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FILE - In this June, 24, 2004 Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is shown in Detroit. President Donald Trump commuted the 28-year prison sentence of the disgraced former Detroit mayor, who was convicted on federal corruption charges and served about seven years. The announcement Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump's White House term. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US releases Detroit's disgraced former mayor from prison

Jan. 20, 2021 8:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. The...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person wears a vest supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash., against Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state stay-at-home orders made in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden's inauguration has sown a mixture of anger, confusion and disappointment among believers in the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inauguration sows doubt among QAnon conspiracy theorists

Jan. 20, 2021 7:31 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies....

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Paul Erickson leaves the federal courthouse, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term. A White House statement early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, said that Erickson's conviction

Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Jan. 20, 2021 3:00 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his grievance over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by pardoning Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina. Erickson received the pardon even though he had pleaded...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo,  former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, right, walks with his attorney, Kurt Altman, as they leave a court hearing in Phoenix. Petersen, who has acknowledged running an adoption scheme in three states that involved women from the Marshall Islands, is required to report to federal prison by midday Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to start serving a 6-year sentence for his guilty plea in Arkansas to conspiring to commit human smuggling. Petersen also is awaiting sentencing for related convictions in Arizona and in Utah. (AP Photo/Jacques Billeaud, File)

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

Jan. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa...

President Donald Trump speaks near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump declassifies Crossfire Hurricane material

Jan. 19, 2021 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 7:35 p.m. In his final full day in office, President Donald Trump says he has declassified information related to the FBI’s investigation into ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign. He did not...

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee State Senate shows Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson posing for a photo in Nashville, Tenn. Already facing charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds from a health care school she directed, Robinson has been indicted in a new fraud case, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Tennessee State Senate via AP)

Tennessee state senator charged again in federal court

Jan. 19, 2021 6:42 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Already facing allegations of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds from a health care school she directed, a Tennessee state senator has been charged in a new fraud case, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Tuesday. Democrat Katrina Robinson and two other people...

President Trump is seen on a network monitor after his pre-recorded farewell speech was released, inside the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

Jan. 19, 2021 6:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to repair his tarnished legacy, President Donald Trump trumpeted his administration's accomplishments and wished his successor luck in a farewell video as he spent his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an...

FILE- In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte waves as he waits for European Council President Donald Tusk to arrive for a meeting at Catshuis residence in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch Cabinet was set to meet Friday Jan. 15, 2021, amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving child benefit investigations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch government wipes out debt for parents in fraud scandal

Jan. 18, 2021 2:07 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Monday said it is wiping out debts owed to the tax office and other government departments by parents caught up in a fraud scandal that caused the Cabinet to resign last week. State Secretary for Finance Alexandra van Huffelen said the decision means...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Twitter suspends US congresswoman over election fraud claims

Jan. 17, 2021 8:43 PM EST

Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online. Greene's account was suspended “without explanation," she said in a statement, while also...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump.  In December, Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of the presidential election based on unfounded claims of election fraud in four states that supported President Donald Trump in 2016 but elected Joe Biden president in 2020. The Republican attorneys general for 17 other states made legal filings supporting his effort, which was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Actions by GOP attorneys general could damage credibility

Jan. 17, 2021 2:11 PM EST

By supporting efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, most of the nation's Republican state attorneys general may have undermined their offices' long-held special status in federal courts. In December, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of...