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Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting.

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5:28pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Law

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:09 pm

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5:28pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:09 pm

There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs.
Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

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5:28pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Politics

Several Cash Withdrawals Triggered Investigation Into Former Speaker Hastert

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:09 pm

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4:54pm

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Southern Plains Flooding Rises To 25

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state.
Jay Janner TNS /Landov

The number of people who died because of storms that have inundated parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week has hit 25 people, after search crews found a drowned truck driver whose vehicle had overturned in a culvert near Dallas.

That's the word from member station KERA, where Lauren Silverman reports that a new batch of storms that hit Dallas-Fort Worth "dumped three to seven inches of rain on an already over-saturated area" last night.

All that water created treacherous conditions for this morning's commute; widespread and serious delays were reported.

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4:46pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:09 pm

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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4:46pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Sports

Indictment Against FIFA Raises Questions About Nike's History In Brazil

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:21 pm

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4:23pm

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

EU, Japan Express Concern Over China's Moves In South China Sea

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:12 pm

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the U.S. Navy on May 21.
HANDOUT Reuters /Landov

The European Union and Japan are expressing concern over China's escalating moves to claim sovereignty over disputed islands in the East and South China Sea, a day after reports that U.S. officials have spotted large artillery vehicles on a newly created artificial island in the Spratly chain.

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4:23pm

Fri May 29, 2015
National Security

Senate To Vote On Patriot Act As Expiration Nears

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:21 pm

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4:23pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Commentary

Week In Politics: New Presidential Contenders, Patriot Act

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:21 pm

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