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US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

Sep. 23, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts. The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, left, and Maine Democrat House Speaker, right, candidates for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photos, File)

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Sen. Collins voted to help husband

Sep. 21, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

Democrat Sara Gideon has launched a new TV ad making an unsupported claim that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has used her power in public office to advance legislation to help her husband and his business. Gideon’s campaign began running the ad this month, in one of the country’s tightest...

Germany taps UAE-owned Haenel for new assault rifle contract

Sep. 15, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has chosen arms manufacturer Haenel, which is owned by a company in Abu Dhabi, to make assault rifles for the military, sidelining long-time supplier Heckler & Koch. Germany's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that C.G. Haenel GmbH, based in the central...

Dionisia Jorge, 71, member of the Israelite Church of Peru, kneels in prayer outside Congress, while holding a Tahuantinsuyo flag of the Inca empire, in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Some of Peru's lawmakers are calling for the dismissal of President Martín Vizcarra based on audios in which he is heard coaching two officials close to him for a congressional investigation into corruption. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

New political turmoil hits Peru with dicey impeachment vote

Sep. 11, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra is facing the threat of impeachment after the country’s opposition-controlled Congress agreed Friday to vote on his possible ouster just a day after the release of several secretly recorded audios. The latest political storm to hit the South...

In this undated photo provided by Outdoor Research in September 2020, a worker handles filter material for face masks in Seattle. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. (Gerardo Villalobos/Outdoor Research via AP)

Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

Sep. 10, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center in California. Now, as she stands in front of the gleaming glass and concrete hospital, she says she “dreads going in...

FILE - Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey celebrates the team's win over the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Los Angeles. Jalen Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Rams. The extension announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back, according to Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta.(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

Corner lockdown: Ramsey gets 5 years, $105 million from Rams

Sep. 9, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey showed up at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp last year in an armored bank truck. A year later on the opposite coast, he's going to need that ride. Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million...

Air Force awards $13.3 billion contract for nuclear missiles

Sep. 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force on Tuesday awarded a $13.3 billion contract for engineering and development work on a replacement for the Minuteman 3 missile, which has operated continuously for half a century as a key part of the nuclear force. Critics call the replacement project wasteful and dangerous....

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump won't let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

Sep. 4, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won't allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leaders' plan to shut the paper down this month. “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to...

A shopkeeper and his staff wait for customers at a garment store in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. India’s economy contracted by 23.9% in the April-June quarter, its worst performance in at least 24 years, the government announced Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged what was once the world's fastest growing major economy. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

India’s economy contracts by 24%, worst in at least 24 years

Aug. 31, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s economy contracted by 23.9% in the April-June quarter, its worst performance in at least 24 years, the government announced Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged what was once the world's fastest growing major economy. The contraction followed tepid 3.1% growth in the...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. As they searched for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates vetted by an outside firm. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, the man ultimately hired for job.  (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)

Postal chief DeJoy has long leveraged connections, dollars

Aug. 30, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During its search for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates screened by an outside company. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, who ultimately got the job. Instead, in what Democrats call a breach of protocol and blatant cronyism,...