In brief: Cain accuser cited ‘several instances’

Washington – The National Restaurant Association confirmed Friday that it had paid a financial settlement to a woman who complained of sexual harassment by Herman Cain, and the woman’s lawyer issued a statement saying the complaint involved “several instances” of “inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances.”

The attorney, Joel Bennett, said the allegations in 1999 involved multiple instances “over a period of time, at least a month or two.” He did not identify his client, one of two women reported to have received monetary settlements involving allegations against Cain during his three-year tenure as leader of the trade group.

The restaurant association, in its statement, said “Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations” at the time and the settlement was made “without any admission of liability.”

Study: Hormone therapy helps bones

A significant rise in hip fractures among women is one result of the decade-long slide in the popularity of hormone replacement therapy, researchers report in a new study.

The landmark Women’s Health Initiative study showed unequivocally that hormone therapy helps strengthen women’s bones and prevents fractures of hip, wrist and spine by 27 percent to 35 percent. However, hormone use fell out of favor after studies in 2002 showed it raised the risk of breast cancer and did not lower heart-disease risk and, in fact, may elevate the risk in some women.

While hormone therapy is clearly a trade-off, the benefits to bone health from taking hormones may have been lost on doctors and women over the last decade, said the authors of the new study, from the University of Southern California.

Driver strikes Occupy DC protesters

Washington – A car drove through a crowd near an Occupy DC protest and struck three people, District of Columbia authorities said early today.

D.C. fire department spokesman Lon Walls said the three were transported to two area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. He said some injuries were “fairly serious.”

Hundreds of protesters affiliated with Occupy DC shut down streets Friday near the city’s convention center in downtown Washington, where a conservative group was holding a gathering. Fox 5 reported that the vehicle struck two people, kept driving, and then struck a third person.

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells tweeted that the driver was “stopped further up and in custody.” He added that police would be checking his blood alcohol content.


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