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US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...

Tennessee agency investigating Casada's campaign finances

Aug. 14, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former embattled house speaker for Tennessee is being investigated for how he received and spent campaign money. The Tennessean reports the Registry of Election Finance launched the review into campaign finances for Glen Casada. He resigned as house speaker earlier this month...

GOP congressman set to go to trial weeks before 2020 primary

Aug. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter won't go on trial until next year on corruption charges that involve the spending of campaign cash on vacations, extramarital affairs and other items, a U.S. judge decided Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan changed the trial date from Sept. 10 to Jan....

The Latest: Judge delays corruption trial of lawmaker

Aug. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the corruption case against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A U.S. judge in San Diego has pushed back the corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter until next year. The 42-year-old Republican lawmaker and his wife have been accused of misusing $250,000...

Trial begins for father of Sen. McConnell campaign rival

Aug. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes deliberately violated federal law by funneling corporate contributions to his daughter's failed 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of a trial. Jerry Lundergan's attorney characterized the...

The Latest: McConnell rival's campaign donations prosecuted

Aug. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the federal trial of the father of Kentucky's secretary of state (all times local): 1 p.m. A prosecutor says the father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes funneled corporate money into her failed U.S. Senate campaign in violation of federal law. Jerry...

Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election

Aug. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would tackle the corruption, violence and insufficient economic opportunity that has driven tens of thousands to...

Conservative appears to win Guatemala's presidential runoff

Aug. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Conservative Alejandro Giammattei headed for an easy victory in Sunday's presidential runoff election, garnering favor with Guatemalan voters for his get-tough approach on crime and socially conservative values. With about 95% of polling places reporting, the country's Supreme...

Ex-first lady, conservative contend for Guatemala presidency

Aug. 9, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A runoff presidential election Sunday in Guatemala pits former first lady Sandra Torres against conservative Alejandro Giammattei, the top two vote-getters in the first round of voting in a country where the main challenges are widespread poverty and joblessness that have led tens of...

Aide to assistant speaker of NYS Assembly arrested in theft

Aug. 8, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An aide and one-time chief of staff to New York State Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz was arrested Thursday on a wire fraud charge, accused of diverting $80,000 from campaign contributions for his personal use. Maruf "Mitu" Alam, 29, of Brooklyn, was released on $100,000 bail after...