Political corruption

March 20, 2017 - 9:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland on public corruption charges. The justices on Monday rejected Rowland's appeal of his 2014 conviction for conspiring to hide his work on political campaigns for two Republican...
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March 20, 2017 - 12:14 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of Penn State's former president on charges that his response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal put children at risk. Graham Spanier's trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is scheduled to start on Monday and could last a...
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Italian Presdient Sergio Mattarella speaks at an event to honor victims of Mafia crimes, in the Calabrian town of Locri, southern Italy, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Mattarella on Sunday paid tribute to those slain for opposing organized crime, including judges, police officers, union leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians, like his own brother, who were killed by the mob. (Francesco Ammendola/Italian Presidential Press Service pool photo via AP)
March 19, 2017 - 12:41 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's president, whose brother was murdered by Cosa Nostra, traveled on Sunday to an organized crime stronghold to honor hundreds of Italians slain by the country's crime clans over the past decades. President Sergio Mattarella also praised the judges, prosecutors, police officers,...
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March 17, 2017 - 10:24 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's longest-serving senators has been indicted on ethics charges tied to veteran Republican strategist Richard Quinn. Prosecutor David Pascoe announced Friday a State Grand Jury indicted Sen. John Courson of Columbia on misconduct in office and using...
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FILE - This Sept. 20, 2015 file photo provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House shows then South Korean President Park Geun-hye with dogs at the presidential blue house in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's presidential office has found a home for two of the nine dogs former President Park Geun-hye left behind when she was forced out of office over a corruption scandal. A spokesman from the presidential Blue House said Friday, March 17, 2017 that the puppies were given to an organization that raises Jindo dogs, a valued native breed. The official says five other puppies will be soon sent to two other organizations. (South Korean Presidential Blue House via AP, File)
March 16, 2017 - 10:19 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's presidential office has found a home for two of the nine dogs former President Park Geun-hye left behind when she was forced out of office over a corruption scandal. Park's decision to leave the dogs upset the country's dog lovers, who flooded the internet...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on local government in Albany, N.Y. On Thursday, March 16, prosecutors say state and federal probes of de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the facts were insufficient to successfully argue a provable violation of election laws. But he said the actions appear to be "contrary to the intent and spirit of the law." (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
March 16, 2017 - 4:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — State and federal investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges against him or others acting on his behalf, prosecutors said Thursday as they eliminated an election-year obstacle for the mayor. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:54 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:44 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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Supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye gather in front of her private home in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to summon and question Park next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office. The signs read " We love Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 15, 2017 - 3:23 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office, as the government announced that an election will be held on May 9 to pick her successor. Park lost her...
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South Korean acting leader and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, center, speaks during a cabinet meeting at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Hwang Tuesday turned down the resignation offers made by senior advisers to ousted President Park Geun-hye. Thirteen policy advisers and aides for Park had offered to quit after Park was removed from office on Friday on a corruption scandal. (Baek Seung-ryul/Yonhap via AP)
March 14, 2017 - 9:45 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to summon and question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office. Park lost her presidential immunity from prosecution after the Constitutional Court ruled Friday to...
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