Roethlisberger accused of sex assault in suit

RENO, Nev. - A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last summer in his penthouse room at a casino in Lake Tahoe during a celebrity golf tournament.

Roethlisberger's lawyer adamantly denied the allegations Tuesday.

'Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone. The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct. If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated,' David Cornwell said in a statement.

The claim seeks at least $390,000 in damages from the quarterback, who has won two Super Bowls.

Browne settles with GOP

LOS ANGELES - Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit and received an apology from Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over use of his song 'Running on Empty' during last year's presidential campaign.

The settlement announced Tuesday includes a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians' work without proper permission in future campaigns.

Browne sued McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party last year over use of 'Running on Empty' in a Web ad mocking Democrat Barack Obama's proposed energy policies.

Alleged crimes probed in cost of memorial

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said a probe of taxpayer costs tied to Michael Jackson's memorial has 'criminal aspects.'

Trutanich told members of the City Council Tuesday that investigators have interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, and the probe 'raises both civil and criminal aspects.'

The financially desperate city has been facing a backlash after spending an estimated $1.4 million for police and other services during the Jackson event earlier this month.