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.

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."

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) - 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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AN EXPERT WITNESS FOR FORMER CASPER CITY COUNCILMAN CRAIG HEDQUIST SAYS FORMER CASPER POLICE CHIEF CHRIS WALSH VIOLATED LAW ENFORCEMENT ETHICS BY USING POLICE DEPARTMENT RESOURCES FOR A POLITICAL INVESTIGATION.

D.P. VAN BLARICOM, WHO HAS 50 YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE IN WASHINGTON STATE, SAID IN A STATEMENT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT THAT NO POLICE CHIEF SHOULD INVESTIGATE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL OR ANY OTHER CITIZEN WITHOUT HAVING FIRST RECEIVED A LEGITIMATE CRIMINAL ALLEGATION AGAINST THAT PERSON.

A YEAR AGO, HEDQUIST SUED WALSH, NOW A CASPER CITY COUNCILMAN, SOON AFTER LEARNING THAT WALSH ALLEGEDLY RESEARCHED PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HIM ON BEHALF OF FORMER CASPER CITY MANAGER JOHN PATTERSON.

VAN BLARICOM REVIEWED COURT DOCUMENTS, AND A RECORDED PHONE CALL BETWEEN PATTERSON AND WALSH ABOUT WALSH'S FINDINGS.

HE ALSO REVIEWED A DEPOSITION OF WALSH, WHO ACKNOWLEDGED PATTERSON WANTED HEDQUIST OFF THE COUNCIL.

VAN BLARICOM CONCLUDED THAT WALSH COLLABORATED, COLLUDED AND/OR CONSPIRED WITH PATTERSON TO INVESTIGATED AN ELECTED OFFICIAL FOR STRICTLY POLITICAL PURPOSES.

WALSH'S ATTORNEY ANNA MARIE REEVES OLSON SAID THURSDAY SHE COULD NOT COMMENT ON THE REPORT, BUT SHE WILL BE FILING A LIST OF HER OWN WITNESSES IN ABOUT A MONTH.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - GOV. MATT MEAD HAS APPOINTED MACEY MOORE OF DOUGLAS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

MOORE FILLS THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF LARRY GUBBELS, WHO RECENTLY RESIGNED BECAUSE OF HEALTH PROBLEMS.

THE TERM FOR THE SEAT RUNS THROUGH FEB. 28, 2019.

MOORE OWNS A REAL ESTATE FIRM IN DOUGLAS AND ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND OWNS A SHEEP AND CATTLE RANCH IN CONVERSE COUNTY. SHE SERVES ON THE EASTERN WYOMING COLLEGE DOUGLAS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND NUMEROUS COMMUNITY BOARDS AND VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES.

SHE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS WITH A FINANCE DEGREE.

MOORE SAYS SHE'S HONORED TO BE APPOINTED AND LOOKS FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGES AHEAD.

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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - PHILANTHROPIST FOSTER FRIESS SAYS HE'S A "HUGE FAN" OF WYOMING U.S. SEN. JOHN BARRASSO BUT MIGHT RUN AGAINST HIM TO GIVE VOTERS ANOTHER CHOICE NEXT YEAR.

FRIESS SAYS HE HADN'T CONSIDERED RUNNING UNTIL FORMER DONALD TRUMP ADVISER STEVE BANNON ENCOURAGED HIM. FRIESS AND BARRASSO ARE BOTH REPUBLICANS.

FRIESS SAYS RECENT INCIDENTS HAVE MOVED HIM CLOSER TO RUNNING, INCLUDING HOW THE U.S. ISN'T ARMING KURDISH FORCES IN IRAQ. FRIESS CALLS THAT A BETRAYAL AFTER IRAQI KURDS FOUGHT THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP.

FRIESS IS WORTH SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, LIVES IN JACKSON AND HAS DONATED SIGNIFICANTLY TO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN CAUSES. FRIESS SAYS HE'S UNINTERESTED IN ATTACKING BARRASSO AND WOULD RUN TO OFFER VOTERS TWO GOOD OPTIONS.

BLACKWATER SECURITY COMPANY FOUNDER ERIK PRINCE ALSO IS CONSIDERING RUNNING AGAINST BARRASSO.