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Former US Sen. Al Franken tests welcome on speaking circuit

Aug. 25, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political career. The Star Tribune reports that tickets went on sale Friday for "An Evening with Al Franken" Oct. 2 at...

Gilliard wants building named after convicted SC lawmaker

Aug. 24, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker said it's time to forgive a former state senator who resigned amid a campaign spending scandal and give him the recognition he deserves. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard wants South Carolina State University to name its new building in Charleston after former...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Aug. 22, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...

Lawyer: Philly female officers who sued will be protected

Aug. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen say...

More Spokane political leaders call for Shea resignation

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mayor and police chief of Spokane, Washington, are the latest to demand that a conservative state legislator resign from office after leaked emails revealed he sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders. Mayor David Condon and Police Chief Craig Meidl on Tuesday...

Polish judges want lawmakers to probe hate campaign

Aug. 21, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations. The judges of the independent Iustitia association also demanded that Justice...

The Latest: Philadelphia police commissioner resigning

Aug. 21, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of the Philadelphia Police commissioner (all times local): 6:40 p.m. A Philadelphia official says the resignation of Police Commissioner Richard Ross is related to allegations made by a corporal and a patrol officer against several department employees....

Philly police head resigns as bias suit roils department

Aug. 20, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., but in...

Michigan civil rights director takes leave after comments

Aug. 20, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The embattled director of Michigan's civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting. The state Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday gave no reason for...