Updated at 3:10 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) " The conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has shaken New York politics down to the granite foundations of the state Capitol, provoking fresh calls to overhaul a system that has stubbornly clung to its long history of corruption.

Updated at 3:09 PM

PROSTEJOV, Czech Republic (AP) " There was no mistaking what the stone slab was, only the spot where it lay was somehow not fitting. Instead of marking a place of the departed, the tombstone served as a doormat to a henhouse in a small Czech village.

Updated at 3:07 PM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) " A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.

Updated at 3:02 PM

Parts of a global climate agreement being hammered out in Paris should be legally binding, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. The declaration was a boost to climate negotiators seeking a tough accord and a challenge to Republican senators, many of...

Updated at 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " A Republican senator in a tough re-election race is attacking his top Democratic rival for supporting more Syrian refugees in the U.S., marking the issue's first appearance in Senate campaign advertising.

Updated at 2:58 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) " A woman in Portland, Maine, is starting a campaign to encourage people to tape free coats to light poles to help the needy this winter.

Updated at 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is expanding the U.S. special operations force in Iraq to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight Islamic State militants.

Updated at 2:55 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Lawmakers are considering making it harder for government investigators to get copies of people's old emails.

Updated at 2:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " A bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C infection put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000-per-pill cure.

Updated at 2:44 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) " A Kenyan activist says police have tear-gassed a peaceful demonstration in support of government action against corruption.

Updated at 2:42 PM

BERLIN (AP) " A German appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision that a 95-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp isn't fit for trial.

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