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    As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including 'committed natural marriage,' the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office.The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a self-proclaimed Christian conservative, which had taken Goodman from congressional campaign worker to Capitol Hill aide to a seat in the Ohio House.His resignation also prompted a flood of firsthand accounts, official confirmations and document releases that shed new light on Goodman's secret gay activities, which turned out not to have been a secret to several conservative groups, House Republicans or their campaign operation.The nation's leading anti-gay marriage organization, Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values, was among the Christian conservative groups that knew of Goodman's extramarital sexual contact with other men before his election last year.Board member Seth Morgan told The Associated Press the group discovered — after it had endorsed him in last year's legislative primary — that Goodman had engaged in consensual gay activity. Goodman faced no general election opposition and was said to be 'dealing with it,' Morgan said, so the issue was set aside by CCV and another group that was briefed, Ohio's Conservative Republican Leadership Committee.Morgan said he sees no hypocrisy in the values movement's support of Goodman, adding 'we're not perfect people.'From our perspective, we look at this and say, this hits close to home, but it's another example of why we stand for the things we stand for,' Morgan said. 'It's not something that causes us to shrink back. It causes us to, sadly, move forward with a greater sense of determination.'Johnny Hadlock, a former congressional staffer, told the AP he engaged in sexual banter by text and had phone sex with Goodman while the two worked in Washington in the early 2010s. He said he was furious when, years later, he saw Goodman campaigning on the issue of 'natural marriage' between a man and a woman, 'because I knew differently.'Wes is a good guy. He's a nice guy. He's a gregarious guy. He's a good networker. But he's a hypocrite,' said Hadlock, whose story was first reported by cleveland.com. 'He's engaged in things with me and with others that I know are the antithesis of what he's publicly proclaiming and standing for in his public life.'When he resigned his House seat, Goodman said in a statement that he hadn't served his constituents 'in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.' He has not responded to repeated requests for comment on media accounts published since then.The Washington Post reported Friday that another conservative group, the Council for National Policy, handled internally a complaint that Goodman fondled an 18-year-old college student while he was sleeping in a hotel room at its 2015 conference.The student's stepfather brought details of the encounter to president Tony Perkins, who also heads the prominent Family Research Council.'If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade,' the stepfather wrote to Perkins, according to the Post.'Trust me... this will not be ignored nor swept aside,' Perkins replied. 'It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.'Ohio House Republicans also were aware that Goodman had been involved with men outside of his marriage.Chief of staff Mike Dittoe told the AP Tuesday that the House GOP's campaign operation was told last year that Goodman was secretly gay, but there was 'no complaint or allegation' against him — other than that his political message conflicted with his private actions. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger had staff reach out to then-candidate Goodman, who denied everything.In early summer, a non-House employee came forward with evidence of computer and cellphone screenshots suggesting Goodman had been unfaithful to his wife in suggestive or explicit photos and messages.Dittoe said the activity involved all appeared consensual, but Goodman was called in and warned that if he ever engaged in acts with House staff or on state property, it would become Rosenberger's business.Details of that summer meeting were first reported Tuesday by The Columbus Dispatch.'Representative Goodman denied all of it and said that 'fake screenshots' were being circulated,' Dittoe told the AP.Rosenberger said he learned Nov. 14 that Goodman had engaged in a sex act with a man inside his state office. Goodman's resignation was announced the next day.Tom Zawistowski, whose Ohio Citizens' PAC also endorsed Goodman, said he was alerted the previous Sunday that news on Goodman was coming.He said 'a rumor without proof' had been circulating in Statehouse and conservative circles for weeks, but nothing concrete.'That's really disturbing to me,' he said. 'If there's someone in the Ohio conservative movement who knew about this and did not tell me, they're going to hear from me.
  • The United States is warning Americans traveling to Saudi Arabia about the risk of ballistic missile attacks from neighboring Yemen.A new U.S. travel warning follows a Houthi missile attack in early November near the international airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The missile was intercepted. Both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia say the Houthis got the missile from Iran. The Houthis are Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen.The travel warning says several long-range missiles have been fired from Yemen at major cities in the last year. It also says terrorist attacks 'can occur without warning anywhere' in Saudi Arabia.The State Department also says that U.S. government workers and their families are prohibited from traveling to the areas of Qatif and Hofuf in Saudi Arabia.
