- The Latest: Pope heads for night's rest after Mass Updated: Feb-13-16 8:30 pm
MEXICO CITY - The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):
- Pope gives tough love to Mexico's political, church elite Updated: Feb-13-16 8:11 pm
MEXICO CITY - Pope Francis challenged Mexico's political and ecclesial elites on Saturday to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are wracking the country, delivering a tough-love message to Mexico's ruling classes on his first full day in the country.
- Oklahoma asset forfeiture reform faces stiff opposition Updated: Feb-13-16 12:38 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma legislator who wants to restrict when police can seize cash and other assets from people they suspect of drug-trade involvement - even without a conviction - fears his colleagues won't have a chance to take up his idea this session.
- Ex-Traficant aide pleads guilty to bank fraud charges Updated: Feb-13-16 7:31 am
AKRON, Ohio - A staff attorney for former U.S. Rep. James Traficant who testified at the Ohio Democrat's corruption trial has pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud charges.
- Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws Updated: Feb-12-16 5:36 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.
- Moscow court rejects opposition leader's suit against Putin Updated: Feb-12-16 11:17 am
MOSCOW - A Moscow court on Friday refused to consider suit filed by a prominent Russian opposition figure, who accused President Vladimir Putin of breaking the nation's anti-corruption law.
- FIFA candidate Sheikh Salman signs human rights pledge Updated: Feb-12-16 5:15 am
MIAMI - FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman says he signed a pledge written by NGOs committing the governing body, if he leads it, to tackle human rights abuses and corruption.
- The Latest: Mayor hopes verdict in cop's case brings closure Updated: Feb-11-16 9:16 pm
NEW YORK - The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local):
- Ex-president's lawsuits target Penn State, Sandusky report Updated: Feb-11-16 5:55 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Penn State's ex-president has sued the university, saying it reneged on an agreement they struck when he stepped down in 2011, and filed another claiming former FBI director Louis Freeh defamed him through a blisteringly critical report about how the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal was handled.
- Council pushes WV to add LGBT protection to hate crime law Updated: Feb-11-16 3:46 pm
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - Huntington City Council has approved a resolution to urge West Virginia lawmakers to include protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under the state code dealing with hate crimes.
- Brazil police arrest ex-president of construction company Updated: Feb-11-16 12:57 pm
SAO PAULO - Brazilian police have arrested the former president of construction giant Andrade Gutierrez for his suspected role in a bribery scandal involving the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants.
- Arkansas Court: Ex-lawmaker eligible to run for sheriff Updated: Feb-11-16 11:41 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' highest court says a former state lawmaker who was barred from running for sheriff because of a misdemeanor conviction is now eligible after his record was sealed.
- Outside investigator into DOC probe meets with lawmakers Updated: Feb-10-16 10:30 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - An outside investigator hired by a Senate panel to assist that chamber's inquiry into the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state told lawmakers his team has reviewed more than 54,000 documents so far.
- NY lawmakers propose help for the wrongfully convicted Updated: Feb-10-16 5:23 pm
ALBANY, New York - The state of New York should guarantee health coverage and college tuition to people exonerated after being imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit, two legislators said Wednesday in proposing a bill that also includes other compensation for people wrongfully convicted.
- Pennsylvania attorney general survives vote to remove her Updated: Feb-10-16 4:11 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday as all but one of her fellow Democrats stood by her, defeating a resolution that said her lack of a valid law license had rendered her unable to perform her official duties.
- The Latest: Pennsylvania AG vows to continue email probe Updated: Feb-10-16 3:32 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest on the Pennsylvania Senate's plan for a vote on Wednesday to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):
- Chances look good for anti-corruption bill in Legislature Updated: Feb-10-16 12:40 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - An anti-corruption bill intended to end what a grand jury called a "corruption tax" in Florida appears headed for passage.
- French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill Updated: Feb-10-16 12:23 pm
PARIS - French lawmakers have approved a divisive bill aimed at making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges.
- Top NY lawmakers defend response to Albany's ethics dilemma Updated: Feb-10-16 12:10 pm
ALBANY, New York - More than a month into their legislative session, New York state lawmakers are making little progress in tackling Albany's corruption problem, despite polls that show the public is fed up with the wave of arrests and convictions of Capitol insiders.
- New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Hawaii lawmakers consider "Marsy's Law" Updated: Feb-09-16 8:33 pm
HONOLULU - In February 2014, Kimberlyn Scott reported her 27-year-old daughter, Carly "Charli" Scott, missing.
- Assembly approves wrongful conviction compensation Updated: Feb-09-16 5:12 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin legislators took a step Tuesday toward dramatically increasing compensation for the wrongly convicted, unanimously passing a bill in the state Assembly that would boost exonorees' payouts and grant them state insurance and job training benefits.
- South African court hears case against president Updated: Feb-09-16 11:45 am
JOHANNESBURG - The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.
- Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway Updated: Feb-09-16 11:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.
- Spain drops fraud investigation of former Mexico politician Updated: Feb-09-16 9:53 am
MADRID - Spain's National Court has dropped an investigation into a prominent former Mexican politician arrested last month in a corruption probe.