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GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

May. 12, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans dumped GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post Wednesday for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, underscoring the hold the defeated and twice-impeached former president retains on his party. She...

Expected 'bombshell' testimony fizzles at Brazil virus probe

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian senators expecting explosive testimony from a former government official on President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response expressed anger Wednesday at what they called his evasive responses and, in some cases, lies. Bolsonaro's former...

California lawmakers seek $200 million to fight hate crimes

May. 12, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers said Wednesday that they are seeking $200 million over the next three years to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans that have increased since the coronavirus entered the U.S. after originating in China. More than half...

Austrian chancellor under investigation for corruption

May. 12, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz confirmed Wednesday that he is under investigation by anti-corruption authorities on suspicion he made false statements to a parliamentary commission — allegations he denied. Kurz told lawmakers that the investigation...

Herrera Beutler will vote to keep Cheney in House leadership

May. 11, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, one of 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, says she will vote to retain Rep. Liz Cheney in Republican leadership. Cheney, who also voted to impeach...

Ex-UAW leader gets nearly 2 years in prison for corruption

May. 11, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A welder who rose from the factory floor to become president of a venerable U.S. labor union was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for luxurious winter stays in the California sun covered by dues paid by his blue-collar members. Dennis Williams,...

GOP's Rob Astorino announces 2nd run for NY governor

May. 11, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Westcester County executive Rob Astorino said Tuesday he'll run for governor in 2022 in what would be his second bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Astorino, a Republican former radio industry professional and two-term Westchester...

South Africa's president suspends party secretary-general

May. 11, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified the country’s anti-corruption drive with the suspension of his African National Congress party’s secretary-general, who is facing corruption charges in court. The decision made...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 11, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

Chicago Sun-Times. May 10, 2021. Editorial: Catholic religious orders must come clean about abusive clergy Despite public pressure, some orders still resist telling the full truth about sexual abuse allegations, as the Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth has...

Corruption case of ex-Massachusetts mayor heads to jurors

May. 10, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers made their final pitch to jurors Monday in the fraud and corruption case against a once-celebrated young Massachusetts mayor, painting contrasting pictures of a shrewd con man driven by greed to line his own pockets or a victim of lies who never committed a crime. ...