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Pennsylvania lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges resigned Wednesday, just hours after his arrest. Sen. Mike Folmer, 63, was charged Tuesday by the state attorney general's office after agents confronted him, saying they acted on a tip from an online...

Lawmaker sys $75K state settlement will go to legal fees

Sep. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The attorney for a Montana lawmaker who successfully sued the state over an ethics law says House Majority Leader Brad Tschida will use the $75,000 he was awarded to pay his legal fees. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the cash settlement between the...

Senior Portugal official quits amid corruption investigation

Sep. 18, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's secretary of state for civil protection has quit on the same day police and magistrates searched government offices as part of a corruption investigation. A government statement Wednesday said Artur Neves resigned for personal reasons. However, the attorney general's...

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

The Latest: Hearing with Trump loyalist ends after 6 hours

Sep. 18, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Corey Lewandowski's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski....

The Latest: Mayor facing charges wins reelection bid

Sep. 17, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on preliminary election of Jasiel Correia (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Massachusetts mayor facing multiple federal corruption charges will be on the November ballot after surviving a preliminary election. Jasiel Correia was one of the two top vote-getters in Fall...

Democrats raise political influence issue in antitrust probe

Sep. 17, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are challenging a new Justice Department probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, accusing the Trump administration of using antitrust powers to target political opponents. "My suggestion is you're doing this for political reasons," Sen. Sheldon...

Montana to pay lawmaker $75K in ethics complaint lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay House Majority Leader Brad Tschida nearly $75,000 in a lawsuit he filed to strike down a law keeping ethics complaints confidential. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the deal between the Republican legislator and...

Bachelet denied campaign took money from Brazil OAS company

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is denying accusations by a former businessman ensnared in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal that her 2013 presidential campaign in Chile illegally took money from the Brazilian company OAS. Bachelet told Chile's 24 Horas TV channel...