- Ex-lawmakers sued by former aides alleging retaliation Updated: Oct-03-15 1:12 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Two conservative former Michigan lawmakers who had an extramarital affair and attempted to conceal it have been sued by former aides.
- US attorney appears to focus on political favors in New York Updated: Oct-03-15 11:09 am
ALBANY, New York - With a widening probe of New York state government, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara appears to be taking aim at the nebulous relationship between money and politics itself - a long and murky association in Albany and in capitals across the nation.
- Prosecutors seek enhanced fines in NM official's fraud case Updated: Oct-02-15 8:35 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico prosecutors said Friday they intend to seek stiffer penalties against embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran under a state law that pertains to public officials accused of wrongdoing.
- Ex-president to be questioned in Brazil corruption probe Updated: Oct-02-15 7:41 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - A Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that Brazil's federal police may question former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a witness in their investigation of a kickback scandal that has engulfed the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
- Ethics panel sends campaign spending plan to Legislature Updated: Oct-02-15 12:08 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's ethics commission is sending a proposal designed to shed more light on who's donating to large political organizations to the Legislature.
- Williams challenging Hubbard for speakership Updated: Oct-01-15 6:14 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Republican Rep. Phil Williams said Thursday that he is challenging Mike Hubbard to be speaker of the House, saying he believes the House needs fresh leadership to restore confidence in the speaker's office.
- Legislators propose raising conviction cap to $1 million Updated: Oct-01-15 5:35 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is moving to dramatically restructure compensation rules for people wrongly convicted in Wisconsin, introducing a bill Thursday that would raise the maximum payout from $25,000 to $1 million and remove exonerees' cases from the state's public court database.
- West Virginia Ethics Commission fines Marmet mayor $2,000 Updated: Oct-01-15 1:29 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has fined the mayor of Marmet $2,000.
- Honduran judge begins formal trial for congress VP Updated: Sep-30-15 11:01 pm
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The formal trial against the congressional vice president opened Wednesday in a medical sales scandal that has rocked Honduras and led to mass protests against corruption and impunity.
- South Carolina editorial roundup Updated: Sep-30-15 4:43 pm
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- Denmark gets new defense minister after political scandal Updated: Sep-30-15 6:31 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Denmark's prime minister has appointed veteran, center-right politician Peter Christensen as the Scandinavian country's new defense minister after his predecessor resigned amid a scandal.
- Romanian PM survives no-confidence vote amid graft trial Updated: Sep-29-15 2:44 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's prime minister on Tuesday survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote, as expected, a week after the start of his corruption trial.
- New York mayors brainstorm on gun crime prevention Updated: Sep-29-15 3:10 am
ROCHESTER, New York - The mayors of several cities in new York are brainstorming for ways to curb gun violence.
- Brazil's economy plunging; no relief in sight Updated: Sep-29-15 12:02 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - A currency hitting historic lows. Unemployment at a five-year peak. Consumer spending in the dumps, and a grinding political crisis that's frozen leaders' ability to push through Congress measures to jumpstart a moribund economy.
- Ethics panel continues review of Texas lawmaker Updated: Sep-28-15 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is continuing an investigation of Republican congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas, despite a recommendation by an investigative panel that the complaint be dismissed.
- Romania: 2 senior politicians indicted for money laundering Updated: Sep-28-15 11:13 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say two senior politicians from the opposition Liberal Party will face trial on money laundering charges.
- Argentine voters focused on economy, not corruption Updated: Sep-28-15 10:29 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The corruption allegations against several top government officials are stunning: The convicted killer of three men alleges that the Cabinet chief ordered the hit, the vice president is being tried for bribery and authorities are investigating a possible money laundering scheme at a luxury hotel owned by President Cristina Fernandez.
- Interim mayor for Lake Station already decided before caucus Updated: Sep-27-15 1:42 pm
LAKE STATION, Indiana - The outcome of a Democratic Party caucus to select an interim replacement for a northwestern Indiana mayor convicted of fraud already is determined after just one person filed for the post.
- Somali parliament ends impeachment motion against president Updated: Sep-26-15 10:18 am
NAIROBI, Kenya - Somalia's parliamentary speaker said he will drop an impeachment motion against the president and will instead press for talks to end the country's political crisis.
- Governor forms workgroup to evaluate crime lab procedures Updated: Sep-25-15 3:03 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown is forming a workgroup to review the practices and procedures of the Oregon State Police crime lab, as the state investigates a forensic analyst for allegedly tampering with evidence.
- Ex-lawmaker and felon wants delay in reporting to prison Updated: Sep-25-15 4:46 am
CHICAGO - A former Illinois state representative sentenced to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe is asking for a delay in his surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
- Bill would allow drug offenders to retain driver's licenses Updated: Sep-24-15 5:45 pm
BOSTON - Convicted drug offenders would no longer have their driver's licenses automatically suspended, under a bill the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved Thursday.
- Strange asks Ethics Commission to revisit opinion Updated: Sep-24-15 5:17 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and state prosecutors have asked the state Ethics Commission to reconsider an advisory opinion that they said could undermine enforcement of state ethics law.
- Court upholds election disqualification of former senator Updated: Sep-24-15 4:49 pm
GRETNA, Louisiana - An appellate court has upheld the disqualification of a former state senator from running for a House seat.
- Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal Updated: Sep-24-15 3:21 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - A stunning diplomatic breakthrough leaves a minefield of problems standing between Colombia and the tantalizing prospect of peace after generations of armed conflict.