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Charlotte mayor resigns after bribery accusations

Charlotte, N.C.

Mayor resigns after bribery accusations

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city. The 47-year-old Cannon is charged with bribery and public corruption. The Democrat took cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Los Angeles: The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

Berlin: Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the bishop of Limburg, whose extravagant spending ran afoul of the pontiff's message of humility and modesty.

Chicago: The operator of a commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and had also done so last month, a federal investigator said.

Washington: Former President Jimmy Carter said that he would consider a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former contractor who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency.

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