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Judge: Honolulu corruption trial to go on, despite shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 10:36 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Despite the U.S. government shutdown, a federal trial on corruption-related charges must go on against a now-retired Honolulu police chief and his former deputy prosecutor wife, a judge ruled Friday. Louis and Katherine Kealoha are scheduled to go to trial in March on allegations they...

Mueller disputes accuracy of BuzzFeed report on Trump, Cohen

Jan. 18, 2019 10:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law...

California Legislature to open office for misconduct reports

Jan. 18, 2019 10:23 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature's new office to handle sexual misconduct and other workplace complaints will open Feb. 1, more than year after the #MeToo movement rocked the Capitol and prompted several lawmakers to resign. Legislative leaders announced Friday the launch of the...

Attorney appointed for ex-lawmaker in Arkansas bribery case

Jan. 18, 2019 6:51 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney has been appointed to represent a former Arkansas lawmaker facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a bribery scheme with an ex-judge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Harris on Friday appointed J. Blake Hendrix to represent former state Sen. Gilbert Baker. She...

Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

Jan. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are vowing to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, calling that possibility a "concern of the greatest magnitude." Trump's current lawyer said the allegations sparking the...

Bolsonaros face questions in Brazil over corruption probe

Jan. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Allies and supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are questioning his commitment to fighting corruption as questions mount about irregular payments in his inner circle just weeks into his presidency. Bolsonaro's son, Flavio Bolsonaro, has come under fire over suspicious...

Pilot seeks dismissal of indecent exposure charge in Denver

Jan. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A United Airlines pilot has asked a judge to dismiss an indecent exposure charge against him, saying he is the victim of governmental misconduct. Andrew Collins was arrested Sept. 20 for standing naked in front of his 10th-floor hotel window overlooking the Denver International Airport...

Bill raising fines for animal cruelty dies in Wyoming Senate

Jan. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has killed a bill that would have increased the fines for those convicted of animal cruelty. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the proposal was defeated Tuesday on a 21-7 vote. In Wyoming, cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than...

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay, apology not enough

Jan. 18, 2019 3:32 AM EST

PUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation. Goldman CEO David Solomon...

Freshmen House Dems cut different paths across Capitol Hill

Jan. 18, 2019 12:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One group went to the White House with Republicans to talk about border security and reopening shuttered parts of the government. Another, led by social media stars, marched around Capitol Hill in a widely-posted but futile search for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell —...