," he said.

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November 26th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Monday's live events

The talk in Washington is all about the "fiscal cliff" and what the president and Congress need to do to avoid it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the fiscal cliff debate.

Today's programming highlights...

1:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The fiscal cliff debate will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with reporters, along with the situations in Egypt and Gaza.

2:00 pm ET - Senate back in session - Senators return from their Thanksgiving holiday break to discuss and debate the fiscal cliff and other matters.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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Israeli Defense Minister Barak says he's quitting politics
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak announces he is quitting politics after a decades-long career, on November 26, 2012 in Tel Aviv.
November 26th, 2012
04:38 AM ET

Israeli Defense Minister Barak says he's quitting politics

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his resignation Monday, saying he is quitting politics to spend more time with his family.

His resignation comes at a highly delicate time for Israel, which is observing a fragile cease-fire in Gaza with the militant Palestinian group Hamas after an eight-day conflict that killed more than 160 people, the overwhelming majority of them Palestinians.

Barak, who is married and the father of three children, said Monday he will continue in the post for the next three months before elections due in January.

Barak said he won't contest the January elections. Some Israeli political commentators had speculated ahead of the announcement that Barak was planning to quit the Netanyahu government to form a new center-left party.

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Sea snails' shells dissolving in Earth's increasingly acidic oceans, study says
The pteropod (marine snail) inhabit the top 200 m of oceanic waters. Their shells are made of aragonite that can dissolve rapidly.
November 26th, 2012
03:56 AM ET

Sea snails' shells dissolving in Earth's increasingly acidic oceans, study says

Until recently, the main threat to the lives of sea butterflies, tiny snails with winglike lobes that float in ocean currents, had been the fish and birds that rely on them as an important source of food.

But a new, less visible menace is emerging, scientists say, as the parts of the ocean that the snails inhabit become more acidic as a result of the burning of fossil fuels by humans.

In a study published this month, a group of international scientists say they have discovered that the snails' shells are being severely eaten away by the rising acidity in an area of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

This is the first evidence of the changing chemistry of the oceans affecting living organisms in their natural environment, according to the scientists, whose paper was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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November 26th, 2012
02:34 AM ET

Hamas leaders in Egypt for cease-fire talks involving Israel

Talks are set to resume Monday in Cairo between Israeli and Egyptian officials to further discuss the details of the Hamas-Israeli cease-fire, which began to take hold last week, Hamas said in a statement.

Discussions will include topics such as opening border crossings and easing Israel's economic blockade in Gaza, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's office said.

A high-level delegation from Gaza arrived in Egypt ahead of the talks "to complete arrangements," according to the prime minister's office.

The cease-fire was brokered last week after Israel launched a series of strikes on Gaza with the stated goal of halting Israel-bound rocket attacks from militants in the Palestinian territory.

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