Author alleges she was Madoff's 20-year mistress

NEW YORK - Bernard Madoff's decades-long fraud might not have been his only secret. A new book says he had a two-decade affair with one of his investors.

That's in a memoir by Sheryl Weinstein titled 'Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me.' It goes on sale Aug. 25.

A spokesman for book publisher St. Martin's Press said Friday the relationship between Weinstein and Madoff spanned more than 20 years. Both were married.

SC gov. heads for reserve duty

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford headed to Florida on Friday for a refresher course with the Air Force Reserves while a South Carolina ethics panel considered whether to investigate his state plane use and his flights on commercial airlines.

Capt. Sanford, as he is known in the Air Force Reserves, was scheduled for a two-day tour of duty at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City in the Florida Panhandle. The governor's weekend in Florida comes a day after South Carolina's attorney general called for an ethics inquiry into his travel, which has been under scrutiny since he admitted in June to having a mistress in Argentina.

Hacker used Twitter to control infected PCs

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Twitter's been having a rough couple of weeks.

A researcher looking into the attacks that knocked Twitter offline last week discovered another, unrelated security problem.

At least one criminal was using a Twitter account to control a network of a couple hundred infected personal computers, mostly in Brazil. Networks of infected PCs are referred to as 'botnets' and are responsible for so much of the mayhem online, from identity theft to spamming to the types of attacks that crippled Twitter.

More help coming for crews battling Calif. wildfires

DAVENPORT, Calif. - California deployed more fire crews across the state Friday to gain control of growing wildfires that have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Lockheed Fire has prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders for about 2,400 people in the mountain communities of Swanton and Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz County.

Police: Man left ailing mom on floor for 2 days

FREEPORT, N.Y. - A nursing home worker let his ailing mother lie on the floor of their home for two days, stepping over her when he had to and not calling 911 until she was malnourished and dehydrated, police said Friday.

When he finally called 911 and officers got to her, the 64-year-old woman was soiled with her feces and urine, according to police in Long Island's Nassau County. She suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest on the way to a hospital; she was in critical condition and on life support Friday.

The son was identified as 45-year-old Lacy Reid, of Freeport, a porter at a nursing home in North Woodmere. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, which carries as many as seven years in prison.

Archie comic sells for $38K

DALLAS - When comic book store owner Dave Luebke heard that after 67 years, the carrot-topped everyman of the comic world, Archie, was proposing to va-va-voomy rich girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty, he decided to protest by selling his copy of the series' rare first issue.

Luebke's Archie Comics No. 1 sold for $38,837 when Dallas' Heritage Auction Galleries offered it Friday. Heritage spokesman Noah Fleisher said the buyer was a longtime Archie reader and collector from Virginia who did not want to be identified.

FDIC chief says plan won't fly

WASHINGTON - Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair is pushing back against key elements of the Obama administration's financial overhaul plan, saying they wouldn't survive in Congress and calling her own alternatives more viable.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bair said Congress won't approve two major parts of the package: Expanding the Federal Reserve's authority to regulate the largest financial companies and giving a proposed new consumer protection agency examination and enforcement powers over banks.