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

High court weighs reach of bribery laws in McDonnell case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws used to prosecute elected officials as it takes up the public corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

  • Written by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press