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Need to Know News: Florida may bring clarity to the GOP presidential race; Occupy DC camps remain as deadline passes
January 31st, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Need to Know News: Florida may bring clarity to the GOP presidential race; Occupy DC camps remain as deadline passes

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 31, 2012 – Florida may bring clarity to the GOP presidential race, Occupy protesters in DC hunker down as a deadline passes for camping in two Washington parks and an affidavit filing claims Bernie Fine's wife had sex with the players...

• Florida may bring clarity to the GOP presidential race: "With three different winners in the three contests so far, Florida could finally be the state to put one of the four remaining major GOP candidates firmly into the front-runner position. At stake in Florida's Tuesday primary: 50 delegates, the largest haul so far in the primary and caucus calendar."

Occupy DC camps remain as deadline passes: "Defiant but festive, Occupy DC protesters hunkered down early Tuesday as a deadline passed for U.S. Park Police to begin enforcing a ban on camping in two Washington parks. Until now, Occupy protesters have been allowed to remain under a Park Service interpretation that considered the activity a '24-hour vigil.'"

Home prices plunge in key cities: "Home prices posted a steep, month-over-month drop in November, falling 1.3%, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city report. Prices fell in 19 of the 20 cities the index covers. Prices are down 3.7% from a year ago, and off 32.8% since they peaked in the summer of 2006. The index is currently only 0.6% above its March, 2011 low."

• Florida is the worst place to lose your job: "The Sunshine State has the highest rate of long-term unemployment in the nation. Some 53% of jobless Floridians were out of work for more than six months in 2011, according to Brookings' Hamilton Project, which crunched Census data."

• Affidavit filing says Fine's wife slept with players: "The New York Daily News is reporting that former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis says in an affidavit that the wife of former Orange assistant coach Bernie Fine had sex with the players. The affidavit was filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court by attorney Gloria Allred."

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