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Petraeus, Broadwell shared email account

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Ex-CIA director David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell used draft emails in a shared account to communicate privately, sources close to the U.S. investigation say.

Sources told CBS News the emails were never actually transmitted, a ruse used by teenagers, terrorists and others who want to communicate electronically without the risk of being hacked. The FBI began the investigation because of the possibility Broadwell herself had hacked Petraeus' email.

The FBI investigation that led to Petraeus' resignation now includes U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

At the same time, an FBI agent investigating Petraeus' extramarital affair was banned from the probe after he allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa, Fla., woman whose close friendship with Petraeus is tied to his downfall, The Wall Street Journal reported.

FBI officials were to brief the Senate and House intelligence committees about the case Tuesday.

Concerning Allen, the FBI uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of "potentially inappropriate" emails between the four-star general and Kelley, a senior defense official told The Washington Post.


Obama, labor parley on tax hikes for rich

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Labor and progressive leaders met with U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday to discuss his push for higher taxes on upper-income earners.

The White House session started at 11:51 a.m. EST and was over by 12:50 p.m., an administration official said.

Jim Messina, a former Obama deputy chief of staff for operations who headed up the president's re-election campaign, was asked what's next when spotted by reporters as he left the White House after the meeting.

"I am going to go to Italy and figure out how to become an expert in red wine for a couple weeks," he replied.

Asked if he had seen Obama, Messina said only, "Take care, guys."

AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser told The Wall Street Journal ahead of the meeting union leaders aren't demanding anything that would jeopardize lawmakers' base.

"We're not asking anyone to do anything that is politically courageous. It's not politically courageous to implement the broad mandate that the president and Democrats received to raise taxes on the top 2 percent," Hauser said.


Poll: Obamacare repeal sentiment wanes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Support for repealing U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law hit a record low following his re-election, pollsters said.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey that has tracked the popularity of the legislation since Obama signed it in March 2010 found just 33 percent of Americans, 1-in-3, want to see the law repealed.

The survey comes as even some of the so-called Obamacare's harshest critics acknowledged it is here to stay.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, noted "Obamacare is the law of the land" and said his majority would stop trying to repeal it, The Hill reported.

Forty-three percent of Americans said they had a favorable view of the law and 39 percent said they did not.

The poll was conducted Nov. 7-10 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.


Murder-suicide suspected in 5 Ohio deaths

TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The deaths of three children and two adults may have been a murder-suicide in a custody dispute involving another family member, police in Toledo, Ohio, said.

A Toledo woman, her adult son and three children -- identified as woman's grandchildren and nieces of the other adult -- were found dead Monday inside a car parked in the family's attached garage, The Blade reported.

Police identified the family members as Sandy Ford, 56; Andy Ford, 32; Paige Hayes, 10; Logan Hayes, 7; and Madalyn Hayes, 5.

Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said officers were called by Randy Ford, 60, Sandy Ford's husband, requesting a welfare check. Heffernan said Randy Ford returned home from work Monday afternoon and found notes from his wife, son and grandchildren.

Police said Sandy Ford was the children's primary care-giver and that Andy Ford lived in the home. The children's parents, who lived elsewhere, were working to obtain full custody of the children, which police said led the two adults to conspire in killing the children and themselves.


Report claims $2B in diamond thefts

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe's president is denying a non-profit's report that his inner circle has plundered $2 billion in so-called "blood diamonds" since 2008.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling elite have become rich at the country's expense, Partnership Africa Canada said. Zimbabwe's Marange fields, one of the world's riches diamond deposits, should have created at least $2 billion to help build roads, hospitals and schools in the impoverished country. Instead, people close to Mugabe have become inexplicably wealthy, while the nation's finance minister says only a quarter of the promised $600 million has come into the treasury, Voice of America reported Tuesday.

The group called $2 billion a "conservative estimate."

The report was timed to release during a national conference on the nation's diamond trade in Victoria Falls.

Mugabe government officials denounced the report as a "smoke-screen" put forth by governments whose sanctions harm the nation's diamond trade with unfair claims about mining practices.


Three more die in Tuscany floodwaters

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Three more people have died in flooding caused by heavy rains in central and northern Italy, officials said Tuesday.

Three employees of Italian energy company ENEL died Monday night when the bridge they were driving over collapsed from torrential rains that overwhelmed the Albegna River in Tuscany, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

A 73-year-old man died in the same area Monday when his car was swept off the road by flood waters from the Chiarone River.

In Venice, tourists wearing bathing suits took pictures of themselves in waist-high water.

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