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A false tweet heard around the web

A false tweet heard around the web

WASHINGTON – A tweet by the nation's largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday.

The Associated Press message read, "Breaking: Two Exp

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  • Written by CNN Political Unit
  • Category: News

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.

Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.

"While his family greatly appreciates that Richie's many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time," a statement from his publicist, Carrie Lombardi, said.

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Poll: Americans not revved up over increased gas taxes

Poll: Americans not revved up over increased gas taxes

Two-thirds of Americans would oppose a law in their state that would increase the gas tax to help pay for road and bridge repairs, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Monday indicates that 66 percent of the public would vote against a state law that would increase the gas tax by up to 20 cents per gallon, with the revenue going towards improving roads, bridges, and building more mass transit. Just under one in three said they would vote for such a measure.

According to the poll, Democrats and westerners are slightly more willing to vote to increase the gas tax, with four in ten Democrats, three in ten independents but just 15 percent of Republicans supportive. Thirty-seven percent of people living the western U.S. would support the move. That drops to 32 percent for easterners and to one in four for those in the Midwest and South.

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9 questions about the Boston Bombers

9 questions about the  Boston Bombers

WASHINGTON – We don't yet know how or why the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, decided to carry out their attacks, but a look at how their stories correlate with those of some other terrorists living in the West could provide some answers to the questions that many are now asking about them.

1. How could someone who grew up in the United States, as the younger brother did, become a terrorist?

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas in 2009, was born and raised in Virginia.

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  • Written by Peter Bergen/CNN
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Poison-letter scare leads to Miss. arrest

Poison-letter scare leads to Miss. arrest

A Corinth, Miss., man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with possibly contaminated letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

The FBI arrested Paul Kevin Curtis at his home, the U. S. Department of Justice said in a statement that also detailed that a third letter was sent to a Mississippi justice official.

The letters to Wicker and Obama – discovered Tuesday – were stopped at a government mail-screening facility after initial tests indicated the presence of the deadly poison ricin.

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$15 million iPhone with rare black diamond

$15 million iPhone with rare black diamond

Family heirlooms are often packed away for safe keeping. For one man from China, hiding a 26-carat black diamond worth $14.5 million was not in his plans.

A businessman from Hong Kong commissioned craftsman Stuart Hughes of Liverpool to help him show off his family treasure.

The result? An iPhone 5 boasted by Hughes to be "the world's most expensive phone," valued at $15 million.

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  • Written by Kirsten Swanson/CNN
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Memphis-stamped envelope bound for Miss. Sen. Wicker tests positive for ricin

Memphis-stamped envelope bound for Miss. Sen. Wicker tests positive for ricin

An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. A laboratory in Maryland confirmed the presence of ricin after an initial field tests indicated the poison was present, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer said.

The letter had a Memphis, Tennessee, postmark and no return address, Gainer wrote in an e-mail to senators and aides.

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  • Written by Mike Brooks and Dana Bash/CNN
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Cain: ‘Don’t call me a Republican’

Cain: ‘Don’t call me a Republican’

As the Republican Party struggles with ways to attract more African-Americans to its party, one of their own former, African-American presidential candidates could throw a wrench in their plan.

Herman Cain insisted Monday he does not want to be called Republican for fear of being saddled with the "dumb things" Republicans have said in the past. Cain also said the black conservative movement is "different from the Republican brand."

To be sure, Cain is not straying from his conservative stances. Instead, he hopes to entice even more African-Americans to join the black conservative movement.

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  • Written by Shannon Travis/CNN
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