November 28th, 2011
04:53 PM ET

Cain: Woman is going to falsely accuse me of having an affair

A third woman will make false sexual accusations against Herman Cain, the GOP presidential candidate told CNN Monday.

Cain told CNN's "Situation Room" that the woman will allege that she has had an affair with him.

"This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time," Cain said. "It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend."

Cain said he learned about the accusation after his lawyer talked to a reporter about the accusation.

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November 28th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Mother of missing Arizona girl released from custody

The mother of a missing 5-year-old Arizona girl has been let out of jail, police said Monday, a week after her arrest for alleged child abuse.

The Glendale, Arizona, police department said in a statement that it "has been notified the charge of child abuse (against) Jerice Hunter will not be filed, at this time, by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office," prompting the woman's release.

"This decision will allow the Glendale Police Department to follow up on new leads developed since the (November 21) arrest of Jerice Hunter, ... as well as complete forensic analysis of evidence," police said.

No other details were offered as to what spurred the decision.

But police did say, "The focus and direction of the investigation into the disappearance of Jhessye Shockley has not changed."

Last week, Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs described Hunter as the "lone focus" in the investigation. He did not rule out that others might be involved.

Her young daughter allegedly wandered out of the family's Glendale home on October 11, unnoticed by her 13-, 9- and 6-year-old siblings who were supposed to be watching her, according to Hunter's account. The mother contacted police, saying that she did so after she couldn't find her daughter when she returned home from an errand.

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FAMU drum major's family to sue after suspected hazing death
Florida A&M University student Robert Champion, 26, became ill and died November 20.
November 28th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

FAMU drum major's family to sue after suspected hazing death

A lawyer for the family of Robert Champion, a Florida university drum major who died this month in what officials have called a hazing-related death, said Monday he will file a lawsuit against the school.

"We are intending to file a lawsuit to get answers" about hazing at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, lawyer Chris Chestnut told reporters. "We are concerned about the culture of coverup, that hazing has been covered up at the Band FAMU for generations. So, it's time now that we expose the truth, eradicate this culture, and come up with creative remedies on how to continue the excellence of FAMU's band, but without hazing."

Chestnut said he was not at liberty to discuss the facts of the case, and noted that the medical examiner has not issued a report on the cause of death of the 26-year-old musician. But, he added, the facts that have emerged to date "point to the fact that hazing was a cause of Robert Champion's death, and it was under FAMU's watch."

He said he could not address the scope of the lawsuit, but added, "I can tell you that FAMU will be named in it."

Chestnut described hazing at the school as a don't-ask, don't-tell culture. "The family's message today is: Please, tell."

Because FAMU is a state institution, it is protected by sovereign immunity, which means that Chestnut must file a notice of intention to sue as a prerequisite to the suit, the lawyer said. "After a six-month window, we will file a lawsuit," he added.

"He loved the band - so much, I always called him Mr. Band," Champion's mother, Pam Champion, told reporters. "That was his life."

She added that she was in suburban Atlanta, where the family lives, when she got a phone call informing her of her son's death. The call came shortly after her son had called to say he was coming home for Thanksgiving. "I thought it was some kind of mean joke. ... Maybe it's the wrong kid, maybe it's somebody else."

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November 28th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Texas asks high court to temporarily block redistricting map

Texas officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and temporarily block a controversial congressional redistricting plan from going into effect Monday.

The state's attorney general, Greg Abbott, filed an emergency "application" with the justices, saying a map approved by a federal panel in San Antonio is "fatally flawed." It would increase the number of districts dominated by minorities, especially Hispanic voters.

The court-drawn map was imposed after Democrats and minority groups in Texas challenged the original plan approved by the GOP-led state legislature.

Those seeking public office can begin filing their candidacies Monday, prompting the state's time-sensitive appeal to the high court. "Elections should not proceed based on legally flawed maps that are likely to be overturned on further review," Abbott said in a written statement.

The Supreme Court could allow the court-approved plan to remain in effect for now, or order the judicial panel to redraw the map, a process that could shorten the time candidates would have to campaign. The state's primary election is set for March.

Texas is getting four new congressional seats - more than any other state - after the latest census showed its population grew by 4 million people. The plan drafted by the three-judge panel would give minorities the majority in three of those congressional districts, and could give Democrats more seats statewide.

