- Scandals prompt ethics bills from Senate Democrats Updated: Mar-06-14 8:19 pm
- Indicted former Ala. senator cites AG's payments Updated: Mar-06-14 6:27 pm
- Former Arizona House Speaker Joe Lane dies Updated: Mar-06-14 5:00 pm
- Congress members seek US probe of petcoke safety Updated: Mar-05-14 9:07 pm
- Vietnam sends blogger to prison for critical posts Updated: Mar-04-14 5:28 am
- Idaho lawmaker asks to have own ethics examined Updated: Mar-03-14 5:08 pm
- Judge refuses to delay Malcolm Smith's NY trial Updated: Mar-03-14 1:58 pm
- California lawmaker accused of corruption on leave Updated: Mar-03-14 12:16 am
- RI's 5 Things: Moreau freed, homelessness down Updated: Mar-01-14 2:41 pm
- Ex-North NJ political leader sentenced for bribery Updated: Mar-01-14 12:00 pm
- Chicago alderman's chief of staff charged Updated: Feb-28-14 8:59 pm
- Pressler 'American Hustle' ad to air during Oscars Updated: Feb-28-14 5:04 pm
- Corrupt RI ex-mayor freed after year in prison Updated: Feb-28-14 4:12 pm
- McDonnell lawyers want specifics on charges Updated: Feb-28-14 1:44 pm
- Chicago-area firm president indicted for fraud Updated: Feb-28-14 12:47 pm
- Ethics board fines former St. Louis politician Updated: Feb-28-14 10:02 am
- Ind. House backs tougher penalties for gun crimes Updated: Feb-28-14 5:37 am
- Ethics clean-up bills advance in SC House Updated: Feb-27-14 7:35 pm
- SC ethics reform bill heads back to the House Updated: Feb-27-14 6:07 pm
- UK to open probe on secret deal for IRA fugitives Updated: Feb-27-14 2:56 pm
- Ex-Martin mayor convicted of disability fraud Updated: Feb-27-14 7:20 am
- German ex-president acquitted in corruption trial Updated: Feb-27-14 7:07 am
- Lawmaker backs UN on NKorea court referral Updated: Feb-26-14 7:08 pm
- Lawmaker: Lower penalties for small drug crimes Updated: Feb-26-14 6:30 pm
- Iowa man indicted for threatening the president Updated: Feb-26-14 6:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.
FORT PAYNE, Alabama - An indicted former state senator accused of making improper payments to a campaign aide has filed court papers citing the attorney general's payments to a campaign staffer.
PHOENIX - Former Arizona House Speaker Joe Lane, who presided over the 1988 impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham, has died at age 78.
WYANDOTTE, Michigan - U.S. Reps. Gary Peters of Michigan and Mike Quigley of Illinois have requested a federal investigation to find "best practices for transporting and storing petroleum coke" and to study its effects on human health.
HANOI, Vietnam - A dissident blogger was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for posting online criticism of Vietnam's authoritarian government, drawing an immediate rebuke from the United States.
BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho lawmaker apologized Monday to colleagues in the House and asked them to convene an ethics committee to examine her vote against legislation that would have hurt her financially.
WHITE PLAINS, New York - A New York politician accused of corruption won't be able to delay his trial so that it comes after his primary election.
SACRAMENTO, California - A California state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges alleging he took kickbacks while in office said Sunday evening he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Legislature while he awaits trial.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The former mayor of Central Falls leaves prison early, pothole problems and good news on homelessness. Here are five things to know in Rhode Island:
CAMDEN, New Jersey - A former northern New Jersey political leader who tried to bribe his way out of paying overdue taxes has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.
CHICAGO - A Chicago alderman's chief of staff is charged with accepting a $7,500 bribe in exchange for helping to secure a letter from his boss supporting a liquor license, federal authorities announced Friday.
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - As "American Hustle" vies for a best picture Oscar Sunday night, former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler will pop into the Academy Awards broadcast a couple of times to remind South Dakota residents that he was the lone congressman to turn down a bribe in the real-life 1970s Abscam scandal.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A corrupt former Rhode Island mayor was freed from prison early Friday as part of a deal struck with federal and state prosecutors after an appeals court threw his 2012 conviction into question.
RICHMOND, Virginia - Lawyers for Bob McDonnell said in a federal court filing that they want more details on what exactly federal prosecutors allege the former Virginia governor did wrong.
CHICAGO - The president of a homeland security company has been indicted for fraud. Among the accusations is that he told investors Chicago would buy devices that detect the presence of nuclear or biological weapons when there was no deal.
ST. LOUIS - A former St. Louis alderman has been fined $100,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission for improperly spending nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions on student loans, new clothes and other personal expenses.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House has advanced a measure allowing judges to impose tougher sentences for anyone convicted of using a gun in a violent crime.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Bills aimed at limiting and clarifying how South Carolina's officeholders can spend campaign donations advanced Thursday in the House, as the Senate approved an ethics bill requiring candidates and incumbents to disclose where they get their money.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Senate has approved an ethics bill that allows voters to see where candidates get their money and expands reporting rules for those seeking to influence legislators.
DUBLIN - The British government announced Thursday it will appoint a judge to investigate its long-secret policy of supplying letters to Irish Republican Army fugitives promising them protection from arrest. The issue is dividing Northern Ireland's unity government. Why? The AP explains.
MARTIN, Kentucky - A former eastern Kentucky mayor and her daughter have been convicted in a federal disability fraud case.
BERLIN - Germany's former president, Christian Wulff, was acquitted Thursday of corruption charges in a case that prompted his resignation two years ago.
WASHINGTON - A senior Democratic lawmaker says he supports referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court after a U.N. commission of inquiry found evidence of crimes against humanity.
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Low-level marijuana possession should be decriminalized and punished with traffic ticket-like fines as part of a criminal justice "realignment" to reduce Illinois' crowded prison system, a lawmaker from suburban Chicago said Wednesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa - A West Des Moines man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making threats against President Barack Obama.