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

Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central US

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The nation's midsection prepared for another day of foul weather Wednesday after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.

  • Written by KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press