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Porn star says Weiner told her to lie about texts

Porn star says Weiner told her to lie about texts

NEW YORK -- A former porn actress who exchanged emails and messages over Twitter with Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday that he asked her to lie about their interactions, while a growing chorus of lawmakers pressed for his resignation as the scandal enveloping the congressman enters its third week.

Weiner has told friends he wanted to speak with his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, before deciding whether to resign. She returned to Washington early Wednesday from a trip to Africa with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Nightclub dancer Ginger Lee is the latest in a series of women who said they received sexually charged messages from the seven-term congressman. The scandal began when Weiner posted a picture of his underwear-clad crotch on Twitter, then lied about it and said his account was hacked. Weiner acknowledged last week during a teary press conference that he had sent lewd photos and messages to about six women over three years.

Arizona wildfire is officially state's largest in history

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The fire burning in eastern Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is now the largest in state history, although nowhere near the most damaging to homes.

The Wallow fire has forced nearly 10,000 people to evacuate in several small mountain communities and two larger towns on the forest edge. It has burned 32 homes and four rental cabins.

Fire command team spokesman Alan Barbain spokesman said Wednesday the blaze has consumed 478,452 acres of forest -- 4,911 in New Mexico and 473,541 in Arizona.

That makes it larger than 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire.

The Chediski started as a signal fire and joined with the Rodeo, which was intentionally set by a firefighter who needed work. Together they burned 732 square miles, destroyed 491 buildings and cost about $400 million to fight.

U.S. Rep. Giffords released from Houston hospital

HOUSTON -- Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from a Houston hospital on Wednesday, five months after being shot in the head during a political event.

Giffords will move to League City, a town 26 miles south of Houston, to a home owned by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. She will continue therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation since late January.

Giffords, who was shot in the left side of her head and has been struggling to re-learn how to speak and walk, will be assisted by a 24-hour home health care provider, according to a statement from the hospital.

Officials: Worker stowed away on US Airways flight

PITTSBURGH -- Authorities say a US Airways employee was stopped in Pittsburgh after allegedly stowing away on an earlier flight from Florida to North Carolina.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the employee was stopped shortly before noon on Tuesday after getting off a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says it's investigating whether the employee improperly used his airport credentials to get on a flight traveling from Tampa, Fla., to Charlotte, N.C. He was spotted leaving the cargo area. The employee's airport access credentials were revoked pending an investigation.

Police look for truck in missing student case

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Police made a new bid for help in finding a missing Indiana University student on Wednesday, releasing security camera images showing her just before she left for a night out and showing a pickup truck spotted near where she was last seen.

Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters said investigators want to talk with anyone who was in the truck, although they don't know whether it is connected to the disappearance of 20-year-old Lauren Spierer.

European crisis sends oil prices down 4 percent

NEW YORK -- The financial crisis in Europe is sending oil prices back to where they were four months ago.

Oil prices fell more than 4 percent Wednesday on worries that a financial crisis in Greece could spread, with European banks getting burned if the country defaults on its debt. That sent the dollar surging.