Music written by inmates to be performed at White House

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Music created by inmates at one of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons was making its way to the White House on Wednesday, thanks to a group of musicians affiliated with Carnegie Hall.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Former House speaker sentenced to more than a year in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation's 12th-graders

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not a promising picture for the nation's high school seniors — they are slipping in math, not making strides in reading and only about one-third are prepared for the academic challenges of entry-level college courses.

  • Written by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press