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Starbucks opens in Ferguson, as company eyes bolstering urban footprint

usatoday.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - The baristas at America's newest Starbucks include 19-year-old Adrienne Lemons, who is the glue of her family now that her dad is in prison. There's also 20-year-old Kenia Randolph, who has had as many as 10 family members living in her one-bedroom apartment in recent months.

Dennis Hastert admits abuse, and other dramatic moments from sentencing

usatoday.com — Moments before the court's sentencing, Hastert admitted for the first time that he sexually abused students while serving as the wrestling coach for Yorkville High School 30 years ago.Former House speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Wednesday for a bank fraud case linked to allegations of sexual abuse.

Ex-speaker Dennis Hastert faces sentencing in Chicago

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Former House speaker Dennis Hastert arrived at a federal courthouse in a wheelchair Wednesday for sentencing on a bank fraud case linked to allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy decades ago. The sentence will complete the spectacular fall of a former small town high school coach who rose to second in succession to the U.S.

Ex-speaker Hastert to find out on Wednesday if he will face prison

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Former speaker Dennis Hastert will learn on Wednesday whether his stunning fall from grace will also include prison time for bank fraud that he committed as part of an effort to cover up an accusation of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Dennis Hastert sued by former student he allegedly molested

usatoday.com — A former student of Dennis Hastert filed a lawsuit on Monday for breach of contract, charging that the ex-House speaker failed to complete a 2010 agreement to compensate the man for sexual abuse that Hastert allegedly committed decades ago before he launched his political career.

Tom Delay, ex-CIA director ask judge to go easy on Dennis Hastert

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- Attorneys for ex-speaker Dennis Hastert on Friday filed dozens of letters of support from former colleagues, constituents and friends, asking a federal judge to consider the former lawmaker's decades of service when he is sentenced next week on illegal bank structuring charges.

Death toll from Ecuador quake rises to 350: AP

usatoday.com — Emergency workers in Ecuador urgently dug through massive heaps of rubble Monday looking for survivors of the monstrous earthquake that killed hundreds, collapsed buildings and ravaged the Andean nation's already brittle infrastructure. Ecuadorian Security Minister Cesar Navas said the death toll had risen to 350 on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Killer quake, El Nino flooding paralyze Ecuador

usatoday.com — Emergency workers in Ecuador urgently dug through massive heaps of rubble Monday looking for survivors of the monstrous earthquake that killed hundreds, collapsed buildings and ravaged the Andean nation's already brittle infrastructure.

Man released in '57 murder case after new evidence surfaces

usatoday.com — A 76-year-old man serving a life sentence for the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl in Illinois was released from prison Friday after a judge vacated his conviction and ordered a new trial.

Voices: Kid-glove treatment for former House speaker?

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - The lawyers for former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who as a lawmaker championed stiff punishment for child predators, offered a jaw-dropping retort to allegations that he had molested a boy whom he coached before launching his political career.
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May 01, 2016

RT @LovedayM: Final update from Baghdad tonight, in what was quite an extraordinary day washingtonpost.com/world/proteste…

May 01, 2016

RT @LovedayM: Walked into the Green Zone for the first time today without a badge or even ID check. #Iraq

Apr 29, 2016

Starbucks opens in Ferguson, as company eyes bolstering urban footprint usat.ly/1TA37db via @USATODAY

Apr 28, 2016

RT @ithrow88: @JArrieta34 saw you gave up a run, hang in there. Thinking of you.

Apr 27, 2016

Judge Durkin sentences #DennisHastert to 15 months in prison. Prosecution asked for six months.

Apr 27, 2016

Judge Durkin says that prosecutions recommendation of six months in prison is not enough and has sentenced him to 15 months in prison.Judge Durkin says that prosecutions recommendation of six months in prison is not enough and has sentenced him to 15 months in prison.

Apr 27, 2016

Judge to #DennisHastert: “I can’t sentence you as a child molester, your sentence today will pale to wht you would have faced in state crt

Apr 27, 2016

Judge tells #DennisHastert "Nothing is more disturbing than having serial child molester and speaker of the House in the same sentence."

Apr 27, 2016

Judge says #DennisHastert falsely suggested that he was being extorted by Indiv. A. "You tried to set him up. You tried to frame him."


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