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2 North Carolina tax preparers sentenced in filing scheme

Jan. 19, 2022 08:23 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina tax preparers have pleaded guilty to charges that they prepared fraudulent tax returns with an estimated loss to the government of $1.5 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Court documents say Whitney Danielle Sales owned and...

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

Jan. 19, 2022 00:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani and other members of Donald Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election that fueled the lie that race had been stolen from the former president. ...

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

Jan. 18, 2022 20:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas Tuesday to Rudy Giuliani and other members of Donald Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election that fueled the lie that race had been stolen from the former...

Nessel expands on why feds should probe fake GOP electors

Jan. 18, 2022 16:32 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel expanded Tuesday on why she believes it's better for federal authorities to criminally investigate 16 Republicans who falsely claimed they were Michigan's presidential electors. GOP officials in seven states submitted...

DirecTV drops Trump-friendly One America News

Jan. 16, 2022 00:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network, significantly shrinking the reach of the right-wing TV channel friendly to Donald Trump and widely criticized for spreading misinformation including the former president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election. The...

Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House

Jan. 15, 2022 08:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America’s first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished up spaghetti and chocolate milk to kids at a YMCA near New Orleans and reminisced with second graders in Detroit about an early job at McDonald's. ...

White House: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion

Jan. 15, 2022 00:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House. ...

FACT FOCUS: Posts mislead on nonprofit vaccine rules

Jan. 14, 2022 17:38 PM EST

Critics of vaccine requirements are misrepresenting policy changes taken by Make-A-Wish Foundation and a Ronald McDonald House Charities facility to protect the children and families they serve from coronavirus. Both nonprofits have enforced COVID-19 vaccine rules in recent months,...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 14, 2022 11:28 AM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Experts say Viagra isn’t a known...

SC woman gets prison for misusing $1.2M in COVID-19 funds

Jan. 14, 2022 11:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud relating to $1.2 million in coronavirus relief funds. Bridgett Dorsey, 39, of Blythewood, had pleaded guilty to tax fraud and fraud related to the CARES Act, the U.S. Attorney's...