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OREG0N: Portland police looking again into

sexual allegations against Gore

Police said Wednesday they are reopening an investigation into a Portland massage therapist's allegations that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at a hotel in 2006. In a brief statement, the Portland Police Bureau did not say why it was reopening the inquiry. Earlier they said they had considered the case closed because there was no evidence. Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for the former vice president, said Gore "unequivocally and emphatically" denied making unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and that he welcomed the investigation. The masseuse alleges Gore made unwanted advances during an appointment on Oct. 24, 2006, at the downtown Hotel Lucia, where Gore was reportedly registered as "Mr. Stone." He was in Portland to deliver a speech on climate change. The National Enquirer first reported the allegations a week ago. According to transcripts of a January 2009 police interview, the masseuse said Gore groped and kissed her and pinned her down on a bed. She told Gore he was acting like a "crazed sex poodle," according to the transcript. The woman said she felt then that there would be consequences if she didn't cooperate.


MONTANA: Four found dead in crashed plane

Authorities found four bodies in the wreckage of a 1968 Piper Arrow on Wednesday on a rugged hillside in northwestern Montana, about 80 miles south of Kalispell, bringing a tragic end to a 2 1/2-day search for a group of friends who went out for an afternoon sightseeing trip. Family members awaiting word in Moiese, headquarters of the National Bison Range, broke down on hearing of the deaths of pilot and recent University of Montana graduate Sonny Kless, 25, University of Montana law student Brian Williams and newspaper reporters Erika Hoefer, 27, from Beloit, Wis., and Melissa Weaver, 23, from Billings.


NATIONWIDE: Sony recalls notebook laptops

Sony issued a voluntary worldwide recall Wednesday of 535,000 Vaio laptops because they can overheat and pose a burn risk. About 233,000 of the notebook computers were sold in the United States. The company has received 30 reports of overheated computers, but no reports of injuries. The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers, with "VAIO" printed on the front panel. They were sold by Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Amazon.com and Sony Style and other retailers and business suppliers. The remedy for this recall is simple: Update your laptop's firmware. The recall, reported by The Wall Street Journal, applies to F and C-Series Vaio laptops sold since January.

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