By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of New York's most powerful politicians abused his office for a decade, orchestrating multimillion-dollar bribery schemes he kept hidden from public view through lies and deception, a U.S. prosecutor told jurors on Monday at the close of his corruption trial. Sheldon Silver, who as speaker of the state Assembly wielded enormous political influence, collected $4 million in illegal kickbacks in exchange for official acts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein said in New York federal court. Silver's counterpart in the state Senate, former majority leader Dean Skelos, is himself on trial for corruption in the same Manhattan court.
Video footage taken from the back of an ambulance does not appear to show conclusively what happened in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Minneapolis police officer a week ago, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Monday. The shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15 sparked more than a week of protests amid questions over whether he was handcuffed at the time and demands from protesters that authorities release videos of the incident. "I have seen the tape," Dayton told a news conference.
It's the start of Thanksgiving week, and that means some of the highest traffic days at airports across the country. And between the extra crowds and the recent concerns over terror attacks, that also means tightened security for anyone heading home for the holidays.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, other women's health providers and a group of women in need of reproductive healthcare sued Texas on Monday, seeking to halt its threatened cut in Medicaid funding, a move they said was more about politics than healthcare. The suit filed in federal court in Austin comes as Texas and several other Republican-controlled states try to cut funding for Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group released videos it said showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissues from abortions it performs.