WASHINGTON (AP) - IT'S A PHENOMENON THAT HAS COME UNDER FAR GREATER SCRUTINY IN RECENT WEEKS IN THE WAKE OF ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AGAINST MOVIE PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN AND OTHER CELEBRITIES. NOW THE VEXING ISSUE HAS SURFACED IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS, WHERE A FEMALE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AND THREE FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT THEY'VE HAD TO ENDURE HOSTILE SEXUAL COMMENTS BY THEIR MALE COLLEAGUES WHILE AT WORK.

BEIRUT (AP) - ISRAEL SAYS IT'S READY TO INTERVENE MILITARILY IF NECESSARY TO DEFEND A DRUZE AREA ON THE SYRIAN SIDE OF THE GOLAN HEIGHTS. A MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE ARMY IS "PREPARED AND READY TO ASSIST RESIDENTS ... AND PREVENT HARM" TO THE VILLAGE OF HADAR "OUT OF COMMITMENTS TO THE DRUZE POPULATION." SYRIA'S STATE-RUN NEWS AGENCY SAID AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 21 WERE WOUNDED IN A SUICIDE BOMBING ON FRIDAY THAT TARGETED THE OUTSKIRTS OF HADAR IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE OF QUNEITRA.

NEW YORK (AP) - A NORWEGIAN LAWMAKER SAYS SHE REMEMBERS HAVING THE SUSPECT IN THE DEADLY NEW YORK CITY BIKE PATH TERROR ATTACK AS A DRIVER LAST SUMMER. ASUNN LYNGEDAL, OF THE OPPOSITION LABOR PARTY, SAYS SAYFULLO SAIPOV WAS HER DRIVER IN JULY WHEN SHE USED UBER FOR A RIDE TO THE AIRPORT AT THE END OF HER NEW YORK VACATION. SHE SAID HE STRUCK HER AS "NOT QUITE STABLE."

NEW YORK (AP) - THE U.S. GUN DEATH RATE IS UP FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR. THE RATE HAD BEEN FLAT FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS. SUICIDES ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF GUN DEATHS, BUT EXPERTS SAY AN UPSWING IN GUN-RELATED HOMICIDES IS A BIG REASON FOR THE INCREASE. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RELEASED THE REPORT FRIDAY.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. EMPLOYERS ADDED A SOLID 261,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER IN A BOUNCE-BACK FROM THE HURRICANES THAT SLAMMED THE SOUTHEAST IN SEPTEMBER. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINED TO 4.1 PERCENT, THE LOWEST IN NEARLY 17 YEARS, FROM 4.2 PERCENT. BUTT THAT DROP MOSTLY OCCURRED BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE GAVE UP ON THEIR JOB SEARCHES, RATHER THAN FOUND WORK.
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THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CHEYENNE IN OCTOBER SETTLED IN ITS FAVOR ITS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE "CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE."

BISHOP STEVEN BIEGLER SAID THE DISPUTE WASN'T JUST ABOUT THE CHURCH OR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OF 2010.

THE ACA WAS SCHEDULED TO GO INTO EFFECT IN JULY 2014 AND IT REQUIRED EMPLOYERS TO OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE, AND MANY INSURANCE PLANS INCLUDED CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES.

BIEGLER SAID THAT PUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE POSITION OF POSSIBLY HAVING TO PARTICIPATE IN PLANS THAT OFFERED THOSE SERVICES CONTRARY TO CHURCH TEACHING.

PARISHES WERE EXEMPT FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE, BUT CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE SCHOOLS WERE NOT.

BIEGLER SAID THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFERED EXEMPTIONS, BUT THEY WERE INADEQUATE.

IN JANUARY 2014, THE DIOCESE SUED ALONG WITH OTHER PLAINTIFFS NATIONWIDE AND LOCALLY INCLUDING ST. ANTHONY'S TRI-PARISH SCHOOL IN CASPER.

HOWEVER, THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION RESPONDED, SAYING RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS HAVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST WOMEN.

IN JUNE 2014, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED THAT CLOSELY HELD CORPORATIONS WITH RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS WERE NOT REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTRACEPTION MANDATE.

LAST MONTH, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED REGULATIONS TO GIVE BROAD PROTECTIONS TO RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, AND THE DIOCESE SETTLED THE LAWSUIT.
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RIVERTON, WYO. (AP) - TRIBAL OFFICIALS ON WYOMING'S WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION SAY THEY'VE REBURIED CENTURIES-OLD HUMAN REMAINS THAT WERE DISCOVERED DURING DIGGING FOR A WATER LINE PROJECT.

WORKERS FOUND THE REMAINS IN SEPTEMBER. TRIBAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY REBURIED THE BONES OCT. 27 AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION.

INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED THE REMAINS BELONGED TO A 40- TO 50-YEAR-OLD NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN WHO STOOD 4 FEET, 10 INCHES TALL. SHE LIVED BETWEEN 250 AND 3,000 YEARS AGO AND HAD BEEN BURIED WHERE SHE WAS ORIGINALLY FOUND.

DAVID OLDMAN WITH THE NORTHERN ARAPAHO TRIBAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE SAYS HIS AGENCY TOOK CUSTODY OF THE REMAINS LAST WEEK IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.

HE SAYS SUCH BURIALS TYPICALLY INVOLVE PRAYERS AND ARE ATTENDED BY TRIBAL ELDERS, SPIRITUAL LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF HIS OFFICE.
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LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS INJURED WHEN A YOUNG, MALE MOUNTAIN LION WANDERED INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD IN EAST CHEYENNE THURSDAY MORNING.

WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN ROBIN KEPPLE SAYS THE YEARLING CAT, WHICH WAS INITIALLY REPORTED AS A BOBCAT, WAS SPOTTED IN THE AREA OF PLUM DRIVE AROUND 4 A.M.

"We we're able to tranquilize the mountain lion. We had one shot into his hip and within about eight minutes he was falling asleep and we were able to go in and capture him and then we put him in a bear trap actually and we were able to move him out at that point."

KEPPLE SAYS THE MOUNTAIN LION WAS DEEMED HEALTHY AND HAS BEEN RELEASED IN THE SNOWY RANGE.