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Political parties losing voters, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans now call themselves politically independent than at any point in the last 75 years, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday.

The survey also shows that those who do align themselves with a party are more ideological and have become more polarized than at any point in the last 25 years.

The results indicate a collective thumbs down to both the Democratic and Republican parties, showing an unprecedented 38 percent of adults rejected both and call themselves independents. Only 32 percent now say they are Democrats, and 24 percent now call themselves Republicans.

And the parties are also pushing out those in the ideological middle. The vast majority of Republicans, 68 percent, say they are conservative, up from 60 percent in 2000. And the conservative Democrat has become scarce as the share of self-described liberals in the party has grown 10 points since 2000, from 28 percent to 38 percent.

The Pew Research Center 2012 Values Survey was conducted by telephone April 4-15 among a random national sample of 3,008 adults.

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Names to be required in Sandusky trial

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Alleged victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will have to testify using their real names, and tweets or other electronic communications by reporters will not be permitted during the trial, the judge ruled Monday.

Meanwhile, Sandusky's hopes for a last-minute delay in his trial on charges he sexually abused 10 boys were dashed when the State Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order that denied a sealed motion but did not disclose the justices' reasoning.

That sets the stage for the start of jury selection today in a central Pennsylvania courthouse.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 charges he abused the boys over 15 years, allegations he has repeatedly denied. He remains confined to his home as he awaits trial.

Ben Andreozzi, who represents one of the alleged victims, said the ruling won't stop his client from testifying but that having his name made public in open court could make it harder for him to live his life.