  • iBook charts for week ending November 19, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ): iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. The Midnight Line by Lee Child - 9780399593499 - (Random House Publishing Group) 2. End Game by David Baldacci - 9781455586639 - (Grand Central Publishing) 3. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles - 9781101517062 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 4. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham - 9780385541183 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 5. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson - 9780765399830 - (Tom Doherty Associates) 6. Origin by Dan Brown - 9780385542692 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 7. Wonder by R. J. Palacio - 9780375899881 - (Random House Children's Books) 8. Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich - 9780399179204 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 9. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly - 9780316225915 - (Little, Brown and Company) 10.Sweet Little Memories by Abbi Glines - No ISBN Available - (Abbi Glines Publishing) (copyright) 2017 Apple Inc. ____
  • A curator at the Dallas Museum of Art has resigned, saying he was aware of allegations against him regarding 'inappropriate behavior.'Gavin Delahunty had been the museum's senior curator of contemporary art since 2014. He issued a statement Saturday announcing his immediate resignation.He didn't elaborate on the alleged behavior that prompted his departure and said he didn't want the allegations to be a distraction to the museum. But he offered his 'deepest apologies to those who have been affected by my behavior.'The museum said it couldn't disclose information regarding personnel matters.Delahunty came to Dallas from Tate Liverpool in England, where he was head of exhibitions and displays. While in Dallas, Delahunty curated a noted exhibit of works by Jackson Pollock.
  • App Store Official Charts for the week ending Nov. 19, 2017: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2. Minecraft, Mojang 3. kirakira+, Kentaro Yama 4. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations 5. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 6. NBA 2K18, 2K 7. iSchedule, HotSchedules 8. . Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 9. Tiny Wings, Andreas Illiger 10. Geometry Dash,RobTop Games AB Top Free iPhone Apps: 1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc. 2. Snapchat,Snap, Inc. 3.. Dune!, Voodoo 4. Messenger,Facebook, Inc. 5 Instagram,Instagram, Inc. 6. Facebook, Facebook, Inc. 7. Rules of Survival, NetEase Games 8. Bitmoji, Bitstrips 9. Google Maps - GPS Navigation,Google, Inc. 10. Gmail - Email by Google,Google, Inc. Top Paid iPad Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Minds On Physics the App - Part 1,Physics Classroom, LLC 3. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 4. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 5.The EscapistsTeam17 Software Ltd. 6. XtraMath,XtraMath 7. Notability,Ginger Labs 8. Bloons TD 5 HD, Ninja Kiwi 9. Toca Life: Office,Toca Boca AB 10. The Game of Life,Marmalade Game Studio Top Free iPad Apps: 1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc. 2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc 3. Kick the Buddy,Chill Fleet 4. slither.io,Steve Howse 5. Messenger,Facebook, Inc. 6.Rules of Survival, NetEase Games. 7. Shadow Fight 3,Nekki Limited 8. Sandbox Coloring, Alexey Grigorkin 9. Facebook,Facebook, Inc. 10. Google Chrome, Google, Inc. __ (copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.
  • Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hit the Atlanta Braves with heavy sanctions, including the loss of 13 players, on Tuesday for rules violations committed by the team in the international player market.Manfred also placed former Braves general manager John Coppolella on the permanently ineligible list. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, is suspended from performing services for any team for one year.Manfred said an investigation conducted by Major League Baseball determined the Braves circumvented international signing rules from 2015 through 2017 by moving bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract.Most notable among the players the Braves will lose is Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Karim Benzema scored twice in the first half and Cristiano Ronaldo added two goals in the second as Real Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 Tuesday to guarantee a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League.Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, which have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, which lost 2-1 to Tottenham in Germany in the other Group H match.Tottenham heads into the final round with 13 points, three more than Madrid. Dortmund and APOEL stayed on two points each.Tottenham hosts APOEL on Dec. 6, while Madrid hosts Dortmund.Modric opened the scoring with a long-range shot midway through the first half and Benzema and Fernandez added their goals seven minutes apart just before halftime.Ronaldo scored his goals early in the second half.Ronaldo has been struggling in the Spanish league with only one goal after 12 rounds, but he already has eight in the Champions League and is the competition's leading scorer.Madrid won its 12th European title last season, beating Juventus in the final.The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win three consecutive European titles. Ajax did it in 1971-73, and Madrid won four in a row from 1956-60.___More AP Champions League coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/ChampionsLeague
  • Meg Whitman is stepping down as the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She'll be replaced by Antonio Neri, the company's president.Whitman became CEO of the former Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2011. That company split into two in 2015, with Whitman taking helm of HPE, which is focused on selling data-center hardware and other commercial tech gear to other big organizations.Both Whitman and Neri will serve on the company's board.The company didn't say what Whitman's next plans were. Whitman was in the running to replace Travis Kalanick as the CEO of ride-hailing app Uber but job went to Dara Khosrowshahi in August.HPE's stock dropped 7 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following the announcement.
  • A man who led a local chapter of violent Central American street gang MS-13 has been convicted after prosecutors say he encouraged members to kill rivals in the Boston area.The U.S. attorney's office says 22-year-old Rafael Leoner-Aguirre was found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced in March.Federal prosecutors say Leoner-Aguirre was the leader of the Enfermos Criminal Salvatrucha clique of MS-13 in Chelsea, just outside of Boston. The clique was one of many operating in Massachusetts from 2013 to 2016.Prosecutors say the El Salvador native also created recruitment videos for MS-13.He was not linked to any deaths.Leoner-Aguirre's attorney didn't immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
  • From widely acclaimed liberator of his nation to despotic dictator, Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule of Zimbabwe has been one of Africa's most controversial and influential.Wily and ruthless, the 93-year-old Mugabe outmaneuvered his opponents for decades but was undone by his own miscalculation in his final weeks in power. He blundered when he sidelined his right-hand man in order to position his wife, Grace, as his successor. He didn't anticipate that the fired vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, would swiftly and skillfully depose him.But Mnangagwa had spent years learning from Mugabe how to seize and wield power.For years Mugabe inspired other leaders across the continent to emulate his tactics and extend their rule by manipulating the constitution and suppressing opposition through violence and intimidation.Mugabe's often violent seizure of Zimbabwe's white-owned farms was his signature action — and devastated the country's agricultural production, transforming what had been known as Africa's breadbasket into a land of barren fields and hungry people. Mugabe cloaked the land grabs in ringing rhetoric, shaking his fist and shouting that Africa's land should be held by Africans. It didn't matter that the farms, which had been pledged to poor blacks, instead went to his generals, Cabinet ministers, cronies and his wife — or that many of the fields lay fallow years later. Even now Mugabe is widely revered by many Africans as the continent's most radical de-colonizer.His mismanagement of Zimbabwe's economy was staggering. The country has been transformed from one that could offer good employment opportunities to its well-educated population to a place of so little hope that people left in droves. An estimated 3 million Zimbabweans are in neighboring South Africa, and it is routine to find a former schoolteacher working as a waitress at a Johannesburg restaurant. Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are in Britain. And the 13 million who stayed behind in Zimbabwe have coped with an unemployment rate estimated at higher than 80 percent.Mugabe had a Marxist's belief that even the economy would do what he wanted. 