Gotta Watch: Shopping frenzy
People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the 'Black Friday' shopping weekend.
November 28th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Shopping frenzy

The madness of Black Friday is behind us. Despite an increase in sales it was a day marred by violence at several stores. As we enter Cyber Monday, bargain hunters will be able to take advantage of sales online instead of having to risk hand-to-hand combat in the aisles. While you browse the Web for deals, take a look at some of the craziest moments from Black Friday, from shoppers rioting over a waffle iron or going to great lengths to get a spot in line.

Woman pepper-sprays shoppers – Police say a woman pepper-sprayed fellow customers on Black Friday to make sure she got a hold of a deal at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart. The woman then proceeded to pay for her items and leave before police arrived.


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NATO’s perilous Kunar mission
November 28th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

NATO’s perilous Kunar mission

The mistaken NATO air attack on Pakistani military outposts at the weekend, in which 24 soldiers were killed, was an accident waiting to happen.

The border between Pakistan and the Afghan province of Kunar is probably the most volatile of the entire 1,500-mile frontier that divides the two countries.

It is rugged, remote and home to a variety of insurgent groups – including the Taliban (both Afghan and Pakistani), al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network and the Hezbi Islami Group run by veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

In the words of one Afghan analyst, Kunar represents "the perfect storm."

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November 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Kuwait leader accepts resignations of cabinet, prime minister

[Updated at 10:23 a.m.] The Emir of Kuwait has accepted the resignation of the cabinet and the prime minister and asked them to stay as a caretaker government until a new government is formed, the state-run news agency KUNA said Monday.

The decision comes less than two weeks after anti-corruption protesters forced their way inside Parliament in Kuwait City, pushing for the prime minister's ouster.

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah has had six previous governments brought down by opposition elements over the years. The new wave of protests pushed not just for the downfall of his government but for the prime minister himself to step down.

Many protests chanted that they want to "overthrow" him, using iconic slogans of the Arab Spring."

While Kuwait's leaders worked to quell the protests, opposition leaders vowed their efforts would escalate.

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November 28th, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Charlotte Church calls Murdoch tabloid 'horrific'

Singer Charlotte Church Monday blasted the News of the World tabloid for its decision to publish a lurid story about her father having an affair while her mother was getting treatment for mental illness.

"They knew how vulnerable she was and still printed a story like that, which is just horrific," she said.

The former child star also spoke of her anger at finding out her phone may have been hacked by a private investigator working for the Rupert Murdoch tabloid.

The investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, had details of her phone and those of her parents, friends and former boyfriends, Church said police had told her.


Filed under: Charlotte Church • Media • Rupert Murdoch
November 28th, 2011
10:07 AM ET

The Reads You Need: The relationship between the U.S., Pakistan

Editor's note: Each day, we'll bring you some of the diverse voices from our site and across the Web on the stories causing ripples throughout the news sphere.

Tensions among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States jumped a notch Monday, with Pakistan's prime minister warning there would be "no more business as usual" with Washington after NATO aircraft killed two dozen Pakistan troops.

The Pakistani Taliban urged Pakistan to respond in kind to the airstrike, which NATO called a "tragic unintended" event. The Pakistani military insisted Monday it had not fired first in the incident, and it said it had told NATO its aircraft were firing on friendly troops. Meanwhile, a top adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be on a path to conflict.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in an exclusive interview with CNN Monday that Pakistan was re-evaluating its relationship with the United States.

The relationship between the two countries is a tense but important one to examine. So, today, we'll take a look at what some news outlets and commentators are saying about the future of the relationship and what steps the two countries may have to take to stabilize the increasingly murky and sometimes difficult relationship.

In fog of war, rift widens between U.S. and Pakistan

The New York Times' Steven Lee Myers offers an analysis that looks at the NATO airstrike and how the reactions from both countries reflect "a fundamental truth" about how both are working to secure Afghanistan's borders. Myers says that truth is "tactics of war can easily undercut the broader strategy that leaders of both countries say they share."

"There is no doubt relations are on a knife-edge.

But the apology from Nato and the US will eventually come. Why? Because with American forces pulling out of Afghanistan, Pakistan's role will only become more important. Its roads still supply 49 per cent of the food, fuel and equipment needed by international forces in land-locked Afghanistan.

Both countries need each other more than they like to mention – particularly to their own people.

