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As Rafael grew into a hurricane, residents and officials on the tiny island of Bermuda were expecting the storm to pass by Tuesday.
Both President Barack Obama and the Republican contender for his job, Mitt Romney, face enormous stakes during their second debate Tuesday. Obama must get back on track with only three weeks left before Election Day in a race that looked like a lock three weeks ago; for Romney, it could stiffen the wind at his back.
Five things to look forward to during Tuesday's debate.
Nearly a decade after what many consider Spain's worst environmental disaster, a trial begins at 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday over the massive oil spill in November 2002 that blackened hundreds of miles of coastline along Spain and France.
The latest key developments in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm around the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she is responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.
The 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head simply because she wants an education has become an international symbol of defiance against the Taliban.
A profile of Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban.
The United States believes Iran is behind cyber attacks on American banks and the oil industry in the Middle East, officials said.
A Danish petty criminal details his story to a newspaper about turning into a double agent and getting $250,000 in cash to help the CIA try to ensnare Anwar al-Awlaki, one of al Qaeda's most wanted -- by finding him a wife.
The then-captain of a shipwrecked cruise liner on Monday faced about a dozen of the survivors he's accused of abandoning when the luxury ship Costa Concordia ran aground in January, killing at least 32 people.
For the second time in a week, Turkish officials searched a civilian airplane headed to Syria in what appears to be the enforcement of a new Turkish air blockade against the Syrian government.
Alvin E. Roth of Harvard University and Lloyd Shapley of UCLA have been awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for their work in market design and matching theory, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.
More than 700 years after William Wallace died fighting for Scottish independence, and more than 300 years after Scotland and England came together in a United Kingdom, a new agreement could lead to an independent Scotland.
Fifty years ago, 15-year-old Omar Lopez knew a secret that governments around the world would have killed to learn or safeguard: Soviet troops were building hidden military installations in Cuba. One of those installations was on the farm where his family raised chickens and pigs.
South Korea on Monday reprimanded five senior military officials after admitting that a North Korean soldier had managed to cross the heavily patrolled border between the two countries undetected and knock on the door of his enemy's barracks.
Sara Morales is in her early 20s, but already, she says, she's been to hell and back. The Colombian woman who lives in Bogota says she was forcibly recruited by the main guerrilla group in her country when she was just a young girl.
A Spanish politician accused of reckless driving after a car crash that killed two Cuban dissidents was sentenced to four years in prison, Cuban state media said Monday.
Filipino government officials and Muslim rebel leaders signed a landmark peace deal Monday aimed at ending a long-running insurgency in the nation's troubled south.
It was a fable made famous by football -- now Japan's rising tennis star Kei Nishikori is doing his best to dismiss the long-held sporting notion that size does matter.
Sister Shakila Shaikh works round the clock. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. She says she only takes one day off each year during the Muslim festival of Ramzan. "I have to be here," she says, showing us her modest two-room health clinic in India. "The women of this village need me." Nurse Shaikh is part of a community of health workers leading the battle against malnutrition in Ahmednagar, a poor district in the western state of Maharashtra.
Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who was monarch for more than 60 years until his abdication in 2004, has died in Beijing at the age of 89, China's state-run news service reported early Monday.
The number of cases of E. coli stemming from a county fair in North Carolina has grown to 38, including one child who died, the state's department of health said Monday.
Human remains discovered last week in Levy County, Florida have been identified as those of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.
Authorities have seized more than 1,000 pirate costumes made in China and destined for sale in Washington state because they contained high levels of lead, officials said.
A New York police officer is under investigation after a video emerged showing him beating a 21-year-old man at a community center in Brooklyn, police said Monday.
More issues have been reported with drugs from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a deadly multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, federal officials said Monday.
The wife of an otherwise healthy 78-year-old circuit court judge in Kentucky says she is heartbroken about his death, which has been blamed on meningitis.
