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Yemen president of 33 years quits amid uprising

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Yemen’s authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed Wednesday to step down amid a fierce uprising to oust him after 33 years in power. The U.S. and its powerful Gulf allies pressed for the deal, concerned that a security collapse in the impoverished Arab nation was allowing an active al-Qaida franchise to gain a firmer foothold. Saleh is the fourth Arab leader toppled in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, after longtime dictators fell in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The deal gives Saleh immunity from prosecution – contradicting a key demand of Yemen’s opposition protesters.

Medvedev: Russia may target US missile shield

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin. Dmitry Medvedev said he still hopes for a deal with the U.S. on missile defense, but he strongly accused Washington and its NATO allies of ignoring Russia’s worries. He said that Russia will have to take military countermeasures if the U.S. continues to build the shield without legal guarantees that it will not be aimed against Russia.

GOP’s Romney defends ad’s use of Obama 2008 line

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is defending a TV ad that quotes President Barack Obama out of context, signaling he’s ready for bare-knuckled campaigning despite sharp complaints from Democrats and some neutral observers. Romney said while campaigning in Iowa Wednesday that the ad is fair game, and underscores how the former Massachusetts governor stressing his decades in the private sector intends to confront the president if Romney is the GOP nominee next year.

Thanksgiving travel rush is under way across US

CHICAGO (AP) – Undeterred by costlier gas and airfare, millions of Americans set out Wednesday to see friends and family in what is expected to be the nation’s busiest Thanksgiving weekend since the financial meltdown more than three years ago. The rough economy led people to find ways to save money, but many refused to scrap their travel plans.

Medicare chief steps aside in political impasse

WASHINGTON (AP) — The point man for carrying out President Barack Obama’s health care law will be stepping down after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate, the White House announced Wednesday. Medicare chief Don Berwick, a Harvard professor widely respected for his ideas on how to improve the health care system, became the most prominent casualty of the political wars over a health care overhaul whose constitutionality will be now decided by the Supreme Court.

Bachmann: Fallon song choice shows sexism, bias

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann lashed out Wednesday at NBC for not apologizing or taking immediate disciplinary action for an off-color song played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night.” In her first comments on the flap, Bachmann said on the Fox News Channel that the Fallon show band displayed sexism and bias by playing a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song as she walked onstage for Tuesday’s show. The title of the song is “Lyin’ Ass B—-.”

Safety questions fly as highway trucks get heavier

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Officially, the national weight limit for freight trucks on interstate highways is 40 tons. In reality, trucks are getting heavier in more states – legally – and advocates for highway safety and the trucking industry are sharply at odds about it. Trucks heavier than 80,000 pounds are allowed to operate on federal highways in at least 20 states. Congress added Maine and Vermont to the list last week, granting exceptions to allow trucks up to 100,000 pounds on interstates there for the next 20 years. The change went into effect Friday when President Barack Obama signed it.

Sticky goo on Pa. turnpike disables about 150 cars

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the Turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night, Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said.

FBI arrests 7 in Amish haircut attacks in Ohio

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) – The leader of a breakaway Amish group allowed the beatings of those who disobeyed him, made some members sleep in a chicken coop and had sexual relations with married women to “cleanse them,” federal authorities said as they charged him and six others with hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish. Authorities raided the group’s compound in eastern Ohio on Wednesday morning and arrested seven men, including group leader Sam Mullet and three of his sons.

Settlement in Hulk Hogan divorce case in Fla.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – Court records show a financial settlement has been agreed upon between wrestler Terry Bollea – better known as Hulk Hogan – and his ex-wife. The St. Petersburg Times (http://bit.ly/vGbAkV) reports Linda Bollea received a little more than 70 percent of the couple’s liquid assets in their divorce settlement.

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