- Brazil's high court suspends house speaker, foe of president Updated: May-05-16 6:02 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted and controversial leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties.
- Feds seek DNA samples to investigate thefts of 130 guns Updated: May-05-16 3:41 pm
ATLANTA - Federal authorities are seeking a DNA sample - along with hair samples and fingerprints - from at least one suspect as they continue investigating the theft of 130 guns from firearms dealers in several Georgia cities.
- Jury convicts Ron Paul aides of campaign finance violations Updated: May-05-16 3:38 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul were convicted Thursday in a federal case alleging they conspired to cover up the campaign's payments to a former Iowa state senator who had agreed to endorse their boss.
- Illinois GOP lawmakers want auditor spending answers Updated: May-05-16 3:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group of Republican lawmakers attempted to turn up the election-year heat Thursday on the state's chief fiscal monitor, demanding that Auditor General Frank Mautino answer questions about his campaign spending as a legislator.
- Political change: Mayor forced to count pennies to pay fine Updated: May-05-16 3:05 pm
MIAMI - A Miami-area mayor won his bid to pay a $4,000 ethics fine with pennies and nickels, but only after he agreed to count and box the coins himself.
- DC won't fund stipend program for potential criminals Updated: May-05-16 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON - A proposal to pay people stipends not to commit crimes in the nation's capital appears dead after Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council declined to fund it.
- Turkish premier to step down, boosting president's position Updated: May-05-16 2:12 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister announced Thursday that he will stand down, giving the country's increasingly authoritarian president free reign to appoint someone less likely to challenge him -a development that could have implications for Turkey's internal conflicts and external relations.
- Commission: Deadwood violated open meetings law Updated: May-05-16 2:00 pm
DEADWOOD, South Dakota - The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission has found that the city of Deadwood violated open meetings laws in phone conversations related to use of the Days of '76 concession stands.
- Kansas trial nears end in anti-abortion activist's threat Updated: May-05-16 1:34 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Testimony has concluded in the trial of a Kansas anti-abortion activist accused of sending a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the car of a doctor training to perform abortions.
- Stirred by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care Updated: May-05-16 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON - More Democrats seem to be having doubts about the federal health care law, a contentious issue for most of President Barack Obama's tenure and one of the defining elements of his legacy.
- Correction: Dennis Hastert-Legislation story Updated: May-05-16 11:48 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story May 4 about Illinois legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid $3.5 million to silence someone who accused him of sexual abuse. Hastert agreed to pay that amount, but he ultimately paid only $1.7 million and the victim is now suing him to collect the rest.
- Myanmar anti-Muslim activist arrested for post about Suu Kyi Updated: May-05-16 8:59 am
YANGON, Myanmar - A prominent anti-Muslim activist has been arrested for posting a provocative statement on Facebook about Myanmar's army commander and the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer said Thursday.
- Catholic charities want to know about Duke Energy lobbying Updated: May-05-16 8:46 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Two Catholic religious orders want to know more about Duke Energy's lobbying efforts.
- Attorney general says Kensal school board violated state law Updated: May-05-16 7:56 am
FARGO, North Dakota - The North Dakota attorney general says the school board in Kensal violated open meetings laws by failing to give notice and take minutes for two committee meetings.
- Corruption complaint filed against Philippine candidate Updated: May-05-16 6:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine senator filed a corruption complaint on Thursday alleging that the front-runner in the country's presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, hired 11,000 non-existent employees whose salaries cost the government 708 million pesos ($15 million) in 2014.
- Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election Updated: May-05-16 5:54 am
MANILA, Philippines - In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass.
- Historic black fraternity forms New Mexico undergrad chapter Updated: May-05-16 5:54 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A historically black fraternity is expanding in New Mexico, joining other black fraternities and sororities that have formed in the state in recent years.
- Hawaii plans to take up police reform, health care in 2017 Updated: May-05-16 5:53 am
HONOLULU - As the 2016 legislative session is coming to a close, Hawaii lawmakers have passed dozens of bills including those to ban sex trafficking and combat homelessness.
- Ecuadoreans in US seek immigration help after quake Updated: May-04-16 11:54 pm
LOS ANGELES - Ecuadorean immigrants are asking the Obama administration to allow their fellow citizens living in the United States illegally to stay here and work while the South American country recovers from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake.
- Senate votes to give some juvenile lifers a chance at parole Updated: May-04-16 7:45 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's state senators reluctantly agreed Wednesday to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a shot at parole after serving 35 years of their life sentence.
- The Latest: House rejects bill targeting illegal immigration Updated: May-04-16 7:26 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill in Arizona that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):
- Slain Navy SEAL took lessons from running track into combat Updated: May-04-16 7:04 pm
PHOENIX - In cross-country running, your team is only as fast as your slowest athlete. Slain Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV took that to heart in his youth as a track star, turning around to cheer on his teammates after he crossed the finish line.
- Stenehjem: University System complied with open records laws Updated: May-04-16 7:03 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the North Dakota University System did not violate the state's open records laws in dealing with a request from the system's former chief auditor.
- Former head of Argentine air force on trial for abduction Updated: May-04-16 6:22 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The former head of Argentina's air force and two ex-subordinates are on trial for alleged abduction and disappearance of activists during the South American nation's 1976-1983 dictatorship.
- Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base Updated: May-04-16 4:47 pm
ATLANTA - When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on their faith, he was directly bucking his fellow Republican lawmakers, who overwhelmingly supported the proposals, and possibly losing points with his conservative political base.