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Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

Kuwait pursues corruption charges in Eurofighter plane deal

Jan. 24, 2022 15:04 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's government said Monday that it had referred two senior military officers for prosecution in a major corruption case related to the country's purchase of Eurofighter Typhoon combat planes, after an investigation into the jets' improperly inflated price....

City can also represent Honolulu officers in teen's shooting

Jan. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu attorneys may represent both the city and three police officers in a civil lawsuit by the family of a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by police, a judge ruled Friday in response to a motion by the teen’s relatives arguing the officers need to have their own lawyers to...

Ex-Detroit council member gets 2 years in prison for bribes

Jan. 19, 2022 11:42 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit City Council member who quit after pleading guilty to a bribery scheme was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Andre Spivey acknowledged his “very poor choices" in accepting $36,000 but had hoped to get probation. His sentence still was far...

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...