Top Republicans: Zika funding on hold until September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are likely to grant a portion of President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus but they will probably wait until September to do so.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Prosecutor: Hastert accuser to speak at sentencing

CHICAGO (AP) — The judge in Dennis Hastert's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he will consider the former U.S. House speaker's lies to investigators that he was being extorted on a false claim of sexual abuse at his sentencing hearing, where prosecutors say one person who says he was abused is expected to speak.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Report: Chicago police have 'no regard' for minority lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation's third-largest police force.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

Judge gives Texas 'affluenza' teen nearly 2 years in jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck to serve nearly two years in jail, a surprising sanction that far exceeds the several months in jail that prosecutors initially said they would pursue.

  • Written by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

In homelessness crisis, Hawaii eyes thatched 'hale' homes

HONOLULU (AP) — When Daniel Anthony spent the night sleeping in a traditional Hawaiian structure known as a "hale," the sound of rain falling on the thatched roof made him feel like he was sleeping in the forest.

  • Written by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press