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May 28, 2015 - 10:16pm
6 min 30 sec ago

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.

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May 28, 2015 - 10:15pm
6 min 30 sec ago

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.

And Vanya is...

May 28, 2015 - 10:13pm
6 min 30 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as "Friday" and "White Men Can't Jump," has died. He was 75.

Rey's manager Vanzil Burke says he died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital from complications after suffering a stroke.

His career in show business spanned more than 30 years. Rey's film credits include "Harlem Nights," ''House Party 3," ''For Da Love of Money" and "Far Out Man." Rey also appeared in the TV...

May 28, 2015 - 9:52pm
6 min 30 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men have agreed to plead guilty to crimes stemming from an investigation into suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district.

Xilin (ZEE'-lin) Chen and his son, Tom Chen, signed plea agreements in federal court in Los Angeles this week. A judge is expected to accept the agreements at a hearing Friday.

The men's attorneys didn't respond to requests for comment Thursday....

May 28, 2015 - 9:45pm
6 min 30 sec ago

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...

May 28, 2015 - 9:27pm
36 min 29 sec ago

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...

May 28, 2015 - 9:19pm
36 min 29 sec ago

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man known as the "bicycle bandit" for fleeing on two wheels after allegedly robbing a dozen banks in Virginia faces more than 100 years in prison.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 42-year-old Wossen Assaye on charges including bank robbery, escape, kidnapping and firearms offenses.

Assaye was arrested in March. Authorities say he tried to kill himself while in custody and was taken to a hospital.

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May 28, 2015 - 8:33pm
1 hour 26 min ago

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida want a man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman to wear a monitoring device while he is out on bond.

The attorneys filed a motion on Thursday asking a judge to require Matthew Apperson to wear a GPS device.

A police report says Apperson had a fixation on the former neighborhood watch leader and that Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution before his run-in with Zimmerman earlier...

May 28, 2015 - 8:30pm
1 hour 26 min ago

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...

May 28, 2015 - 8:20pm
2 hours 16 min ago

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.

McDonnell...

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