LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A jury convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges Tuesday, saying her acceptance of $36,000 from a bond trader who did business with the state was a felony rather than just a lapse in ethical judgment.
A couple of accomplished NFL pass rushers suddenly became available when DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released to create room under the salary cap in two of the biggest moves at Tuesday's start of the free-agency signing period.
France's Socialist government allowed conservative ex-prime minster Dominique de Villepin to return for one day's work in order to qualify for a 100,000-euro retirement windfall, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Sources at the French foreign ministry told the paper that the charismatic former minister returned to the diplomatic service -- which he left in 1993 -- in September in order to receive the pay-off, equivalent to $138,500. The British paper said it was unclear exactly what entitled Villepin to the payment and that "the exact details are shrouded in a French bureaucratic device called the 'career termination mechanism'." The sources added that the move was likely approved by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.