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House Speaker Dennis Hastert sits for a portrait in his Capitol Hill office on June 15, 2007.
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Former House Speaker Indicted

Federal prosecutors announced charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 73, on Thursday, accusing him of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000

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Top Soccer Officials Say FIFA Needs a New Leader

FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s 17-year reign as the strongman of soccer's international governing body may be coming to an end soon, as authorities from across the sporting world continue to call for him to quit the top job

Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee Ends With Co-Champions Again

In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vanya Shivashanka, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening

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.

At Least 20 Years in Prison for Silk Road Founder

Prosecutors are asking a Manhattan judge to sentence a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road to decades in prison, while the defendant is asking to be freed soon enough to show he's a changed man

A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco.

Google Is Testing Hands-free Payments

Fast food giant McDonald's and pizza chain Papa John's have partnered with Google to test out a futuristic way for shoppers to pay for what they buy without having to take out their wallet — or even their phones

Equal on the Screen but Not in the Eyes of FIFA

For the first time, EA Sports will feature women soccer players in its hugely popular FIFA video-game series. However, while the genders may appear equal in FIFA 16, in real life soccer's governing body treats female players as second class

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How Disbanding the Iraqi Army Fueled ISIS

The U.S. decision 12 years ago has provided the enemy with some of its best commanders and fighters, officials say. Instead of giving Iraq a fresh start with a new army, it helped create a vacuum that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has filled

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

Flash Flood Warning for Texas

The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood warning for Texas on Thursday, as the state reels from extreme flooding that has killed at least 17 people. Even "short periods of rain" could produce new floods in the already saturated state, the warning said

People bath using a KMC water pipe at the E.M. Bypass as the

Indian Heat-Wave Death Toll Tops 1,800

The elderly, the homeless and those forced to work in the blazing sun are most at risk from the extreme conditions, with temperatures in parts of the country hitting 116.6°F (47°C). Climate change is playing a part, according to the National Disaster Management Authority

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We Could Be Better Off Eating More Carbs

While calorie-restriction diets are known to have positive health benefits, a group of researchers in Australia has found that in mice, a low-protein high-carbohydrate diet produces similar results regardless of caloric intake

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Setback for Uber in South Korea

In a largely symbolic move that appears to be aimed directly at Uber's cheap UberX service, South Korea enacted legislation on Friday banning unlicensed drivers from providing taxi services — becoming the first country to institute a nationwide prohibition of the practice