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Corruption retrial begins for ex-New York Senate leader, son

Jun. 19, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son returned to a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday for the start of their retrial on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood told prospective jurors that Skelos and his son, Adam, were facing public corruption charges and she was...

Lawsuit: Ex-Senate president understood risk posed by spouse

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an agreement or understanding allowing Hefner access to those individuals. The lawsuit, which...

Arkansas Senate approves overhaul of ethics rules

Jun. 19, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to overhaul its ethics and conflict of interest rules following the conviction of several lawmakers in bribery schemes over the past year, but the chamber's incoming leader said a newly formed committee will have to hash out the details on how to...

House GOP steps up FBI criticism in wake of internal report

Jun. 19, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are escalating their monthslong standoff with the Justice Department, saying the FBI hasn't adequately addressed bias within the agency and threatening to hold top department officials in contempt — or even impeach them. The stepped-up criticism comes after the...

The Latest: Trump's campaign manager wants Sessions fired

Jun. 19, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be dismissed. Brad Parscale tweeted Tuesday that it was "time to...

Lawmakers will mull PawSox, sexual misconduct in final week

Jun. 19, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are hoping to tackle questions involving a new PawSox stadium, sexual harassment and whether to rename the state's main airport before the end of their legislative session. The General Assembly wants to end the session Friday. The House has suspended its...

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

Jun. 19, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry. The legislation would require feature film...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's German crime claims off mark, again

Jun. 19, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After wrongly stating a day earlier that crime in Germany is surging, U.S. President Donald Trump is singling out the European nation again to warn about the alleged danger posed by migrants. Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these...

Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

Jun. 19, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president's highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling Tuesday that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country's democracy. Justices voted 8-6 to...

Lawmakers prepare criminal justice reforms for next governor

Jun. 19, 2018 2:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers say they are setting a course for criminal justice reforms in anticipation of a new administration in 2019. Lawmakers who specialize in public safety and criminal justice issues are participating in a daylong forum Tuesday to consider proven strategies for...