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Customers would get refunds under settlement of utility case

Nov. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed $10 million settlement of a class-action racketeering lawsuit against a water and wastewater utility in Pinal County would provide refunds to customers. A Nov. 19 motion filed on behalf of Johnson Utilities and various co-defendants...

Offices dismiss ethics complaints against attorney general

Nov. 26, 2021 23:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three state watchdog offices have dismissed a nonprofit group's complaints accusing New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas of ethics violations in connection with a proposed merger involving the state's largest utility company. The actions...

Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

Nov. 26, 2021 10:51 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public...

Interpol elects United Arab Emirates official as president

Nov. 25, 2021 08:57 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol on Thursday elected a contentious official from the United Arab Emirates as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual General Assembly held in Istanbul. Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, inspector general at the...

Guard pleads guilty to sneaking drugs into Alaska prison

Nov. 23, 2021 19:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska correctional officer has pleaded guilty to charges she helped smuggle drugs and cell phones that had been dropped into her yard to a prison inmate convicted of two counts of murder, authorities said Tuesday. Angela Lincoln, 43, was...

Virginia inmate's mother sentenced for smuggling contraband

Nov. 20, 2021 10:08 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for her role in a scheme in which bribes were paid to correctional officers in exchange for allowing contraband inside a Virginia prison where the woman's son was an inmate. Kim Williams,...

Malaysia ex-PM Najib defends asking for $24M property gift

Nov. 19, 2021 03:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A surprising disclosure in Malaysian Parliament that former Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked to be given a house and land estimated to be worth 100 million ringgit ($24 million) despite his graft conviction has sparked fierce reactions. ...

Chicago-area mayor pleads guilty in red-light camera scheme

Nov. 17, 2021 13:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago mayor pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking a cash bribe from a representative of a red-light camera company, the latest public official in the region to be convicted in the bribery scheme. Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta also resigned from...

Ex-Detroit officer pleads guilty in federal corruption probe

Nov. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police officer has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes as part of a federal corruption investigation into the city's towing practices and other matters. Alonzo Jones, 55, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he’s...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 17, 2021 09:01 AM EST

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov. 13, 2021. Editorial: Banning drilling under county parks still misguided Allegheny County Council is once again considering a bill to ban natural gas drilling under county parks. And once again, we believe the move is...