NEW YORK - The former president of a small community bank earned the distinction of being the first person convicted of ripping off the federal bailout program by pleading guilty Friday to fraud charges and admitting that he tried to grab more than $11 million in taxpayer rescue funds.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's state broadcaster says it has warned low-paid journalists to stop taking bribes from politicians or selling information to online news sites.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the accused in the attempted murder of an exiled Rwandan general offered a $1 million bribe to police to release him upon arrest, a South African court said Thursday.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Lawyers for the former mayor of Hartford, Conn., have filed an appeal of his conviction on five corruption charges.

WASHINGTON - A former Marine has pleaded guilty to accepting a $25,000 bribe in exchange for awarding numerous contracts to a Lebanon-based company at Camp Fallujah in Iraq.
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