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How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

Apr. 16, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason:...

House GOP takes cash from casino mogul accused of misconduct

Apr. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major House Republican fundraising committee overseen by GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy received over $770,000 from Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul who stepped down from his company in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. ...

Idaho Rep. Von Ehlinger accused of unwanted sexual contact

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho legislative ethics committee is investigating reports that Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger had what he called “unconsented sexual contact” with an adult volunteer, a newspaper reported. Von Ehlinger, a Republican from Lewiston, denied the...

Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

Apr. 16, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he launched his campaign to become Florida’s governor in January 2018, few expected Ron DeSantis to prevail in America’s toughest political battleground. The 39-year-old congressman was largely unknown outside his Daytona Beach...

Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

Apr. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions, part of a wave of GOP nullification proposals to try to resist any new gun control measures. Senators...

Missouri House delays lawmaker resignation to finish review

Apr. 15, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Thursday refused to accept a lawmaker's resignation so the Ethics Committee can fully investigate allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The GOP-led House voted 153-0 to prevent Republican...

Judge: Former mayor can run again despite federal conviction

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Two candidates who have been convicted on corruption charges want to be mayor of the suburban New York village of Spring Valley, but a judge ruled that only one is eligible to run. Wednesday's ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Paul Marx...

Marshall, Hawley oppose moving ahead with hate crimes bill

Apr. 15, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans Roger Marshall of Kansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri were among a handful of conservative U.S. senators who opposed moving forward with a Democratic-sponsored measure for confronting hate crimes against Asian Americans. Marshall's office...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 14 The Chicago Tribune on the federal pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine: Blood clots in veins...

Brazil court greenlights probe of president's virus response

Apr. 14, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court...