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lawmaker accused of abusing colleague won’t seek re-election


harrisburg, pa. (ap) — a pennsylvania lawmaker who is the subject of a protection-from-abuse order against him by another lawmaker over claims he was violent and abusive toward her says he won’t run for re-election.state rep. nick miccarelli said in a statement wednesday that he’s decided to remove his name from the ballot. miccarelli says it’s in his best interest to move on to a new chapter.miccarelli has said fellow republican rep. tarah toohil’s allegations are false.toohil alleges miccarelli pulled a gun and threatened to kill her when they dated several years ago. she also says he’s been physically intimidating her at the capitol this year.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks






lawmaker accused of abusing colleague won't seek re-election


a pennsylvania lawmaker who is the subject of a protective order against him by another lawmaker over claims he was violent and abusive toward her announced wednesday he won't run for re-election.a week after insisting he would stay in the race, republican rep. nick miccarelli said it was a difficult decision to abandon his campaign for a sixth term, but said he made it so he and his family can "move on to the next chapter in our lives."a fellow republican, rep. tarah toohil, alleged miccarelli hit her and pulled a gun on her during a relationship that ended in 2012 and had been physically intimidating her at the capitol this year.she filed a complaint with the house on feb. 8 and, at a court hearing in wilkes-barre last week, obtained a three-year protection-from-abuse order against micca






lawmaker charged with child cruelty won't seek re-election


suffolk, va. — a virginia lawmaker charged with child cruelty says he won't seek re-election.del. rick morris announced on his facebook page wednesday that he won't seek a fourth term in the house of delegates. he currently represents the 64th district.according to court documents, the 48-year-old morris is accused of hitting his stepson with a belt and a wooden spoon. the republican has denied the allegations.newspapers are suing for access to transcripts of a december hearing after being barred because the key witness was a child.






former lawmaker sadat won’t run for president in egypt


cairo—former lawmaker mohamed anwar sadat announced monday that he wouldn’t seek the country’s presidency in march, an unexpected move that draws focus on an election where many say the odds are already stacked in favor of the state-backed incumbent.his exit from the race eliminates one of the last serious contenders in a presidential election in which other would-be challengers to president abdel fattah al sisi have been jailed and put on trial....






bozeman lawmaker pulls out of us house race


bozeman, mont. (ap) — democratic state rep. tom woods of bozeman has pulled out of the u.s. house race, citing a lack of financial support.lee newspapers of montana reports woods announced his decision on his facebook page monday, saying if he were to continue with his campaign he would have to go into debt.five other candidates continue to seek the democratic nomination to take on republican u.s. rep. greg gianforte in november 2018. they are billings attorney john heenan; grant kier of missoula, the former executive director of the five valleys land trust; former billings lawmaker lynda moss, bozeman attorney jared pettinato and former bozeman lawmaker kathleen williams. the primary is june 5.woods said he would announce next week whether he would seek re-election to his state house seat






blake farenthold, texas lawmaker accused in sexual harassment suit, won't s


blake farenthold has been under fire since it was disclosed he settled a sexual harassment suit filed by a former aide with taxpayers' money.        






seattle mayor drops re-election bid amid sex abuse accusations


seattle mayor ed murray, who has been accused by four men of sexually abusing them as teenagers, dropped his bid for re-election on tuesday, saying that the scandal would be a distraction from more important issues.in a news conference at a waterfront park near his childhood home, an emotional murray denied the claims against him, which he has called politically motivated, according to a video posted on the mayor’s facebook page.murray, a democrat and the city’s first openly gay mayor, also suggested that the accusations were rooted in stereotypes of gay men.“the mayor’s race must be focused on… issues, not on a scandal, which it would be focused on if i were to remain in this race,” murray, who became mayor in 2014, said in announcing his withdrawal from the race.as a senator in the washi






finland's president to seek re-election in 2018


helsinki — finland's president has announced he will seek re-election next year for another six-year term as the nordic country's head of state.sauli niinisto said in monday's televised statement that he will run as an independent candidate in the january election.he took office in 2012 as finland's 12th president and has consistently ranked high in approval ratings, with citizens being particularly happy on his handling of the nation's foreign policy — a key task of his position.niinisto is a 68-year-old former finance and justice minister, and the former chairman of the conservative national coalition party.he's a lawyer who has also served as a lawmaker, and a banker with the european investment bank.finland's head of state can serve a maximum of two six-year terms.






