- Prosecutor: Texas AG indicted for felony securities fraud Updated: Aug-01-15 10:01 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state's top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday.
- Former UNM lobbyist pulls out of consulting contract Updated: Aug-01-15 6:19 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The University of New Mexico's former chief lobbyist, who resigned after a drunken driving arrest, will not be returning to the school through a $50,000 consulting contract.
- Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach Updated: Aug-01-15 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency - his fellow Democrats in Congress.
- Eugene sex abuse trial set, but alleged victim not found Updated: Aug-01-15 11:04 am
EUGENE, Oregon - A prosecutor says the sexual abuse trial against Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean won't happen unless the alleged 17-year-old victim is found and subpoenaed.
- Records: NSA paid Utah over $1M to police data center roads Updated: Aug-01-15 11:02 am
BLUFFDALE, Utah - The National Security Agency has paid Utah more than $1 million over the past year and a half for state troopers to guard the entrance to the spy agency's massive data center south of Salt Lake City, according to Utah Highway Patrol records.
- Mexico activists denounce abuses targeting Cuban migrants Updated: Jul-31-15 6:50 pm
MEXICO CITY - Advocates for migrants said Friday they filed 15 complaints against Mexican government officials for allegedly extorting Cubans passing through en route to the United States and have documented hundreds of similar cases.
- Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip Updated: Jul-31-15 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.
- Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed Updated: Jul-31-15 6:10 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring.
- Judge orders return of Lincoln man's gun collection Updated: Jul-31-15 5:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A judge has ordered that a man's gun collection seized last year by police must be returned to him, but Lincoln ordinances won't let him have them in the city.
- Legislator calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 4:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request "politically motivated."
- Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court Updated: Jul-31-15 4:05 pm
ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.
- Judge to rule in November on Sumner County records lawsuit Updated: Jul-31-15 2:50 pm
GALLATIN, Tennessee - A judge will decide in November whether the Sumner County school district willfully violated the Tennessee Public Records Act when it did not respond to a request because it was made via email rather than in person.
- Hundreds of new laws to take effect in North Dakota Updated: Jul-31-15 10:20 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Hundreds of new laws are set to take effect in North Dakota, including one that will make it easier to buy alcohol on Sundays and another that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns to more places.
- WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies Updated: Jul-31-15 10:13 am
TOKYO - The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
- Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list Updated: Jul-31-15 8:05 am
BERLIN - A German federal court has ruled that the country's spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency.
- Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate Updated: Jul-31-15 5:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year.
- What's considered 'classified' is a judgment call Updated: Jul-31-15 3:12 am
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is under scrutiny over whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email when she was secretary of state. The inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community recently alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through a home server Clinton used in lieu of the official State Department email system.
- New Orleans lawmen seek to root out guns in school zones Updated: Jul-30-15 7:49 pm
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, a 39-year-old Harvard-educated black federal prosecutor whose own life has been shaped by street violence in New Orleans, is renewing his focus on combatting gun violence among young people - this time by getting guns out of school zones.
- Sifton drops out of race for Missouri attorney general Updated: Jul-30-15 6:25 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Democratic state Sen. Scott Sifton said Thursday that he's dropping out of next year's race for Missouri attorney general and instead will seek re-election to the Senate.
- DC mayor, police chief discuss increase in crime Updated: Jul-30-15 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier say they are confronting a spike in violent crime.
- Baker orders state agencies to improve records access Updated: Jul-30-15 4:56 pm
BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency.
- Anchor denies sham Porsche sale; congressman husband charged Updated: Jul-30-15 4:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia news anchor says authorities were wrong to cite the sale of her Porsche as evidence of wrongdoing in the indictment of her congressman husband.
- Guatemala court lifts immunity for 3 lawmakers in graft case Updated: Jul-30-15 4:37 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.
- Veteran lawmaker from Syracuse named new No. 2 in NY Senate Updated: Jul-30-15 3:35 pm
ALBANY, New York - A veteran lawmaker from Syracuse has been named deputy majority leader of the New York state Senate after the previous No. 2 ranking lawmaker was convicted of lying to the FBI.
- Defense secretary calls for review of security policies Updated: Jul-30-15 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices.