NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the city's chief executive when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, was in the hands of jurors Monday after prosecutors said they had presented evidence of a "mayor on the take."
The White House said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" by North Korea's decision to rescind an invitation to U.S. envoy Robert King to visit Pyongyang to discuss the release of imprisoned U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae. The White House remains prepared to send King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, to North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin was called a politician on the take in closing arguments by prosecutors at his graft trial on Monday while defense attorneys questioned the credibility of those who had cut deals to testify against him. With Nagin and several members of his family seated in the packed courtroom, prosecutor Richard Pickens painted a picture of a mayor who was nearly broke from financing his sons' struggling granite countertop business and turned for help to contractors who needed his assistance to get city business. "You saw how a mayor on the take operates," Pickens told the jury during his closing statements. Pickens gave examples of five separate corruption schemes that Nagin used with different sets of players who allegedly paid cash bribes and provided other favors including free vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica, private jet trips to Chicago and Las Vegas, and parties for Nagin and his family, all with a combined value of more than $500,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 85 percent of residents who were displaced by the large and deadly tornadoes that decimated Joplin, Mo., and Moore, Okla., have rebuilt or intend to, the communities' mayors said Monday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunting dogs are on display at two canine gatherings this week. One is in New York at the famed Westminster Kennel Club show, where judges look for perfection in the breeds' appearance — the shape of an ear, the size of a tail.
SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it's alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.