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No. 4 House Democrat issues call for impeachment inquiry

Aug. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Monday became the highest-ranking Democrat in the House to call for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, saying it's time to hold him accountable. The New Mexico congressman, third in line behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a 2020 candidate...

Turkey removes 3 pro-Kurdish mayors from office

Aug. 19, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a new government crackdown on a pro-Kurdish party, Turkey on Monday removed from office the elected mayors of three cities in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeast region over their alleged links to rebels, replacing them with government appointees. The mayors of the cities of...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As a child, Puerto Rico's newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as a district attorney and justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez finds herself...

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work. Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following...

US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...

Governor: Civil rights director should resign over comments

Aug. 14, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state's civil rights director should resign or be fired after he made inappropriate, offensive comments about women. Whitmer, who does not have the power to dismiss Agustin Arbulu, said she will no longer let him attend Cabinet...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

Aug. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in Guinea linked to the West African country's late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva...

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances. The report comes just before the official start of...

GOP congressman set to go to trial weeks before 2020 primary

Aug. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter won't go on trial until next year on corruption charges that involve the spending of campaign cash on vacations, extramarital affairs and other items, a U.S. judge decided Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan changed the trial date from Sept. 10 to Jan....