In Pakistan, the attack has given a weak – but broadly pro-US – government the chance to bolster its nationalist credentials and reassure its public that it is no stooge of Washington. Ministers will shout and scream, and express their outrage. Then, having placated the rabble-rousing opposition leaders, quieted the Islamist marchers and burnished their nationalist colours, they will accept an apology and go back to taking the American dollars.

So too the military. It is the generals who control Afghan policy and it is they who ultimately will decide what comes next. In public they may decry the CIA's drones programme, but they could stop it tomorrow if they wished. Just like the government they are much closer to Washington than they would ever care to admit.

These tensions mean the relationship between the US and Pakistan is in a constant state of crisis. It staggers from one misunderstanding to the next. But that is roughly what passes for normal in this part of the world: this is not the end.

And the dead soldiers, having served their purpose, will be forgotten, mourned only by their families – just as if they had been killed by a militant suicide bomber."

Read the full story here.


November 28th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

UN report: Syrian forces commit 'gross violations' of human rights

Syrian security forces have committed "gross violations of human rights" since anti-government protests began in March, a United Nations report released Monday said.

The U.N. independent international commission on Syria's assessment was based on interviews with 223 victims and witnesses, but observers were not allowed access to the country, the report said.

According to the report, evidence "documents patterns of summary execution, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture, including sexual violence, as well as violations of children's rights."

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November 28th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Afghan president calls for meeting on rape victim's case

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called a high-level judiciary meeting to discuss the case of a rape victim who was jailed because of the attack and has agreed to marry the rapist to get out of prison and legitimize her daughter, the president's spokesman said Monday.

The meeting, scheduled for Thursday in Kabul, was called in reaction to a petition with nearly 5,000 signatures and media inquiries about the case, said Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi.

The woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after she approached authorities to report that her cousin's husband had raped her two years ago.

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November 28th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

A few hurdles for NBA, but then back-to-back-to-back games begin

The NBA players and owners have reached a tentative deal to end the league's months-long lockout and begin play by Christmas Day, but a few hurdles still remain to be cleared.

Both sides need to endorse the tentative agreement, leading to an official collective bargaining agreement and its eventual ratification. Both sides say they expect a resolution to come officially within the week.

"We've reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals. ... We're optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin on December 25 - Christmas Day - a triple-header," NBA Commissioner David Stern said Saturday. He didn't say which teams would play in the holiday games but added that it's expected there will be 66 games this season.

Derek Fisher, president of the National Basketball Players Association, thanked fans for their role during the 149-day lockout.

"Our fans and the support from the people and (their) patience through a large part of this process - that's where a lot of this credit goes to," Fisher said. "The efforts that have been made have been largely with them in mind."

And fans will certainly get their share of makeup games.

It will come in the form of some teams playing back-to-back games to fit their schedules in to the season. At least one pair of back-to-back games will be set for each team, the NBA said in a release breaking down the schedule. But no team will play more than three back-to-back-to-back games scheduled for the season, the league said. This frantic pace of quick turnarounds could also occur during the second round of the playoffs, the NBA said. And it could mean that some teams will have to stretch and make the most of their benches.

But whether some like that schedule setup or not,  having players on the bench ready to jump into the game and onto the court to play after all these months seems to be all that matters to the teams, players and fans.


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November 28th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Monday's live events

We're more than 11 months away from the next presidential election, but that doesn't mean Live is taking it easy between now and Election Day.  We are your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrival - Thanksgiving has come and gone, so bring on Christmas!  Capitol Hill welcomes a 65-foot Sierra white fir this morning.


Filed under: Elections • Politics
November 28th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Pakistan's prime minister issues a warning to U.S.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said there would be "No more business as usual" in Pakistan-U.S relations Monday, days after NATO aircraft killed two dozen Pakistan soldiers.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN, Gilani said Pakistan was re-evaluating its relationship with the United States, adding that the South Asian nation wanted maintain its relationship with the U.S. as long as there is mutual respect and respect for Pakistani sovereignty.

Gilani highlighted incidents such as the killing of the Pakistani troops and a U.S. raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden as violations of his country's sovereignty.

The prime minister also said Pakistan had not yet decided whether to boycott next month's Bonn conference on the future of Afghanistan.