11th priest accused in 58th guam clergy sex abuse suit


monsignor zoilo l.g. camacho is accused of abusing a boy in the 1970s, the lawsuit said.        






the latest: german eu lawmaker hopes for compromise with uk


london — the latest on the british prime minister's decision to seek an early election (all times local):9:55 a.m.a senior european parliament lawmaker says he hopes that british prime minister theresa may, if strengthened by an election, will show readiness to compromise in brexit talks.elmar brok, a member of chancellor angela merkel's center-right christian democrats, told germany's ard television wednesday that may could derive from a new, stronger mandate an "ability to compromise."brok said that could help "so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 ½ years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage."he added: "she could also become more unbending; we don't know. i hope the former will be the case."brok said he expects may to win a parliamentary majo






mitch mcconnell's very bad day capped by luther strange's election loss


nothing broke through, and once stephen bannon left his white house post advising trump, he returned to run breitbart news and raced to alabama to throw in with moore and vow more primary challengers to mcconnell's incumbents.associated press republican sen. bob corker of tennessee, the chairman of the powerful foreign relations committee and a political force on financial issues, announced tuesday he would not seek re-election. the 65-year-old lawmaker, who recently had been encouraged by president donald trump to seek a third term,... republican sen. bob corker of tennessee, the chairman of the powerful foreign relations committee and a political force on financial issues, announced tuesday he would not seek re-election. the 65-year-old lawmaker, who recently had been encouraged by presi






the latest: kansas lawmaker apologizes for remarks on blacks


topeka, kan. — the latest on a kansas state lawmaker's remarks that marijuana and other drugs originally were outlawed in part because blacks "responded worst" to them because of "genetics and that" (all times local):4:45 p.m.a white kansas state lawmaker has apologized for suggesting that blacks have a genetic predisposition to abusing drugs.republican state rep. steve alford, of the western kansas town of ulysses, said in a statement that he was wrong and regrets the remarks he made saturday during public meeting at a hospital.he said: "i sincerely apologize to anyone whom i have hurt."at the meeting, the 75-year-old alford argued against legalizing any use of marijuana. he suggested it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded






farenthold to retire from house amid harassment accusations


washington (ap) — two republicans say texas gop rep. blake farenthold won’t seek re-election next year. the lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus.mike bergsma is republican county chairman in farenthold’s home county of nueces. he tells the associated press that farenthold campaign manager joseph walter told him thursday that the lawmaker is not seeking re-election.another republican in washington confirmed that farenthold is retiring. the source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that the congressman had not officially announced.a former farenthold aide sued him in 2014, claiming sexually suggestive comments and behavior.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.three






nyt parrots democratic spin on death threats, scuffle in texas legis


the new york times ran a story on monday with the explosive headline, “texas lawmaker threatens to shoot colleague after reporting protesters to ice.”reporter matthew haag’s story began, “a texas state representative, referring to protesters at the state capitol on monday, said he reported ‘several illegal immigrants’ to federal immigration authorities and then threatened to shoot a fellow lawmaker who objected.” a tweet had the same spin.these are an inaccurate and incomplete reporting of what the lawmakers involved say happened. the story also lacks sufficient context to the point it borders on propaganda.a reporter sent the article to me with the note, “if you actually click the facebook post of the republican lawmaker who supposedly threatened to shoot the democrat, it was after the de






