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Expenses scandal troubles fledgling UK coalition (AP)

File - File photo dated May 17 2010 of Britain's Chief Secretary to Treasury David Laws .  The Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition suffered a major blow tonight as David Laws was forced to resign over expenses abuse allegations.  (AP Photo/  Andrew Winning-pa, file )  **UNITED KINGDOM OUT: NO SALES: NO ARCHIVE:**AP – After only 18 days at the helm, Britain’s young coalition government has lost a top finance minister to an expenses scandal just as it struggles to slash a record budget deficit and restore public trust in politics.