WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is dismissing his offer to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry as merely “an outrageous number to answer an outrageous charge.” Romney tells Fox News he made the offer in Saturday’s Republican presidential debate because Perry erroneously claimed that he deleted parts of his book, “No Apology” that referred to Romney’s support for a health care mandate. Romney say the offer was hyperbole, like saying “I’ll bet you a million bucks.”
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters say by shutting down ports up and down the West Coast today, they hope to stop big corporations from earning a profit. Occupy groups are planning blockades from Anchorage to San Diego. The union representing longshoremen up and down the West Coast is distancing itself from the shutdown effort.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are lower as the trading day gets under way on Wall Street. Initial enthusiasm over last week’s agreement on fixing the European debt crisis is replaced by worries that it won’t be enough. While the deal calls for tighter oversight on future budgets for the countries that use the euro, it doesn’t help cut existing debt. Meanwhile, workers are striking in Italy to protest the new government’s reform package.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister is meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House today to discuss future relations as U.S. troops complete their final withdrawal. Meanwhile, NATO says it too will withdraw all troops by the end of the month, permanently shutting down the alliance’s military training mission in Iraq. NATO has about 130 advisers from 13 member nations and Ukraine in Iraq.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is a world record holder. The first lady says her bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people around the world participated in the October event, that included about 400 elementary and middle-school students on the South Lawn of the White House. It was part of the first lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children.