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November 28th, 2011
02:14 AM ET

Occupy protesters defy deadline to evict LA city park

Demonstrators milled about in Los Angeles' City Hall Park early Monday morning, defying a 12:01 a.m. deadline to leave the encampment that had been in place for almost 60 days.

Crystal Page of Good Jobs LA, one of the groups working with the Occupy LA movement, said demonstrators did not intend to vacate.

"We are just prepared to stand in solidarity and to defy a raid (by police) as long as possible."

Sunday night, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the deadline, saying "an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely."

He said the park is being vacated for repairs, and will remain open during normal hours for "the Occupy LA movement and other organizations that wish to exercise their freedom of speech."

Police will walk through the park early Monday handing out flyers about the park closure, he said.

Villaraigosa added police will allow campers "ample time to remove their belongings peacefully and without disruption."


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November 28th, 2011
01:54 AM ET

Teen will not apologize to governor's office for Twitter post

A high school senior, who faces a Monday morning deadline to apologize to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a disparaging tweet, has said she will not write the apology letter.

"I don't think I should write the letter and I don't think it would be the best move for me," Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday night. "At this time, I do not think an apology would be a sincere thing for me to do."

Sullivan said her parents and many of her peers support her decision.

The teen made national headlines last week for a tweet she said was intended just for her friends.

During a Kansas Youth in Government field trip to the state capitol on November 21, Sullivan wrote: "Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot."

The Shawnee Mission East senior says she did not actually talk to Brownback, and the post referenced a joke she had with a student on the trip.

The next day, she was called into the principal's office.

"I had no idea what it was about or why I was being called into the office," she said. "I had never been in trouble before."

A Brownback staffer had notified the principal, she said.

"My principal told me he needed to do damage control and was really upset," Sullivan said. "He said I was an embarrassment to the school and the school district and that I had been disrespectful."

The principal then asked her to write a letter of apology to Brownback and his staff. He set Monday as the due date for the letter.


Filed under: Education • U.S.
November 28th, 2011
01:06 AM ET

Egypt's elections: What will happen and what's at stake

For the first time since the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, Egyptians will be able to choose their representatives to the nation's parliament. Here's a look at what's at stake, how the process will unfold and why some are boycotting the elections.

Q. What are the different stages of the parliamentary elections?

Monday marks the beginning of many rounds of elections for both the upper and lower houses of parliament.

Voting will be carried out in waves - in different months and in different governorates - around the country up until March.

Elections for the lower house are scheduled to take place in three stages, the last one of which is set for January.

Upper house elections will run between January and March, and a presidential vote will follow.

Q. How many parties and candidates are participating?

Egyptians have dozens of political parties and thousands of independent candidates to choose from.

Two-thirds of the seats will be filled by parties, and the other third by open candidates.

The once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, one of the nation's largest organizations, is expected to perform well in the election, which is taking place against the backdrop of demonstrations calling for an immediate end to military rule.

Q. Why are demonstrators still angry?

Demonstrators say they are concerned the military, which would continue to be Egypt's top authority until a president is in place, wants to keep a grip on the country.

Many also have voiced anger about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers.

Military leaders say they will hand over power to a new government when one is elected. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's current ruling body, said presidential elections will be held by June.

Q. How deadly have recent clashes been?

At least 42 people have been killed in the recent demonstrations, including at least 33 in Cairo. An additional 3,250 have been wounded, according to Egypt's health ministry.

Q. What's at stake in these elections?

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and a major player in regional politics. The outcome of its revolution will have wider repercussions.

"It is easy to imagine a spiraling of unrest and violence if elections are perceived as illegitimate by a significant number of Egyptians," Shadi Hamid, an analyst at the Qatar-based branch of the Brookings Institution, wrote recently.

Hamid added that the elections "are so critical for both Egyptians and everyone else who wishes to see Egypt move toward democracy and some modicum of stability."

Q. How do Egyptians feel about the elections?

Some Egyptians are boycotting the parliamentary elections while others say they are excited about the opportunity.

"I fought for these elections in Tahrir Square and even got shot, but I am boycotting them completely," taxi driver Omar Ahmed said. "I don't trust the military one bit ... It's a farce."

But some are hopeful in the streets full of election banners - a strong sign of democracy in a country ruled for 30 years by Mubarak's iron fist.

"I believe the election is a good thing," activist Ashraf Nagi said. "If we are lucky, maybe we'll get rid of (Hussein) Tantawi," chairman of the military council.

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