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Wunderkind ex-mayor to face jurors in fraud, bribery case

Apr. 18, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After he was elected mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, at just 23 years old, it seemed Jasiel Correia's political career had nowhere to go but up. Bright and dynamic, Correia charmed voters by portraying himself as a successful entrepreneur who could revive the struggling...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...

Member of Montana Freemen from 1996 standoff dies in prison

Apr. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A member of the anti-government Montana Freemen who took part in the extremist group's 81-day armed standoff with FBI agents 25 years ago has died in prison. Russell Dean Landers, 69, died April 10 while in custody at the Federal Correctional...

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

Former Temple U business dean indicted in rankings scandal

Apr. 16, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former dean of Temple University's business school has been charged with falsifying data to boost the school's rankings, draw more students and vastly increase the school's revenue. The federal indictment unsealed Friday charges Moshe Porat, 74,...

In Texas, GOP voting bills zero in on Democratic Houston

Apr. 15, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation’s next big voting battle underway in Texas would outlaw 24-hour polling places, drive-thru voting and make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Put another way: Everything Houston — the...

Whitmer changes contracting rules to target payroll fraud

Apr. 15, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced changes in the state's contracting process to ensure construction and other companies are not rewarded with government money for payroll fraud such as misclassifying workers as independent contractors. ...

Judge: Former mayor can run again despite federal conviction

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Two candidates who have been convicted on corruption charges want to be mayor of the suburban New York village of Spring Valley, but a judge ruled that only one is eligible to run. Wednesday's ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Paul Marx...

EXPLAINER: Charmed by Madoff, SEC later tightened its rules

Apr. 15, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until Bernie Madoff’s scheme came crashing down and the biggest Ponzi scheme in Wall Street’s history came to light, he appeared as a charming wizard with a Midas touch. His investment advisory business attracted a devoted legion of clients, including A-list...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff's death at the Federal Medical Center...