National briefs: Weiner caught sexting again

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NEW YORK -- Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-by-side with his wife to say he won't drop out of the race for mayor of New York City.

"This is entirely behind me," Mr. Weiner, 48, a Democrat, said at an evening news conference, hours after the gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated text messages and a crotch shot that it said the former congressman exchanged with a woman after he left office.

Mr. Weiner admitted sending a woman sexually explicit photos and messages and acknowledged the activity took place as recently as last summer, more than a year after he resigned from the House in disgrace for the same sort of behavior with at least a half-dozen women.

His wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, said: "I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward."

Governor repays loans

RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Robert McDonnell announced Tuesday that he and his wife have repaid more than $120,000 to Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams Sr. and apologized for the first time for the controversy involving the prominent donor.

The McDonnells paid back $52,278.17 for a $50,000 loan made to Maureen McDonnell in 2011 and $71,837 for loans made last year to a real estate company the governor owns with his sister. The loans were repaid by the governor, the real estate company or Mr. McDonnell's family, the statement said.

Homeland Security pick

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company run by Anthony Rodham to secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation.

Flexible work schedules

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Women are less likely than men in high-status jobs to be given flexible work schedules to pursue career-development opportunities, according to a recent Yale University study.

The study, published in the July issue of the Journal of Social Issues, found that managers were more likely to grant men flexible working schedules.

Feds recover plane data

NEW YORK -- Federal investigators have recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of a plane whose front landing gear collapsed, sending it skidding along the tarmac at New York City's LaGuardia Airport.

The recorders were recovered Tuesday afternoon, one day after the hard landing caused LaGuardia's temporary closure. Officials say the recorders were sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's lab in Washington, D.C., for downloading and analysis.

The nose gear of Southwest Airlines Flight 345 arriving from Nashville, Tenn., collapsed Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, officials said.

Ten passengers were treated at the scene, and six were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

-- Compiled from news services



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