CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam (GO' kul VEHN-kuh-TAHTCH-uh-lum) and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the National Spelling Bee.
So they shared the title, making history in two different ways.
The bee hadn't ended in a tie for 52 years — until last year. Now it's happened for an unprecedented two years running.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.
The Republican governor announced his decision Thursday — hours after lawmakers gave their final approval to the measure. His office says he vetoed it shortly after the announcement. The legislature must decide whether to override that veto.
The bill gives magistrates and some register of deeds...
BORGER, Texas (AP) — Ten people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in the Texas Panhandle.
The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Agrium Inc. plant in Borger, about 40 miles northeast of Amarillo.
Borger police Lt. Brandon Strope says the 10 people, all employees, were taken to Panhandle hospitals by ambulance and helicopter. He also says plant officials say the gas release is contained and poses no...
BOSTON (AP) — Get ready to break out the white-out, Boston. An 8-foot-tall typewriter is coming to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway this summer.
A group of artists and designers is building a 24-to-1-scale model of a 1927 Underwood Standard Portable typewriter that will be featured at the FIGMENT Boston festival in July. It's also set to appear at the Burning Man celebration in Nevada later this year.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1Kstmws) the...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say there is easily enough evidence to support former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's public corruption convictions.
In court filings Thursday, prosecutors told the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it is clear McDonnell took illegal steps to benefit a wealthy vitamin executive who lavished McDonnell and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, with low-interest loans and expensive gifts.