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FILE - In this Monday, June 6, 2011 file photo U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., addresses a news conference in New York, N.Y. Weiner's survival skills will be tested after the seven-term New York Democrat admitted to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter. Weiner, the most recent politician embroiled in a sex scandal, has said he isn't resigning despite acknowledging he sent sexually charged photos and messages to women. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Rep. Weiner announces his resignation from Congress

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is resigning from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women.

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The 46-year-old Democrat made the announcement in his home district in New York after two weeks of fighting off pressure to step aside. Weiner apologized again for "the embarrassment that I have caused" and said he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.

His wife, Huma Abedin, was not with him for the announcement.

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