Government and politics

File - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the fountains of Bellagio erupt along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. The union representing hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a 'panic button' as part of their new contracts. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the request to the bargaining table next month on behalf of 14,000 housekeepers who work on the Las Vegas Strip and the destination's downtown area. The push comes amid the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment and is in line with ordinances recently approved in other cities. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 24, 2018 - 4:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The union representing tens of thousands of hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a "panic button" as it begins negotiating new contracts amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the...
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January 24, 2018 - 3:50 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed seven counts in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez and a longtime friend, leaving 11 counts remaining for a retrial this year after the first trial ended in a hung jury. The seven counts all dealt with alleged bribery involving political...
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January 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The chief of staff to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a former top Cuomo aide accused of accepting over $300,000 in bribes was against giving junior staffers raises. Linda Lacewell testified Wednesday at Joseph Percoco's bribery trial in Manhattan federal court that Percoco opposed...
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A view of the Turkey-Syria border as seen from the Hatay province, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday its military offensive into a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria is progressing "successfully" and will continue until the last "terrorist is eliminated". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
January 24, 2018 - 3:28 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand Ankara's operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria beyond the enclave of Afrin and toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to U.S. forces supporting the Kurds against...
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Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali acknowledges his supporters after he announces his withdrawal from the race, during a press conference at his campaign's headquarters in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. He cited a "climate" not conducive to campaigning and claimed that "many" of his campaign workers have been detained. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
January 24, 2018 - 3:25 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali quit the race Wednesday, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either bowed out or was forced to abandon a challenge to the general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and raising questions about the credibility of the...
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Steven Mnuchin, United States Secretary of the Treasury, walks through the snow during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 24, 2018 - 1:32 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The U.S. treasury chief has welcomed a weaker dollar, breaking with a past commitment by the U.S. government to back a strong dollar. The comments led to a sharp drop the currency Wednesday. During his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Steven Mnuchin...
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January 24, 2018 - 1:28 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an executive with a New York-based hospitality company embezzled nearly $14 million. George Dfouni pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and tax evasion. The 47-year-old Wayne man faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced April 30. Prosecutors...
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January 24, 2018 - 1:27 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Videos of Border Patrol officers removing a woman from a passenger bus in Florida are raising alarm over a routine exercise that experts call questionable and rights groups deemed problematic as enforcement of immigration laws expands. A college student who was aboard reported seeing...
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A view of the Turkey-Syria border as seen from the Hatay province, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday its military offensive into a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria is progressing "successfully" and will continue until the last "terrorist is eliminated". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
January 24, 2018 - 1:23 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand Ankara's operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria beyond the enclave of Afrin and toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to U.S. forces supporting the Kurds against...
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FILE - This is a June 10, 2014 file photo of the Dorchester hotel in London. Senior lawmakers in Britain's Parliament on Wedneday Jan. 24, 2018 demanded tougher laws against harassment, after a Financial Times investigation found that women were groped at a men-only charity gala attended by hundreds of senior executives. Last week's event at London's Dorchester Hotel, which was held to raise money for charities, featured some 100 female hostesses, including two undercover FT reporters. (Philip Toscano/PA, File via AP)
January 24, 2018 - 1:01 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain's financial "old boys" club was rocked by its own sexual harassment scandal Wednesday after a Financial Times investigation found that female hostesses were groped at a men-only charity gala attended by hundreds of senior executives. Last week's event at London's Dorchester...
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