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