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Bills aimed at easing reentry sent to Louisiana governor

May. 31, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation pitched as easing the ability for people convicted of crimes in Louisiana to search for jobs is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. With a 33-0 vote Friday, senators sent the governor a bill by Republican Sen. Patrick McMath, of Covington, that would require a...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo Steve Linick, State Department Inspector General, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A senior department official said President Donald Trump removed Linick from his job as State Department’s inspector general on Friday, May 15, 2020, but gave no reason for his ouster.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Democrats to interview ousted State Department watchdog

May. 30, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of three House and Senate committees will interview former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Wednesday as part of an investigation by House Democrats into his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump. Linick will speak to members of the House Foreign Affairs...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo State Department Inspector General Steve Linick leaves a meeting in a secure area at the Capitol in Washington. A senior department official said President Donald Trump removed Linick from his job as State Department’s inspector general on Friday, May 15, 2020, but gave no reason for his ouster. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats expand probe into firing of State Dept. watchdog

May. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats announced Friday that they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, part of an effort to find out more about President Donald Trump’s moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs. The Democrats...

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Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary

May. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s most consequential election in a generation is set to take place next week, when voters will be looking for a leader who can rein in violent crime, address entrenched poverty and restore steadily eroding trust in local government. Although Tuesday's election is a...

Ex-mayor convicted in FBI sting released early from prison

May. 29, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana mayor convicted in a federal bribery sting and sentenced to 20 years behind bars was released from prison this week. Attorney John McLindon said his client, former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace Sr., was released Wednesday into a halfway house, WBRZ-TV reported....

Activist Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party on Saturday, speaks during a news conference at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds

May. 29, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent South Korean activist who was recently elected to the National Assembly denied on Friday that she misused public donations for Korean survivors of Japanese wartime sexual slavery. Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party...

LA mayor says councilman should resign over bribery probe

May. 28, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the president of the City Council called Thursday for the resignation of Councilman Jose Huizar, who is the focus of a federal corruption investigation. Council President Nury Martinez said Huizar should immediately step down, one day after his former...

Suburban Detroit ex-public works official pleads guilty

May. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A day after his boss was charged, a former suburban public works official pleaded guilty Thursday to extorting builders and contractors to buy tickets to political fundraisers or face consequences. Dino Bucci worked for Anthony Marrocco, who had broad authority over sewer...

An anti-government protester argues with riot police during a protest against a general amnesty law being proposed in parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon removes banking secrecy rules to fight corruption

May. 28, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved on Thursday a law to remove decades-old banking secrecy rules in order to better fight rampant corruption that has pushed the country to the edge of economic collapse. The move opens the way for investigations into bank accounts of current and former...