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The Latest: Putin opposes easing punishments for drug crimes

Jun. 20, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's annual call-in show (all times local): 3:15 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says he's against easing punishments for drug-related crimes but considers it necessary to tighten controls in order to prevent police abuses. Speaking during a live marathon call-in show, Putin...

China says Interpol ex-president confesses to bribe taking

Jun. 20, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Former Interpol President Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a...

Booker vows to pursue clemency for nonviolent drug offenders

Jun. 20, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says if he's elected, he plans to use the powers of the office to pursue clemency for what his campaign estimates is more than 17,000 prisoners incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes. The New Jersey senator's clemency plan would affect...

Hicks rebuffs questions on Trump White House in interview

Jun. 20, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in a daylong interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump in their first...

Chinese court says former Interpol President Meng Hongwei has confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes

Jun. 20, 2019 2:39 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese court says former Interpol President Meng Hongwei has confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

Jun. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers'...

The Latest: House intel panel to interview Russia-born exec

Jun. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report (all times local): 6:40 p.m. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says Russia-born business executive Felix Sater will talk to House intelligence committee staff behind closed doors...

Ex-Senate aide sentenced to 4 years in prison for data leak

Jun. 19, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressional staffer was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Jackson A. Cosko, a former computer...

ICC prosecutor: Sudan authorities should hand over ex-leader

Jun. 19, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged Sudan's transitional authorities on Wednesday to hand over or prosecute ousted President Omar al-Bashir and four others for alleged war crimes in Darfur. Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council she is ready to work...

Pelosi rules out Trump censure if House can't impeach him

Jun. 19, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday ruled out censuring President Donald Trump if the House doesn't impeach him, downplaying a less drastic censure as "a day at the beach" for the president. Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that...