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US judge lets case against Manafort-linked oligarch stand

Jun. 23, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss bribery charges against a Ukrainian oligarch who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Her 39-page weekend ruling denies a motion to toss an indictment accusing Dymitro Firtash of a...

Rep. Adam Smith calls for impeachment inquiry

Jun. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Rep. Adam Smith is the second member of Washington's congressional delegation to call for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The Seattle Times reports that Smith, a Bellevue Democrat, changed his mind after the events of the past several weeks, saying the president has...

El Salvador tells phone companies to block signals in jails

Jun. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government is demanding that telephone companies completely block cellphone signals inside the country's prisons, in a bid to stop gang leaders from ordering killings and other crimes from behind bars. President Nayib Bukele, who took office June 1, is moving...

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Jun. 21, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Judge Francisco Ortega Polanco sent ex-Senate...

State rushes to fix how schools report alleged misconduct

Jun. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine aims to improve how the state tracks investigations into educators accused of wrongdoing under a new law signed this week. Lawmakers passed the legislation to fix a rushed 2018 law the state's largest teachers union claimed didn't protect educators with teaching credentials who...

Ex-airport worker admits to taking bribes during UN meeting

Jun. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former supervisor at Kennedy Airport admitted Friday that she took bribes to allow Qatar and other countries to park their planes overnight during the United Nations General Assembly. Marlene Mizzi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and receiving unlawful...

Missouri Rep. Clay co-sponsors resolution to impeach Trump

Jun. 21, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Rep. William Clay Jr. has joined two other Democratic congressmen in sponsoring a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. Clay announced Friday that he was signing on to a resolution with a single article of impeachment accusing Trump of attempting to obstruct the FBI...

House panel to subpoena Russian-born exec after no-show

Jun. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee says it will subpoena Russia-born business executive Felix Sater after he did not appear for a scheduled interview Friday to discuss his behind-the-scenes role in Donald Trump's effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow during the presidential election. House...

Retired US Army colonel convicted in Haitian bribery scheme

Jun. 21, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A retired U.S. Army colonel has been convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to bribe Haitian government officials. Federal prosecutors in Boston say 64-year-old Joseph Baptiste, of Fulton, Maryland was one of two men convicted Thursday. The other was 74-year-old Roger Richard Boncy, a dual...

Ex-Filipino diplomat who sued Xi barred entry to Hong Kong

Jun. 21, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine foreign secretary who accused in an international court Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity said he was barred from entering Hong Kong on Friday and held at the airport for hours. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The...