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Politican 'paid molestation hush-money'

Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, seen in 2006, has been indicted on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI.

The man who was second in line for the US presidency charged with paying ex-student $2.4m to conceal sex abuse.

Uncertainty over Patriot Act's future

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he takes part in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty  at Georgetown University in Washington May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate not to let the National Security Agency's power to collect Americans' phone records expire

Futuristic Googleplex on the cards

Google has plans for a futuristic, canopied campus in Mountain View, California.

Google is planning the next step in its bid to build the futurist office complex it has planned.

Crowds flock to World Trade Centre deck

People view the sunrise at the newly built One World Observatory at One World Trade Center on the day it opens to the public.

Thousands gather to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Centre opens to the public.

Silk Road mastermind gets life

CONVICTED: Assistant US Attorney Timothy T Howard spoke during the trial of Ross Ulbricht (left) as seen in this courtroom sketch.

The creator of online drug market Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison.

Ex-US House Speaker indicted

Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on May 28, 2015 on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI.

Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges including lying to the FBI as part of a hush-money scheme.

'Manhattanhenge' descends on NYC

People take pictures of sunset on 42nd street, during the biannual occurrence named "Manhattanhenge" in New York City May 29, 2013. "Manhattanhenge", coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs when the setting sun aligns itself with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine down all streets at the same time. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Thousands are expected to gather in the city's vast streets on Friday night to witness "Manhattanhenge".

Black widow bite "like 100 needles"

Black Widow bites aren't fatal but can cause pain and breathing problems.

Alyssa Gawrys was washing a bag of grapes when a black widow spider crawled out and up her arm.

US uni exam fraud ring

The scam involved fake Chinese passports.

Fifteen Chinese nationals living in the United States have been charged with developing a fraud scheme.

Socialite sentenced to 18 years

Gigi Jordan, a wealthy New York socialite who was convicted in 2014 of first-degree manslaughter for the 2010 killing of her 8-year-old autistic son in a posh Manhattan hotel room.

Sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing her young autistic son

$2000 thank you for gumbo

Laura Dally at Blue 44 restaurant where a customer left a US$2000 tip.

Kiwi bartender Laura Dally's jaw dropped when one happy customer showed his appreciation, 2000 times.

US military ships live anthrax

A photomicrograph of Bacillus anthracis; anthrax.

US military facility in Utah mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to private laboratories by mistake.

Dying dog's bucket list road trip

Mr Director... I'm ready for my close-up!

When Poh was diagnosed with a terminal illness, his owner wrote him a bucket list, packed their bags and hit the road.

Prison for son of 'Barney' creator

Leach is the son of Sheryl Leach, who developed and wrote the popular PBS children's show about a lovable purple dinosaur.

The son of the creator of "Barney & Friends" pleaded no contest Thursday to shooting his neighbour.

'This is the face I grew up with' video

Richard Norris and Rebekah Aversano embrace, the reunion proving overwhelming.

This is the moment that a woman sees - and touches - the face of her dead brother on another person.

Family swept away by floodwaters

us floods

The McCombs thought they were safe when rain began to fall. Then they looked outside.

Rain eases but more flooding likely in Texas

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest Houston.

Many Texas cities remain in danger from flooding though a barrage of deadly thunderstorms has tapered.

Republican Pataki enters US Presidential race

Three-term New York governor George Pataki has entered the Republican nominee race for the US presidency.

Former New York Governor George Pataki announces he will run for the White House in 2016.

Potential new hominin species found

Scientists have found the jaw and teeth of a new species in Ethiopia that lived between 3.3 and 3.5 million years ago.

A potential new hominin has been discovered, giving the first indication that the human family was full of variety long before our own genus came along.

Live anthrax accidently shipped around US

A microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis which causes the disease anthrax.

The US military accidentally sent live anthrax spores from a military facility to up to nine laboratories in several other states.

Diner leaves massive tip

The receipt showing the diner's generosity.

He's one of this restaurant's most loyal customers - he's also the most generous.

Fighting back with crop tops

Alexi Halket, standing, found plenty of support for #CropTopDay.

Fed up with her school's dress code, Alexi Halket took a stand - with #CropTopDay.

Police dog stops roadside ambush

Lucas the police dog in action.

Faithful K-9 companion comes to the rescue of an officer being dragged into the woods by three attackers.

Bacon busted for sausage bashing

What was behind the early morning sausage sneak? We may never know.

When Thomas Bacon found someone else eating his last sausage, he got all a-sizzle.

Ex-police officer suspected in slaying arrested video

Los Angeles Police officer Henry Solis is shown in this image released by LAPD on March 16, 2015. Solis, a rookie Los Angeles police officer, was being sought on Monday as a person of interest in the fatal Southern California shooting of another man in the bar district in Pomona, local authorities said.  REUTERS/LAPD/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ex Los Angeles police officer accused of murder found hiding with relatives in Mexico.

Wild weather kills 28

Cars and houses are seen covered by floodwaters in southwest Houston.

Torrential rain has left much of central Texas swamped after savage weather killed at least 28 people in the US and Mexico.

Depp's Dogs situation 'hilarious'

Johnny Depp with one of his dogs.

Mick Doohan found the media circus around Johnny Depp and his dogs "hilarious."

Teens release thousands of ladybugs

Fox 5 reported that six of the group were students, who were were graduating this year, and one was a former student.

A group of teenagers accused of releasing more than 70,000 ladybirds in a US high school.

Stolen as a baby, but found as an adult

Nelly Reyes

She was told her baby had died - but now he's turned up four decades later.

Black widow crawls out of supermarket grapes

Black Widow bites aren't fatal but can cause pain and breathing problems.

Woman bitten by black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes.

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