Briefs 11-15


Top general in Afghanistan says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with sex scandal inquiry

WASHINGTON — After two days of silence, the top general in Afghanistan says he will “fully cooperate” with the investigation ordered into communications he had with a Tampa socialite at the center of the military’s sex scandal.

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen released a statement through his lawyer Wednesday night saying he’ll cooperate and that he instructed his staff to do the same.

The lawyer, Col. John G. Baker, says Allen wants questions in the probe resolved as quickly and completely as possible.

The Pentagon inspector general is looking into emails exchanged between Allen and Jill Kelley. The inquiry came after Kelley complained about another matter — emails sent to her by the woman identified as the mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus.

Romney: Obama won by promising ‘gifts’ to minorities, youth

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president’s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant.

“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. “He made a big effort on small things.”

Romney said his campaign, in contrast, had been about “big issues for the whole country.” He said he faced problems as a candidate because he was “getting beat up” by the Obama campaign and that the debates allowed him to come back.

In the call, Romney didn’t acknowledge any major missteps, such as his “47 percent” remarks widely viewed as denigrating nearly half of Americans, his lack of support for the auto bailout, his call for illegal immigrants to “self-deport,” or his change in position on abortion, gun control and other issues. He also didn’t address the success or failure of the campaign’s strategy of focusing on the economy in the face of some improvement in employment and economic growth during the months leading up to Election Day.

Obama won the popular vote by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent, and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks showed that Obama led Romney by 11 percentage points among women and won better than 7 of 10 Hispanic voters and more than 9 of 10 black voters.

Teacher sues Calif. district, says her breastfeeding needs were not accommodated

CARMEL, Calif. — A former California school teacher accuses school officials in a lawsuit of failing to accommodate her breastfeeding schedule.

The Monterey Herald reports that Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle has sued the Carmelo School, where she worked, and the Carmel Unified School District, alleging discrimination and wrongful termination.

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 30.

Boyle says before returning to work, she told a manager at the school that she would need about 15 minutes every day between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to pump her breasts.

Boyle claims the manager told her to train her breast not to make milk then, and the district made no accommodations to allow her to feed her newborn. According to Boyle, she later received a negative evaluation and was urged to resign.

By wire sources