Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say.

The Latest: Flynn told DIA about Russia, lawyer says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local): 1:20 p.m. An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network.

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago loses State Department promotion posting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism. In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has hosted foreign leaders. "By visiting this 'winter White House,' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer," the post said.

Brazil corruption scandal is business as usual for Odebrecht

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Grinning in front of the camera, the former CEO of the huge Brazilian builder at the center of the world's biggest corruption scandal spoke frankly about the billions in bribes and illegal financing that the Odebrecht company put into the pockets and campaign coffers of politicians and public officials.

State Department removes promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday. In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has hosted foreign leaders. "By visiting this 'winter White House,' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer," the post said.

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal prosecutor said Monday that politically connected lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman as they try to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case diplomatically. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Lockard said Reza Zarrab is charged with a "serious national security offense" despite efforts by former Republican New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S.

Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Filipino lawyer has presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he says contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects. Lawyer Jude Sabio presented a 77-page file outlining the allegations to prosecutors Monday morning.

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

PARIS (AP) -- From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined -- and often have been overshadowed during the campaign -- by rivals pledging to scrap long-held expectations, such as France's participation in the European Union and NATO.

Champs-Elysees gunman had long criminal record, praised IS

PARIS (AP) -- The gunman who shot and killed a police officer on the famed Champs-Elysees just days before the French presidential vote spent 14 years in prison, including for attacking other officers, Frances's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday -- a lengthy criminal history that gave a jolt to an already nail-biting election and fueled growing security concerns.

Reports: US prosecutors weighing charges against WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including its founder Julian Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets. CNN reports that authorities are preparing to seek Assange's arrest. The Washington Post reports prosecutors are weighing charges against the organization's members after the Obama-era Justice Department declined to do so.

Moldovan businessman sentenced for role in $1 bln bank fraud

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- A court has sentenced a Moldovan businessman and former lawmaker to 18 years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering connected to a $1 billion bank fraud. The court in the capital Chisinau on Thursday sentenced Veaceslav Platon and ordered him to pay the state 869 million lei ($45.2 million) in damages which he siphoned off from the Savings Bank, which subsequently went bankrupt.

Captured Mexican ex-governor appears in Guatemala court

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Mexican fugitive ex-governor who became a powerful symbol of alleged corruption in his country appeared Wednesday before a Guatemalan court that will consider his possible extradition. Former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte arrived at the tribunal in a police van that was mobbed by reporters, whose shouted questions he declined to answer. He emerged wearing a bulletproof vest over a plaid shirt, was escorted inside and consulted with his lawyers.

Virginia gov., who opposes death penalty, urged to spare man

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend's killing. Ivan Teleguz, 38, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 25 unless he's granted clemency by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A Catholic, McAuliffe has said he personally opposes capital punishment but will uphold the law as governor.

Prosecutors defend use of Schock staffer-turned-informant

CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors deny investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's staff to help build a corruption case against him, accusing the Republican of seeking "to manufacture claims of governmental misconduct" to escape prosecution.

AP investigation shows Peru backsliding on illegal logging

HOUSTON (AP) -- Never before had so much lumber been denied entry at a U.S. port on evidence that it was harvested illegally. Homeland Security investigators in Houston, acting on intelligence from their Peruvian counterparts, halted 1,770 metric tons of Amazon rainforest wood -- enough to cover three football fields.

Thousands rally against alleged gov't corruption in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Thousands of Slovakians are rallying in the capital of Bratislava to protest alleged corruption in the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico. The protesters demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, who is a close ally of Fico's, police chief Tibor Gaspar and other officials they allege have prevented proper investigations of corruption scandals. President Andrej Kiska was supporting the student-organized demonstration.

Justices could limit recovery in securities fraud cases

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed willing to make it tougher for the government to recover ill-gotten gains from people convicted of securities fraud. Most of the justices -- including newly confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch -- suggested during arguments that such recoveries are subject to a strict five-year statute of limitations.

Former mayor of North Carolina's largest city apologizes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city is apologizing for what he calls his "mistake" after serving a bribery sentence in federal prison. Fifty-year-old former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested in 2014, just four months into his term, and later pleaded guilty to taking about $50,000 in bribes from federal undercover officers. He served half of his 44-month prison sentence and began two years of supervised release Jan. 25.