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world lead

February 10th, 2014
06:44 PM ET

State Department, Bae family support Jesse Jackson's efforts to free American imprisoned in North Korea

(CNN) - North Korea rescinded an invitation for a U.S. ambassador to visit the country, to discuss the future of detained American Kenneth Bae, who has been held there since November 2012. It is the second time North Korea has canceled a visit by Washington's special envoy on North Korean human rights.

Over the weekend Bae was moved from a prison hospital to a labor camp. The American speaks about the difficulty of doing hard labor for eight hours a day, in a video released by a pro-north Korean newspaper based in Japan. But he had a message for his family.

"I have not lost hope and have not given up anything," Bae says in the video.

Here in the U.S., Kenneth Bae's sister had a message for North Korean leaders.
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world lead

February 10th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

The ethics of droning an American terrorist

(CNN) - The Obama administration is in high-level discussions about staging an operation to kill an American citizen involved with al Qaeda and suspected of plotting attacks against the United States, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

The official, who declined to disclose any specific information about the target or the country the suspect presides in, was confirming information first reported by The Associated Press.

The target could be in a number of countries where the U.S. has been conducting drone strikes for more than a decade, says journalist Jeremy Scahill, who investigated the U.S. drone program in the documentary Dirty Wars.
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sports lead

February 10th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

NFL network's Eisen on college star being gay: If it worked at college level, it can work at pros

(CNN) - College football star Michael Sam hasn't even been drafted by a team, and yet he's already poised to make history in the NFL. Sam, an all-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, revealed to the world a truth he's known for years.

"I came to tell the world I'm an openly, proud gay man," Sam told ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
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national lead

February 10th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Obamacare employer mandate delayed, again

New York (CNNMoney) – The Obama administration is giving employers more time to comply with rules requiring them to provide affordable health insurance for their workers.

Companies with 50 to 99 employees will now have until 2016 to provide affordable coverage under Obamacare, a year later than expected.

The move may benefit Democrats running in 2014, because the delay effectively puts off potential negative fallout from the Affordable Care Act until after the mid-term elections.

CNN's Briana Keiler reports.

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world lead

February 10th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Roundtable: A trove of Clinton documents in Arkansas

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told a close friend that Monica Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern, according to documents penned by Diane Blair, a close friend and longtime confidant to the former first lady.
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