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  • new storyDeliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:52 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited "divine inspiration" with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter, or the accuser, who couldn't recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform.

  • new storyGuatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:50 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."

  • Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:00 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge refused Thursday to throw out a racketeering case against a man arrested in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown that also led to charges against a California state senator.

  • Ex-Republican House staffer imprisoned 1 year for mail fraud 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:00 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - George Gallo, the former chief of staff to the Connecticut House Republicans, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison for taking more than $100,000 in payments from a political campaign direct mail company to which he steered business.

  • Black Lives Matter boos Washington mayor's anti-crime plans 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - Protesters who interrupted Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement of her crime-fighting platform say increasing police powers won't reduce violence and the mayor is only paying superficial attention to their concerns.

  • 3 arrested at Kentucky State Fair breakfast 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, an event at the state fair that draws many of the state's top political leaders.

  • Protesters interrupt DC mayor's violent crime announcement 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm

    WASHINGTON - Protesters who interrupted District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement of her crime-fighting platform say increasing police powers won't reduce violence and the mayor is only paying superficial attention to their concerns.

  • AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 am

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

  • Alaska Legislature's Medicaid gets court hearing Thursday 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:34 am

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Legislative Council's lawsuit to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state's Medicaid plan next week will get its first appearance in court Thursday.

  • Secrets have long slipped into State Department email 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:06 am

    WASHINGTON - During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret.

  • Another law enforcement officer gun stolen in the Bay Area 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 11:04 pm

    HAYWAYRD, California - Authorities say a Hayward police officer's gun was stolen during a car burglary in Oakland, marking at least the third such theft in the Bay Area in recent months.

  • Prosecutors say congressman seeking to influence jurors 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 10:19 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has tried to influence potential jurors in his racketeering case by publicly boasting about his accomplishments in Congress, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Comptroller seeks AG opinion on Abbott's line-item vetoes 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:10 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' comptroller is seeking an opinion from the state attorney general on how to proceed after officials questioned the constitutionality of some of Gov. Gregg Abbott's line-item budget vetoes.

  • Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:29 pm

    BEIRUT - First they egged the prime minister's building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut's streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn't get its act together to find a solution when Lebanon's main landfill shut down.

  • Guatemalan ex-vice president held during corruption trial story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:02 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - A judge ordered Guatemala's former vice president to remain in jail Wednesday while she stands trial on charges of conspiracy, customs fraud and bribery, based on allegations that she accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of the scandal that forced her from office.

  • Platini's credentials as reformer questioned by FIFA rival 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 2:36 pm

    LONDON - As Michel Platini prepares to reveal his FIFA presidential vision, a rival contender is launching his campaign by questioning the UEFA leader's long-standing association with Sepp Blatter and his credentials to reform the scandal-tainted governing body.

  • Judge won't toss lawsuit over Charlottesville police records 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 12:10 pm

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - A judge has refused to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville over its police department's use of temporary detainments and stop-and-frisk procedures.

  • Judge allows Denver jury activists to keep pamphleting 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:35 am

    DENVER - An injunction from a federal judge allows Denver activists to continue to hand out jury nullification literature on courthouse grounds as long as they mind the landscaping.

  • Money dealer: Brazil president knew of kickback scheme 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 7:20 pm

    SAO PAULO - A convicted black market money dealer who turned state's evidence told lawmakers on Tuesday that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, knew of the sprawling corruption kickback scheme that has engulfed state-run oil company Petrobras.

  • Staffer re-hired after senator accused of harassment resigns 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:51 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri Senate staff member was back at work Tuesday, a month after being fired by a senator who was facing allegations of sexually harassing interns.

  • Nigerian graft-fighting commission accused of corruption 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 3:31 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - The chairman of Nigeria's corruption-fighting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is appearing before the Senate to answer accusations that he diverted billions of dollars.

  • Court: Second Amendment also covers those in US illegally 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 2:13 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - People living in the United States illegally have a constitutional right to bear arms but are still barred from doing so by a separate law, a federal appeals court ruled.

  • ACLU sues W.Va. Parole Board, seeks denial decision records 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 11:13 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is suing the state Parole Board to obtain records regarding its denial of parole to an HIV-positive inmate.

  • A look at recent politically tainted trials in Russia 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 10:04 am

    MOSCOW - The guilty verdict Tuesday for Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian maximum-security prison for an alleged terror conspiracy, follows a plethora of recent Russian trials that are widely seen as warnings to society not to question its Kremlin rulers.

  • NAACP conducting Delaware government discrimination probe 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 9:04 am

    DOVER, Delaware - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.