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Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South...

Court: Ohio regulators erred in OK'ing FirstEnergy affiliate

Oct. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the high court's...

Spanish court allows extradition to US of Venezuelan suspect

Oct. 15, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court consented Friday to the extradition to the United States of ex-Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez’s former nurse, who is charged in Miami with money laundering. The court’s magistrates “consider that all requirements are met”...

Austrian ex-Chancellor Kurz sworn in as member of parliament

Oct. 14, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Thursday as a member of parliament after resigning last week amid corruption allegations, local news agency APA reported. Kurz, 35, is also keeping his role as party leader and became the head of its...

USC ex-dean, LA politician charged with bribery scheme

Oct. 13, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful Los Angeles politician Mark Ridley-Thomas and a former dean at the University of Southern California were charged Wednesday with a bribery scheme in which Ridley-Thomas promised to steer millions of dollars in contracts to the school if his son got a scholarship...

Ex-Hawaii official pleads guilty to embezzlement, bribery

Oct. 13, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii County council member pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $38,000 while serving as executive director of a state commission that administers community service programs. Stacy Higa spent the money on personal expenses,...

Ex-Indiana mayor gets 21 months in prison for seeking bribe

Oct. 13, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana mayor who was found guilty of taking a $13,000 bribe from a trucking company and illegal tax evasion was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison. A federal judge ordered the sentence against former Portage Mayor...

Missouri Supreme Court suspends Columbia attorney's license

Oct. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the law license of Columbia attorney Dan Viets, a prominent advocate for legalizing marijuana. Viets represented a brother and sister accused in a marijuana case in 2012. He was accused of a...

$50K fine, no prosecution for ex-coach in college scam deal

Oct. 12, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have promised to drop their case against a former Wake Forest University coach charged in the college admissions bribery scandal if he pays a $50,000 fine and follows certain conditions, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. A...

Mexico's anti-corruption effort takes a PR blow

Oct. 11, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has made punishing corruption the centerpiece of his political agenda, so when one of the country’s most corrupt and self-confessed ex-officials was photographed dining out carefree at a luxury restaurant over the weekend, it wasn’t good optics. ...