May 29, 2015, 5:26 pm EDT
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday for withdrawing funds in small increments to “conceal his prior misconduct.”
Here are seven things to know about the indictment:
Hastert allegedly had a deal with an anonymous person where he paid $3.5 million in order to settle his prior misconduct against this person.
The nature of his misconduct has not been revealed but it is known that it involves activities from years earlier.
Hastert was charged by a federal grand jury for withdrawing $1.7 million in cash from several banks over four years.
He planned the withdrawals in a strategic manner to avoid triggering federal reporting rules.
A Yorkville, Ill. resident received the payments for Hastert. The two have known each other for most of that person’s life.
He made 15 withdrawals of $50,000 in cash from 2010 to 2012 from accounts at several banks. He paid this person every six weeks.
Hastert is facing two felony counts, which could carry a 5-year prison term and a $250,000 fine.
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May 28, 2015, 2:39 pm EDT
A military lab located in Utah accidentally sent live anthrax to 10 different areas.
The live anthrax was shipped to labs located in nine states and one military lab in South Korea. The nine states that had the virus shipped to them were Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia, reports U.S. News & World Report.
The exact locations of all the labs that received live anthrax haven’t been revealed. At least one lab in the U.S. confirmed that it got a live version of the virus and so did the lab located in South Korea. 22 people at the base in South Korea were treated as a precaution, U.S. News & World Report notes. Read
May 28, 2015, 2:39 pm EDT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking to add high-speed Internet access as an option for households that participate in the Lifeline program.
Lifeline has helped low-income households in the US have phone access since 1985. Subscribers get a $9.25 monthly subsidy on one phone line per household.
The FCC is now looking to offer broadband Internet as part of the $1.7 billion federal program. The subsidy would be the same but recipients would have to choose if they want to apply it to Internet or a phone line. Read
May 28, 2015, 2:12 pm EDT
George Pataki has joined the list of possible 2016 presidential candidates.
George Pataki’s announcement as one of the 2016 presidential candidates comes as a bit of a surprise. He doesn’t often show up on public opinion polls for Republicans and isn’t looking to run a national campaign. It’s likely he won’t even make it to the first Republican debate, reports CNN.
George Pataki isn’t going to let his underdog status bother him. He’s a three-time Governer of New York, a heavily Democratic state, and believes he can take the GOP. He hinted that he would run for president in 2008 and 2012, but his joining of the 2016 presidential candidates is his first year doing so, CNN notes. Read
May 27, 2015, 2:35 pm EDT
Rick Santorum has added his name to the list of 2016 presidential candidates.
The former US Senator is seeking the Republican bid once again after making a run for it in 2012. Here are 10 things to know about Rick Santorum:
The 57-year-old was born in Winchester, Virginia to Aldo and Catherine Santorum.
He attended Pennsylvania State University as an undergrad, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science there.
Santorum got his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
His formal education ended in 1986, when he received a a law degree from Dickinson.
He started his career in politics in the 1970s, volunteering for Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz.
Santorum joined the US House of Representatives in 1990.
He was Senator of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.
He published a book in 2012 about the unknown heroes of the American Revolution titled American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom.
Santorum also sought the Republican bid for presidency in 2012 but lost out to Mitt Romney.
He is CEO of EchoLight Studios, a production company that makes faith-based films.
The growing list of 2016 presidential candidates includes Rick Perry, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Carly Florina, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Read
May 27, 2015, 1:21 pm EDT
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has suffered from a hack that resulted in the ID theft of 100,000 taxpayers.
The ID theft hack reported by the IRS occurred between February and May. The organization was tipped off tot he hack by the number of taxpayer transcript requests that were made during this time. 200,000 attempts were made, but only 100,000 succeeded, reports The New York Daily News.
The IRS believes that the ID theft hack wasn’t an act by a random hacker. Instead, it claims that it was done by a criminal organization. The government agency will report stolen information to those that were affected and it believes that less then $50 million in fraudulent refunds was claimed by the hackers, The New York Daily News notes. Read