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National & World Ex-US Speaker charged in relation to payments of hush money Ex-US Speaker charged in relation to payments of hush money
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago.
National & World Twice-caught fugitive's clean life led to 55 years of freedom Twice-caught fugitive's clean life led to 55 years of freedom (Photo Gallery)
In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice. The first time, in 1975, the escaped Ohio inmate's good behavior helped him avoid a trip back to prison when West Virginia's governor refused to extradite him. It would be almost 40 years before he was caught again.
National & World Former NY governor George Pataki joins race for president Former NY governor George Pataki joins race for president
George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
National & World AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia
IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.
National & World Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing was lying low in Mexico Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing was lying low in Mexico
A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man while off-duty evaded authorities for more than two months by moving between the homes of family members in Mexico, staying mostly indoors and avoiding cellphones and social media, the FBI said Wednesday.