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Oct. 31, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 305th day of 2020. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927. On this date: In 1795, English poet John...

FILE - In this Thursday April 25, 2019 file photo, Sen. Del Marsh talk with the media about the lottery bill during a recess in the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. Longtime Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 that he will not seek reelection to the Alabama Legislature. Marsh told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he was ready to move on after more than two decades in Montgomery.  (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Marsh won't seek reelection

Oct. 30, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Longtime Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said Friday that he will not seek reelection in 2022. Marsh, a Republican from Anniston, is in his sixth term in the Alabama Senate and has been elected president pro tempore, the chamber's most powerful position, three times....

FILE - In this 2015 file photo, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Charles

Ohio utility at center of $60 million bribery case fires CEO

Oct. 30, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A power company under investigation for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio’s most powerful politicians fired its chief executive following an internal review. FirstEnergy Corp. said its investigation found that CEO Chuck Jones and two other...

Rep. Doglio fined $250 for using state video in campaign ad

Oct. 30, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Beth Doglio has been fined $250 by the Legislative Ethics Board because her congressional campaign used a video taken by legislative staff, in violation of the state’s prohibition against using state resources for a campaign. In Friday’s opinion,...

FILE In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 to cast ballots in local elections seen as a key test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian without prior political experience, was elected by a landslide in April 2019 on promises to end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukraine's president moves to dissolve top court over ruling

Oct. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine faced a new political crisis Friday as the president moved to dissolve the nation's top court following its decision to freeze the country's anti-corruption reforms. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's action came after the Constitutional Court ruled to annul key parts of...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

2 Ohio political operatives plead guilty in bribery probe

Oct. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they conspired as part of what another defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, court documents show. Former Republican House Speaker Larry...

Mississippi businessman to join state Ethics Commission

Oct. 29, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman is joining the state agency that enforces ethics rules within the government. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph on Monday appointed Maxwell J. Luter, of Tylertown, to the Mississippi Ethics Commission. Luter, will replace Paul V. Breazeale, who served...

Oregon prosecutor charges 7 from left and right after clash

Oct. 29, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon prosecutor said Thursday he will file charges against seven people who were involved in violent clashes during dueling political events at a park in Bend earlier this month. Those facing prosecution include people from both sides of the political spectrum. Bend police had...

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Messner says complaint of fraud at his foundation withdrawn

Oct. 29, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Corky Messner said a request for a criminal investigation into his charitable foundation in Colorado was withdrawn this week after the foundation’s attorney threatened to sue the complainants for defamation. Messner, a Republican who is challenging U.S....

FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives for questioning over bribery allegations at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, upheld a 17-year prison term imposed on ex-President Lee over a range of high-profile corruption charges, a ruling that will send him back to jail again.(Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-leader's 17-year jail term

Oct. 29, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court upheld a 17-year prison sentence on former President Lee Myung-bak for a range of corruption crimes in a final ruling Thursday that will send him back to prison soon. Lee has been convicted of taking bribes worth millions of dollars from big...