Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was making payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.
Hastert was indicted Thursday with making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals.
The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."
American Express says president Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. The company says the 55-year-old executive was coming back from a business trip. It said the plane made an emergency landing.
A Navy veteran died several hours after a mishap on a platform dive attraction making its debut at a Southern California fair Thursday night, authorities said. Sabrina Gordon, 31, died at 12:20 a.m. Friday, according to a representative with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The Hesperia native fell from the FreeDrop USA ride at the San Bernardino County Fair Thursday night at 8:14 p.m., and was airlifted to a hospital, deputies said. FreeDrop USA was immediately closed, according to the head of the fair. Participants jump from a structure onto a pillow that stands 13-feet tall when fully inflated, according to a news release from the fair.
About 500 people, many of them carrying guns and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, rallied outside a Phoenix mosque Friday, where they were met by hundreds of counter protesters railing against what they called bigotry and racism.
The two sides exchanged heated rhetoric for hours, hurling insults and slogans as a thin line of police officers in riot gear stood between them.
Parts of North Texas are under a Flash Flood Emergency and authorities have performed dozens of high-water rescues Friday morning after overnight rain that set a record for the wettest May in Dallas-Fort Worth history. The previous record for May rainfall was 13.66 inches set in 1982. As of midnight Friday, the DFW area had received 13.87 inches this month.
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A Manhattan judge sentenced a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road to life in prison Friday, calling the defendant's actions "terribly destructive to our social fabric." Ross William Ulbricht, 31, was convicted in February in federal court on seven drug and conspiracy counts by a jury that deliberated only three hours. In the standing-room-only courtroom Friday, spectators cried as the mother of an Australian teenager who bought drugs on the underground marketplace shared her story. The father of a young man who also died after buying drugs on the site was in the courtroom for Ulbricht's sentencing as well. Speaking to the court, a tearful Ulbricht apologized to the families of those who died.
A California couple is celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year, and everyone from George Clooney to President Barack Obama is taking notice. "It wasn't always sweet and smooth," Richard Arambula admitted to NBC affiliate KGET. "There were times I wanted to get the gun," Mary Arambula joked about their relationship. The couple's seven decades of marriage inspired their granddaughter, Belinda Bannister, to ask for pictures from people congratulating her grandparents on social media and in letters. They received over 150 celebrity mementos and well wishes, including a letter from the president and the first lady, a hand-written note from George Clooney and a gift from the late Joan Rivers.
A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.
Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers say Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement.
After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54 and passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the Ducati from behind and ran over the rider, CHP officers say.
The motorcyclist — a 39-year-old man — died about an hour later at a hospital. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has not yet released his name, but said he was an active duty Navy service member. CHP officials said the man lived in Santee.
Jackson was arrested and now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling a road rage incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
The Pentagon on Friday said it has identified five more potentially live anthrax shipments inadvertently shipped to laboratories, and has instructed labs which received inactive samples to stop working with the materials until further notice. A total of 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries — Australia and South Korea — are believed to have received suspect samples, the Department of Defense said in a statement. Defense officials tell NBC News the anthrax spores had been irradiated to kill them in 2008.
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Controversy is shaking up a Southern California apartment complex after a flier appeared in community elevators specifically asking African-American residents to speak quietly and to turn down music levels at night. The fliers were posted in at least two of the elevators at the Toscana Apartments, located near the campus of University of California, Irvine, and advised and reminded residents about the appropriate noise levels, citing several recent complaints. And, at the bottom left, this: "We would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.”
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's old school employer, colleague current House Speaker John Boehner, and family member are speaking out after finding out the once Speaker of the House was allegedly involved in a sexual misconduct allegations.
A date has been set for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to appeal his four-game suspension. The NFL Players Association confirms that Brady's hearing will be held on June 23. It may be continued to June 25. Brady was suspended by the NFL for the deflation of footballs in the Patriots' AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal despite the NFLPA's claim that he would not be impartial and would be called as a witness.
A would-be thief who tried to grab a 22-year-old mother's iPhone at a Bronx laundromat punched the woman's 6-year-old son in the face when the boy stepped in his way as he tried to flee the mother's grasp, authorities said.
Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday. Meteorological officials called the heat wave "severe" and warned that it would continue for at least two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh. Most of those killed by heat-related conditions including dehydration and heat stroke have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where 100 people died just on Thursday as temperatures hovered at about 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of water tankers were delivering supplies to more than 4,000 villages and hamlets facing acute water shortages in the central state of Maharashtra, state officials told the Press Trust of India news agency.
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