graft and conflicts of interest

FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the "People's State of the Union" event at The Town Hall in New York. De Blasio put his legal troubles behind him a year ago when federal prosecutors said he wouldn't face criminal charges over his campaign fundraising tactics. Recently, new revelations that two businessmen pleaded guilty to making donations that amounted to bribes has led to a renewed round of criticism of the Democrat. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
February 03, 2018 - 8:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put his legal troubles behind him a year ago when federal prosecutors said he wouldn't face criminal charges over his campaign fundraising tactics. But new revelations that two businessmen pleaded guilty to making donations that amounted to bribes...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, former Kirov regional Gov. Nikita Belykh, who has been in custody since his June 2016 arrest while accepting money at a Moscow restaurant, stands in a cage in a court room in Moscow, Russia. A court in Moscow has convicted a former provincial governor of taking a 400,000-euro ($500,000) bribe and sentenced him to eight years in prison. (Andrey Nikerichev, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)
February 02, 2018 - 7:23 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has convicted a former provincial governor of taking a 400,000-euro ($500,000) bribe and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Lawyers for former Kirov regional Gov. Nikita Belykh said they would appeal the verdict delivered late Thursday. Belykh has been in...
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February 02, 2018 - 4:54 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has convicted a former provincial governor of taking a 400,000-euro ($500,000) bribe and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Lawyers for former Kirov regional Gov. Nikita Belykh said they would appeal the verdict delivered late Thursday. Belykh has been in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino arrives at federal court in Philadelphia. The reputed Philadelphia mob boss known for beating murder raps and reinventing himself as a restaurateur is facing fraud charges in a federal trial in New York City. Opening statements are set for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Manhattan. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News via AP, File)
January 30, 2018 - 10:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest from the New York fraud trial of a reputed Philadelphia mob boss (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal prosecutor in New York says a reputed Philadelphia mob boss was a "fixer" in a widespread scheme to collect insurance payments by bribing doctors to write bogus...
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FILE - IN this Nov. 16, 2017 file photo, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez becomes emotional as he speaks to reporters in front of the courthouse in Newark, N.J. The retrial of Menendez on bribery and fraud charges could be a Cliffs Notes version of the first trial, with prosecutors stripping out some of the witnesses and evidence that may not have had an impact in Menendez (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
January 27, 2018 - 10:18 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The retrial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and fraud charges could be a Cliffs Notes version of the first trial, with prosecutors trimming some of the witnesses and evidence that may not have had an impact in Menendez I, which ended in a hung jury last fall. So what will...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2012, file photo, then-San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland talks during an NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Southern California has fired associate head coach Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case. A school spokesman confirmed Bland's firing on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, but offered no other details. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
January 26, 2018 - 10:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case. A school spokesman confirmed Bland's firing on Thursday, but offered no other details. He had been on administrative leave since his...
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January 25, 2018 - 1:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The chief of staff for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she doesn't think the bribery trial of one of his former top aides will affect the Democrat's political trajectory. Linda Lacewell commented briefly outside Manhattan federal court Thursday after she finished testifying at the...
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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally with his supporters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Appellate court judges have voted to uphold a graft conviction against da Silva, raising the specter that the former leader won't be able to run for Brazil's top job despite holding a lead in the polls. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
January 25, 2018 - 12:04 am
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is charging ahead with his plans to run for Brazil's presidency again, even after an appeals court unanimously upheld a graft conviction against him and added years to his prison sentence. Da Silva, who was wildly popular as...
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Demonstrators shout slogans in support of Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Two appellate court judges have voted to uphold a graft conviction against ex-President da Silva, raising the specter that the former leader won't be able to run for Brazil's top job despite holding a lead in the polls. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
January 25, 2018 - 12:01 am
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is charging ahead with his plans to run for Brazil's presidency again, even after an appeals court unanimously upheld a graft conviction against him and added years to his prison sentence. Da Silva was wildly popular...
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January 24, 2018 - 5:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's chief of staff says the Democrat expressed surprise when a former top aide told him about a 2016 law enforcement raid on the aide's home. Linda Lacewell testified Wednesday at Joseph Percoco's trial that Percoco spoke to Cuomo by phone after the raid...
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