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2 South Carolina sheriffs seek reelection amid troubles

Apr. 1, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina sheriffs who faced recent troubles have filed for reelection in their respective counties. Suspended Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood filed Monday for a third term, The Herald of Rock Hill reported. Underwood was indicted last year on federal charges,...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, from left, Christopher Tapp, Republican Rep. Doug Ricks and Charles Fain appeared before the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee in Boise, Idaho, to testify in favor of legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted. Tapp and Fain combined spent nearly 40 years in Idaho prisons for crimes they didn't commit after being convicted of murder. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed legislation that would have set up a process to compensate people convicted of crimes they didn't commit. The Republican governor in his veto message on Monday, March 31, 2020, says the measure's objective is admirable, but its process using the courts is flawed. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Idaho governor vetoes bill to compensate wrongly convicted

Mar. 31, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed legislation that would have set up a process to compensate people convicted of crimes they didn't commit, but suggested he would approve future legislation that didn't put the state in court as a first step. The Republican governor on Monday said the measure's objective was...

Idaho to hold May primary by mail only due to coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday that the state primary will be held on May 19 as planned, but it will be conducted by mail with no in-person voting due to the coronavirus. The Republican governor is urging all Idahoans eligible to vote to...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, John Swallow listens during his trial, in Salt Lake City. Swallow, a former Utah Attorney General who resigned amid scandal filed Thursday, March 19, 2020, to take another run at his old job. Swallow was acquitted at trial, and said on a campaign website he's

Top lawman who resigned amid scandal running after acquittal

Mar. 19, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah attorney general who resigned amid a public corruption scandal filed Thursday to take another run at his old job. John Swallow was acquitted of bribery charges at trial and said on a campaign website he's “prepared to return and finish his vision ... better...

No social spacing at ex-congressman's sentencing hearing

Mar. 17, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The small federal courtroom in San Diego where former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Tuesday was crowded, and there was no attempt by attendees, security or the judge to separate people as recommended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Before imposing an...

Convicted ex-Rep. Duncan Hunter, left, walks towards a court building for sentencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in San Diego. Hunter faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty on a corruption charge. Hunter served six terms representing one of Southern California's last solidly Republican districts before he resigned. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Ex-California Rep. Duncan Hunter gets 11 months in prison

Mar. 17, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter's birthday party. The ex-Marine's attorneys had asked for most or...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, March 15 said he has decided to give Gantz the first opportunity to form a new government following an inconclusive national election this month. Rivlin's office announced his decision late Sunday after consulting with leaders of all of the parties elected to parliament. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government

Mar. 15, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future. The...

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to the media in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings, Stormont, in Belfast, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Northern Ireland's major political parties agreed Friday to restore the Belfast-based government, three years after it collapsed in acrimony and left 1.8 million people with no regional government. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Judge says N Ireland eco-scandal not caused by corruption

Mar. 13, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A public inquiry concluded Friday that a green-energy scandal which triggered the breakdown of Northern Ireland’s government was caused by a series of errors and not political corruption. Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant power-sharing administration collapsed in January...

Romania's health minister Victor Costache, left, watches as caretaker prime minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban speaks during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, March 13, 2020 after it was confirmed that a senator who attended several meetings in the building tested positive for the infection. The caretaker prime minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban, said in a press conference at the parliament, the government, including all ministers, as well as the leadership of the ruling National Liberal Party and all its senators, are going into quarantine after one of the governing party's senators, who took part in high-level meetings, who confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/George Calin)

Caretaker PM Orban asked to head new Romanian government

Mar. 13, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Friday asked the quarantined caretaker prime minister, who lost a confidence vote in parliament last month, to try to form a new government after opposition parties indicated that they would back him. President Klaus Iohannis said he carried out...

GOP Rep. Hunter's son pens letter to keep dad out of jail

Mar. 12, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The teenage son of convicted California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has penned a letter asking the court to not send his dad to jail for misspending his campaign funds. Hunter, who resigned from Congress in January, is scheduled to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to...