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Armenia drops martial law restrictions imposed during Karabakh conflict

Armenia said on Wednesday it had dropped some of the martial law restrictions it imposed in September when war broke out between ethnic Armenians in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces.

The government said on its website it was canceling restrictions on holding protests and strikes, as well as relaxing a special regulatory regime governing entry to and exit from the country.

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It also lifted restrictions on local media publications that had been only been allowed to publish official government information when reporting on the army and military activity.

The Karabakh conflict, which erupted on Sept. 27 came to a halt on Nov. 10 when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire. Swaths of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan, whose forces had recaptured some areas

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State drops suspension, pursues criminal charges against pharmacist accused of aiding in suicide attempt

ANN ARBOR, MI – State regulators have dropped a suspension case against an Ann Arbor pharmacist accused of assisting in a man’s suicide attempt a year ago as prosecutors move forward on criminal drug charges.

The suspension case against Ann Arbor pharmacist Dr. Xavier Tato, owner of Stadium Pharmacy, 1930 W. Stadium Blvd., was dismissed Thursday, Nov. 19, at the request of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, according to an order signed by Administrative Law Judge Thomas Halick who was overseeing the regulatory matter.

The pharmacy was ordered to shut down July 29 after Tato was found to be in violation of multiple state enforcement regulations for drug diversion, incompetence and having lack of good moral character, according to the administrative complaint filed by the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Professional Licensing Board of Pharmacy Disciplinary Subcommittee.

The AG’s office requested the dismissal stating a settlement had been

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California attorney general drops challenge over GOP ballot boxes

California’s attorney general has dropped a legal challenge seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for every voter who

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California attorney general drops lawsuit against state GOP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”


Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for

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California Attorney General Drops Lawsuit Against State GOP | California News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for

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US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico.

The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and officials were vague about what led them to drop charges in a case they celebrated as a major breakthrough just last month, when federal agents nabbed retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles.

Two officials, one Mexican and one American, said Mexico’s tactics involved threatening to expel the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional director and agents unless the U.S. dropped the case. But they said that was only part of the negotiation. They would not elaborate.

The officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

A judge in New York City approved the dismissal of charges on

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US Drops Case Against Ex-Mexican General After Pressure | Political News

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, MICHAEL R. SISAK and MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico.

The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and officials were vague about what led them to drop charges in a case they celebrated as a major breakthrough just last month, when federal agents nabbed retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles.

Two officials, one Mexican and one American, said Mexico’s tactics involved threatening to expel the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional director and agents unless the U.S. dropped the case. But they said that was only part of the negotiation. They would not elaborate.

The officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

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Andrew Scheer drops sister-in-law from his payroll after Erin O’Toole said her employment did not meet his ethical standards

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Andrew Scheer dropped his sister-in-law from his office staff on Tuesday after his successor as Tory leader said Scheer’s use of public funds to employ her did not meet his “very high bar” of ethical standards.

In a written statement to the Star, Scheer said he checked with the ethics commissioner before hiring his wife’s sister Erica Honoway as his constituency assistant, but acknowledged that “in this case, following the rules may not have been enough.”

Parliamentary rules prohibit MPs from using their publicly-funded office budgets to hire “immediate family” members, which does not include siblings in-law.

“Even the perception of a conflict concerns me,” Scheer’s statement said. “As such, I have met with Erica and I have ended her employment in my office.”

Scheer’s parliamentary assistant, Kenzie Potter, confirmed Honoway worked “part-time” for the Saskatchewan MP since 2007. Honoway did not respond to requests for comment from

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Bannon’s lawyer drops him after comments suggesting Fauci should be beheaded

On Friday, Philadelphia police investigated a bomb threat made against the city’s Convention Center, where votes are still being tallied, while also revealing additional information pertaining to arrests made on Thursday related to a possible threat against the same location.

In a news conference, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw confirmed that police arrested two out-of-state men on Thursday following a tip from the FBI that warned “an individual or a group was traveling to the city from Virginia in a Hummer with the intention of attacking the election location,” The Independent reports. The men, who are 61 and 42 years old, had traveled to Philadelphia from Virginia in a silver Hummer that sported stickers related to the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Officers stopped the men after noticing that one had a Beretta 9mm pistol and the other had a concealed Beretta .40 caliber handgun, NBC News reports; the men also reportedly

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Cardi B drops divorce from Offset, confirming what everyone already knew

Cardi B and Offset arrive for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards
Cardi B and Offset arrive at the 2019 Grammy Awards. (Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images)

Cardi B has called off her divorce from Offset, making her latest reconciliation with the Migos rapper official mere days before their case was set for a court hearing.

The “WAP” rapper on Monday withdrew her September divorce petition filed in Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court, according to online court records reviewed by The Times.

Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, asked the court to dismiss the case without prejudice — meaning she reserves the right to file for divorce again at a later date. A hearing in the case had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the case status is now closed.

Her September petition came after nearly three years of marriage. At the time of her filing, Cardi said that she was separated from Offset, that the marriage was “irretrievably broken” and that

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