National governments

September 20, 2017 - 2:16 pm
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 60, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled about 300 tusks valued at $1.5...
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September 20, 2017 - 2:16 pm
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 60, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled about 300 tusks valued at $1.5...
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Gary Otte, convicted of shooting two people to death in back-to-back robberies in February 1992. Ohio could be on track to resume executions at a regular pace after putting two condemned killers to death in the past three months. The state executed child killer Ronald Phillips in July and Otte on Sept. 13, 2017 in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Witnesses said Phillips did not appear to be distressed. Otte’s chest rose and fell several times over two minutes in a fashion similar to some executions in the past. Ohio went more than three years without an execution as it struggled to find a source for drugs used in lethal injection. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP, File)
September 20, 2017 - 10:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says the physical reaction of an Ohio inmate being put to death wasn't enough to stop the execution under current legal precedent governing lethal injection in the state. Judge Michael Merz also says it was likely too late for him to act by the time attorneys...
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September 20, 2017 - 9:57 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Spain's Interior Ministry says police have seized nearly 10 million ballot papers that Catalan regional authorities planned to use in the Oct. 1 independence referendum, which Spain says is...
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September 19, 2017 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are zeroing in on a tax outline that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, justifying the spurt of red ink with promises of surging economic growth and a burst of new revenues. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a member of...
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September 19, 2017 - 4:43 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, Chris Spielman speaks at the 2015 NFL Football Draft in Chicago. Ohio State asked a judge on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, to throw out a lawsuit filed against it by the former All-American and All-Pro linebacker earlier in the summer. The class-action antitrust lawsuit alleges the university used athletes' photos without permission and compensation, and is asking the marketing programs be stopped and the ex-athletes be compensated. The university argued it is not a matter for the federal courts, and that Spielman hasn't met the legal burden required in antitrust lawsuits. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
September 19, 2017 - 3:58 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State wants a federal judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit by one of its most famous football stars who alleges athletes' images were used without their permission and without compensation. In a sign of how closely aligned that star, Chris Spielman, is with the...
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September 19, 2017 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's travel ban offers the Supreme Court the chance to make a major pronouncement on the president's power over immigration. But the case also could vanish into the legal ether, and that may be what a majority of the court is hoping for. Getting rid of the case...
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September 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Republican plan to overhaul U.S. taxes (all times local): 1 p.m. Sen. Bob Corker says he's reached a tentative agreement with other Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee on how much its tax plan would add to the government's debt. Corker, a senior Republican...
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September 19, 2017 - 1:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for solicitor general. The vote was 50-47 for Noel Francisco, a former clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Francisco has served as the principal deputy solicitor general since January of this year. The...
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