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Former Alabama judge pleads guilty to theft, abuse of power

Oct. 31, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge who resigned earlier this year while under indictment has pleaded guilty to three felony charges of theft and abuse of power. Doug Patterson's plea Friday negates his trial that had been scheduled in about two weeks. Instead, he faces up to 40 years in prison at...

2 officials close to Turkish leader test positive for virus

Oct. 31, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two top Turkish officials who work closely with Turkey's president have tweeted that they tested positive for the coronavirus. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said Saturday that he had light COVID-19 symptoms and was nearing the end of treatment. Interior...

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, waves as he arrives to participate in a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai king hands out diplomas at protest movement stronghold

Oct. 30, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king presided over a university graduation ceremony Friday at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event. There was no way to confirm how many heeded the call, though videos of the...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. López Obrador said Friday that his ambassador to the United States told him two weeks ago that there was an investigation underway there involving Mexico's former defense secretary, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican president taps loyalist as new security chief

Oct. 30, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed a former journalist and long-time Mexico City government bureaucrat to be the country’s new security chief Friday at a time when the country is on track to set a new annual homicide record. It was not immediately...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 2019 file photo, From left, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Daniel White, UA Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and UA Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield speak at a UA Board of Regents meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Cathy Sandeen, the chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage has announced her intention to take a new position as the president of a California university, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.(AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Alaska university chancellor accepts new job in California

Oct. 30, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage has announced that she plans to take a new position as the president of a California university. Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Thursday she accepted an offer to become president of California State University, East Bay. Sandeen...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, against Liberty University with defamation and breach of contract claims alleging the school damaged his reputation in statements after his resignation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell sues Liberty, saying school damaged his reputation

Oct. 29, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals. The lawsuit filed in...

Florida judge resigns from election board over bias concerns

Oct. 29, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A local judge in a north Florida county resigned Thursday from a vote-counting board after concerns were raised about his political partisanship. The Florida Times-Union reports that Senior County Judge Brent Shore resigned from the Duval County Canvassing Board after the...

Pro-democracy demonstrators flash a three-finger salute of defiance during a protest rally at the Silom business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The protesters continue to gather Thursday with their three main demands of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, changes to a constitution that was drafted under military rule and reforms to the constitutional monarchy. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand protesters take to street to mock fashion show

Oct. 29, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand returned Thursday to the capital’s business district, staging something akin to a street fair to bring attention to their contention that the country’s monarchy holds too much power and influence. Their rally on the city’s Silom...

Dr. Love Paul, left, Pearl Paul and their son Nate Paul, right, attend the 2011 Texas Inaugural Celebration at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, on  Jan. 18, 2011. Nate Paul, an Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal judge. In his complaint to prosecutors in Austin, Paul said the owner of a chain of Texas car dealerships schemed with lawyers, investors and others to seize his assets. (Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Developer tied to Texas AG accused judge, others of fraud

Oct. 28, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal...

A women's rights activist with a poster of the Women's Strike action protests in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law. Massive nationwide protests have been held ever since a top court ruled Thursday that abortions due to fetal congenital defects are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles join strike as protests against abortion ruling expand

Oct. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — People across Poland stayed off their jobs and huge crowds poured onto the streets for a seventh straight day of protests Wednesday, enraged over a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities. Tens of thousands of people, gathering in defiance of pandemic...