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Former Mississippi governor subpoenaed in welfare fraud case

Jul. 27, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

The attorney for a woman who pleaded guilty in what has been described as welfare fraud totaling $77 million has subpoenaed former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for documents about a multimillion-dollar volleyball center at his alma mater. The University of Southern Mississippi’s...

Mississippi drops attorney investigating welfare abuse

Jul. 25, 2022 23:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor investigating millions in misspent welfare dollars in Mississippi has been dropped from the case by the state agency that hired him. The state Department of Human Resources will find a new lawyer to replace Brad Pigott, a former...

Bolsonaro kicks off presidential bid at party convention

Jul. 24, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made official his bid to run for reelection in October, giving him three months to close a double-digit gap to secure victory. The Liberal Party's formal approval of Bolsonaro's candidacy took place at its convention Sunday...

Congressman asks DOJ to investigate former Gov. Phil Bryant

Jul. 16, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson asked the Department of Justice on Friday to investigate former Gov. Phil Bryant in connection with a welfare fraud case. A defendant in the case said in a court document, filed earlier this week, that she directed $1.1...

With elections in sight, Brazil increases spending cap

Jul. 14, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Millions of Brazilians — and likely the president's reelection campaign — will get a hefty boost from a measure approved by Brazil's Congress that sharply raises subsidies for the poor less than three months before presidential voting. Lawmakers voted...

Defendant: Ex-governor ordered payments to NFL's Brett Favre

Jul. 13, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A defendant in a Mississippi welfare fraud case said in a court document she directed $1.1 million in welfare money to former NFL star Brett Favre at the direction of former Gov. Phil Bryant. Mississippi news outlets report that the accusation, which Bryant...

High UAE gas prices stand out where cheap fuel was the norm

Jul. 12, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mere years ago, fuel was cheaper than bottled water in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Now, long lines snake outside gas stations on the eve of price hikes each month. Fuel prices in the major OPEC producer, set in line with global oil price...

In Argentina, groups keep lid on simmering social conflict

Jun. 02, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Holding an empty tote bag, Bahiano Arévalo waits impatiently for his turn at the Little Lions soup kitchen outside Argentina's capital. A few moments later, the 7-year-old receives some milk and cake. He takes it to his mother, Evelin Benítez, who...

Oregon dropping AI tool used in child abuse cases

Jun. 02, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

Child welfare officials in Oregon will stop using an algorithm to help decide which families are investigated by social workers, opting instead for a new process that officials say will make better, more racially equitable decisions. The move comes weeks after an Associated Press...

2 plead not guilty to filing 433 tax returns in fraud scheme

Jun. 01, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California tax preparers each pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges they filed 433 phony tax returns using stolen identities as part of a $1 million fraud scheme, prosecutors said. Anton Nguyen, 53, of Fountain Valley, and Rosemary...