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Sequel to trial that snagged ex-NY governor's aide begins

Jun. 17, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and several construction company executives are set for trial Monday on corruption charges stemming from their alleged rigging of bids in an upstate development plan known as the Buffalo Billion. The trial in...

In new job, disgraced governor helps fellow ex-cons

Jun. 17, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fresh off his second stint in federal custody, former Gov. John Rowland is now working as a fundraiser for a Christian group that helps convicts return to their communities and turn their lives around. The 61-year-old Republican was released May 25, nearly a year early from his...

In Senate race launched by #MeToo, 2 women have inside track

Jun. 17, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In Minnesota's surprise race to fill Al Franken's former Senate seat, the two women running tell their own versions of a familiar story. Democrat Tina Smith, who filled the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's seat in January after he resigned, recalls being asked if she could...

Both Trump, critics find things to like in watchdog report

Jun. 16, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The...

Judge: Ousted Arizona lawmaker can run for state Senate

Jun. 15, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge said Friday the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be ousted over sexual misconduct allegations after the rise of the #MeToo movement can run for the Arizona Senate because he is still a resident of the district he wants to represent. The judge ruled in a legal challenge filed by a...

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

Jun. 15, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The...

Panel investigating Maryland lawmaker on sexual misconduct

Jun. 15, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland legislative ethics panel is investigating a lawmaker over allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, people with direct knowledge of the investigation said Friday. Two fellow lawmakers told The Associated Press that an outside investigator working on behalf of the...

The Latest: Ethics office seeks expanded probe of EPA chief

Jun. 15, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ethics allegations surrounding Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The federal government's top ethics officer is asking for an expanded investigation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt to address recent...

AP: Trump 2020 working with ex-Cambridge Analytica staffers

Jun. 15, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users' private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. The AP...

Trump claims FBI 'plotting' though report found no bias

Jun. 15, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that there was "total bias" at the FBI and that the "top people" at the agency were...