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Cain denies he's a sex pest

REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Herman Cain has denied he sexually harassed former employees .

Mr Cain, who is best known for his management of a pizza restaurant chain, stunned the political establishment with his rise from national obscurity to the top of the polls.

Yesterday, the candidate declared he had been falsely accused of sexual harassment in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association.

He said the allegations that are surfacing now are part of a "witch-hunt".

Glee star's dad brutally killed

The estranged father of singer Charice Pempengco of the hit TV show Glee has been stabbed to death in her hometown just south of Manila.

Philippines police said Ricky Pempengco (40) was at a store in San Pedro township when he accidentally brushed against a drunk man.

The angry suspect stabbed Mr Pempengco with an ice pick in the chest and back, killing him instantly.

Mr Pempengco was estranged from his daughter, Charice, a 19-year-old singer who had a role on the second season of Glee.

Stranded ship breaking up

The condition of a cargo ship stranded on a New Zealand reef for nearly a month has worsened, and authorities say they are preparing for it to break apart.

Salvage crews have been in a stop-start race to remove oil from the vessel Rena to prevent it from leaking into the ocean.

An estimated 385 tons remain on board. The ship has been stranded since October 5.

Cop suspected

of fowl play

A US prosecutor has claimed a sheriff is not qualified to do his job because he pleaded guilty to stealing Cornish game hens more than three decades ago.

Prosecuting attorney Cody Hiland filed a petition asking for Searcy County, Arkansas Sheriff Kenney Cassell's removal from office.

Mr Cassell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour crime in 1979. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $300 fine.