Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters just won't tolerate corruption in politics anymore -- that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country's powerful security minister. It's a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of shocking scandals.

Recovering sunken ferry to heal or harden South Korea's rift

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Days after South Korea's president was removed from office, a ferry was lifted slowly from the waters where it sank three years earlier -- a disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, and ignited public fury against Park Geun-hye and became a nationally polarizing issue.

The Latest: Freeh says conviction confirms earlier findings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the conviction of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The former FBI director who conducted a report on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal says the conviction of a former president "completely confirms" his findings. Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment.

French president denounces rival's claims of dirty tricks

PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande on Friday vigorously denounced suggestions by the conservative presidential hopeful that Hollande is trying to discredit political rivals behind the scenes by using dirty tricks. The clash between the Socialist Hollande and the right-wing Francois Fillon threatens to further stain the French presidential campaign, already tainted by corruption scandals and voter frustration with the political establishment.

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep.

French president denounces rival's claims of dirty tricks

PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande on Friday vigorously denounced suggestions by the conservative presidential hopeful that Hollande is trying to discredit political rivals behind the scenes by using dirty tricks. The clash between the Socialist Hollande and the right-wing Francois Fillon threatens to further stain the French presidential campaign, already tainted by corruption scandals and voter frustration with the political establishment.

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee. When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.

Justice Department probes Calif. Republican Rep. Hunter

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign finance violations, an allegation the lawmaker dismisses as inadvertent mistakes. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter's school-age children.

The Latest:: GOP intel chairman apologizes to Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of wiretapping (all times local): 12:04 p.m. Republican groups are fundraising off comments Wednesday by the chairman of the House intelligence committee concerning President Donald Trump's unproven claim he was "wiretapped" by President Barack Obama. But the emails are making false or misleading assertions of their own. The National Republican Campaign Committee blasted out an email with the subject "Confirmed: Obama spied on Trump.

On ethics of advisers' China deals, Trump goes case by case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anthony Scaramucci announced to the world in January that he would be leaving Wall Street for the White House to become President Donald Trump's top public liaison. Not long after, Scaramucci was told by Trump's chief of staff that the sale of his hedge fund -- a deal that includes a well-known Chinese conglomerate -- raised too many ethics issues for him to start work immediately. Scaramucci never left New York.

Concerns about investigation stall picks for Ports board

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A widening investigation into potential Statehouse corruption prompted a screening panel to delay voting Wednesday on whether to advance Gov. Henry McMaster's picks for the South Carolina Ports Authority board. The Ports Authority oversight board wants to thoroughly review the two nominees' associations with veteran political and public relations consultant Richard Quinn, said its chairman, Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston.

Ousted national security adviser didn't sign ethics pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not sign a mandatory ethics pledge ahead of his forced resignation in February, raising questions about the White House's commitment to the lobbying and ethics rules it imposed as part of the president's promise to "drain the swamp." Flynn "didn't have the opportunity to sign it," said Price Floyd, a spokesman for the retired Army general.

Top prosecutor pleads not guilty in gifts-for-favors case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia's top prosecutor pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and extortion charges on Wednesday as pressure mounted from the mayor and others for him to resign. Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams appeared cool and calm as he entered his plea in a courtroom full of reporters. Williams admits he took more than $100,000 in luxury trips, gifts and cash while in office as he went through an expensive divorce.

Republicans shift NY Medicaid tab; Dems call 'Buffalo Bribe'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Desperate to lock down votes for their health care overhaul, House Republican leaders are seeking to shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from upstate New York counties to the state government -- a proposal Democrats quickly labeled the "Buffalo Bribe" and the "Knickerbocker kickback.

New Trump hotels face political fights, ethics questions

NEW YORK (AP) -- You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest while its owner sits in the Oval Office. It's hitting the accelerator instead. The company owned by President Donald Trump is launching a chain of new hotels with plans to open in cities large and small across the country.

French minister resigns over probe into daughters' jobs

PARIS (AP) -- French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux resigned Tuesday a few hours after prosecutors opened an investigation into a report that he hired his two daughters for a series of temporary parliamentary jobs, starting when they were 15 and 16 years old. President Francois Hollande said he had accepted Le Roux's resignation after a meeting with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the Elysee Palace.

S. Korea prosecutors grill Park over corruption allegations

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's just-ousted president returned home early Wednesday after being grilled by prosecutors in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail. The questioning of Park Geun-hye came 11 days after the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled to dismiss her over suspicions she colluded with a confidante to extort money from businesses and committed other wrongdoings.

AP EXPLAINS: Allegations surrounding ousted S. Korean leader

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Several months into their investigation into the country's biggest political scandal in decades, South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday finally met and questioned recently ousted President Park Geun-hye to determine whether to seek a warrant to arrest her. Park, who no longer has immunity from prosecution following a March 10 court ruling that ended her presidency, could face multiple charges such as extortion, bribery and abuse of power.

FBI director blasted by Democrats after probe revelation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey's testimony that the bureau has been quietly investigating possible links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials since the summer enraged Democrats who already blamed him for rattling the 2016 campaign's closing days.