New Life for Old Accusation Against Al Gore

Case Not Closed

Portland police are reopening the investigation into claims by a massage therapist that she was groped by Al Gore at a hotel four years ago. They say there were procedural issues with the 2009 investigation that was closed for lack of eviden ce.

A Gore family spokesman says the former vice president unequivocally and emphatically denies the allegation and that "further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore."

Audio of the accuser's statement to investigators last year has been released:


ACCUSER: He turned to me and he immediately flipped me flat on my back and threw his whole body face down over atop me, pinning me down and outweighing me by quite a bit.

Get off me, you big lummox! I loudly protested to him."


After the alleged incident -- the woman says she was dissuaded from contacting police by liberal friends, one of whom, "was basically asking me to just suck it up -- otherwise the world's going to be destroyed from global warming."

Flu Fever

Last year after repeated warnings and briefings from U.S. officials Americans worried about H1N1 vaccine shortages and waited in lines for hours to be immunized. 

Now, 40 million doses of the vaccine produced for the U.S. public, worth about $260 million, have expired and will be incinerated. About 30 million more doses may also expire, meaning 43 percent of the supply will have gone to waste. 

A Health and Human Services spokesman says despite many unused doses, it was better to have too much than too little. 

One to Talk

Iran is strongly condemning the Canadian police for arresting hundreds of protesters during the G20 summit, calling it human rights abuse. 

The National Post reports Iran's foreign minister says, "the use of various violent tools and ways to counter a peaceful rally is by no means justified... [it] is a blatant breach of basic rights of citizens to freedom of expression." 

Last fall an Iranian official said 36 people were killed in post-election violence in that country. Witnesses say police used tear gas, water cannons, batons, and live ammunition to combat protesters. The opposition put the death toll at 72.