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Italy's Salvini lashes out at Macron as 'terrible president'

Jan. 22, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy's interior minister on Tuesday called the French leader Emmanuel Macron "a terrible president," in comments that were sure to further add to tensions with Italy's trans-Alpine neighbour over immigration. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League that governs in coalition with the...

Lawyers: Immigrant kids' detention is prolonged, unexplained

Jan. 22, 2019 2:52 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Immigrant advocates said Tuesday they are suing the U.S. government, claiming it is detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. A federal lawsuit filed last year in Alexandria, Virginia, was expanded on Friday to propose including the...

US prosecutors: Bribes used to hide Russian kickback scheme

Jan. 22, 2019 2:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a businessman accused of a $150 million kickback scheme involving Russian military contracts bribed authorities there to drop an investigation into the fraud. The arguments helped convince a North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday to order that Leonid Teyf remain...

Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Jan. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three Democratic presidential electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge to support their party's nominee. The three agreed to support Hillary Clinton in the...

Greece removes ancient sites, museums, from development list

Jan. 22, 2019 2:40 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government has removed hundreds of archaeological museums, ancient sites and castles inadvertently put on a provisional list of properties up for private development under the country's bailout terms. The culture ministry said Tuesday that following careful cross-checks,...

Former Wilmington Trust official sentenced for conspiracy

Jan. 22, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former bank executive who cooperated with authorities in an investigation that led to the fraud convictions of four top executives for Wilmington Trust, the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program, has been sentenced...

Judge rejects GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren't grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. Superior Court Judge...

US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran. U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that the conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14 sponsored by the United...

Doping agency forgives Russia, but says more work needed

Jan. 22, 2019 2:31 PM EST

The World Anti-Doping Agency straddled the wide gulf between vindication and capitulation Tuesday, agreeing to keep Russia's anti-doping operation in business after receiving much-sought-after lab data that could be used to prosecute hundreds of cheaters. But the decision came with a warning: Fool us again, and...

Explo Systems ex-owner drops Camp Minden sentence appeal

Jan. 22, 2019 2:26 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility has dropped an appeal of his sentence. Meanwhile, a codefendant's sentencing appeal remains before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Former...