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US judge denies bail for ex-Peruvian president Toledo

Jul. 19, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. "If the defendant were to flee, this would be a diplomatically...

South Africa's president accused of misleading Parliament

Jul. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African corruption watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" Parliament about a campaign contribution, a setback for a leader who has vowed to address sprawling graft allegations that forced his predecessor from office and sparked national outrage....

DMV worker accused of using driver info to steal from cars

Jul. 19, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles Services worker and her boyfriend have been indicted in an alleged scheme to steal from dozens of cars in the metro area over at least two years using driver's license information. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 37-year-old Valerie Applegate of...

Former Auburn assistant basketball coach avoids prison

Jul. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person's lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball...

Mail carrier convicted in scheme to deliver pot packages

Jul. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A postal service worker has been convicted of intercepting packages of marijuana and delivering them to a drug dealer in return for cash payments. Federal prosecutors say Fred Rivers was convicted Tuesday on a conspiracy count but acquitted of taking bribes. The 47-year-old Newark man...

Man pleads guilty in case tied to ex-St. Louis County leader

Jul. 16, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A businessman pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday, admitting that he provided bribes as part of a pay-to-play scheme led by the former St. Louis County executive. John Rallo's plea to three bribery counts makes him the fourth person to plead guilty in connection with the case. He...

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo arrested in US

Jul. 16, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, who faces corruption charges in his homeland, was arrested in the United States following an extradition request, U.S. and Peruvian authorities said Tuesday. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Toledo and he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge...

Judge bars board members from voting on wind farm

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

KILGORE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has temporarily barred two Cherry County commissioners from voting on a permit for a 19-turbine wind farm west of Kilgore. A landowner and the group Preserve the Sandhills have filed a lawsuit, contending that Commissioners Tanya Storer and Martin DeNaeyer have conflicts of...

Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold

Jul. 16, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria's Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash...

Prosecutors: DOT commissioner told witness to destroy emails

Jul. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former South Carolina transportation commissioner told a government witness who had made payments to him to destroy emails before the FBI could find them, according to a sentencing memo filed Monday in federal court. The court filing detailed the accusation and...