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Ex-Speaker Hastert Faces Charges Over 'Hush Money'

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert might be about to learn an old political lesson: It's the coverup that will do you in. Federal prosecutors today charged the 73-year-old Illinois Republican with making shady bank withdrawals and lying to the FBI, and the Chicago Tribune provides this tantalizing detail: The charges...

Sex Abuse Was Rampant at Elite Private School: Report

"There was this widespread assumption that if you put your child in a private school that they were in safer space." That's the reaction of a professor who consulted on a new independent report into sexual abuse at NYC's elite Horace Mann School—an investigation that found worse abuse than...

Ex-Marine Fights Discharge Over Bible Verse on Her Desk

A Bible verse posted at her workstation was supposed to help Monifa Sterling keep her cool with miffed co-workers. Instead, the ex-Marine was demoted, received a bad-conduct discharge, and is now appealing a court-martial, Military Times reports. The phrase that started the conflict: "No weapon formed against me shall prosper,...

Police: 'Clueless' Pair Rode to Walmart With Gunman

Two people who were in the car with a US airman when he drove to a North Dakota Walmart and opened fire inside the store in an apparently random shooting had no idea what he was about to do, police said yesterday. Marcell Willis, 21, made up a reason to...

Woman Who Had Sex on Beach Learns Her Fate

Earlier this month, Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez were found guilty of lewd and lascivious exhibition for having sex on Florida's Bradenton Beach—and they faced a pretty stiff maximum sentence for their tangle in the sand: 15 years behind bars. Yesterday, Alvarez learned her time in jail won't be...

Bartender Guilty After Guy Downs 56 Shots, Dies

A bartender in France has been handed a four-month suspended sentence for manslaughter after a patron fatally threw back 56 shots to break his bar's record, AFP reports. Renaud Prudhomme, 56—and weighing 260 pounds, per the Local —was helped home from Starter bar in Clermont-Ferrand last October after the...

Police Dog Rushes to Ambushed Cop's Rescue

When Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Frazier saw a lone car at a rest stop along a remote stretch of Mississippi's Highway 90 last week—with an unmoving driver inside—he pulled over to investigate, leaving K-9 partner Lucas in the car. What Frazier wasn't expecting: Two other men jumping...

Cops: NFL Player Ignored Restraining Order

If the Chicago Bears were still giving Ray McDonald more chances, he would be up to at least four by now. The defensive lineman was arrested yesterday—for the second time in less than 72 hours—for allegedly violating a restraining order issued after he was accused of assaulting a...

Bizarre Theft: Cow Gallstones

Do a quick scan for "cow gallstones" on the Alibaba website and you'll see that they're quite in demand, whether you want to buy them by the gram, kilogram, or ton. So a 38-year-old Australian man accused of stealing a whole bunch of them must have thought he hit the...

Nebraska Veto Override Abolishes Death Penalty

Nebraska no longer has the death penalty. State lawmakers today overrode the governor's veto of legislation to abolish it by a vote of 30-19, getting the precise number of votes necessary to do so, reports the Omaha World-Herald. The move to defy Gov. Pete Ricketts makes Nebraska "the first Republican-controlled...

Another Senior Prank Ends in Arrests

Another day, another senior prank leads to criminal charges. Two teens in North Carolina were arrested after a stunt with alarm clocks triggered a school bomb search, reports WCNC. Police in Troutman say Shannon Marie Farrell and Lekia Hall, both 18, put the clocks in unused lockers at South Iredell...

Tracy Morgan Settles With Walmart Over Crash

Tracy Morgan has settled with Walmart over last year's devastating highway crash, but neither side is offering details, reports MarketWatch. Morgan and two friends were seriously injured and another friend was killed when a Walmart truck plowed into their limo on the New Jersey Turnpike. Previously, Walmart agreed to pay...

Key to Killer's Conviction: Scrooge McDuck Medallion

A Connecticut man could face life in prison for a killing that police solved by tracking a gold chain and medallion featuring the Disney character Scrooge McDuck. A Hartford jury convicted 23-year-old Tyquan Turner of felony murder, robbery, and conspiracy yesterday. Police said he and an accomplice killed 25-year-old Miguel...

Cops: Auburn Lab Tech, 64, Sold Date Rape Drug

He wouldn't fit the typical profile of a campus drug dealer, but authorities say a 64-year-old chemistry lab technician at Auburn University was just that. And they say Stephen Howard wasn't just peddling weed, but a date rape drug, reports WTVM. Howard is accused of using his lab credentials to...

Man Named Bacon Gets in Trouble Over Sausage

Pity poor Thomas Bacon, who is grabbing headlines for what might be a mundane arrest—were it not for his last name and the role sausage allegedly plays in the story. NJ.com reports the 19-year-old has been charged with simple assault in connection with a May 12 incident. Police...

Trial Finally Opens Dark Knight Shooter's Diary

Was James Holmes in the grip of madness when he massacred 12 moviegoers in 2012, or had he coldly planned the rampage for months? Both sides in the Dark Knight shooter's trial say the gunman's diary helps their case. Holmes mailed the diary, copies of which were given to jurors...

IRS to 104K Taxpayers: Thieves Stole Your Data on Our Site

More than 100,000 people are about to get an unpleasant letter from the IRS, but it doesn't involve the word "audit." Instead, think cyber-theft. The agency said today that online criminals tapped into the information of 104,000 people though the IRS' popular "Get Transcript" service. As the AP...

Cops: Suspect Pulled Paddle From Drowning Fiance

Prosecutors who accuse a woman of killing her fiance on the Hudson River say she didn't just tamper with his kayak—she moved his paddle away from him in the frigid waters after he capsized. Authorities today released the murder indictment against Angelika Graswald, days after the body of 46-year-old...

Cops: Yale Student Stabs Fellow Student, Kills Self

Police are investigating what appears to be an attempted murder followed by a suicide at Yale, reports the New Haven Register. Authorities say that Tyler Carlisle, a member of this year's graduating class, stabbed acquaintance Alexander Michaud in a ninth-floor apartment off campus, then jumped out the window to his...

Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly

A new entry in the senior-prank-gone-awry category : A number of Maryland high school students found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly breaking into their high school at 3:40am Wednesday and dispersing 72,000 ladybugs. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has identified seven suspects: Police...

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