Sources: Hastert engaged in sexual misconduct as a teacher
The alleged "misconduct" referenced in the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is of a sexual nature involving a male individual, dating back to Hastert's time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, sources with knowledge of the case told ABC News. Associates and former colleagues of Hastert expressed surprise and dismay today over allegations that he disbursed $1.7 million in hush money payments to conceal alleged misconduct from a period before he entered politics. The school district that employed Hastert from 1965 to 1981 as a high school history teacher and wrestling coach noted it "was first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released" Thursday.
05/29/2015 - 10:35 PM
O'Malley readying presidential announcement in Baltimore
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is ready to enter the Democratic presidential campaign, mounting a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's nomination in 2016.
05/30/2015 - 07:26 AM
Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful but extremely deep earthquake has struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami.
05/30/2015 - 11:58 AM
Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms
By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.
05/30/2015 - 09:57 AM
Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21
By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. Storms that battered North Texas on Thursday and Friday added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for help in Dallas, where some areas saw up to seven inches (17.8 cm) of rain. "Communities across the State of Texas have experienced devastating destruction, injury and – most tragically – loss of life due to the major and unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Governor Greg Abbott, who has declared 70 counties disaster areas.
05/30/2015 - 06:23 AM
U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received "suspect samples," as did Australia and South Korea. It had previously only identified a foreign shipment to a U.S. air base south of Seoul.
05/30/2015 - 05:31 AM
Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.
05/29/2015 - 10:08 PM
4 more bodies found after Texas flooding
DALLAS (AP) — Authorities said Friday they reclaimed four more bodies from Texas waters, adding to the growing death toll inflicted by record-setting storms that continue to submerge highways and flood homes.
05/30/2015 - 05:17 AM
Bill Clinton would break new ground as First Gent
The election of a woman president would mean that for the first time, the first lady would be … a man.
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Sepp Blatter wins FIFA re-election the old fashioned way
Despite scandal all around him, Sepp Blatter remained FIFA's president thanks to a voting bloc he's spent years building using old-school politics.
05/29/2015 - 05:19 PM
Cuba removed from U.S. terror list
Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
05/29/2015 - 03:18 PM
Barbara Scrivner's difficult journey after receiving clemency
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