Political corruption

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 10, 2017 - 3:01 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Turning up the pressure on Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama lawmakers opened impeachment hearings Monday over allegations he abused his powers to cover up an extramarital affair with a top aide. The mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon refused to step...
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Maite Parejo, lawyer for Amal Hag Hamdo Anfalis, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, April 10, 2017. A judge in Spain is hearing testimony against potential war crimes by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. The plaintiff, Amal Hag Hamdo Anfalis, is a Spanish national whose brother was allegedly abducted and tortured in the Syrian capital of Damascus, before being executed in 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)
April 10, 2017 - 9:00 am
MADRID (AP) — A judge in Spain has begun hearing testimony against potential war crimes by President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. The plaintiff, Amal Hag Hamdo Anfalis, is a Spanish national whose brother was allegedly abducted and tortured in the Syrian capital of Damascus, before being...
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April 10, 2017 - 3:41 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is accused of using state resources to hide his affair with a top aide and faces impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. The committee's special counsel detailed the evidence in an investigative report posted online...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 08, 2017 - 4:48 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning Monday after the state Supreme Court gave lawmakers the greenlight to move ahead with an effort to oust the governor, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an affair with a top aide. The...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 08, 2017 - 4:35 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning Monday after the state Supreme Court gave lawmakers the greenlight to move ahead with an effort to oust the governor, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an affair with a top aide. The...
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In this May 2004 photo shows Columbia attorney Richard Quinn at an unspecified location. Quinn, a veteran GOP powerbroker whose client roster includes a "who's who of politics" dating to the days of Strom Thurmond and Ronald Reagan, has come within the crosshairs of a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption in South Carolina. Richard Quinn hasn't been charged with any crime, but the millions of dollars he's collected and spent on behalf of his clients have become central to an investigation that began with the 2014 prosecution of then-state House speaker. ( Erik Campos/The State via AP)
April 08, 2017 - 10:24 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican powerbroker who boasts that his client roster is a "who's who of politics" that included Strom Thurmond and Ronald Reagan has come within the crosshairs of a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption in South Carolina. Richard Quinn hasn't been charged with...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 08, 2017 - 2:02 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley won a court fight to halt his looming impeachment hearings but couldn't prevent the release of an investigative report that describes his paranoia and obsession over trying to keep his romance with a staffer from becoming public. The stunning...
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April 07, 2017 - 8:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is seeking documents he says could show conflicts of interest and ethics violations by the man President Donald Trump appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 07, 2017 - 7:07 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scandal involving Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local): 6 p.m. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's lawyer praised a judge's decision to halt impeachment proceedings. Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Friday said he was blocking the proceedings to...
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted and lawmakers said they would move forward with impeachment hearings because of a sex scandal. (Albert Cesare /The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 07, 2017 - 5:36 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scandal involving Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A special counsel's impeachment report says Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley directed a state law enforcement officer to "advance his personal interests" and "encouraged an atmosphere of...
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