It looks like the big blue eyeball found on a Florida beach last week once belonged to a swordfish, a common target of deep-sea anglers in that part of the world, the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday.
A U.S. congressman is attracting attention and criticism for an online video that shows him blasting evolution and the Big Bang theory as "lies from the pit of hell" in a recent speech at a church event in his home state of Georgia.
Nearly 60 years after he was told he wasn't good enough to be a dentist, retired orthodontist Art Burns is about to get the apology he deserves. Burns, of Jacksonville, Florida, is one of many Jewish men who were dubbed failures by the now-defunct Emory School of Dentistry in Atlanta between 1948 and 1961. Though the university never admitted discrimination by the school's then-dean and faculty, research by the Anti-Defamation League showed that 65% of the Jewish students at that time either flunked out or were forced to repeat coursework -- up to a year of it -- in order to stay.
Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space. James Cameron plunged to the ocean's lowest depths. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier. Cameron discovered an "alien world." Call them daredevils, explorers, neither or both. No matter what, their record-breaking solo feats, backed up by teams of specialists, literally raised and lowered the bar for human achievement. So, for others aspiring to chart new terrain, what's next?
The government wasted billions of dollars this year by allowing questionable tax breaks and paying for unnecessary programs even as the economy faltered, a Republican senator charged in a report released Monday.
Campaign lawyers for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have reportedly expressed concerns that Candy Crowley, CNN's award-winning chief political correspondent, will ask questions in her role as moderator of Tuesday's town hall-style presidential debate.
Voters are divided over who will fare better in this week's presidential debate, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday, one day before the showdown. According to the survey, 41% of voters say President Barack Obama will do a better job on stage, while 37% say the same about Mitt Romney, a margin that falls within the sampling error.
Mitt Romney's campaign, along with the Republican National Committee, raised $170 million in September, the campaign announced Monday. The number comes more than a week after President Barack Obama's team said they raised a record $181 million for the president's re-election effort.
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and the Republican seeking to unseat him, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, debated on Monday in Cleveland, sparring over whether the auto bailout and other stimulus measures had helped the Ohio economy.
Maybe Mitt Romney's campaign team isn't so bad after all. After months of criticism, much of it from fellow Republicans, the machine managing Romney's presidential bid has him gaining support in the final weeks of the race in what is playing out as a patient strategy after the shock-and-awe tactics of the Republican primary campaign.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney step into a more free-wheeling town-hall style debate on Tuesday night, a setting that has given the two coolly intellectual candidates some trouble in the past.
The campaign for Tommy Thompson said the Senate hopeful's son apologized Monday after making a comment referencing President Barack Obama's birthplace at a campaign event. Jason Thompson, whose father is running as the Republican nominee in a tight contest in Wisconsin, said it was time to send Obama "back to" Kenya.
First lady Michelle Obama cast her ballot in the presidential election Monday, voting absentee in Illinois 22 days ahead of Election Day on November 6.
Hollywood actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington are featured condemning Republicans for their stance on abortion in a new political ad from the liberal group MoveOn.org.
On the eve of the second presidential debate here at Hofstra University on Long Island, a new survey suggests that the race for the White House is a dead heat.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren outraised Sen. Scott Brown, whom she is trying to unseat in the heated Massachusetts Senate race, by more than $4.6 million in the third quarter, according to numbers released Monday by both campaigns.
The group tasked with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives said Monday it broke fund-raising records in the third quarter of 2011, bringing in $35.1 million over the past three months, ahead of their Republican rivals.
After criticizing chat program "The View" on a secretly recorded video, and subsequently agreeing to come on the show, Mitt Romney has cancelled his upcoming appearance citing scheduling conflicts.
Foreign policy will get increased focus in the two debates left between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger for Governor Mitt Romney, with the final debate entirely composed of foreign policy discussion.
After near-universal bad reviews of his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama will bring more energy and passion to his second showdown with the GOP nominee, advisers to the president said Sunday.
