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Test Broadcast of Government's National Warning System Set for Wednesday

This is a test of the Emergency Alert System – a very special test.

For the first time, the federal government will actually break into programming nationwide to test its emergency communications backbone. At approximately 2:00 pm EST on Wednesday, radio and TV stations will sound a loud tone and an announcement about testing the nationwide emergency alert system.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:40pm

Reports: HPV Vaccination Could Save Screening Trouble

Widespread vaccination against cervical cancer could reduce the need for burdensome screenings, U.S. and Finnish researchers said on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:40pm

Beshear Wins a Second Term in Kentucky

Updated at 9:25 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear resoundingly won re-election in Kentucky. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press has called the race for Beshear, who leads Republican state Senate President David Williams, 58 percent to 32 percent. Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith was pulling in 11 percent of the vote.

"It was a long year," said Williams in a statement. "Richie and I put forward a real plan for real jobs. I remain convinced that while the messenger wasn't popular, the agenda is correct."

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:40pm

White House Tripped Up—Again—by Open Microphones

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Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:40pm

What Do Kobe Bryant, Anna Nicole Smith and Herman Cain Have in Common?

Let the celebrity lawyer wars begin.

Herman Cain's camp is trying to impeach one of the witnesses against him, Sharon Bialek, by deriding her outspoken feminist lawyer, Gloria Allred, as a sort of gold-plated ambulance chaser.

"A celebrity lawyer who specializes in generating publicity for herself and her clients," is how Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon described the LA legal maven who has, in fact, represented ex-girlfriends of Tiger Woods and Anthony Weiner, a former Spice Girl and O.J. Simpson's in-laws, among others.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:40pm

Don't Overreact to U.N. Nuclear Report on Iran, Says White House

The Obama administration insists that a major new U.N. report on Iran’s nuclear program does not imply that Iran is significantly further along in its efforts to manufacture or obtain a nuclear explosive. But officials on Tuesday challenged Iran to respond to evidence that it continues to work clandestinely to build an atomic bomb.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cain Won't Withdraw From Presidential Race

Herman Cain insisted Tuesday that the women who have accused him of sexual harassment are not telling the truth, and said he will continue his run for the Republican presidential nomination. "I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period."

Speaking against a backdrop of American flags at a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., on the same day a second accuser went public with accusations of sexual harassment against him, Cain said he has no intention of withdrawing from the race.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Pa. Lawmaker Asks Education Department to Investigate Penn State

Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., a former U.S. attorney, sent a letter on Tuesday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking the department to investigate Penn State University in the wake of a 40-count indictment against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for allegedly sexually abusing eight young boys over a 15-year period.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cardin Says He's Not Optimistic Panel Will Spare Feds

A senator with a large federal employee constituency said on Monday that he would not be surprised if the super committee decides to cut federal workers' retirement benefits as part of its deficit reduction plan.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Gingrich: Cain Owes Woman and Public an Explanation

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that fellow Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain owes the public and his most recent accuser, Sharon Bialek, an answer to her charges that he made an unwanted and aggressive sexual overture to her 14 years ago.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm