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State lawmakers accused of harassment are running for office

Jul. 17, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

Dozens of state lawmakers nationwide have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct since the beginning of 2017. Here are those running for re-election or another office since the allegations surfaced: ARIZONA — Rep. Don Shooter, R, expelled from office Feb. 1 by an overwhelming House vote after an...

Lobbying firm sought envoys help to salvage Russian company

Jul. 14, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents made public by...

Correction: US-China Tariffs story

Jul. 13, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a story July 12 about the U.S.-China trade war, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 20,000 jobs at an Alabama Hyundai plant could be at risk if the U.S. imposes higher auto tariffs. The plant employs 3,500 people. A corrected version of the story is below: China says US...

New EPA acting chief signals more inclusive approach

Jul. 11, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, the new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, signaled a more inclusive approach at the agency, telling staffers roiled by months of ethics allegations against his predecessor, "You will find me and my team ready to listen." In his first remarks to agency...

The Latest: Flynn lawyers say he hasn't joined lobbying firm

Jul. 10, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Attorneys for Michael Flynn say the former national security adviser has not joined a new lobbying firm, saying a statement announcing the new position appears to have been released as "the result of...

Correction: Trump-Russia-Oligarch's Influence story

Jul. 6, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some versions of a story July 5 about Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Vekselberg had hired Michael Cohen as a consultant. It was the New York investment firm headed by his cousin, Andrew Intrater, that hired Cohen. A corrected...

Pruitt is out, handing EPA reins to former coal lobbyist

Jul. 6, 2018 7:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing out after months of scandals, Scott Pruitt is turning the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy who is expected to continue Pruitt's rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country's environment. With Pruitt's departure, President Donald...

EPA's new chief is former coal lobbyist, Senate staffer

Jul. 6, 2018 1:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that...

From lotion to lobbyists, some top allegations for Pruitt

Jul. 6, 2018 1:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was the target of numerous federal ethics investigations. Allegations included the eyebrow-raising — looking to obtain a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel — and graver ones, such as accounts that he...

EPA's new chief is former coal lobbyist, Senate staffer

Jul. 6, 2018 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that...