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The Latest: Senator Apologizes To Anyone Offended By Conduct

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct is apologizing to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior. But Sen. Tony Mendoza flatly denied two of the more serious allegations Wednesday, a day before his fellow senators could decide his punishment. The Los Angeles-area Democrat offered his first words of conciliation but otherwise struck a defiant tone in a two-page letter to fellow senators who can censure, suspend or expel him as soon as Thursday. Lawyers investigating complaints against Mendoza found that he likely engaged in unwanted “flirtatious or sexually suggestive” behavior with six women he worked with, including four subordinates. Mendoza wrote that the summarized findings don’t match his own memory or perception of the incidents, but he says he’s sorry if his words or actions made people uncomfortable.