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Sources: Hastert engaged in sexual misconduct as a teacherLightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup (Yahoo Sports)

Dennis Hastert Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Misconduct With Male Individual During Time as Teacher, Sources SayThe alleged "misconduct" referenced in the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is of a sexual nature involving a male individual, dating back to Hastert's time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, sources with knowledge of the case told ABC News. Associates and former colleagues of Hastert expressed surprise and dismay today over allegations that he disbursed $1.7 million in hush money payments to conceal alleged misconduct from a period before he entered politics. The school district that employed Hastert from 1965 to 1981 as a high school history teacher and wrestling coach noted it "was first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released" Thursday.


The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 29, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin)

The only history the Tampa Bay Lightning were interested in was what they would create. Such as handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden, which they did Friday night with their second straight 2-0 road victory behind Ben Bishop's 22 saves. Such as heading to their second Stanley Cup final, where they will play Chicago or Anaheim, which will decide the Western Conference title Saturday night.


Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot ActHamilton's homers help Rangers to 7-4 win over Red Sox (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2015. The president said a "handful of senators" are the only thing standing in the way of an extension of key Patriot Act provisions before they expire at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.


Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton makes contact for a solo home-run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The home-run was Hamilton's second of the night. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

It seemed like old times for Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week back with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4. Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2).


O'Malley readying presidential announcement in BaltimoreStrasburg leaves after 16 pitches, Reds beat Nationals 5-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley greets local residents before speaking at a fundraiser in April in Indianola, Iowa. O'Malley has spent months investing in Iowa, aiming to repeat the trick pulled by Barack Obama in 2008, when the then-underdog upstart challenger to favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton won the state's caucuses and began his march to the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is ready to enter the Democratic presidential campaign, mounting a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's nomination in 2016.


Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, stands on the mound alongside shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and catcher Wilson Ramos in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A day after they learned they'll miss outfielder Jayson Werth indefinitely, the Washington Nationals lost starter Stephen Strasburg at least temporarily. Strasburg left after only 16 pitches because of a stiff neck, and Zack Cozart had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rallied against Washington's bullpen for a 5-2 victory on Friday night. The Reds took advantage of Strasburg's quick exit to win for only the second time in 12 games.


Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reformsBour hits 3-run HR, leads Haren, Marlins over Harvey, Mets (Yahoo Sports)

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.


New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey sits in the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Friday, May 29, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

More and more, Justin Bour is blossoming into the kind of hitter that Dan Jennings and the Miami Marlins hoped he would become. Bour launched a three-run homer to back Dan Haren, and the Marlins extended Matt Harvey's winless streak to five starts by beating the New York Mets 4-3 on Friday night. In December 2013, shortly after taking over as the Marlins' general manager, Jennings plucked Bour from Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 draft for players left off the roster.


Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge (Yahoo Sports)

Amy Gilmour a volunteer from San Antonio Texas walks past a pile of debris which included parts of destroyed homes that amassed when the Blanco River flooded during the Memorial Day weekend rains in Wimberley TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. Storms that battered North Texas on Thursday and Friday added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for help in Dallas, where some areas saw up to seven inches (17.8 cm) of rain. "Communities across the State of Texas have experienced devastating destruction, injury and – most tragically – loss of life due to the major and unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Governor Greg Abbott, who has declared 70 counties disaster areas.


FILE - This June 15, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo. Police have charged Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma. Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they obtained a warrant Friday, May 29, 2015, for the NFL player's arrest. (AP Photo/File)

The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with the player.




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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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