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DR. PHIL CLEARS MANTI
NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Phil McGraw says Manti Te'o was not involved in setting up the dead girlfriend hoax that became a sensation when it was exposed this month, and that the man who masterminded the scheme did so because he was "deeply, romantically" in love with the Notre Dame linebacker.
McGraw spoke on the "Today" show this morning, previewing an interview he did with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a California man who set up the fake identity of Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo's interview with McGraw will air in two parts on the "Dr. Phil Show" starting tomorrow.
ACTOR MARRIES PARTNER
HONOLULU (AP) — The actor best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s has married his male partner of 38 years. Hawaii News Now reports Jim Nabors and his partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15. Gay marriage became legal in Washington state last month.
The 82-year-old Nabors says you've got to solidify something when you've been together as long as they have. The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. Cadwallader is 64.
HUMPBACK FLIPS KAYAK
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials say a 60-year-old man was slightly injured when a humpback whale flipped his kayak. KITV-TV reports that fire crews found the kayaker about 100 yards off-shore on yesterday afternoon as he was signaling for help with his paddle. Officials say a tour boat helped to get the kayaker aboard their vessel. The man was then transferred to a private vessel and returned to shore.
FISHERMEN DEFEAT GIL NET BAN
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii fishermen organized successfully to kill a bill that would have limited the type of nets they use to fish. Fishermen crowded a Senate hearing to protest a proposal to end the use of synthetic gill nets.
Many cited the importance of fishing to their livelihood and the significance of the practice to Native Hawaiian culture.
GIFFORDS APPEALS FOR GUN CONTROL
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a dramatic appeal, wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Congress on Wednesday to enact tougher curbs on guns, saying, "too many children are dying" without them.
"The time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous, Americans are counting on you," she told the Senate Judiciary Committee at Congress' first gun control hearing since 20 elementary school children were shot to death in Newtown, Conn., late last year.
NEIGHBORS: SUSPECTED GUNMAN IN STANDOFF 'PARANOID'
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of killing a school bus driver and taking a child hostage in an ongoing standoff say he was paranoid and combative.
The standoff went through the night after the gunman boarded a stopped school bus in the small town of Midland City on Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors say the suspect is Jimmy Lee Dykes. Mike Smith, who lives across the street, said Wednesday that Dykes once threatened to shoot his children when the family's dogs entered his property.
TOYOTA RECALLS 1.29M VEHICLES FOR AIR BAGS, WIPERS
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota is recalling over one million cars around the world for faulty air bags and defective windshield wipers.
The move comes just days after Toyota regained its spot as the world's No. 1 automaker from U.S. rival General Motors Co., with global vehicle sales that climbed to a record 9.748 million vehicles. The company is now recalling 907,000 cars, mostly Corollas, due to air bags that can improperly inflate when the vehicle's electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags. It also is recalling 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars with wipers that can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall.