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Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation conviction

Feb. 18, 2019 9:20 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran lawmaker was stripped of her seat in Congress on Monday after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker. The court sentenced Maria Luisa Borjas of the opposition Libre party to serve two years and eight months in prison, but she can avoid...

Trudeau's top adviser resigns while denying wrongdoing

Feb. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigned Monday while denying allegations that he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company. Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closest adviser and best friend since...

Brazil president fires key aide linked to corruption scandal

Feb. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially dismissed his key aide in charge of dealings with congress, days after a newspaper linked him to a corruption scandal involving phony candidates and the misuse of campaign funds. Government spokesman Otavio Rego Barros didn't say...

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Feb. 17, 2019 7:32 PM EST

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its...

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Feb. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday,...

Poland's political leader on unprecedented defensive

Feb. 16, 2019 7:29 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician who has built his position on a reputation of honesty and anti-communist convictions, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people...

Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

Feb. 14, 2019 7:31 PM EST

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — The Maryland woman who has accused Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is a single mother who values her privacy, worked for several years as a school fundraiser and had a sometime-turbulent personal life,...

Correction: AccuWeather-Sexual Bias Settlement story

Feb. 14, 2019 6:06 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In the headline on a story Feb. 12 about AccuWeather, The Associated Press erroneously characterized a $290,000 payment by the company to resolve allegations by the U.S. Labor Department of sexual harassment of female employees. The company agreed to make the payment before any...

Virginia Democrats' scandals puts spotlight on GOP speaker

Feb. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top Democrats mired in scandal, the fourth man in line to become governor is keeping a low profile even as his status rises. Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, a soft-spoken retired public school teacher, could play a key role in determining the fates of the three...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice gets 2 years for corruption

Feb. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge John T....