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  • US Sen. Menendez: I've behaved appropriately in office

    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark, N.J. on Friday, March 6, 2015. A person familiar with a federal investigation says the Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat in the coming weeks. Menendez says that he has always behaved appropriately in office. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday that he had always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.


  • Brazil names lawmakers in Petrobras graft scandal

    Brazil's Supreme Court named a long list of politicians under investigation over the multibillion-dollar graft scandal roiling state oil giant PetrobrasBrazil's Supreme Court named a long list of politicians under investigation over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies. On the list are 22 serving congressmen and 22 senators and it marks a new front in a snowballing scandal that has caused political and social uproar, threatening to tear apart the ruling coalition. Not under investigation is President Dilma Rousseff, who was Petrobras board chair during much of the decade-long period when politicians allegedly benefited from huge kickbacks via inflated contracts struck between the oil firm and dozens of companies. "Launching investigations was considered viable as there are indications of illegality," a court statement read, quoting a decision by Supreme Court presiding minister, Teori Zavascki.


  • Secret to The Lumineers' success? A newspaper columnist

    FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, from left, Wesley Schutlz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers pose at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York. Fraites says that a picture of a New Jersey newspaper columnist is the secret to the bands’ success. He posted a picture of his keyboard with the picture of The Record political columnist Herb Jackson to the folk rock band’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts on Thursday, March 6, 2015. He says that he taped the picture to his keyboard 10 years ago and that “looking at him assures me creativity will flow.” (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A member of The Lumineers says a picture of a New Jersey newspaper columnist is the secret to the band's success.


  • NCAA suspends coach Jim Boeheim for Syracuse violations

    FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova in Philadelphia. The NCAA has suspended Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim Friday, March 6, 2015, for nine games for academic, drug and gifts violations committed primarily by the men's basketball program.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The NCAA denounced one of the country's most decorated basketball programs Friday, suspending Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine conference games next year and outlining a decade-long series of violations that included academic misconduct, improper benefits, and drug-policy failures.


  • LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah Senate

    Eric Moutsos, center, the former Salt Lake Police officer who was placed on leave and later resigned for not wanting to ride his motorcycle in the Salt Lake gays pride parade for religious reasons, shakes hands with Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, left, while Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, looks on during a committee hearing Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its test at the state Legislature Thursday when lawmakers on a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered their unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Members of Utah's state Senate told personal stories of discrimination and even invoked the state's polygamist history during a Friday afternoon debate on a landmark bill that protects gay and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights.