Powerful offshore earthquake shakes eastern Japan, but officials say no tsunami threat

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former speaker Dennis Hastert
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Was Hastert Misconduct Sexual?

Several media outlets reported, citing anonymous federal officials, that the “prior misconduct” mentioned in the seven page indictment of the former House Speaker for illegal bank transactions was sexual in nature

Murder Spike Baltimore

Baltimore Police Union Chief: Criminals 'Empowered' By Riots

Murders in Baltimore have reached the highest levels in 15 years, and Lt. Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore city’s Fraternal Order of Police, says it’s due to criminals feeling emboldened following the riots that broke out over the death of Freddie Gray last month

Empire to Strike Back in September

Can Lucious return to the top? Will Cookie get more fur coats? Prepare to find out soon: the 18-episode-long second season of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hit drama is set to begin airing on Fox Sept. 23

This Feb 4, 2015, file courtroom sketch, shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht’s trial in New York.

Silk Road Mastermind Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ross Ulbricht, also known as the "Dread Pirate Roberts," was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan Friday for playing a role in the creation of the Silk Road, a website for buying and selling drugs and other contraband

Barack Obama

Obama Warns of Dangers of Inaction on Patriot Act

President Obama warned Friday of dire consequences for national security should the Patriot Act be allowed to expire on Sunday, blaming a “handful of senators” for blocking the passage of a compromise reform act designed to keep the nation's security infrastructure intact

FIFA President Blatter makes a speech before the election process at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich

Blatter Up! FIFA President Wins Re-Election

The embattled Sepp Blatter, 79, has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption, the worst scandal in the organization's 111-year history

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hadns with Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center in Panama City on April 11, 2015.

U.S. Takes Cuba Off Terror List

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. The step comes as officials work to restore full diplomatic relations

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest Houston, Texas

Texas Braces for a Wet Weekend

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for a total of 70 counties due to recent storms and flooding or earlier tornadoes, as more storms are expected to pass through the state over the weekend, including parts of the state already dealing with major flooding

Nigeria New President

Muhammadu Buhari Takes Over as Nigeria's President

Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves symbolizing peace at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls