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2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

New Mexico

Ex-Sen. Domenici admits love child

ALBUQUERQUE - Former Sen. Pete Domenici has disclosed that he fathered a secret child in the 1970s with the 24-year-old daughter of one of his Senate colleagues - a startling revelation for a politician with a reputation as an upstanding family man.

Domenici, 80, and Michelle Laxalt sent statements to the Albuquerque Journal that announced the relationship for the first time and identified their son as Nevada attorney Adam Paul Laxalt.

They said they decided to go public with their decades-old secret because they believed someone was about to release the information in an attempt to smear Domenici.

Domenici and his wife have been married more than 50 years and have eight children. Michelle Laxalt is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt, himself a significant political figure in the 1970s and '80s as he served as Nevada governor and two terms in the Senate alongside Domenici, a Republican.

Michigan

Woman, 104, can't give age on Facebook

GROSSE POINTE SHORES - Facebook is apologizing for a problem that makes a 104-year-old Michigan woman lie about her age on the social media website.

Marguerite Joseph's granddaughter says Facebook won't let Joseph list her real age. Gail Marlow says when she tries inputting her grandmother's birth year as 1908, Facebook changes it to 1928. So for the past two years, the Grosse Pointe Shores centenarian has remained 99 - online, anyway.

Joseph is legally blind and can't hear well, but Marlow reads and responds to all her Facebook messages.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's working to fix a problem limiting use of pre-1910 birth dates.

California

Stanford is 1st college to raise $1B in a year

SAN FRANCISCO - Stanford University has set a record for college fundraising, becoming the first school to collect more than $1 billion in a single year, according to a report released Wednesday.

For the eighth straight year, Stanford ranked first in the Council for Aid to Education's annual college fundraising survey, which shows that elite institutions continue to grab a disproportionate share of donor dollars.

In the 2012 fiscal year, roughly 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities raised $31 billion, 2.3 percent more than the previous year. The record was set in 2008 when schools took in $31.6 billion before fundraising dropped during the depths of the financial crisis.

Topping the list was Stanford at $1.035 billion, followed by Harvard University at $650 million, Yale University at $544 million, the University of Southern California at $492 million and Columbia University at $490 million.

The top 10 fundraising colleges collected $5.3 billion, or 17 percent, of the $31 billion, even though they represent only 0.3 percent of the 3,500 accredited, nonprofit schools included in the survey.

School district sued over yoga program

SAN DIEGO - An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the districtwide classes.

In the lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court, attorney Dean Broyles argued that the twice weekly, 30-minute classes are inherently religious, in violation of the separation between church and state. The plaintiffs are Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock and their children, students in the Encinitas Union district.

South Carolina

Winery tests using ocean to age wine

CHARLESTON - An experiment in the age-old art of winemaking began on Wednesday as a California winery submerged four cases of cabernet sauvignon in Charleston Harbor to see how the ocean affects the aging of the wine.

Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., placed the bottles of wine in yellow steel mesh cages and submerged them offshore in an undisclosed location. In three months, the wine will be removed and subjected to chemical tests and tasting by experts to see what differences it has from wine aged on land. The winery could produce and sell underwater-aged wine if the trial goes well.

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