lawmaker tells of being objectified by colleague as sexual harassment bills pass


lawmakers on tuesday quickly approved a flurry of bills aimed at curbing sexual harassment in illinois politics amid warnings that the rushed effort alone isn’t enough to correct a decadeslong culture of unethical behavior toward women at the capitol.a somber day in springfield saw pressure mount for the lone lawmaker who’s been publicly accused of sexual harassment to resign his seat. a senator told an impassioned story of being objectified by a male colleague. and in an environment where ethics was the focus, a push was launched for a larger discussion on how the general assembly investigates all complaints against its own.to try to address concerns that taking on sexual harassment will be more than a one-week effort, the house and senate each voted to create their own task forces to tak






pelosi: lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct should resign


washington — the top house democrat says a nevada lawmaker should resign after a second woman accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior.house minority leader nancy pelosi first said rep. ruben kihuen should resign on dec. 2, one day after a former staffer said kihuen sexually harassed her during his congressional campaign in 2016.pelosi echoed her early sentiment on thursday, after a second woman, this time a lobbyist, alleged in an interview with the nevada independent that the congressman touched her thighs and buttocks three separate times while he was a state senator, and made unwanted sexual advances.kihuen's office did not respond to requests for comment on thursday.the lawmaker has said he welcomes an ethics investigation.






new zealand leader faces questions over alleged secret tapes


wellington, new zealand — three months out from an election, new zealand prime minister bill english is facing awkward questions about how he handled a lawmaker who is accused of making secret recordings.english on tuesday released a statement he made last year to police, saying that lawmaker todd barclay told him he left a recording device running in his office and captured criticism from a staffer.under new zealand law, it is illegal to secretly record other people's conversations. police investigated barclay, but the national party lawmaker refused an interview and police said they closed the case due to insufficient evidence.barclay says he did nothing wrong and hasn't faced political sanctions.english released his statement after an investigation by the newsroom website revealed engli






no verdict in trial of deputy accused of abusing girls


augusta, maine (ap) — there’s no verdict in the trial of a onetime “deputy of the year” who’s charged with sexually abusing three girls in maine.jurors began deliberations friday in the trial of kenneth hatch. a judge sent them home for the weekend, and deliberations resume monday.prosecutors say hatch abused the girls from 1999 to 2014. court documents say the abuse of one girl started when she was 6 years old. the others were 14 or 15.he’s also accused of providing at least one of the girls with marijuana in exchange for sex.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksthe case is being tried in kennebec county at the request of the prosecution because hatch is a deputy in lincoln county. he has been placed on unpaid leave.






roy moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story


a woman accusing alabama senate candidate roy moore of initiating sexual contact when she was 14 said monday she wanted to confront him years ago but didn't because he was powerful and the encounter gutted her self-confidence. she said she came forward to tell her story only after other women agreed to.the declaration by leigh corfman comes after moore's supporters claimed without evidence that reporters were offering thousands of dollars to women for accusations. the state election is being closely watched, as several gop senators have called moore to drop out, and president donald trump remains mostly quiet on the issue.corfman said she was "absolutely not" paid to tell her story publicly."my bank account has not flourished," corfman told nbc's "today" show. "if anything it's gone down b






alaska lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior by several women refuses to re


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressanchorage, alaska (ap) — alaska lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior by several women refuses to resign .the associated press






lawyer: charge of rape at costume parties is 'money grab'


perkasie, pa. — a lawyer for a pennsylvania man accused of raping an 8-year-old boy at parties for people dressed in animal costumes says the accusations are simply a money grab.a district court ruled monday that the case against 57-year-old kenneth fenske, of quakertown, will proceed to trial.fenske is accused of repeatedly abusing the boy at "furry" parties in bucks county beginning in 2009. the boy says he was forced to dress as "tony the tiger" and fenske sometimes wore a full-body fox costume.fenske's attorney says his client is innocent and the charges are an attempt to profit off his wealth.four other men in pennsylvania and virginia have been charged with abusing the boy. they have not entered pleas.






seattle mayor won't seek re-election in wake of sex-abuse scandal


mayor ed murray is accused of paying boys for sex when they were minors.        






