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Herman Cain accuser stands by claim of longtime affair

Washington ? An Atlanta businesswoman who has asserted she had a longstanding affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain stood by her story Wednesday despite his denials, saying she was not proud to admit it."Our relationship was on and off for the last 13, 14 years," Ginger ...

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire buying Omaha World-Herald newspaper

Omaha ? Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said Wednesday that it is buying the Omaha World-Herald Co. and expanding the firm's newspaper holdings despite Buffett's misgivings about the industry.Berkshire said that it had agreed to buy Buffett's hometown newspaper. Terms of the deal, which ...

First Penn State abuse suit against Jerry Sandusky comes from new accuser

Philadelphia ? Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times and threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a new accuser who is not part of the criminal case.The 29-year-old, identified only ...

Feisty Herman Cain presses ahead with bid

West Chester, Ohio ? His campaign rocked anew, a feisty Herman Cain claimed a "groundswell of positive support" from backers on Wednesday and accused critics of trying to derail his White House bid as he worked to stem the fallout from allegations of a 13-year extramarital affair."They're ...

Senate, Obama clash on bill authorizing military detention of terror suspects

Washington ? President Barack Obama and Congress are on a collision course over legislation that essentially would require certain terrorism suspects to be held in military custody, and a veto threat appeared to have no effect.The White House argues that such a law would limit flexibility in ...

After hiking taxes, Ill. now considers easing them

Springfield, Ill. ? What a state takes away, it also can give back.Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave the state, including Sears and the ...

Senate rejects effort to strip detainee provision

Washington ? The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort to strip divisive provisions from a defense bill that deal with the capture and handling of suspected terrorists, setting up a showdown with the White House.The resounding 60-38 vote sent a strong message to the Obama administration, which ...

House votes to ease airport screening for troops

Washington ? The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow military travelers on official duty to get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster.The bill, approved 404-0, would give the Homeland Security Department six months to devise a preference system for the ...

Cain on Kansas GOP caucus ballot

Topeka ? Republican Herman Cain will be on the Kansas Republican presidential caucus ballot.The state GOP made the announcement on Tuesday, the same day that Cain said he was reassessing whether to continue his campaign in light of new allegations he had a 13-year affair with an Atlanta ...

Ohio officials take 200-pound boy from mother

Cleveland ? The case of an 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy taken from his family because he weighs more than 200 pounds has renewed a debate on whether parents should lose custody if a child is severely obese.The boy was removed from his family and was placed in foster care in October after ...

Boy who accused Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky disputes defense’s approach

Harrisburg, Pa. ? A newly hired lawyer for a high school student described by prosecutors as a sexual abuse victim of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Tuesday that he has been distressed to hear Sandusky's attorney dispute the charges.Slade McLaughlin said his client stands ...

US to pay $2.5M in tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens’ 2001 anthrax death

Miami ? More than a decade after tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens became the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has agreed to pay his widow and family $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit, according to documents released Tuesday.Stevens, 63, died on Oct. 5, 2001, ...

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

Dallas ? The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago.The company also replaced its CEO, and the incoming leader said American would ...

House voting to ease airport screening for troops

Washington ? Military travelers on official duty would get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster under a bill before the House.Lawmakers plan to vote Tuesday on the bill, which would give the Homeland Security Department six months to devise a new system. Passage ...

Study: Number of uninsured American children fell 14 percent

Miami ? A new study shows the number of uninsured children in the U.S. has dropped by 1 million in the past three years even as the number living in poverty has risen.The report by Georgetown University looks at new data from the Census Bureau. It said the number of uninsured children dropped ...

Landline Kansans more Republican than cell phone users, according to poll

Topeka ? Hold the phone. A recent SurveyUSA poll shows a political divide among Kansans on whether they use a landline telephone or cell phone.Home phone respondents are more Republican than cell phone users, SurveyUSA found.The poll taken earlier this month showed that Republican Mitt Romney ...

Student says he was beaten after arrest in Cairo

Forced to lie still for hours in the dark, the American students held during protests in Egypt were told they would be shot if they moved or made any noise, one of them said Sunday on his first full day home.“It was the most frightening experience of my life, I believe,” Derrik Sweeney ...

Medicare’s drug coverage gap shrinks

Washington ? Medicare’s prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs.The “doughnut hole,” an anxiety-inducing catch in an otherwise popular benefit, will shrink about 40 percent for ...

‘12 Days of Christmas’ items now top $100K

Pittsburgh ? The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” above $100,000 for the first time.Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold ...