Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. The Illinois Republican, who left office in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. […]

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter knew what he was doing

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man who killed 12 strangers and wounded scores of others in a suburban Denver movie theater was mentally ill but legally sane, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday. […]

FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information

The FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week. "The FBI has opened an investigation into the recently reported incident at the Internal Revenue Service and is working with our interagency partners to determine the nature and scope of this matter," a spokesman […]

Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" […]

Kansas, Missouri students co-champs of National Spelling bee

OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - Eighth-graders Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, were declared co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Gokul ended a tense standoff by correctly spelling "nunatak," an Inuit word for an exposed ridge in a glacier. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Ken Wills) […]

Chicago’s heart of mercy for the disabled

Nestled away in a northern Chicago suburb, among tree-lined streets, white picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns, is a 31-acre complex known as Misericordia. Misericordia, whose name means “heart of mercy” in Latin , is home to more than 600 children and adults with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. […]