golden valley man accused of abusing girlfriend’s young son


golden valley, ariz. (ap) — mohave county sheriff’s detectives have arrested a golden valley man on suspicion of child abuse and molestation.they say 34-year-old donald wayne ming is accused of abusing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son.detectives were contacted by officials at the boy’s school about bruising on his face.the boy told authorities that ming hit him.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekshe was taken to a kingman hospital for examination by a doctor.detectives contacted ming on monday. he told them the boy was injured in a fall and he picked him up off the floor.ming was taken into custody without incident and booked into the mohave county jail.it’s unclear if he has a lawyer yet.






trump russia: republicans accused of tampering with memo on fbi


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionall you need to know about the trump-russia investigationthe us house intelligence committee's top democrat has accused republicans of tampering with a memo about claims of fbi surveillance at the 2016 election.adam schiff said republicans had changed the text after it was voted on.the secret document was passed by the republican-dominated committee but needs approval from president donald trump to be made public.it is believed to accuse the fbi of abusing its surveillance powers to target the trump campaign. the four-page document was compiled by staffers for house intelligence committee head devin nunes, a member of mr trump's republican party.concerns about its contents were raised by the fbi itself which complained of "material o






alabama race a no-win proposition for republicans


the gop either gets a democrat or a republican accused of sexually abusing several teenagers in his 30s.        






lawmaker: no more name drawings to break a tie


richmond, va. — a virginia lawmaker says drawing names from a bowl is not the best way to determine the outcome of an election recount.the daily press reported monday that del. marcia price has introduced a proposal to hold a special election the next time a recount vote results in a tie.officials resorted to drawing names to break the tie between republican del. david yancey and his challenger, shelly simonds, in the 94th district. the drawing resulted in yancey retaining his seat.price's bill would have a limited effect. state law also requires the drawing of lots if there is a tie in the regular election. her proposal does not address that situation.






india's anti-corruption crusader faces bribery allegation


new delhi — anti-corruption crusader arvind kejriwal's government in the indian capital plunged into a crisis on sunday as a minister he fired over the weekend accused him of accepting 20 million rupees ($300,000) in cash as a bribe.there was no immediate comment from kejriwal. his aam admi party spokesman, kumar viswas, rejected the allegation by party lawmaker kapil mishra, describing it as an attack by rivals."we don't want to give any credence to such wild allegations," said ashish khaitan, another party leader.mishra told reporters that in his presence, kejriwal accepted the cash from another colleague and minister, satyendra jain, at his new delhi residence on friday. he said that jain later told him that the money was paid in connection with a land deal worth 500 million rupees ($76






former lawmaker pleads guilty to identity theft


pikeville, ky. (ap) — a former kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme has pleaded guilty to identity theft.the lexington herald-leader reports ex-state rep. keith hall of pikeville entered into a plea agreement thursday that recommends a two-year sentence on the federal count. according to court documents, prosecutors will move at sentencing to dismiss five other charges.hall was accused of using fake documents to convince a customer he had insurance so he could keep a contract.he is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for a 2015 conviction for bribing an inspector to overlook violations at his surface coal mines.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.sentencing on the identity theft charge was set for may 24.hall was a longtime lawmaker until h






argentina: nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children


buenos aires, argentina — a roman catholic nun from japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in argentina, authorities said.kosaka kumiko was also charged with physically abusing the students at the antonio provolo institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern mendoza province.kumiko, who was born in japan but has argentine citizenship, denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late thursday. she was shown being led by police in handcuffs, and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest.the case against kumiko began after a former student accused her of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest horacio corbacho.cor






ex-lawmaker struck, injured by car released from hospital


waterbury, conn. — a former connecticut lawmaker and prominent businessman who had been critically injured after he was hit by a car while putting up campaign signs has been released from the hospital.the republican-american reports that 68-year-old selim noujaim was allowed to return home saturday after almost two weeks in the hospital.noujaim was struck oct. 30 in waterbury. he had been placing signs at the time for his nephew— board of aldermen candidate george noujaim.selim noujaim served as a republican in the state house of representatives for seven terms. he retired last year after deciding not to seek re-election. noujaim is the current executive vice president of noujaim tool co. in waterbury.noujaim's family said in a statement that noujaim faces intensive rehab therapy in the mo






