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FILE - In this July 29, 1998 file photo Linda Tripp talks to reporters outside federal court in Washington. Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at age 70. (AP Photo/Khue Bui, File)

Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70

Apr. 8, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Tripp, whose secretly taped conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky provided evidence of an affair with President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment, died Wednesday. She was 70. Tripp’s death was confirmed by attorney Joseph Murtha, but he provided...

In this April 8, 2020, photo supplied by World Vision, a house is damaged from Cyclone Harold on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. New Zealand announced Wednesday, April 8, 2020 it would help Vanuatu rebuild from the cyclone with aid of up to 500,000 New Zealand dollars ($300,000). Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Cyclone Harold had destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops. (World Vision via AP)

27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?

Apr. 8, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. But others say the government itself must take responsibility after it told...

President Donald Trump speaks during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump challenges authority, independence of agency watchdogs

Apr. 8, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector general tasked with overseeing the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that passed Congress with bipartisan...

President Donald Trump listens during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Apr. 7, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector general tasked with overseeing the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that passed Congress with bipartisan...

A man wearing a mask amid the spread of the new coronavirus walks by a sign in favor of Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa returning, in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. On Tuesday, an Ecuadorian court found Correa guilty of corruption and sentenced him to eight years in prison, further sullying the legacy of one of the nation's most enduring and polemic political leaders. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Court finds ex-Ecuador president guilty of corruption

Apr. 7, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian court found former President Rafael Correa guilty of corruption Tuesday and sentenced him to eight years in prison, further sullying the legacy of one of the nation’s most enduring and polemic political leaders. Judge Iván León said prosecutors had...

Kentucky offender let out of prison by Bevin charged by feds

Apr. 7, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who had sex crime convictions commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin last year has been charged by federal prosecutors with producing child pornography. The new charge against Dayton Jones stems from events that led to sodomy and other charges against him by Kentucky...

Convicted GOP insider could get released because of virus

Apr. 7, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Republican fundraiser in Ohio convicted in an investment scandal that ensnared a sitting governor is among nearly 170 state inmates who could be released early because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday released the list of inmates, which...

US prosecutors allege bribes in 2018, 2022 World Cup votes

Apr. 7, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, arrives at the Capitol in Washington for closed-door questioning about a whistleblower complaint that triggered President Donald Trump's impeachment. Trump has fired Atkinson. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday, April 3, 2020, of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Intelligence official 'disappointed' after ouster by Trump

Apr. 6, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted inspector general of the intelligence community says he is “disappointed and saddened” that President Donald Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing. Trump notified Congress late...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, arrives at the Capitol in Washington for closed-door questioning about a whistleblower complaint that triggered President Donald Trump's impeachment. Trump has fired Atkinson. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday, April 3, 2020, of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Trump suggests firing watchdog was payback for impeachment

Apr. 5, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested that he fired the inspector general for the intelligence community in retaliation for impeachment, saying the official was wrong to provide an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress as the law requires. Trump called Michael Atkinson a...