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DeGeneres apologizes to show's staff amid workplace inquiry

Jul. 30, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace. “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, joins businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, during to a visit to the construction site of the Kerch Strait bridge in Kerch, Crimea. Investigators traced $18 million in art buys to shell companies linked to Arkady Rotenberg and his brother Boris, who are close Putin associates who American officials say benefited financially from the Crimean annexation. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin, File Pool Photo via AP)

Report: Oligarchs skirt US sanctions through shady art sales

Jul. 29, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian oligarchs have skirted U.S. sanctions through murky high-end art deals, according to a congressional report released Wednesday that urged lawmakers to rein in an unregulated industry favored by money launderers. The secrecy of the art world — in which buyers often remain...

Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzon, who is part of Assange's legal team, addresses the media after leaving the Spain's National Court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, July 27, 2020. Spain's National Court is due to hear testimony Monday in an investigation into whether a Spanish company was hired to spy on Julian Assange during the seven years the Wikileaks founder spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain: Court hears testimony on whether Assange was spied on

Jul. 27, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court heard testimony Monday in an investigation into whether a Spanish company was hired to spy on Julian Assange during the seven years the WikiLeaks founder spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The court is investigating whether David Morales, a Spaniard, and...

FILE — In this May 20, 2020 file photo, people affected by the coronavirus economic downturn line up to receive food parcels in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa's COVID-19 response has been marred by corruption allegations around its historic dollars 26 billion economic relief package, as the country with the world's fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases braces for more. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)

South Africa warns COVID-19 corruption puts 'lives at risk'

Jul. 26, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 response is marred by corruption allegations around its historic $26 billion economic relief package, as the country with the world’s fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases braces for more. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a wide-ranging...

ABC News cuts ties with exec, cites racial insensitivity

Jul. 20, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC News has cut ties with a veteran executive after an investigation concluded that she made racially insensitive remarks, according to an internal memo. In an email to ABC News staff, Walt Disney Television Chairman Peter Rice said the outside inquiry also found that Barbara Fedida...

FILE - In this May 23, 2020 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks on his cellphone from his desk during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday July 17, 2020. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)

Pritzker: Illinois speaker 'must resign' if allegations true

Jul. 17, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of...

This Nov.3 2017 file photo shows visitors playing Assassin's Creed video game at the Ubisoft stand at the Paris Games Week in Paris. French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)

Games maker Ubisoft shakes up staff amid misconduct probe

Jul. 12, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for “toxic" staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment and other workplace abuse. In a statement...

France investigating millions in virus unemployment fraud

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Organized crime groups sought to defraud the French state of millions of euros meant for workers left jobless by the virus lockdown, prosecutors said Friday. France had an exceptionally generous temporary unemployment scheme that subsidized workers’ salaries while restaurants, schools...

UK, Australia investigate Clearview facial recognition firm

Jul. 9, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Privacy watchdogs in Britain and Australia have opened a joint investigation into facial recognition company Clearview AI over its use of personal data “scraped” off social media platforms and other websites. Thursday's announcement by the U.K.'s Information...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011 file photo, Cao GuangJing, left, CEO of China Three Gorges Corporation, embraces Antonio Mexia, CEO of Energia de Portugal (EDP) after signing a deal at the Portuguese Finance Ministry in Lisbon. The Lisbon stock exchange on Monday july 6, 2020, suspended trading in Portugal's national energy provider EDP and its international renewable energy division after media reports said a magistrate has suspended the CEOs of both companies amid a major corruption investigation. EDP is one of Portugal's biggest companies, with significant interests in the U.S. renewable energy market. Its biggest shareholder is China Three Gorges. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)

Portuguese energy firms replace CEOs amid corruption probe

Jul. 7, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Shares in Portugal’s blue-chip national energy provider EDP and its international renewable energy division rose Tuesday after the companies replaced their CEOs amid a corruption investigation. An investigating magistrate on Monday ruled that Energias de Portugal CEO Antonio...