lawmakers near vote on expelling colleague on sex misconduct


denver — colorado lawmakers neared a vote friday on expelling a democratic representative after a day of dramatic debate over whether to make him the nation's second state lawmaker kicked out over sexual misconduct allegations since the rise of the #metoo movement.numerous female lawmakers took their turns at the podium to come out as victims of sexual harassment or abuse. a male colleague tearfully talked about his wife's rape.two successive male representatives told fellow members of the house that they were so worried about tensions stemming from the case against rep. steve lebsock that they had taken to wearing bulletproof vests beneath their jackets and ties.a day after the effort appeared to have derailed over republican objections to how the complaints against lebsock had been handl






theresa may to seek snap election for 8 june


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe moment pm called for general electionuk prime minister theresa may has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 june.she said britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the eu referendum.explaining the decision, mrs may said: "the country is coming together but westminster is not."there will be a commons vote on the proposed election on wednesday - labour have said they will vote with the government.the prime minister needs parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.explaining her change of heart on an early election, mrs may said: "i have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election."she accused britain's o






washington post botches the bible, lies about lawmaker's bible quote


the washington post lied about a lawmaker's biblical reference, refused to quote what he actually said, then mocked breitbart for shoddy journalism.after the presidential election last november, new york times executive editor dean baquet gave an interview to npr in which he admitted that his journalists simply don’t understand religion.“we don’t get religion,” baquet said. “we don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.”baquet was correct: acela corridor political reporters don’t understand religion, especially christianity. though he was specifically speaking about new york times reporters, baquet’s comments clearly also apply to the washington post, which on friday morning accused a republican congressman from texas of claiming that the bible forbids the unemployed from having foo






ex-lawmaker accused of campaign fund misuse to be sentenced


winston-salem, n.c. — a former north carolina lawmaker accused by prosecutors of misusing more than $200,000 in campaign funds on such items as vacations, speeding tickets and haircuts awaits sentencing tuesday on federal charges arising from the case.former longtime state sen. fletcher hartsell was set to appear in winston-salem federal court. the 70-year-old republican pleaded guilty in february to two tax-related counts and one count of mail fraud. as part of a plea agreement, more than 20 other counts arising from indictments last year are to be dismissed.a document filed by prosecutors intended to lay out the plea arrangement said hartsell used about $210,000 from his campaign committee between 2007 and 2015 "to pay for personal goods and services for his own enrichment," including va






suspended california lawmaker sues senate, alleges racism


sacramento, calif. — a california lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct allegation sued the legislature for reinstatement, arguing he's being treated differently than his white colleague.after pressure from colleagues, democratic sen. tony mendoza of artesia went on voluntary leave after he was accused of acting inappropriately toward three young women who worked for him and firing another staffer who reported one of the instances. he was suspended last month because an investigation into misconduct hadn't concluded before he was expected to return from leave.the lawsuit notes that mendoza, who is latino, has been suspended but democratic sen. bob hertzberg, who is white, has not been asked to step aside despite also facing sexual misconduct allegations.a former assembly speaker, her






trial opens for man accused of abusing girl he got as a gift


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how to block ads that windows 10 pushes on you


microsoft is in the news again – for the wrong reasons, again. in its latest act of invasive pushiness of its own products onto our windows 10 desktops, microsoft has made an annoying little notification icon that pops up above the chrome icon in your taskbar, promoting a chrome extension that will compare prices for you using microsoft’s “personal shopping istant.”naturally, this has left people frustrated, and it has me thinking about all the other sneaky little ways microsoft bombs us with advertising and how to stop the onslaught.disable lock screen adsmuch like the recently snuck-in “personal shopping istant” ad, microsoft added in lock screen ads in an update in february 2016. to be fair to them, it was hardly being “sneaky,” as there’s no way you’re not going to notice a giant ad fo