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Bulgarian president takes oath of office for second term

Jan. 19, 2022 06:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country’s fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice President Iliana Yotova. ...

Political aide to Texas agriculture commissioner indicted

Jan. 18, 2022 21:22 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A longtime aide to Texas' agriculture commissioner was indicted Tuesday on charges of soliciting thousands of dollars in bribes from farmers in exchange for licenses to produce hemp. Todd Smith, a top aid to Commissioner Sid Miller, was indicted by a Travis...

Virginia ex-sheriff's lawyer seeks competency evaluation

Jan. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The attorney for a former Tidewater Virginia sheriff convicted of federal bribery charges last year has requested a competency evaluation before sentencing, saying his client’s mental health has declined rapidly. In a motion filed Friday in U.S. District...

Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial

Jan. 16, 2022 06:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for...

Ex-Mexican prosecutor so corrupt he betrayed drug cartel

Jan. 14, 2022 18:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Mexican state prosecutor was so corrupt even the crooks who paid him off couldn’t trust him, according to a report released this week by the Mexican government’s Interior Department. The department's National Search Commission issued the report as...

Audit: FirstEnergy didn't track spending of customer charges

Jan. 14, 2022 17:09 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. collected nearly $460 million from its customers to pay for modernizing its electric grid, but an outside audit ordered by state regulators could not determine how the money was spent, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said Friday. The...

Ex-building inspector sentenced to prison for taking bribes

Jan. 14, 2022 11:45 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans building inspector has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for taking at least $65,000 in bribes. The sentence was handed down Thursday for Kevin Richardson, 59, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 11, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. January 9, 2021. Editorial: The Illinois legislature needs a new watchdog now Once again, the post of legislative inspector general is vacant. The Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission needs to get its act together and appoint a new...

Former Israeli PMs face off in court in defamation lawsuit

Jan. 10, 2022 08:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday repeated his assertion that his successor and former rival, Benjamin Netanyahu, exhibited “crazy behavior” as a high-profile defamation lawsuit between the two political heavyweights got underway. The two...

NYC mayor names former police official to public safety job

Jan. 07, 2022 16:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams named a former high-ranking police official whose phone was once wiretapped in a federal corruption investigation as his deputy mayor for public safety on Friday, reviving a position not seen in the Big Apple since the early 1990s. At the same time,...