WASHINGTON -- Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is jumping into the Massachusetts race against Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

A Massachusetts Democrat familiar with Warren's plans told The Associated Press that she would announce her candidacy today. The Democrat requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Democrats have been seeking a major challenger for the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Warren is a Harvard Law School professor tapped by President Barack Obama last year to set up a new consumer protection agency, but congressional Republicans opposed her becoming the director.

Perry says Romney sounds like a liberal

BOSTON -- A day after they clashed at a GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told conservatives in rival Mitt Romney's home state that their former governor sounds like a liberal.

And without naming him directly, Perry said Romney has changed his position on Social Security.

"Other candidates in this race have used words like 'fraud' and compared it to a criminal enterprise," Perry said, referencing language Romney used in his book to discuss issues involving Social Security.

"Under the media spotlight, they change their tune and they start sounding like liberals," he said.

Perry made the comments at a dinner hosted by a Massachusetts conservative think tank, roughly a mile from Romney's campaign headquarters.

He did not clarify how Romney sounds like a liberal, nor did he take questions from voters or reporters.

Bachmann book called 'Core of Conviction'

NEW YORK -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's memoir now has a title, "Core of Conviction."

The GOP presidential contender's book was announced last month. It will come out Nov. 21.

The Minnesota congresswoman is a tea party favorite.

She won an Iowa straw poll in August but has slipped in most surveys since Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the race.

"Core of Conviction" is being published by Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

Carl Lewis back on ballot in N.J. election

PHILADELPHIA -- Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis should be back on the ballot for a seat in the New Jersey state senate, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The 2-1 decision could be the final word on a candidacy marked by legal questions about whether Lewis meets the state's requirement that state senators live in New Jersey for four years before they are elected.

Lewis said the effort to keep him from running was political.

He is seeking office as a Democrat in a Republican southern New Jersey district.

Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting in her capacity as secretary of state, deemed him ineligible.

Lewis, one of the top Olympic athletes ever, grew up in Willingboro and settled in California.

He bought homes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007, but he voted in California in 2009.