Briefs, November 15, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 6:30am


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Pelosi to stay as House leader for Democrats

WASHINTON - US Democrat House leader Nancy Pelosi told caucus members yesterday she will stay for another two-year term as their leader. Her decision to stay as minority leader follows the second consecutive election in which Democrats won a minority of seats in the 435-seat House. Maine's senator-elect Angus King announced he will caucus with Democrats, increasing their control in the Senate by a 55-45 margin. Bloomberg

Road repairs ground Russian mission control

MOSCOW - Russia lost the ability to send commands to most of its satellites and its segment of the International Space Station following a power cable failure near Moscow. The Roscosmos space agency attributed the embarrassing malfunction to basic road repair work near the sprawling Korolyov mission control centre outside Moscow. Officials said the problem may take 48 hours to fix and could theoretically delay the November 19 return to earth of three ISS members. AFP

Sex allegation about puppeteer is recanted

NEW YORK - A man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenager has recanted his story. In a quick turnabout, the man described his relationship with Clash as adult and consensual. Clash said he was "relieved this painful allegation has been put to rest". AP

Obama backers want Macy's to dump Trump

WASHINGTON - Macy's, the second-largest US department-store chain, is under pressure to ditch Donald Trump- branded apparel after the billionaire mounted political attacks on President Barack Obama in the election campaign. Almost 500,000 people have added their names to an online petition urging Macy's to end its partnership with Trump, the hosting site, said. The petition was started by Angelo Carusone, who claims credit for TV anchor Glenn Beck's removal by Fox News through his StopBeck effort. Bloomberg

New Microsoft browser available for preview

SAN FRANCISCO - The latest version of Microsoft's Web browser is available to the vast audience connecting to the internet on personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system. The redesigned browser, Internet Explorer 10, made its debut last month when Microsoft released Windows 8. Internet Explorer 10 is being introduced to Windows 7 users in a test mode. AP

Panda is a 'little gift' for San Diego zoo

SAN DIEGO - San Diego zoo's youngest giant panda was officially named Xiao Liwu, or "little gift". The cub was born on July 29 and was named 100 days after its birth, according to tradition. Zoo officials took 7,000 suggestions, chose six and put them up for a vote. More than 35,000 visitors voted on names including Little Gift, Raindrop, Big Sea and Water Dragon. AP