|Sources: Hastert engaged in sexual misconduct as a teacher|
The 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.
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|Texas seeks presidential disaster declaration after storms kill 21|
By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott sought a presidential disaster declaration on Friday after severe weather this week killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations. 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 (an) unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Abbott, who has declared 70 counties disaster areas.
|U.S. intelligence chief Clapper urges quick passage of surveillance reform bill|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Director of National Intelligence on Friday urged Congress to quickly pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill which would reform controversial surveillance powers approved by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks. Director James Clapper said that if the legislation is not rapidly passed U.S. intelligence agencies would lose important capabilities, such as effectively tracking "terrorists and spies who switch communications devices," obtaining certain kinds of business records and identifying "potential U.S. based associates of foreign terrorists. ...
|Live anthrax found in U.S. military shipment to Australia: official|
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An investigation of a U.S. military facility's mistaken shipments of live anthrax bacteria has turned up another live sample, this one from a 2008 batch sent to Australia, a U.S. defense official said on Friday. The disclosure, if confirmed, suggests the possibility of a broader problem among anthrax samples meant to have been made inactive at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Suspected live samples sourced to Dugway have already been traced going to nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea over a period from March 2014 to April 2015 before being discovered this month.
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