Amid a picture-perfect autumn weekend at an expansive Virginia resort and golf club, President Barack Obama spent much of Sunday sequestered indoors as he and his aides prepared for a pivotal second debate with rival Mitt Romney.
For Joe Stoltz, life has come down to counting every dollar. That's what happens when you can't find work and you live in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
The-so called BRIC nations may need to add a fifth member: Indonesia. Brazil, Russia, India and China were once considered the hottest emerging markets in the world. But they have been skidding this year, while Indonesia remains one of the fastest growing economies.
U.S. stocks moved higher Monday as investors welcomed a sharp rise in retail sales and better-than-expected quarterly earnings from Citigroup.
Citigroup's third-quarter profits and revenues exceeded expectations, yet the bank did not see the same lift from the boom in mortgage refinancing as its competitors.
Amazon and Apple have informed some e-book buyers that they'll receive credits for future book purchases, as part of a recent settlement three major publishers signed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.
The Mercedes-Benz GL, a large luxury SUV, was named SUV of the Year by Motor Trend, the magazine announced Monday.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Morgan Stanley on Monday, charging the Wall Street firm discriminated against African-American homeowners and violated federal civil rights laws by providing funding for risky mortgages.
Falling mortgage rates fueled by the Fed are having only a limited impact on the economy, said Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley Monday.
Sprint Nextel on Monday said that it has agreed to sell a majority of the company to Japanese tech giant SoftBank.
Higher gas prices and strong car and electronics sales combined to lift retail sales in September, the government reported Monday.
Sprint Nextel said Monday that it has agreed to sell a 70% stake to Japan's SoftBank for $20.1 billion, completing a deal that has been reported in the works for several days.
Brazil may not be growing the way it once was, but there are still opportunities to be had in Latin America's largest economy.
Sebastián Piñera is a man on a mission. The Chilean President wants to transform his homeland into a developed nation by 2020.
When Rupert Murdoch fired off a tweet Saturday about some "scumbag celebrities" he didn't mean "any particular people," the Newscorp boss later tweeted. "I never referred to any particular people, just some 'dodgy' self promoting celebrities," he said, adding the words: "Repeat apology for language."
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As high-tech reality TV goes, it's hard to top Sunday's riveting leap from the stratosphere by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner.
The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary year in the best way fans could hope for - by returning to the stage. The group announced Monday that they're set to play four arena shows in coming weeks: two in London and two in Newark, New Jersey.
In parts of South Asia, a typical debt bondage arrangement involves a person receiving food and shelter as credit in exchange for slave-like labor exploitation. The upper classes of Nepal, for instance, see such an arrangement as completely justified because the alternative for a low-caste girl would be worse -- destitution in her village or trafficking to India for forced prostitution.
During tomorrow evening's presidential debate, the flashbulb-wielding peanut gallery will express more curiosity about health care reform and foreign policy than about who designed Mitt Romney's ensemble. But while what each candidate is wearing certainly isn't ballot-worthy, neither campaign seems to be taking any chances -- even with something as small as an American flag lapel pin.
When politicians dodge questions, they send an implicit signal that they believe that their answer to the actual question could negatively affect how voters view them. These are exactly the questions we need them to answer.
There's been a lot of controversy over the HPV vaccine. Because Gardasil is designed to protect young people against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted disease, some people believe the inoculation gives teens the go-ahead to have sex.
Sleepy school children make crabby classmates, while students who get plenty of sleep are better behaved, according to a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.
Journey's Neal Schon and fromer reality TV star Michaele Salahi are engaged.
Imagine opening your daily newspaper and reading a story about a young child whose body and brain has been damaged forever because he or she didn't get the right nutrition to develop properly. I'm sure you would be outraged. But this is the reality for some 170 million stunted children around the world, according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
News that a 14-year-old Pakistani girl was gunned down by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school has sparked a wave of protests and condemnation across the world. As she fights for her life in hospital, Malala Yousafzai is being adopted as every child's sister and every parent's daughter.