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San Diego mayor accused of harassment reaches proposed settlement

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the city reached a proposed settlement on Wednesday in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former press secretary, the city attorney told reporters. The disclosure of the settlement on the third day of negotiations came on the same day a former star of a reality television show became the 18th woman to publicly … [Read more...]

AAA: Public less worried about dangerous driving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up, according to a national survey released by AAA. … [Read more...]

Kidnapped California teen taken to Idaho calls herself a survivor

By Dan Whitcomb and Marty Graham (Reuters) - Hannah Anderson, a 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a man and taken to Idaho after he killed her mother and younger brother, said in a television interview that she considers herself a survivor who was raised to be strong. The interview, which aired on Wednesday, comes just over a week after Anderson was rescued in the Idaho wilderness by FBI … [Read more...]

Flamboyant Chinese princeling faces final indignity

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China's southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at last year's parliamentary meeting, alternately chastened and combative. In earlier annual sessions of parliament, Bo had swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras … [Read more...]

Factbox: Main players in China’s Bo Xilai scandal

(Reuters) - Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai went on trial on Thursday, charged with bribery, abuse of power and corruption, the final chapter in a scandal that has rocked the political establishment in the world's second-largest economy. Here is a list of the key players in the scandal and what has happened to them: BO XILAI: Bo, 64, is a son of late vice-premier Bo Yibo, making the … [Read more...]

Reality TV star becomes latest woman to accuse San Diego mayor of groping

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former star of a reality TV show on Wednesday became the 18th woman to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of groping or other inappropriate behavior, as settlement talks in a sexual harassment suit against him entered a third day. Filner, meanwhile, was spotted inside City Hall on Wednesday in what was believed to be the first sighting of him there … [Read more...]

County clerk in New Mexico begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A county clerk in southern New Mexico began handing out marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Wednesday, in a move the state's attorney general said he would not seek to stop as courts weigh lawsuits by same-sex couples seeking to wed. Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins told Reuters in a phone interview that his office by mid-afternoon had issued about 35 … [Read more...]

Biden: Son had successful procedure in Texas

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, underwent a medical procedure at a Texas cancer center on Tuesday and will be returning soon to his home state, the vice president's office said Wednesday. … [Read more...]

Release of some NSA docs in response to lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says some of the surveillance documents released by U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday were made public in response to a lawsuit. … [Read more...]

GOP takes an anti-Washington message to town halls

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Microphone in hand, Republican Rep. Jim Renacci gave his constituents a grim report on Washington's gridlock. … [Read more...]

Reported Syria attack tests US hope to avoid war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration searched for answers Wednesday about a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria that would mark the most flagrant violation yet of the U.S. "red line" for potential military action. But the possibility of intervention seemed ever smaller after America's top general offered a starkly pessimistic assessment of options. … [Read more...]