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Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions

Apr. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and...

Court ruling adds to delay in alleged USS Cole bomber case

Apr. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. An appellate panel in Washington said Tuesday that a military judge improperly continued to preside over...

Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions

Apr. 16, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and...

Subpoena quashed in Democrat's efforts to question Hawley

Apr. 9, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has rejected a Democratic candidate's effort to question U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over his handling of public records while he was Missouri attorney general. Attorney Elad Gross, a candidate for Missouri attorney general, is suing Gov. Mike Parson's administration for all...

Report: Veteran long showed signs of mental instability

Apr. 9, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The disruptive behavior and mental instability of an Air Force trainee and Army veteran was apparent long before he killed his commander and himself in Texas in April 2016, according to an Air Force investigative report. Tech. Sgt. Steven Bellino was armed with two hand guns, a knife and...

Alabama's Nate Oats receives $2.45 million deal

Mar. 29, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will pay new basketball coach Nate Oats $2.45 million annually under his five-year deal. The university released a memorandum of understanding with Oats to The Associated Press on Friday in response to an open records request. Alabama introduced the former Buffalo coach on...

Court orders Russian ex-minister jailed for 2 months

Mar. 27, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian Cabinet member was ordered Wednesday to stay behind bars on charges of embezzling $62 million. The Basmanny District Court ordered Mikhail Abyzov be kept in custody for two months while an investigation continues. Abyzov is accused of leading a criminal group that allegedly...

Russian ex-minister arrested on fraud charges

Mar. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian government minister has been arrested on charges of embezzling $62 million, fueling speculation about possible fallout for the prime minister who was his political patron. Mikhail Abyzov is accused of presiding over a criminal group that allegedly siphoned 4 billion rubles...

Army bill for public records on contaminant: About $300,000

Mar. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has put a price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at military installations: nearly $300,000. In a March 12 letter, the Army told the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group, that the military would charge the group $290,400 to...

Report: Ex-Putin adviser who died in US had broken neck

Mar. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president sustained a complete fracture of his neck "at or near the time of his death" in a Washington hotel room in 2015. The documents from the city's medical examiner were released to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in...