Weiner not dropping out of NYC mayoral race
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Weiner says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman.
And his wife, Huma Abedin, is standing by him.
Weiner admitted on Tuesday to exchanging racy photos and having X-rated chats with a woman he met online. He had resigned his House seat in June 2011 after acknowledging having sexual conversations with at least a half-dozen women.
The newly revealed correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman involved was not identified. She says their online relationship began in July 2012 and lasted for six months.
Abedin says Weiner "made some horrible mistakes," but that she has forgiven him and believes in him.
SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Woman claims Filner patted her buttocks in 2005
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Another woman is publicly identifying herself as a target of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's advances, saying he patted her buttocks when he was a congressman in 2005.
Laura Fink told KPBS in an interview airing Tuesday that a dinner attendee told Filner that his deputy campaign manager was working her tail off. Filner allegedly told her to turn around, patted her, laughed, and said, "No, it's still there!"
Fink wrote Filner at the time to ask that he apologize for "totally unacceptable" behavior, according to her email posted on KPBS' website. She told KPBS that Filner told her he was sorry but never wrote back.
A Filner spokeswoman didn't answer phone calls or immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
White House backs student loan compromise
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan compromise on student loans that would offer lower interest rates for the next few years.
The White House on Tuesday released a statement urging swift passage of the deal, negotiated over the last few weeks by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. Under the deal, interest rates would be linked to the financial markets.
Interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1 because Congress did not act. Lawmakers say the rate is unacceptably high but they differ on how best to restore them.
Lawmakers are set to consider the bipartisan fix on Wednesday. It would overhaul the entire federal student lending program.
GUN LAWS-NORTH CAROLINA
NC lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill greatly expanding where concealed handguns are legally allowed.
The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn't expressly forbid it.
The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.
The final bill dropped a controversial provision that would have repealed the long-standing law requiring a background check and permit issued by county sheriffs for handgun purchases.
The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.
'I will always love you' on Houston's headstone
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Whitney Houston's grave in New Jersey has been marked with a teardrop-shaped headstone — with an inscription well known to her fans: "I will always love you."
The 48-year-old pop music queen died Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An autopsy found she had drowned accidentally, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing to her death.
She was buried next to her father in Westfield, N.J., about 20 miles west of New York.
Her headstone includes a heart-shaped engraving upon which her image and the words "THE VOICE" are etched in capital letters.
Just below is the inscription "I will always love you," from the Dolly Parton song Houston made famous. Houston's recording of the song was played at her funeral.
College student loses lawsuit over lusty writings
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a Detroit-area university and dismissed a lawsuit by a 57-year-old student who was suspended after writing about his sexual attraction to a teacher.
Federal Judge Patrick Duggan says those words may be appropriate in a karaoke bar, but they don't need to be tolerated by Oakland University. He says there's no violation of Joseph Corlett's free speech rights.
Corlett was suspended in 2012 after writing about his writing instructor, Pamela Mitzelfeld. He compared her to the sexy starlet Ginger from the TV series, "Gilligan's Island." He described Mitzelfeld as "tall, blonde, stacked," among other things.
Corlett titled his essay "Hot for Teacher," the name of a Van Halen song. He lives in Sarasota, Fla. Messages seeking comment were left with his lawyers Tuesday.
Armstrong urges judge to dismiss gov't lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lance Armstrong is urging a federal judge to dismiss the Justice Department's False Claims Act lawsuit against him, arguing that the claims are barred by the statute of limitations.
In the filing Tuesday, lawyers for the disgraced cyclist also argue that the U.S. Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong's team, got exactly what it bargained for — that is, tens of millions of dollars' worth of publicity.
The Justice Department this year joined former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis' whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong. The government claims that Armstrong violated his contract with the Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France bicycle race.
In January, Armstrong admitted using performance-enhancing drugs after years of denials.
Obama to salute Giants on World Series win
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series.
The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
The Giants swept the World Series in October, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after being nearly knocked out in the playoffs. It was their second title in three seasons.
But Obama didn't predict that finish. On the campaign trail last year, the longtime Chicago White Sox fan predicted a World Series between the White Sox and the Washington Nationals.
Salsa recalled after glass pieces found in jars
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The maker of salsas sold at Dollar Tree and Deals, Dollar Express and Dollar Bills stores nationwide is recalling the product after large glass pieces were found in some jars.
Olam Tomato Processors Inc. announced the recall Tuesday of its Mild Chunky Salsa with best-by dates of June 2015 and October 2015, and Medium Chunky Salsa with a best by date of July 2015.
Company spokeswoman Roxana Janka says the glass pieces got into the salsa during the beginning of the manufacturing process, when some of the glass jars were damaged. The pieces were not detected by X-rays at the plant because the machines were not calibrated to detect large glass pieces.
The Fresno, Calif.-based company says there have been no reports of injury.
NEW: 2 teens hurt in fall at Ga.'s Stone Mountain park
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say two teenagers were hospitalized with serious injuries after they fell several hundred feet from a cliff at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, outside Atlanta.
Park spokesman John Bankhead said the two were in a restricted area on the back side of the park when they fell. They were hiking with a man and his 12-year-old son when they wandered into the restricted area, apparently bypassing fences and signs warning visitors to stay out.
Bankhead says the more seriously injured teen was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center. Ange Landress told WSB-TV that her stepson suffered two broken jaws and bruises on his brain and lungs.
The second teen was transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center.
Both teens were alert and conscious when they were being taken from the park.
Created: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:15:20 EST
Updated: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:15:20 EST