Charlotte mayor resigns; accused of taking bribes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A city spokesman says Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned effective immediately just hours after he was charged with federal public corruption and bribery. Keith Richardson says Cannon submitted his letter Wednesday to the city manager and...
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Kerry meets Abbas as peace process founders

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Palestinian Ambassador’s Residence in Amman, Jordan. Kerry is making an effort to salvage the Middle East peace talks as a breakdown looms. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn...

Indicted Ohio Sheriff To Be Temporarily Replaced

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Commissioners in a southeast Ohio county plan to appoint a temporary replacement for a sheriff indicted in a corruption case. Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly has denied wrongdoing and vowed to fight the charges at trial in September. The Ohio Supreme Court...

German collector to return 1st looted artwork

BERLIN (AP) — A recluse who hoarded a priceless art collection at his homes in Germany and Austria – including works possibly looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis – has for the first time agreed to hand back a piece of art, his representatives said Wednesday....

$2.4 Billion Construction Budget Clears Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds a host of community, school, park and prison projects. It now goes to the Senate, where a committee started hearings on Wednesday. The proposal directs $675 million toward...
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Oklahoma judge strikes execution law over privacy

FILE – This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Charles Warner. An Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s execution law unconstitutional Wednesday, March 26, 2014, because its privacy provision is so strict that it that...
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Michigan won’t recognize same-sex marriages

FILE This March 18, 2014 file photo shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaking to the media during the Governor’s Economic Summit at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully...

‘Scandal’ actor Columbus Short charged with felony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have charged “Scandal” star Columbus Short with felony battery after they say he hit a man and caused serious injuries earlier this month. Jail records show Short was arrested by police in Claremont, Calif., on Wednesday, one day...

Columbus Police To Review 3,000 DNA Test Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus police chief says the agency is reviewing around 3,000 DNA test results, saying updated reporting procedures weren’t always followed. Chief Kim Jacobs says some reports given to investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys and courts...
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AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

FILE – In this June 13, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI and US President George W. Bush walk in the Vatican Gardens during their meeting at the Vatican. President Obama is scheduled to meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican. (AP...