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'A dumb thing to do': Trudeau apologizes for brownface

Sep. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian leader Justin Trudeau's campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said "it was a dumb thing to do." Time magazine posted the photo, which it says was published in the...

University of California chief Janet Napolitano to step down

Sep. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students, but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said Wednesday she will step down in August 2020. Napolitano, a...

Utah representative to resign, citing busy work schedule

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rep. John Knotwell has announced his resignation from the Utah Legislature at the end of September. The Herriman Republican cited a demanding work and travel schedule as the reason for his departure in a prepared statement Wednesday. According to his LinkedIn profile , he has worked...

Report: Ex-gaming head engaged in prohibited political acts

Sep. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Executive Inspector General. The report says Don Tracy made "loans and...

Pennsylvania lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges resigned Wednesday, just hours after his arrest spurred condemnation and calls for him to step down. Sen. Mike Folmer was charged late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office after agents...

The Latest: Lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged with possessing child pornography (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Senate officials say a Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges has resigned. Sen. Mike Folmer's apparent resignation Wednesday...

Kansas town council fires 3 top officials; mayor walks out

Sep. 18, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

FRONTENAC, Kan. (AP) — The city council for a small southeast Kansas community has fired its administrator, attorney and clerk without any discussion, prompting the mayor to threaten to resign and then walk out of the meeting. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that the mass firings happened during Monday...

Senior Portugal official quits amid corruption investigation

Sep. 18, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's secretary of state for civil protection has quit on the same day police and magistrates searched government offices as part of a corruption investigation. A government statement Wednesday said Artur Neves resigned for personal reasons. However, the attorney general's...

Alabama parole chief resigns after less than year in role

Sep. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The chair of Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles is resigning from her governor-appointed station effective Oct. 1 after less than a year in the role. News outlets report Lyn Head said she made the decision after fervent prayer. The Tuscaloosa lawyer and former prosecutor has...

New West Virginia delegate appointed to fill vacancy

Sep. 18, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Trenton C. Barnhart to a vacant state House of Delegates seat. Justice's office said in a news release that Barnhart is a lifelong resident of Pleasants County and lives in St. Marys. His was among three names that the West Virginia...