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world lead

June 11th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Manhunt underway for NSA leaker

An international manhunt is underway to find Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked some of the U.S. government's biggest national security secrets.

Weeks ago, Snowden started final preparations for his leak, and the great escape that followed it.

He moved out of his house in Hawaii on May 6, then left the state on May 20, telling his girlfriend that he was leaving town but not why.

"That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world," Snowden told The Guardian newspaper.

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buried lead

May 31st, 2013
07:02 PM ET

Former Obama advisers cashing in on White House résumés

By Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama banned former aides from directly lobbying the government for two years after they leave the White House, but there are other ways to influence beyond direct lobbying.

The vague "consulting" loophole, for instance.

Even less publicized are junkets to foreign lands, often ones with abysmal records when it comes to human rights and democracy.

There was a conference in Azerbaijan this past Tuesday and Wednesday, an event attended by former top Obama aides, all of whom were well-compensated for their time and travel, as first reported by The Washington Post.

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national lead

May 21st, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Tornado cut similar path as one that hit the region in 1999

Many in the path of Monday's deadly tornado must have felt like they were reliving a nightmare.

That is because the tornado took a nearly identical path as another monster twister, and left a similar amount of devastation in its wake.

A ruthless force of nature tore through Oklahoma on May 3, 1999. For nearly an hour and a half, the 1999 tornado pummeled a 38-mile path that included the areas of Newcastle and Moore, Oklahoma.

In what can only be described as a cruel twist of fate, the paths of the 1999 and 2013 storms were nearly identical, at times even overlapping.

"What you're looking at right now in Moore, Oklahoma, is what you could have seen if you had been there in 1999," said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.

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world lead

May 7th, 2013
08:15 PM ET

Four Americans killed in Benghazi: Why?

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear testimony about the events before, during, and after the attack on Americans in Benghazi Libya on September 11 and 12, 2012. Strip away the partisan posturing - the conspiracy theories from the right and the attempts to douse the scandal by the left - and the facts and testimony about what happened at Benghazi should concern any American.

The four Americans killed last September in Libya, Ambassador Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, is not the White House's favorite topic of conversation

"Let's be clear. Benghazi happened a long time ago," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week.

Not that long ago – just eight months in fact, and there are still many outstanding questions from individuals with first-hand knowledge of the events, career diplomats.

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money lead

May 6th, 2013
07:59 PM ET

YouTube considers launching pay-per-view model

YouTube may have found a way to put a price tag on watching a guy freak out over a double rainbow. The website is reportedly getting ready to launch new premium channels to compete with services like Hulu and Netflix.

According to a report in the Financial Times, YouTube could launch a pay-per-view model for some of its channels as early as this week, with subscriptions starting at $1.99/month.

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