2011-12-02 / World

BRIEFS

Cain confers with wife, ponders future

COLUMBIA, S. C. ( AP) — Set to meet with his wife for the first time since a woman came forward claiming she had a 13- year extramarital affair with him, Herman Cain is preparing for one last campaign stop before he decides whether to press forward with his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cain has denied the affair and allegations of unwanted sexual advances from other women. After a campaign stop today in Rock Hill, S.C., before he plans to home to Atlanta to assess whether the accusation of an affair would be enough to force him from the GOP contest.

With a little more than a month before Iowa has its lead- off caucuses, time is working against the Georgia businessman as he tries to steady his campaign.

“ I want to do the assessment that we’ve got to do. Every time a new bit of information comes up, that stimulates another story in the media and that hurts my family and my wife, and it hurts me,” Cain told Fox News Channel on Thursday.

“I’m going to re-establish my reputation,” he added.

It won’t be easy, regardless of whether the allegations are true or not. Cain’s standing in the polls is cratering, supporters are wavering and fundraising is limping.

Violent wind storm lashes California

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Several overturned semis on a Utah highway. Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 123-mph in Colorado.

The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that closed schools, left neighborhoods with a snarl of downed trees and power lines, and prompted some communities to declare emergencies.

The storms, described as a once-in-a-decade event, were the result of a dramatic difference in pressure between a strong, high-pressure system and a cold, low-pressure system, meteorologists said. This funnels strong winds down mountain canyons and slopes.

The system brought high wind warnings and advisories for California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. The blustery weather is expected to eventually hit Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana.

The violent winds eased but strong gusts still blew through the region Thursday night, at times reaching 60 mph in some California mountains. Forecasters said the winds would continue to diminish through today.

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