Republican lawmaker ends re-election bid as daughter alleges childhood abuse

Minnesota state representative Jim Knoblach abruptly ends run amid claims of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter

The Minnesota state representative Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter.

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported the announcement came hours after the St Cloud Republican’s attorney, Susan Gaertner, denied the allegations in an interview with the station. She said the veteran lawmaker “does not want to drag his family through six weeks of hell.”

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Tiger Woods and Justin Rose share halfway lead at Tour Championship

• Woods has not won on PGA Tour since 2013
• Rose recently installed as latest world No 1

Tiger Woods sits joint top of a PGA Tour leaderboard after 36 holes for the first time since 2015 after a second round of 68 at the Tour Championship. Woods, who is seeking to end a five year wait for a win, has Justin Rose for company at East Lake. For a Friday spell, things looked so much better for Woods. Lengthy birdie putts at the 14th and 15th afforded him a two shot advantage over the field. As is a feature of this course, trouble duly arrived; Woods missed the fairway at the 16th, which triggered a double bogey six. A birdie at the last repaired some of that damage.

“I didn’t hit it very well overall today,” Woods conceded.

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The midterms starts here: early voting begins, and mafia whispers | The politics minute

In today’s politics news: voting under way in three states, a bitter fight in New York, and a tough race for a Bill Clinton ally

Good evening, I’m Ben Jacobs, and this is the Guardian’s new-look politics minute. In the run-up to the midterm elections, I’ll bring you the latest from Washington and beyond every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening. If you’re not already receiving this rundown by email, sign up.

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The midterms starts here: early voting begins, and mafia whispers | The politics minute

In today’s politics news: voting under way in three states, a bitter fight in New York, and a tough race for a Bill Clinton ally

Good evening, I’m Ben Jacobs, and this is the Guardian’s new-look politics minute. In the run-up to the midterm elections, I’ll bring you the latest from Washington and beyond every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening. If you’re not already receiving this rundown by email, sign up.

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The midterms starts here: early voting begins, and mafia whispers | The politics minute

In today’s politics news: voting under way in three states, a bitter fight in New York, and a tough race for a Bill Clinton ally

Good evening, I’m Ben Jacobs, and this is the Guardian’s new-look politics minute. In the run-up to the midterm elections, I’ll bring you the latest from Washington and beyond every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening. If you’re not already receiving this rundown by email, sign up.

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