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Weiner: I messaged 3 at most after quitting

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., estimates that he had illicit online relationships with six to 10 women while in Congress and no more than three after resigning, a revelation that comes as a new poll shows his support dropping.

“I don’t believe I had any more than three,” Weiner told reporters when asked how many women he sent explicit messages to after stepping down in 2011.

As for the number of women he corresponded with inappropriately while in office, Weiner said, “Six to 10, I suppose – but I can’t tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider appropriate or not.”

In his most detailed description of his questionable behavior so far, Weiner admitted that he regularly engaged in sexually explicit online relationships with young women he did not know.

The New York City mayoral candidate said he was continuing to get professional help for his behavior but said he does not consider his online dalliances an addiction, according to the Associated Press.

Half of teenage girls getting HPV vaccine

Only about half of U.S. teenage girls have gotten a controversial cervical cancer vaccine – a rate that’s changed little in three years.

“We’re dropping the ball,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This is a huge disappointment.”

About 54 percent of teenage girls have received at least one of the three HPV shots. Only a third was fully immunized with all three doses.

A big part of the problem: Family doctors aren’t prodding patients to get HPV shots as forcefully as they recommend other vaccines, health officials said.

Poisoned doctor’s husband arrested

A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of poisoning his neurologist wife with a supplement she apparently thought would help them have a baby was arrested Thursday in West Virginia, authorities said.

Robert Ferrante laced an energy supplement with cyanide and gave it to Autumn Klein, a neurologist at the university’s medical school, in April, hours after they exchanged text messages about how the supplement could help them conceive, according to a police complaint unsealed Thursday.

“Will it stimulate egg production too?” Klein, 41, asked about nine hours before she fell ill.

More ships found at mile-deep Gulf site

Marine archaeologists examining a well-preserved shipwreck nearly a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico made a thrilling discovery this week – two nearby vessels that were likely sailing with the ship. They are believed to have all gone down together around 200 years ago.

Researchers led by a team from Texas State University in San Marcos say it’s the deepest shipwreck – 4,363 feet down – that archaeologists have systematically investigated in the Gulf of Mexico and in North America.

In eight days of exploration that ended Wednesday, more than 60 artifacts were recovered from the first vessel explored, including musket parts, ceramic cups and dishes, liquor bottles, clothing and even a toothbrush.

Drilling rig stable after blowout, fire

A drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico appears stable now that the fire is out, and there was no sign of any oil sheen on a flyover Thursday morning, a rig company executive said.

“The well essentially snuffed itself out,” said Jim Noe, vice president of Hercules Offshore Inc.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well had clogged with sand and sediment, a process called “bridging over” that Noe said can commonly happen with shallow water wells.

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