'Countries don't go bankrupt!' he once scoffed when asked if by sending army troops to Congo in 1998 he would ruin Zimbabwe's economy. He was wrong. By 2008 Zimbabwe's hyperinflation reached 500 billion percent, according to the International Monetary Fund. Fistfuls of 100-trillion Zimbabwe dollar banknotes were not enough to buy basic groceries. The inflation was brought under control only when Zimbabwe dropped its currency and started operating on the U.S. dollar in 2009.Zimbabwe's industrial sector is estimated to be operating at less than 30 percent of capacity. Tourism has dried up to a trickle. With significant deposits of diamonds, platinum, gold and chrome, Zimbabwe's mining sector has continued to function, but Mugabe's frequent threats of nationalization discouraged most foreign investment.The Marange diamond fields, discovered in 2009, proved an unexpected windfall. The high-quality gemstones in easily exploited alluvial fields brought in billions of dollars. Mugabe used the army to take over the area and the mines were nationalized, cutting out British and Chinese companies that had been operating there. But very little of the funds from the diamonds went into state coffers to help the country's dilapidated education and health services. Mugabe, his family and his closest allies amassed world-class fortunes.Once the land of liberation from white minority rule, Zimbabwe became one of fear as a result of Mugabe's far-reaching domestic spy network, the Central Intelligence Organization. Hundreds of opposition supporters were killed or disappeared during election campaigns. Many more were tortured, such as Jestina Mukoko, who after her release from prison bravely advocated for the rights of those detained.It is hard to remember that Mugabe once enjoyed international praise for bringing Zimbabwe to independence. Throughout the 1970s he directed a deadly, effective guerrilla war against Rhodesia's white minority rule regime. When he won the 1980 elections, he was relatively unknown. The country, and the world at large, was impressed by his impeccable, carefully enunciated Oxford English. He endorsed racial reconciliation to wide acclaim. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.But even in the glory years of Zimbabwe's early independence, Mugabe appeared cold and calculating in public appearances and speeches.And then came the bloody campaign in which the army's North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade brutally put down a small rebel group supporting opposition leader Joshua Nkomo. Between 1983 and 1985 an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people of Zimbabwe's Ndebele minority were killed by the army in southern Zimbabwe, in what is known as the Matabeleland Massacres. Human rights groups and the Catholic Church documented and condemned the killings, which remain the darkest stain on Mugabe's record and a scar that plagues the country.'Amnesty Lies International,' was how Mugabe dismissed a critical report by Amnesty International.Tarnished by the killings, Mugabe was still grudgingly respected, especially for his support for the battle against apartheid, the system of white minority rule in neighboring South Africa. When Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990, he quickly visited Zimbabwe to thank Mugabe for his support. But Mugabe came to resent Mandela, who outshined him. When Mugabe married his second wife, Grace, in 1996, Mandela attended the reception. Mugabe glowered with irritation when Mandela got far more cheers from the thousands of guests than he did.Mandela put forward a generous, inclusive view of African nationalism that won him international praise and a Nobel Peace Prize. Mugabe became a starkly different type of African leader, who marginalized critics and restricted freedoms. His homophobic outbursts against gays as 'worse than pigs and dogs' contrasted with Mandela's enthusiastic support for LGBT rights. Many African leaders, however, have picked up on Mugabe's anti-gay sentiments.Mugabe's leadership became more like that of his one-time foe, Rhodesia's white minority ruler Ian Smith. Mugabe used Rhodesian-era laws to suppress public gatherings and opposition parties. He used the army, the police and the security network to keep the people subservient.An ascetic leader, Mugabe rarely drank and stayed spry into his 90s. But while his tastes had been relatively modest through the 1980s that changed after his marriage to Grace Mugabe. They built a 25-bedroom mansion on a sprawling property in Harare's Borrowdale suburb that became known as the Blue Roof house for its turquoise tiles imported from China. Sporting designer clothes, shoes and sparkling jewels, the first lady, more than 40 years younger than Mugabe, became known as 'Gucci Grace.'In the last months of Mugabe's rule the family's lavish ways became outlandish, even to Zimbabwe's jaded public. Grace Mugabe pressed a lawsuit against a Lebanese diamond dealer in which she charged she had paid him for a 100-carat diamond but he only gave her a gem of 30 carats. One of the couple's sons posted images on social media of himself pouring champagne over his diamond-encrusted watch.The growing outrage among Zimbabweans at the excesses finally spilled over on Saturday, a few days after the military moved in to put Mugabe under house arrest, a the bulk of Harare's 1.6 million people thronged the streets to demand that the longtime president finally step aside.Mugabe's rule may have been influential in Africa, but the quick way he fell now may be a warning to all who would follow his ways.___EDITOR'S NOTE — Andrew Meldrum reported in Zimbabwe from shortly after independence in 1980 until 2003 when he was expelled from the country. He is AP's Acting Africa Editor, based in Johannesburg.