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February 18th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Some designers make millions on fragrances

When you think of high-end fashion it is usually the clothes that come to mind.

But would you believe the big money-maker for some designers has nothing to do with clothing? Our Alina Cho reports on how some designers make millions on scent, not style.

Filed under: Business
February 18th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Tea Party organizer not for a third party

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – Karin Hoffman, the founder of a Florida Tea Party chapter called DC Works for Us, is echoing Sarah Palin's recent comments that the organization should not field third-party candidates.

"Until a third party would actually pull away from both sides of the equation, it really would be disruptive and kind of diminish what we're trying to do," Hoffman said on CNN's American Morning Thursday. "Our goal is in this election cycle… is on a local level we will identify the candidates that best represent us."

Keep reading this story »

Filed under: Politics
February 18th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

'Flying Tomato' strikes gold

With golds for snowboarder Shaun White, skier Lindsey Vonn and speedskater Shani Davis, plus three other medals, the U.S. wins six Winter Games medals in a day for the first time.

Today, America is looking to snowboarder Shaun White to bring home even more medals. Just yesterday, he won gold in the men's half-pipe. Our Mark McKay is in Vancouver and got a chance to meet the action sports rock star.

Full coverage l Medal tracker | Snowboarder attire outrage Video

Filed under: Olympics
February 18th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Obama to welcome Dalai Lama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Dalai Lama arrives in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 2010."]

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, on Thursday at the White House despite strong objections from the Chinese government.

The meeting has the potential to complicate Sino-U.S. tensions further, which have been rising in recent months.

China has warned the meeting will certainly damage ties with Washington.

"It will seriously undermine the Sino-U.S. political relations," Zhu Weiqun, a senior Communist Party leader in charge of ethnic and religious affairs, said recently. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."

The Dalai Lama has said he favors genuine autonomy for Tibetans, not independence for Tibet. Beijing regards the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a dangerous "separatist," a politician who wishes to sever Tibet from China.

Poll: Most Americans favor Tibetan independence

Obama did not meet with the Dalai Lama during his Washington visit last fall, making it the first time since 1991 a meeting with the U.S. president and Tibetan spiritual leader had not occurred. Ahead of a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama persuaded Tibetan representatives then to postpone the meeting with the Dalai Lama. FULL STORY

Program note: The Dalai Lama goes one-on-one Monday with CNN's Larry King in his first interview after his meeting with President Obama. Hear his thoughts on China, human rights and the situation in Haiti. At 9 p.m. ET Monday on "Larry King Live."

Filed under: World
February 18th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Bickering over stimulus bill

Democrats are marking the stimulus program's one year anniversary with a new name for Republicans: Hypocrites.

The White House is leading the charge, accusing House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of reaping stimulus rewards in his home district while telling the media the program hasn't helped the economy at all.

There was plenty more partisan bickering over the $787 billion bill yesterday, which is now estimated to cost tax payers $862 billion over the next ten years. Our Jim Acosta has the report from Washington.

Filed under: Politics
February 18th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The crash that changed everything for Toyota

Toyota's growing list of problems really came to light after a California Highway Patrol officer and his family were killed when their car took off at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Police say the problem was the floor mat. But as our Deb Feyerick reports, the victims' family is not totally convinced.

Full coverage: Toyota recall

Filed under: Business
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